4 more sleeps

I move in four days and quite predictably my feelings are a jumble of excited, sad, brave, scared and optimistic and frantic. Crazy probably sums up my state most succinctly. I feel like I have so much to do although I try to keep reminding myself that when it comes down to it I just have to throw some clothes in a bag and get on a plane; if I can do that I will have successfully relocated and everything else is gravy.

My boyfriend and I are in the process of packing up our rooms so that my parents can do other things with the space. I am getting rid of A LOT of stuff and even though I fall rather into the hoarder category of people  (that bit of ribbon might be so useful one of these days…) it actually feels pretty good. We are each brining one suitcase and a carry on bag. That is it.

What else? We are moving to a furnished apartment  (I mean, ‘Flat’ )  that we have never seen and know very little about (Dear Universe, please let there be no wall to wall carpeting or weird upholstery….).

One of my good friends moved into the neighborhood so I gave him my houseplants:

I have donated or disposed of  most of my clothing and will be giving away my canning equipment to my lovely sister-out-of-law who is also throwing us a going away party in her back yard this week.

Thats it folks (my lovely, robot readers). A nice boring list of very mundane and usual moving tasks. Maybe I will get another post in before I go (probably not) and if not, I will see you on the other side!

Published in: on September 4, 2011 at 4:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

rollin’ rollin’ rollin’

I don’t have an exact date yet, but I will be moving to Cambridge, UK somewhere around the second week of September. That gives me approximately 8-ish weeks before I get on that plane.

I am just now beginning to figure out what I need to do before I go. Today I sorted papers:

The horror created when I try to organize stuff...

Maybe tomorrow I will start to tackle that closet full of stuff….

I have no idea really of what one needs to do before one moves across an ocean.
Talk to my bank?
Photocopy my documents and give them to my family?
pack some stuff and put it in a suitcase?

All this, of course, is contingent on getting my British passport which is due to arrive in the mail any day now.

Also, we now have an address in Cambridge. We were allocated a couple’s flat by my boyfriend’s college, so at least we will have a roof over our heads when we get there.

Yikes!

Published in: on July 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

So close…

Hello to my dear robot readers*,

So I have some major updating to do, which should begin to happen some time after next Tuesday which is the day of my last exam. In the mean time I have these anouncements to make:

1.the BF and I have decided where we are going to live next year. University offers have been accepted and declined respectively and funding has been granted and as a result our plans are beginning to take shape.

2.I am just about  finished my last real term as an undergraduate. By Tuesday at 4pm all of the scary parts of my degree will be over (for example, writing my thesis papers, passing Modern Symbolic Logic etc.).** I am currently writing my last ever philosophy paper of my undergraduate life.

3.My dad broke his neck, but is now okay. It was scary, but, miraculously, he is fine and gets to walk around with a lovely neck brace for the next few weeks.

I’ll be back in a few days to kick this blog into gear. Over and out!

*I am pretty sure that almost all of the hits I get to this blog are automatically generated ones by other computers and not by real people. This is actually just  fine: oddly enough I don’t really mind writing for robots.

*okay, so I do have to do one credit this summer to finish my degree, but right now I am ignoring this fact. Also, I am going to do a second year poetry course, so it doesn’t count as scary.

Published in: on April 20, 2011 at 10:28 am  Leave a Comment  

Yippee!

Something really good happened! Like really REALLY good!

I don’t have time now to go into the details, but I will just say that the choice between university towns suddenly got A LOT easier.

Woo!

More on this soon.

Published in: on March 21, 2011 at 10:29 am  Leave a Comment  

Toronto Tuesday

There has not been much written content here lately, but that is because not much has changed. The BF and I thankfully have been given a bit more time to decide which university town we will be living in next year, which is nice, but the upshot has been that there is no new information to share,  only waiting. Waiting to find out about funding packages (cross your fingers!), availability of  couples accommodation, further program details, and what each town has to offer for non-students. We have been waiting for mail and emails and flashes of inspired decision making  ( with each decision being inevitably superseded by the opposite decision the very next day). So no news, but lots to think about.

In the mean time, I am doing the same old things here in Toronto: school, family, friends, etc.

A friend of mine puts on art and music evenings called ‘happenings.’ I went to one last week for the first time and I took this picture right before I went in. It is of the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) building. In general I don’t like the building very much at all, in fact I think it is pretty ugly, but it looked so alien all light up from underneith that I thought it was kind of cool. Love it or hate it, it is certainly a distinctive Toronto landmark:

alien landing - the OCAD building at night

Published in: on February 22, 2011 at 11:26 am  Leave a Comment  

Looming…

I am having a bit of a hard day. Things just don’t feel right and I have been vaguely anxious about everything. I am getting tired of not knowing where we will be going next year, and, honestly, even though I am really excited to have a break from school, I am a bit scared of my lack of having a plan, job wise. In general I am quite excited to move, but today it just seems like a lot of big, scary, emotional, overwhelming work. Not that I have do anything concrete yet, but in some ways that makes it worse. There is this big looming change in my life that is, well I said it already, just…looming.

