WAAG Week 2: Back in Ottawa

Monday

Had resolved to start off the day with a good book, but forgot that I didn’t have anything to read (can’t wait for that Kobo mini to come!), so ended up just staying in bed for an hour surfing my phone. A came back from swimming and thought I was depressed… nope, just lazy.

At 12:30 we had our STATS exam – I missed an easy three mark question, but other than that I think it went decently. Packing was the main focus of today – I was at it for three hours. Since L’s birthday is in May but she’ll be in HK then, we went out for hotpot. Stress levels had been high today, but food helps solve everything!

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Writing in an almost empty room with all my belongings piled on the floor, I’m already feeling nostalgic. These past two terms at Waterloo went by in a flash: I met some really awesome friends, and have learned and grown so much.¬†But now it’s all over and first year is over and all the feels I just can’t takekjdlfjel;ajdlkfjadklf;jsad;

Wednesday

Forgot to blog again yesterday. Wasn’t much to it though – spent most of the day traveling back to Ottawa. Now all my stuff is at Dad’s and I’m living out of my suitcase again – yippee!

I’ve been too busy to get on the computer today, but looking back on it, I haven’t done much at all. I drove my grandparents to get their blood tested today, then spend most of the rest of the day cleaning out my old room with Mom because a renter will be moving in there in a few days. Then we took J to swim practice and came to the other house. Through it all, Mom and I had an intense discussion about Brazil and whether or not I should actually go… things seem to be pointing to a yes for now but we’re going to wait until the interview results come out on Friday.

Friday

I chilled at home for all of yesterday, but somehow still forgot to blog. Not that there would have been anything to say – I pretty much just sat around on the Internet munching on chocolate.

Went for a check-up today and talked to my physician about my back. She sent me to go get an X-ray, so I did that as well – results are supposed to come out in three to four business days. Hopefully they aren’t too bad!

Oh, and I called the company today – they said I didn’t get chosen for the summer internship position ūüė¶ Oh well, what could I have expected? At least Brazil’s an absolute go now.

Spent most of the rest of the day cleaning out my old room. The renter is coming in a few days and I still have so much junk in there to clean out. I found a bunch of my old yearbooks when I went through the closet, and had fun Snapchatting friends their quotes from years ago.

Saturday

Had a dentist appointment today. I was also supposed to be in a group chat with everyone I’m going on the Brazil exchange with, but somehow I got the time wrong and ended up missing the chat. What’s doubly worse is that the time slot they ended up picking included me and excluded one of the other girls rather than the other way around… so I let down that girl as well as the rest of the group. What a shitty start…

While the Brazil call was happening, I was also on call, but with my AIESEC EB. It’s our EB retreat weekend, but since I’m stuck in Ottawa, I video called into the retreat. Thank god for technology saving me that 4-hour drive!

J had 1/2 of his swim meet today, so he and mom came back feeling in the fitness mood. They taught Dad and I some exercises that they commonly did, and I got chided for being unfit as usual. Maybe I’ll go out for a run tomorrow… haha. Big maybe.

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Introducting WAAG

I like to get deep thoughts when I’m on long bus rides by myself. Since I haven’t had one of those in awhile (read: I haven’t left campus in almost a month), there hasn’t been too much soul-searching going on. But I went to visit Dad yesterday, and the resulting long bus ride (twice as long as it should have been because I rode the bus in the wrong direction… *shakes head at own idiocy*) led to some thoughts, the most prominent of which was

I need to write more. A lot more.

Writing’s always been the thing that I want to do more of, but never get around to. Sitting down to write that next chapter of the novel always makes me feel as if I need a solid chunk of time – which I don’t usually have.

And that’s why I decided to start a new personal initiative: WAAG, Week At A Glance. It’s inspired by Michelle Phan’s My Week in Photos series, only I’m aiming for all text. These will be posted on this blog every Sunday at 11:59pm. If this doesn’t improve my writing skills, hopefully it will at least help me¬†keep from deteriorating into total literary nonsense.

Wednesday

I had breakfast with Dad, then got dropped off for an interview for a possible summer internship. Aside from asking the interviewer if she was Spanish and then getting informed that she was Russian (awkward to say the least), I think it went OK – however, I am definitely not as qualified as some of the candidates so I probably won’t get the job. Coincidentally, I also checked in at the same time as some auditors from PwC. They received a lukewarm welcome at best… but this may have been because they decided to show up 15 minutes before their self-imposed deadline of ‘an hour before the scheduled appointment’. The person who had most of the information they needed was still in a meeting and not even present on site.

After the interview, I headed back to Waterloo, where I watched¬†Bro’Laska videos (I don’t know why I find them so entertaining, but I do. The brothers and Gigi Gorgeous¬†basically make up my Youtube study playlist right now) while studying for my finance exam tomorrow. Fingers crossed all goes well!

Thursday

The exam did not go as expected. A lot of the material had not been covered in our class, so I was unprepared for the inslaught of theory questions. Luckily it was open book, so I managed to CTRL-FIND most of the information before time was up. Everyone was complaining about the exam after it finished, so in a sense group unity at failing helped improve my mood. The consensus is that our marks will be bell-curved Рhoping this is true, because my Finance mark definitely needs it.

