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Chem final went about as well as I expected - which is to say, not well at all. I did manage to not freak out, though, and honestly, even if I bombed the final (very likely), that does not in the least outweigh the "OMG, FINISHED WITH CHEM FOREVER!" relief. At least I sure hope I'm finished with it forever.

Next final is Structural Geology tomorrow afternoon. After that its my Remote Sensing final on Wednesday morning and lastly my rock climbing final on Thursday at some point. Then I am finished! Yay!
rensong: (sleepy kitty)
Taking a short study break because ow, my brain. Chemistry continues to kick my ass, and the final is tomorrow at 10:15. The good news is that even if it kicks my ass and my grade kicks the bucket, Chem qualifies as an elective on my transcripts, so I should still be able to graduate without much difficulty. Right now I'm kind of in the mindframe of "Whatever happens, happens, and freaking out will only make you lose sleep and probably do even worse on the test." Whether or not that mindset remains when I go to bed tonight and Thinkity Thoughts fill my brain because there is nothing else to do, I have no idea. Guess we'll see how sleep deprived I am tomorrow.

And now I am off to try and find a short fluffy fic to read before it's back to the grinding stone. Chemistry, you still suck.
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I've finished the Devil's Fence cross section we had to draw as the take-home part of our Structural final, and it actually turned out pretty good - almost to the point where it looks like I know what I'm doing.

I have all of the other end-of-semester-assignments done, too - now all that's left is the finals to worry about. Chem is the first one on Monday, and that is the one I'm looking forward to least of all. Plan for this weekend is to spend almost all of it at the school library studying for the damned thing. In fact, I should be there already, but I can't seem to find the motivation to go out into the cold quite yet. Maybe around lunch time when I can also use it as an excuse to go get something to eat.

In other news, went to JB's last night for a movie. I was in the mood for a holiday movie, so we watched Die Hard 2 - hey, it totally counts as holiday! Wanted to watch Titan A.E., too, but we both kinda wilted around 10 and didn't have the energy to watch another one. Calling it a night at 10:30 on a Friday... yeah, we're getting old. Ah, well, yay Die Hard!
rensong: (sleepy kitty)
I've been awake since 3ish (computer updating woke me up again. One of these days, I'll just learn to shut the damned thing down on Tuesdays and Wednesday nights), been up since 5:15ish, helped Haley rediscover our driveway as it was buried under 18 inches of snow and she was supposed to be at work by 6. That didn't happen - our road still hasn't been plowed, so despite our driveway clearing, it wouldn't have done her much with her little 2 wheel drive sedan. Thankfully, Coyote has 4 wheel drive and pretty much eats snow up to about 20 inches (or whatever his undercarriage clearance is) for breakfast, so we were able to get her to work only a half hour or so late. It involved me doing some fancy driving in the driveway so my car was facing forward, and then just gunning it into the road until I made it to the thankfully plowed street about a half a block away from the house. Good times.

Pretty much every public school district in Wisconsin is closed, including a lot of the tech and two-year colleges. Stevens Point is still up and running, but I imagine there will be quite a few canceled classes. Not that it matters much on my end seeing as I have my rock climbing final today, and I have a bunch of homework and studying to do, so I'll be on campus anyway. Thank you, Stevens Point public transportation system! I really don't envy all you bus drivers at all.

Also, I really wish I could go back to bed. Darned 9:00 class.

ETA 7:43
Um... The Wisconsin Governor has just ordered all state agencies closed for today - including UW campuses. Wow. I don't know if that's ever actually happened before.

But yay, I don't have to go to school!

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Dec. 8th, 2009 09:29 pm
rensong: (sleepy kitty)
LJ is not sending me comment emails. Bad LJ.

We already have about 3 inches of snow, and that isn't including the snow drifts. Tomorrow should be fun.

My first final is the Chem exam at 8:00 am Monday morning. Not fair, final schedule; the earliest we even had a Chemistry class of some sort or another is 11. Rest of my exam schedule:
Rock Climbing - tomorrow during the last class (Weds, 11 am)
Structural - Tuesday, not sure what time
Remote Sensing - Wednesday, 8:00 am

I want this week and next week to be over now. Anyone have a time machine handy? Or maybe a fast forward device.

