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Thursday, August 15, 2013

School Break

Hi Folks, I'm Back!!!

Hi folks. I'm finally taking a break from school. I've been so busy, I don't know which end is up, lol. I did take summer classes, and I did quite well. I did, however, get my first B, which really ticked me off. I wanted all As again. But I got a B in World History I. She was really hard on my papers first semester. I'm not sure why. And I didn't think a lot of the papers for second semester, but she gave me full marks for them. So it was weird. The ones I thought were good, she thought were bad, and vice versa. It's crazy. My GPA for the three semesters I've been in this time through is 3.892, which is excellent. I'm really happy about it. (I'm having a little trouble adjusting to not having to do homework almost all day every day. It's been rough this last few days.) Anyways, in the spring, I got all As and an A-. I was happy with that. In the summer I took eighteen hours (sort of, let me explain). I had classes for full semester, and then I also had first session classes and second session classes. For first session (the first seven weeks), I had 24 credit hours. (Huge load. I was so happy to make it through.) Then for second session I had twelve, which was much easier. I was behind in a couple of classes after the first seven weeks had passed, but I have to say, I think I did pretty damned good. Keeping up was my biggest problem. (I started before my exams were over for my spring classes. I worked all through break, hence the reason I'm having so much trouble adjusting.) For Summer Semester, I took Human Sexuality and Health (first session), Mental Health Issues (first session), World History I (first session), World History II (second session), Human Computer Interaction (full semester), and Intro to Interpersonal Communication (full semester). HCI was the only one I really had trouble in. We were put into groups and had to design some sort of user interface to demo to the class. I found it fun and interesting, but we had a sexist bully in our group, and I hated dealing with that. It drove me out of my mind insane. I cannot count, on both hands and feet, the number of times I said, "This is a group decision. Everyone votes." Or something like it. It was horrible. But I made it through (with a LOT of hard work) and I learned a little bit about dealing with a bully. (Sometimes, you have to bully them back. Only sometimes though.) But it's over now, and thank God for it. I was losing my mind. I hadn't had a break since January (first week) and classes ended on Friday. So over six months with no break, yikes!!!! And another Whew... (Just for good measure, you understand.)

I have been stitching some since I got finished with my summer classes. I'm working on a Biscornu for my friend Vicki of India Grace Designs. It's going to be VERY pretty. I choose floss for it (CC Grape Flip) and I have a great fabby for the backing (the biscornu is hardanger, so it needs to be backed) to go with it. I picked out beads, thinking the little circles on the diagram were beads. Vicki informed me that they were picots, which I have a hard time with. So I said I'd try them, and if I couldn't do them, I'd use beads. She was okay with that. The Kloster blocks got done really quickly, but the blackwork is taking longer. (Partly because I keep messing it up. Grrrrr... If only I could count... And partly because of the knots.) Anyways, piccy is above with what I've gotten done. I love the way the colors are turning out.

I did do some work on my pieces for my rotation before I got to this point on the biscornu, but not enough that I feel the need to take a piccy. I got bits and pieces done. And I really mean bits and pieces. I think I got about fifty stitches in per week during the summer, if that. Then I started the biscornu, and have worked on that since. It's coming along well, I think. I will be posting some more rotation piccys when I finish up next semester though. (I'm hoping to get the biscornu done during break, but IDK with how slow the blackwork is coming...) And I've been playing LOTS since break started. They have an event NPC (non playable character) who gives REALLY good quests in game now. One quest will lvl me thirty to ninety percent. For those who don't play MMORPGs, the normal quests in this world generally give a little less than one percent. So this is a HUGE deal. I've leveled up from 129 all the way to 137 so far, and I'm on the verge of 138. (90.??%) I love the summer event, and I'll be pissed when it goes away. Alas, all good things must end...

And I bought a whole bunch of clothes. Most of them are for work. I have several separates I can wear. I may need suits though, depending on where I work. We'll see how that goes. Brice, a friend of mine from the group, says I should come work at his company as a programmer. I may. We'll have to see how it goes. (They require suits all the time, so... More expense. We'll have to see what's available when I start interviewing.) Speaking of Coop, I should start this spring. I'm taking Intro to Coop this fall, and that will get me started. Hoping to do well again. (I have seventeen hours this semester: Women's Chorus (1), Intro to Coop for CECH (1), Computer Programming (3), Intro to Psychology (3), Fundamentals of Unix (3), Database Management II (3), and Fundamentals of Digital Media (3).) I'm looking forward to all my classes except DMII. I hated the first one. And when Brice asked me who I had for it, he called my professor's teaching methods deplorable. (I think I agree. He's awful.) Digital Media teaches you to use Photoshop, which is gonna be awesome!!! I can hardly wait for that one. And I'm really excited about Computer Programming one too. That's gonna be another fun class. I'm also looking forward to the Unix class. I A. Really liked that professor (had him for Implications of IT) and B. am interested in Unix. Unix is an OS like Microsoft Windows. I'm looking forward to it. And for those that didn't do it, Coop (pronounced Co Op) is when you work for a three month period (roughly one semester) in a real world position. You didn't used to get paid for it, but now you do. Which is cool as long as I don't lose my disability. I'd be ticked about that. I'm not ready to try and make it during school without income (I think it would be extremely tough to do), and since I can't guarantee work when I get out... I'd like to keep it just in case. Also, CECH stands for College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services. Why the IT degree is in that college, I have NO CLUE. But it is, so…

