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Random Stuff

  • I’m kind of in love with Harvard Business Review right now. The articles breakdown business & management research into plain English. Plain English!
  • I should not be allowed to own bacon. So bad for me, but so, so, so delicious.
  • Tennis is one of the few things that I’m terrible at, but I still love to do. Usually, if I’m bad at something, I don’t like to do it. But tennis for some reason is totally fun, even though I spend more time hitting the ball waaaay too hard and/or chasing the ball that I missed hitting.
  • Speaking of sports, the hockey schedules are out for both my hockey teams1. This is bittersweet news, because while I am excited to play hockey again, I’m sad that summer is coming to an end.
  • The water in the frog tank evaporates at an alarming rate. When we bought the frogs, the chick in the pet store said that we didn’t need to use the filter that came with the tank because the frogs don’t breath water, so there was no need to aerate the water. Within a few days, though, the water was very cloudy, so we put the filter cube on and it cleared the water right up. However, with the filter on, the water has to stay at a certain minimum level and we’ve noticed that the water gets dangerously lower every few days.
  • Rick and Dan are on their fabulous hiking trip to Banff/Lake Louise that they won, in part, because you all voted for Rick’s contest entry. The hikes they are going on look out of this world, but I think I’m mostly jealous of their luxurious spa days. You can follow their adventures on their blogs.
  • One more day of work until the long weekend! w00t!
  1. Well, for one of my leagues we have the schedule for the first half of the season, but for the other we have the date of the first game and will hopefully have more of the schedule soon. []

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Bulleted Lists – Because I’m Too Tired To Write A Real Blog Posting

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.

School

  • 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 classes1, 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 2. 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!

Work

  • 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!

Health

  • 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 well3. 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!

  1. As opposed to the pre-core classes I’ve had the past three weekends []
  2. For the record, I have no affiliation with the Time Edition people. It just seemed like a handy time tracking program and I’m going to test it out. I’ll probably blog a review, should I ever have time to blog ever again []
  3. School is providing tomorrow’s dinner & Friday’s lunch []

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Things I Recommend Not Doing

Things I Recommend Not Doing:

  • blocking a puck with your throat – that hurts like a mofo
  • having to leave for work at 6:15 a.m. after playing hockey until nearly 11 p.m. – it’s nearly midnight and I just got home and I need to shower and I’m way too wired to sleep! Gah! Oh well, at least I don’t need to drive for 2.5 hrs to get to the meeting that I’m going to… oh wait…
  • driving for 2.5 hrs to get to a meeting

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Googling Google

Am I the only on who finds it odd that “Google” was one of the top ten words searched for in Google in Canada in 2008.

Who the hell is Googling “Google”?  I mean, if you are ALREADY ON THE GOOGLE WEBSITE, why do you have to search for it?  I mean, sure, it’s hard to remember that Google can be found at www.google.ca (or .com… as if you mistakenly type “google.com” and you are in Canada, it will automatically switch it to .ca for you).  Such a difficult URL to remember.  But you are ALREADY ON THE GOOGLE WEBSITE!!  And it’s not just like a few randoms were doing this.  It was in the top ten searches conducted this year.

This is what I imagine an individual’s thought process is when this happens:  “Man, I sure would like to search for information about Sarah Palin.  I wonder how I can find such information?  Hmm, I hear that Google is an excellent search engine and can surely direct me to photos of Sarah Palin in a star-spangled bikini, but the Google URL is so hard to remember! I know, I’ll Google it!”

Also funny: another one of the words in top ten list of words searched in Google in 2008 – Yahoo.