Posts Tagged ‘school’

… Volleyball!

Posted: March 13, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Ah-mazing tournament! I would like it to be stated that, for the record, the 17 year old boy that V crushed a) was like 6’amillion, and b) looked like he was quite literally going to cry after the second block. The blocks weren’t even “Oh, your hit didn’t make it over, sucker”. There were “wow… your massive swing quite literally just got CRUSHED into the ground on your side of the net. You should probably just give up at volleyball, because your ass was just handed to you.”

I am slightly less sore than V on the purely volleyball front, because I am 5’notalot and spent significantly less time breaking the souls of children at the net. I am, however, equally completely-dead-to-the-world as a result of cumulative sportsness (and some going out on The Town). Friday, after putting in some significant school time, I went rock climbing with training partner Val and KICKED SERIOUS ASS, ya hurd? I sent not one, but two routes that I’ve been working on, after not finishing a damn thing for aaaages. Beyond that, I made some serious progress on two other projects, including one hold that has been the bane of my existence for about 2 months now. So eat it, purple route. Eat. It.

We went out to the bar directly from climbing.. fairly certain Val and I are among the few who get ready for a night out in the bathroom of a climbing gym. This is because we’re among the upper percentile of seriously awesome. Then I volleyballed all day Saturday, and then, I got to go learn how to do some kayaking in a pool!! Kayaking was some serious fun. This is dangerous because for chrissake, the last thing I need is another sport, especially on that involves more equipment. So on that front… god daaaaaaaaaaaaaaamnit. I’m totally doing it again next week.

I would like it to be noted that I’m currently being devoured by school, specifically by two giant fourth year projects. They’re pretty interesting – one involves creating an integrated environmental impact assessment for local sports events, and the other requires us to make a basic framework for an undergraduate-wide first year course on sustainability in relation to various disciplines. So – wildly interesting and engaging stuff, but holy shit holy shit holy shit I have so much work to do, and on top of that I need to apply to jobs for the summer. So, my posts will likely be significantly more sporadic for the next while.

Ta!
-C

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Of life, squash, and such

Posted: March 6, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Before I get into what is known as “serious business”, I have a confession: I was involved in demolishing the delicious cookies V made. Be jealous. They were ah-mazing.

Moving on. I’m just going to tell you right off the bat – it is 1:30 in the morning, and I’m getting all up in my head with the thinking and the stuff, and the things, and well, you know. You’ve been warned. I’m about to get all introspective on your asses, and in a very unapologetic fashion.

My weekend in Toronto has been a giant success in every way that was completely unexpected. My original plan for the weekend was to play squash, beat down some bitches, and read an assload of journal articles for all the lit reviews I need to get done. This list has been renamed “List of All the Things That Did Not Happen”.

I ended up just really not caring about my squash tournament this weekend. As a highly competitive person, this was an odd feeling for me. But other things just ended up mattering more, and I had a really wonderful weekend because I focused on those things. Friday morning I had life stuff to do, and I kicked some ass and got it all done, but as a result I got to Toronto a little later than planned. Going to a squash game directly off an airplane is not optimal for a sport in which you need to be COMPLETELY focused. But it was just a squash game, and losing ended up being a relief in the sense that now I could go out with my friends in Toronto and not be concerned with being home early to rest for the next day’s game.

As a result, I had a completely amazing weekend. Friday night I went out with a couple guys who are just wonderfully motivated and engaged people, and we had some drinks and some amazing conversations, and it was just really, really fun! I love nothing more than people who know themselves and have well developed opinions that they can discuss, and who are going places. And let me tell you, these two are definitely going places.

Today was another failure on the squash/school front, which may have a lot to do with the fact that I went out late and drank a little. That being said, another raging success in the spending time with people who matter category. My best friend from high school and I got together to catch up and stuff our faces with chocolate at Just Desserts. Chocolate Skor Brownie? YES. With ice cream, of course. Nom nom nom. But aside from the delicious food, we killed 3 hours talking and it felt like 20 minutes.

To sum it all up, here is a list of horribly cliche morals that apply to my weekend: Plans are good and all, but stay flexible and adapt to change. Make conscious decisions about the people you surround yourself with. Always make time for the people who count. Know what matters to you.

Everyone freaks out about the real world as they near graduation. But having people around you who believe in your ability to succeed makes life that much less scary.

I love you guys!
C

Of coaching and all the tournaments in the world.

Posted: February 28, 2011 in Uncategorized
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It’s now Monday morning, and Reading Week is officially over. I really needed the break from school madness, but man, I am definitely not ready to go back to classes and “regular” life. Unacceptable. I have a class and a 6 hour lab today, and I would much rather be playing sports or laying on my floor, listening to Ferry Corsten.

In other news, I played in a women’s tournament on Saturday, and got the best workout of my life (?!). My abs were sore the next day. My abs. From volleyball. That just doesn’t happen. We got knocked out in the quarterfinals, but I had a great time, despite the fact I hadn’t played middle since high school. The net was so low that I just had all the fun in the world annihilating everything. I hope to continue this awesome streak of tournaments by playing in one this upcoming Saturday and the one after that. Yesssss. My life priorities are clearly all in line. I fully intend on bringing my camera to the next two to deliver some sweet action photos.

Here is another sexy car:

I’m off to print a lab and make myself a pulled pork panini, so I bid you adieu…

Transmission over.