Suddenly Sickness

If there’s one thing that you want to avoid when first coming back to school, it’s sickness. Unfortunately for many people, this venture proves unsuccessful as sniffling, sneezing, and coughing can be hear throughout the halls and classrooms. And, unfortunately, I am no exception. It was not too lang after arrival that I too became sick. It’s not fun to scooter to and from class while your nose runs faster than you can catch it and constant coughing prevents much productive movement forward. So anyways, I’m finally getting better (although by the sound of my voice you wouldn’t be able to tell).

Living alone in apartment is kinda tough. I think the worst thing about actually being an “adult” is that all you do is dishes. Cooking is so exciting until I remember that I have to actually clean up. Oh well. I guess that’s life.

This first week was rough, let me tell you. It is much more difficult to motivate myself to go to class when I’m all the way down town from where my class is since last year I had a two minute walk from my dorm. I also have yet to do laundry since I have no laundry-doing device and no mode of transportation. Classes seem ok but more than one person has told me and my LARCH friends that 3rd year is the hardest year. yay. That did nothing for my self-confidence. So far, I am not dying of stress but I can’t vouch for end-of-semester Zoe’s state of mind.

Well, it’s late now and I think I’m going to bed.

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Great Water Pressure and Spiders Everywhere

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Frank the bathroom spider

I’d like to call this experience of living in a basement apartment “immersion therapy.” See, despite growing up in the woods and doing outdoorsy things like camping and hiking an canoeing, I am still very much afraid of spiders. And they are EVERYWHERE. It was suggested by a friend that I give them names to make them less scary and I wouldn’t want to admit it to him but I think it’s helping. The giant spider behind the fridge is named Kevin. The one chilling in my bathroom behind the door is Frank. Currently unsure if Frank is alive because he has not moved one inch since I started living here. I also have spiders in two corers of my bedroom ceiling named Peggy and Andromeda. The good thing is, the apartment is really cute and the water pressure is fantastic so I guess everything evens out.

Anyway, today was my first day of classes and it went rather well! Scootering up hills with a backpack can be rather difficult, if you were wondering. It’s pretty efficient though! I could ride my bike but I’m a terrible bike rider and I need to practice on all those hills before using it as a mode of transportation. It was a long day full of walking and syllabusses (syllabi?) and needless to say, I am very tired.

Here are some pics of my apartment (sorry for shoddy quality) Very Zoe-esque

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3rd Year, Oh Dear

So we are about one day from my return to school. Today being the last full day at home :(. But here’s to the start of junior year! Woo. But, plot twist, I am not living in the dorms this year since, partly due to my actions (or lack there of) I did not actually request an on campus housing contract…haha oops. Consequently, I had to look for an apartment off campus. And after an emotionally exhausting winter of searching, I found a wonderful little place down town. Sadly, it is incredibly far away from the Stuckeman building where most of my days are spent (as you may recall from my previous posts). But at least I’ll get more steps in

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Vincent, on the left, with all his body parts still intact. Parsley is behind him on the right.

Another new and exciting thing this year, I have birds!!! Two cute budgies named parsley (the green one) and uh… well I haven’t actually named the other one. I just call it Little Blue Bird. They both hate me at the moment but hopefully one day they will not hate me! That’s the goal anyway. Little Blue Bird is not the original (or OG as the young folks are saying) inhabitant, however. I had originally bought a different bird (named Vincent), to accompany Parsley but in a sad turn of events, Vincent escaped from the cage. His freedom was not long lived as the ferocious cat decided he looked delicious, so she ate him. It was SO sad.

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Little Blue Bird now on the left. So cute! And still living!

 

A frightening and also exciting thing that happened over the summer: I got accepted into Schreyer Honors College! I mostly did it because I want to wear the gold medal at graduation. Not sure if all the extra work and that whole “honors thesis” thing will be worth it but it’s too late now!!! Additionally, I’m banking on getting a free t-shirt at Schreyer orientation. Luckily, there is a separate orientation for gateway students and incoming freshmen because I’d rather not have to feel like a dumb lump next to all these newbie geniuses. Personal feelings. Don’t get me wrong, I am very excited to be in Schreyer! (Even though I have continual issues with correctly spelling “Schreyer”. That “e” before the “y” really gets me. Anyway, I actually think it will be a beneficial experience and what not. AND priority scheduling! No complaints about that!

So anyway, it’s definitely going to be an interesting year!

Nova Scotia, Eh?

My family and two of our friends took a vacation to scenic Nova Scotia in Canada. I have written some tidbits of the exciting things we did and saw and what not.

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It is about 6:30 and we are driving back from Nova Scotia. We left yesterday and stayed in a hotel in Bangor, Maine. There is about an hour and 20 minutes left on this lengthy, grueling car ride and let me just tell you that my butt is in excruciating discomfort. They say that every hour of sitting takes away a decent chunk of your life and I’m pretty sure my life has shorted considerably after 9 hours of sitting. I recently invested in a fitbit and so far I have only taken 1,618 steps all day. That’s not a lot. Maybe I’ll do some jumping jacks when I get home. Oh man I am ready to get out of this car!

I’m sure that is not the introduction you wanted to start my post about my Nova Scotia vacation, but hey, this is my blog. So let’s start at the beginning instead.

We drove two days up and two days back. But at least we did some pretty interesting stuff in between. On the “notes” app on my phone, I briefly recorded the day’s activities. Here is what I wrote with a minimal amount of additional text and editing because I’m too lazy for that. Pictures are accompanied.

