Friday, April 24, 2009

Ramblings

Guess what I did this week? First, a bracelet of mine broke at school. It was a beaded bracelet, so I gathered up the beads with the intention of putting it back together again. And where did I stick the beads? In the back pocket of my blue jeans. I guess that wasn't too smart. You see, I forgot they were there, and the following day I did a load of laundry. Yep, they went through the washer, and the dryer. Oopsies.

I guess the upside is that the beads I managed to recover from the dryer are unquestionably clean.

There's not much else going on I feel like sharing, except that I'm sick. :( I'm not so sick that I can't go to school, but I'm feeling bad enough that running to catch the bus is not a good idea for me at the moment. Instead, I need to sedately walk to catch the bus, which is rather frustrating when I get out of the house late. I really hope I start feeling better soon.

ps. The spellchecker doesn't like "oopsies." lol

Sunday, April 19, 2009

School

Remember I was talking about how I was getting back into stride where math was concerned? I spoke too soon. I wound up not doing well on the quizzes. In fact, I was doing downright lousy.

I've dropped the course, will review and work on math for the rest of this term, and then take the darned math course over the summer term.

On a brighter note, I'm having fun with my other classes. In my public speaking class the next speech is supposed to be an informative thingy about something local, and I'm looking at talking about my local library. I'm learning more things about Shamanism stuff in my anthropology class. I'm learning different strumming patterns in guitar. And I'm having fun with my photography assignment.

We're working on photographs that will look like daguerreotypes. Yesterday, so that I could give my photo the right texture, I was photographing beaten up old pans in the kitchen. My mom caught me in the act, took one look at me, and said "I'm not even going to ask." I got quite a laugh out of that. :P I did explain what I was up to, and she directed me towards cabinets that I had forgotten had pans in them.

The joys of being a crazy photographer! :D

Saturday, April 18, 2009

A visit to the doctor's

Remember I mentioned in another post that I got referred to an ear nose and throat specialist? Well, I had that appointment yesterday.

First the doctor sprayed some numbing stuff into my nose. I guess that wasn't too bad, except for the part when it dripped down my throat. That felt weird, and it did not taste good. It also numbed that part of my throat. The numbing lasted only forty-five minutes, happily, and in retrospect I'd rather go through that again than get Novocain from the dentist.

I got a little more nervous when the doctor showed me this long small tube and told me he was going to use it to look up my nose. I mostly relaxed, though, when he told me that only about an inch of it would be in my nose, and that the rest was just for personal space. Even with the numbing stuff, I could feel it in my nose - the feelers (for lack of a better word coming to mind) in my nose may have been numbed, but as he told me, the pressure sensors weren't. It was weird.

In the end he told me everything looks pretty good, and that though he's a surgeon and likes doing surgery, he doesn't see the need for it unless I really want it. I don't want surgery. So, I'm happy. :)

Enough blogging now. I need to get back to looking up stuff on daguerreotypes for my photography class. We'll be using our digital cameras and photo shop to make images that look like daguerreotypes, and part of the assignment is to look at photos of them online to get an idea of what we're doing will look like. Talk about a fun assignment! :D

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Lock downs

Yesterday there was a lock down at PCC Sylvania campus. (Actually they're now called "shooter alert" at PCC, but I still think of them as "lock down.") The cause of the lock down was someone threatening suicide. I don't know details, but apparently it was resolved without any violence. Or if there was violence, it was minimal, since I didn't hear anything about it.

I wasn't at the campus at the time, and I know that this isn't the first time that PCC has had a lock down that wasn't just a drill. I've thought about it before (heck, I've been in lock down drills), but I got to talking to my mom yesterday, and starting really thinking about it.

If you've been to PCC, you probably have an idea of what the classrooms are like. Some of them are fantastic for lock downs, but others aren't. Some classrooms have one wall that is entirely windows. Yeah, they have blinds that can be pulled down, but one wall being all windows doesn't strike me as particularly safe during a shooting. Some rooms have windows with no blinds at all. Those windows tend to be small, but still, it doesn't strike me as the safest thing.

