Here’s a(n incomplete) list of a bunch of things that I want to blog about, but I’m too damn tired tonight:
- my trip to Washington – the sightseeing that I did
- my trip to Washington – the cool conference stuff I experienced
- my next 101 things to do in 1001 days list (but I haven’t even finished the list – though if anyone has suggestions for things I should add to said list, I’m all ears!
- where should my next trip be? (Given that I didn’t have an epic holiday this year, I feel like I should have one next year. Where should I go?)
- strength training and mindfulness
- the time I played defence in a recent hockey game
- my favourite tweets
- a bunch of photos that I’ve taken by I don’t think I ever got around to blogging about
- sleep deprivation
Perhaps I’ll get to writing some of this stuff this weekend.
Today marked my last class for 2012! I am a very, very tired – but very happy – Dr. Beth.
The classes in my program actually ended last weekend with two exams, but me and two of my classmates decided to take a module that was offered this weekend from the Executive MBA in Healthcare program. The module was pretty awesome – I learned lots of neat things that I can take back to work and apply – but my brain is far too fried at the moment to actually tell you what any of them are. The good news is that since I took this extra module and I’m taking a course from another department that is offered mostly online next term, I can drop the two courses from my program that are offered in January. Which means that instead of going to class on January 4th with the rest of my cohort, I have *no* weekend classes until February 15th! My online class has one in-class day in January – the 24th, to be specific – but it’s a weekday, so I’m taking a day off work to attend class, which means it will just feel like a workday to me.
So what am I going to do with all my spare time? Well, there will be work to do for the online course that I’m taking, and I am teaching my online course at the Justice League, so there’s that. But without my weekends filled with classes, I figure I will have time in the rest of December and January to (in no particular order):
- sleep in. Oh man, am I going to do some sleeping in!
- do some Christmas baking.
- play hockey every single Sunday!
- make delicious homemade dinners.
- go skiing.
- do yoga
- go running.
- catch up on Dexter, How I Met Your Mother, and Nurse Jackie, the latter of which finished in *June* and I’m still somehow not caught up on it.
- read books that aren’t textbooks!
- hang out with my friends!
I’m sure that there’s even more things that I’m forgetting that I want to do, but this seems like a pretty good list to start with.
Seems that this January is going to be quite different than last January, with my pre-core classes every single weekend! I think this wee break is just what the doctor ordered!
Just finished a weekend of classes. As per usual, I learned a tonne of stuff, the people are super awesome and I’m freaking exhausted. Freaking exhaustion will thus be my excuse for a lack of coherence and plethora of typos I will likely make in this blog posting. Apologies in advance.
And now – a bulleted list!
- My mom, sister, and baby nephew came to visit last week. And I totally didn’t blog any of it because I suck. Or perhaps because we were having way too much fun to spend time blogging. Yes, I think it was latter. They were only here from Friday to Tuesday, which was waaaay too short! But we did manage to have such adventures as fish & chips for dinner on Friday at Cockney King, checking out the boardwalk at the New West Quay (since I now live near there and all), a trip to Granville Island, and, because my family is so awesome, finished setting up the apartment
- We also had our housewarming party last weekend which I also failed to blog. It was super awesome to actually be able to host a party and to be able to show off our lovely view – which was the first thing that pretty much everyone commented on when they came into the apartment. And Devon got to show off his mad bar tending skills, which were also highly appreciated. Thanks to everyone who came out and made it such a great party. Also, we somehow seemed to have ended up with more booze than when we started, so you all need to come back again to drink said booze.
- Another thing I failed at was taking photos while my family was visiting was taking photos. I took a grand total of one – it’s my mom holding my baby nephew Thomas, who in turn is holding a pint of Guinness:
- My nephew Thomas is the best baby in the whole wide world! He’s adorable and hilarious and extremely brilliant. He also loves to watch kitchen appliances in action – especially the mixer and the coffee grinder. Seriously, he lost his little mind anytime the coffee grinder was turned on – wherever he was in the apartment, as soon as he heard the coffee grinder, he’d crawl as quick as a flash into the kitchen and insist on being picked up by whoever was closest to the grinder. And then when it was done he’s stick his hand out towards it, which is his baby way of saying, “More! Grind more coffee! This is the most entertaining thing in the entire world and I MUST SEE MORE OF IT!” Now I can’t grind coffee without feeling guilty that Thomas isn’t here to watch it.
