Despite my doubts that I would be making it out skiing this season it looks like I finally will. This weekend I'm heading down to Sunday River with Ben & Lee-Anne. Hopefully the conditions will be good.
Well the inevitable has finally happened! My car decided it wanted a vacation of its own on Saturday night, so as me and a couple friends were about to drive home she wouldn't start. All three of us there were Mechanical Engineers, but unfortunately we were not able to deduce the issue (plus it was dark and I had no tools with the car). Thankfully I have CAA so I was able to get it towed to a garage so I can let it sit for a couple days till I have some free time to play with it. I'm hoping I can get it going, but knowing my limited mechanic experience I do have my doubts (especially when it comes to putting the parts back together). Thankfully my car was able to hold out till spring so it's actually now lovely to walk about.
I was in my Picasa Web Albums (the online site that I store my photos and videos) a couple days ago and noticed they had upgraded to 1GB of free space (vs. 250MB previously). Not only that they now have a search feature so you can search other peoples photos. I am not sure why it took this long to get these new features up and running, but I am glad they finally did.
Initially when I bought my mp3/mp4 player (1GB ipod nano knock off) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I thought I got such a great deal. Unfortunately I was not looking at the long run cost analysis. I quickly learnt that the battery typically last for only 4-5 hours of music or 1.5-2 hours in video, photo or game mode (which meant while traveling I had to be really selective of the times I wanted to use it as to not drain the built in battery). Recently I have ran (literally) into another unfortunate flaw. When I go running with it the shock of running cause it to randomly turn off. In all reality I should realize when I purchase inferior goods they will rarely compare to the original, hence they are a faction of the cost. I think I did realize this but the price was just too enticing.
I finished "Blue Like Jazz" on my flight to Ontario last week. For those who have not heard of the book it is described as "nonreligious thoughts on Christian spirituality", basically the journey of faith of the author. Originally I was very skeptical of the book after a number of pages, however I was recommended this title by a number of well respected friends so I stuck to it. Which I am thankful for because after a few chapter I started to get into it and could hardly put it down. Much like any book, I may not be in exact cahoots with the author, but he had a lot of good things to say and think about (for Christians and non alike).
This past week I was able to spend some time up in Ontario visiting friends. I got to see Noel in action working with Everyday Publications. We also did the tourist thing and visited Niagara then spent some time up in Toronto. In Toronto we also had a fun visit with the Nathan, Celeste and their crazy cat Betsey. On Sunday I made my way up to Ottawa to visit with Jess and see the sights of Ottawa. When I was actually looking for Jess' place I met up with another friend (Derick) who was walking on the other side of the road to the University. For those going to Port Colburn to visit Noel don't forget to go view the prize attraction of the town, the shrinking mill. Thanks to everyone who let me couch hop.
I am back at University again trying to get my head back into study mode after a wonderful study break of visiting with family and friends. It was good to be able to spend a bit of time with my niece and nephew (and their parents of course). My trip to Ontario was also lots of fun. When I get some free time I may try to post a few pictures.