Is 9:30 too early to go to bed?
rensong: (Independence Day)
* Lab 6 for Structural (plus 7.1) - due Monday
* START PAPER ON KEEWENAW/MID-CONTINENT RIFT! Due Monday after Thanksgiving
* CHEMISTRY ASSIGNMENTS - Test is next Wednesday, and you *really* need to get your ass in gear for that class if you hope to pass it.
* Remote Sensing Lab 10 - due tomorrow, best if you finish it by this afternoon
rensong: (Independence Day)
Note to self - your cell phone is not a computer mouse, despite the similar size and shape. Rolling it around on your desk next to the computer succeeds only in making you look silly.

In other news, I am trying to find the motivation to go to the library and work on my Structural lab, which is due tomorrow. Ugh, I hate End Of Semester.
rensong: (sleepy kitty)
As of about 9:00 this morning, I was finished with my three week GIS summer course. Yay!

Though, admittedly, it was kind of nice actually *using* my day productively instead of just sitting around like a slug playing on my computer. Hopefully the internship I have starting next Monday will continue the process, at least a little bit.
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The two classes I was most worried about I got a B- (Glacial Geology - how I managed that I'm still not sure) and a C+ (Mineralogy) in, and if I added up the numbers right, I got another C in Chemistry. Not sure about GIS yet, but I'm expecting at least a B in there.

So, yeah. Not the greatest grades in the world, but I'm not picky at this point. And knowing I passed all of them is a huge load off my mind.
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As of about 9:30 this morning, my Spring 2009 semester was officially over. Normally I'd be ecstatic about this, but I seriously can't bring myself to give a damn.

Also, I'm pretty sure I totally bombed the Chemistry final. The only reason I am not freaking out about this is because I went to the professor before the test and flat out told him that my life has been a freaking mess this last month and yes, there was crying, even though I really really tried to stay rational and not all "Pathetic Crying Female". Thankfully, he was extremely sympathetic. Can't help but be mad at myself for breaking down, though.
rensong: (lesser species)
I do not have a Dreamwidth account, nor do I plan on getting one unless everyone on my friends list stops using Live Journal. Just an FYI.

Also went back and locked last night's post because while at the time, I was very much "THIS IS MY EMO, WORLD! SCREW YOU FOR NEVER NOTICING!", today I'm more "um, yeah. Sorry world; you can go back to not noticing me now." I fail at drawing attention to myself.

In other news, finished my final GIS project! YAY! Now all I have left homework wise is a chemistry assignment and an online quiz on said assignment.
rensong: (not so far away)
* No internet access at home for the last two days, and I'm not sure when we're going to get it back. So I might not be around as much.

* Geology/Geography banquet last night - did win the Writing Award, so go me. I'm thinking it might be because I was the only one that applied, but who am I to complain?

* Over the last three nights, I have *maybe* gotten a total of 8 hours sleep. Not fun.

* Mineralogy final in an hour and 45 minutes. Also not fun.


And finally, the worst news of all - Ninety Nine did finally pass away yesterday. I am sad and I will miss her, but all things considered, I'm surprisingly okay. We've been expecting this for awhile, and when I went home last weekend, she was in pretty bad shape. I said my goodbyes then, which helps a lot, and the important thing is she isn't suffering anymore.

I'll post a memorial post in my LJ once we get internet access again at home.
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Chem practicum is finished. Yay for one more thing to cross off my list! Also, bigger YAY TIMES 1000 that the practicum was the last chem lab for the semester.

Still have to do chem homework and quiz by midnightish, and then tomorrow I need to do a whole lot of studying for Mineralogy final on Friday.

