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Undecided (Though what else is new?) October 29, 2009

Filed under: Hockey,Movies,School — Me! @ 9:03 pm

I’m writing this in the 10 minutes of downtime that I have between getting to my room (and eating some delicious raisins!) and going to meet my biology group for our project meeting. Urgh. This biology project is a giant pain, mostly because our group has to meet on Wednesdays and Thursdays, instead of having meetings spread out between, say, Mondays and Thursdays, since the majority of us are busy on Tuesdays and one of our group members works (volunteers?) at a hospital back home for the weekends, so he leaves campus Friday night and returns Monday night, and thus he is unavailable for the weekend. (Wow, grammar fail.) This doesn’t bode well for me, though, considering we meet Wednesday night, conclude the meeting around 7PM, and we have to have considerable amounts of research for 5PM the next day. Did I mention that I pretty much have class from 8:30 – 4:30 every other Thursday? :p (Which of course happened to be today. The universe has it out for me, I swear.) Plus I have my weekly kin test on Friday and a psych midterm Friday (I should probably starting referring to that as tomorrow… ugh) so it’s not like I could devote all my time to research. ANYWAYZ.

I’m going to stop complaining and actually (hopefully) write something interesting. Like how I miss the sound of the rain on the roof. Yesterday I was in my room at night, and I heard this sort of rain-esque sound, but I live on the second floor of six in my building – there’s no way I was going to hear any rain from the roof. It also wasn’t raining. I’ve yet to figure out if there was a legitimate reason for the sound I was hearing or if I was just going insane, lol. The latter is, of course, entirely possible. (And wholly probable. XD)

It’s a trivial sort of thing to miss. It’s not like I miss it a lot, it’s just sort of a passing thought. I love the rain; it relaxes me. Having the clouds just spit though is pointless. It should be a reasonable amount of rain so that I can hear it through the roof as I fall asleep at night. :) Or a ridiculous thunderstorm. Those are always awesome, too. Except when they cut the power for a couple days… Yeah, that’s fun. Not.

It’s now three and a half hours later. We actually accomplished a fair-ish amount at our bio meeting. We have to have a rough draft ready for Tuesday, so we’re meeting again on Monday night to put everything together since two of our group members are going home for the weekend.

Anywho, I feel compelled to share this link from MuggleNet that I found yesterday when I was search for the release date of the HBP DVD. It seems like WB is actually going to do something right! I was so shocked. The list of the special features on the 2-DVD special set looks fantastic: Wizard World preview, awesome things with the cast – telling about their characters, and the actors going around set to the different departments (I’m actually so excited for Rupert’s bit at the stunt place, Dan’s bit with the movie editors and Evanna’s bit with the costume designer!), Jo’s documentary (haha, my parents are going to be really grateful for that because we can finally take it off the PVR, where it’s been since it first aired on TV XD), aaaaand… OUR FIRST LOOK AT DEAHTLY HALLOWS! *omgspaz* This DVD looks like it’s going to be leagues above any DVD features since Chamber of Secrets, or maybe even Philosopher’s Stone. (Excluding the Day in the Life of a Champion from the GoF features, or whatever it was actually called. That was awesome.) I’m so excited. It’s set to be released on December 8th here in Canada and the US, December 7th in the Uck, and November 18th in Australia? (Can someone send me a copy? Haha.) I think it’s is going to be the first time ever that I haven’t gotten the DVD of a Harry Potter movie the day it comes out. Obviously I have no access to it myself (unless I go all the way to Zellers… And since it’s released at the start of my finals period, forget it), and I’m not going to be home anyway until the 21st or 23rd, apparently, so there’s really no point in me buying my own copy when I’m not going to be able to see it. *lesigh* I’ll have to wait for Christmas and my parents or someone can get it for me as a gift. I might have to insist that they buy it the day it’s released just so we can boost sales the first day and keep up the ridiculous stats of HP DVD sales on the first day. (Yeah, because these stats obviously revolve only around my family and whether or not we get it the first day…)

Hm, I just checked out the trivia page on MN for the HBP movie, and it says that Christian Coulson expressed interest in coming back to play Tom Riddle in HBP, but David Yates thought he was too old. Bugger. Christian Coulson was the perfect Tom Riddle! Charming, handsome, persuasive, silky voice… He was chillingly perfect. I mean, the guy they got for teen Tom Riddle was good, I’m not denying that, but Christian Coulson was perfect. Grrr, David Yates. I’m sure he could have pulled it off. CoS only came out, like, 7 years ago? If they filmed HBP two years ago, then it would have been alright. And there’s makeup. It could have worked… *sigh*

