Friday, December 11, 2009

Quikie.. or Quick one, I guess?


Exam time crush is getting to the point where it is like... well, you know when you're eating a wrap or something gooey and messy, where everything falls out of the back- well it is sort of like when you're on the last bite, and there is so much to try and cram in, but so little to do it with...Now I want a souvlaki wrap...

My first exam is in about 7 1/2 hours from now. I've set 4 alarm clocks to make sure I get up at some point, and sent my mom and email asking her to call me 20 minutes before the exam starts to make sure I am up and out the door. This exam I am confident for it, I think. I am only worried about my Physical Geography exam, simply because it is much more of a science based course than those that I've taken over the past few years. It took a while to get into the course, but I hope the exam goes well, I've been prepping all week for both, so it comes down to Tomorrow morning, and Saturday evening. I prefer the evening exam, if for no other reason, I know I will be awake... And have had the day to cram that last minute stuff in.

All the best to those writing exams over the next few weeks, I'll post an update before the holidays are over! Happy Holidays! Enjoy the break... I know I will =)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Ignorant and Free?

I've been going through the TED talks Youtube videos lately, and I happened upon this one. It is a talk given by Bennington College's president, Liz Coleman. It is an interesting video, interesting perspective. Not quite sure what my thoughts are yet... what do you think? Post a comment, let me know...

I think that Liz Coleman says it much better than others who have tried to express similar ideas lately...

Friday, November 27, 2009

Disappointed...and distraction free!

Well, I ended up getting an invitation to Google Wave, or at least the preview version they have up and running at this point... And I am very disappointed. It just reminded of when Hotmail switched to the new version a few years ago, and I still find it annoying- well, Wave is just like that!

I didn't get distracted by it at least, otherwise I might not get the 4 hours of sleep I will tonight!!

That's all folks!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Because I need another distraction...

Google came out with a new program, called Google Wave. It looks pretty interesting, sort of like a hybrid of Facebook, Gmail, Blogger, Skype, ICQ, AIM, Jabber, and MSN all in one program, maybe throw a little twitter in there.

The thing with Google Wave is that you need an invite to use if I don't have enough to worry about right now with exams...I really want an invite to use Wave!!! It'd be a great distraction, figuring it out and how to use it over the Christmas break... or between exams...

Anyway, if you've got invites left, feel free to send one along to saccampuslife [at]
If you don't know what Google Wave is, here is the release from Google:

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Crunch Time!

T'is the season! It is that time of year, crunch time. Christmas is just around the corner, you've got to figure out what to ask Santa for, what you've got to get for everyone, decorations, etc...and of course exams... I don't think it is a secret, I generally dislike exam time. Though I don't have a full exam schedule this term, I'm not looking forward to the ones I do have.

My friend Alex likes to brag about that fact that he doesn't have a single exam this term. What he usually omits from that conversation is the fact that he has 6 papers, of several million words each... Which is equally gross to so many exams, but at least you know what you're handing in, not walking into an exam blind to exactly what the prof is looking for. Ok, ok. Neither are fun options. With the end of classes though, comes Last Class Bash!

I don't know exactly what is going on for Last Class Bash (LCB) but, I'm sure it will be fun. The university Calendar is a bit funky this year, we usually end classes on a Thursday, have the weekend to study/get over LCB, and then exams start the Monday or Tuesday after. This year, our last class in on a Monday. So, we go from Monday Classes right into exams on Wednesday. No time to celebrate, unless one looks at it like...well, no studying can be compared to a party hahaha.

Well, I've got to get back to the pre-exam stuff that needs to get done; formal labs, papers, and lots and lots of reading!

'til next time!

Olympic Torch comes through Sackville!!

For 20 minutes yesterday, the entire university shut down and lined the street between the Academic Quad and the Student Centre to welcome the 2010 Olympic torch Relay.

Canadian SVP?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Like a truck...

I've been on a bit of a YouTube and other online distractions rampage over the past few days, and I wanted to share some of them with you all.

My friend Aly and I were having a bit of an office dance party/TGIF afternoon today. I decided it'd be fun to do a bit of a 'happy childhood' flashback moment. One cartoon came to mind, Duck Tales.

After our brief flashback moment, we moved on to other hilarity. At the beginning of the year the SAC exec did a little dance in front of the Frosh. It went a little something like this:

Now while my, self-proclaimed triple threat, twin may not approve of that clip as a dance, we thought we were pretty awesome, and ended up doing a Christmas themed dance too...ok, it's really just our faces pasted onto Elves, dancing to disco music, but it is pretty freakin' awesome.

Beyond the above, it's been a busy few days, with some good distractions. A friend introduced me, via their facebook status to a new website. Much like FML, this one is a submission driven site, and has entertained me for HOURS this week. The site is called
There are posts such as:

"Today, my grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. I thought he would be really depressed or sad, but apparently he's really excited because now he can hide his own Easter eggs. MLIA."

Anyway, time to get ready for the weekend. Lots of work to be done, Allie's basketball game to go to on Sunday, and the SAC Presidential race is underway...again.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Welcome to the Family!

