The Unexpected Getaway

Thursday night was Jon’s last night in Malawi. To celebrate, we decided to head to a local sports bar for food and beverages. It was the typical band of misfits – Justeen, Jon, Dylan, and me – but we were also joined by Dylan and Justeen’s friend Emma (who was in town on a visit…

Night Terrors At 35000 Feet

When last I wrote I was sitting in Terminal 3 of Pearson Airport in Toronto, waiting to board a metal lawn dart that would be shot through the air and magically arrive in Dublin on my way to Glasgow, Scotland. For the most part, the flight from Toronto to Dublin was completely uneventful save for…

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.

Today I Am Meme

Being the first day back in the office since I sauntered off to Europe for my most excellent Christmas adventure, I decided to ease myself back into work today. That is, I ploughed through my email, dealt with budgets, worked on an abstract, a grant application, and a paper. At some point during the day…

Because 2014 Is So Last Year

So it’s 2015. Every year I like to take some time to look back on the various lists that I had developed to review the various goals I had set; a way to measure where I’ve been and how far I’ve come. This year I’ve also opted to look back on some of the unexpected adventures…

Nepal. That Is All.

It’s been less than a week since I bought my tickets to Nepal, and I still find myself giggling with glee every time I think about it. Seriously. So much glee. ALL THE GLEE. And I know I’m not alone. Earlier this week Rick sent me a very simple text message. Nepal. That is all. Yes! Fortuitously,…

The #GuelphFactor

Let me begin by writing that I really don’t care on which part of the municipal election spectrum you fall. If you like the current council and mayor – great. If you want some new blood in city hall – also great. Everyone is entitled to their opinions and political beliefs. That’s the beauty of…

RIP Summer

I realize that autumn doesn’t officially begin for another week or so, but I think someone needs to state the obvious – summer has passed on. Let’s take a moment to remember summer for what it was. Oh summer – we hardly knew ye! While summer is my favourite season, spring and autumn also hold a special…

We Can And Must Do Better

The following is a response I provided on a friend’s Facebook feed. The response follows a set of comments voiced in reply to this article: Ottawa Parkdale Food Centre Says No To Food Like KD, Gets Criticized Online. Whether or not you believe it is right for Parkdale to reject certain types of food donations, I think…

Beijing – A Litte Bit Different

Beijing has been a little bit different from the previous cities in China I’ve visited, but that doesn’t mean it has been any less amazing. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I opted to stay at a hotel while in Beijing, mainly because the hostel I wanted wasn’t available, but also because the hotel deal…

Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Deep Fried

The end is nigh! I fly home tomorrow. I honestly can’t believe that a month has flown by so quickly. I guess that’s what happens when you explore a country where you don’t speak the language, but somehow manage to find yourself in crazy adventures. From climbing mountains and dangling on the side of a…

Adventure Time Approaches

I ventured to Toronto on Monday to get my visa. I won’t lie, I was giddy with excitement as I handed over all of the necessary items – completed application, one passport sized photo, and an official letter of invite from Dalian Nationalities University – to the very friendly woman who was working behind the counter….

So Many Thanks

The last few weeks have been weird and wonderful, and today was no exception. Actually, let me take that back. Today was an exception in the sense that it was even weirder and even more wonderful than the last few weeks have been. For those who haven’t already seen the news, read the twitters, liked…

All The Feels

Last Tuesday I celebrated the fourth anniversary of my PhD defence. It’s hard to believe that four years have passed already. As with most of the anniversaries I celebrate, I marked this particular event with a dram or two of scotch. As is custom, I also marked the event by taking some time to think about…

The Business Of Do Goodery

On Wednesday I spoke at the Bigger Picture Series: Bridging the Gap event. The speaker series is sponsored by the Centre for Business and Social Entrepreneurship, the CMESA, Innovation Guelph, and the College of Management and Economics. You’re probably wondering why the hell a stats-nerd who works in the School of Computer Science was invited…