And I've been dogsitting. (It IS summer, so I've been doing it quite a bit.) I dogsat last week and pulled this beauty off the vine. Isn't she gorgeous. Or maybe it's a he. (Looks like a part of a he anyways, lol.) Those are my little sewing scissors next to it, so you can tell how big it is. I have to go back and dogsit some more on Friday of this week. He gets so excited when I come over. He loves him some auntie. And Butters (the big gray and white cat) loves me too. Reese (who looks a LOT like Yes Dear) hates my guts. She gnawed on my hand till I bled last weekend. (I try to pet her too, cause Amy says she comes home and Reese wants to be loved on.) She hates me for some odd reason, cause usually I'm that person that can walk up and pet the stray in the neighborhood. Who knows what she's thinking.

And one last funny. My sister in law agreed to be our guinea pig for our recent project. I had to do some things with her for screenshots of our most recent project. And my brother (who is EXTREMELY ornery, as you will see in a minute) waited till we were right in the middle of it, and came over and starts fondling her breasts. And I'm all, "REALLY??? Can you do chat later tonight, when I'm not here?" It was hilarious. (He did it cause I was taping it. Just to be difficult.) As I said, ORNERY. And Amy just laughed and kept right on going. (She knows how he is, and she knew he was gonna do something too.)

And I'll leave you with my amazing achievement over the last few days. In the last three days (well, two and a half, actually), I've read 2130 pages of The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King. It got a hold of me good until... Last night two of the four main characters were written out of the story. I was so peeved. I bawled my eyes out both times. It was horrible, and I was pissed. I didn't read any more after that. I'll finish it today, probably. Hopefully. And then there's a new book in the series that I want to read. It's exciting to have something new from him anytime. I need to catch up on my reading too. (Maybe I'll buy all his books.) I also watched the Bengals' first game on TV last week. It aired on Thursday night, and it was a win. (I only got to watch part of it, as I had History to do. But I was somewhat pleased with what I saw.) We played Atlanta, and it was a pretty good win. We scored a goodly amount of points (I want to say thirty four), and the younger guys did pretty good. We play those who shall not be named this year, at home. I'm hoping to convince Dani to come in for the game. (That will be interesting. She'd be cheering for twsnbn and I would be cheering for my Bengals.) We'll see what happens... I hope you're all doing well. I'll be trying to catch up on emails while I'm off, but I don't know if I'll have time for blogs too...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

This was supposed to be a quick update, two weeks ago...