It's official! Peter Mansbridge is going to be Mount Allison's next Chancellor!!! It is pretty exciting news on and around campus. The school had a lot of publicity around the "Big Announcement". None of us knew what to expect. There were rumours of course.... but a lot of people were surprised to hear that John Bragg was done his term, and that Peter Mansbridge is going to be taking over.
This was one of the best kept secrets at Mount A over the past few weeks. Students, Staff and Faculty were all sent hints and invitations like this:
And we were all asked to show up Monday, November 9th at 11am. The university put a lot into the event, CBC showed up, they had free food (essential when trying to attract students to an event) and after the ceremony, gave out over 250 copies of Mr. Mansbridge's book! Unfortunately, I didn't get a copy, but I'm sure there will be a few floating around campus. To the gals over at University Advancement, awesome event! Maintaining the tradition of excellence across the board!

That was the big excitement of this week. In SAC news, nominations for our 3rd Presidential election in this academic year (...4th over the calendar year...) close this Thursday (tomorrow) and we'll find out who's running officially. So far, only two people have put their nominations in, Trevey Davis, and Mike Glover. We'll see if anyone else drops off a form.

I find it so weird that the past few elections have had a consistent few candidates in the race, and now we've got two brand new candidates. One of them boasts some SAC experience, while the other is running for a SAC position for the first time. Both of them are or have been varsity Athletes and I guess we'll have to see what else they've got going for them once speeches and campaigning starts.

That's all for tonight folks, I hope you all had a nice day off from classes, and a good Remembrance Day! Till next week,


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Happy Anniversary!

I realized today, as my twin brother who is an actor and lives in the big city and I were talking over the phone, that my blog has now been up and running for a year + one day. I also came to family is now reading my blog... I just don't know how I feel about that.. While I come up with something:

Finished the song yet? Too bad, I'm still trying to come up with a witty post that will make my, soon to be successful actor twin brother, and non-chancellory Peter father, laugh.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Today we made our delivery to the Food Bank here in Sackville with all of the food goods we raised on Halloween, during the Trick or Eat campaign. $4400 worth of food, 1759 meals, and a lot of happy, less hungry people!! I am beyond amazed at the success we had this year, and a huge shout-out has to go to the Campus Life committee, and the rest of the SAC exec for making it a big success, Thanks guys!

Saturday night was the night of many events, after running Trick or Eat, I moved onto getting the student centre ready for the Halloween party that we were hosting that night, THUD.
THUD could have been a huge FLOP, we could have not been anywhere near ready for when the doors opened at 10pm, the bars could have been empty or understaffed, people could just rush the doors and trample over everyone trying to collect money and ID them. None of those things happened. The doors were staffed, the bars were great, the dance floors were packed, and it seemed as though everyone was having a good night.

The past few days have been recovery and clean up, and I ended up pretty sick and stuck in bed Monday and Tuesday. I've been in recovery mode today, still exhausted with a wicked cough, but I am on the mend...for now. H1N1 has hit Sackville, and a lot of people are sick around campus, but it is also that time of year when people start getting colds, and the regular flu, and other stuff. If you're sick, stay home! Don't go to class, it makes other people sick!

That has to be one of my pet peeves, sitting in an exam or in a class with someone in my immediate vicinity that has a cough or runny, sniffley nose, and of course doesn't have any tissues or won't step out of the room to blow their nose... but I am also aware of the fact that I've also caught myself as that person once or twice. Oh the joys of being a student, you know you have to go to class, but if you're sick, how sick do you have to be to justify staying home? Ever the question!

That's all for now folks, I'll try and upload some pics from Saturday night's Trick or Eat and THUD festivities.


Food Bank!

We're delivering over $4000 worth of food goods today to the local food bank! So exciting, so proud!
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It has been a crazy couple of weeks. I haven't got time to post much about it tonight, I am still sick and need to get some sleep, but I will have some time tomorrow to post. Until then, check out this youtube video, pretty cool.

A quick synopsis of the past few weeks:
1) New SAC elections for president...again.
2) Trick or Eat- HUGE success this year, I am beyond happy about how it went.
3) THUD- the super stud party that happened the same night as Trick or Eat, went off pretty well, and we even did better than making it break-even. Yay for UNICEF and the local Food Bank!!
4) Sick. After a crazy few weeks, I ended pretty ill, but I'm on the mend.
5) I am going to bed now.
6) goodnight.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Mid-Term Mania!

I wish I could post a longer blog tonight, but I am just Blogcratinating right now (blogging as a means of procrastination).

Two Mid-terms tomorrow. One I am pretty prepared for, the other...less so. Dr. Jordan, go easy on us... please?

We had our first SAC council meeting tonight, it went well, for what was discussed. A lot of councillors are new to their positions, our bylaws and constitution, and rules of order, so I feel as though a lot of them were a bit more timid than they usually are...or will be.
The major point of discussion on the agenda this evening was our Presidential situation. A few talking points were presented as potential options. I really don't know what council is going to decide to do, all I know is I have my one vote in council, and who knows how far that will go.
It made for some interesting albeit occasionally circular discussion.

We transfered power back to Council, from the Executive- we hold power over the summer while there is no elected council, so we can get stuff done and still function as an organization- it was as simple as a motion, a 2nd, and then a vote. No more executive control. It is a bit of a relief. At the same time, kind of disappointing.

Physical Geography and Women/Gender Studies midterms tomorrow... not looking forward to the two of them, back-to-back, and a morning full of meetings just before.

