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Day in the Life: Trip to the Production Site

Last week one of my favourite bloggers, Amber, did a Day In the life post. Apparently, they’ve been happening all over the web. How have I missed this? This is one of things that got me in to blogs; back in the day when a lot of bloggers posted 2-3 times a day (usually their meals, a la Kath Eats Real Food, but posted lots of other stuff too).

6 am jump up in surprise; alarm actually woke me from a sound sleep.

6: 01 am brush teeth, do make up, etc, make self presentable.

6:10 try to stuff everything in my bag (over packed for trip as usual) break zipper because pajama pant string is stuck in zipper like so

6:12 attempt to take photo of said zipper. Find out camera has died, did not bring charger. Kick myself. Take phone photo instead:

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6:15 am Brew coffee, gather delicious baked good provided by Kathy, owner of Richmond House B&B, where I am staying.

6:20 am Devour this spread (I know 2 whole muffins! I was just super hungry, and they were so good) while reading blogs:

 

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6:45, out the door, only 5 minutes late for once! And only 2 windows need scraping, so I’m not late for work.

7:00 am arrive at work, drop off bag and stuff in office, get ready to make some major Beef Stroganoff. Start by gathering ingredients… 70 KG of beef…

8:00 am beef is “tenderizing” for an hour. 70 kg of beef, some “gravy" and water simmer for an hour. Place 10 loaves of bread on cookie sheets, to be dried out for bread crumbs

8:15 check in with preceptor. Go over yesterday’s work (recipe expansion, costing…), all is well.

9:00 am meat still tenderizing, go and talk to preceptor. Time to enter the freezers.

9:15 am, barely paying attention to ordering we’re doing, it’s so cold in here!

9:30 am meat is ready for onions and mushrooms to be added, and then meat must tenderize further. In go 30 lbs of mushrooms, and 30 lbs of onions. I have splattered myself with lots of beef juice, and smell of cooked meat. ew.

10:00 am help other production cooks with other food that must be made; am helping to stuff Chicken Vegetable Pies, flattening down the inside before crust placed on top.

10:45 am, My wrist actually hurts from pressing down on chicken vegetable filling. Wow, can’t believe people do this 5 days a week, every week. No wonder injuries happen, and proper ergonomics are important.

10:50 am, beef is good to add in Permastarch, a starch to help thicken sauce that will survive high heat, and freezing cold. After adding and stirring, we must allow to cool for 20 minutes before adding sour cream.

11:00 am take a break. Have apple, drink coffee, browse Twitter.

11:20 am come back to find cooks adding in sour cream. Help.

11:50 am begin scooping Beef Stroganoff into pans, 2.5 kg per pan. Apparently will serve 12 portions per pan, who knew?

12:10 pm Beef Stroganoff into freezer, roughly 42 pans made. Told to go on lunch, I think my preceptor has nothing else to tell me.

12:11 pm remove beef stroganoff covered Scrubs shirt. Don’t have an extra pair of pants to change into, so they stay on.

12:35 pm Take temperature. Scribble in my notebook.

1:00 pm Take temperature again.

1:15 pm take temperature one final time. Preceptor says I’m free to go. yay!

1:20 pm start driving back, with a pit stop at Safeway to change into less smelly pants, and pick up some supplies:

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(chocolate covered almonds and gum)

3:15 pm arrive home in Kamloops, say hello to Sadie, play on computer, check emails, debate about going swimming, decide to take Sadie for a walk instead.

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(I like to think she was grateful)

5:45 take a shower, begin on dinner (quinoa, steamed carrots, stir fried kale and leeks in tahini and soy sauce).

6:30 brother calls, and needs a ride home because he missed a bus by two minutes… next bus not for another hour.

7:00 home and eating.

7:15 watch last nights NCIS, which mom has PVRd.

8:20 watch some cupcake wars, try and make myself get up and write this blog post, but Sadie is on my lap and looks so comfortable!

8:55 finally get up and get writing.

As you can see it wasn’t the most productive of days. I often times am doing 2-3 hours of work after a 6 to 8 hour day of work. Today I slacked off, and will pay for it over the next couple days, since I’m planning on heading to Vancouver this weekend for a much needed trip to see my friends.

Alright, I’m off to do some printing and room cleaning. I was reminded by some of the comments on Morgan’s post on controlling stress how much better I feel if I clean up my room before going to sleep.

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A.B.C.

Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted a good blog post, lots of homework, projects, assignments, conferences, and fundraising efforts have ruled my life recently.

So I don’t have pictures really, and I’m sort of feeling lazy so I thought I’d do this meme that’s going around the blogosphere, that I find entertaining, especially since I don’t really share a lot about myself…

Age: 23 (my fav number, since it’s my birthday number 🙂 )

Bed size: double. In rez you normally have a single bed, but us RAs are special and get a double bed. It is also the most comfortable rez bed ever (actually just comfortable in general. My mom stayed for a weekend a couple weeks ago and actually mentioned how comfy my bed is).

