The Final Stretch!

Did you get the pun? I told Seline about it and she thought it was the most idiotic thing.  But I think it makes sense!

  • Final stretch = the last part of a long or difficult activity
  • Finals = 7 exams in 10 days happening now… wonderful
  • Stretch = yoga stuff!

Speaking of yoga, I didn’t go to yoga teacher training on Sunday. The Saturday session was a bit of a blur because of how “out-of-it” I was, so I thought it would be a good idea to take a [study] break on the Sunday. Isn’t it so great when people understand the #studentstruggle?

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The last couple of days, I’ve been taking my mat out to this lovely, private spot outside (AKA back of the parking lot) for short morning practices after having tea. It’s just too beautiful out.

My favourite yoga flow is the classic “vinyasa“, going from down dogs to chaturangas to upward-facing dogs. Yesterday, a guy came to mow the lawn behind the parking lot so I had to pack up my mat after just 5 minutes 😦

The day before that was a beautiful Sunday, so I had a little more time to experiment with new (to me!) poses like the wheel pose.

Still working on straightening my arms in the crow pose. 😦

Sunday was a blur of studying. I had three Kin exams on Thursday and Friday, and a Psychology exam on Saturday night. Needless to say, Sunday was full of cramming for Monday morning’s physiology final! My school’s Applied Health Sciences lounge has countless study resources from whiteboards to skeletons to an exam bank where you can take a look at former tests.

We studied from 10:30 to 3:30, then I had lunch at 4:00 (which is very unlike me, but it’s exam season – what can you do?) and we regrouped at 5:30 to study until 8:30. I had a late dinner, and then an early bedtime so I could have a fresh mind on the exam 🙂

Also, I have no idea how and why my writing can become so tilted when writing on a whiteboard. Everything written perfectly horizontal here? Definitely written by Eddy, not me!

After the Physiology exam, it was time for a de-stressor! A group of friends and I took a scenic walk around Waterloo Park where we got to see deer and a miniature waterfall. Waterloo Park may not be as calendar-picturesque as the Sunshine Coast, but it does have its charm 🙂

The walk to Uptown Waterloo from campus took only 25 minutes. We went to The Works for burgers. The atmosphere here was very casual, friendly, and great for a group gathering.

  • Left to right: Emily, Alex, Jackie, Mary, Emily, me, Ijay
  • Unpictured but supposed-to-be-here: Travis, Shatrice (feel better, girl!), and Athena

These people are so fun to be around – we discussed everything from religion to the internet (and it’s many uses 😉 ) to music. It’s amazing when a group of people can get together and state their opinions, defend them, and express their questions + concerns about the opinions of others.

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Measuring cup cups? Creative – I like it!

We all ordered different burgers. The Works is great in that you can choose from one of NINE patties, one of 8-ish sides, any bun you’d like, and a couple of toppings from a list of a billion.

One funny thing: they sell a TRUDEAU burger, which is, according to the menu:

A good-looking burger new to the menu and comes topped with peppers, POUTINE, and a side of weed…s (Cindy note: this is a side salad!). Are you ready for it? Make us an offer!

My burger was topped with Beechhouse sauce (garlic mayo with vegetables), peppers, avocado, and harvarti cheese. I asked for my multigrain bun on the side and had salad with it. My turkey burger was surprisingly VERY moist and incredibly filling. Still, I have to admit that I am just not a big meat/burger person!

And… more food. The day after burgers, we had to celebrate again by going out for Italian! 271west is an Italian restaurant in downtown Kitchener with excellent reviews, a lovely atmosphere, and great service! Plus, wait till you see the food 😀

  • Left to right: Eddy, me, Mary, Hannah

I actually love this pic! We all look so happy now that we’re [finally!!] about to eat.

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Eddy and Mary ordered the same thing, chicken and grilled shrimp linguine: grilled jumbo shrimp and chicken breast with garlic, tomatoes, red onions and mushrooms in a basil tomato sauce.

PS: no idea who took this photo (Eddy? Mary?) but it’s GREAT! Thanks!

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Hannah raved about the 271west vegetarian spaghetti, which came with fresh broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, mushrooms and onions served in your choice of tomato or cream sauce.