I'm not going to try to get all of the buildings at PCC remodeled. No way. Even if I tried, it's not like they have a lot of money to spare. However, I do predict that future architecture for college campuses will be different.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Lunch

Want something yummy to go with your coffee at about lunchtime? How about a nice peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I discovered a while back that they go together deliciously. Well, ok, strictly speaking, I had a peanut butter and spreadable fruit sandwich. Whatever. Close enough for you get get the picture. :P

That's all for now -- I've got homework that needs doing!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter

Mom and Tall One have been out of town for the last few days, at one of the Highland Games. No, they're not just hanging out -- Tall One plays the bag pipes and was there for competition. I would have gone with them, but that would have meant skipping some classes. :( Darned classes, getting in the way of my musical life. Ah well. There'll be other Highland Games I can go to, later on in the season.

I love seeing the competitions, and drooling over the jewelry that the vendors have for sale. :P There are all kinds of competitions at the Highland Games. There are various piping competitions, dance competitions, and athletic competitions. You kind of have to pick and choose what you want to see, though, because you can't see everything at any one Highland Game. Maybe that's part of the fun, though, is that there's so much going on.

Mom and Tall One will get back home this evening. Do you know what that means? Yep, I'm in charge of the Easter preparations. You might be wondering "why isn't her dad helping her?" He has medical and mobility problems and doesn't tend to do much. So, I'm tackling this by myself.

And yeah, I know I'm Pagan. But mine is an interfaith family, in which we celebrate both the Christian and the Pagan holidays. And if you think about it, the Christian holidays are pretty much just the Pagan holidays with a bit of a different slant on them. I mean, Easter and Ostara are both about rebirth!

ps. My spell checker doesn't like Ostara and there'll. Ok, so "there'll" isn't actually a word, but I'm not changin' it.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Herb garden

Warning: If reading about gardening will bore you to death, you might want to skip this post.

Guess what I just discovered? Mint is an invasive species.

Thing is, I'd been afraid that the mint in my herb garden was pretty much dead. I have spearmint, which is by the sage, and peppermint, which is by the parsley. Well, they ran out runners, which I only discovered the other day. I discovered the spearmint first. It was going into an area where I'd removed a bunch of plants last fall. That was ok, and I was delighted it was actually doing quite well. Then, I noticed that it was getting into other herb's space. That was not ok. I need to deal with it soon. If not this evening, then during the weekend.

So, that's the spearmint. The peppermint, which is by the parsley? Yeah, it was invading the parsley's space. I discovered that when I was dealing with the problem of being too many parsley plants too close together, which was a situation I didn't quite catch onto when I was harvesting the parsley last weekend, but did finally figure it out this evening. So replanting them further apart, when I realized that the peppermint was invading their space. I dealt with the peppermint then and there, and will deal with the spearmint later.

I have dirt under my fingernails and the knees of my pants are wet. lol :D Gotta love gardening! And it's nice weather, too - all sunny, and perfect for a t-shirt. It was cold earlier today, but it's warmed up, which is nice.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Happiness

I love the season, and I'm finally beginning to love the weather! Ever since Saturday it's been nice and warm - sleeveless tops and toe ring kind of weather, as I am referring to it! :) Now I can finally wear that toe ring I got in Hawai'i last fall. Well, ok, I could have worn it before now, but would anyone have seen it? No. Now I can wear it and it actually be seen.

Yeah, I like my jewelry. :P

Of course, there's also the problem of allergies. You see, spring is my favorite season, but it also brings me allergies. So I can have itchy eyes and sinus drainage pouring down my throat, and still be saying "I love this season!" Weird, I know, but then I'm a strange sort of person. lol

And to add to my happiness...math. I'm not a big fan of math, so it's odd that it's bringing me happiness. But fact is, I can listen to audio books that I'm totally unfamiliar with while I'm doing my math homework. Seriously! I can get get my "English-fix" while doing my math homework! Almost makes me look forward to it, which in a way is sort of scary. But oh well. :P I love my books.

This morning I started listening to the third book in the "Mediator" series by Meg Cabot. It's a series that I've fallen in love with, and I am delighted that I don't have to wait until break to read more of those books. :)