School

road to recovery…

Posted on April 13, 2007. Filed under: Candida, School, The Dyingness |

So my candida relapse of a few weeks ago completely exploded on Tuesday night, while I was studying. It had been 3 weeks since my last b12 shot (we’re trying to push it from 2, but I think I have to go back to 2) and I could barely keep my eyes open and everything hurt. Basically, I felt like death. But I came to work, went downtown, wrote my stupid exam and then was all ready to come home, perhaps have a bath and make some dinner when I got back to my car and…

I had locked my freakin’ keys in it.

I have never done this ever. Not in my 10 years of driving.

Tears.

So pissed off and I didn’t know what to do.

Brian wasn’t answering his phone.

Not that I know what he would have done anyway other than maybe come be with me.

Still in tears I went upstairs from the lot I was parked in and talked to the consierge of the building. He was very nice and helped me call CAA, who put me through to someone else at a towing company.

The tow truck came —  I flagged him down in the rain (did I mention it was pouring rain)? The driver was also nice and he unlocked my car and I paid him $55.12 and drove home, more exhausted and feeling worse than I had all day.

Luckily I had my shot last night and I saw the magical osteopath, so hopefully I’m on some sort of mending path.

Stupid dyingness.

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as luck would have it

Posted on April 11, 2007. Filed under: School |

I just discovered (while studying) that a B- at Ryerson starts at 66! Surely I can pull that grade off in this course.

I’ve actually tried to study for this one — given that I went to one out of the 6 lectures dedicated to this exam, and halves of some of the others, I even read the textbook. The problem is that it all seems commonsensical, but when I have those damn multiple choice options in front of me, they all seem feasible. And so, my goal for this exam is 65% — luckily there are LOTS of stats questions, so maybe those will pull my mark up (good God, did I just say that…what has happened to me? Who is this imposter?).

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last real class

Posted on April 4, 2007. Filed under: School |

Tonight is my last class before the exam. Yay! I don’t think I’ll stay for the whole thing — in fact I’ve left or haven’t gone to 5 out of the last 6 classes. I just cracked open the textbook yesterday (at least I have this one as I didn’t even buy the textbook for the first half of the course).

After this and the distance one (1 more assignment and a presentation that I’m doing this weekend) are done then there are only 3 more classes in this long, long certificate program. Now, I’m thinking of what to do next…as discussed with a friend earlier this morning…an MBA? But then I’ll have to right a GRE — one of the many reasons I did the grad school program that I did…I didn’t want to write a test (and still don’t).

I still flirt with the idea, from time to time, of law school as well, but I fear that would take far too long to complete on a part-time basis! Then there’s always the public policy Masters and such that look interesting as well.

Is it possible to have too many pieces of paper? No, really? Is it?

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how sad

Posted on February 21, 2007. Filed under: School |

I thought I’d look at what I was doing a year ago today, and well, I was studying for an exam. Much like what I should be doing now. Only instead of thinking I’ll fail this one, I think it’s highly likely…

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i remember way back when it was actually about learning

Posted on January 19, 2007. Filed under: School |

I loved school and the whole idea of learning throughout school, and throughout university. My philosophy at Queen’s was — so long as I’m learning, the mark doesn’t matter; it’s just a meaningless number after all. This coincided nicely with my theory that I would remember the people, the memories, etc. and not the poor mark on an essay or exam. And I pulled everything off in the end, and do remember the people, not the marks or transcripts.

Now, however — I was just doing an assignment for one of my new classes (my first foray into distance ed for this one) and this “skills” assignment is MASSIVE! I wouldn’t mind at all except it’s not worth anything. Clearly my old philosophy is out the window. It could be because I’m not learning anything new or having an revelations as a result of what I learn in class or what I read. It’s all common sense and the more I can just plow through it the better. So, as this assignment is worth nothing, and I have already spent a great deal of time on it, and I’m not learning anything new, I guess it doesn’t really matter either if it’s turned in on time (tomorrow) because I won’t get docked any of the non-existant marks anyway.

Of course I’ll finish it (it’s me), but I will do so avec complaining (cause remember, it’s me).

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working from home

Posted on January 15, 2007. Filed under: Environment, School |

Today is the first time I’ve ever tried to work from home. The weather outside was frightful this morning and there were over 100 accidents in between where I live and work. The best part!? I started to work at 7:30 — an hour earlier than normal because I didn’t have to drive to work. So I’ve already almost worked for 4 hours and it’s only 11! (I’m on a bit of a break).

The best part is that I can use my brand new, fun laptop to do work.

Kevin has a day off school too — the busses were cancelled.

I remember snow days. I ALWAYS had to still go and I lived out in the country. I was always there on time and for the whole day while the kids who could have walked didn’t even make it in. The worst was when I could drive to highschool. I drove every day, so I didn’t think to look at if the busses were cancelled or not and I would get to school and learn that they had been cancelled.

So, usually I do risk life and limb to get in, but today it was just TOO bad.

How are you spending your snow day?

