That time of the term

We are about two months into the school term, so it’s about that time again, when you’re bombarded with midterms and assignments and realize that you haven’t actually learned shit in any of your courses. And then you wonder why you signed up to put yourself through 4-5 years of this bullcrap, while funding the torture with your parents’ life savings.

I really have nothing to look forward to anymore. I went into the year thinking the courses this term weren’t so bad (except accounting; I am always deathly afraid of accounting), but no. CO has been about as pleasant as an elephant shitting on your face, and my recent stats midterm mark was like a bitchslap from left field (the slap bet kind… it comes when you least expect it). Also, WLU managed to screw me over again (surprise!) with their exam schedule. I now have an exam conflict, and an exam after the last day of my residence contract, so I could quite possibly be homeless in Waterloo for a couple days at the end of April. In addition, this exam has interfered with my vacation planning, so that went out the window. I haven’t even been able to hit the gym for about three weeks.

In summary, I’m essentially failing 3/5 courses, I have no social life, I get depressed just thinking about finals, I feel like a slob, and I have a fashion show to attend in about 10 hours. I hope the afterparty serves a LOT of alcohol. Freaking hell.

Shopping fix

Cant live without em

Can't live without 'em

Yesterday I went downtown to have lunch with a couple of friends who were co-oping in the area. I met up with Yuan, and we went up to the 8th floor of the Bay (flagship store on Queen St). I had never even noticed the Bay had 8 floors, much less gone up there, so I blindly followed. The elevator doors opened to reveal the elegant and classy Arcadian Court restaurant. Tucked away behind it was Cityview Cafe, which was our destination. It’s a self-serve cafeteria-style eatery, and I got a veal lunch complete with sides, drink and dessert for less than $9. In keeping with its namesake, the view was pretty awesome, if you were lucky enough to get a window seat. Wei joined us a bit later and snapped random shots with his new camera. In conclusion, that place is a winner in my book.

After lunch I went shopping by myself. I managed to pick up almost everything I needed, including birthday presents and cleansers. Then I embraced my inner shopaholic and possibly went a bit too liberal with my purchases. After shopping, I met up with Evelyn, Joanne, Fred, Vincy, and HP and we had dinner at Korean Grill House. I had Korean ribs in kimchi noodle soup and OMG I’m salivating just thinking about it right now…

Today I had a dental appointment in the morning. Our family dentist is on the second floor of Pacific Mall. I avoid P-Mall at all costs, and left as soon as possible. It was really cold today, but the wind was blowing east, so I decided to walk home. I felt pretty gross for over-indulging myself and not hitting the gym at all this week. It took me around 30 minutes which wasn’t so bad.

A couple hours later, I met up with Char at Goldhawk Park library for no reason other than lack of good hang out spot. Unfortunately I think we both forgot that it was a school night, so around 4pm, all the kids started filtering in. But instead of the kids bothering us, it was more like vice versa. I’m pretty sure the girl sitting beside me doing her gr. 10 science homework didn’t really appreciate our incessant chattering and random shrieking.

Open your ears

This is not a review – it’s just some tracks that I’ve been listening to and liking lately.

James Morrison ft. Nelly Furtado – Broken Strings

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I found this song very randomly, but it’s been on repeat on my playlist for the past two months. If you talk to me on MSN, I have probably tried to shove this song down your throat onto your hard drive.

Leona Lewis – Run

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I love nearly all of the songs on Leona’s album, Spirit (which is very rare) because her voice is absolutely amazing.

Sarah Connor – Fall Apart

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Here’s a more upbeat song (albeit somewhat angry).

Hayley Taylor – No More Wishing

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I first heard this song at the end of Season 4, Episode 12 of How I Met Your Mother. It was love at first listen (?), so I Googled around and found Hayley’s MySpace. She’s an indie artist; at this point I believe her music is not widely available.

Mariah Carey – Always Be My Baby

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Yes, this song is superrrr old, but I’ve re-discovered how fun it is. It always makes me feel happier :)

Void

She looks like she's having fun

She looks like she's having fun

Recently there has been a void in my life. It just felt like something was missing. After endless nights a few minutes of soul-searching, I realized it was shopping. I haven’t shopped since Boxing Day. It’s not like I really need to buy anything, but I miss the nonsensical indulgence of a little purchasing power. There are some birthdays coming up, so maybe I can satiate my retail needs over Reading Week.

School has been very shitty the past few weeks. I have a CO370 midterm on Thursday and I just can’t motivate myself to study because the course material is so damn perplexing. It’ll take me 30min and 10 re-reads to figure out a single constraint in a linear program. We started future income taxes in accounting, and I don’t understand it. Whoever the hell came up with all these rules and policies for accounting must have hated business students.

Last night I went out for dinner with Lis, Wes and Kelv. We went to Miju, a Korean restaurant in the plaza at King/University. As we walked in, I saw a guy carrying a bunch of menus. I thought he worked there, so I told him that we had 4 people. He didn’t say anything but walked straight to his table. Turns out he was a customer. Yes, sometimes I am just too awesome.