First of all, I want to say congratulations to the Women’s MSVU soccer team who are heading to nationals and are the ACAA Champions.
Unfortunately, the Men’s MSVU soccer season is over. This is due to our semi-final loss against Kings College on the weekend. While we lost the game, I’ve been told that it was a great game to watch. From the beginning to end, it was a nail bitter: both of our teams fought hard and went 120 minutes without a goal… This is a particular sore point for me though, as we actually did score in the 113th minute but it was taken away from us by the referee. One of the Kings College players ran into their own goalie, knocking him over, but the referee thought we had knocked the goalie over and called a foul against us. If we had not been robbed of the goal we would have won the game and moved onto finals. But one should not dwell on the past, so I have decided to move on and stop being bitter. That is not to say that I won’t continue to use this loss as an experience to figure out what I could have done better and continue to improve.
But the most disappointing result of the loss is that practice is now over. No longer do I have two hour practices Tuesday through Friday and games on the weekend. I loved getting outside for two hours a day, kicking around a ball with friends. There were days when I wanted nothing more that to stay at home or times when another player pissed you off, and the weather was certainly not the best as we moved into October, but I suffered through it all because the fun of it all outweighed the bad.
I love being active. So now that soccer is over I’ll have to find something to fill that hole. I just signed up for the Lucky 7’s relay race in Halifax and the Hypothermic Half Marathon in February but I need something else. Maybe I’ll start up yoga… then again, I’m broke so maybe not.
If any of you readers have a suggestion for my dilemma, please leave a comment. I’m always more than happy to try new sports and activities.
I love Halloween! Every year one of my friends hosts a Halloween party at his house. And each year, the costumes get more intense and creative. Last year a guy showed up as Mr. Dressup. He had the costume down to a T: the hair, clothes, mannerisms, and even made his own hand puppets including Chester the Crow and Truffles the Pig. But most impressive was that he had a hand-carved wooden chest known as the “tickle trunk” from the show. This costume obviously took a lot of effort and time to create. But my twin brother, Peter, still takes the cake for most time spent on costumes. My brother recently wrote the LSAT. For those who don’t know, the LSAT is a very difficult standardized test used by universities for students applying to law school. For the last few months my brother has been studying for this test – or at least he should have been. Instead, every time I saw him he was either trying to solve a rubik’s cube or researching Halloween costumes. In his mind, I think he was using the rubik’s cube as a test. If he could solve the rubik’s cube, he could pass the test. Luckily for him, he solved the rubik’s cube. This, of course, was great as it freed up more time for looking at costumes. About two weeks ago, Peter finally decided on a costume. He was going to go as Fantastic Mr. Fox. Shortly after making this great and important decision, he found a a fox mask that would be perfect. Only when it arrived in the mail, it wasn’t perfect. This led to a long night of pondering. In the morning, he decided to head to Atlantic Fabrics for a solution. This was the moment I discovered how serious Peter was about this costume. I returned home to see my bearded brother standing in the kitchen (which had become his new arts and crafts centre) welding a hot pick glue gun and a role of furry fabric, quickly followed by questions such as “does this look good?” or “does this make my face look big?”. But in the end, the mask looks awesome… or “fantastic” if you will.
The point of this story is that Halloween isn’t just for kids, it’s for adults too. And why shouldn’t it be? You get to dress up, eat candy, and enjoy a glass of beer while looking like a fox. I think my brother and I spend more time on our costumes now than we did when we were kids. But this year I will be playing soccer on Saturday October 27 against Kings College in the semi-finals and when we win, we will be one game away from going to Nationals. So I might not get to dress up this year but I might be going to Nationals – I think it’s a fair trade.
I’m sitting down thinking about what to write, when it dawned on me that I am FREEZING! My room is ice cold. This is likely due to my window being open, so I have no one to blame but myself. But it made me think about why I’m over Fall. The problem is that the weather is too cold to leave your windows open but still not quite cold enough to start lighting up my wood stove fireplace. I consider Fall a transition season. I love the summer and I love my winters. But the fall is just so boring. Sure, the leaves change colours, you get the occasional hurricane (I love a good hurricane or storm), pumpkins are ready to carve, and you can start wearing flannel shirts again… but it just doesn’t bring the same joy I get from a nice winter’s day. There is nothing better than having a snow day. School is cancelled, beautiful snow is blanketing the ground, and you’re outside showing the local kids how to properly build a ramp for sledding, or just pummeling them with snowballs. When you finally run out of snowballs or are tired of getting your butt kicked by a bunch of 10 year olds, you always have the option to head to Martock or Wentworth to do a little skiing/snowboarding. I recognize that both of these places are poor excuses for Ski Hills but it’s all we have in Nova Scotia, and while they are more like ski bumps than actual hills, it is still fun ripping down the slope with your friends. If you are unfamiliar with our ski hills, I recommend heading to Wentworth over Martock. It is a little further of a drive and more expensive, but offers a better ride and terrain park (jumps and rails) for anyone with experience.