- In class this weekend, we spent some time with students visiting from Shanghai, where UBC has an MBA program (known as the “International MBA”), which was pretty cool. We had lunch with them at the Hotel Vancouver and then they joined us for a discussion on a case study of a trade dispute between China and the US over solar panels. It was pretty cool getting to know the students and hear about what they are up to in China. We will see them again in just under 2 weeks to do another case study – this time on Cirque du Soleil!
- I have sooo many more things to blog about, but it’s way past my bedtime, so those things will have to wait!
So I just finished four solid days of classes. That’s 8 am to 5 pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, plus homework in the evenings. Plus a welcome dinner on Thursday night. I now have 3 assignments and 2 rounds of a business simulation due before the next weekend of classes, two weeks hence. Plus prep for both a group presentation and a group in-class experiment, though I won’t be there do either since I’ll be in Ontario for my Dad’s brain surgery. To make a long story short, they weren’t kidding when they described the core part of the MBA program as “intense.” As I was going through this weekend, which thankfully is the longest weekend we’ll have in this program and the only one preceded by three exhausting weekends of pre-core courses, I kept noticing similarities between this program and the 10-day long hockey game I played in back in the summer. And thus, I give you this list:
Ways that MBA School is Like Playing Hockey For 10 Days Straight
- thrown into an extremely intense situation with a whole bunch of people that I don’t know. And, happily, all of them are friendly, supportive, and tonnes of fun!
- took the optional preparatory course (Bootcamp for the Longest Game and pre-core Quantitative Methods/Accounting/Economics for MBA school) and it was exhausting, but so worth it
- long, long hours of doing the same thing (playing hockey vs. sitting in class)
- sleep deprivation
- people hitting walls at different points, and be able to see in their eyes that they are just so done with this right now
- immediately losing track of what day of the week it is
- cycling between thoughts of “this is the worst idea ever. Why did I agree to do this?” and “this is SO AWESOME! I’m so happy that I’m doing this!” about a thousand times per day
We have a very long haul ahead of us, but I’m going to stick with what I learned in the Longest Game and take it one day, one shift, one Accounting lecture at a time. I think I may also post this photo of the sign that gave me so much strength during the Longest Game by my desk to help keep me going:
Ever so tired, brain too fried to put together coherent paragraphs, so instead you get bulleted lists. Because really, who doesn’t love a good bulleted list? Also, incoherence. My Dad
- My dad’s operation, which will be at least 10 hours long (!), is scheduled for Feb 8. I will be flying out to Ontario to be with my family at that time.
- I’m so thankful that I have a very understanding boss and that my school is understanding as well.
- My friends and colleagues have also been so supportive and it’s meant the world to me. Kind words, offers of drives to and from airports, stories of similar surgeries that have been wonderfully successful and all the other support offered are all helping me and my family a lot.
- When I said that I’d likely be posting a lot fewer blog postings once school started, I wasn’t kidding – it feels like forever since I last blogged! In preparation for the first weekend of real classes, I’ve spent the last three nights reading pretty much from the time I’ve gotten home from work until the time I’ve fallen into bed exhausted. This is in addition to the fact that I’d started reading prior to this week AND I had to do a bunch of administrative-y things – like buying textbooks, downloading a course binder of materials, signing up for various websites, etc. etc., that I’ve been chipping away at over this month.
- One of our profs told us we aren’t allowed to whine about our workloads because if we have time and energy to whine, we should use that time and energy to get our work done instead of whining. So, for the record, I am not whining – I am merely stating facts
- Because I am a nerd, I’m tracking the hours I’m spending on homework using a program called Time Edition . I’m not sure if seeing this will make me feel validated that I’m working hard enough or make me want to throw up when I see how much time I’ve spent on homework. Either way, I’m sure there will be graphs of this data in future blog postings.
- Tomorrow night is the welcome dinner for the program and we have to wear business attire. I’m very excited to have an excuse to wear my designer suit!
