Field Trip Day!

So today I go on my first field trip in probably 3 years … since Junior year at BCS and we went to the UW Libraries. Amazingly enough, we’re going to be taking a school bus. That’s equalized by the fact that the trip is to a beach. I’m a little apprehensive because we have to write a paper on what we find, and I generally don’t do well at identifying organisms, but then I honestly have no idea what she’s going to have us do. I can say that I’m enthusiastic about spending hours on an Atlantic Ocean beach, having only spent time on the Pacific. This is technically to the Nahant Marine Science Center run by Northeastern – an evidence of collaboration between educational thingymabobs. Institutions.

I am getting miffed by my math class. Currently we’re learning how to plot straight lines, truly. Y = mx+b type stuff that makes me question my IQ if this was the *only* math class I could place into. The irony being that I don’t even need to take this low-level course if I desire to major in English at all, and it doesn’t fill my Formal Analysis requirement, either. What a wasted semester! This whole thing started bothering me until I realized it’s probably God trying to teach me something: patience, perhaps, or showing me that you can’t be too serious about everything all the time. I think I’m too serious, and that keeps me from having many friends. Still, I keep trying, and at least this math class should be a breeze.

– KF –

Thoughts

Piers Anthony sounds like a grudge-holding jerk.

Cool and overcast makes a Seattlite happy.

As I sought for meaning Christ found me and showed me the way to true joy.

A powerful wooden horse is nothing compared to a steamroller.

Sometimes the silliest photographs are the most loved.

“You” isn’t what you look like, it’s who you act like.

Fountain pens are the only pen to use unless it’s raining.

Free time is a boon; too much free time is a bane.

Logic is an idea the illogical despise for lack of understanding.

Clever phrases never saved a soul. Neither did the Gospel Walnut.

I’ve spent too much time alone in the last two weeks.

There’s a difference between a 4-digit, all-number pin and an 8-digit some letters, some numbers password – ease of guessing.

Hands-on geology is far more interesting and helpful than esoteric expostulation.

Interestingly, I saw only Lesley today briefly, but am not bothered.

Only breakfast makes you hungry by afternoon.

I have to go back to Clark tomorrow – where’s the justice?

I’m going to stop now.

– KF –

Later That Day…

The day was good. I got to hang out with Lesley after her class; she’s one cool girl, so that’s always a good time. Sadly, I can’t say a lot more happened. I waited around at Clark for 5 hours to meet with my advisor, and when we met his first words were, “I’ve got some bad news for you…” The bad news turned out to be that part-time professors apparently aren’t allowed to advise students, and he only teaches one class here at Clark. But I want to do journalism, and our interests match well so he’d be a great advisor! Die, Clark bureaucracy! Anyway, I think I’ll keep talking to him occasionally because I think he’ll be more helpful than any normal English prof advisor I could get. I’m going to take Mom’s advice and stop talking now – cause I don’t have anything nice to say about Clark currently.

Here’s a weird thought… what if we could speed up time at will? Would you go to sleep, and never wake up? If you did, what would everybody else have experienced? Would you be young and they old, or would you just go through everything as if you were in a fast-forwarded movie?

Though for a good laugh try this link.

– KF –

Whew!

Here I am, fresh out of my exam. I studied plenty in the last 24 hours, and a reasonable amount the week prior to it. Really, considering everything, I feel pretty darn good. I knew 22/25 multiple choice questions off the top of my head, meaning I had to take educated guesses on three of them. There were 5 short answer questions, and unless I am far more confused that I ought to be, they weren’t too difficult. Trouble came only when she asked for some details on a scientific paper that I’d read a couple times but didn’t understand perfectly. Still, I was the first person done in the class, taking 35 minutes total, and I kind of lollygagged around checking my answers because I didn’t want to be the first one to turn an exam in (oh well).

Right now I’m practicing breathing again… At least until I begin studying for my Geology exam. It’s a good feeling to finish an exam – like finishing a Cross Country race, but without the puking part. More thoughts to come, as I have 5 hours alone here until I am scheduled to meet my advisor. (Darn him for making a 4:30 appointment!)

– KF –

Exam Stress!

First exam of the year tommorrow, gang – my wonderful Prof. Robertson is initiating me into Real Bio exams, none of this softie Intro Bio business. 17 page study guide and thick stack of notes… Frankly, I’m freaking out for no good reason. I have exams in my other two classes all of a sudden too – Geology on Tuesday and Math on Wednesday. Why do they group their test-giving like this? I have nothing to do, then suddenly it’s all work work work.

Happily though the dinner for Luke went well. Turkey stroganoff with peas, then a cake Luke bought himself (he also enjoyed a $25 bottle of Italian white wine, which we abstained from). Overall turned out well, especially as I made a point of cooking the turkey quite thoroughly though it was brand new. I have a horrible fear of food poisoning that I simply cannot shake. You’d think I’d be immune from all the dirt I ate as a kid, but it doesn’t seem to have worked that way.

OK, back to the books. Wish me luck for tomorrow & the following few days.

– KF –

Trouble Right Here in River City

Alright, I admit that I’m not actually in River City, but there is some trouble here in Worcester. Namely, AIM continues to give me trouble with my kfergos account. By trouble I mean that I have forgotten my password (OK, that is my fault), but AOL will not email it to me. Strange but true.

Today is Luke’s Birthday – HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUKE! – assuming he reads this. Big assumption, but there it is. The plan is for me to make him a homemade dinner, but I’m completely at a loss as to what he would like. Personally I may be in the mood for pancakes & bacon, but some people feel that’s a little strange for dinner. Spaghetti is another easy alternative, though we actually had it last night…

Yesterday was that terrific rainstorm. I didn’t particularly like getting wet, but worse to me was the fact that I didn’t have anywhere to go to get dry. First I went to Huges, but Kristin and Jos were gone; then out into the rain to Dana, but Lesley hadn’t returned from class yet; then to Sackler, but by then I was so wet I couldn’t sit down; so to the UC for no apparent reason… Ernie couldn’t take me home to dry off, so I was stuck. Finally I did see Kristin and Jos for a while, but by then I had gotten so soaked that I couldn’t even sit down without getting wetter. Waiting for the shuttle a nice prof let me stand under his umbrella – I wonder what his name is? The roads were flooded on the shuttle ride home, too, but that didn’t stop our driver (only made him 15 mins late). I doubt I’ll forget that rainstorm for some time.

I got to talk to my FiL last night for a time while we waited for Ian to get home. It was kind of awkward, but not really – and to tell the truth when he said, “Hi this is your father-in-law” I was kind of creeped out. There was a momentary I’M TOO YOUNG FOR THIS reaction, but I realized I’m not and I am indeed married. Cool! 🙂 Also I got a nice long email from my MiL after having sadly neglected such communications, so I feel much better about that. It can be a lot of work being so far away from both my families.

I *think* that thanks to a suggestion of Eric’s we have both links in the blog text and Comments sections working. Try it out and let me know!

– KF –

Tough Choices

So – which are more important, a comments section or links? It seems that, at this point, it’s one or the other. Currently I’m set up to work with links, but all comments must be emailed to me rather than just commented… Perhaps I should get rid of the tantilizingly frustrating “Comments” link then, but I keep hoping to get it working. Help! Somebody w/HTML abilities, any brillian suggestions?

I just want this site to work & look good – that’s all!

– KF –