Sunday, November 21, 2010

The pre thanksgiving blitz

So we knew starting out that this week was gonna be crazy. There was/is still so much to get done before leaving for home this coming Tuesday.
Monday kicked off the week like normal, arriving on campus at eight o'clock to read through an article on Belgium's political parties (which if you don't know anything about they are crazy. It was one of my favorite topics we've done all year) for Poli Sci 150. Then went to bio where I was politely reminded that there would be a test at the end of the week. Monday after noon Hilary and I began work on our statistics assignment for Pl Sc 200. From there it was off to work where I had a wonderful surprise visit from my nephews, whomeveryone know are the cutest nephews in the world.
Tuesday found us finishing the statsassignment (which incidentally was the easiest assignment all year) and turning it in. Tuesday night Elizabeth and I went to fat cats, where we had dinner at costa vida and collected our free bowling game courtesy of the BYU football team scoring over 30 points against UNLV.
Wednesday was another busy day of class and work. In the afternoon Hilary and I attended a speech on the constitution which was part of a convention being held this week. Hilary had to go for class, and I just like that kind of thing. Wednesday I began to seriously work on my next paper for Pl Sc 150 on applying comparative politics to the real world. I am using the elections in Myanmar for my event and I had found several articles from the NYT earlier which I started analyzing. The thing about all of this is that I really do like school, I find the work I do fascinating, it just tends to be stressful.
Thursday was very busy, especially for a Thursday, most of the morning was spent getting as much done on the paper as possible because immediately following New Testament I had to go to the FHSS writing lab to have my paper looked over. From the lab I shot over to the Benson building for a bio test review then bounced over to the SWKT for a statistics review with Prof. Cooper. After that I met up with Hilaryand whipped through the practice assignment, which including entering a large number of variable data into SPSS, for Friday, and then we were off to PLSA's law student panel. Which was very good, plus the part where they fed us costa vida.
Friday was test preparation amidst my classes, at three I was coming to the testing center randomly met up with David(roommate) and Megan(FHE sister) we briefly commiserated over our individual tests. Then it was off to the vending machine for my orange soda and up to the music room to take the test. I got an 89 on the multiple choice, so it wasn't too bad. From the testing center I went down the hill to the elms to visit with Jenn and Melissa. Jenn and I then went to work where we were short a person all night and had to work like crazy. After work Elizabeth came and picked me and Bekka and Bekka's friend Victoria to go to the ward roller skating activity. It was the first activity I've been to all year because of work, but since it didn't start until ten I was able to go. It was a total blast.
Saturday the morning was spent working on the biology term paper on aspartame. Then it was off to the football game with Cody. It was a cold day at Levell Edwards Stadium as the cougars took on new mexico. We were located in portal t right in the corner where BYU's tunnel is. Elizabeth joined us at the stadium after kickoff. For the only time all year Gordy and Brooke's tickets were on the same side of the stadium as mine, so at half time Elizabeth and I were able to go visit with them for a little. The cougars ended up winning 40 to 7, domination despite the refs.
Later Saturday David went to the Basketball game with Jenn and Co. afterward they all came back to our place when the cougars were dominating incredibly.
well thats it for this week. Next week: I'll be HOME!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Roomates, and bad things, come in threes

Well this week struck each member of our apartment with misfortune, one by one. My started off the earliest when I started getting sick Monday night. By Tuesday Morning things were not going well, so I stayed on campus for only a small portion of what I usually do, trying desperately to finish the Quantitative research design for Poli Sci 200. Fortunately I have wonderful friends who lent there services throughout my sickness to help me get better. Wednesday I was worse, but I couldn't miss class. In the afternoon Hilary and I finished our designs and turned them in, and I did not go to work so I could get some rest. Thursday was better but still under the weather.
Friday I was feeling better, only the cough was hanging around. I was able to go to work, which was crazy because dance sport was going on, along with like a million other events. Fortunately they had decided to keep the store open later and so other people had signed up for later shifts and they were closing, so I left at nine thirty. After I got home Elizabeth came over and we watched Wall-e, which was like the last movie I saw before going on my mission. So that was fun.
Saturday was when the rest of the disasters struck. The day was mostly uneventful Bryan(Elder Phillips) and I went to the temple in the afternoon which was very nice. In the evening we went over to Jenn's house for dinner with her and Allie, however when Casey and I arrived(on bike, in the cold) Casey discovered that he had lost his keys, hence problem number two. We had a wonderful time with them(David arrived later) and a wonderful meal and movie. It was when Casey and I arrived home before David that something was not right(David had his sisters car) when David got back he explained to us that his car had been booted at the elms and he had been fined to get it off. Not the most pleasant end to the night.
However we all look forward with longing to Thanksgiving and the joy we will have when we go home. Well folks thats it for this for this week.
Have a good one.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

A short space to breathe

Well this week was a little more chill than things have been the past couple. So If your looking for something exciting this is probably not the greatest post.
Monday was a normal busy day, Casey and I have been taking a dreamweaver class(a website design program) together, and Monday we learned how to put in flash graphics and rollover menus.
Tuesday I attended an excellent devotional by Elder Costa of the presidency of the seventy about Ships being safe in the harbor but that not being what ships are made for. After a week of not having New Testament Bro. Wayment was back and we began the gospel of John. *warning: in the next sentence I will pat myself on the back, if you don't want to read this skip to the next paragraph* Before class started Bro. Wayment says how he likes to curve his exams by making the highest score in the section the total points possible, so he rights the new points possible up on the board and low and behold it was my score! So that bumped my 96% to 100%.
Tuesday night I watched a movie for extra credit in biology called Expelled, No intelligence allowed. About the debate between evolution and intelligent design. After I finished that I spent the rest of the night watching coverage of the election results.
Wednesday the sad news was that I completely forgot about dreamweaver class so I missed learning how to create hyperlinks.
Thursday Cody attempted to help me and Hilary figure out the practice assignment for Pl Sc 200 since it involved math which we are pretty poor at, thank goodness for friends. That night I attended a lecture by a BYU alum from Noter Dame on religion and politics. It was quite good.
Friday was a very busy day starting out at 6:20 in the morning when I went to the ward temple trip, a very pleasant way to start the day. Then it was off for the usual marathon of classes until work. Somewhere in between I visited Prof. Cooper to talk about the next large assignment due next week for Pl Sc 200.
Then it was off for a busy night of work. There were about 500 events going on on campus that night, not the least of which was divine comedy nest door in the varsity theater. We ended up getting cross rushed by those coming out of the first show and those going into the second right before close. We had one large angry man who did not appreciate his smoothie, but if he wanted something sugary then ordering off the Jamba light menu was probably not the best idea. Fortunately I still caught the bus. Elizabeth and Becca came over after I got home to watch a movie, and when Elizabeth said something about us going to the temple earlier I just looked at he and was like "was that today?"
Saturday was an excellent day. One of the great parts was the football game where we stomped UNLV(elder Bowman's school) 55-7, the team was looking great. Cody and I stayed through the whole thing even though a lot of people left in the third quarter. We had great seats in the south end zone(right where the new student section has been proposed for next year), where a lot of touch downs took place. I spent the afternoon looking through FBI crime reports. @ 7 Jenn and roommates, Melissa and Allie, came and picked us up and took us out bowling, which Casey dominated, he and I were the only ones to go over a hundred. It was cosmic bowling so were going to blame it on the lighting. Then we came back and watched August Rush, a fun night all things told.
Well its Sunday again and looks like a busy week a head of me. Hope you all have a great and wonderful week.