I'll survive to blog again another day.
Back to the books, night!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Home Sweet Gravy

One of the perks to being home- amazing food. My mom makes the best Roast Beef, with gravy that cannot be beat.

I'm going to give this mobile blogging/blog by email thing a try. It seems a bit like Twitter...without the tweeting.

Hope you're having a great thanksgiving weekend! Off to the country tomorrow for the big family dinner, so excited! Food is involved, of course I am!


*Monday, October 12th, 12:28 am: Dinner was amazing, we did a little family photo before hand (see above). It wasn't a large turnout this year, just about 15 of us. Can't wait for Christmas now!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Turkey Time

Thanksgiving, much like Christmas, is a time for the Forestell Family to get together, eat way too much food, see enough of each other until the next major holiday (or Saturday morning at my uncles place in the City Market), and have the perfect excuse for a nap both before and after the meal/event. It's how we roll. There is a set order to which Aunt/Uncle/Cousin hosts which event/dinner. Aunt B does Thanksgiving, at she and Uncle J's cottage. Christmas Eve is our thing, which always works out that we've got a few too many left overs... Now I'm just hungry.

I am happy to be out of Sackville for a few days, it has been getting pretty busy with school and SAC stuff. We're now on week 6 of the Presidential By-Election. We thought we were going to have a president elected by the first few days of October... we've been through 2 different presidential elections -one voided because of balloting errors, and the other the result of the voiding- and we just got the results from the 2nd election. Looks like we're out of luck again. We had enough people vote to make it a valid election, but no one candidate won by the required 50% + 1 vote. We still don't really know what is going to happen, but I'll post an update once I know what's going on. I wish the elections were over, it would make my life a bit easier.

I've got midterms through next week, and a few papers due, so I really hope that the election stuff doesn't get in the way of those. I am enjoying classes now that they are getting into more than just the intro stuff. We've done a lot of outdoor labs for Physical Geography, which has been good...and bad. The day we had our "Soil Lab" was pouring rain. It was honestly the most rain I've seen in Sackville since the Landsdown Field flooded and was a pond for most of campus for a day or two. Conveniently, I had a very important meeting which happened to be scheduled at the same time, inside... not in the rain... I don't think I'll ever live it down from Jess, she was not pleased that I didn't show.

I've been missing bigger cities, and the west coast a bit the past month or so. I think what I really miss is having a regular pay-cheque, ha! Anna Chujunian wrote about the reasons to miss big city life in the Argosy this week, so I'll leave it to her, and to you to read it. I do love Sackville, everyone just has a day or two every once in a while when they want to get out. I think that is commonplace, no matter where you live.

I am excited about next year, I just signed a lease or a house! It is a gorgeous house, pretty close to campus, the grocery store, all the good stuff. And I am living with some pretty wicked people, one of them being my cousin, Hannah.

Ok, pretty long post. But I guess it's been a while. I'll be back on after this weekend, I am going to turn off my computer and blackberry, disconnect for a few days. I think everyone should have a few days a month like that, techno-detox. Thank goodness for digital cable though... oh I miss even having TV in Sackville. I opt'd not to get cable but I am starting to question that decision...

Have a happy Turkey Weekend! To those traveling, safe travels! See you back in Sackville in a few days. To those in Sackville... Go Skydiving or something! I can't wait until I can afford to go again!

Mr. Currie, for you:

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Urgent Update!

I forgot to mention this in my last post, but I think it is one of the most notable things to happen in Sackville over the past few months; Jean Coutu now carries Socks and Undies! They are cheap and they saved me from having to do Laundry for a few days...Suzette, you were right.
Thought you all should know.

Happy Equinox! Down with the Leaves!

It is now officially Fall, Autumn, that thing after summer and just before the snow gets here, whatever you want to call it; Summer is over.

School started a few weeks ago, and the assignments and tests are already starting to pop up. Stuff in the SAC office has been steadily busy, with the SACtivities Fair (where all the clubs and societies on campus recruit for 5 hours one sunday afternoon in the same cramped room), Homecoming (which we lost, but it was still fun to go to. I organized the Half Time Show and from what I've heard, I think it went well), and the elections coming up. If you hadn't yet heard, the SAC is holding elections this fall for House Counc. and Off Campus Counc positions on the SAC. We are also holding a Presidential By-Election due to the resignation of our former president-elect, Paul, who did end up back at Mount A this year. It has made for an interesting and somewhat stressful summer/fall. It is very weird being guided by Mike (our Interim-President), but to know at the same time that he's not going to be the one helping us along, and guiding us through the next portion of our terms in office. Mike Currie, a big thanks for all the work, help and guidance over the summer months, and just over the past few weeks I think I've come to value the leadership a lot more. So yeah, Thanks!

There are three people running for the Presidential position; Mayme Lefurgey, Ryan Robski, and Chris Durrant. We had our first round of speeches tonight, which I thought would assuage some of my concerns about several of the candidates, but in all honesty, it seemed to affirm some of them. They are all great candidates, with very different personalities and working dynamics, so it will make for an interesting year regardless of who ends up getting elected. I almost feel bad for them, having to come into an executive committee that has already been working together very closely for nearly 6 months now. It is going to be a difficult transition for both sides, but I am pretty sure the current exec is hoping to make that as easy as possible for whom ever is elected.

