Let it Go

12 05 2013

It has been a VERY long time.

Welcome back to my life dear readers!  It has been close to a year since I’ve updated this blog.

Most of you are aware already, but in case I have readers who aren’t, I no longer live in Edmundston, NB; I don’t work at the mill anymore and have since moved away and I am not even a little bit sad about it!

My employment in the states ended and at first it was a major blow, I was really sad and felt a little worthless to be honest.  I didn’t really know what to do with myself.  I moved back home with my parents, Jake and Iza in tow and was going to sink my teeth into professional job hunting.

Jake and Iza in the Car
I had a couple of interviews and things were going ok.. I don’t know what I would have done if my parents hadn’t welcomed me back home with such open arms and support.  Especially when I was bringing two dogs along!  Thankfully Zeke (my family dog) got along great with Jake and Iza.

This picture's a little bit old, but still cute

This picture’s a little bit old, but still cute

Even though I had had a couple of interviews that felt like they’d gone well I didn’t land a permanent position.  So I decided, almost on a whim, to go back to school.

It was getting to the point where I couldn’t afford to be unemployed anymore, what with car payments; student loan payments; and regular bills continuing to come in, so going back to school meant putting my loan payments on pause while I studied and hopefully making me more employable after graduating with a Masters Degree.

Unemployed

All of this brings me to now, I’m living in Halifax, was accepted to Dalhousie University to take my Masters in Environmental Engineering (with funding!)  and I couldn’t be happier.  It feels amazing to be studying something that I actually enjoy and have voluntarily signed up for.  It’s so much easier to find motivation when it’s something you’re passionate about.  My research project is on energy reductions in water treatment, so given that I’m a giant environmentalist and very interested in the world’s energy predicament this masters program has got me super excited.

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I’ll be focussing on UV treatment of water, both drinking and wastewater, trying to reduce the amount of energy that process requires. So far I’ve got relationships with Halifax Water set up and I’m told I’ll be working with Cape Breton’s water commission as well!   All of this gets me so pumped.

Though leaving Edmundston after the position at the mill didn’t work out seemed devastating at the moment, it was certainly a blessing in disguise (read:  blessings aren’t really a thing, this is purely for expressional purposes).  I’m living in a new, awesome city that I’ve always liked; Jeff lives here too (he’s taking a second degree at Dal as well!); my brother lives here; AND I’m doing research in a field that excites me.

OH!  And my room mate also has a puppy!  That means there are three dogs in my house.  Three.  Two super big ones, and one super small one.  His name is Apollo and the three of them get along so well.


Small world story:  Jamie (the room mate) ended up living with me because he lived with Jeff in PEI when Jeff first moved from Ontario!   So Jeff knew Jamie was coming to Halifax and needed a place to live and told us to talk to each other.
Jamie’s awesome; it’s a great thing when your roommate isn’t just someone who helps pay rent and instead is a friend eh?

Everything’s coming up Brian.

success

I hope you are all doing really well, and thanks so much for reading!





Stuck for the Summer

6 07 2011

I’ve actually had a few people ask me why I haven’t updated in a while!  That was a bit of a surprise, but I really appreciate the enthusiastic readers! 🙂

Just a heads up, my regular life is MUCH more boring than the life I lived in Australia hahaha, so be prepared for a mediocre post.

I realized that I haven’t really told you guys what my current situation is in depth!  So in short, I’m living with one of my good friends Sunny and my boyfriend Jeff in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Sunny and I ready for St. Patrick’s Day

I work at the Limerick Pulp and Paper Research Center here on campus for one of my professors.  I was originally supposed to work with one of the masters students working there helping him with his work, but he didn’t really NEED me so I’m helping with work that has to be done for clients instead.  It’s pretty repetitive, but it’s busy so the days go by quickly!  I just wish I got to be outside for nice days like when I lifeguarded rather than inside playing with wood pulp.  Guh.

Last weekend was so awesome; Jeff and I went back to PEI for Canada Day weekend.  I tried to get my work done as fast as I could so that we could leave as early as possible (Jeff luckily had been given most of the day off!).  We jumped in the car Thursday afternoon and trecked to PEI.  In short, the line up of events was going to the drive-in with Callen and Tom, fireworks, camping, and the beach.

Tom and Callen (sorry bout the drink picture Callen)

Kung-Fu Panda 2, Transformers 3, and Super 8 were playing.  We watched the first two and all four of us agreed that Kung-Fu Panda was better than Transformers.. that movie SUCKED.  Don’t watch it.  After Transformers was over it was 2 in the morning and we were all pretty discouraged from the level of shittiness so we left before Super 8 came on.  Soooo can’t tell you if that was good or not!
Friday was Canada Day!  We went to Tea Hill Beach (Park?) to help out and volunteer with the events going on there, then came back in town to meet up with some of my friends to have some drinks before going to watch the fireworks.  They were really nice and the group was pretty great :).

Canada Day!

Other Brian looks pretty squinty, Jeff’s a bit sunburnt, my eyes are red, Claire’s Blurry… but whatevs.  It was fun.
Saturday came next (it’s after Friday, then Sunday comes afterwards) and we went camping with my dad and the dog!

Zeke!

It was actually SUPER fun.  My dad used to take me and brothers camping a lot when we were younger and we’ve tried to keep it up as much as we can.  We go camping camping too, not that campground in a RV type camping.  We pack a tent, some food, little stove, cooler, etc. and a canoe.  We go out to the middle of nowhere, canoe up a river, and set up camp in a clearing.  It was amazing.

Sunday we came back a little worse for wear in the way of mosquito bites, a lot sweaty but very happy.  When we got back home it was beautiful out so we unloaded all of the camping stuff, let Zeke run to the basement to cool off, and Jeff and I packed up our beach stuff!  We were only there for about an hour but we had to go before we went back to Fredericton, it wasn’t an option.  So all in all, a pretty freakin good Island weekend I think!  Drive-in, Fireworks, Camping, and the Beach!

Canada Day Fireworks

(Sorry Shayna, I stole that picture from you)

The week went on as usual after that, work Monday, Tuesday, and today.  We went to the grocery store yesterday and spent a small fortune on food.. mostly for Air Miles deals..  but we won’t have to go back for awhile I think!

Hope you all had a wonderful Canada Day and week so far!