Thursday, March 20, 2008

First Day of Spring!

Well, I started this post earlier at school. But I couldn't publish it because my pictures were stuck in my camera. I had left my A/V to USB wire at home. But now you can see them too!
It is such a beautiful day outside! I woke up this morning to a torrential downpour outside. But you wouldn't be able to tell that now! I really like the weather here in the Winter, early Spring, and Fall (Summer can be sweltering).
Yep, now it is early spring. Its sunny and breezy. Just the right temperature: not too hot, not too cold. The sky is soooo blue. Look how well the colors go together!

The bright green of the trees against the clear blue of the sky! God knows how to make everything pleasing!
And there are flowers everywhere! I lOVE the flowers! Especially flowering trees!( But I couldn't find any of those.)

This bush seemed to have nothing but flowers! It was completely covered! How beautiful!

There's a whole bunch of these just growing freely along the side walk going to the campus boxes.

So pretty!

And I love these tiny little flowers that poke up out of the middle of the grass. They are so few and delicate. So cute!
And these are just the pictures. They are nothing like the real life things! I wish I could just walk around taking pictures and looking at random stuff all day. But, I couldn't, because I was in here....

(photo courtesy of computer orbi cam. Read about it in Ilmarë's post.)

....studying. Well, I was blogging, actually. But I should have been studying, or writing my paper, or finishing my Spanish lab, or reading my assigned chapters, or completing the tutorials..... I can't stand it when my hair does that flippy thing! Honestly, sometimes I look like a brown haired Selphi from FFVIII.
Well, when I got home I noticed something odd. So i took a picture of it.

Can you notice it?

How about now?

Well, I really don't know what it was. But it looked like a very reflective cloud with a bit of a rainbow in it. And this is very odd because it hadn't rained or looked like it was going to rain since early morning. And, as you can see in the first picture, it wasn't very cloudy out. Odd.

I figured that I'd take a quick shot of our lovely "castello" while I had my camera out. This was right after I took those shots of the "glowing cloud."
Anyway, I hope this nice weather keeps up for tomorrow. My Mom, my siblings, and I are hoping to go to the beach! We've been trying to go for the past three weekends, but the weather would suddenly turn cold and windy the night before. Hopefully, not this time! Chao!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

A Day In The Life of Me

I know the title is technically wrong, but I like the way it sounds. So I'm going to keep it. I know I said I would post again during my Spring Break (last week). Obviously, I didn't. I had begun a post, but I never finished it. My break just flew right by. And upon returning to my classes I was promptly greeted by an utterly stupid amount of homework and studying (as if I didn't get enough of that during the break). Well, enough with the excuses. Let me tell you about my daily life *cough*school*cough*:
I wake up at 5:30am to turn off my alarm clock before it plays the music (the sound of it winding up is just enough to wake me up). Yes, I really do that. Yes, every day. Then I lay in bed until 6am. I do that because I don't like just waking up and getting straight out of bed. I like to be awake and rest for a while before I begin my day.
Then I grab my Bible off my desk and read a chapter, usually its from Proverbs (but my all time favorites are the Psalms and Ecclesiastes). Then I get dressed and all that. Then I lug all of my "school supplies" down the stairs. This includes a stack of textbooks and notebooks, my sweater (I take it everyday because the DA lab and the media center are always freezing cold!), my book bag, and depending on what day it is I'll take my laptop, my art stuff bag, and my very large sketchbook.
This takes two trips on a good day, and sometimes more on a clumsy day. I know what you're thinking: "why doesn't the genius put her books in the bag and lessen the trips?" Excellent point, except that on the days that I take my computer, books won't fit in my bag.
Here is my Tuesday/Thursday stack minus the laptop.

