Monday, January 14, 2013

Happy New Year--(OTZ: Oxford Time Zone)!

Happy New Year!  Yes, that's right. Fourteen days late. Well, we are on Oxford time, after all, (OTZ?) where Christmas doesn't count and essays never end. Finally, at noon today, everyone on my course submitted 4 essays we have been gruelling over for the last six weeks (except maybe Christmas and Boxing Day). Somehow, during that time, I also managed to finish a couple drafts of a PhD research proposal, have my supervisor review it....and I still have 4 days left to edit it! Woohoo!

Our sweat, blood and tears went into those essays, and submitting them was like whispering a breath a relief, and letting a rucksack full of monumental pebbles roll off our backs. Finally. We can breathe now...right?

A few minutes later, we receive an email from our course director....Welcome's a non-graded Statistics assignment to complete for next week! It's not even really just an assignment. It's a 2000 word essay/response based on a data set they give us to answer three research problems/tasks (both by hand and using a computer). It sounds like a mixture of the Economics 281 and Statistics 252 courses I took at the University of Alberta School of Business. Not fun days. We are all burnt out. SPSS fun is not the kind of amusement we had in mind.

Victoria, Lucy, Emma and Sonia - local pub, NYE 2012
New Year's Eve  was pretty tame this year.  In fact, I spent the entire day working on essays (surprise), and in the evening, went out for a couple drinks with my cousin Sonia and her friends, and then rung in the new year at my aunt and uncle's place with my cousins. 

Just thought I would share this pic!

New Year's Resolutions....
2 years ago...that's the goal.

What I really kickboxing and the gym. Kickboxing tonight was a killer session....just a preview of what to come.The Varsity Squad match against Cambridge is in SEVEN weeks. Apparently, I'm supposed to attend "sprints" (but I can't, because I have class). "Sprints" are when you do 8, 200 metre sprints in between jogging around the track. Sprint. Jog. Sprint. Jog. So, now I have to do it on my own. Yikes, think I will be using the treadmill, not a track ---track running makes me SO bored! Running outdoors with puppy is definitely the best.

I set goals every 6 months, so I can't really say it's a "new year's" resolution, but I am resolved to meet this goal. I'm so pumped for my new workout plan...maybe I can get back to where I was with the trainer, just 2 and a half years ago. Having Juan as my personal trainer in 2009 was absolutely amazing -- I'll have to follow the plans he gave me on my own now. It's definitely gym time!

More Fun Time

Yes, that's another goal. Read, read, read...but have more time for fun, this time. The other ALSLA-ers are so much fun to hang out with, and hopefully, this term, we will have more social events. I'd also like to get out and see Oxford more, so stay tuned for more photos of this beautiful, historic city.

Happy New Year, everyone!  To a 2013 filled with excitement, fulfilled dreams, love, and surprises...

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