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

The lifejacket looks like the Kool-Aid dude!!

The lifejacket looks like the Kool-Aid dude!!

That little kid eventually got himself a bleeding foot and my first aid kit helped him :)

That little kid eventually got himself a bleeding foot and my first aid kit helped him :)

When we got there, it was already pretty packed. We couldn’t even find a picnic table. Except there was one that was kind of partially in the water, and we would have to drag it out. After much debate, a group of buff dudes who arrived after us went to drag it out for themselves. We solemnly watched and didn’t dare stop them.

The infamous picnic table

The infamous picnic table

We were super jealous of their various-sized beach balls

We were extremely jealous of their various-sized beach balls and floaty accessories

Testing the water

Testing the water

Check out those cancer dogs

Check out those cancer dogs

Just some peepz. Chillinnnnn'

Just some peepz. Chillinnnnn'

At one point we were all in the water. Lily and I were super sneaky and used our shark-like stealth to splash/drown/throw mud at the boys.

The day is almost over :(

The day is almost over :(

Sibbald Point

Some more Sibbald Point scenery

New Olympic sport: synchronized shell-picking

New Olympic sport: synchronized shell-picking

Overall it was a very fun and successful ending to a great (albeit short) summer. Now I can’t wait till Christmas…

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