Our trip

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The Shubenacadie river at low tide. See how low the water is?!?! At high tide the bridge piers are mostly under water!

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Today we went rafting on the tidal bore on the bay of Fundy. It was crazy! The tide literally looks like a wave that moves in. The tide change on the river we went on was like 20 feet or more! We had to walk in super sticky mud on the river bottom to get to the boats when we started. We also slid down the muddy banks at one place. We rode the swells created by the tidal bore movement over sand bars.

 

 

 

 

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Our cottage, sans water

After the excitement of rafting, we headed to the little cottage where we were staying for most of the week.  However, before arriving, we found out the well has basically run out and we had to shower at a youth hostel about 30 min away. The house is really cute but it would be nicer if we had water.

 

 

 

 

Sunday 8/7/16

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Carter’s Beach

Today we hung around the house. I did a drawing while sitting on the dock and I am kinda happy with it. Later in the day we went to carter’s beach which was GORGEOUS.

Some guys came to fix our well so we got a little more water. Also we had a DELICIOUS breakfast at the port grocer.

 

 

Monday 8/8/16

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Peggy’s Cove

We just visited Peggy’s cove and it looks like Yosemite but near the ocean. Glacial landscape with smooth granite slabs. There are signs EVERYWHERE warning people to not stand on the black rocks that are too close to the water because because people get swept off them by rogue waves and dies. Regardless, people could be seen standing within spitting distance of the water. Even though there were people everywhere, it was still amazing, I do like a good large sitting rock. Now we are going to Lunenburg (sp?) which is an old fishing village and UNESCO world heritage site.

Lunenburg was a cool place, but a little disappointing because most of the shops were closed. We did eat lobster at the Fish Shack though and that was delicious!

Tuesday 8/9/16

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Port Medway Lighthouse

Today we walked to the port medway lighthouse and the grave yard. The light house was nice and we found some blueberry bushes that were ripe! In the afternoon we drove to Kejimkujic national park seashore and did a hike which was nice because there were a lot of cool plants and trees to identify! We even saw some pitcher plants which were really neat. Unfortunately there were horseflies everywhere! We played ukuleles after dinner and watched Date Night.

Wednesday 8/10/16

Today we are just hanging around the house finally! Emily, Katy, and I went kayaking after breakfast. It was beautiful of course. Now we’re chillin. Tried to look at the stars before we went to bed but the moon was too bright still. Did see a couple of shooting stars.

 

 

Thursday 8/11/16

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Statue of “Evangeline,” who symbolizes the of survival of struggle and hardship. Not a real person.

Today we are leaving the house. We are stopping by Grand Pre where the Acadians were kicked out of Canada. Then we are going onward to a bed and bfast place that is close to the fossil cliffs at Jogins. I’m very excited for fossils!!!!

Let me tell you that learning about Grand Pre and the forced removal of the Acadian people really put a bummer on my day. Of course, it is an important piece of history that should not be over looked but still, so depressing and terrible to force these people who were actually doing nothing wrong and had made friends with the local natives and had a thriving subsistence community but then the British were like “I want this land, so get out.” Uncool man.

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Country Stiles B&B

The Country Stiles B&B, the bed and breakfast place we are staying at, is adorable! And the people were so nice! Very accommodating! Emily and I got to play an organ made in 1903!!!

 

 

 

 

Friday 8/12/16

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Fossilized trunk

Today we went to the Jogins fossil cliffs! They were so cool! Fossils everywhere! I loved it! Took way too many pictures Hahahaha! Now we are starting our 5 hour drive across the border back into the US. We are stopping in Bangor Maine and then driving 9 hours tomorrow to go home!!!! I’m ready to go home!

 

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There are a lot of spelling error probably but oh, well.

 

A New Abode and the Swiftly Moving Summer

Hi friends! It has been a while, since I don’t usually post things in the summer time but some exciting stuff is happening!

First off, I am not going to be living in the dorms in the upcoming year! I will be living in a little apartment with myself and two cute birds. Because of the multitude of things that I have and would like to furnish my apartment with, we had to make several trips over the summer to bring everything up. I was also allowed to paint some of the walls, so I also did that. It looks very cozy and cute. (Pictures in a later post becuase I am lazy). Also, I finished my intern ship about two weeks ago (Which by the ways was when I had actually intened to post this).

I cannot believe that summer is almost over! In a few short days I will be returning to scool!!!

This post is not as long as I had anticipated. Many apologies on my part.

Oh wait! Here are some things that I did this summer over my internship:

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These super long factsheets with information about differnent plants you can put in buffers. They print like a booklet. The pictures are small becuase do you really want to read all that information?

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I also got to make some cool logos for various groups and stuff. This first logo for NEMA (Northeast/Mid-atlantic) Agroforestry was the only one that actually got used. haha. but they all looked pretty cool and I’m proud of them.

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Actually I lied I think they might use the woodland stewardship one for something. Also the green is showing up brighter than it’s supposed to be for some reason.

Anyway, I also did some other cool things! I talked with a landscape architect who works for DCNR and he let me do some cool 3D sketchup modeling of an area of a state park that they are redesigning

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Also, my little side project with the chairs is completed! They are so cute and I love them!

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I also painted and sold a chair to my Spanish teacher from high school! (Picture is not the best quality)

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