I’m alive!

My god, it’s like I disappeared into a time vortex or something. I really don’t understand what happened in the last few weeks – I think I just lived and breathed school for about two weeks solid with very little sleep and absolutely no time. Regardless, it’s a few weeks later and I’m done school (though not done school-related events) and almost – almost! ready to take a breath.

The last few weeks of my semester are honestly a sleepless blur. I had so many assignments due in the same week, and then exams came right afterwards, and it was just a mush of study-study-eat-study-study-eat. But I did pretty well in most of my classes at the end of it all, and now I’m done taking computer science classes for a year! I’m actually a little worried I’m going to forget everything, but Google this summer should prevent that. Also, NO MORE MATH CLASSES. EVER. I have officially completed the math portion of my degree and did the corresponding happy dance.

Right now I am really wrapped up in planning Try/CATCH, an outreach event for high school girls that I’m organizing. It’s this Saturday and there are a million last minute things that need to be done (of course) – it’s actually been pretty draining for the last week, but it’s almost over, and I think it should be good. We surpassed the number of participants I was aiming for, which is great, so fingers crossed the day goes well. I always find planning events simultaneously absolutely stressful and really rewarding: it’s rewarding after the fact, but before and during all you can do is sweat because you hope that things will work out. Which is what I’m doing right now.

I’m really looking forwards to the next two weeks, after Saturday – I have no more school obligations (despite no more classes, I’ve been at SFU pretty much every day this week and last) and I can just hang out with friends and relax before I head down to California. It’s a little bittersweet actually that I’m going so soon – I mean, I’m really excited to go and to see all of my American friends, but on the other hand there’s people here that I want to pack in my suitcase and take with me. Too bad they don’t make people-sized suitcases. It would really solve a lot of problems. I have lots of engineering friends, I should suggest it to them.



It’s just starting to dawn on me how much I need to accomplish in the next week and how very little I want to do the work. The last push of the semester is always the worst, because it’s when you’re supposed to work the hardest but you have the least motivation. I’ve really been operating on a sleep deficit this entire week, and I can tell that the little cogs in my head are starting to grind up uncomfortably against each other and slow down.

I went to go see The Importance of Being Earnest at the Stanley on Wednesday night, and I loved it! Oscar Wilde is brilliant, and it was acted out well. What dismayed me slightly was the fact that I’m pretty sure I was the youngest one there; apparently nobody my age does things like going to go see a play written in the late 1890’s. This was further reinforced when I went to a friend’s place later and he gave me a blank look when I mentioned Oscar Wilde, and an even blanker look when I asked him if he knew who Chaucer is. I’ll have to admit the English geek in me cried a bit, but then again, there’s a lot of things I don’t know or care about so I’m sure it works out somewhere.

My faculty also had a formal on Thursday night, which I thought went really well. I ran around a ton for the first few hours just making sure things were going smoothly, so I didn’t really get a chance to sit down and have dinner, but I danced lots later and still had a really good time. I was a complete cripple on Friday though – I seriously felt like I had stubs on the ends of my legs for feet. Heels are killer. I really do hope guys understand the pain we go through to be tall. (Especially if you’re as short as I am.)

I have so much stuff to do, but I think Vancouver is laughing at me because we’ve been having a beautiful weekend – it was gorgeous yesterday and today. I went for a run, but other than that I’ve been mostly sitting at my dining room table looking wistfully outside. Ten days till freedom! Back to work I go, enjoy your Easter weekend everyone! (I will be pigging out tomorrow night and words cannot describe how excited I am).

Blogging in the wee hours

…is equal to procrastination at its finest.

I have tooooo much stuff to do, but I also need a bit of a break because my mind is starting to go insane, so it’s time for a very-early-morning-post.

I’ve been a bit absent – the last week has been good, but busy. I feel like the last bits of the semester are just trickling through my fingers like sand – I thought there was so much more of it, but it’s just all falling through the cracks and slipping away faster than I could believe. Not that I’m complaining – as far as I’m concerned, the sooner school is over the better.

As for notable events of the last week or so: I went to a information session for the field school in Italy that I want to do this upcoming fall, and I am so incredibly excited for it. It sounds so amazing! You essentially spend eight weeks in Prato, Italy, studying the literature, art history and history that comes after the Black Death. It’s actually interesting, because I’m studying some similar things in my Medieval Lit class right now, so I might know a few things about the time that we’re looking at. You stay in little places around the town, you learn Italian, you take classes at a palazzo and field trips every Thursday – it sounds like a dream come true. I’m practically hopping with anxiety to sign myself up. (You think I’m kidding? You want to know how often I check the SFU International page to see if applications are open? It is sad, I tell you. Sad.)

I also saw the Hunger Games on Friday, which I was pleasantly surprised with. I’m one of those people who always likes the book better than the movie (except, perhaps, for Lord of the Rings. As much as I love the books, the movies are – well – epic), but I think they did a really good job on it. The actors/actresses were spot on in their characters, they stayed mostly true to the plot, and it was a well-done movie overall. I really enjoyed it – so go see it! (But read the books first).

I also feel like I’ve done a ton of cooking in the last few days. I made cookies on the weekend as a way of warding off my homework:

The recipe was originally for oatmeal raisin cookies, but I changed them to oatmeal blueberry pecan. Variety is the spice of life, y’know. Also I ran out of raisins. The recipe is from smitten kitchen – I just changed the raisins to dried blueberries and walnuts to pecans.

I also made truffle pasta for dinner. Basically, take some pasta, add some alfredo sauce, sundried tomatoes and peas; then add the magic – one part truffle cream to two parts olive oil, drizzled over the pasta. Drool. I only had whole-wheat spaghetti in the house, though, which I think ruined it a bit. When you’re eating something like truffle oil, you need the unhealthy amazingness of normal linguine.

Then today, I had to make MORE food for a potluck tomorrow (which I forgot about). I managed to get myself into a rice-krispie disaster: I think the marshmallows my mom gave me were really old, so they wouldn’t melt properly, so I just ended up with this gigantic marshmallow that looked like a life form. It clung to the sides of the pot and I could practically hear its tiny voice going “noooooooo” as it reached out its tiny marshmallow-y tendrils to grasp frantically at the edges of the saucepan. Kind of like a weird marshmallow fiend. Anyways, that failed, so I just made cookies but was way too tired by that point to even care what they taste like. They’ve got butter and chocolate and sugar, so it’s pretty hard to go wrong.

I’ve been feeling really weird lately – happy but also stressed out at the same time. Somehow the things that are making me happy are kind of stressing me out – how does that work?

Anyways, if I have any hope at all at getting to bed in the next while, I should go back to my homework now. Sigh.