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Food

So, I’ve always heard that students eat terribly. Does that make me an exception? I think that i’ve been eating very well (thank you very much), but that could be because I put an effort into the food that I make (yes, I make my own food. no ‘Hungry Man’ boxed food for me).

A couple of weeks ago I made myself some amazing Chicken Parmigiana, then I made some Chicken Cordon Bleu. Chilli is a great way to fill a couple of meals in a week, so is soup, so I made some Borscht.

Desserts are a favourite of mine, oatmeal cookies, chocolate pudding and rice pudding. Gotta love ’em all.

Though, I am having trouble eating my due of fruits. Maybe I’ll have to resort to eating fruit leathers.

On another note, i’m getting my required amount of sports in (says the guy who didn’t do any sports since high school, well I guess biking across the country changes something in the membrane). I’ve started rock-climbing, we go two or three times a week, intermurals on the weekend (soccer and volleyball are now done, frisbee starts soon), and i’ve been invited to pick-up frisbee (by clearly the two most awesome people in newfoundland!), and starting in January i’m thinking of joining the winter frisbee league (of evil!).

Apparently my car engine is a bit loud, while driving home from dropping some friends off I got pulled over by the RNC (St. John’s police). He said it was a standard check (I wasn’t speeding! I had just pulled into an intersection from a red light), he complained about my car still being registered under PEI, then said that it was too loud. I think he just wanted to pull someone over for the fun of it. But I guess he had the right to check, it was three in the morning.

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I’m sure many of you have been wondering what i’ve been up to after the end of my bike trip (and if you haven’t, you should have been).

I got to St John’s August 1st, so I was on the road for 72 days (with a grand total of 16 days of sun!). Once I got to the city my aunt and uncle gave me the grand tour over the week that i was there. We went to the regatta, listened to some of the folk festival, saw some cool cliffs and climbed up to the cabot tower. In general we spent time enjoying the nice weather that had suddenly surrounded St John’s since my arrival (you’re welcome!).

I then flew home to PEI to visit a bit with my parents and friends before heading back to the rock for the next big part of my life (ie. grad school). My dad had big plans of me and my brother painting the house, unfortunately the company had other ideas (apparently the paint will not be arriving until october!), so instead nick and I helped rip out rows of plants and built a wall for the hot tub deck.

Other than that I tried to fill my days, which is kind of hard when all the people you know work during the day (the best time to hang out when you don’t have a job). So I started to play ultimate frisbee with a group at victoria park (if you are on PEI and want to play, give them a visit wednesday evenings. amazing group of guys). I got myself a birthday present, a nice little Opus Fidelio. It takes me near and far.

Photo taken from opus website

My Bike!

I got to have coffee with friends I haven’t been able to see in a while, beer with those leaving their jobs for the summer, and food. Food is the best way to meet up with friends. When you come and visit, food will be high on the agenda.

To tell the truth, the main purpose of my trip back to PEI (other than cleaning and packing my room up) was to attend a friends wedding. Fun was had, garters were thrown, and the bride looks happy. Congratulations!

At the beginning of September I officially moved to St Joh’s NFLD (ie. the rock). I’ll be doing my masters in chemistry at MUN (Memorial University of Newfoundland). So far my group seems to be full of really great people (but I have to say that don’t I, they might find this someday), and the project will be pretty interesting. I’ve been keeping pretty busy, grad orientation (I went to bitters, the grad pub, four times the first week), hiking the east coast trail (a trail that goes around the avalon peninsula), walking and getting lost around the city, rock climbing with some other grad students that i’ve met, lab group BBQ, and visiting my aunt, uncle and cousins. I’ll have to calm my activities down before I burn out.

One really cool thing, I got my name on the door of our office. It be official, i’m edumacated!

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Mother’s Day

I haven’t been training as hard as I would like to these past couple of days. But, that’s what happens when you have a busy schedule I guess.

On Saturday I had my Convocation, I am now officially a graduate of UPEI with a Bsc (hon) in chemistry. And it feels great. I was expecting the ceremony to be long and dull, but it went by surprisingly fast, but didn’t feel rushed. Afterwards there were the prerequisite group pictures and random pictures, I don’t remember the last time that I’ve had this many pictures taken of me. Generally i’m the one who takes the picture, not being pictured.

