The Update About the Update that NEVER HAPPENED (I’m so sorry!)

So, um, I know that I said I’d update sometime in the second week of school and that never happened. Sorry about that!

What I have been doing is:
1) Going to class
2) Working
3) Whining about statistics
4) Updating my student life Tumblr page
5) Going to class
6) Doing some homework
7) Whining about statistics
8) Procrastinating on the Internet
9) Whining about statistics
10) Beautifying my Twitter page
11) And many more…

Do you see a trend there? Yeah, I whine about my statistics class. A lot. It’s not that I don’t like it or anything, but it’s hard and I don’t always get it right away (and I tend to lose patience with difficult concepts really quickly)! However, having the class once a week and having to do two chapters for each class actually isn’t so bad. I’ve kind of fallen behind, but I’m catching up. I’ve found that I’ve basically had to read over the chapters multiple times and then write out some of the equations in normal-speak (read: not equation-speak) and basically work it out on paper in the margins in order to understand it. It seems to be working so far. Good times…

You know, I actually like this setup a lot better than high school. I can pretty much do my homework for any class whenever I want provided that I’m not in class (or at work!) at the time, and it’s a lot easier than having nightly homework, that you have to do – because then I just don’t want to do anything. I actually want to do this. I rather like being able to sit down at pretty much any hour of the day and say, “Okay, I’m going to learn some statistics now!” and then spend an hour or whatever on it, and then be lazy again . Mind you, I’m still having trouble adjusting to the new workload and so I’m not really totally caught up on everything, but I seem to be doing okay in Microeconomics right now and I don’t think that I have any assignments due for at least a week. Which reminds me, tomorrow morning if I have time, I should probably do the referencing assignment for Political Science… It’s due in 9 days, and I haven’t gotten started on it yet. Eek! I’d kind of prefer to have that out of the way early this week, although somehow I’m thinking that there’s some sort of catch within the assignment that I won’t discover until after I’ve already worked on it. It just seems too easy, you know? Worth 15%, each reference worth 3%, and then you just have to use APA (or whatever it was) to reference, like, a newspaper, two journal articles, a book and a website or something. I might start it tomorrow morning and then email the professor on if there’s anything hidden within it that I have to do. Or I might also just procrastinate, but I’m kind of curious now.

Right, well, that’s all for tonight. I work tomorrow afternoon, and I’d kind of like to do some stuff beforehand, so I should probably head to bed soon. Toodle-oo!

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University Jitters

As my first day of classes at university approaches, I find myself wondering more and more what is going to happen, and exactly what to expect. I talked to a girl I met at some frosh events and she told me that there is a lot of reading and that, for the most part, it’ll be reading instead of assignments and whatnot. (Of course, then I’d imagine that final assessments would be worth a lot more.)

I’ll certainly have more free time at random hours – when I’m not studying, I can pretty much do whatever I want, and provided that I manage to get enough reading and/or notes done during the week, I can pretty much do whatever I want on the weekends. Considering that I’ll likely be working most of the weekends, that’s probably a good thing, as it means that I won’t be up late Sunday night trying to work on something due Monday. However, since I don’t have any 8 AM classes, that’s not as much of a worry (at least for this semester!), since technically I don’t even have to get up until 9 AM on most days unless I happen to work early, or I agree to drive one of my sisters to school.

I’m just worried that in university, since I tend to procrastinate until the very last minute and sometimes not even get things done, I’ll fall behind quite easily. I might put the reading off for one week and then assure myself that I’ll do it later, before the next class, but then that might never happen, and eventually I’ll have no idea what’s going on in class. I think I’ve even heard that’s why first year drop out rates are so high – people get lazy and then can’t keep up. I only hope the same doesn’t happen to me, but time will tell.

I’m fairly excited, though. Although my university doesn’t have a lot of clubs, the ones that they do have seem interesting, and I’m already thinking of joining a history club, the student newsletter and a women’s group. There are also some campaigns run by the student union that I’d like to get involved in: queer/trans* issues (a very dear friend of mine falls into this category and as such it’s important to me), combating rising tuition rates (self-explanatory… not to mention that Ontario’s tuition fees are the highest in the country), and raising the minimum wage (the current minimum wage of eleven dollars sets full-time workers below the poverty line).

I’m also hoping that joining various activities will allow me to meet others, as all of my friends from high school are going to different universities than myself. I’ve already met some pretty cool people at the frosh events I’ve attended, so I’m hoping I find friends soon! It’d be especially nice to have some friends in Commerce, because then we could study together, and I’d have someone to talk to about the classes, discuss professors, etc. It seems like the vast majority of people at this campus are in Psychology, which isn’t too surprising considering that the campus is not that old and the Commerce program has been around for at most two years. (I study at a satellite campus that shares their facilities with a college. There are mainly humanities programs offered.)