Aside from election stuff, not much else is going on right now. I've been back and forth to the doctor because I was an idiot and injured my knee one night just before the first day of classes, but I hope it isn't too serious.

Alrighty, well I think I am all caught up with you guys. I will post some pictures from Orientation events soon, they all went pretty well. Sex with Sue, Mudsliding, the Trews, all pretty awesome events. Shout out to everyone who helped out with Orientation! Good job everyone.

Here is a song that pretty much got everyone through Orientation weeks:

Pictures to come soon!


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Welcome and Welcome back!

It seems as though Sackville has gone from the sleepy picturesque place it is during the summer, to a sleepy picturesque place with about 2800 more people in it, and one more pub open now. Residences are full of frosh!

It is nice having people back in town, but what I am enjoying most is classes resuming! A regular schedule is something I missed more than I expected to.

A few weeks ago the SAC exec (All the VPs and President) went on the annual Executive Retreat. We made our way to the French River area, on PEI, where one of our exec members has a cottage. It was pretty nice there and we accomplished everything we'd hope to and had a lot of fun. The only weird thing was that there was a hurricane while we were there, and it got pretty wild right along the coast. It was amazing to see, but really loud when we were trying to sleep. The day after we got back was the beginning of International Orientation.

International Orientation and Orientation went pretty well. It was a really busy time, lots of events that the SAC coordinated and others that we were invited to. The busy time has really begun. Meetings, election stuff, and classes are all underway, so I am juggling a bit...but enjoying it.

That's a bit of a brief update, but I'll post again soon.


Friday, August 7, 2009

P-Faux & the Amazonian Queen

So Chris Martin and I are pretty much best friends now. Allie and I saw Coldplay live last week. It was one of the most amazing concerts I have ever been to. The music was pretty amazing, but the performance is what blew me away.... They played every song we hoped they would, even the ones we weren't expecting them to perform, they ended up playing most of them! 

The music was pretty amazing, but the performance is what blew me away.... They played every song we hoped they would, even the ones we weren't expecting them to perform, they ended up playing most of them! Our seats were also pretty amazing, we were right there on the stadium floor. Oh! And to top it off they gave everyone that showed up a copy of their new album as we left the stadium, for free!! I guess that makes up for the fact that 1 beer cost me $10!!

Aside from Coldplay, I was able to take in a few other shows while I was in Toronto. My friend Leah organized a show with some of her fellow Masters students at U of T, and they put on an amazing show. She conducted the Wind pieces, and performed a bit.  There was a good 10 minutes worth of 12-Tone pieces that I think everyone just accepted that we had to sit through... but overall it was pretty good. Oh! And they gave everyone that showed up a copy of their new album as we left the stadium, for free!! 

My twin brother goes to a Performing Arts/Musical Theatre school in the city, so I was able to stop by and see his school for the first time. I went by on my last night there, and they were having their graduation performance. I think the show they were putting on was called SMILE, something about a Beauty Pageant. It was really odd how many people from home, and from Mount A I ran into at that show! There were at least 10 people I knew, at this tiny little theatre off Bathurst, it goes to show you that the world is pretty small. 

I would love to live in a big city. If for nothing else, for the food! I love being able to walk down a street and see 15 different types of restaurants. My favorite place is off Yonge and Bay, Indochine. It was amazing. And CHEAP (ish)! I nagged my brother to go there with me for the entire time I was in the city, but he ended up wanting to go elsewhere with friends the night I decided to go for dinner there. So, I went by myself, and I honestly, could not have been more content. I usually find it a bit awkward to go out to a restaurant by myself, but I was enjoying the food enough that I really didn't care. They've also go really good homemade Iced Tea. 

I had the chance to go out to lunch with a few friends who're spending their summers in Toronto, who are working, or rehearsing, or doing summer research. I am a bit envious of their summers simply for geographic reasons. I enjoyed catching up with them, and I really am excited for the Fall, once most of my friends start coming back to town. Sarah is flying back from Bangkok tonight! She's staying in Toronto until just before our SAC executive retreat, so I will get to see her around the 25th. Very excited to see her pictures from her summer in Thailand.  

The summer is winding down now. Less than a month until new students move in! I am really excited to start the academic year, and to get SAC stuff up and running. It is going to be a busy year, but I think I can handle it. 

Well, I think that is enough for one post. Lots more to talk about, but I guess I will save it for another time. This is the most ridiculous thing I have seen since being back in Sackville. I can hear Suzette laughing in her office already,  just check it out (shout-out to Sacha and Rach for showing me this during non-work hours, of course): 

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Reunion and the Return!

The Amazonian Queen has landed safely in Saint John, New Brunswick. Back from her research in Peru, she can't stop talking about the people and the things she did there, and when she does take a is to talk about Coldplay!!! Which is pretty exciting, because we're off in a few days (Wednesday!!!) to see them play in Toronto!! I've probably ranted enough about that over the past few weeks. 

I just got back from the annual Forestell Family Reunion. It is always a good time. Though this year, it felt very much like a continuation of my sister Katie's Wedding. KT & POD Get Hitched Part II; The New Brunswick/Nouveau-Brunswick Edition. 

We've bounced around from a few different spots since we sold our old cottage, but it always seems to work out. It was foggy and wet, but we still had lots of fun, the kids seemed to enjoy it, and there was plenty of good food! 

