Today was a good day but a bit long (tomorrow is going to be a FULL day, however, so we’ll see how long I stay awake lol); it was my grad student orientation day at UofT today, from 2-5 (Okay, I know that doesn’t seem like a long day, but believe me, it was…especially with all the walking and buses, trains, and subways I had to take lol). The orientation session took place at Hart House. Now, hearing the words “Hart House”, I sort of figured it would be some kind of old, rundown house donated to the school, sort of like the daycare at Camosun College or something. No. This…was Hogwart’s. Even one of the grad speakers called it Hogwarts. It was this huge castle building, built around 1919, all stoney and impressive with a big courtyard (“the quad”) in the middle. Amazing. I even took some pictures:
The Hart House Chapel
I was waiting for the sorting hat to tell me which group I belonged to...
Gorgeous quad, complete with requisite sun dial
Now THAT'S making an exit!
I feel like we should be doing vespers on the way out.
The orientation itself was interesting but to be honest, I don’t really know if it was the most effective use of my time, since I had already done a bit of research and didn’t really learn anything new about any of the student services that I didn’t already know, however it was good to hear some perspectives and advice from experienced grad students. After the talk, there were tours of the campus. My tour guide was very nice but the tour groups were WAY too big and I couldn’t barely hear a thing she said, even when I was close to her. It’s just too hard to do with so many people (and all those damn loud frosh noobs lol, although I was a bit jealous that they got cool free tshirts and we didn’t (boo!) and the fact that they all looked about 12 years old was freaky). Anyway, it could have definitely been done better with smaller groups, but it was good to see some of the main buildings on campus, especially since when my sister and I walked around campus, everything seemed so spread out (I guess we took the long way around, meandering through the city). I was happy to see that the Athletic Centre was very close to the library, and unlike UVic’s, there were no extra charges or weird rules or anything.
The other pool
We also did a tour of my new home: Robart’s Library, aka The Peacock, aka the Fortress of Doom. Seriously, it looks so much like a harsh, futuristic prison that it has stood for one several times in SciFi movies and TV shows. I mean, the name for the style of its architecture is BRUTALISM for cryin’ out loud. It’s also, for some odd and random reason, shaped like a concrete peacock. Yeah, I dunno…but it’s beautiful like an ugly duckling and it’s my new home and it’s a LIBRARY, so I love it dearly like my own disfigured child. (It is pretty spiffy on the inside, though, and it also is the home of the beautiful and drool-worthy Fisher Rare Books Library, not to mention my own faculty in the Bissel building, which forms the peacock’s tuchas (that’s its hiney)).
This belongs in an episode of Doctor Who, for sure.
The Peacock head.
- Apparently, Robarts is WAAAY too sexy for the new college undergrad kids.
- 2nd Floor Foyer
It’s been a weird day. I lost a $50 bill on the bus or GO train That’s what I get for putting it in my pocket instead of my wallet, especially when I actually paused to think about putting it in my wallet instead but didn’t. Oy. Well, I hope whoever found it really needed it and got something useful with it. I walked quite a bit today, too. I decided to forgo the subway trip back to Union because I was mid-way between 2 stations and the CN looked sooo close (until I got near it and realized I had to loop all the way around because I couldn’t actually walk a straight line to get to it) so I got a lot more walking in. I even almost had my first coronary of the school season LOL. Man, I’m out of shape. And I’m sure the Frappucino I treated myself to next to the train station didn’t help, but then I made the mistake of running to catch my train, and hopping on the train in the nick of time, sweating and wheezing only to find there were NO seats (I ended up just sitting on the stairs eventually, since it was an express train with no stops before Clarkson). What a sight I must’ve been. But at least I had my cold, creamy, delicious Frappucino
I finally got home around 7-ish, after all that walking, go train, and taking the bus home (almost getting off waaay too early because I thought I had missed my stop, and being a guy, not wanting to actually ASK anybody if I had) I was exhausted. But I had to make us dinner and prepare lunch for tomorrow, so I whipped up a basic vegetarian stirfry with baked tofu and shitake and portobello mushrooms and all the usual stirfry veggies. I cheated and made white rice instead of brown because it cooks faster. We also each got a small spring roll and 2 small coconut shrimp (all those frozen appies that you bake, from the supermarket) since we had our groceries delivered today. Then after wolfing down dinner (since all I ate today was 1/4 of a soggy train station turkey sandwich, blech), I prepared bentos for Angela and I with the leftovers. I even packed her some little sauces and a green tea bag and some salt and pepper packets and handiwipes, what a nice brother I am <:-)
So, even though it’s not even 10PM, I’m going to be heading to bed soon, especially if I have to wake up at the ungodly hour of 6AM tomorrow. AHHHH. I’mma need all the beauty sleep I can get, people!
That’s all for now, g’night.