Archive for October, 2004
So okay, I haven’t spent the whole afternoon working. I just got back from watching around 2 hours of rugball. However I did spend around 2 hours before that getting lots of good research done in the library. Anyways rugball is incredible, so much fun to cheer for. The players just go around wiping each other out and tackles can get pretty incredible. The picture above is from this autumn, but not today, Jonathan is tackling JCombs. Way to go buddy!
Which leads to the other cool part of rugball, where else can you cheer things like “kill them all”, “punch them”, “tackle you fool”, “don’t pull my brother’s hair”, etc.
Also Jonathan’s team kicked butt, and is gonna go onto finals tomorrow. As he teammates agreed, Jonathan is quite the beast to watch play, I am so proud!
Today my goal is to finally just dig down and research, I’ve been avoiding it for weeks, but I just need to start. So wish me luck and hopefully you won’t find me blogging for the rest of the day, and instead reading all about women in mission and single menno missionaries.
This is a picture of the ring at the end of Wednesday, I completed the soldering process and spent around 2 hours filing and rounding the ring. The final steps in the process will be polishing, adding liver of sulphur to the sunken parts, then additional polishing and final touches. This has been by far my favorite jewelry process and I feel like I have learned a lot not only about fabrication but about how I would have done parts of the design differently.
This is what my ring looked like at the beginning of class on Wednesday. I have completed the sawing of the metal pieces and filing, then sweat soldered them unto the band, then shaped the band and the process I am doing at this step is soldering the ends together. If you look closely at the joint you should notice the small pieces of solder on it. The charcoal block it is resting on is what you use when you solder, it helps absorb copper released during the heating process and keep firescale from building up. Though I should also note that the ring is not actually red with heat, that is firescale already built up from previous parts of the process.
Coffee worked this morning, although note to self in future, nalgene = really bad coffee storage container (especially if it smells funny to begin with).
Also just scooping 3 large tablespoons of sugar into mixture w/o tasting is also a bad idea.
Exam update: survived, grade prognosis scraping by with an A– if lucky B if not, but hey I could surprise myself and get a C, don’t really know
Tiredness update: I have basically been feeling wide awake ever since I actually tried to sleep at 4:30am last night, with the brief exception of 7:30-7:50am (pre-coffee time). You know caffeine is a pretty impressive drug, why did I not discover it earlier in college? and yes Meryl I know it is horrible for me.
So its wednesday
So that means late night posts from the hub
So that means 8am exam tomorow morning in Environmental History
So that does that sound ridiculously familar?
I was gonna post yesterday, but I wanted to get to sleep. So no post for Tuesday.
In Jewelry today, I took pictures of my ring and will post them when I get back to my room or tomorrow. Progress is going really well and I am in the fun part of actually polishing it.
I really hate 8am classes. I have decided that after college I will not accept any job that starts before 9am, so maybe I should look for a job in Europe, I think they have a better idea of work there.
Although on the other hand, it would be nice to have a lifestyl that got me to bed at 10, so that waking up at 7 was refreashing instead of brutal and cruel.
I have recently discovered the miracle of coffee and no I am not getting addicted, just learning that it can indeed make the difference between falling asleep in class or staying awake. Although I shouldn’t talk too much, considering I still haven’t ever made it for myself or drink it with less than 2 sugars and creams in it.
Monday mornings are also interesting in that Meryl and I work together for around 3 hours double checking data entries. Among the many lessons I have learned during this time include that for some people the word counsultant can be seen as consy hant or the word schedule can be seen as sonduly. Also according to Meryl I get a pretty bad case of ADD whenever I am sleep deprived, who woulda guessed it?
I think the low point of the week has been hearing more news about the declining health of my Pappy. His mental sharpness is declining rapidly along with his physical health. The family is preparing to deal with his death in the next little while. This is really hard for me to hear, although I think the large part of that is watching my parents deal with it and thinking toward the future and how I will most likely have to deal with my own parent’s mortality at some point. Which I am definitly not ready to even consider! Also it is so sad to see Pappy fading in this way, while I don’t have memories of him being hugely physically agile, his mental quickness and agility was always there. Always talking, telling stories, jokes, and his amazing bark of a laugh. I also have a lot of fear for how Grammy will deal with it all.
Well I am sitting here and the hour is aproaching 1:30am and we have yet to recieve one of the feature articles! But back to work or at least attempting something….
Music: Diana Krall “Maybe You’ll Be There”
Highlights of the day (an attempt to be positive instead of grouching about):
-getting an amazing backrub from Sarah! Now if you have never had a Sarah backrub you are missing out, she has really strong hands and you can actually feel the difference in your knots after she is done. I got so spoiled in high school, so receiving one after such a long time was wonderful. And also it was great to just hang out with her and catch up, truly a friend for life
-having an hour long chat with Tim via the magic of IM. It really is amazing how technology has connected the world. I am so envious of his life right now, he and Charletta just went on the London Eye, which looks like so much fun. I saw it when I was there this summer but decided not to take a ride due to its impressive cost. However I think I am pretty much envious of anyone who is in the after-college exciting time (note to self-stop looking longing for the future, live more in the present!).
-eating my mom’s amazing squash/pumpkin chocolate cookies and generally being blessed with incredible parents
-getting a bunch done in jewelry in regards to my band ring. I actually soldered all by myself today and although I got really worried that I was gonna melt my piece, I didn’t and it looks good (or it will once I bend it into more of a round shape and polish it a whole bunch)
Well there are my lists of events for now, once again I failed to get this post done by the midnight “deadline” so now it is tomorrow, so goodnight.
So I had such great plans for this weekend. I was gonna go to Indy on Saturday and have a really great time, then I was gonna come back to the dorms and be really productive on Sunday. While I did fulfill the first part of the plan the second part definitely nose-dived. After church I went to lunch at the rot than came back to my room, messed around with my pictures and videos from yesterday then went to see Criminal Hearts with Jess. Got back from that went to the Advocates potluck, got back from that and spent 3 hours hanging out with Sarah D, then I finally sat down and got some reading done for the first time this entire weekend, but then ended up talking with Steph for another hour.
So while all that equals a really great weekend, this week is gonna be crazy……..sigh I wanna go to China now! not later.
Sorry for the complaining, I will try to have a better attitude next time
Once again I am taking the easy way out for blogging, but this time beause the hour is so late. Well today was a blast, I went down to Indianapolis to watch the State Marching Band Finals with Zeb and Meryl. As this pictures shows, we are a crazy bunch. Oh and tommorow morning I am helping lead worship for church, so obviously the late hour is not good. I’ll post more tomorow about the trip, goodnight all. Oh and thanks very much for the encouraging comments!