Chore I hate: laundry. a) I have to go down twelve flights of stairs to do laundry. b) A wash costs $1.20, the dryer is$.60/30min, and you always need to dry twice. and c) folding laundry is a b****.

Dogs: I have had dogs my whole life: Misty (a white 3-legged terrier), Professor (beautiful husky), Corkey (a britney spaniel, and an escape artist), Fawn (a HUGE German Sheppard/malmut cross – she also had one brown eye and one blue eye). Sadly they have all passed away (don’t worry, they all lived to be old dogs!) Also I’m a cat person to be honest, and my cat (Cactus) is back home and I miss her dearly.

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Essential Start to my day: Coffee + Food. Also opening my blinds and staring out my window at my view…

Favourite colour: tough one! I love so many colours; it has to be the right shade. Probably blue, pink, and green, oh and purple!

Gold or Silver: hmm. I have a beautiful gold necklace, and a beautiful silver necklace. Can this be a tie?

Height: between 5’5” and 5’6” (I say 5’5&3/4”)

Instruments: I played piano for 12 years, and flute for 6 years. I want to learn guitar too.

Job Title: Professional Student. 😀 6 years of University makes me a professional right?

Kids: nope. Not for a long long time.

Live: Vancouer BC, though I’ll be back in Kamloops in the fall for an internship!!!

Mom’s Name: Trish

Nicknames: I never had nicknames until I moved to Vancouver. My nicknames then consisted of: Bron, leBron, Bronze, Bronx. Those are allowed. Do not call me Bronnie or Wynnie, or anything like that… I might just punch you.

Overnight Hospital Stays: none in recent memory. Apparently I was flown to BC children’s when I was a baby because I had a hole in my heart (clearly I do not remember my proper physio terms for this) I’m supposing that included an overnight stay.

Pet Peeve: Um, are we supposed to have just one? Ignorance + arrogance probably really get my goat.

Quote from a movie: I’m leaving this blank, I’m horrible with movie quotes.

Righty or lefty: righty

Siblings:  Younger brother.

Time you wake up: I honestly am always awake before 9, and usually before 8 on a normal day. getting out of bed might take an extra hour though…

Underwear: hahaha, who wrote this thing??? a lot of it is from La Senza, and some from department stores.

Vegetables you don’t like: celery. While most vegetables have grown to earn themselves a sport in my heart I loath celery. blech.

What makes you run late: the internet. And living on campus. You’d think that help, but I swear I’d be more on time if I had to catch a bus to get here…

Yummy food you make: Would it be vain of me to say anything I bake? As long as it has a recipe!

Zoo Animal: Hmmm, a zoo animal I like. I haven’t been to a zoo for awhile, but when I went to the aquarium last year I could have stared at the otters all day! SO CUTE!

Phew, that’s long. Now you know weird and random facts about me. What about you? Pick a letter and share!

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Stormin’ Some Walls!

Wow! Who knew storming walls could be so much fun? Here’s a little recap for you all…

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Mode of transportation; prerace. I don’t have photos of our beginning, because we checked in at different places! But our swimmer done fairly well I think, and our sprinter was fast.

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(I’m the one in green black and brown)

I had to do 9 laps of that little greenway thing, it was about 3k. After my 9laps, our long distance runner took to the stage, and met us at the wall!

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Can you spot us? I’m at the top, pulling up our team mate.

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Getting our last person over the wall! Woo! So much fun.

We came third all in all, so it was pretty fun. We’ll see if our time is fast enough to get us into the semi finals. 😀

Afterwards I was crazy I did a 14k run with my friend. 😛 I’m pooped, I’m probably gonna go to bed soon (and STUDY HARDCORE tomorrow for a quiz I have…)

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Finally Here!

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Well it feels like Vancouver is the center of the world right now.

On Thursday night it became real when the Torch went through UBC. I was in my Wine Science lab, and got pretty excited when a guy (who had his laptop on) stood up and said, “The Torch is right outside, I’m going!” I quickly stood up “me too!” of course a good dozen other people ran out into the pouring ran that is Vancouver’s Winter. And it was awesome, no lie.

Last night was spent watching the Opening Ceremonies for Vancouver 2010. All in all despite a few hiccups I was pretty impressed. The lights were honestly amazing. Really beautiful, it was honestly my favorite part. I also really enjoyed K.D. Lang’s Hallelujah was really pretty.

OF course the day was a tinted with the tragic death of the Georgian luger (21 years old!). Apparently though they’ve made a lot of changes to the track (mainly trying to slow it down and create some safety pieces. The most disturbing part of this to me was that they kept showing the video over and over again all day. That doesn’t seem very respectful to me. (The luge is happening at this moment, I”m sort of scared to look at the screen!)