I don’t have classes tomorrow (Wednesday), but I may go up to the university all the same and explore the campus some more. I’d like to check out the student union office and get some more information about the different campaigns and clubs anyways.

Thursday is my first day of classes, and I’m particularly hoping for luck in regards to parking and actually locating my classes. It wouldn’t be good if I was late because I couldn’t find a parking spot! That’s the main thing, really; getting there on time is the first, and probably the most important, step for me, because I have a terrible habit of underestimating the amount of time it takes to get to a place and then leaving far too late to actually get there on time.

Signing off for now. I plan to write a series of blog posts detailing the various trips I took over the summer while I was off from school, and I’ll see about getting at least one of them published in the next week. I’d like to make a post about my classes as well, but that should probably wait until the weekend, when I’ve been to three of them, or until next Wednesday, when I’ve been to all of them. I’ll see. I’m thinking it’ll just be a comparison post on how university classes seem different to high school classes right now anyway, so I can probably write it having only gone to a few classes.

Until next time! Louisa. 🙂

Betta Fish are Greedy

Anybody who has ever owned a Betta fish will probably agree with me on what I am about to say.

Betta fish are greedy little creatures. It’s not a slam against them; it’s just the way they are. They love food, and, the thing is, Bettas don’t just stop eating when they’ve had enough… They’ll just keep on going until there’s nothing left.

Whenever I go up to the tank, Princeton (pictured) will eagerly come to the front of the tank and swim up and down with his little fishy eyes fixed on me.

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Cute, right? And he gets especially excited if you feed him. He’s kind of a picky eater, I think, as he won’t eat the yellow flakes (I have a bag with differently coloured flakes that serves as food for all my fish – I also have two diamond tetras and five cory cats in the tank), just the orange ones. He is, however, very fond of the pellets that I feed him to supplement his diet of flakes.

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He completely sucks at actually eating them, though. He usually has to chew really hard, I guess in order to break them down so that he can swallow them, but even so the tetras generally eat most of the pellets before he has a chance to get at them. Poor little guy!

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I even saw him go down to the bottom of the tank once in order to try to grab the flakes that the cories were currently feasting on, which I thought was rather rude of him.

But, hey, that’s just a Betta fish for you, right? For a fish, they have such a personality that it’s really hard not to love them. And, if they get too fat, or you notice their stomach bulging, holding off on the feeding for one day or just feeding a lot less should do the trick. As coldblooded creatures, it’s not going to kill them like it would a cat, or a hamster.

I love Princeton a lot, even though he is so damn greedy, but I can live with that!

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Hey, all!

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted last, so I’m just going to talk about what’s been happening in my life so far.

Last weekend was my high school prom! Considering that I’m in Grade 12, I did go. I went with a group of my friends, and we all went to a hotel afterwards. It was a ton of fun, and I hope to make a post talking more about that night in the near future.

Saturday, I went out with my two friends Jess and Colin, and we went shopping for tripods. I didn’t buy a tripod, but I did find a monopod for my dad. I have no interest in a monopod, but he was pretty pleased with it, so hopefully he gets some use out of it! Speaking of which, I really need to use my DSLR camera more often. I always tell myself that I will, and I thought of maybe going out and filming some trains today, but unfortunately that’d probably be more like a day trip, and I don’t really feel like gambling on whether something will be out on the MacTier today.
We did, however, end up seeing a train! I was pretty pleased with it, since it was my first train in quite a while. Here’s the video, in case you’re interested:

It was caught with my cell phone, so the quality isn’t the greatest, but that’s okay. In the summer, I’ll actually try to take my camera on more railfanning excursions! I don’t have my digital camera any more, which is probably a good thing as the microphone wasn’t the greatest, but I do like the quality of the video shot on my DSLR. Speaking of which, I have to empty out the memory cards from it, as I currently have no space to film anything else!

On Tuesday, I took my road test for my full G…

 

 

 

…and passed.

What, did you really think I’d fail? For someone who lists one of her primary hobbies as “driving”, I sure do drive a lot. I haven’t driven quite as much since I lost my Forester, but that’s mostly because I’ve been very busy. I am, however, kind of saddened that I won’t have Foresty this summer for my various railfanning (and otherwise!) adventures, because she was a perfect companion for all kinds of railfanning. Great visibility for driving, AWD (which saved my ass many times in the winter when I went sliding), a comfortable interior and, of course, a fantastic trunk with lots of space for my tripod and other such items.

Anyway, yes, so I passed my G test and I am now a fully licensed driver! I am still currently waiting for my full license to come in the mail, which they said could take anywhere from 2-4 weeks.

