Saturday, November 17, 2012

Tests, Applications, and Other News

In case you were wondering, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth...just yet!

The past two weeks have been beyond exhausting, as I fear the remainder of the semester will continue to be. Since Monday, I have taken a Physics and Calc II test. That might not seem so bad, just thinking about it, but actually having done it is another thing. I think that those tests weren't testing my knowledge so much as they have tested my sanity, patience, and need of caffeine. I literally spent almost all of last weekend in front of my parents' love seat in my little nest of homework and old quizzes. As much as I would love to say otherwise, I still have yet to get that elusive "A" on any of my tests in Physics. This is really frustrating to me, because I can do just fine on homework, quizzes, and labs, but I can't keep it together on a test. I have always been a famously good test-taker, but for whatever reason, I get so stinking nervous when it comes time for Physics tests. For the record, my grade is still just fine, but I have high expectations for myself, and I want more than just average, I want excellence. Perhaps my time as queen of the 4.0 is coming to an end...such is life. From what I hear, I will have to expect more of this in the future, so I guess it's time to get used to that.

On the flipside, I spent drastically less time preparing for my Calc test, I didn't do as well on the quizzes in there, and I aced the test. How does that even happen?! I'm not complaining, I'm just a little bit surprised is all.

I could mention lots of other things, but I think it would be best to mention the biggest highlight of my week: Tevis and I have now been dating for two years! :) He makes me very happy, and I am very blessed to have him in my life! We celebrated by going out to lunch at a local Chinese place, when he gave me a beautiful bracelet with cross charms on it. (He always picks the good gifts!) I love him very much, and I can't wait to see what this next year has in store for us!

PLC has really been keeping me busy as of late. We're getting started on our new community outreach project to encourage more people to come out to our basketball games. We've had to be in contact with many local businesses, churches, etc, but hopefully, it won't be for naught in the end.

I've also been busy filling out scholarship applications and rounding up transcripts/letters of recommendation  for said applications. Speaking of, I really need to finish up my OSU admissions essays, as much as I really don't want to. I know that it won't be that bad, because they only have to be 250 words in length which is, let's face it, not going to be a problem for me in the least. Well, actually, it could be semi-problematic only for the fact that I won't have enough space to say what I really want to. I'll get it figured out sooner or later, so I'm not too worried!

Last highlight of the week: this post is brought to you by my parents' new Wi-Fi adapter!!! Woo-hoo! I am definitely loving our new high-speed internet that we supposedly could never get out here. I'm not quite sure what they were thinking, but it is working just fine so far! In other tech news from my house, I believe that both of my parents are greatly enjoying their new iTouch, and have taken it with them on all of their great journeys.

Hope all is well with everyone else! Have a great Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thursday Tidbits

Here are a few interesting tidbits from the past couple of weeks...Enjoy!

-As you may have seen in my monstrous picture post from yesterday, I made my red glitter slippers, and even better, they turned out amazingly!!! :) Wanna know the even better news? They are super duper easy to create, and might possibly be a more economical way to create your own cute glittery shoes! Here is a link to my pin, with a complete tutorial. I love my glitter slippers!

(One looks a little gloppy, but it turned out just fine when it dried.) 
-I have found my new music obsession: Jack Johnson. I love his music, I love him, that is all. If you are in need of some mellow music to relax to after a long day, you should check him out! :)

-As you all know, yesterday was Halloween, but it was an even bigger deal for my family because it was my dad's birthday! I ended up taking the afternoon off from tutoring so that I could spend some time with him  since he also had the day off. It was a great afternoon, and I loved getting to see him. My dad has been on the prowl for the "Back to the Future" movies for the past few months, and I ended up finding the 3-disc combo pack of the entire trilogy the other day, so I got him that for his present. It was a red-letter day for him, because he ended up getting an iTouch from my mom. I should probably mention that my dad isn't the most technologically tuned, but he has been pretty receptive to it. Since he spends lots of time on the road while on his mail route, he listens to the radio A LOT, probably more than he has ever cared to, and he gets tired of hearing the same songs over and over again, and he hates to carry around lots of CDs, and his Jeep radio isn't XM compatible, so he decided that an iPod would be the best solution to that problem. As an added bonus, my parents will have it to take on road trips and other ventures, so it's a win-win solution! Happy Birthday Dad!!!

-I vaguely mentioned that PLC was sponsoring a campus blood drive a few weeks ago. We had some pretty lofty goals of breaking our former record of 64 donations and breaking the other campus's record of 138 donations. Well, we didn't quite meet the second goal, but we soundly beat the first goal! We ended up with 132 sign-ups and 101 actual donations!!! I was amazed by our turnout! By noon, the blood drive ladies ended up running out of t-shirts, refreshments, and donation bags, and they were scrambling to get more supplies from the headquarters! Holy cow! Needless to say, tonight at the first basketball game of the season, our group was recognized with an award. What I didn't realize would happen was that I had to give an impromptu speech. Woah! I had about three minutes notice, but it only had to be a basic statement of support, so I only talked for about thirty seconds. Thirty of the most nerve racking seconds of my life. I powered through and I didn't do too bad, although I think I said 'thank you' about five times. Not bad for a last-second speech, right? I am super proud of our promotional efforts, and I can't wait to see how well we do next time!

-I'm all for giving each holiday its due respect and time, but is it horrible that I am already excited about Christmas? I've already started thinking about gift ideas for everyone, but I have yet to make any real progress on the matter. Oh well, I still have loads of time!

-Last tidbit of news: I am enrolled for next semester! My schedule will consist of Differential Equations (which is only a three-hour class, PTL!), Statistics, Psychology, Ancient Arts & Cultures (my humanities class), and Cardio Circuit Fitness (My P.E. class). Quite the gamut of classes, but it should be quite the interesting semester! Thankfully, it only amounts to thirteen hours, but I'll still probably have my hands full. Also, I'll probably scale back on my tutoring hours next semester. I need more "me" time, so I can keep everything afloat, if you get my drift. I'm excited about next semester, so here's hoping it'll be great!