On my way back to Sackville, with my parents, we stopped into a few different artisan galleries along the coastal drive between Fundy National and Moncton. There are some pretty amazing artists that have taken up residence in Albert County. I wonder what people do for work out there. I can't imagine trying to make my way into Moncton during the winter, on those back roads. 

Well, I'm off for the night! 


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Shiny Times

This weekend has been more eventful than others spent in Sackville.

Friday was such a nice day in Sackville that it seemed like everyone's boss said they could have the afternoon off...
If I'd had the afternoon off, I would have spent it sitting on my front porch, with a summer-themed drink in hand, and a good book. My friend Maggie probably would have driven through town and stopped off at my place with her mom. I probably would have shown them my place, and Maggie would have jumped at the chance to see anything that I bought while in Toronto. After that, a few friends would show up, we'd have some cold beer on the front porch, and just enjoy the afternoon sun while it lasted. That is what my Friday afternoon would have looked like if I'd had the time off...

Saturday was pretty fun, a group of us ended up going to the Beach after the Shinerama bottle drive. We'd planned to make our way to Shediac, but ended up at Silver Lake instead. It was a chill afternoon. Sarah and I took off to Moncton that evening to see Brüno. It was ridiculous, hilarious, and the best laugh I've had in a while. Beware though, it is pretty...interesting. If you're not a very open-minded person...stay away hahaha. It is rated the way it is for a reason.

Saturday night, 6 of us on the Shinerama team headed out for a Bar blitz. We went to the O2, a bar in Moncton, and we were fundraising from midnight until the bar closed. The bar-blitzing is a pretty itneresting way to raise money, we had buckets of candies and condoms, and we asked for a small donation, and people could take what they wanted. We raised over $450.00 in 2 hours. Shinerama is a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis research. CF is the most common, fatal genetic disease affecting young Canadians today. For every year of fundraising that has happened, a year has been added to life expectancy of those who suffer from CF. It is a pretty shitty disease, that affects multiple organ groups in the body, mostly the lungs and digestive systems. Our school's goal is to raise $20, 000 this year, and the national goal is to raise over $1, 000, 000.
Mayme is our Shinerama chair, and has been doing a pretty amazing job so far organizing hte events on and around campus all summer, and planning for the fall Shine Day. I think we are well on our way to meeting the $20, 000 goal.

Today was just a day to recover from being out until 4am, I lounged in bed (my new bed!) and I got a fair amount of reading done. I don't know what I am going to do once I'm done this book, I don't think there is a 3rd to the series, at least not yet. Any suggestions?

Until next time,

PS, this is the song I had to keep asking Sacha about, it was one of the last songs played at the 02 last night, we all had it stuck in our heads:

Friday, July 10, 2009

Back in the Sack

There is nothing quite like Family reunions, or Family Weddings. I always come away from them wishing I had another week to recover from them. This time, it was my sister's wedding. 

Most of our family flew up to Toronto, then drove to Haliburton, to see my sister marry her then fiancé-now husband (still getting used to that!)- Patrick. Yes, his name is Patrick. A bit confusing when you're around both his family and ours.

She married into a family that is almost the mirror image of our family in New Brunswick;
there are too many to count, keep track of names, and you're always being introduced to Aunts, Uncles and cousins you never knew you had. If you had to give it a title, I think everyone would have agreed on "My Big Fat Irish Catholic Wedding"

It was nice to get out of Sackville for a week, get some much needed shopping done (there isn't anywhere in Sackville to buy socks!), and see my siblings. My twin brother (kevin)  and sister (Katie) live in Toronto, and I get to see them a few times a year. Between family reunions, trips to Toronto, and holidays. I was also able to pencil in some friends while I was up in the city. Laura is working up there for the summer for MSF (Doctors without Borders) and we went shopping for my wedding outfit together, and finished off the outfit by running around the Eaton Centre frantically with 5 minutes before all the stores closed, to find the right tie. 

I got an email from my friend Allie's parents the other day, they forwarded along the email she sent out from the Amazon, she seems to be having a great time, and I am looking forward to hearing all of the interesting  stories and of course, like I've been saying for the past few weeks, to see Coldplay! 

We've been getting the housing assignment letters ready for the past few days in Isobel's office, and I have had this one song stuck in my head, and I just cannot seem to remember what it is called, so I have to keep asking Sacha. Nothing too interesting, just a good upbeat to keep us motivated while we're stuffing the close to 800 Residence letters... which will go out this week! I still can't remember what it is, so this one is going out to Keleigh 

Well, that's all for today. I am off to lunch, the café has a BBQ on today which Sarah and I usually go to, but since she's enroute to Thailand/in TO for the time being, I am going to have a 2nd burger for her. 
Until next time! 

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Late nights, early mornings

Summer time in Sackville, though quieter, is not lacking things to do. I am spending lots of time in the SAC office (student union) getting ready and organizing my year as Vice President Campus Life. I am really excited about it, but at the same time I am nervous about it. I've got a lot of different ideas, a great campus life committee, and I hope that the Byelection we're holding in the fall, to elect a new president goes well.

I've started the planning for our meal exchange events on campus come the fall. I hope to have a few new events this year. We're also in the stages of booking some of the concerts and shows for the fall, which is pretty exciting. Orientation is going to be a pretty awesome event come September.

