The Excitement Is Building

A few days ago I received confirmation of my flight itinerary for my trip to Malawi. Suddenly this Leave For Change thing has become very real. Honestly, there’s a part of me that is still wondering if this is real life, or whether I’m going to wake up from an awesome dream where I’ve been able…

Around The World In 170 Days

After an epic start to the summer semester, I’m faced with the sad reality that in a few days I will board an oversized shiny metal lawn dart on my long journey back to Toronto.  Fortunately, the summer is only truly just beginning.

My Adventures In Dalian – Week 1

As I mentioned in a previous post, Friday was my first day teaching Systems Analysis and Design in Applications at Dalian Nationalities University.

Leaving For Change

As I wrote earlier this month, my summer is going to be packed with a lot of travel and that has me smiling from ear to ear. However, if you’ll recall, one particular destination in my list of summertime travels was still up-in-the-air. Specifically, when last I wrote I had no idea where the Leave For…

End Of A Semester

While the semester doesn’t formally end until later this week, I finalized all of the grades for the courses I was teaching on Friday. This means I can now devote my time to finishing up some papers, plotting out some grant applications, prepping myself for summer travels, and organizing the students who are working with…

Ready. Set. Summer.

Despite how chilly it is outside the calendar tells me it’s spring. More than that, Friday marked the last day of class for the winter 2016 semester.

How Do You Gird Your Loins?

Just over a week ago, while having dinner with Ashlee, Oliver, and Alex at Pizza Delight in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, our conversation led to an interesting topic that clearly demanded scientific inquiry.

Rigolet Bound

The winter reading break is fast approaching and I can honestly say that I can’t wait.

The Year That Could Be

Out with the old, in with the new. Having spent some time pondering the year that was 2015, I think it’s time to move on, time to look forward to the new year and the possibilities it provides. In other words, it’s time to make a list of goals I’d like to achieve this year.

The Year That Was

Happy New Year everyone. The old and weathered 2015 has come and gone, and we now find ourselves in the shiny sparkly new 2016. May it be filled with awesomeness and adventure, and just the right amount of shenanigans.

I Miss You Rigolet

On Sunday afternoon, Oliver and I packed our bags and boarded the first of three planes that would take us from Rigolet – our home-away-from-home for the past week – back to Guelph. Boo. All sorts of boo. I may have separation anxiety.

The Future

I just got home from a four-day adventure in Toronto. What kind of adventure? Only the kind of adventure that involves the Ontario Universities’ Fair – an event that sees about 120,000 students and parents converge on the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to learn about all of the various programs that the universities in Ontario offer.

Vancouver Bound

In a few short days I’ll be boarding my flight to Vancouver – my first flight since returning from New York in March1. You might say I’m a wee bit excited.

All The Feels

Several months ago I was sitting in my office trying to get some work done in the few moments I had between meeting with students, meeting with community partners, prepping for class, or filling in the seemingly endless pablum that is administrative forms. I was tired – exhausted to be honest. I’m pretty sure it was mid-semester,…