After the ceremony and all the pictures a gang of Chemistry students went over to a friends place. It was a good time relaxing one last time with a group of friends. Hope to see you all soon, keep in touch.

On Sunday, mother’s day, I went out for a short bike ride with my parents. It was fun biking lazily, not bothering to keep myself at a fast tempo. Instead, we rode along chatting and looking at the scenery, Something I will have to remember to do during my trip. You have to stop and smell the roses every once and a while or else you might as well drive across the country.

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Back to Training

Well, now that my honours thesis and presentation are done, I now need to get back into gear and into shape. I don’t want to burn out after the first week of my trip.

On Tuesday I had planned on doing a quick and simple loop with no hills, but when my father got home from work he suggested a new route that I had never thought of doing. I think it was more hilly that he thought that it was, he drives the route every day, driving and biking make the same scenery totally different.

Stats

  • Time: ~2 hours
  • Distance: 30 Kms
  • Weather: 4 degree, and raining. My orange raincoat is getting a work out.
  • Felling: excited to be back on my bike after the grueling past couple of weeks at school.
  • Music: None
A Hilly Route

A Hilly Route

So, the trail that I took started off up a long uphill on the highway, so not only was it an incline but trucks were bombing past me, probably tempted to see if they could hit me. Once I got onto the quieter part of the route, the whole thing was up and down, but mostly up it seemed. It was hard, but a lot of fun. The great thing about this route is the fact that when i’m ready I can tack it onto my long route from last year and make it the ultimate training route. Anyone care to join for a 100kms of hills?

On Wednesday I was pretty angry with school, and needed to blow some steam, so I hopped onto the bike and chose a quick and simple route, it had some slight hills but nothing compared to Tuesdays route. It was the perfect recovery route.

Stats

  • Time: ~1 1/2 hours
  • Distance: 25 Kms
  • Weather: 10 Degree’s, warmer than tuesday, but still a bit nippy.
  • Feeling: Pissed off, but feeling better after the run.
  • Music: None

The first part of the route was to go to a trucker dealership and buy a couple nuts and bots, apparently my fenders were falling off and I needed to fix that, don’t want them to fall off during a fast decent. The rest of the route was pretty calm, slight hills, but nothing to complain about. entering into New Glasgow I decided to bomb down the hill, I love breaking speed limits on a bike, makes me feel powerful.

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School

My honours thesis was passed in on thursday, and my defense was this morning. I am now officially done school until convocation.

Now, to get back to training for this summer.

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Stats

  • Time: 1 1/4 hours
  • Distance: 19 kms
  • Weather: 14 degree’s, and sunny!!, but a bit of wind
  • Feeling: tired, but determined
  • Music: U.N.K.L.E

When I got to the 3km mark, my legs were killing me, and combined with the wind I almost turned and went home. But, I kept going, knowing that there were trees coming up, and the wind would be an awesome tailwind on the way back. U.N.K.L.E is a great band to listen to when you’re on the road, they seem to know when you need a steady pace to go up hills, and a rockin’ pace to fly down them. tomorrow I think i’ll throw on LCD Soundsytem’s ’45:33′

Now, time to go to school and write some more.

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Out and About

My friend Rachael has been giving stats on her runs (she is currently training for a run in the Blue Nose Marathon), and thought that it might be a good idea to do as well.

So, here we go (hopefully I keep this up):

Stats

  • Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Distance: 19kms
  • Weather: 7 degrees, FOG! (I wore my bright-ass orange raincoat, if you hit me you must be blind)
  • Feeling: Upbeat, first bike outside this spring.

All I can say, biking in the fog is AWESOME! you kind of forget where you are and just want to keep going. My legs started to burn pretty quickly, I plan to get onto the bike as often as I can in the next couple of days (its supposed to be really nice), well as often as my thesis writing will let me.

On that note, as you could have guessed from my previous post, classes are finished. Not just for this year, but for my undergrad! Now, that doesn’t mean that i’m done school (not by a long shot!), I still have to write my final exams, and finish writing my thesis, and then there is the dreaded thesis presentation.

I know it sounds like i’m complaining about school a lot, but I really do enjoy it. I just wish that I could have a life outside of it.

Oh! Chemistry Graduation Party Tonight! WOOT! (nerd)

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