Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Oh yes, I did.

I left in a spontaneous moment of strength (2 weeks ago).
(photo courtesy)
Of course there were reasons to stay.

I feel kind of bad just because I have some international friends that I won't be able to communicate with as easily, though otherwise life is better without Facebook.  It's just a distraction I don't need.  I mean, I'll admit that now my distractions manifest elsewhere, yet at least it's not by (harmlessly) stalking people or becoming morose from too much photo-reminiscing.  It is not to be interpreted as a personal vindication towards anyone, I am simply better off without it!
And I also need to confess that my first week, studious vigilance is on the treacherous decline, and I must bring myself back to those ways!  I'm just anxious because some of the papers and research that I'm writing this semester might determine things way ahead in the future.
Well, until that time comes, I'm going to continue writing my web page presentation for my travel enrichment grant that I did in France and wince in soreness.  On Saturday I went to Ottawa, Canada with my friends for the Winterlude Festival, in which we skated almost 8 miles on the Rideau Canal that goes through the city!  It was amazing, even though I fell 13 times!!!  Fantastic exercise, intoxicatingly blue skies, lots of happy faces despite the freezing temperatures, adorable small children learning how to skate for the first time (and ones that were better than me) and oh yeah, maple syrup taffy.  For the experience shared, ca vaut la peine.  If you'd like to check out more about what Ottawa has to offer this winter, click here.

I hope you're all staying warm and keeping your cool :)


Natalie said...

GOOD FOR YOU! Seriously, I really hate Facebook and there's nothing I'd love more than to get rid of it... but there are just so many people I want to talk to long distance, and Facebook regrettably makes it easy.... but more power to you! :)

Olive said...

You deleted it? Good for you! Sometimes I seriously consider doing the same..and I might if it continues to eat away at my time. For now I'm just trying to limit myself and see how that works out. The Winterlude Festival sounds awesome! I've been wanting to check out Canada for awhile now, since it's really so close.. I've been thinking about going this summer, when I have my funds built back up a little better. It's awesome that you got to iceskate too, I missed out on doing that so far this year..perhaps there's still time, but winter is pretty weak this year. (Not that I'm complaining ;)) Maple syrup taffy??! I consider myself a pretty big maple fan, but I've got to say that I've never had that before, I should probably change that. The maple season is just starting for us now, we made our first batch of syrup in the middle of last week.
Good luck with getting back to your studious vigilance, I know you can do it!
♥ Olive