Take Me Out

20 05 2013

When I really think back on all of the things Jeff and I have done together, it becomes quite evident just how good we are for each other and how much we’re able to encourage each other to actually get out and DO things.

Just the other day Jeff (finally) had a day off of work and we went out to Peggy’s Cove (followed by further activities, explained later).  I’d never been so he decided to to take me out there since we’re in NS.  It was a really beautiful day and made for an awesome visit.

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Jeff was getting a little upset with me for sitting so close to the rocks, but I wanted to get a better look at everything!

That’s me sitting on the rocks by the by, photo courtesy of Jeff.  After spending some time at Peggy’s Cove we actually went for a little hike.  Jeff had found coordinates to this trail on this girl’s blog.  It was a really cool hike through a plain (I guess it would be a called a plain?) created by a glacier so there were cool outcroppings of rocks, and boulders sitting in random spots that had been ‘set down’ by the retreating ice.  It was a really cool trek!  We spent about 3 hours hiking around on the rocks and through the vegetation, I would recommend to everyone!

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After our hike we went to Your Father’s Moustache to watch the Leafs vs. Bruins game 7.  I don’t usually cheer for the Leafs but I can’t stand the Bruins, so it was hard to watch the Toronto give up so many goals in the third period.

I used to avoid hockey like the plague but have recently (relatively speaking.. I’ve been watching it for about 2 years now) gotten into it.  I think the basis of my aversion was the hockey players that I’ve met throughout my life, not the sport itself.  I’m sure most of you have run into a douche or two who act especially awful when with their teammates/bros/boys.  I find it a little easier to watch pro hockey knowing that they have families, and are a little more aware than the younger hockey guys I’ve had the.. pleasure.. of interacting with.  Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but in my head they’ve grown up from the jerks who wouldn’t think twice about gay bashing that they used to be.

Anyway, as always, thanks for reading!  I hope you’re all enjoying the holiday today!  At least, my Canadian readers.. sorry Americans… happy Monday I guess?





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.

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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.

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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.

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