Friday

Spent most of today studying for STATS. The process was pretty depressing because I just kept uncovering more material that I didn’t know about. There’s a prep session hosted by AFSA education tomorrow, but I’m still not sure if I want to go to that to help clear things up or just spend the time studying by myself.

We also had our AIESEC Finance social today – T was sick and couldn’t come, so since it was just three of us we scrapped the sushi idea and decided on Korean food instead. We went to Nuri Village in the Plaza – it was my first time there, and the place was so packed we had to wait outside for a few minutes before they could seat us. Food was great, service was fast, and the price was reasonable too! I’ll definitely be coming here again.

New Youtuber discovered today: LeendaDProductions. I guess “discovered” isn’t really the right word because I’ve seen some of her videos before, but today’s when I actually got interested in her channel and binge-watched most of her videos. From what I can gather, she is a recent UBC grad, and, suffering from a difficult break-up, decided to escape Vancouver and travel to LA for a while. She’s already become really good friends with some well-known Youtubers – WongFuProductions, Gina Darling, and FuMusic. Her stuff is funny and she seems relatable, so I subscribed!

Sunday

Oops, forgot to blog yesterday, so I’ll do a quick summary of that. I started off the morning with my weekly Skype call with C (although sometimes it ends up being an almost monthly occurrence) – so excited to be done with finals and go back to see her and the rest of the Ottawa gang! After that, I went to buy shampoo (the approaching summer is making my hair greasier than the back of an Asian restaurant, so I’m going through bottles of shampoo like crazy) from our school’s local pharmacy… but it turns out they were closed on weekends. ūüė¶ Since we were already outside residence, and it was such a nice day, A and I spent the rest of the day studying outside. That night, I went out for dinner at Sugar Marmalade; finally got the pancake roll – heaven in my mouth ‚̧ When I got back, A and I hadn’t gotten to talking for a few minutes before we had some guests. There had been a birthday party that night, and L was drunk for the first time in her life. After an hour and a half of her talking, giggling, randomly breaking into sobs, and running out of the building, she was finally coaxed upstairs by E. I’ve retained a lengthy incriminating video that could prove useful later on.

Today, I woke up bright and early to go mark some AFM 101 exams. I can’t say I care too much for marking – five and a half hours of correcting the same three questions over and over again in front of the watchful eye of the instructor isn’t fun. The one thing I did take away from the session is how easy it is to lose marks on exams – I had to give away more 0s than Bill Gates has in his bank account, sometimes even if the student had filled the entire page with a response.

Somehow nothing got done once I got home, and I’m not only unprepared for my STATS exam tomorrow (which is worth 60% by the way… should I ready the gun to my head now?) but am also currently sitting in the middle of a sea of unpacked clothes, school supplies and other miscellaneous items I have to pack up by Tuesday morning. On the bright side, we were finally able to sell our fridge! One less thing to worry about.

Interference

***I wrote this months ago, but it got lost in the recesses of my notebook until today***

I’ve never been able to make up my mind about whether I like novels or short stories better.

On the one hand, I live for novels. They’re the ones that can lift you off your feet and throw you into another world where you can lose yourself for a long time. When I think of stories I like the most, they’re always novels. Since the authors have so many pages in which they can develop their characters, the characters have so much depth I feel like I know them better than my closest friends. And when the book ends, there’s almost a sort of physical pain – which a sequel is sometimes ready to fill. (I’ve never found a sequel that was better than the original – I feel like I use them mostly as a crutch to continue seeing the characters I love – a little like how you might go visit a dear friend in jail and talk to them through bars.)

On the other hand, novels often require more commitment than I can give. It takes effort to pull yourself back out of a world just as you had gotten into it. Sometimes a girl just needs a pick-me-up.. and short stories are great for that.

One of the only concepts I can remember from those nightmarish days of high school physics is interference. We probably learned that on the first day of class… what happens when two waves meet? Destructive interference. Novels and short stories both have great benefits, but the kind that threatened to cancel out if you put them together. After all, wasn’t the consequence of one what drove you into the arms of another?

But physics teaches us that destructive interference doesn’t always occur. Sometimes, when the waves meet at just the right moment, something great happens – something bigger and better.

The Spa Amy Weldon

That’s exactly how I felt after reading The Spa by Amy Weldon. It’s a collection of short stories interspersed with a continuing narrative that spun it into a maze of sharing and retelling. Every night I’d settle down for another chapter and wonder what new story the next lady would tell. I felt as content as if I were sitting in the Jacuzzi with them, inhaling the aroma of jasmine and fresh tales. And the best part was, there was no pain in separation – when the ladies left back for their various lives, reinvigorated with rest and second hand wisdom, I too felt as if I had rested up and was ready for my next adventure. Perhaps I’d best pick up that murder mystery novel I’d left on the bookshelf.

I had originally picked this book up as a “blind date” for Valentine’s day. The cover was wrapped and tied with a pink ribbon so that I couldn’t see what it was. It really did work out though – I don’t know if I’d pick this book from a shelf if I had been looking. Sometimes you don’t know what you want – but fate works its magic and hands you a great present.

Forgive the bad quality photo... my phone is a potato
Forgive the bad quality photo… my phone is a potato

(By the way, isn’t the “blind date” book idea just the cutest one ever? Kudos to whoever came up with that. I’m definitely going to try and make this a Christmas tradition with the family or something!)