Sunday, September 27, 2009

Checking In

Life since my last post has been just INSANE!!

I was in BC for 5 days total...not very long at all. However, I did get to enjoy my morning runs around UBC campus (except for the beach security guards that kept kicking me off the beach because it wasn't yet 8 am!) but did not get to the cupcake place Teresa mentioned. :(
I did get to visit my cousin in Victoria whom I haven't seen in 7 years! She has three kids and a husband that I met for the first time! We had a great time!
This is the view from their deck and the birthday pie Pheonix (eldest daughter) and I made for her dad with blackberries she and her brother Paul picked the day before. It was a lemon blackberry pie and was DELICIOUS!
Upon arriving I was rocketed into my new job teaching the lab portion of a second year University course in Ecology (~150 students). I absolutely love it BUT every day is crazy and I am living week to week and working 6 days a week! Luckily, next semester will be the same thing over again so I will have a little more time to breathe now that everything will be prepared!
Here is an experiment I set up in the greenhouse for the students. They will be looking at the the effect of crowding on the growth of corn plants. From left to right you have an increasing number of plants per pot (1, 2, 4, 8 and 16). You can see that the pots with one or 2 are WAY taller than the ones with 8 or 16! Ah competition...for light, water and nutrients. Such a simple experiment yet very effective!

At the same time as all of this insanity... Diego's sister, brother-in-law and their son moved to Halifax from Mexico!!! They live in the flat below us, so we have been busily helping them adjust to life in a colder and culturally (and linguistically) different country! We took them apple picking yesterday. What a glorious day it was, sunny but cool!
We picked Cortland and MacIntosh apples and 2 kinds of pears.
We left with 3 - 10 lb bags of apples and pears, a squash, a sweet pumpkin (for pies of course!), a 10 lb bag of beets and some sunflowers!
That's me in the back picking my 8 for $2!!! SCORE!
I don't forsee any calmness in the near future but just so you know even if I don't post for a little while...I am still alive and well! Even though I am not posting comments, I am keeping up with everyone!! I will post again soon!

Warmest wishes to you all! Enjoy the fall! :)


  1. OHHH lucky! What beautiful sunflowers, where WAS that? Santiago looks so cute :) We've been wondering how they were doing and hoping they are surviving the cold weather :)

    ps- the corn plant experiment is super cool! can't wait to hear all about your yoga classes!

  2. Warm wishes to you Alli. Goodness, that's a lot of sunflowers in that field - just beautiful. Thanks for sharing all those wonderful pictures. Sometimes work gets in the way but... don't forget to breath :-)

  3. You really have been crazy busy! But in a good way. ;)

    Bummer about not getting to the cupcake place. Did you get some UBC cinnamon buns? I drool to think of them.

    What a cool birthday pie! My dh would like that too...must be a guy thing to like pies better than cake?

    I hope you have more success with your biology labs than I am having with mine...LOL!

    Beautiful flowers and apples!

    Best of luck to Diego's sister and her family on adjusting to a new country!