Still the atmosphere here is one of pure joy and crazyness. I’m probably heading out to one of the many free concerts that are occuring in and around the venues. Seriously, it’s pretty cool how much there is going to be to do here for the next two weeks, probably won’t be getting much work done!

Well going to go and enjoy me some lazy break time. Have a happy Saturday!

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How to throw a Fiesta!

Hello All!

What a weekend! It all started Friday…

When my friend and I went to pick up some decorations… rits fiesta 004

And Draw Prizes…

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Then I had a night of planning, where in I had to calculate food for 80ish people!

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Look at that grocery list ^! Isn’t it nuts?! 8kg of ground beef?! lol. Money from ticket sales for the grocery shopping.

Get up ridiculously early on Saturday to go pick up said groceries. 😛 9am we headed out to Costco and Superstore.

Come back for a “rest” where in some more questions/problems and other such rest disturbing occurrences occurred.

Then got decorating!

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And cooking!

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Look at this fridge!

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(not all of this is our food though, like those stale pita bits…)

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Yes the vegetarian had to cook some meat. Ew! It was so beefy-juice. Ick.

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The buffet!

I totally got busy and didn’t take photos of the end products! 😦 Oh well. Here’s what was on the Fiesta Menu:

  • Tortilla chips
  • Salsa, gaucamole, hummus, and 7-layer dip.
  • Cut up veggies
  • Build your own Burrito:
    • beef, or refried beans (both made from scratch!)
    • lettuce
    • tomatoes
    • cheese
    • sour cream
  • Mexican-style Rice
  • Ice cream sundaes
  • Pop
  • Virgin Margaritas

This was the most successful event I’ve been a part of. We had 80 people total, and Rits is a small dorm (only roughly 200-300 people), so that’s a huge number of people.

I had been stressing big time about getting enough food, especially since it was so many more  people then we’d anticipated. But it all worked out. We had extras of the rice, and toppings really. Oh and Ice cream, but that we can just use for another rits event! So it all worked out in the end.

And of course there was a wee after party. 😉

I’m definitely having trouble getting anything done today though. :p Oh well. I’ll try and get some things done today, so they’re just out of the way for later this week I think. In other words, do the stuff that only needs half my mind.

Till later this week all!

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Christmas Eating Recap

Hello! Sorry for the long break! What can I say? Without a schedule I get really bad at actually doing stuff I need to be doing. I work much better when I’m busy.

So what have I been up to? Baking. Cooking. Eating. 😀 More eating, and lots of TV watching. I’m pretty sure I haven’t watched this much TV in… well, probably since summer after my first year. But for once I’m sort of enjoying the total lazyness.

So when I last left you I was about to get into some baking. Oh boy did I.

May I present some Orange and Almond Biscotti:
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The next day I made supper. At least I think it was the next day, they all blend, so maybe it was a couple days later. It was a delicious Acorn Squash and Coconut Curry soup. It was soooo amazing. The coconut milk made it so buttery. I didn’t follow a recipe at all. Just cooked it up from what I knew about squash, and curry spices. Yum.

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We had Christmas Dinner on Christmas Eve. My brother is an aspiring speed skater, so he had training early today. Watch out, one day he just might be in the Olympics (not this year though, he’s still young for a skater, and isn’t quite on the national team).

On the Menu:

  • Turkey (not for me)
  • Wild Rice stuffing
  • Brussel Sprouts with Mushrooms
  • Mandarine Orange, Pecan and Blue Cheese Salad
  • Mocha Cake and traditional Coconut and Pecan Icing.
  • White wine (few too many glasses)

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Sorry about this marathon post!

I’m off to do more Holiday-like things (already did a little Boxing Day shopping, done with that for today!) and I’ll post more later.

Merry Belated Christmas!

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Ahhhhh

That was what I said right after I got out of my exam today.

DONE!!!!!

WOOT! WOOT!

How did I celebrate?

With a bowl of oatmeal! I was starving! lol. 😉 I made it a la Hungry Yogini. Putting my nut butter on the bottom:
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Oatmeal + toppings on top:
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Then I chilled, watched TV, handed out some Christmas cards to friends. 🙂 Tomorrow I plan to  get my Christmas shopping done. Sigh. So many presents to buy. So little money to do it with.

Wow, I cannot believe how fast this semester went by! Is it almost Christmas already? Not just this semester actually, where has this year gone? Time just starts to fly as you get older. Guess it’s because a year is worth less? When you’re 5, a year is 1/5th your life, whereas being 22, it’s 1/22 of your life?

Sometimes I’m scared it’s going to fly by me, and I’m going to miss something and wake up thirty… and be not where I’d want to be. And recently the bigger question I’ve had is where do I even want to be when I’m 30? Because to not end up there, I have to know where there is.
lol deep thoughts. :p Let’s just say I’ve been thinking a little too much this semester.

hmmmm. I’m gonna go and relax a little. Aka, continue being the lazy bum I’ve been since my exam ended. Yay freedom!

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