Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Roughin' it Halifax style

I'm in the middle of the exam time crunch, Greg has gone to Vancouver for a week for work, and the power went out for a bit last night. Resourceful girl that I am, I studied by headlamp and candle lantern and hoped I had enough battery power on my laptop to go the distance. The things I do for school.

All my exams will be done in about 3 weeks and I am really looking forward to the summer. So far I don't have any employment lined up, but I have some leads, so fingers crossed. I also was just elected secretary/treasurer to the Dalhousie Environmentall Law Students Society. That means I have access to the society bank account. Anyone want to go shopping? Just kidding!

Apparently as soon as Greg left for Vancouver, spring arrived here in Halifax. It's a balmy 12 degrees out now and apparently getting hotter. I feel strange outside without my toque, but I'll adjust.

I'd also like to let you know that I've got a secondary blog now. I've been doing reviews of everything I read over on I Read Too Much. Check it out if you are interested.

Today's Halifact: Halifax has the world's second largest natural harbour (sorry, I don't know who is first). We like to celebrate that here in Halifax by dumping raw sewage into it. Yummy. However, there is a major engineering project going on right now to build a treatment plant and piping to it. Of course the treatment plant is going in the poorest neighbourhood in town. I guess you can never win.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Still chilly...

Yup, it's the first day of spring but the Shubenacadie canal, as you can see, remains solid. Fortunately for the cold ducks, there were plenty of people to feed them.

Taryn and I took a walk there yesterday after she finished her first (and lets hope, only!) weekend take home exam. Ugh. I am very glad to not be a lawyer in training!

However, it sounds like I am soon to be once again a nerd-in-training, as I was just accepted into Dalhousie for a MSC in Computer Science! I start in September and already I'm being preened to be the lab AV geek by Ritchie, the current lab AV geek in residence.

Anyways, I have started into a baking + cooking frenzy, and I think I will start blogging about my creations over on my oft-forgotten (by me!) blog. Hey, when you work at home it's no big deal to watch over some dough rising for an hour or three.

And speaking of culinary creativity, Ritchie has started a new blog where he and I scour Halifax for the best fish and chips in town. That's right. THE BEST. So far, we're far from our goal, but you never know what we might find. You can read about it every friday on bish-n-batter.

And thats it for now! For more frozen water craziness (from a few weeks ago), check this out:

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Back from London

We have been back from London for over a week now and things are back to normal. We had a great time and enjoyed our break from Halifax and its weather. (It was spring in London, but its still winter here for the most part.) All of our pictures can be found in the our online gallery (see the link on the right hand side of the page).

Right after we got back from London I had my first moot court (fake court). It was kind of neat since we got to dress up and call our prof "my lord" as if he was the judge and call our fellow students "my learned friend". It was the first time in my life I was ever addressed as "counsel". The best part was that the name of the fake company I was representing in a contract dispute was "Fools R'Us". Great, my first client is Fools R'Us!

There's not much else going on here except the same old same old.

Today's Halifact: You may not be aware but the military presence in Atlantic Canada is huge. In the Halifax area alone we have the base for the East Coast Navy, which is much, much larger than the piddly little West Coast Navy in Esquimalt. There is also a major military airport in Dartmouth across the harbour (CFB Shearwater) along with lots of other smaller pockets of military land around. The CFB Gagetown, which I believe is the largest base in the country in is New Brunswick, outside of Fredericton. We drove through it this summer and it took a good 45 min to get across it. Seeing military personnel on the streets in Halifax is very common and there is even a guy in first year at law school who I assume is doing the program part time because he sometimes comes to school in uniform (full on fatigues!). Local real estate companies and airlines even have military personnel special rates.