Thursday, December 20, 2007

'tis the season

for visiting friends. apparently.

This month of december, I have more days that i have friends from out of town, who are in town, than days that I do not have. the thing that give me great joy about this is that i find it amazing when you do have to see someone frequently, to still be close to them. For instance, Kevin, I had not seen for over 2 years. yet, he is still among my best guy friends.

My friend Terry left on tuesday night, after being here for 8 days. This was amazing. becasue, i have maybe, *maybe* seen him 5 times in the last 5 years. Terry Lui is an individual who was a really close friend of mine in grade 12, and for a number of reasons, we weren't really in touch. and, it is really neat to be able to re-connect with someone that you know, but haven't really known. for instance, i knew general things about him, like, what he was doing in school, that he likes cars, and listens to alternative rock; but now i know what his favourite snack is, and that his boots leak if he walks in the rain too much, and that he wants to own "a big scary dog" that isnt scary, and that when he says "you are so canadian" what he really means is "you are so white," and that he loves to think and analyze, so much so that he has to spend 45 minutes before he goes tobed, to quiet his mind.

so, to Terry: here is to re-kindling relationships. this past week has been a joy.

yup, once again, i am taller than the guy i am with being stupid in the car

close up. i feel like a look a bit chubby in this photo not quite sure what he is thinking here.

The two finger smile!


in other news. we went up to whistler last sunday. it was amazing. yes folks, my doctor told me that it was okay to snowboard. the worse that i could do on my elbow is dislocate it. so, yehaw! i went! and, it was amazing. so fun to head out onto the mtn. but, the funny thing was that as you got higher up on the mtn, the winds were close to 90km an hour, and it was a complete blackout. literally couldnt see more than 3 feet infront of your face. but, it just gave me a taste of what i might experience in the next week, as i head up to whistler with Zach and Christina and Ben. pretty stoked about it. not sure how much riding I am going to be able to do, because of $, but hopefully I will be able to get at least one day.

my arm surgery went AMAZING. even the day after surgery, i could straighten my arm more than i could previous to surgery. i am sooooo excited to have almost full extension back in that damn elbow. only five small puncture spots, and i got my stitches out today. i have little scars that look a bit like stars.




Zach and Christina and Ben arrive this afternoon and evening. I am soooooooooooooo excited. On saturday, we will head up to whistler, until the 26th, when we will go down to tacoma. CHristmas this year is brining me a lot of joy. For some reason, i really feel in the christmas spirit. im listening to christmas music on my ipod. im excited to cook dinner. I am excited to decorate stockings. christmas is going to be spent with my best friends. what joy :)



oh yes, and this has been in the news in the past couple days, even though it happened last spring. pretty dang funny....

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8865748190310740586&hl=en

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

things i like and things i dont like





so, yesterday was an interesting day. a couple of things happened and got me thinking of the things that i do, and i dont like. i, on the occasion, come up with "a list of things i love." today, i will do a abbreviated version of that.

but, as for yesterday.

the biggest thing, was that i went to the doctor; this is my "5 month post-op" appt, to check up on how things are going. my wrist is going fairly well. my elbow, on the other hand is not going so well, but i think we knew that already. making a long story short, I am going to be having surgery again; this time on my elbow. Most likely will be having that at the beginning of January. (which, on one hand is great, b/c i will still be able to go snowboarding, but on the other hand, not so good, b/c it will certainly interfere with school and work. if i had it in december, I not be able to go snowboarding, but i wouldnt have as much time of school and work... breaking news: as of 12:30, the doc phoned, and it looks like I am going to be having surgery on Friday) it will be an arthroscopic surgery, with approx 8 punctures around the capsule. i think it will look something like this:


other things that happened yesterday:
  • i saw the most brilliant rainbow that I have ever seen in my life. literally, I was stunned. but, by the time i could access my camera, it was fading.
  • i found out that one of my clients used to be (for 10 years) the vice-president of marketing for Focus on the Family. he is close friends with Paul McCusker, who is one of the minds behind "Adventures in Odyssey" a book on tape series that i grew up with.
  • on the bus at 5:30 am, the man sitting in front of me seemed like something good was going on in his life (seriously, what is all that great at 5:30 am?), because he would sit there, and every once and a while, a small smile would spread across his face
so, as for that list:
a few things i like:
my friends. rainbows. snow. prairie skies. the personalities of orthopaedic surgeons. riding my bike early in the morning, when there arent many cars on the road. live music. my podcasts: CBC radio 3, The Hour with George Strombo, National Geographic world talk; National geographic video shorts, CBC radio vinyl cafe, NPR live concerts. seeing people be happy. seeing people give up thier seats on the bus for someone else. traveling. snuggling in bed with someone safe. reading my friends blogs. new music mixes compiled by friends. apple fritters. bubbletea. sushi. when my friend returns home from iraq safely. seeing "the day/week in pictures" on BBC website. travelling to places ive never been. the foundation resturant. love.
a few things i dont like:
when parts of your body dont work the way they are supposed to. migranes. not being passionate about the work you are doing. over crowded buses. missing the bus by 20 seconds. buses that dont come for 25 minutes, when they normally are supposed to be coming every 10 minutes. underwear shopping. when my siblings are having a hard time in life. peeling cuticles. fake powder coffee cream. that a latte costs 4.50$. cell phone chargers that break. the state and colour of the carpet at my home. when pasta water boils over. plucking my eyebrows. not being in touch with old friends. arm surgery.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

kevin and snow

so, the last few days has been great.

kevin shon came up to visit me for 3 days, and i havent seen him since 2005; more on that later!

it snow about 10 cm today, and it is staying on the ground. and, i rode a bike in it (not my own), and felt like i was toying with death, but also the adrenaline was so much fun! :)

went to a med school visit this afternoon. met great people, asked good questions, and was impressed by the answers. gets my insides ticking about wanting to be in med school asap...

