As I prepare myself for day number 2 of snowboarding, I ask myself, what do I hope to get out of this new experience? First, the thrill of hurtling downhill, slightly out of control, of making those little breakthroughs where I figure out, from fear, how to hold my own. Second, the satisfaction of taking… Read More Snowboarding II
I went snowboarding for the first time this week. At Mt. St. Saveur I got a lesson from a great teacher. Now that I’ve got the basics down, how am I going to put it all together? My worry is that I can only go about once a week, and that maybe I’ll forget how… Read More Snowboarding
I already got the best Christmas present ever, from McGill University. And I have a loving group of people here in Montreal I get to spend the holidays with. There are presents under the tree, and the future is bright.
When I grow up I want to be a postdoc, I want to have a job, I want nice things, stability, a partner and a house. None of these things are guaranteed.
I had wanted to finish by 40. I missed it by two weeks and a bit, the discrepancy between my birthday and the day I defended my PhD. So I am 41, which is just the number of times four seasons have passed in my life. It is now winter and I’ve been living in… Read More 41
New Year’s Resolutions were made to be broken, but I always make a few. This year’s are: 1. pay off credit cards 2. get a better job 3. learn french. If I achieve all this next year I will be a happy camper. You’ve got to shoot high with these things, otherwise it’s not worth… Read More New Year’s Resolutions
I love writing. As a grad student this was my greatest asset. In the end, it all comes down to writing. Let me describe a good day’s writing. Time stands still. Time flies. Words come, hesitantly, then all in a flood. Words ebb and flow. I get up, I sit down. My fingers move and… Read More Writing (One Grad’s Greatest Day 10)
One of my greatest achievements in life happens every day. I get up and go to work. The alarm goes off at 5:20 a.m. I turn on the light right away so I don’t fall back asleep, and I listen to the BBC roudup and review, then we go straight in to local news on… Read More Going to Work (One Grad’s Greatest Day 9)
To celebrate or escape I sometimes go to the movies. It’s easy to get to three really good movie theatres from McGill campus. It’s easy to wander out of Burnside Hall, especially since no one’s watching or keeping track. The AMC, Scotia Bank and Cinema du Parc beacon with dreams on screens galore.
It’s done, and it was neither anti-climactic nor climactic, but somewhere in between. It feels good to be done, over that hurdle, I’ve passed my oral defense for my PhD, with minor revisions. It was nervewracking waiting those final few days, trying to convince myself I’m ready (I was), that I wasn’t nervous (I was)… Read More The Defense (One Grad’s Greatest Day 7)