Published in: on February 13, 2011 at 10:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Trout and Other News

So I made a pretty delicious dinner this evening, if I do say so myself (and I do). Rainbow trout marinated in lemon juice, rubbed liberally with garlic and fried in butter on a bed of cooked spinach, carrots and onions.

The other news is that my boyfriend received word that the Other British University that he wanted to go to accepted him (woot!) but they seem to want him to accept or decline his offer of admission rather sooner than we had anticipated. Much sooner in fact, as they wish to know before he finds out about funding from either university which, (it being the case that they both have hefty international student fees and the exchange rate is not in our favour) is a bit stressful, to say the least.

As we wait on further details from both institutions, emailed sporadically or delivered by post to our door,  I am getting better at answering people’s questions about what I will be doing next year after I graduate. I am getting better at not answering the questions with “I am not really sure yet, but the BF is going to grad school in England and I am tagging along” and then feeling lame because I don’t have a more solid, more recognizable plan of my own. And I don’t feel as though I am just tagging along, anyway. Going abroad  is a decision that the BF and I made together (I have to keep reminding myself). It is our plan and will be a great opportunity for me as well. I will get to have some time to think about my next steps career-wise and school-wise while being in a beautiful place that is much closer to my family in France  while having an adventure with a man I love. I won’t be able to fall into a boring me-out-of-school-in-Toronto routine. Even if I have a crap job at first it will be a crap job in an interesting place with plenty of opportunities to meet new people and try new things. There, I just gave myself the pep talk I needed. Go team. We will rock the UK thing. woot.

Published in: on January 24, 2011 at 9:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Holidays…

Hello my dear little neglected blog,

So I survived my last fall term of my B.A. and have been enjoying a bit of a break. Sadly I have lots of school work to do over the next two weeks till spring terms begins, but for now I have been taking it easy.

Over all I had a lovely Christmas. It is a busy time of year because my brother has his birthday on the 23 of December and we usually have a little family dinner to celebrate and then we are full fledged into Christmas Eve and Christmas celebrations.

detail of our Christmas tree

I decided to try and make as many Christmas gifts as possible this year to suit my currently unemployed student’s budget. I made a (more or less) traditional steamed Christmas pudding for my mother-out of-law, many fig christmas cookies and some clementine marmalade which I had never tried before but ended up quite liking.

Plum pudding, ready to be steamed

Fig-filled Christmas cookies!

Making clementine marmalade

All in all Christmas was pleasant. No major family blow ups and no disasters. I received some nice presents and gave some nice presents. It was good to spend time with my family and our family friends and eat lots of good food together.  Next year I will probably be celebrating my Christmas across the Atlantic Ocean in England. I am grateful to have had such a nice Christmas here at home.

Published in: on December 28, 2010 at 9:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

My Dad’s Leftover Soup and Other News

This is something I will miss: my dad’s amazing leftover concoctions.

Yes I can make them myself, but somehow it is just not the same.

mmmm...amazing leftovers soup!

I was particularly grateful for one of these last night when everyone had been busy and it was cold outside (we had a few flakes of snow! hurray!) and I was stressed and tired.

My 89 year old grandpa had a really bad fall down a steep flight of stairs on Friday at the farm where he and my grandma live. He is in the hospital with broken shoulder blades, broken ribs, some internal bruising, and a concussion. I am worried about him and also sad for how hard this must be for my grandma.

School is also crazy at the moment and, having had an emotional weekend, I felt sad and anxious. My wonderful dad made a soup for dinner out of the leftovers in our fridge (veg. chili, pasta and meat sauce, random leftover vegtables, sausage, garlic, etc. – sounds gross, but was SO GOOD!) which was just what I needed.

Published in: on November 22, 2010 at 8:13 am  Leave a Comment  

I might be living here…

My boyfriend has already been accepted to one of his top two universities, but still has to wait till Januaray to find out about the other. Then we have to wait again to find out about funding. Then, finally, we will be able to make a decision about where we will go. It will be such a relief to actually be able to make concrete plans! Right now I have been exploring (via the internet) the town of the university that we know is an option. It looks beautiful, but very small, which will be quite a change from having lived in Toronto for my whole life. Maybe this time next year I will be punting along the river, whiling away the hours marked by the tolling of chapel bells (see picture below).

This could be my life...

Actually, I will probably be frantically looking for a job in an unwelcoming economic climate/already have a job but be working a million hours a week to be able to afford to live in such an expensive part of the country. One of my friends moved back to live with his family after graduating from a university in the USA and said that it is really hard to get a job in this town. I will simply have to hope for the best and trust that something will work out.

photo credit: borrowed from here

Published in: on November 13, 2010 at 11:29 pm  Leave a Comment