Coming to Terms With my Grades

December 17, 2008

OK, no one ever said this would be easy but I got a B- in Physics. I thought I’d get a regular B or even a B+.

I actually got a B+ in Cell Phys, I am happy with that. That was a really challenging class as well.

Dr. Jeff emailed me and said that a B- in Physics is actually a good grade because it’s reputed to be one of the most challenging courses in most people’s opinions.

Oh, everything else was an A, so my GPA dropped a bit.

Next semester is going to be similar with Calculus.

I started this with three academic boogieman; Organic Chem, Physics, and Calculus. The Three Horsemen of the Academic Apocalypse The only boogieman  left in the mist is Calc.

If I get through Calc and the second semester of Physics without a C, I will likely avoid any C’s and my GPA should be at least respectably above 3.6. And if you endured this tedious post, I apologize.

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Update on my Quest for Fitness

December 16, 2008

I’ve been going to the gym faithfully doing cardio work and weights.

Last Wednesday, Joanna and I went out shopping together. She had the audacity to pressure me into pouring my backside into size four jeans. Size 4, is the girl on crack or something?

Just a back note; a year ago, I was wearing size 14-16 and weighed 177 pounds.

So, I humor the girl thinking the poor pants would split along the back seam.

I can’t honestly say they fit although Jo would disagree with my assessment, but I managed to button, zip the fly without a muffin top.

We went to the Gap to see which cut of jeans was mine and it is the Essential Fit. Not mom jeans high, but the world is safe from the vision of my ass crack should I find the need to bend over for some reason. Size four fit tight without  a muffin top.

Imagine that.

Said Jeans are presently finishing a week in the limbo of the Gap bag, I’m thinking about trading them in for a 6, Jo would never need know.

Unless she reads my blog but somehow I have my doubts.

Oh, yes, the gym scale reads 135.5. The Doctor’s scale agrees.

I took my final final this morning at 8 and now I’m a free woman

December 14, 2008

I’ll actually have time to *maintain* this blog and put some thoughts into words.

It was a rough semester and the Spring semester won’t be any better. But its over, thank goodness.

I don’t know my grades yet and I don’t have a clue how I did in my Physics final. I have another semester of Physics which doesn’t bother me because I love my prof. He’s the best Physics teacher for people like me that don’t come by such things naturally.

I can’t wait to start getting the house ready for Christmas.

Funny Tribute to Monty Python

October 23, 2008

Of course, the original.

Our trip to Pittsburgh to visit Jonathan and Jeanette

October 13, 2008

It was freshman family weekend at Carnegie Mellon, so we went up to see Jeanette and Jon. We had a great time. Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure.

We had a fun time last night (loads of pictures)

September 28, 2008

Jon and Jeanette visited for the first time since going off to school. Needless to say we were all happy to be together. The following are some pictures that capture the moment.

Seriously, this is one of the most awesome film clips I have ever seen

September 12, 2008

I can’t help myself, I am a helpless nerd. Oh, btw, the thing that looks like an alien carrying something really big is real, it is a kinesin;  a motor protein.

How cool is that?

Why I am so tickled by this picture

September 1, 2008

To be honest, I’m an Obama girl, but I really like Sarah Palin.

A lot.

She’s one of us. A mom, and a woman making history.

She is signing a bill into law with her dear little baby snuggled up in his sling.

I don’t agree with every one of her positions, who does, but she has an authentic integrity that I admire and she’s one of us, a mom and an everyday person.

I wish she was running for president, I do, imagine the Commander in Chief with a baby snuggled close to her heart in a sling? Breastfeeding?

Ahhhh, if only more leaders were under the influence of prolactin rather than testosterone? What a different world we would live in if  the hand that rocked the cradle also ruled the world!

My friend, Rebecca wrote in her blog, “Random Musings,” (and I hope I don’t antagonize her by quoting her,)

“Oh, it’s OK to be a mother, as long as you usually keep your baby hidden away. And it’s most unprofessional to attempt to conduct business with your baby in a sling! It’s as if motherhood is best kept under wraps. It’s just to be done at home, hidden away, almost like a shameful secret.

Governor Palin is exposing the lie to all that. She is completely, unashamedly, unapologetically, a mother.”

I couldn’t have said it better.

Brick Walls

August 29, 2008

For those of you that don’t know me well, one of my heroes is Randy Pausch. He just lost his battle with pancreatic cancer but gave the world a wonderful gift in the form of his last lecture.

One of the many profound things he said was that brick walls are there for a reason; to show you how much you want it.

I can see that my Physics class is going to be one of those brick wall experiences for me.

I have forgotten most of my Algebra and Trig. My prof, Dr. Jeff (as he wishes to be called,) has suggested it is the latency effect.

He is also worried that some of us <cough-cough> might worry about this and become self-fulfilling prophecies. I also went to the math department to see how their tutoring worked so I would have my resources set up in advance just in case it takes more effort to remember the bits of Algebra and Trig hidden in the deep recesses of my memory. The woman in the department office was a tad condescending because apparently I am the first Physics student to present with such a request.

Brick wall.

Just a brick wall. I want it *badly* Really really badly.

I DON’T LIKE SPAM

August 27, 2008

This is my kind of SPAM.

The other kind, I could live without

I have had the wonderful filters here snag various and sundry vile and nasty spam. Just for the record, I don’t want to see Russian porn. I don’t want a larger firmer penis. In fact, I don’t want a penis at all. I am sick of people putting garbage and waste worse than fecal matter to be snagged by my filter (and deleted by me, ug.) Thank you for the effective filter, at lease my readers (all two of you, hi, mom,) will be spared.