Anyway, now it’s Saturday, and exams are starting on Thursday of next week! Ahhh! I must start studying for Calculus. My tutor was supposed to come today, but I unfortunately just realized that I’ll have to cancel with her, because I committed to doing something at 4 and she was supposed to come at 3:30… blah. An idiot, I am. Luckily, I will probably be having two separate study sessions with friends of mine, so it makes up for it!

Anyway, that’s enough rambling for now. I should probably get everything all sorted out with the tutor, and study for Calculus. See you next time (hopefully next week), all!

What I Did Today, and an Update (very short)

Hey, all!

So, my goal was to post once a week. Clearly, that goal hasn’t been achieved.

Erm.

My life is absolutely crazy right now; I expect it to remain that way for quite some time. I want to start a vlog in the summer, but I might wait until I can actually update this regularly first. I hope to get 100 subscribers by the end of the summer. Doable? Um, maybe. Who knows? Only time will tell.

Anyway, today I went to an auto show, and got to ride in a Porsche Boxster! That was fun. It was pretty crazy, seeing as how he was basically drifting along a wet parking lot, and I was just in the passenger seat like “oh my God oh my God oh my Goddd”, but, don’t get me wrong (a favourite saying of my current Religion teacher), it was actually awesome!

I also got to talk to some other Subaru enthusiasts for like an hour, which was pretty fun. I always feel like an idiot afterwards, though, because whenever I talk about something with someone who knows more about that something than me, I end up losing my words and not knowing what to say. God, is that embarrassing.

So, um, yeah; that is my life right now! I will now go either study for my Calculus test or watch some more danisnotonfire… you know, probably procrastinate. Eh, I don’t know.

Toodles!

“Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos” and Hamster Nostalgia

Okay, seen this yet?

Because if not, you need to view it right now. Of the few viral videos that I actually watch, this one has completely and totally captured my heart.

I used to have hamsters, you see. And while I don’t recall ever feeding them tiny meals like that, which is a shame because I really should have, when I was on Flickr, I often saw a lot of people doing the same thing: making their hamsters adorable little tiny food items that they could eat.

This kind of makes me wish I had a hamster again, because they are so cute! I have a cat now, but hamsters will always hold a special place in my heart… especially Squik, who was my last Syrian/golden hamster. She lived for around 3 years, from what I recall, and she was so nice! It makes me regret not spending enough time with her. I kind of remember just going into my room one day and going, “Wait a minute, this hamster is like a year and a half old and I barely even do anything with her. Why is that?” I played with her a lot more often after that, but I still feel like I never had enough time with her. She was literally the nicest hamster I had ever had, and when I was lying down, for instance, and she was on my bed, she would crawl up my shirt and lie by my side and just sleep there. Or, I could go walking somewhere and put her in my hoodie or (loose) pants pocket, and she would just stay there and sniff all her surroundings in a very interested way.

Hamsters are sweetie pies, and there’s just something about how tiny they are, yet their ability to use their hands with their tiny little fingers (and really weird thumbs), that just intrigues many people. It’s hard to be a hamster hater in this world, isn’t it? When you can see how adorable they are within a few moments (the way they yawn, those paws, that tail!), it’s hard not to gush and go “awww!” all over the place.

My Name Is…!

Hi! My name is… what? My name is… huh? My name is… who? Chicka chicka, Slim Shady!

Well, okay, so my name is not actually Slim Shady (although I wish I could rap that well!). No, my name is Louisa, and I am trying to figure out my life.

Being in my senior year of high school, next year I’m going off to university. Actually, I’ll probably be living at home. I’m going to a university near my home, because then I can live at home for a year and still keep my job working at the local grocery store. I don’t want to live at home forever, though, so I’ll be transferring schools within a few years.

A few things about myself:

–          I’m pretty sure I’m going into business after high school, probably accounting.

–          Right now, I work part time as a cashier at a grocery store.

–          I live in southern Ontario.

–          I love cars. Subarus are my favourite brand! I used to have a Forester, before it was scrapped. It was a great little car.

–          I also love trains. I also love the movie Avengers, and reading and sometimes writing FrostIron fanfiction.

I don’t currently have a set topic for this blog; it’ll mostly be about my life, and as I try to make my way in the world. There may be some swearing, and there may be lots of complaining. What? That ain’t a bad thing. I need an outlet. Although I’ll try not to let it get too negative or anything, because to be honest, I’m hoping that, eventually, I can write something that people actually want to read; and I figure that this is good practice, no?

I’m not really sure what else to say now, so, yeah! Thanks for reading, and look forward to an upcoming post of mine, hopefully sometime within the week! 🙂