Wednesday, February 27, 2008

I'm old, I'm young

Last semester I felt like being nice so I brought some baking to my seminar group. It was greatly enjoyed and devoured. However, later that day I overhead a little 19 year old from my group tell her friend that "a nice lady" brought in some baking. I felt like I was 50 years old.

Fastforward to today. I went to a job fair at VGH and I was talking with the recruiter about the different locations that I could work at. She then asked me if I lived at home.... as in with the parents. I was quite taken aback since I haven't "lived at home" in nearly 10 years! I politely responded that I owned my home, and my friend piped up beside me and announced I was married. I think that she felt bad because later she said that I just looked so young, and blah blah blah. At least she thought I looked young!

Reading Week

Last week I was off for reading week - it was wonderful, relaxing and way too short! I spent the week catching up on sleep, working out a lot, and seeing friends and family that I have abandoned since going back to school. Other highlights included a shopping day with some girls from school and going to a sonics game in Seattle. Alas, the days of rest are over and I am now back to the grind. Already wrote a midterm, now frantically working on a group project and the list goes on for the next 6 weeks.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Navigating Transit

I have been doing my long commute to UBC for nearly 6 months now. In that time, I have learned the value of a seat! On days where I get a seat for the ride home, I get lots of reading done, I'm not tired at the end of the ride, I'm happy and I'm ususally able to go home and work out. On days when I don't get a seat.... well, it's basically the opposite.

For the first semester I followed the route that the Translink website told me to take. Then I realized, that the site gives you the shortest route, not necessarily the fastest. So we (my friend Heidi and I) changed our route home. We now take the 99 to get to Broadway which comes every 2 minutes and only makes 4 stops between UBC and Granville (as opposed to our old bus which only came every 10 minutes and made who knows how many stops). But the best part about the 99 is that it gets us onto our White Rock bus several stops sooner which means - WE GET SEATS!!!

On Wednesday, I snuck out of lab a few minutes early because I wanted to try and catch the early bus home (otherwise I would have to sit around for an extra half an hour). I made it to Granville in time, got on the bus, got a seat, had my book out and was all ready for relaxing ride home.... until the bus driver announced there was a problem with the bus and everyone would have to get off. And one more thing, they weren't going to send an extra bus. So the already crowded 4 o'clock busses were now going to have a whole extra lot of people.

I decided that I didn't want to stand around for half an hour and I didn't want to stand the whole way home. So I got sneaky. I took a bus downtown, walked a few blocks, then got on my bus when there was still seats! And when we got to my usual stop, it was standing room only.

Dinner Party

Phil was away in Colorado snowboarding for his birthday so we celebrated together the following weekend. We had some friends over for dinner, then went for beer at the cool little pub here in Ferndale.

I was trying to be very Martha Stewart and set a nice table. Here's the results. (I'm not good at center pieces so I didn't even attempt to do one)

Sarah and I at the pub

Phil and I posing with our beer

Sarah and Kris

Our good friend Kevin
Sorry Erin and Kevin - I didn't get a picture of you guys!!!