Also, I feel terrible that I’d forgotten about the tragic death of the actor who played Marcus Belby. :(  Next time I watch HBP, I’m definitely having a moment of silence for him. <3

Tape that! – Towards the end of the film, when Harry is lying on the ground near Hagrid’s Cabin, Snape kicks Harry’s wand away from his hand. Right in the middle of this shot, as he kicks the wand, you can clearly see a square of neon tape where Harry’s wand was placed, so that the actor, Alan Rickman, would know where to kick.” (From HBP Mistakes.) I wasn’t imagining things. :O Well, I sort of still was, because I swear what I saw was beige, and not neon… But there was at least something there, and that makes me feel better about not seeing things, lol.

I should probably get back to studying now, though. I have a psych midterm tomorrow evening and my weekly kin test in the morning, which is on the complex subject of brain anatomy and neurophysiology! It’s so interesting. It’s most definitely my favourite course this semester. It’s been making me rethink my career choice, though… I mean, biochem is interesting and all, but … I dunno. I love kin, and it comes naturally to me. (Not that bio and chem don’t, but they’re really frustrating me at the moment, too.) Topics like nutrition, bodily functions, gross anatomy, and, surprisingly, embryological development, are so interesting. I’d love to take a nutrition course and figure out what does what, why it does that, what deficiencies are caused by and what the symptoms are… There are select third- and fourth-year courses in kinesiology that I can take without being in the program, but I’ve forgotten what they are at the moment. :p I’ll have to look them up again, though, and take a closer look. I also research about switching into kinesiology next semester instead of psych (argh, I’m still undecided on that…) and I’ve figured out that the lab spot and test time that I’d need to fit in my schedule are open. I could reasonably switch out of psych and into kin, no problems. (Except for the four labs that I’d have next semester, which would kill me for sure.)

Bah. I hate not knowing what to do. I suppose I’ll figure it out some time later. I have to go study now. Bye! <3

PS. Oh yeah. Before I go: What the heck would possess Tampa Bay to allow Viktor Hedman to go play in the Juniors? Why can’t they be selfish like the NYIslanders will no doubt be with Tavares, keeping him for their own NHL games? GRR. This does not bode well for Canada, considering he was the top defenseman of the 2009 tournament. (Although maybe it’ll be good for us in the sense that they might block out Russia? Who knows…)

I swear I’m going now.

BYE.

 

Granger Dang… I mean… October 7, 2009

Filed under: Books,Movies,Other,Song of the Day,TV — Me! @ 9:25 pm

Alert the media! I’m posting twice in four days and it’s not even BEDA. I’ve been working on chemistry all day, though, and I’m really bored of it at the moment, so I’m going to take a slight break and blog.

In response to Saturday’s blog, I officially have football tickets to the last two home games of the season. One is tomorrow and one is a few weekends from now, so they’re relatively spread out, which is good because then I can still study. (Boo, more midterms coming up. I think I’m going to constantly have assessments of sorts right up until finals. How unfortunate.) Another note about university sports is that I saw some guy carrying a hockey bag and a hockey stick the other day, and it definitely wasn’t a floor hockey stick because it was a really nice stick – a Synergy – and that would not be used for floor hockey. That could cost, like, $200. What league was he playing with, then? I want to know.

Anyway, after I posted on Saturday, I went down to do my laundry, and I brought a book with me. (I’m not saying which one in case anyone decides to spoil it for me, which would be awful. I’m not saying it’d be anyone I know, but spammers are mean.) Anyway, turns out that the guy doing laundry at the same time as me was reading the same book, and we were at the same chapter (seven!). He was also a fan of Harry Potter. How perfect was that? It was crazy. I love doing laundry because you always meet interesting people like that who have things in common with you. Plus, he lives on my floor. Crazy coincidence? Probably. There are only six floors to my building and the book I was reading is pretty popular. XD Ah, well. It was fun while it lasted.

