Wonder if my degree has finally been approved

Sometime in early February the SFU senate was supposed to be putting their stamp of approval on my degree. If I look at my unofficial transcript at goSFU, it now shows at the end a confer date for one first class honours degree. I wonder if this means that it's now passed the approval stage (the check application status still shows it as under review). Ah well, I supopse that it at least means that progress is happening.

Anyways, another question to ask is: given that the convocation date listed is mid-week (a wednesday - June 7th), is it worth travelling about 1000 km to be there?

Another library at hand

I'll readily admit that I'm a book junkie, but it's nice to have another library to access (although that hasn't stopped me from getting my hands on a few new books out here). It's kind of nice now as a grad student having books default to a semester loan rather than just a few weeks.

I actually have a branch of the Calgary Public Library System about a block away from here, although I'm not sure I can get stuff there unless I fork out a bunch of money for a community borrower card which I would then need to renew at regular intervals.

Anyways, the U of C library does seem to have a better selection of theological materials out than SFU does. Currently I've got on my shelf a copy of the book From Sabbath to Lord's Day, which I expect will make for some rather interesting reading.

As to what books I've purchased since arriving out here, a rough list is something like the following:

  • Biblical Preaching (perhaps an odd selection, considering that I don't think I'll ever end up as a pastor - the book's intended audience)
  • Rumours of Another World (Philip Yancey)
  • Denominationalism (Richey)
  • The Greeks - Their Life and Customs (Guhl & Koner)
  • Shake Hands with the Devil - The failure of humanity in Rwanda

Finally back in multi-computer mode

I ended up at Office Depot last night, and ended up picking up a desk other than the one which I originally intended (as part of one shelf looked like it would always be getting in the way. Anyways, I ended up picking up a cheap, small, basic desk for $80 and threw that together last evening. Today, I finally went to dig my computer out of storage after a month there.

It booted up without issues, and I quickly threw a wireless card in it for a net connection. It's nice to have the option of running something other than Mac OS X for a bit, and to be back up to a 19 inch screen.

How time flies...

I just realized when driving home from Safeway this evening, that I've already been here in Calgary for over a month now (which means that I get paid soon!).

Anyways, in case you haven't heard - and if you happen to care - my temporary accomodations are proving to be slightly less temporary, and it seems like I'll be living at my present location until the end of the semester. Sharing with a couple of roommates makes things fairly cheap, and I'm hoping for better pickings as far as accomodations are concerned at the end of April (given that it's end of semester).

I spent just about $1000 on furniture during the week prior ($750 of that being a mattress - which unfortunately won't be delivered until Feb 9, which means another week and a half sleeping on half a futon mattress). On top of the mattress, I now own a bookshelf, a night table, and a chair.

I'm still in the shopping phase for a desk, although hopefully that problem will be solved within a week so that I can then bring my desktop out of storage finally after a month on the laptop. After arriving home at 7pm this evening from the university, I checked with the brick to see what if I could order the same desk as I had back in BC. It turns out that that is a possibility, but unfortunately the thing wouldn't be here until March, and I don't want to wait that long. There are a number of other options that I'm considering: 1, 2, 3, 4 (which seems to have a white board built in which is kind of cool). Anyways, I'm looking for something both to house my computer and also to house my stereo (each speaker and the main unit are about 25 cm wide, and about 30 cm deep).


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