The kids that have been through our camps this week have been pretty good, there are always a few difficult ones, but we've handled things really well the past few weeks. We've got a few more days of school groups, then we start the planning process for our Go Global Camps, if they end up happening. If you know anyone interested in a summer camp and a bit of exposure to what university life is like check out: Most of the camps are open to 11-17 year olds, with a few exceptions. Check out the site if you think you're interested.

My friend Allie and I are off to Toronto in just over a month to see Coldplay, and we're getting pretty excited. We've been bickering about what their set list is going to be, which song is the best one haha, stupid stuff that is just getting us more and more excited to see them live.
Allie is off to the Amazon this week, which is pretty exciting. This one is for her:

Shinerama events have been starting up, the summer Semi-Formal raised a good chunk of money, a great start to the $20, 000 goal for this year. A few more events are going to be happening on and around campus, when I know more details I'll post them. Mayme is our Shine Co-Ordinator this year, and has some great ideas for events this summer/fall.

Ok, time for me to head home. The internet at my apartment sucks, so I've been stopping into the SAC office to use my computer here more and more lately.

Till next time.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Where does the time go?

Wow. I looked at my calendar today and realized it was the middle of June. My summer break is half-way over... or only just beginning? 

On the go over the next few weeks/month, I've got to work. I am still working for Summer Camps Mount A, I really enjoy working with the students. Most of them are really engaged and get into the activities we do. 

I am set to go to my sister's wedding the first week of July, flying in the 1st, and staying until the 6th. I am also heading up to Toronto to see Coldplay on the 30th of July, and meeting up with a few friends while I am there. Allie Mayberry, a close friend got the tickets, and we're meeting up in Toronto. It is sort of a mid-summer reunion, because she is traveling back from the Amazon, in Peru, where she'll be doing her summer research. I am pretty excited to catch-up with her, and see one of our favorite bands. 

Sackville is slower than I expected, but I am still enjoying it. There is a great crowd of people here, and my travel plans get me out of town enough that I won't go crazy. 

I am at work, need to get back to the kids. 

Post soon. 


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Con Weekend

Hey Guys,

This past weekend was an interesting one. Sleepy summer time Sackville woke up to the return of the, now, graduates, parents, alumni and friends of Mount A. It was like cramming the past years worth of parties and events into one long-weekend. I know it wasn't a long week-end, but Sackville sure seemed shut down on Monday with the exception of Convocation and its receptions. It may have just been that fact that I was inside Convocation Hall from 7am until just before dinner. I was ushering for the day, which was pretty great because I got to see a lot of my friends graduate, and get paid! 

Speaking of getting paid...I should get back to work. Our first campers showed up today, which is pretty exciting. We were pretty nervous and running around covering our last-minute details this morning, but it has been fun so far. 

I am off to do a geography session with some kids from Deer Island, here's hoping it goes well. 

I'll post some more deets about con-weekend later today, it was pretty interesting, and there sure is lots to tell haha. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Done, gone home and came back.

Well, the year is over. I'm pretty much done my 2nd year here at Mount A, and could not be happier that the summer has come at last, even if it still isn't as warm as I wish it was. That being said, I am still wearing short and flip flops around every day. 

I've started working, I should be working right now, but I thought I'd take a minute to give you guys an update. I am working for Mount A's summer camps, Go Global, Go Global Canada, and the Explore camps offered through Mount A. I get to work with kids from grades 3-12, from Canada, Saudi Arabia, India and Japan. This week and next we are programming for the activities and stuff we're going to have them do, and the weekend excursions for the International students. I am also in charge of teaching them the Geography/Environmental Science Seminars and organizing the Athletics portion of their camps. I am excited about it. 

I've moved into my apartment and it is nice. I have no furniture, aside from 2 chairs, a table and a Lamp. My bed isn't even in my apartment haha, I am sleeping in my room mate's room until I move it from my friends house. I would love to get a couch at some point too, it is just a matter of moving everything. I don't have a car or a truck, so it makes things tricky... anyway, it will get figured out. 

Since I don't have cable yet, I have been reading a lot lately. I am reading the Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follet. It is pretty interesting so far, I love having time to read for pleasure again. I never have any time during the school year to read things outside of required readings/class texts. 

I'm off to lunch! It is sunny in Sackville today, but it won't last. It has been raining for pretty much the entire week, less Saturday. I'll try and post again this week. Hope everyone's summers are going well!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

My new best friend...

Ralph P. Bell and I have become better friends over the past few days. He is full of information, though his connection to the internet isn't always reliable, he always provides me with a nice little place to try and study. R. P. Bell, is the library, and usually I don't like to study in the library, but as it has been an essay heavy exam period, I have been spending a lot more time here. 

My term papers have been in the process of being researched for a few weeks now, but they are really just coming to fruition in the last few days (or hours in some cases hahaha). I should be working on my Cultural Geography paper right now, it is rough-going. I am drawing on a lot of info for it, I think I am being a bit too research oriented for it, but you never know with Dr. Huff. 

I wrote my first exam yesterday, Geography of the Developing World, for Dr. Reiffenstein. I think it went really well, I was happy to have it over with. He gave us several essay topics to prep with, and the ones that I had hoped to be on the exam were, though the multiple choice were a bit tricky and very detail oriented. 

