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.