But the best part about winter is when you come back inside after a long eventful day in the snow. The fire is blazing as you take off all your wet clothes and wrap yourself in a blanket. You have hot chocolate ready to go and a movie to watch as you slowly pass out from an exhausting day in the snow. This is how I like to spend my winter and why I look forward to the next season. But instead of frolicking in the snow, I’m stuck walking around looking at leaves. So Winter, please hurry up and get here so I can get warm by the fire and drink cocoa while watching the snow fall.
Thanksgiving weekend is a time to be thankful for everything you have, to spend time with family, to take strolls in park and watch the leaves change colours but most importantly it is time to relax. That is exactly what I will be doing on my Thanksgiving weekend. This week has been a fairly stressful one with multiple assignments being due and my MSVU soccer game against Kings College. But it is all over now: assignments are done and we won our game against Kings College with a 2-1 victory last night. Of course I still have assignments to do on the weekend as most students do, but those can wait until Sunday or Monday. This weekend is mine: I have no practice, no games, an annual “turkey cup” hockey game with friends, and a turkey dinner to look forward to with family. This is my Thanksgiving tradition and I love it… especially the turkey. But this brings me to my main point. Have you ever actually seen a live turkey? The things are ugly as can be: they have the weirdest faces and I’m not sure what’s going on with those beaks. I’m not ashamed to admit that if one was chasing me I’d be more than a little frightened. I think it’s the eyes that intimidate me the most. Those cold black eyes, it’s as if they are staring into your soul. I learned a few years ago that large birds may seem peaceful but if you mess with them they aren’t afraid to bite back. 2 years ago I was running on a path when I came across two geese who were blocking the path. I thought nothing of it and continued to run thinking that they would fly away as I got close but was I ever wrong. Instead of flying away they spread their wings, made a weird noise, and chased me along the path for a good 100 feet until I had enough of that and decided to change tactics. I turned around and dodged them as I ran by. I made it by them in one piece, but not without a few scratches on the legs and a close call with an attempted bite to the groin region. After that incident I gave large birds the respect they deserve. So if you find yourself in a one-on-one encounter with a live turkey this Thanksgiving, run away and get your revenge at Superstore as you buy/eat its cousin.
I started this school year the same as I have in the past: with drive and determination. I am going to be the best student I can be. I will buy one of those large fancy MSVU calendars that they sell in Rosaria bookstore, make a schedule, prioritize my time, buy all my course textbooks, read textbooks, study at least one hour a day, and go to every class.
This was my master plan and it was a good one. Except for one major flaw… I procrastinate. That being said, I am a good student, just not in September. I get good marks, perform all tasks required, participate in class, and meet every deadline. But I tend to make schoolwork harder on myself as I leave the majority of my work to be done in October. In all my school years I have yet been able to accomplish what I set out to do in September. I understand all the great reasons to do these tasks early but cannot bring myself to dedicate the time required. I blame this on the weather. Like most students, I spend my summer working away to earn money for the upcoming school year and had no real vacation throughout the 4 months of my internship with Kraft Foods. This left me with little time to enjoy my summer, especially since tuition was being hiked up 3%. So once my internship was over I had an overwhelming sense of freedom and desire to be out in the sun. I had also acquired a respectable farmers tan which needed to go. The only problem was that my internship ended on August 31 and school started on September 5. This left little room to experience the freedom I was looking for. So instead of accomplishing what I set out to do academically, I spent my early September surfing, playing tennis, drinking beers, mountain biking, swimming, hiking, and doing everything else I missed out on during the summer. I even took a trip to Cape Breton which was beautiful; the landscape and scenery is second to none in Nova Scotia. But once MSVU soccer season started I had to put all of these activities on hold. 2 hour practices 4 days a week and games on the weekend. Soccer just increased my procrastination. I wanted to spend as much time in the sun as possible before it got cold.
Well we’re into October and the weather is getting cold, which means it’s finally time to get assignments done, buy my MSVU calendar, make a schedule, prioritize my time, read textbooks, and study. I have had my fun and it was great. But now I need to buckle down, graduate, and spend more time outside next summer.