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Where oh where was this little bird gone?

This little bird was busy with:

a) a friend visiting from Ontario

b) a contract

c) housework

d) all of the above

 

The answer, ladies and gentlemen, is D!!!

 

It’s been a good past few weeks. Alice and I had a friend visit from Ontario, and we toured Vancouver with her. We even went to Vancouver Island for a quick peek. Apparently my friend lives for the saying of “it’s the journey, not the destination” because the thing she was most excited about was the ferry ride there and back 😛  The island itself looked quite beautiful, from the little we got to see it, and I would love to go back for a few weeks to actually travel across the island. And go snorkeling with the seals! (Lack of money, and insistence that it’s winter and the water would be too bloody cold, prevented that from happening this trip).

 

Managed to win a very nice contract that lasted a bit over a week; I was reviewing a company’s GAMSAT practice quizzes. Oh memories of when I was studying Nanotechnology Engineering (which in general are not quite so fond, after all, there is a reason I switched programs :/).

 

Housework is always time consuming, but I got to attempt making a homemade pho soup, which was fun. It actually turned out decently – not nearly the best I’ve had, but something hinting at that greatness I would like to eventually achieve.

 

Now, however, the contract is ended, the friend is gone, so it’s back into the usual. Forgot to keep applying to contract while working on the other contract, so I won’t have much to do for a while until I find more work…sigh.

 

Well, there’s always League of Legends! And Mass Effect. I might write more on these later.

 

Sincerely,

Sebastien Rocheleau

 

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Recipes VS Cooking

One of the topics I wish to discuss is the difference I perceive between following recipes and cooking. Do not misunderstand me, there is nothing wrong with using recipes; they are quite useful, and allow someone to attempt dishes they may never have been exposed to before. However, learning how to cook is about a lot more than simply following recipes.

Learning how to cook involves learning why you do certain steps in a recipe. Being told to fry the chopped onion for 3 to 4 minutes on medium heat is only really useful if you know what the end result is supposed to look like, and not all stovetop burners heat to the same temperature when set to medium.

My other major complaint with a recipe approach to cooking is the waste of ingredients that tends to occur. You’ll buy what you need, use part of it for the recipe, and suddenly you’re left with all these ingredients you don’t know what to do with. This is a cycle we want to avoid!

In my blog, I don’t just want to share recipes; I want to help people learn how to cook. Cooking can be a lot of fun, and a very satisfying experience.

And hey, as my dad put it to me back in high school, knowing how to whip up a tasty meal is never a bad thing when there’s a girl you’re trying to impress. And the opposite holds true too (and half opposite – girl impressing girl, or guy impressing guy).

What I’ll be Sharing

I think it will be a good idea if I start organizing this blog a bit more. So far, I’ve mostly been writing whatever – and that’s not bad. However, I want to organize it a bit more.  I think I’ll try and have the following categories:

Cooking

Gaming

Restaurant Reviews

Tourist Blog

Creative Writing

Random Rants

An eclectic mix, I realize, but hey, it’s me, people should expect it!

Time to Rewind

Hello non-existent reader audience,

My goal when I started this blog was to write something here several times a week.  Clearly this has failed. Whether it is because I did not yet have the proper work discipline to commit to it, or that I let myself become too busy with other projects, it did not happen.

However, it is never too late to set things right. Zilean has used his chronoshift, and I am once again aiming to make this blog work. Oh, and also try and figure out how to get more readers. Ah social media – how complex a tool you can be.

Sebastien

A Busy Little Bee is Me

Yes, I realize the grammar of the title is wrong, but I enjoyed the end rhyme.

These past two weeks have been a lot of fun, and very instructive.

First of all, writing is difficult. Not the writing per say, though that certainly can be a challenge, but rather the selling yourself to potential clients. There are a few clients I am waiting to hear back from, including one very promising lead of a job translating between French and English, but so far I have made most of my money writing for a general article mill company. Although the rate per article is low, selecting articles that can be properly researched and written quickly makes it a fairly reasonable source of income at the moment.

The fish in the Vancouver area is excellent. So far we have purchased lingcod and sole from a fishmonger at the local market.  The lingcod was absolutely fantastic, easy to cook and prepare, with a very meaty texture; we cooked it by covering it in bread crumbs and pan frying it in sesame oil. The sole I will be preparing tonight, using a baked lemon sole recipe. I will also be preparing a black rice risotto to go with it, along with some pan-fried burdock root.  These are all new recipes, so it will be interesting to see how it turns out, but I expect it to be delicious.

Last weekend we visited the Vancouver Aquarium, and it is an experience I strongly recommend. The layout of the aquarium is excellent, with areas for the various animals. My favourite of the outdoor animals was likely the lone sea otter in one tank, which was continuously spinning around in the water while grooming itself. The indoor exhibits were also a lot of fun; the tropical area completely astounded me with how well it was done. There is a section of it that you can actually walk through, with various birds, butterflies and apparently sloths (we never saw any) all moving through the trees around you.

This weekend we plan on hiking up Grouse Mountain, a trail nicknamed the Grouse Grind. We expect it to take us two hours; it will be interesting to see how well we will manage it.

A New City, a New Job, A New Blog…What Could Go Wrong?

Hello, and welcome to everyone!

First off, an introduction.  My name is Sebastien, a University of Waterloo student in his last year of studies.  My major?  Biology.  My minor?  English literature.  An odd combination to those who don’t know me, but a logical one to those who do.

To those of you who don’t know, the University of Waterloo offers an option to its programs called Co-op.  Student will alternate between 4 months of study and 4 months at a work placement.  The work placement is obtained by applying to jobs posted on UW ‘s jobsite.  If selected, you will have an interview, after which you can get matched with the job based on how you and the employer ranked each other.

Now, this period of 4 months, from September to December 2011, is my last Co-op term.  And it’s also my girlfriend’s last Co-op term.  Wanting an adventure she applied for, and was matched with, a job in the Vancouver area.  Woohoo! (UW is in landlocked Ontario.  For someone who loves seafood as she does, she was quite excited about moving to the coast for 4 months).

Upon our learning this news, I was faced with a dilemma; either I continue attempting to find a job in Ontario, or I move with my girlfriend to Vancouver.  After weighing the pros and cons (living without my girlfriend for 4 months VS living with my girlfriend for 4 months), the choice was clear; I’m moving to Vancouver!

Of course, I didn’t want to simply bum off of my girlfriend.  So we talked about it, and agreed upon the following: I would try my hand at freelance writing.  It’s something I’ve wanted to do, and have never had the guts to actually try.  This is the perfect opportunity, we thought, and so here I am.  This blog is to be an outlet for me, both so I can share these new experiences, and so that I can practice my writing.

A new city, a new job, a new blog…what could go wrong?