Tuesday, October 20, 2009

"I just dry-humped a nuclear power plant!"

Apart from the title, the blog is back to PG. the quote was just too good to pass up.

So after Oktoberfest, life settled down a bit. But only for a bit.

The weekend after Oktoberfest was Thanksgiving, so I organized a rather large potluck with something like 17 people in attendance. At my house. Room for about 8 comfortably. Needless to say, we all got fairly cozy with one another and we all had our fair share of food. Although no turkey was to be found, Miller tracked down some prize ham that we BBQ'd. Quite possibly the best ham I have ever had. Other dishes included sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, squash (my responsibility), roasted chicken, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and more. All finished with pumpkin pie and another pie I never got around to trying because I was too damn full. It was nostalgic.

Prior to the Thanksgiving meal, there was an IAESTE trip to a nuclear power plant. It was pretty cool, and we got to experience what 26°C is like at 100% humidity. We had security access cards and Miller had his clipped to the left side of his pants. The scanner was always at the right side and every time he went to swipe the card on the reader he looked like he was trying to hump it. The quote in the title is quite literally what he said. Haha... I learnt about nuclear reactors and their radioactive waste. It gave me something to inform myself about in more detail for the following work week via Wikipedia. I can safely say that I know how both a uranium and plutonium bomb work. I also understand the basics of a hydrogen bomb. Cool huh? I should have become an explosives engineer.

So now that you know what I did for the work week, I can skip ahead to last weekend. Almost. Recap goes as such: Miller and I went to Germany for groceries and opted for a 20-pack of beer. It was worth the 8-Eu investment. And the best part is that 3 of that was the bottle and crate deposit. So that comes to 5-Eu for 10L of beer. That's cheaper than Prix! And substantially better too!

This weekend was super chill because I'm trying to save some cash for the upcoming UK road trip.

Tonight I baked cookies and went to Schad for a movie night. We ended up watching a few Youtube videos and watching a skiing movie. We are supposed to be watching a snowboard movie tomorrow night which I am super stoked for. Watching that movie and the amazing stuff they do just pumps me soooooo much for the upcoming snowboard season. Its gonna be gnarly. Also, today I booked a flight to Ireland for the end of February. 141CHF round, which is pretty solid. We might even have a local we know from Alstom joining us. A local showing us around would be wicked...

Thursday, I have a half day of work then leave for the UK for a road trip up to Scotland making whatever pit stops along the way and back. Crashing with people Miller knows, so it should be a party for a few days (aka all of them). It'll be pricey but I haven't done anything the last couple of weekends, so the savings should level out.

There's so much to be excited for I don't even know what to be happy about. I'm just SUPER HAPPY ABOUT IT ALL!!

2 comments:

Mandy said...

Ireland...I'm so jealous. You have no idea. Maybe I should just tell Jay we'll get married next year so I can come too. It might fly...?

Getting into a nuclear power plant is a pretty awesome experience.

Steveo said...

Haha it flies with me. You'd be the first and possibly the only person coming out to visit me while I'm here. You've got some convincing to do..

We didn't see anything cool or ultra-top-secret, but I did learn a fair bit. So funny, they had us watch a movie before the tour began. And the sounds they had playing and the whole tone of the video was that you were likely going to die while on the tour via nuclear meltdown.