On an entirely different note, :p~~~~ at NBC and Hulu for super slow streaming of Monday night's episode of Chuck. The slight stop-action effect is giving me a headache.
rensong: (sleepy kitty)
So I went home and stuff yesterday cause I had to go to Marshfield for some tax-and-insurance-stuff, and after that was taken care of, it was only another 15 minutes to go visit parents. It was also hot and I was super stressed and figured I could really use some parental comfort, so home I went. Got to the house about 2:00 ish, talked to my mom and dad a bit, and then I went outside to see NinerGirl. She can no longer walk or eat, she can barely hold up her head, and it's getting really hard for her to breath. Seeing her like that was the horrible angst-flavored frosting on The Stress Cake That Is Maren's Life (stealing your metaphor, Emma, cause it totally fits) right now, and it was also the emotional smack-down that broke through the walls I had been building up contain the dread Freak Out until I could deal with it at a proper time. This, of course, freed the Freak Out and I spent the next hour or so in my room crying into my pillow. I figure it's best to get it out of the way now, though, so hopefully I'm good for a bit on the Freak Out front, especially because these next two-to-five weeks are going to be rough.

cutting the List Of Stuff To Do These Next Few Weeks cause it is long )


And then the week *after* finals, the GIS II class starts Monday, May 18, and that will be the beginning of what I shall now refer to as The Three Weeks of Geographical Hell, in which classes run from 8 am to 12 pm, Monday through Friday, and that's not even including the additional hours I will no doubt spend at school working on all the labs. I kind of want to weep just thinking about it.

SCHOOL STUFF ASIDE, Mom and Dad continue to be awesome. I hate showing anyone my Emo, but it's nice to know that they'll be there for me no matter what. Like I've said before, some times you just need your Mommy/Daddy.

Also, Dad grilled burgers for dinner and they were good. And then there were storms all over the place, so the sky was doing all sorts of cool stuff and we had a big, bright *rainbow* that lasted a good half hour/hour or so that we took lots of pictures of, and then there was a super cool lightning show and Dad and I spent a good 20 minutes with the camera trying to capture some of the lightning in a picture (after taking at least 20 pictures each, we each got one really good shot out of it).

Then I had a cool dream... )

And then today Gramma took me out for Chinese. It was tasty, and it was really nice catching up with Gramma.

We all know I could ramble more, but I'll spare you all the space on your friends list. :D
rensong: (not so far away)
I am not freaking out about End of Semester and Finals and Lack of Money. Yet. I am, however, walking the edge and I know the Freaking Out is coming.

I am worrying about Nine. I don't think she has much time left - she's all bone and fur, no fat or muscle to speak of anymore, and her hips are almost completely out of alignment; she can barely pick her feet up off the ground when she walks. Sometimes she doesn't, and that's when she falls and can't get back up by herself.

It isn't often I shamelessly beg for comments, but I could really do with something happy. Would you all mind giving me links to some happy and/or fluffy stories? Or something that will make me laugh? I need to get my mind off of Things and I don't know how else to go about doing that.


ETA three days later
longer version of Susan Boyle's Britians Got Talent try out

Also, adding a "fluff" tag so the happy links are easier to find next I'm in need of them.
rensong: (lesser species)
As of about 12:25 today, I was finished with my fall semester. Yay times infinity!

Finals were particularly horrible this year. I only had three, but I have very little confidence in the grades I will receive for each of them. This is not a problem so much for Intro to Soils and Water Resources or Sedimentology, since I'm pretty sure I can afford one bad grade in those classes, but it does not bode well for Hydrogeology, which has been giving me all sorts of issues all semester.

But, for now, the semester is over and I can relax and not worry about school for the next month. Yay.


In other news, I spent about 25 dollars more than I would usually spend on groceries (usually it's around 35 dollars, today I spent 60), and almost all of the additional cost was on nuts, as I am going to attempt to make Cinnamon Roasted Almonds and Pecans to give out as holiday presents. I did not know that almonds were $8.99 a pound for roasted (I got just shy of a half pound) and $5.99 for raw (I got about a pound and a quarter). Pecans weren't all that great, either, as they were also $5.99 a pound, and I ended up getting about a pound and a half. The additional 5 or so dollars more than usual were spent a box of Rice Chex and a box of Corn Chex, as I also intend on making home made Chex Mix to give out.

