Emmys 2009 and other bits

On Sunday night I was studying. Okay that’s a lie; I was actually live-streaming the Emmys with the untouched Economics volume propped up in front of me. Neil Patrick Harris is awesome. I don’t usually watch awards shows, but unexpected things happen sometimes *coughKANYEcough*. The awards themselves and finding out the winners don’t really interest me, but I was really impressed with the red carpet fashions. Olivia Wilde was the winner for me – Marchesa does painfully beautiful chiffon. Also I wish I had more free time ’cause now I want to watch 30 Rock and Mad Men.

I will need to chain myself to my books when I’m not at work, so there’s nothing really to look forward to until after my exam. My only forms of entertainment will be the odd TV show (HIMYM and TBBT premiered last night!), and I will live vicariously through my newsfeeds. Tokyo Game Show 2009 begins on Thursday, so here’s hoping for some interesting gaming news. I was scoping out their site and came across this floorplan. If you look on the bottom right where the international pavilions are, you can see that the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade will be represented there. If they mentioned I might get to go to TGS, who knows, I may just have accepted their job offer :P The gaming world is abuzz with yesterday’s big release of Halo 3: ODST (apparently there was even some kind of event going down at the Fermenting Cellar), but there are quite a few good DS games I need to play:

  • Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box. I loved Curious Village, and this one’s turning out to be pretty good too. Except I don’t really care for the mini-games (the camera/tea/cat stuff is so annoying). I think I’m close to the middle of the game, but I refuse to pick it up again before CFA exam cause it’s super addictive :(
  • Scribblenauts. I’ve read so many great reviews, and the gameplay intrigues me so I’ll have to check it out.
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. It comes out on the 29th. I shouldn’t even have to justify why this is on my list.

Aaaaaand I just wanted to highlight a few finance-related articles that caught my interest:

Busy busy busy

Tomorrow marks the first day of autumn, so of course it’s going to feel like 32 and be humid. Co-op terms are generally more relaxing than academic terms, but these next few months are going to be nothing short of hectic. In addition to work-related stuff, I have to apply to grad jobs (which is like a full-time job in itself) and study for CFA (which is like taking a few extra courses). So yes I am starting to feel the pressure.

Due to the above mentioned encumbrances, I will also have no social life until December 5. And then I will probably need to go all out holiday-festive-style. I would say that this past week wrapped up my fun quite nicely. Last Saturday I had lunch with Nic, then went for a haircut in Pacific Mall. Jo and I decided to try that new place upstairs (I forgot what it’s called already). It was okay, nothing remarkable. I will keep trying different salons to find a really really good one, or at least somewhere with a decent price-to-quality ratio. Afterwards, we wandered around the mall and moved on to Market Village. As some of you may be aware of, Market Village will soon be no more. Instead, they intend to replace it with the biggest Asian mall in North America (a title currently held by none other than Pacific Mall). There was a pretty large model in the main foyer, so I snapped some shots:

You can see P-Mall as the red building in the front. Behind it is the proposed reconstruction of Market Village

You can see P-Mall as the red building in the front. Behind it is the proposed reconstruction of Market Village, with a luxury hotel attached. Those lush looking trees in the parking lot are LIES.

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Goodbye, summer

Labour Day is over, marking the unofficial end of summer. I’ve been working for the past two weeks, and it went as well as any first couple weeks could have. The people are very nice, and I haven’t been bombarded with tasks as in previous co-op terms. Things will pick up this upcoming week though, so I need to review my STAT372 material and become an expert in writing Excel macros.

Last Wednesday I joined quite a few Waterloo’ers for an end/beginning-of-term dinner. Half of us came from work while the other half had gone rock climbing earlier in the day, so there was this palpable disparity between our states of dress formality. There were people I haven’t seen in a while, and people I won’t get to see for a while, and I enjoyed catching up with everyone.

On Friday I skipped out on work a bit earlier to give myself a head start on the weekend (also there was really nothing for me to do). I bummed around at Fairview Mall until some friends who were returning from the CNE came to pick me up for dinner. It’s amazing how many new friendships are formed with high school acquaintances once you go to the same university… In any case, we had dinner at Lemongrass, and dessert in the same plaza. Then they decided to drag me to Mix2 to shoot some pool. I didn’t really feel like playing, so I just became the photographer.

Sunday, I was up bright and early to hit the beach one last time before we Canucks hide out in our igloos for the winter with our stash of bear and walrus meat. It was essentially with the same people I went camping with, and we decided to visit Sibbald Point. I’ve already gotten a threat from Herbert to give this trip a glowing review. Otherwise he will eat my babies or something. Initially, we were supposed to leave at 8am. But then I guess someone realized it’s a vacation, not military boot camp, so departure time was pushed to 9. We had a very uneventful drive.

Getting this shot was probably the most exciting part of the drive

Getting this shot was probably the most exciting part of the drive

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