Saturday, August 30, 2008


I got my first ever award! Yippee! Thanks to Jennifer!


Ummm, well, let's see. I'm doing this class that is pretty much learning about wine and doing wine tasting. It's an upper division geography elective. I feel kinda silly taking it, especially when I do kinda yearn for calculus or physics or something... but it's satisfying a requirement for me. It's a much sought after class (wonder why) and I only resorted to it when I couldn't get into some other classes. I was surprised to get into it.

It's kinda costing me a lot though. I have to bring in a $50 fee, which they didn't mention up front, and we have an overnight trip they didn't mention up front either. But I'm making the best of the situation. We're going to be visiting some vineyards and they happen to be near a few hot springs. So Ryan and I will go up the day before and soak in the hot springs. Then I'll go get drunk all weekend. Ha ha ha.

It still feels surreal to be in that class. Oh well.
A girl asked this question "I don't mean to be square, but, like, how much wine will we be drinking? I have drive home ya know."

LOL. Very valid question, but it was funny to hear her say "Square." It's so square to drive sober, dude!

I am a junior. I just changed my major to geography from math. (I miss my math!) (I did it sadly because staying with math would've made my college take longer. I want to just finish as fast as possible so my husband and I can move out of my parents house.) Anywho... these geography classes are senior level. I didn't have any other choice, there were barely any junior level. Talk about jumping in the deep end. Yikes.

I still have one more freshman geography class to fulfill too. It seems like geography is either a freshman level or senior level, no in-betweens. I don't know. Whatever.
But I do wonder what classes there will be for me to take when I am a senior.
There is some kind of requirement... I have to take X many geography electives, but I can take other upper-division electives too. Sadly... that will be hard too because I can't just jump into junior and senior level classes without taking the freshman/sophomore classes.

I don't know. The more I think about it and ramble on about it the more I'm confused. And scared. Will I graduate this millennium? Perhaps?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Dangerous Dog Toy

I thought I would do my little part in helping this make the circles on the internet. This is very sad, but thankfully not tragic. The poor sweetheart doggie. Makes my heart break.

I'm just going to post the main link. The update on the dog is at the top, and then you have to scroll down a couple of entries to read what had happened.

The Chai Story, a dog toy poses danger to all dogs.

I'm really tired of the sub-par toys and foods out there for our animals. I wish I could start a company that would make toys with minimal danger and foods with minimal bad-fillers. I can't tell you how many hours I spend in stores trying to think about what this toy could do to whatever animal I'm buying for. :-(

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Mountain goat is more like it.

I am BEAT.

Between walking all over campus, which no matter what direction you go in seems to always be uphill, and hustling to catch shuttle buses... I am wore out. Due to the hills we need to change our uni mascot to the Mountain Goats.

50 feet back

Well, I don't have much to really say about my first day of school... other than mayhem. I couldn't figure out where the shuttle would be picking me up. I held it up for about a minute. :-( But it was nice of the driver to wait for me. And unlike other bonehead people I actually hurried my ass across the parking lot to get to the bus ASAP.

Then I go to the wrong classroom. Good job! The building's main entrance is actually on the second floor. I forget this. So I was looking for room 100 and was actually in 200 because I wasn't paying attention. I was relieved to escape the anthropology class that was shaping up in there though. Yikes. Not my cup of tea at all.

So I find my way to my communications class and not 30 second later the fire alarm goes off. Darn. If only it had gone off before I showed up so I didn't have to walk into the class 5 minutes late. I could've just blended in at the end of the drill.

The cop kept chasing us away from the building once we were outside. We were to be 50 feet from it. However, we were in a courtyard. There was NO area where we could be and accomplish that feat.

Whatevs. :-)

Anyway, nothing super fantastic, just the usual first day mayhem. More to follow I suppose.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Shape Shifters

I need to morph into a 6 foot 8 inch, 275 pound (all muscle) guy on Wednesdays.

It bites to be a college woman. I have to get across campus late on Wednesday night, my class gets out at 8:30 pm, to catch the shuttle to my car. It's a pain to have to call campus security and wait for them to show up and then walk you across campus.

It's also a pain to have to maybe try and catch the campus van, but then miss the shuttle bus and therefore not get home until, like, midnight. Not really, but I wouldn't get home until 9:30 pm at the earliest, when my class lets out at 8:30 pm, and once again, my house is only a 20 minute drive.

But there is the weather issue too, I suppose when the weather's bad I'll just have to suck it up and do all this waiting for the campus van, even if it means missing the shuttle and having to wait another 20 minutes for it to come back. Who wants to walk across campus, uphill, when it's raining or snowing? Soooooo. I'll have to make the most of all my wait times, try to make them bearable.

Fun times.

Creepy Crawlies

That title has nothing to do with the post actually. It just popped into my head because I watched a small spider walk across the floor just now. I wish I could've caught him and taken him outside, but he was motoring at a faster pace and I didn't have anything to catch him in.