However, I figure 25 bucks for *everyone* - family and friends - is a lot cheaper than 10-15 bucks a person, so I will not protest (much). Yay food.
rensong: (Stark - Bored Now)
Yesterday we had a high of around 15 degrees. Today we are currently at 36 degrees.

I am torn between being lazy as possible and wanting to go outside and make a snowman. Snowman is kinda winning since I am also bored and procrastinating on finishing my last two (hopefully short) assignments, but first have to wait for my laundry to get done cause I don't think I'd be quite warm enough in my PJs.
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* It is -2 outside. Sunny, but bitchin' cold. Don't wanna walk to school.

* Ooo, Goo Goo Dolls "Better Days" is on my radio! Haven't heard that one for awhile ("awhile" being since it was played religiously eleventymillion times a day on the radio about a year or two ago. Still like the song, though, and kinda wish I had it in MP3 format - what can I say, I love the "AND SING OUT LOUD" part cause I do that a lot, especially when I am in the house alone. I miss choir)

* Girls Night In people, the date is still up in the air. I have two who won't be able to make it on the 21st cause they have family stuff, but I haven't heard any conflicts with anyone else. If there are, *please* let me know - like I said, nothing is set in stone, and it wouldn't be hard to push the date back another week or two. Let me know what you think.

* On that same note, still looking for movie lists and AIM names. If you haven't already, please post your movie list and your AIM name here

::wanders off to find some layers::


ETA 9:44
I actually caught the bus, so I didn't have to walk to school in -2 degrees F! However, my toes are still cold.

In one of the school computer labs right now cause I'm a dutiful student - even if it is the last day of classes and no one else is probably going to show up. Sooooo don't want to be here.
rensong: (Independence Day)
I want the semester to be over. Really really a lot.

More than that, I want my Hydrogeology class to be over. As far as I know, I'm doing pretty darned good in all of my other classes. In Hydrogeology, I am barely technically not even passing with a C-. Whether or not I finish the class with a passing grade depends soley on getting a really good grade on the final, and the tests are what have been kicking my ass all semester. I'm not freaking about it yet, but I have I feeling I will be soon.

On the other end of the scale, I am completely and totally finished with Remote Sensing, which so far is the class I think I'm getting the best grade in. With class being over, there is no lecture tomorrow, which means I only have one class tomorrow - sedimentology - and that doesn't start until 2. So, that's kinda nice.
rensong: (sleepy kitty)
Kate and Di, I got your cards! Thanks so much! I wanna take apart the one you gave me, Kate, to see how to make those darned origami cranes. I can make a goose, and thats about it. ;) Di, your music CD is currently ripping on my computer so I can add it all to my Christmas Music folder and have even *more* holiday music to listen to religiously starting a month and a half before Christmas. ;) Thanks again, guys! You rock.

I got to play in the diiiiiirt! Well, sand, which is a kind of dirt. We got some awesome stream channels forming with the streamtable that we had running over night for Sedimentology. Alas, since we were using just sand, there wasn't a lot of layering. It was still really cool to look at how the streams carved their own channels and meandered all over the place, though. And when all the slicing and analyzing was done, I made a sand castle. It was fun. Wheee, playing in the dirt!

Remote Sensing I is officially over. All thats left is a final on Tuesday, and then it's done for the semester since Larsen is heading off early for a sabbatical in New Zealand studying the some sort of really big birds. Yay for one less class Tuesday-Thursdays!

And I'm going to stop rambling now.
rensong: (sleepy kitty)
I've seen it all over my friends list lately, and even been so curious as to investigate it a few times, but I still don't really know what it's all about.

So, um... What is LoudTwitter? I have been assuming it's kind of like making an LJ post via text or the like, but I don't know how close to correct that assumption is.


That said, some * points:
* Ow, tendonitis sucks

* I actually passed my Sedimentology lab with a 76%! I have no idea how. However, since Sam is going to let us "correct" using notes and the text (with a bit of extra writing for the multiple choice and T/F questions) and then give us a final score of the average of the First Attempt and Corrected Attempt, correction it is. I figure I can use all the help I can get.