Here is my Monday/Wednesday/Friday stack. Much less than the other one.
When everything is downstairs, I fix myself something for lunch (or rather grab something edible and easy to pack from the pantry for lunch). Then I get a quick breakfast and fix myself a glass of chocolate milk. All of this I consume while sitting on the couch watching the FOX News Morning Show with my Dad, Manwë, and sister, Ilmarë, depending on which day it is.
I leave the house at 7am (it takes the same number of trips to load up the car). It used to be light when I left, but now, because of the confounded time change, it is very dark when I leave. If I don't get stuck behind a slow driver or run into "bridge traffic" it takes me about 45 minutes to get to school. I must add that getting stuck behind a slow driver would be a problem because the road I take is the only road the city where my university is and it is a one-lane-in-each-direction-road notorious for bad drivers. And I no longer posses the ability to pass other drivers because I now use my grandmother's old car that takes a really long time to speed up (I bet that makes Mom happy). But I shouldn't complain, It's very fuel efficient!
When I get to the campus I have two parking lot choices: the one across the road from where my classes are or the one across the very busy road from where my classes are. It's really not to bad, though. The campus is small compared to other universities.
Now, here begins the busy part of my days. I scheduled my classes and work hours one right after the other. In this way I make the most out of my time on campus. I don't like being stuck with hours in between classes because I don't really have anywhere to hang out besides the library, the DA lab, or the business/IT building (they have the best WiFi connection there).
Now I can't carry all of my books at once (naturally), so between classes I make trips to my car to retrieve and drop off my books. Another problem: Being a commuter student, I have no place to put my computer when I don't need it. So, when I bring it, I have to keep it with me all day. I also keep my wallet, power cord, hand sanitizer, and earphones in my bag. As you might imagine, this means my bag is always bulky and heavy. I think I must look like a bag lady or something. But, I figure, this is good. Now I don't have to feel bad about not working out, because lifting my bag and scurrying around campus up and down stairs with it would take care of that, right?
After work or my last class I walk down past the campus post office to my very own campus box to check my mail. Now, even though I am a fairly tall young lady, I require the assistance of a two-step footstool to reach my campus box because it is situated at the very top of the wall. I like this though. Its fun!
Here is my campus box. Isn't it cute!

Here it is again with the door open so you can see the old-fashioned locking mechanism. So cute!!
After the mail is checked I head home. Depending on which day it is, I usually get home around 4pm or 6pm (If I have a project its even later because I stay at the lab). I take my stuff back up to my room, get situated, etc. Then eat dinner with whoever happens to home (it varies day to day, especially during baseball season).
Then its Study/Homework Mode! (mostly its homework, which I've affectionally dubbed HW) And I do that until I can no longer function, can no longer think straight, or break down crying in utter loss in hopelessness ( warning:exaggeration!). Then I get ready for bed. Just before I crawl under the covers I take into account which day will come next and arrange my textbooks and notebooks into a neat stack according to what classes I have the next day. One less thing to do in the morning!
There you have it: a somewhat brief overview of my daily life. Not very exciting. Not very social (I do interact with other students and faculty and such. I must make that clear.)

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Spring Break Begins....Now!!

I'm over half way through my Spring break and just today I've finished my homework. So break officially begins now. How cruel of my teachers to give me so much homework and schedule tests for when I come back. That aint right. Well, no more talk about that stuff... Its break time!!

Yesterday I went shopping for dresses with my Mom and sisters. (I had actually gotten excited about it, and that's big because I don't enjoy shopping) I didn't get very good pictures because they walked so fast. (But I'll call them “action shots” instead blurry pictures, 'k?) My Mom and sisters can be like power-walkers when it comes to shopping. Or maybe that was just the way I felt because I was wearing bad walking shoes. (We were going to a “candle party” right afterwards, so we were dressed and ready for that). I had borrowed a pair of my Mom's black shoes, and they were killing my feet!

Here's a picture of my Mom and Icarus *(note: henceforth she will be Ilmarë) with her Victoria's Secret Bag. *Ooooh, la la la!* Not really! She just bought a body spray that she likes there.

And here is Yavanna, my younger sister, talking on the phone with Steps while waiting for Mom. Yavanna is always talking on the phone with Steps and Ilmarë is always texting Airman-G (or at least it seems that way).

I wanted to take more pictures because we don't really get to do many "just the girls stuff" together. But a lot of stores are finicky about cameras and taking pictures. I didn't want to get caught up in stuff like that, so I was careful.

In the end we all got some really cute stuff♥ I've never been so enthusiastic about these kinds of things. Maybe its because I actually found some stuff that I like in my size. And that's rare, because, until just recently, I was teetering between the girls sizes and the womens sizes. But that is the case no longer! I have moved on up, huzzah!

I look forward to the rest of my break! It should be relaxing. I should have more to blog about soon.

Oh! I just looked down at my poor aching feet (they still hurt from yesterday). And I have blisters on my poor little toes! How can girls wear fancy shoes all the time? I wear one pair for just a few hours and I start hobbling like an l.o.l. (little old lady)! Hey, now this means I have an excuse not to wear shoes....

*note: At first, I was having a little trouble finding/coming up with appropriate pseudonyms for my family. I really liked Icarus for My older sister, Soaring Amongst The Clouds. But then I decided to give the rest of my family names of characters from Tolkien's Legendarium that are similar in character to them. So I had to change her name as well.