I haven't had much to really say because not a lot has been going on. I start school tomorrow which I'm not so excited about. But I suppose there could be something funny I could post here from my school adventures. Let's see, I only have 5 semesters left, including this one. (I'm a junior, but I'll be going to school in the summer next year as well.) The count down is on and I'm more than ready for it to end.

I ordered all my books from online sources and I received two of them without dust jackets and they were supposed to have them. I didn't bother with any complaints but now I wish I had because they were listed in very good condition, I paid for that condition, and to boot--the description never did mention the covers were missing.
Oh well. Live and learn.

I did have a day of excitement on Friday. I got to ride in a combine. My father-in-law is a farmer. My husband comes from a world of farming. That's how he received his open head brain injury: a tractor accident when he was 11 and farming.

So it was a lot of fun to ride in that big thing. But I did have a moment where I pictured Ryan's accident. The combine and the tractor Ryan was in are both closed cabs... and so I just kinda thought to myself "Imagine a chain flying through this cab and smashing into my head." *shudder*

That's how it happened, Ryan was in a lead tractor trying to tow another one out of the mud. The chain broke, whipped forward, smashed through the cab and onto Ryan's head. Happened in a split second and Ryan probably was not aware of course, but it's still unnerving.

Anyways. This combine my FIL has, he bought new in 1978. :-) Ryan used to ride in there on his lap. That is too adorable. And Ryan used to call it a "tractor-bine" when he was little.

Well, that's about all I have to say for myself right now. Yucky school tomorrow! At least my class doesn't start until 1:00. That's very nice. But I have leave at noon to catch the stupid shuttle and allow myself time to walk all the way across campus. (My university is only about a 20 minute drive from my house, yet I have to take an extra 40 minutes for all this crap.) Why they don't have two stops on campus for the shuttle I don't know. It's pretty ridiculous. And it'll be even more fun in the winter time with bad weather!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The String Theory

I'll never forget hearing my dad give my husband this piece of advice on the golf course.

In regards to the time old "keep your head down" rule for hitting a golf ball... my dad helpfully passed on this pearl that his dad told him.

"Visualize a piece of string tied from your nose to your nuts."

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Not all of us agree

Dipping Jalapeno Cheetos into pickle juice while simulaneously eating pickles with chunky peanut butter might be a great idea... but let me assure you, it's not.

I need to go double check my college ID and see if I really am in an institution of higher education.

(Seriously. What is up with that? You start eating some odd ball combination of food and it tastes so good you can't get enough... but then several moments later you learn that there are other organs in your body who do not agree with your taste buds. IfyouknowwhatImean.)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

1+1= ?

Ok. That's it. This is just a short little entry to shut my head up.

I miss being a math major. What is up with that? Why can I not stop thinking and obsessing about this? So fine. I needs a plan. Or two. First I will go to an advisor and see about adding math as a minor. However. I don't think that will be do-able at all since I've already lost two semesters without any math classes. And I only have 5 semesters left.

So plan B... which kinda sucks... is to get my Associate's of Science in math. Maybe. Or just take classes here and there and work towards another bachelor's.
In math... you usually end up teaching yourself the stuff anyways. My mom bought me a trig and calculus book from a garage sale. I need to review those and even re-teach myself some stuff because my last math teacher really bit the big one. But the thing is... they do have these tests where I could test out of classes without having to take them. CLEP or something like that. I could do that for a few classes anyways, so maybe getting another degree wouldn't take too long?

But... that could be just as valuable to me as a degree... just to have those skills which I will re-teach/teach myself. I would love to have math skills to impress my future employer and be a greater asset. I have a feeling that I could really come into something big in the employed world if I knew math quite well. Still... it could be nice to have something "official" such as a degree on my record as a math guru. (Ha.)
I sure wish I weren't so pressed for time. I would never have changed my major in the first place if it weren't so imperative that I graduate ASAP so that Ryan and I could get on with our lives.

It'll have to be a commitment on my part. A huge, hard commitment. But since this math major thing has gotten to me so badly I'd better do something about it. I've been bit by the math bug. Bad buggie!

Friday, August 8, 2008


I've been away for 5 days and 4 nights this week. In a lovely hotel. With air conditioning. But it cooled off this week. Now that we're leaving, the temps will rise again. Smashing. *eyeroll*

I earned an A in my geography class (weather and climate) and ... *sigh*... an A- in my Philosophical Filmmakers class. Now I definitely got a straight up A on my term paper so that minus part of the grade is from the group grades. How entirely aggravating and exasperating. Oh well. Damn group grades.

That's about all I have to say for the moment. Enjoying my little time off. School begins August 25. I'm a bit nervous again as it's when the campus will be full, unlike summer time. And I know there are going to be two people in at least one of my classes who I do not ... enjoy. But that is life. Ce La Vie.

Oh. Gotta make a to-do list for my time off as well. Joyous.

Friday, August 1, 2008

This made me laugh

"Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come." - Matt Groening