Also, Hannah, if you’re reading this, your photography skills are top-notch 🙂

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I dove into a big plate of ricotta gnocchi, with mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and cambazola cream sauce; this is a house speciality. I cannot get over how delicious this was! The garlic bread was wonderfully bready and satisfying, the pasta cooked flawlessly, and the toppings just right. The mushrooms were cooked really nicely, and the sauce was truly special. I love the fluffy, comforting, cloud-like texture of gnocchi. I thought I was going to be able to finish it, but it was surprisingly filling! I devoured around half of it before getting full. Hannah and Mary helped by eating two gnocchis each before I needed Eddy’s help to finish the rest. Thanks guys!

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While waiting for dessert, we experimented with “natural” shots on my camera, all of which turned out pretty awkward but will be posted anyways…

Dessert came, and for ONCE, I was too excited to dig in before taking pictures. Hannah and Mary shared a chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream. Eddy ordered one of those as well, and I enjoyed a fruity cheesecake. The two of us went half-half so we could try a bit of each – they were all AMAZING! Still kind of drooling about it right now. Especially that brownie. And the ice cream… and the cheesecake. Basically everything.

  • signature cheesecake: slow baked with fresh fruit
  • boca negra: flourless chocolate cake with a raspberry compote

Also,check these out! I love that marbled one – reminds me of chocolate marble bread!

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Yesterday my blog post was shared by UWaterloo Life on Twitter, which made me feel super honoured. If you didn’t get to see the post, check it out here!

https://cookiesnchem.com/2016/04/11/eating-well-during-exams/

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I can’t believe my first year is basically… done. I say this in practically every other post, but the days are looonnnnng but the months are just too fast. I’m going to miss this whole group of anatomy nerds. 😦

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Have a beautiful rest of the week, everyone!

20 thoughts on “The Final Stretch!

  1. Hello Waterloo, I am a retired chef and senior – wrote my book because of all the questions I was repeatedly asked at my cooking school in southern California. My book has but three steps to completion because I always thought it daunting to do otherwise, plus most of the time you just don’t have to. I still practice yoga, meditation too, and started about your age. Never let it go, it’s very kind to the body… My symbol is an ankh as today I write historical novel about 1500 BC Egypt…

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  2. OMG, I am going to graduate high school in May and I literally can’t even. It’s terrifying!!! D: I’m trying to see the positives but the buildups are just so overwhelming!! I definitely need a reality and anxiety check LOL! Anyways, I think that if I look into more behavioral-cognitive techniques that can help me change my perspective on the situation, I’ll be more productive and overall a lot happier! 🙂 Best to you with your exams and finishing off a successful year! You deserve everything wonderful that you’ve accomplished!

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    1. I am so, so happy for you! I remember feeling the same way – just an overflow of emotions in the best way possible. I can’t wait to see all your wonderful pics! We should be FB friends – I tried to add you but couldn’t find ya. 😦
      Thanks for all the kind wishes. Cheering for you from afar!

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      1. Thank you so much 🙂 OMG absolutely!!! I will definitely remember to blog about all of the concluding events! Anyways, we should totally be FB friends! I go by my middle name as my last name on FB, Cassie Autumn! 😀 I would love to find you too!

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  3. Props to you for being able to balance yoga, studying and hanging out with friends do perfectly! You had 7 finals?! That is just insane, I hope that you’re holding up and almost done!
    I thought the scenario with the guy showing up and you putting your mat away was quite hilarious haha, did you have your camera on a timer?

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  4. Hey Cindy! WOW 7 exams in 10 days is no joke. But you are so close – hang in there! So nice that you have a good group of friends that you can study and celebrate with. I love the Works – I always get the portobello patty and it is delish. P.s. Your yoga shots are absolutely beautiful:)

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    1. Hey! I miss your blog posts! How have you been?
      I will definitely try that one next time! The toppings are out of this world – there are just too many choices! Is The Works also in Montreal or did you have it in Ottawa?
      Thanks!

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      1. They have a few locations in Ottawa 🙂 I have been good! Busy with finals also but I only have four this semesters which seems like NOTHING compared to your load. When is your last one?!

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      2. I have one tomorrow evening for Physics, and one on Saturday night (yup) for French. And then I will be so free that I won’t even know what to do with my life anymore! 😀 Excited that it will soon all be over, but to be honest, studying and stressing out with friends was actually pretty memorable.

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  5. Ah! Such a busy time!! I am thankful that with grad school most of my finals are papers, studying for tests is exhausting! I know you’ll do great though. I think it’s so important to continue to be social and stay active, especially during this crazy time!! My prayers are with you in this CRAZY time. You got this!

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