- I really freaking love my work. I do such cool things and work with such great people. Things are ramping up for the AWESOME Project and I am SO EXCITED about that. Also, another work trip to Ottawa is coming up, which makes me squeee!
- In less awesome news, I got my first ever rejection from an academic journal for a paper that I submitted. Boo-urns! We are going to adapt it to submit to a different journal, so fingers crossed!
- Given my January schedule of 8 hours of work or school 6 days a week, with the 7th day of the week being a 14.5 hour day of work plus driving to school, I’ve done virtually no physical activity this month, save for a couple of hockey games that mercifully fell on Sunday nights after I finished school. I think I need to force myself to make some time for at least some short distance jogs and the occasional yoga class because I feel like crap when I don’t get exercise.
- These long hours are really not doing well for me nutrition-wise. I haven’t had time to go to a grocery store in ages and my game plan for this week turned out to be to order lots of pizza last night, so I’d have enough for not only last night’s dinner, but today’s lunch, today’s dinner, tomorrow’s lunch and probably Saturday’s lunch as well. Clearly, I need a better system!
I really thought I had something else to say, but now I can’t remember for the life of me what it was. Anyhoo, headed to bed now. So. Freaking. Tired! Update: OK, I remembered what I wanted to say, which was: If this week is any indication, I think I need to buy stocks in Pepsi. Because at the rate I’ve be downing diet Pepsis, they are going to be one hellava profitable company in the next 28 months of my schooling!
When I created my 101 things to do in 1001 days list, I admit that I looked around at other people’s 101 lists for ideas and one of the ideas I stole commandeered was to make a list of 100 things that make me happy. And I decided that I wanted the list to be really genuine – not just things that are OK or things that sound good, but things that, when I see/hear/smell/do/think about them, really, truly make me smile.
So it’s taken me many, many months to compile this list ((I started it on July 31, 2009!)) – I’ve been adding to it here and there as I think of things. And it seems rather appropriate to blog such a list today, because it’s Thanksgiving! And it’s also the LAST DAY of my 1001 days – and thus I get to cross this one last thing off my list! Booyah!
And now, in no particular order, 100 things that make me happy are:
- my niece – everything about her
- my nephew – he’s a perfect baby!!
- the smell of a hockey arena
- the purr of a contented cat
- my Smart car
- drinking a properly brewed cup of tea
- the satisfaction of figuring out a plot point or clever turn in a book or TV show or movie
- the sound of a skate blade cutting through the ice as you skate fast around the rink
- a good run
- figuring out a short cut in a computer program that I commonly use
- the smell of a burning cedar
- cutting into an avocado and discovering that it is just the perfect level of ripeness
- fresh bannock
- the smell of vanilla
- keyboard cat
- the feel of the wind as you ski down a mountain
- The Ninjas by the Bare Naked Ladies
- the moment I get to collapse into my comfy, comfy bed after a long day
- savouring a good cup of coffee
- the Harry Potter books. All of them
- laughing babies
- getting an invitation to the 12 Bars of Christmas
- opening my email to find a pile of new messages from Dr. Dan. Because I *know* that there will be much hilarity within.
- grilled cheese sandwiches
- the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Especially the FSM doll that my brother-in-common law Jeff made for me
- the phrase “brother-in-common-law”
- discovering a cool new concept, theory, or field that I didn’t even know existed, and getting to learn about it
- Gantt charts
- logic models
- the moment that I remember that I see things perfectly clearly – and I’m not wearing glasses or contact lenses
- gulab jamun
- eating gulab jamun and saying “I have hot sticky balls in my mouth!”
- when I mention Kim’s name and then Kalev yells “FUDGE!!”
- calling King George Boulevard the “King George Boulevard of Broken Dreams”
- when someone compliments me on something that I’m wearing and I get to say “I bought it at a thrift store!”
- chatting with my sister
- when I’m driving towards the mountains and the sun is shining on them
- running across a finish line
- phone calls with Patrice. Especially when she says things like “Get a grip, woman!”
- drinking a cup of tea while I listen to The Shadow on the radio on a Sunday night
- packing Granville Island Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale into my suitcase to go to Ontario, because as I pack it I can picture the joy that will be on Sarah’s face when I give it to her!