I have 2 exams and 2 papers left to do. I am writing the first of the two essay right now, due at midnight, and the next paper due tomorrow at some point. I've then got to find time to study for my psychology exam on Saturday. This is such a fun week!! hahaha. I did get an email from my great Aunt, Sister Barb (yes, she's a nun) and she said I was in her prayers. I'll take any help at this point!! 

Alright, back to my studies. I'll post more later this weekend, or after Tuesday, when I am DONE! 


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Last class...

I am sitting in my last class of the term right now. Yes, I should be paying attention to Sacha's presentation, but it is too nice out, and I am just not that interested right now... I will wait till Prof. Burnett starts talking about the final. This may be my last class, but I've still got 2 1/2 papers to go, and my exams start on the 15th, with my most difficult one first. 

I'll update you a bit later this weekend, post-last-class-bash. Have a good one! 


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

All you've got to do is ask...


I mentioned last time that I was waiting for Sara-Beth Harrison to get a myspace page to post some of her stuff on here. Well, she did! Check her out. Pretty freakin' amazing.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Ah, it's summer time.

Sometimes I really dislike living in Atlantic Canada, like when it snows during the last week of March. It was so close to being spring!!! So close. From Birkenstocks and long sleeve t's  to Long johns and hats that mess up your hair. Great start to a week. 

Hopefully the rain forecasted for the weekend will help spring along, and take the snow with it. 

Mountie Music Shout-Out

I forgot to mention the other great performances from the ASCARs in my last post, so I thought I would give you guys the links to Kellen Barrett, Corey Isenor and Pat LePoidevin won the Best Solo Artist or Band of the year award jointly, as three solo artists. Individually, they are pretty amazing and talented musicians and songwriters. If you're broke, and need a birthday gift for someone, Corey's song, "Birthday" is perfect. Saves on postage stamps too :) Also, the way Pat performs, with the looping, is pretty amazing, especially to see live. 

I wish Sarah-Beth had her myspace page set up, but alas she doesn't, I accosted her about it today. 

So here is a sample of what each of the guys has to offer, enjoy! 

George the Polar Bear

Sunday, March 29, 2009

End of Term Busyness!

Things are winding down for the term, the weather is starting to get nicer (we've got lows in the Positives more now than Negatives!) and of course the stress is starting to pile up. Exams start in a few weeks, my are all between the 15th and the 21st of April. I have several papers and drafts due this week and next, and a lot of reading to try and get through before the end of term. 

This weekend was also pretty busy, with the ASCAR Awards on friday night, where I was the Voice-Over with my friend, and soon-to-be graduate Claire Kelly. There was an After Party, and the After After Party, which made for an interesting night/morning. It was pretty fun night all around, especially the performances. Sarah-Beth Harrison was one that shocked me, I mean I've heard her perform before, but it has always been in the pub or a noisy venue. I was really happy that she got to perform in Con Hall, and everyone could actually  hear her, and hear how amazing she is! I wish she had a myspace, or some of her solo performances on Youtube. Instead, I've decided to leave you with the Decemberist's The Crane Wife, pt. III, by recommendation of a friend. Enjoy and I hope you have a great start to the week!  

Back to Bagtown; stress and studies


It has been a busy couple of weeks getting settled back into life in Bagtown. Honduras was amazing. I'm not sure how much I mentioned about it before I went down, but I will give you guys a brief recap of what I was doing, the organization I went with, and what it is like being back in Canada after such an amazing trip, and trying to settle back into school.

I went to Honduras with a group of almost 35 Mount Allison Students, and 12 Medical Professionals. We went down with the Global Brigades Organization,  an organization that coordinates volunteer groups from Universities across the US, and now Canada for various projects, such as Medical, Dental, and Public Health. 

It was a rough trip, we left Halifax several hours late, an "air traffic" issue we were told. Since we left Halifax later than expected, when we go to Newark, to catch our connection to Houston, they had closed to gate 5 minutes before we landed. We ended up missing the flight, they wouldn't open the door for almost 40 people, almost half of the flight. It was an annoying start to the trip, and especially annoying after close to 40 hours without sleep. 

After a lot of argument with Continental, our wretched airline, we ended up in Houston, but that would be our last stop for the day. We stayed at a hotel for the evening, hung around Houston for the day, and finally left for San Pedro Sula, Honduras that evening. The travel issues we had weren't the most prominent of my memories, but it was a rough start to an amazing trip. 

Once we got there, we traveled for close to 9 hours, from the Airport in San Pedro Sula, to a pee stop about 3 1/2 or 4 hours away (it was a rough ride too, so we all needed it a good hour before we got there) , to Tegucigalpa, the capital city and the location of Global Brigade's headquarters. After lunch in Tegus, we kept on going to Nuevo Paraiso. 

After a quick tour of the compound, the clinic, and the rest of the facilities, we settled in just before supper. Our first night was pretty hectic. We had to unpack all of our medication, supplies, and donations. We separated everything Dental and Medical, and divided what could be used for both. When we were unpacking, we had to divide medications into 30 day doses, label with directions (in spanish) and then organize it into our little pharmacy. 

