Friday, September 30, 2005

Some "at work" randomness

So I'm at work... for those who don't know, I work at the university at the racquet centre. It is the easiest job ever, when all goes well. When it's not busy, I get paid to sti here and study, and blog, and talk on the phone, and other radom time killers. When it IS busy, I have to do all sorts of other things that I say are hard, but really, compared to other jobs, are quite easy.

ANYways, I'm here, and a high school group just came in to play squash. My sister and I were just talking about how funny it is to listen to high school kids talk, and how different their lives are from ours. A couple of girls today were talking about their latest life tragedy: one of them had spilled something down the fron of her shirt. Now, I too get pretty upset about spilling things on my clothes... it just seems to ruin my day, but here I am thinking about how I need to read 3 novels and write 5 papers in 2 weeks. And then there are people in Louisiana thinking about where they are going to sleep tonight, and if they will ever find a job. It makes me think about how things seem to be catastrophic for one person, and then the person next to them wishes that THAT was the worst of their problems.

This Sunday is the CIBC run for the cure. I'm pretty excited because it's my first year as Team Captain, and we have 16 members this year. I don't quite know how much we've raised, but I think it's quite a bit! The race is at a new location this year; Southcentre instead of Eau Claire. I really liked Eau Claire since it was closer to my house, and it just seemed a little "cooler" and more eclectic I guess. Southcentre is in the south (duh), which for some reason I don't like. I'm not really sure why, but I don't. But I'll change my attitude and enjoy it! (even though it will probably take me way longer to get there!)

I had an inclass essay today. I wonder how it went!

The Mexican President was here yesterday. I guess I'm not very patriotic, because I really couldn't give a rat's ass. I think it's something to do with me being bitter because I can't speak spanish very well. Or maybe because I knew my whole spanish class was going to be there, and I really didn't want to embarass myself yet again asking someone "what did he say?" I know I'm not dumb, but taking a class with half grad students and half undergrad students really takes a toll on the ego. Especially since all of the grad students are native spanish speakers. I honestly can't understand a damn word those people say. And I'm pretty good at spanish (I thought!) Oh well... I guess I have to suck it up.

My sister leaves on Wednesday. Wow. That sort of snuck up on me! Going from living in a place with just her to not seeing her ever will be a bit of a shock. I guess I'll have to deal with it. My boif hasn't lived in the same city as either of his brothers for years, and he never bitches about it... maybe it's because he's a boy though. I think it's different for boys. Sigh!

I guess that's it for now... I should start on the pile of work I have!

Thursday, September 22, 2005

The stress is coming!

So I know I want to graduate this year. I'm really looking forward to that. But right now, as the papers accumulate, I am beginning to wonder if I'm overloading myself. I have 5 courses, but the worload of six since I took the block week. I don't really know how I'm going to manage, but I guess I just have to. I know other people have way more work than me, don't get me wrong, but I'm just slightly overwhelmed. I'm not used to working very hard, so It's just a bit of an adjustment!

Maybe I should start by listening in my computer science class instead of posting on my blog! Nah!

My other problem with school is one of my prof's. I use that term loosely since she isn't actually a teacher... she's a civil engineer for a company downtown! She is my teacher for Transportation Studies 301, (which I am ONLY taking, along with computer science, because I am 2 science options short for my degree!) She lived in New York for a while, and likes to remind us of that all the time. She talks about interstates and roads and streets from there that we are somehow supposed to know of, and she refers to her SUV and how much it costs her to fill it up because she's willing to pay on an "every 5 minutes basis". We have the class for 3 hours once a week, yet both times that I've had it, we've gone from 4:00-5:45 with a 20 minute break. Don't get me wrong, I don't REALLY want to sit there for 3 hours, but I've PAID to sit there for 3 hours, and I'm sure she's getting paid to teach us for 3 hours, so why aren't we learning for 3 hours! She wears pointy pink heels and black power suits, has her tongue pierced, and has grade 6 girl bubble writing. Granted, she isn't boring, and keeps me quite entertained, but I feel SLIGHTLY shafted when I think about how much I pay for my education.

On a happier/cuter note, yesterday when I called AB Health Care telling them that I'm still a student therefor I don't have to pay yet, the lady on the phone asked me when I was going to graduate. I said "at the end of this year." Then she said "So you'll be turning 25 next year then?" and I replied "No, 22." She exclames "Oh my goodness! 22 years old and you'll have a degree?? I am just so proud of you girls!! You are so smart and you are what will make our future bright!" I was so surprised! I answered "oh, thanks!" When we were finished our conversation she said "well congratulations and good luck in your future!" What a sweet lady! I guess I am one of the rare ones who finishes in 4 years, but I never really thought about people noticing that! Anyways, it made me feel pretty nice!

Monday, September 12, 2005

Things I have learned this last week:

1. Picking at your wart on your hand is disgusting. You may think others don't notice, but I do. And it's gross. Please, do that on your own time.

2. Breathing heavily through your nose is very distracting to the person sitting next to you. I could barely hear anything besides the breathing. For the love, please get some vicks vapo-inhaler or something.

3. You do not need to make a show of EVERYTHING. When you are eating blueberries, you can simply place them in your mouth and eat them. There is no need to toss each one in your mouth, look around to see if anyone saw you, and then toss another one in. You can do SOMETHING without everyone looking at you.

4. Most chairs are extremely uncomfortable after 3 hours of sitting.

5. You loose feeling of your butt after about 45 minutes of sitting, and then it takes about 30 minutes to get it back.

6. Coffee is my friend. I have never before had more than one cup of coffee in one day, and this past week, I was pushing 3.

7. A block week course isn't as bad as it seems. But only when you have friends to laugh at wart pickers, heavy breathers and food tossers with.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

So it hasn't been too bad so far...

The class isn't TOO painful, yet. We get lots of breaks, so that's good. I'm almost halfway done! YAY! Then regular classes start next week. BOO!
Today there were TONS of lost first years! "freshmen" as some call them! It's so funny to see them all decked out in their cute outfits with their little name tags being led around my freaky 3rd or 4th years with big signs saying "THIS WAY FIRST YEARS"... yikes! I'm glad I never had to do that!

Today was actually one of my favourite days in the school year: New Daytimer Day! I love love LOVE getting a crisp, new, shiny daytimer. I go through it, write down all the things I already know, get out my highlighters that correspond with each class, write in my class schedule, write in my work schedule... what fun! Now I get to have one colour for each class, so that I can easily identify what homework I have when... it's just great! (I NEED that in order to stay organized... don't judge me!)

I guess I really don't have anything exciting to say... just an update I suppose.

If any of you in calgary want to join our CIBC Run for the Cure (for breast cancer) team on October 2, please sign up!!! Go to www.cibcrunforthecure.com and sign up. Team name is "Walkers for Knockers" and you know my name! Sign up soon in order to get a t-shirt with the team name on it!!! If you want to make a donation, visit the same site!

Thursday, September 01, 2005

I hate school

And it hasn't even started yet! I know I thought I was being so smart taking a block week class and getting it out of the way, but now I have to spend my last week of freedom with this gynormous oral presentation looming over my head preventing me from having any fun. How crappy is that????????

On a lighter note, I changed my hair, and it looks VERY different.

And I guess I changed my Blog... I was getting kind of annoyed with it!