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This was hard, it was fun/We should do it again [The Rural Alberta Advantage]

It’s a toss-up between this song (Don’t Haunt This Place by The Rural Alberta Advantage, a Toronto band despite what their name would protest) and She & Him’s rendition of You Really Got a Hold On Me that I’ve been listening to non-stop for the past few days.

Thinking of baking cookies (chocolate chip) before working on the thesis for awhile.

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Yo la tengo [Language; not the band]
July 9, 2009, 3:43 pm
Filed under: A, Filmology, potpourri | Tags: , , , , , ,

I subscribe to a ‘Spanish-word-a-day’ kind of thing and sometimes the sentence in which the word is used is accompanied by some anecdote. Today, it’s a joke:

Suena el teléfono a las 6 de la mañana en la recepción del hotel, y dice un borracho a la recepcionista:
Señorita, ¿Me puede decir a qué hora abren la barra?
Ella le contesta:
A las 5 de la tarde, pero déjeme decirle que con la borrachera que tiene no lo van a dejar entrar.
Y el borracho le contesta:
Si yo no quiero entrar, lo que quiero es salir, pues me quedé aquí anoche.

¡Ay, ay, ay!

(That’s basically a guy, who’s drunk, phoning the hotel receptionist and asking, at 6am, what time the bar opens. She replies that it doesn’t open until 5 in the afternoon, and that in his state, he wouldn’t be allowed in. His rejoinder is that he doesn’t want in, he wants out, for he’s spent the entire night there.)

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Oh, and don’t see Year One. It’s pretty terrible.



Life is good.

Things seem to be going well at the moment.

1) I have a place to live next year. It rules because it’s in a good area of the city (Rosemount, if it means anything to anyone); it’s less than a mile to the hospital and I get to walk through a gorgeous park to get there. Also, it’s probably less than a mile into the city centre which means getting home from nights out costs less. It has a backyard and it’s furnished, which is a foreigner’s dream. I’m almost too excited at the thought of buying bedding.

2) Yesterday, I finished my discussion chapter of my thesis. It’s now in the capable hands of my supervisors who will surely dissect it, but that’s what I rely on them for. So, as it stands, I have a finished first draft of this m-fer. Now I need to edit my lit review which hopefully won’t take me much longer than a few days (though productivity is waning today).

3) Monday is a bank holiday and I’ve been told not to go to the office. I am overjoyed and don’t know what to do with an entire day off. Go to the beach and do laundry, likely.

4) I booked a flight home and will be in Ancaster/Toronto for an entire month from August 29. I’ll be back in Aberdeen the day before my PhD begins. I’m usually jetlagged for as much as a week when I fly back and forth anyway, so I figure giving myself one day to acclimate is no worse than a week. Quite excited to fly British Airways as I hear their veggie meals are delicious (Air Canada’s have, um, too many beans), and I managed to get the shortest travel duration both ways which also happened to be the best price (still $827 CDN).

5) I’m seeing Year One tonight and I’m psyched.

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And somebody spoke and I went into a dream [Young & McCartney]

My dream team – a Canadian and a vegan.

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One thing I know about the rest of my life [For R]

We’ll live together again yet.

xoxo, a.

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The true north, strong and free [O Canada]
July 1, 2009, 1:09 am
Filed under: A, Paying homage | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Happy Canada Day, fellow Canadians!

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I really can’t say how proud I am to be Canadian. Polite, kind, and loved at home and abroad.

When I was in grade 3 we used to have to sing this song and I found it so annoying at the time (it was between this and Camelot). Looking back, and I’m probably over-emotional due to stress, I could cry because Canada really is as great as these lyrics proclaim.

Canada Is, by Roger Whittaker

Canada is the Rocky Mountains
Canada is Prince Edward Island
Canada is a country made for love
Canada is La Belle Provence
Canada is the Yukon Mine
Canada is a country full of love.

We have love for our neighbour
Of whatever creed or colour
We have love for our cities
And our valleys and our plains
We have a voice that is calling
Telling all the world we’re willing
To welcome them to this great land
For that’s what Canada is.

Canada is the Rocky Mountains
Canada is Prince Edward Island
Canada is a country made for love
Canada is La Belle Provence
Canada is the Yukon Mine
Canada is a country full of faith.

We have faith in our future
We’re ready for tomorrow
We have faith in our children
For our future’s in their hands
We have a voice that is calling
Telling us to keep on hoping
For time will make this wild land great
And that’s what Canada is.

Canada is the Rocky Mountains
Canada is Prince Edward Island
Canada is a country made for love
Canada is La Belle Provence
Canada is the Yukon Mine
Canada is a country loving peace.

We have peace in our valleys
We’re happy and contented
We have peace in our cities
And our boundaries have no chains
We have a voice that is calling
Telling all free men we’re willing
To show them how to live in peace
For that’s what Canada is.

Canada is the Rocky Mountains
Canada is Prince Edward Island
Canada is a country made for love
Canada is La Belle Provence
Canada is the Yukon Mine
Canada is a country full of love.

Canada is the Rocky Mountains
Canada is Prince Edward Island
Canada is a country made for love
Canada is La Belle Provence
Canada is the Yukon Mine
Canada is a country full of love.

Peaceful and peacekeeping. Our songs (national anthem included) are so humbly patriotic – no bombs bursting in air (USA), no bloodied banners being raised (France), no being asked to be shown the way of the Lord (Italy), no cannons roaring or rifles pealing (Ireland).

(Blah, ended up crying after all.)

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One month to go [I hate countdowns]
July 1, 2009, 12:08 am
Filed under: A, Rants | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

I woke up this morning with the worst feeling in my stomach knowing that I now have just one month until my thesis is due.

Not shockingly, this is the same feeling I had when I woke up on July 19, 2006, which was precisely one month until I was to write the MCAT. I felt like I knew nothing despite studying for freakishly long hours and keeping immaculate notes. In the end, my summer devoted to studying paid off.

But this seems to be a different beast. There is no strategy involved for thesis writing, or if there is (disabling Facebook?), I’m not aware of it. What I am aware of, however, is that probably many sleepless nights and non-nutritious meals (if I can even be bothered) lay ahead of me. At least I’ve got two people helping me out this time round.

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