* It was a bit chilly today. Temps in the mid-to-upper 20s and low 30s, but lots of wind. Kinda cold for walking to and from class. I did anyway, though, which is probably why my foot hates me.

* Holiday Cards! post is still open for address trading. So far I only have four people. Woe, no one wants Maren Love. :(

* New Bones and Ghost Hunters tonight! ::soul is PWNED::

* Wow, that last * gave me really weird visuals involving Souls in the place of Slaves when it comes to Training of any sort. And then I got even weirder visuals of incorporeal bondage, which consisted of one Floaty White Spirit Blob in a leather corset holding a whip and another hovering between two shackle chains hanging from the ceiling. My brain is weird, yo.

* Headache. Ucky.

* Intro to Soils and Water Resources test on Friday. More ucky (especially since I'm thinking this one will reach "Insanely Hard" levels)

* Dude, Brain! Stop Pornifiying things!

* Is it the end of the semester yet?
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The sun made an appearance for the first time in like a week and a half today. I was feeling insanely restless because PMS woe had me in bed feeling very antisocial for the last two days.

So, we went for a walk. Walked the half mile or so to Schmeekle Reserve, then walked another mile around the lake, then walked another half mile or so to campus for some lunch (Thai Spicy Chicken soup and Pumpkin Spice Steamer, mmm, tasty) and to reaquant (sp, I'm sure) ourselves with the feelings in our fingers and legs (it wasn't super cold - topped out around 30 degrees today - but when your out in it for two hours, it still feels a bit chilly). Then we walked the three-fourths of a mile back to the house. Lots and lots of exercise and fresh air, yay!

Now, though, I am insanely tired and feel even less inclined to do my homework. Damned fresh air and exercise. Not that it matters, really, because I'm sure that if that wasn't the case I would find some other reason to not do my homework. Probably consisting of "but I don't *want* to!"

Oh yeah, I have officially reached the "oh my god, is it the end of the semester yet?" point.
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I no longer have to live in fear of my Statistics final. Now I just get to live in fear of the grade... ::gnaws fingernails:: ::prays for at least a 75% so she doesn't have to take the freaking class again::

On the bright side, my stats final was the only actual final I needed to take this semester. All the rest of my classes are watching presentations or compiling data on the class project for our "final" period, what with the whole "every class is required by university decree to meet during their assigned final time." I do have to finish some sort of summary on the presentations we watched last week for my 280 class, and I also have to do one last assignment for my 391 class, but that's it for the semester. It's almost over, YAY! Because my brain is so fried I couldn't remember my social security number this afternoon. ::headdesk::

In other news, I'm not sure if I've mentioned this yet, but I have Dead Zone DVDs. ::holds them close and coos at them and mutters something about precious::
rensong: (lesser species)
Are bra's like underpants in that you can (or at least should) only get one wear out of them before they need to be washed, or do they have "levels of dirty" like a pair of jeans or a t-shirt?

Just curious. I tend to follow the "levels of dirty" rule of thumb myself, but that might be because I'm down to three comfortable bras (used to be two until I picked up that new one on Sunday)

In other news, I the report on our knapweed project for biogeography is due tomorrow. Have I started it? No, of course not. Will I start it before bed? Unlikely cause I just took a dose of generic NiQuil and will probably be out like a light in a half hour or so.

Is the semester over yet?
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In which we discuss Life, Politics, and the Politics of Life )

In other news, hit a high of 78 degrees F today with lots of sunshine. Nice.

Also, for the most part, I am caught up! At least I no longer have any "late" assignments I need to finish for a particular class. I still have to study for a Statistics quiz tomorrow and a Biogeography test and the knappweed report on Thursday. Poster for climatology is due Friday, but I think I got a pretty good start on that. I just have to restrain my tendencies to talk too much (or, as the case may be, write too much) when it comes to paper-writing cause excess babble won't fit on a 4x3 foot poster. Or, well, it *will*, but not at a size text that is easily read from five feet away, hence negating the whole "poster" idea.

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