Hi everyone. This should be a fairly short blog entry, as I have homework to do this weekend. (Math and Computer Networking and Implications of IT mostly.) The first week was awful. I can't seem to get myself together. My first day, I made it to campus a little bit before Chorus started, and then spent an hour and a half in line for books. (Half an hour downstairs, and an hour upstairs. I went to the wrong line, and I was ticked about it. I bought the books online, and then had them ready for pickup at the bookstore. Unfortunately, I was oblivious to the signs that said pick up in room four something. Grrrr...) So I missed class that day, and was ten minutes late for College Algebra. Luckily, I didn't miss anything important. He talked about the syllabus and introduced himself. He actually did lecture (quite a bit) on the first section of the text. I used the book to help myself understand. So I'm upset that I missed class, but it was worth it. Then, on Wed, I overslept and made it there just as he was dismissing the Altos. On Friday, I overslept and got there just at the end of class. I was so pissed at myself. (I haven't gotten to sleep before six am any day this week, and I can't figure out what my problem is. Honestly, I've been going to bed between twelve thirty and two. It's crazy.) College Algebra is going well so far. I'm terrible at math, so I'm prepared to do a lot of extra work in this class to get a good grade. Hopefully, he'll offer bonus points for things. I can use all the help I can get. So far, our assignment is going well. There's one problem I just can't get (and I've tried it at least ten times), so I may actually get that one wrong. The others I have right. Luckily, he has it set up so you can do as many tries as you want. Basically, it gives you similar problems until you get them right. So I'm trying again and again until I get the problems right. Except for that one. And I need help with it. I went into the Math Resource Center to see if they could help me Friday, and there was a sign on the door. Closed until Jan 14th. I was ticked, as it's way out of my way. It made me walk four or five blocks out of my way, so I was NOT a happy camper. Computer Networking is going to be hard for me as well. I'm not as interested in the nuts and bolts of networks, but the Internet parts are interesting to me. Unfortunately, the professor is a fast, FAST reader, and he basically reads the power point as fast as he can go. There's no time to take notes or formulate a question. I'm hoping the text will bring me up to speed, as right now, I'm lost. He doesn't even define key terms. He just uses them and expects you to understand. Also, in that class, we have to do a presentation. (I have some social anxiety, so I don't wanna, lol.) I've emailed my group, and am waiting for a reply. In the meantime, I've worked up a power point presentation. It's savvy if I do say so myself. I hope we can use it. I still need to write speaker notes, and I'm hoping the rest of the group will help me with it. Database Management I is a class I'm really looking forward to. I'll be learning SQL, or Structured Query Language. It's the language used to build and maintain databases and data warehouses. It's my first "programming" language, so I'm all excited about it. I had no problem installing SQL Server 2012 when I went in through the link given in the syllabus. I have it installed on both my laptop and my desktop, so I can work on assignments after DMI class, and finish them at home. I just have to transfer the work via external hard drive. My Implications of IT class is gonna be fun, I think. It's at UCBA, which is a different campus of UC. It's about fifteen to twenty minutes from main campus, depending on traffic. I found my way easily, and I was glad of it. I can park very close to my classroom too, so that's good. I take my computer with me on Tuesday and Thurs, because I have a LONG break. DMI ends at a little bit after three. Implications of IT (Tues) and Computer Networking (Thurs) start at six. So I need to be able to work on homework in between. I also take my stitching, as I like to switch off. I do one thing for a bit, and then something else. Keeps my mind fresh. Implications was a VERY short class on Tuesday, which usually bothers me. In this case, though, I don't mind it. He told us, very briefly, what the class would consist of. (Quiz at the end of each chapter, and discussion.) He showed us where the syllabus was, and told us what book we'd be using. If there hadn't been a few questions, he would have let us out at ten after six. As it was, he let us go at twenty after, and that was fine with me. The reason he let us go early is that most classes will be mostly discussion. Since not everyone had read the first chapter in the book, and we hadn't seen the info he wanted us to see, there could be no discussion. So he let us go early to read, which, like I said, I was okay with. I think most class sessions will go full length, which I like. I feel like I'm getting my money's worth that way. And that's all of my classes for this term. (I was going to take Fundamentals of UNIX (an operating system similar to Windows or Mac's OSX), but they cancelled the class due to low registration. I still want to try.)

And now, the moment you've all been waiting for. On to the stitching!!! I have a LOT of projects to show this week, so I'll get right to it. Starting with Beach Romance (Janlynn). I worked on it on Sunday, and got quite a bit done. (Of course, there was football on, so that helps.) I finished up his leg, did a lot of sand around it, and did the water between his legs. I also finished up his pants. I was very pleased with the amount of stitching I got done on Sunday. It worked out well for me. Of course, my Bengals lost their playoff game, again. (It has been a long time since we won one. You have to go all the way back to 1990. Twenty two years, ouch.) And to make things even worse, while our defense played well, our offense sucked rotten eggs. They were awful. Couldn't find their butt with both hands AND a flashlight. It was quite sad. I was so ticked off, I cried. (Not that it's hard to make me cry. I'm a regular waterworks about some things.) So it wasn't the best weekend, but it was okay. I did get to see one of my other teams win, and that made me feel better.

Next up is Time To Go (Witch Stitch'n'Bits). As I told Freak a couple of weeks ago, I'm getting ready to start on her wing. Next week, most likely. I finished up the current row of ten by tens on Tuesday night, waiting for my class to start. You can't quite see the candle flame yet, but the light is there. I like the way it looks so far, except for the fact that there's a lot of brown in it. (As you know, I hate brown, lol. I have no idea what made me want to do something with so much brown in it. Really, no idea. I could have picked something else sexy, and without it. But it was something I thought he would like, so...) Anyways, the wing is at the bottom of the next set of ten by tens, and I'm ready to start it. The wings are mostly white and blue, so they're really pretty.

