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The Newly Convocated Bean

Yesterday, I walked across a stage and received my Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering. (With Distinction!)

It’s somewhat a bizarre feeling to know that I’m done my undergrad and that I most likely won’t  be going  back to school in the fall.

I’m going to try to appear around here more frequently now that I’m convocated and that our trip to Europe is complete, but life seems to be doing a good job of placing priorities elsewhere. Unless, of course, anyone is interested in seeing pictures from Europe. ;)

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My Iron Ring

It took a while to get these photos from my dad, but here I am with my newest piece of jewellery:

To prove to you non-believers that there are women in engineering (and yes, there are more than nine. In chem, anyways ;) ):

In your profession, do you have anything like the “iron ring?”

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Grad Proof Help!

As many of you know, I am graduating from Uni this spring. You know what that means? The dreaded grad photos. With the help of Mr. Bean and my family, we have narrowed it down to two proofs. Neither are perfect and have their pros and cons:  actually almost looking happy (A) vs. cheesy grad smile (B) and droopy hood (A) vs. non-droopy hood (B).

Choice A

Choice B

I need your help please! Which photo would you choose? (There is a poll embedded in this post so please vote!)

Thank you for your help! :)

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The Things That Were and Weren’t

Well, one thing that “is” is that it’s finally reading break! And the Olympics have started (which, I’m sure you know unless you’ve been living under a rock.)

Another thing is was is that Canada won their first Gold medal on Canadian soil! I have to admit that I almost cried while watching the medal ceremony and the National Anthem was being played. Yep, I’m a sap.

Now to transition to the things that weren’t:

The Story of the Extension That Wasn’t

Once upon a time there was a lab writeup on process control that had to be finished in two weeks. A week before it was due, it asked for an extension over the weekend as everything else but it was pressing. It was doing well – it was being modelled when it found out that the forces of irony caused the extension to no longer exist. What was this poor lab going to do? It wasn’t close to being done but it was now due in two days! A lot of stress, hard work and lack of sleep and the lab was done! The lab almost lived happily ever after until she realized that she forgot to hand in her source code. An email later and the arrival of the weekend brought the happily ever after. The End.

The Story of the Valentine’s Gift Exchange That Wasn’t

Once upon a time there was a girl who signed up for a Valentine’s gift exchange on another person’s blog. Unfortunately, the exchange never quite happened due to a lack of communication (partially due to the previously mentioned “wasn’t”  and that the girl’s house might be quite difficult to find.) So, if my partner is reading this, there is something here with your name on it that I would really like to send you.

Have you had any “was”s or “wasn’t”s lately?

P.S. If you do live under a rock, I am sorry for poking fun at you. Perhaps I am really poking fun at myself as I have a tendency to live under a rock when things get tough. Maybe we can be friends?

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ENGG Week – Iron Chef

One of the (many) competitions in ENGG Week is Iron Chef. The rules are similar to the actual TV show: you have a secret ingredient (maple syrup), have to make an appetizer, main dish and dessert in 90 minutes and have to have a team of 3 students and 2 professors. I was at first a bit hesitant about helping out (cooking under pressure in front of many people and not in  my own kitchen? Can you say anxiety?), but then I realized that this challenge was right up my alley and got really into it.

What was on the menu, you ask? Well, we had to make something that could  be made with materials and equipment we brought in ourselves and it (obviously) had to use maple syrup. So here’s what we made:

Appetizer: Apple Maple Rumaki

Main Dish: Pan Fried Pork Tenderloin with Maple and Mustard Sauce and Green Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Dessert: Maple Crème Brûlée

Drink: Liberation Libation

I had an awesome and hilarious team. They were quite helpful in getting everything set up:

Martini anyone?

Or salad?

Or perhaps some crème brûlée?

Or some bacon wrapped apples? (Actual rumaki uses chicken liver, but this variation is so much better.)

How about the whole set up?

We tried to channel an urban upscale restaurant – I think we did fairly well considering that we were set up in the engineering student’s lounge.

The judges seemed to enjoy what they were eating despite it being the 4th meal they had consumed for Iron Chef. I don’t know if we won the challenge, but I like to think that we did. :)

Even if we didn’t win, it was a lot of fun and our food was fantastic. Ever had random people clamour to eat partly eaten food that other people ate and then rave about how great it was? Yeah, that happened – I’m just really hoping that no one was sick.

It was an interesting experience – I learned that counter top convection ovens don’t know what even heat is yet they are still incredibly useful, that adding an extra egg yolk makes crème brûlée that much better, that using a freezer that can freeze ice in 3 hours is a good idea and that said freezer is a great way to fast track cooling the crème brûlée.

Oh, yeah. I also learned that I probably shouldn’t be given a blow torch.

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