Also, on Saturday night I went to my friend’s place with a couple other friends (there were six of us in total originally) and we just hung out while the guys played video games and my friend Caitlin (the only other girl) and I screwed around on the computer watching Dane Cook for a bit. Then we ordered pizza and sat around watching an episode of The Big Bang Theory before going to get some ice cream and bringing it back (with three more people XD) to the common room to watch two episodes of Firefly. It was actually so much fun, despite how dorky/lame that sounds. We left at, like, 11:30PM and everyone who didn’t live in that building started walking back our respective buildings. My friend lives in the same building as I do, three floors up, and he was outraged that I hadn’t seen his favourite movies, so we went back up to his place and we looked around for a movie he loved that he thought I’d like (even though by the time the movie started it was midnight, meaning it didn’t end until 2… Thankfully it was a weekend), and we settled on Good Will Hunting, which is a movie from the ’90s with Robin Williams and Matt Damon, where Matt Damon is a troubled youth who keeps assaulting people and has charges against him, but he’s this ridiculously intelligent mathmetician (haha, I bet you can all imagine how excited I was to watch this movie when I found that out and coupled it with Matt Damon’s baddass-ery) who meets Robin Williams, a psychiatrist, and it’s about their relationship. It’s such a good movie. I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t seen it.

So that was my Saturday night adventure. We all had so much fun that we’re looking to make this a monthly deal now and do it the first Saturday night of every month, so hopefully that keeps up because I’m really excited for it. :)

Lately I’ve been really addicted to the A Very Potter Musical soundtrack. Seriously. It’s all I’ve been listening to for the past few days, along with Lena’s songs that I have on my iPod, including Oh, Shit, Fly and Songs about You. They’re all so great. I need to find her albums.

Sunday was good weather-wise during the day, so I got to go grocery shopping, in case anyone was worried about me, haha. I got my milk, Cheerios, and other miscellaneous items like delicious yoghurt, animal crackers and CUPCAKES. Mmm. <3 They’re so good. I was going to get a tissue box, too, but they don’t sell the ones I use in single boxes – you have to buy packages of six – so I’ll just have to wait until I go home (which is actually only in two days), and in the mean time I’ll use the little travel packs, which means I’ll probably have to replenish those as well because I’ve been using so many… Stupid cold. I’m almost over it, though, which is good. I may not have to infect my little cousins on Saturday when we have Thanksgiving lunch/dinner, lol.

I should go have a shower now before it gets too late and then do more chemistry and/or math. I’ll post again soon, I hope. :)

 

Moose tracks = SO GOOD. October 3, 2009

Filed under: Hockey,Other,School — Me! @ 2:39 pm

I’m going to bring everyone’s memories back to the “What’s the weather like?” thread (or whatever it was called) and discuss the weather, which, incidentally, is ridiculous. For the first few weeks of school it was great – sunny, hot, never raining, never dipping below 25C. Now, for the last week, it has all of a sudden become cold with no warning, not giving anyone time to adjust to the temperature drop, and it’s raining all the time. I love the rain, but this is ridiculous. I’d love to be able to walk to class without an umbrella, or to be able to go grocery shopping. (Which I have to do today… But I don’t know if I can because, of course, it looks like it’s going to rain.) I also have to vaccuum my room, but bringing a vaccuum I’m responsible for from the rental building back to my room in the rain isn’t going to work out so well, even if it is less than 20m between the buildings.

I suppose I do have other things that I could be doing today, like doing some laundry, studying some math/chem, watching two psych lectures, and recording my vlog, but my milk is supposed to expire today, and I’m running really low on Cheerios, so I’d like to be able to replenish them, plzkthnx.

Anyway, enough about that. Apart from the weather woes, uni’s been alright recently. I took my bio midterm last night, so we’ll see how that went. It was only out of 45 marks, so there wasn’t much room for error.

OOH. Interuption in the scheduled programming. I cannot believe I forgot to mention this before. (And when I saw before, I mean waaay before. This story happened the week before uni started, I think, if not before that.) So, I was at my friend’s house one day for a small pool party, and two of our friends were going to be late. By the time they’d gotten there, we’d all finished swimming and had just settled in his basement to watch a movie or two. As a peace offering, they brought ice cream. Moose tracks ice cream. I’d never had moose tracks before, and I didn’t actually know what it was, but John Noe keeps saying it’s his favourite, and I was really curious, because to my knowledge I couldn’t remember seeing moose tracks at ice cream stores. (Though I’d never really been looking because I always fixate on the “boring” ones like chocolate, vanilla or mint oreo. <3) They’d brought a tub and some cups, so we all took a few spoonfuls from the tub and ate ice cream while watching the movie. (We’d ended up watching Love, Actually, which was pretty good.) Let me just say that I now completely understand why moose tracks is John’s favourite ice cream. It. Was. Delicious. Ohmygod. It was like heaven on earth. So much delicious chocolate-y goodness! It was fantastic. And that’s my pointless story of the day. (Be glad you got an actual story. Most of my stories are like this: “Hey, Allison, guess what? I was going to make pasta for lunch today, but I didn’t.” “…And?” “That’s it. That was my story.” “Oh.”)

