Today was originally scheduled to be the last team run of the off-season. I was a little sad, not because it was the last run, but because we didn’t have the day off because man, I really wanted to sleep in for Easter. While it was an “optional” practice, it was also “highly recommended” and I would’ve felt bad sleeping while the rest of the team was at practice.
Fortunately! Through a joint effort, Gavin was persuaded to allow us to replace the run with a different kind of activity: ultimate frisbee!
I know this post is quite late and I haven’t posted in a long time. School has been very busy (trying to get a paper out!) and I just haven’t had the time.
The last day of Nationals was also the last day of the 2015-2016 season. There was good, there was bad, and there was complicated.
And there was a protest.
More on that later.
Eric is the worst.
I was going to write a post about Eric being my new favourite because he bought me a breakfast sandwich, but then he ruined it by being a brat and calling me old and fat.
So let it be known that Eric is the worst. And he is also fat. And a baby. Lily still needs to babysit her little cousin.
Monica has converted me.
At least for a little while.
She downloaded this app called MyFitnessPal that tracks calories in/out (food, exercise, etc.) and I thought it was really interesting. It has quite an extensive arsenal of brands and foods (though not so much for exercise). I finally decided to install it and try it out for several reasons, one of those reasons being I was interested in seeing how my food and daily activities pan out numerically. Another reason is I kind of want to lose weight because pullups and endurance bench are so much easier at lighter weights (Marcella has to lift nothing!) and exercise hasn’t been doing it for me (ugh, cardio!) and diet is supposed to be the way to go for that anyway. Though I consider myself somewhat reasonably fit, I do have unnecessary fat I could afford to get rid of. Plus, I probably do eat too much normally anyway (I eat a lot).
The final NDRC fitness test of the 2015-2016 season is now over! Huzzah!
No more pain for at least another half year.
Highlights of the test, which spanned over several days due to people testing at different times:
Now, you may be thinking “there’s no such thing as too much cake.” In fact, there both is and isn’t such a thing. There isn’t a thing as too much cake if your purpose is to be happy. However, there is definitely a thing as too much cake if your purpose is to not feel like a pig.
Apparently, in one of the old labs that Mahmoud used to work in, people would bring in cake as a celebration whenever they got a paper published (the first author, that is) and Mahmoud wanted to carry on that tradition here. He and Brenda got a paper published recently in JACS (Journal of the American Chemical Society), which is a very good journal, and he wanted to celebrate. Mahmoud likes to go all out; he went and bought TWO cakes on Monday for our lab’s group meeting. He got this very excellent chocolate cake (a Lindt Swiss chocolate one) and a fluffy cheesecake topped with glazed fruit.
This post was originally going to be entitled “Monica is the Worst.” Fortunately for her, that title is no longer valid because she is no longer actually the worst and has been replaced.