Everyday, our group split into two brigades, the Public Health, and the Medical/Dental Brigade. For the first day, I was with the Public Health Brigade. We went to a small community, an hour and a half away from Nuevo Paraiso, and we were working in and around homes of people who needed things like, Sanitary Latrines with sealed Septic tanks, Safe water storage units (called a Pila), cement floors where they only had dirt floors, and properly ventilated, and more efficient wood-burning stoves. The rationale behind the Public Health Brigades comes from the Medical and Dental Brigades, the projects help prevent the problems we saw with almost every single person we saw in the Medical Clinics. I have never really done much by way of construction or manual labour, so this was quite an experience. Mixing cement on the ground, with a shovel, and a bucket of water, is a lot harder than you'd expect. I think I was still in a state of shock during the first few days of the trip, the overwhelming amount of poverty and the amount of culture shock really shook me. 

When the second day rolled around, I was on the Medical/Dental brigades for the rest of the trip. I spent most of my time in the Dental Bus during the 2nd day, with Dr. Stymiest, Kerrie, Dr. Chandra and the Cuban Dentist. Kavish, Tarek, Brent and I got to observe and do intake on the bus. One of us would be sterilizing the dental tools, another would be assisting Dr. Chandra  (don't worry, we were just handing him instruments) and Dr. Stymiest, and the other 2 would be translating and doing intake in the front of the bus. This bus was literally a school bus. It had 2 dental stations built into the back, and 4 rows of seats in the front, which we used as a storage and waiting area. If I were more science oriented, I would have strongly considered looking into dentistry as a career after this experience. 

The Medical Brigade aspect of our trip was the largest part. We had all of our Medical Professionals set up in several areas, some doing intake/Triage, with others working more in their speciality. Every Medical Professional had a student translator with them, and those of us who's spanish was, well, less than proficient, worked more often in the Pharmacy. I really did enjoy working in the Pharmacy, most times we were set up in a classrooms. We walked in to the class room for the 3rd day, and it was obvious it was a science class, with the charts and diagrams mounted on the walls. The really amazing thing was, they were all hand-drawn, every single one of them. There was everything from the Periodic Table, Skeletal, muscular, and organ diagrams, to the structure of a Neuron, and again, all of them were hand drawn! 

Though the primary function of the pharmacy was to hand out prescriptions and vitamins, we also used it as a way to distribute the donations we brought with us. We would look at the age of the patient when we received their patient form/prescription and would pick out a toy, or some clothes depending on their age. One of the things I wish we had brought more of was glasses. We had several pairs with us, but not as many as we could have given out. The very first person we saw on the 3rd day was an older woman who's form said she had difficulty seeing signs and reading, so we thought we'd try out a pair or two with her. We gave her one pair, didn't do much, the 2nd pair, again, not so great. When she put on the 3rd pair, her eyes lit up. She looked at the sheet of paper I was holding, she could read it, she looked at the sign down the street, she could read it. It was pretty cool, an amazing start to the day. 

Those are only a few of the many amazing experiences that I had while we were in Honduras, there are so many to talk about, but so many that are really difficult to talk about. I thought you guys would enjoy a little glimpse of what we were doing. 

It has been difficult to get back into the swing of things with school. There was a short time after the trip that I would say I was really sad, having left a place with so much poverty, a place where there is so much that should be done, that needs to be done. It is weird to try and explain it. 

I was also unfortunate enough to have experienced some post-Honduras health issues. I was really not feeling too well for about 2 weeks after we got back, and still have some days when I don't know if it is just me not feeling well, or if it is something to do with the trip. Fortunately, I've got some prof's who've spent a lot of time in Central and South America, so they were pretty sympathetic when it came to certain things. 

I'll give you guys another update at some point this week. Things are just about to go crazy, with a lot of receptions, dinners, banquets, and end of year things coming up just before exams, and while term papers are due. 

Until then! 

Monday, March 16, 2009

What ever happened to your imaginary friend? 

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Back from Latin America!

Hey! Sorry I didn't mention that I'd be away for a while in my last post!

I just got back from Honduras on Saturday. There is so much to say about it, but at the same time it is all so hard to describe. It really put a face, and a name to so many of the statistics that we've studied and read about. I will post more about it later this week. I have a ton of school work to catch up on, and several mid terms later on this week that I need to cram for. 

Check back in a few days for more info about the trip, until then enjoy the pictures I've posted below. 


Monday, March 2, 2009

Honduras 2009

After we were done with the Clinics, we played soccer with the local kids. 

3rd Grade Classroom
The school we used for Day 3
Working the Pharmacy- Day 3

Hand Drawn and coloured Periodic Table 

Hand drawn charts in the Science Class we put the Pharmacy in. 

The cake GMB Made for us...
When the surprised us with this! 

Day 2-Medical & Dental Groups

El Pharmacy 
Dental Bus Action!
Post rural-bathroom experience. 

The school we set up the clinic in on Day 2.

Public Health Brigade - Day One
The House we were working in.
What our Latrines should look like at the end of the day. 
Laying the Foundation.
This is the little boy, Garvin, who lived with his parents in the house we were working in.
He didn't like taking pictures, but smiled when he saw them!
Mixing concrete and Mortar is not the easiest thing to do. 
The neighbours..
The group at the bottom of the hill, the other half of the group was working up the hill.  
One of the houses in the Orphanage. 

The Dental Bus! 
Yayy! Canadian Flag! This was up before we got there. 
In Tegucigalpa
First views of rural Honduras.