And I did put a few stitches into my rose. (It's no longer an ornie, lol, so I didn't know what to call it.) I really don't think it's worth a piccy, but I love to look at them, and I know some of you do too, so I'm posting one. I literally put in about ten stitches on Wed. That's it. It was before my College Algebra class started, but I only had about ten minutes. I stood outside talking to one of the other altos on Wed afternoon, so I didn't get there as early as I would have. It's still a lot of confetti, but it's moving along a little bit at a time. (Any progress is a good thing, right?!?) I love the way it looks. It's so incredibly detailed. (Hence the reason I don't complain about the confetti too much.)

Next up is Noah's Sub (Stoney Creek). I didn't get much done on it this week. I did work on it for a bit in between classes on Thursday. My earlier class got out a few minutes after three, and the night class didn't start till six. (I did do some errand running, since I was so close to where I needed to be. That took a little over an hour. Then I did a little bit of stitching, maybe fifteen minutes, before I started on the math stuff.) I also did a little bit later, as he gave us a fifteen minute break to go potty and such. I really don't need fifteen minutes to go, so I spent the rest of the time stitching. And hey, progress is progress, right??? I love the color I'm using. It's a sort of salmon pink. Very pretty. You can see where I'm working, down near the orca. (When I started this color, for some odd reason, I started crossing my stitches, and had to go back and frog them. It'll be weird when I get to the point where I’m crossing my stitches on this piece, lol.)

Next up is one of my three favorite projects, Midnight Hunting (Dracolair Creations). I had to do quite a bit of frogging on this one, but I didn't mind. Since I was still on break, I got a LOT done on it. And I love the way it's looking. The color changes are so pretty. I worked a lot on it while talking (chatting) with Dani. Well, and on the phone some, too. I talked her home from work on the train, and it was nice. I like talking to her. She has a lovely voice, and she sounds so young. So I got a lot accomplished, despite the fact that I had to frog. I had a lot of fractional stitches, and it was hard to decide which color was the dominant color. It doesn't tell you, so I had to pick for myself, and I had a hard time with that.

Then comes one of my other faves, Frost Moon(HAED, Nene Thomas). I didn’t get as much done on this as I was back in school. I did get the last set of ten by tens done, though, and started work on the next one. The blues in this so far are so pretty. And I had an occasion to talk to some Muslim Kurds. He was a Sociology student, and his wife came with him sometimes to see what he was up to. They were both very nice. I did ask them if they had met anyone who was prejudiced against them here at UC, and they said no. (Yes, I brought it up. I'm very blunt.) I was pleased by that. My city tends to be VERY conservative, and I wonder sometimes if I don't see prejudice just because I'm white. But I was glad to know they'd had no problems. That makes me happy as prejudice makes me sick. (Even in myself. I'm prejudiced against people who drink a lot. I freely admit that. But I've seen so many mean and stupid drunks; I just can't get around it. I try to not let it affect me, but it's hard. I've never gone to a bar, lol. I don't want to see it!!! I'm a bit of a teetotaler, if you can't tell.)

And that's all I've got for tonight. I'm gonna try to remember to blog each weekend, but don't hold me to it. We'll see how it goes. I hope I finish this tonight, as I still have a quiz to take. And I hope you're all having a wonderful night out there. All my best to my blogger friends, and I've said a prayer for all of you to have good lives. Well, healthy and happy, and that's the same thing. And speaking of healthy, I have to go in tomorrow for another mammogram. They found a shadow on the previous one, and they want to further investigate it. (Yes, I AM scared half to death. All I need is to have breast cancer while I'm trying to do school.) So if you have the time, and inclination, say a quick prayer for me too. (Update: I did go for my mammogram on Monday, and then they sent me for an ultrasound. It appears that the lunp I have is several benign cysts all crushed together. The whole group of them is only one millimeter, so it's not very big. Thank God for small favors.) TIA, and hagn, y'all!!

Okay, and one more thing. This is really the last thing. I have a cushion to sit on now. Some of my classmates laughed at me with it, but I really don't care. My bum doesn’t hurt, and theirs probably does. I'm good with that, lol. It's really cool looking. My mom pieced it for me. If you look at the top piccy, it's black striped with orange Bengals fabby. The Bengals fabby, I really like. She doesn't remember where she got it, though, and she only had a little bit left. So she pieced the front of it. The top stripe doesn't even go all the way across, so she covered the end of it with a piece of orange ribbon. She's a smart lady, lol, and she wanted to use as much of the fabby as I liked as she could. I love it, and it's comfy, so it's all good. And now I'm inserting my image codes, and going to bed. Y'all have a good night, and I hope you're all sleeping and having wonderful, restful dreams.