Staff christmas party tonight for body and soul. i like the people i work with... there is a good handful of them who are pretty great to hang out with, and whatnot. but, anything with free food and drinks is good with me!!!!

Friday, November 23, 2007

welcome home, Lt Sam

it is sooooooo good to have you back. I can barely contain myself.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

thesis proposal

I am sooooo frustrated with my thesis proposal. or, maybe i am frustrated with my program. or maybe i am frustrated with myself. or, maybe i am frustrated with all of those.

I was supposed to be defending my thesis proposal on the 17th of december. I was supposed to be getting feedback from my committee members back this weekend; however, one of my committee members feels that my proposal needs too many revisions, for me to be ready to propose on that date. so, we will be cancelling that date, and proposing at a later date. puts just another delay onto this fricken process...

so, this is good, and bad. I am nervous about my meeting tomorrow with my supervisor, and committee member. I am nervous that there are revisions that I should have already done, or known about, or realized previously. i am nervous that i have information overload in my mind, and just haven't been able to adequately put it down onto paper.

so, anyways. argh. so much work left to do...

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

nice surprises

every once and a while, a surprise hits out of the blue.

I have recently started (in september) working as a personal trainer, at a fitness studio in the point grey area of vancouver. It is certainly different from working at the bike shop on commercial drive, as well as at MEC. It is a totally different atmosphere, and clients vs customers. Of course, there are great things about it, and other things which are sometimes frustrating. For instance, there is definently a group of people that when working out, just loooooove to complain about every exercise. And, i bet that you can imagine how much I appreciate that. anyways, i had a frustrating client yesterday, which put me a little out of sorts...

but, I had two clients immediately after whom I really enjoy working with. So, rah rah rah, having a conversation about my impending trip to whistler with Christina, and Zach, and his brother ben. we have been planning on staying in the youth hostel up there, which is nice, but a little distance from the hill, in a dorm, etc, etc. but, only 35$. so, you can understand the appeal. Anyway, this client says "well, I have a proposition for you, that I have been thinking about... what are the dates that you are going to whistler, and how much are you paying for the hostel?" so, i told her, and this was her proposition. That for an extra 10$ per person, per night, we can rent her condo!!!! i'm saying! this condo is 3 floors, 4 bed/3bath, full kitchen, jacuzzi tub, rah rah rah. for 180$ a night. i could not believe it.

literally, i could barely contain myself. i pretty much was jumping up and down with excitement. and, in saying thanks, she responded "well, I know how excited you are about your friends coming to visit, and showing them whistler, and getting a good break." it is soooo generous of her, and really, unnecessary. but, alas. it gives me warm fuzzies when people share the things that they are priviledged to have.

i am sooooooo excited. this December/christmas is going to be aaaaamazing. I will definently be in large need of a break, and being able to relax in a condo, have a good christmas dinner, and snowboard on Whistler/Blackcomb will be astounding! here are the following people, that I will be seeing, and who they are, and the last time I saw them:

Terry Lui: visiting from the 10th to 18th. Friend from highschool. Saw him over thanksgiving in edmonton, but previous to that, at least 2 years. our friendship has been rekindling over the fall. pretty excited about this one.





Jessie Vredevelt: My best girlfriend, from Mercy ships. Saw her in the summer, when she came to take care of me when i broke my arms. She will be in whistler with her boyfriend while terry is here, so we are going to meet for dinner on the 16th.





Kevin Shon: One of my top 3 guys from West Virginia. he is so close to my heart, but far away geographically. havent seen him since Aug 2005. he will be in seattle for two weeks. somehow we are going to find a way to see eachother.

Zach Mauss: My best guy friend. saw him in august.









Christina Lansley: my best girlfriend. Havent seen her since Feb 2005. Coming from washington, DC, for 10 days! yay!!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

In rememberance


So, I would like to begin with the fact that I am moving over from my long-running Xanga blog. www.xanga.com/that_canadian_rower.
For a number of reasons, I think.
1)many of my friends are on blogspot now.
2)i dont really post very frequently there anymore. (not meaning that i will post frequently here, either, but, you know...)
3)im not a rower anymore. so, maybe it is time to not go under the "that_Canadian_rower" name.
4) maybe it is just for a change.

Blogging, for me, is a funny thing. because, in reality, who are we to think that our thoughts are interesting enough to be read by other people? but, it is a bit of an outlet, I suppose. and, if people really have the desire to keep up with you, they can...

so, Sunday was remembrance day. Veterans day in the states. here in canada, the Poppy lapel pin comes out in abundance, to remember Canadian soldiers. The significace, i think i remember, is that poppies, previous to the 1st world war did not grow a lot on battle fields. But, during the war, poppies started to grow in Flander's field in abundance. so, it became a symbol of remembrance.

I got caught on my bike admist thousands of people in downtown vancouver, in order to watch the Remembrance day parade. It was nice to see, even though I didn't plan on it. It actually made me a bit emotional. mostly, because I think of my two friends, Sam and Zach, who are LT's in the American Army. Sam is on his way home from Iraq, any day now. Zach is in training. Sam will soon be a vet, Zach will eventually go on the field. but, here is to them. The two soldiers in my life. To both of you, on remembrance day.