- pouring a glass of Ogopogo’s Lair Pinot Grigio and savouring that first sip
- drinking a great microbrew at a pub with friends
- these cupcakes – truly one of the tastiest things I’ve ever made
- my patented blue cheese risotto – quite possibly the second tastiest thing I’ve after made, after the aforementioned cupcakes
- the word “aforementioned”
- the admiration I get when I bring my chocolate amaretto cheesecake to a party
- eating one square of really dark chocolate
- Rick’s Inspiration photo
- coming home from a trip to a clean apartment
- opening an email that says “you got the award/grant”
- goat cheese
- making a new food item and it turns out perfectly the first time you try the recipe!
- the smell of chlorine on my skin after I go swimming
- my ever-so-soft microfibre bedsheets
- really good homemade French fries
- truffle fries at The Charles Bar
- the “nerd” sign above the bar at Section 3
- the moment that I lie down on the massage table, put my face into the face cradle, take a deep breath and savour the fact that I’m about to be really relaxed for the next hour!
- hot tubs
- hanging out at the spa with Shalu
- using my iPhone
- the expression “OMGWTFBBQ!”
- when one of Cath’s friends refers to me as “Kale“
- lying in savasana at the start of a hot yoga class.
- The song Barbra Streisand by Duck Sauce .
- dancing while lined up for a face-off
- dancing in my giant living room
- dancing while in traffic
- the word “prevaricate”
- when something gives me butterflies in my tummy!
- getting a package in the mail that’s not a bill or junk mail
- sending a package to a friend in the mail
- sending drunk postcards
- when I have my iPod or iTunes on shuffle and a song comes on that is either completely appropriate to my current state of mind ((Making me think my iPod is psychic.)) or a song that I’ve just asked it aloud to play.
- doing Christmas baking
- wearing my new satin PJs
- going to bed without setting the alarm on those days where I know I can sleep in as long as I want to
- crispy bacon
- my ruby ring, which my dad gave to my mom for her 40th birthday and which she recently gave to me
- my mom’s family ring ((It has the birthstones for each of my mom, my dad, my sister and me.)), which she also gave to me recently
- when I do something silly, like fall down my stairs or poke my eye with a mascara wand, and my immediate reaction is “I’m so blogging that”
- when I rediscover a piece of clothing that I forgot I had but as soon as I see it, I love it all over again
- the watering can my Grampa Griffin had that was shaped like a swan
- when I get a text message from my sister that says “Why aren’t you at [name of location] chatting with me?”
- writing on a fresh pad of paper with a pen that has very smooth ink in it
- crossing items off my “to do” list
- making dinner for a friend
- my PhD degree, framed all pretty like and hung upon my wall
- when someone calls me “Dr. Snow”
- when the Canucks score a goal
- French toast made with vanilla, cinnamon, and fresh nutmeg, and topped with real maple syrup
- stuffing, especially the crispy bits. And the smell of the poultry seasoning when it’s cooking!
- referring to all movies as “documentaries,” especially when they are clearly not
At a recent players’ meeting, we were given a list of things we need to bring to the 10-day hockey game. Given that we are not allowed to leave the premises of Burnaby 8 Rinks for the entire ten days, it’s pretty important to remember everything you think you’re going to need The list that we were given included the following items:
- plate, bowl, set of cutlery, coffee and juice cups [labeled with your name]
- 2 sets of skates [blade cracks can take time to fix]
- 2 sets of equipment [recommend gloves, shin pads if available]
- favorite snacks–nuts, pop, chips, granola bars. [We have a selection of food, but it might not be your favorite]
- cooler–to keep your favorite beverage cool
- bathing suit–for the hot tub!
- games, magazines, camera [kill time staff]
- laptop–for your wireless communications
- sense of humour
- fold up chair for lounging
- that time of the month stuff
- shower staff [shampoo, soap, etc.]
- towels–bring a few
- undergarments [just like brownies, put your name on your clothing so longer volunteers can wash and return your clothing]
- your own pillow and bed sheets
Things that I’m adding to my own personal list include:
- thank you cards and stamps – to write thank you notes to all the fine people who have donated to my fundraising efforts!
- umbrella – it’s Vancouver, right?
- flashlight – for dark nights in the RV!