Now where was I? Ah, yes, the bio midterm. So before we started writing, we were all just chatting and studying together, and I had a nice conversation with these two guys behind me about Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium and what conditions must be met for a population to be in equilibrium.

Thanksgiving is next weekend, so I’m going home for a few days to see the family and stuff. Hopefully I’ll have gotten over my cold by then. I’ve now been sick for almost a week, and usually I don’t get over colds for two weeks, so it might be pushing it, but we’ll see. I’ll try and eat more soup and drink more water to see if it helps any sort of recovery. It’s not too bad, I’m just coughing and blowing my nose a lot, but I do seem to be running out of tissues, lol. Also, I apologise in advance for my vlog, if I make that today, because I’ll probably sound more nasally than I’m sure I already do. (Though I’m becoming increasingly able to breathe through my nose, so that’s an improvement, at least!)

On a completely unrelated topic (kind of), YouTube is now down for maintenance and “will be back up shortly.” Nooo. I wanted to listen to When You Say Nothing At All by Ronan Keating! Grr, YouTube. What an inconvenient time for you to go down for maintenance. A Saturday afternoon? Bollocks. Although this gives me more reason to get out, go have some lunch and start my chores, I suppose. I really should get on those so I can have them all done by tonight, which means I can relax and study tomorrow instead of being cramped for time as usual. Eating here has made me realize how much I love steamed broccoli. It’s mostly just the head, though. I could do without the stem, but the head of steamed broccoli is delicious. Unfortunately, when you ask for vegetable as a side, I don’t thin you can just request the broccoli. *sigh* Ah, well. Maybe the staff will be more obliging if I went during off hours? Hmm, it’s definitely a theory to test. (I’ve been studying too much of the scientific method recently. XD)

OOH, speaking of science! I totally forgot to mention. Considering the last time I posted was the first day of welcome week, I never got around to telling everyone how the faculty day went! IT WAS AWESOME, in case you couldn’t tell. XD The faculty of science called it Naked Science Day, and (mostly) true to their word, most of the reps only had on a (awesomely decorated) lab coat and a bathing suit underneath. They are brave souls, let me tell you. We had so many awesome cheers, too. I remember most of the science cheers, but only one of my residence’s cheers. Haha. I guess that tells you were my loyalties lie. (No one better come quick, though, there aren’t any students out of bed. ;)  ) And one of my reps that day was a huge HP fan and had buttons on her lab coat! It was so cool! I met this guy on Wednesday during my chem lab, too, who is also a huge fan of HP and we had this long conversation about the book, movies, Jo… everything. It was fantastic. The best thing about university labs (so far, anyway) is the fact that you don’t have to take any data home and do a formal lab report. You do everything during class. (Or, in the case of my kin labs, you aren’t even marked on the lab. You just write obversations down in your manual. Granted, you are tested on this material on the weekly tests, so… It’s a trade off, but still. At least you get to go home and review the material instead of handing something in on the spot!)

Also, I have my very own lab coat and goggles now! I’m so excited, lol. I love my lab coat. <3 You’ll see it in the video I need to make, ’cause it hangs proudly in my room. :)

And now I’m seriously going to have a small lunch so I can have dinner at a reasonable time and have time for that to digest before going for late night ice cream with my friends in celebration of surviving our first midterm! WOO! I’ll talk to you guys later. <3

(…PS? I’ve had to take to supporting the football team because my university doesn’t have a hockey team. WTF? Grr. I was hoping they’d have a hockey team I could support considering I probably won’t catch many NHL games – plus my radio gets a lot of static for the radio broadcasts of the game, grr – but no. No hockey team for Lindsay to support here. *sigh* I’ll have to wait for the Christmas holidays to watch the IIHFs… GO CANADA! Yaaay.)