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first class tonight

Posted on January 10, 2007. Filed under: School |

Well, I have my first class in the exciting world of Project Risk and Quality Management tonight. This is class 4 out of 8, I’m also taking another one by distance ed that starts this coming Saturday, so I’ll have 5 of the 8 I need for the Certificate out of the way by May.

Then I think I’ll be taking the summer off this time around. At this rate, I may (underscore the word may) be done in 2008! Yikes — this feels like it’s dragging on, and at the same time, I can’t believe it’s been a year since I started taking these courses!

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holiday jam

Posted on December 14, 2006. Filed under: Music, randomness, School, The boy(s) |

Brian got tickets for the Holiday Jam that he went to last year as a spur of the moment plan. We went last night and it was a really good show. Sarah Harmer, who I’ve seen a few times this year (and oh so many times in Kingston when she was based from the area and would just show up for things like appearing in a quartet for The Vagina Monologues). It’s always a great show, though she played drums, which was the first time I had seen that occurance — and it was pretty cool.

Spencer Evans, who used to play at The Grad Club at Queen’s every Thursday (a gig which he said last night ended a few years ago; likely the last year that I could go was his last as well which is kind of nostalgic) was also there. The first time I ever saw him was when I went up to Queen’s with my family to check out the scene. He was singing in a band on the 1000 Islands Cruise. I, of course, didn’t know who he was at this time, but he was very entertaining. Then fourth year came, and with it, The Grad Club. I went every Thursday night to see Spencer play. He did an all request night and it was awesome! My favourite bit was when he played Minnie the Moocher (singing and clarinet) and walked across all of the tables. Those nights were some of my favourites at Queen’s because I could just go there on my own and would either run into people, or just enjoy being there for that time of my life in that moment. It was fantastic.

Some nights my friend Joan would sing with him — and she has a kick-ass voice, so it was always a treat. I have a picture of the two of them somewhere. I chatted with Spencer for a moment, and found out that he still plays at The Toucan on Monday nights. Not that I’ll be in Kingston on a Monday very often, but you should definitely drop by and check him out if you have a chance. He was also on The Escarpment Tour with Sarah.

Sam Roberts played — and it was my first time seeing him. The last song he did was with 7 other male vocalists and it was really cool. I wish I knew what song it was because I’d like to have it for Christmas.

Then out came The Hip. Yet another Kingston connection. My housemate taught one of their kids skating lessons (he lived around the corner from us). I went to highschool (not in Kingston) with Gord Downie’s cousin, so all we heard about was The Hip. Then, once you committ to Queen’s you have no choice but to start listening to the band. And you love it! I’ve now seen them 4 times and each are quite unique circumstances. The first was in second year at the ACC — it was one of my first dates with Cameron.

The second time was in Kingston (where they never play) at a fundraiser on RMC grounds. I remember thinking “only in Canda would you have a big concert in the open on something that is supposed to be secure and military”. The best moment was, after watching the bands play from about 30 feet away, walking back over the Causway into downtown Kingston with tens of thousands of people. It was a neat scene.

The third was with another ex for New Year’s (in Hamilton). I remember being way more excited when I found out that The Weakerthans were opening (who I had only seen one other time, in Vancouver) than to see the main attraction, but The Hip put on a really good show.

Then there was last night. With Brian and his friends. And it was a good set, especially when the band started playing a song in the wrong key then stopped and had to restart.

This post doesn’t make much sense, but I think the main jist of it was that I feel very connected to these artists in particular because of their connection to Kingston and to many big events in my life. They are constant and their CDs have been the soundtrack of many a summer day sitting on my front porch in K-town to break-ups to first dates to just about everything. To see them all play together in one event had a lot of meaning.

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the procrastinating continues

Posted on December 12, 2006. Filed under: School |

While I continue to procrastinate from studying I used an age-old method of passing the time.

Figuring out the lowest possible mark I need to pass the course and any other scenarios to figure out what my final mark could be based on the weight of th marks in the course and what I’ve already earned.

For example, I just lost any slight incling towards studying because I figured out that if I get a 50% on this exam I will still get a 80% in the course.

Yep.

All drive and motivation were just quashed right there.

I find that this important procrastination method is essential in the university process for 3 reasons:

1. It makes you feel productive and that you are contributing to your studying because it vaguely has something to do with the course.

2. You figure out that you don’t really need to study any more because you are still going to pass the course and that 1 point difference on a 25% final doesn’t change your outcome one iota.

3. You figure out that you are going to fail anyway, so why bother studying. At this point it’s too late.

See how beneficial this can be!

Then, to procrastinate even more, you get to blog about the outcome, hence passing more time.

Brilliant I say.

Freakin’ brilliant.

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the art of procrastinating from studying

Posted on December 11, 2006. Filed under: School |

My final exam for the Scheduling & Planning course is tomorrow. It’s only worth 25% and I really don’t feel that deserves much studying time — that paired with the fact that it should be pretty easy.

And so, instead, all I want to do is not study. It takes me back to Queen’s when you could decide whether or not to study for that midterm or final for x number of hours based on your social calendar. Now it’s based on the number of the few hours that exist prior to the far too early bed-time before work tomorrow morning. How sad that things change so dramatically and after only a few years of being out of the system.

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