- hair dryer – rinks are cold, so the last thing I need it wet hair. Plus, I want to look good for the cameras!
- hair elastics – because I do my hair in braids for hockey
- flip flops – though the hockey dressing room showers will be sanitized for us… they are still hockey dressing room showers!
- bandaids – for blisters, which I believe are almost an inevitability in an endeavor like this one
- Body Glide – so hopefully I won’t need the bandaids
- white board and markers – for impromptu sign making
- Tiger Balm.
- The Inspiration photo – for inspiration, obviously!
I’ve already picked up a few things that I’ve seen on sale recently – like my favorite snacks (dark chocolate, potato chips, and diet Pepsi, I’m looking in your direction).
But there are still a few things on this list that I need to acquire–notably, a second set of skates, other some spare pieces of hockey equipment as back ups, and a folding chair. I think I can probably borrow most of this, except a second pair of skates because I don’t know anyone who owns size 6 hockey skates that they won’t be using. I’ll probably head to Sport Junkies at some point this week to grab a spare pair of skates. Hopefully I won’t need them, because I love the skates I have right now, but I really need to be prepared just in case.
As for killing time stuff, I imagine that between sleeping, hot tubbing, blogging, and visiting with all you wonderful people who are going to come visit me, I’ll be able to fill my breaks with very little trouble.
Is there anything else that you can think of that you think I should bring?
So here’s the “to do” list I came up with off the top of my head for all the things I need to do for my move:
Can you think of anything I’ve overlooked?
Wow, it’s the last day of 2008. How did that happen? Seems like only yesterday that it was New Year’s 2008 and now New Year’s 2009 is upon us!
So, in a blog posting that fits perfectly into my “rampant narcissism” category, I give you my personal 2008 summary:
- I moved my blog from Blogger to WordPress
- I got to hear Gloria Steinem speak
- Got laser eye surgery
- I saw Madonna in concert
- I saw Chris Rock live
- I taught two courses at UBC (Nutritional Assessment & Topics in Food, Nutrition & Health)
- I got hired to teach another UBC course (Research Methods) and my first SFU course (Human Anatomy) for the upcoming term
- Tod got the greatest cat EVER1.
- Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
- The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
- The Pleasure’s All Mine by Joan Kelly
- What to Eat by Marion Nestle
- The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
- The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
- Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
- The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn (just started)
- Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti
- Why Men Earn More: The Startling Truth Behind The Pay Gap-And What Women Can Do About It by Warren Farrell
- Principles of Nutrition Assessment by Rosalind Gibson
- Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches by John W. Cresswell
- Best Practices for Teaching Statistics and Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences, edited by Dana S. Dunn, Randolph A. Smith, Bernard C. Beins
- Philosophy And The Sciences of Exercise, Health And Sport: Critical Perspectives On Research Methods, edited by Mike McNamee
- Brain-based Teaching For All Subjects: Patterns To Promote Learning by Madlon T. Laster. (only a bit, because it turned out to be about elementary school teaching, whereas I was expecting it to be about university teaching)
- Conducting & Reading Research in Health & Human Performance by Baumgartner & Hensley (only partway through)
And what year in review blog posting would be complete without some nerd stats:
Nerd Stats 2008:
- Blog postings: 423
- Tweets: 2,2274
- Visits to my blog in 2008: 32,4104
- Average number of blog visits per day: 934
- Most popular blog posting: Hockey Hotties (1062 views)
- Busiest day on my blog: Friday, September 26, 2008 (460 views, thanks to the Hockey Hotties posting)
- My first guest posting on a blog as a correspondent for Miss604 at BlogHer
1OK, I realize that *I* didn’t get the cat and this is supposed to be *my* personal summary. But he’s the best freaking cat ever and he’s sitting on my lap as I write this, so it counts.
2A “letter of intent” (LOI) is an application to be allowed to submit an application. Anyone can submit an LOI, but only the people whose LOIs get accepted are allowed to submit the full application.
3I’m sure I’ve read more than this and am just forgetting some of them. This list is based on ones (a) I can actually remember without prompting, (b) appeared on my blog and so I saw them when I went through my blog to write this year in review, and (c) I still have out of the library, so I saw them when I checked what books I have out of the library.
4At the time of writing this blog posting.