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School Days August 29, 2013

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I had a great, but unexpected weekend. Got to see a lot more friends than I planned on, and a lot less rollercoasters. It was a good time, and beautiful weather to be out and about.

Monday, classes started. I finally got to see my syllabi for my two classes that I’m starting with, and put all the deadlines into my planner.  I took a pre-test for my technology class, but did not get a high enough score to skip the first three chapters. I wrote an student bio blog post for both my classes, and replied to many of my classmates’ posts. There was also a scavenger hunt of the course website. Still to do this week: Chapter one of the tech class, and reviewing all the group project information so I can sign myself up to one of the three groups. It promises to be a busy and exciting semester.

Not much else to report right now, I’ve got to get down to homework. 😉

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Family Fun August 22, 2013

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Spent the weekend with my family. Saturday was the girls’ birthday party. We had make-your-own soft tacos for lunch, and cake and ice cream for dessert. The cake had Ariel on it, both the girls’ names and candles for each of them to blow out. They got lots of toys and books, and had a great time putting things together and trying them out. Adorable as always, we had a great afternoon with my brother’s family, my parents, Jen’s parents, and my aunt and uncle.

Sunday, my parents and aunt and uncle (and dogs) came down for a picnic in a “nearby” park. The map made it look much closer than it really was, but we found it eventually. The pups had a nice run with the big dogs in the huge dog park. Then we went to a picnic area for lunch of salads and sandwiches. A short walk around a nearby pond finished out our afternoon in the sun.

Mom and I did some grocery shopping, and then went to see Star Trek Into Darkness at the dollar theater. Monday, we did some household and shoe shopping, then took Dad to Red Lobster. He and I spent the afternoon telling stories on the couch while Mom napped. Then one final meal before they headed back to the hotel.

It was a good visit.

Now, I’m eager for school to start on Monday. My professors have started posting welcome messages, but they are holding off on the syllabus posting until Monday. I did finally get a name for my tools for success class, a PhD candidate at KSU. Just a few more days to go! 🙂

Awesome Times August 15, 2013

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We went to COSI on Saturday, to see the Mythbusters exhibit and everything else. Mythbusters was a lot of fun, they had tons of their props from the show, with little plaques explaining the experiments. There were stations where you could try some of the experiments, like building a little block house to see if it would stand up to a windtunnel, or whether running or walking through rain got you wetter, or how fast your reaction time was to being shot at. The little live show took off from this latter bit and actually picked a few fast folk to compete for the chance to dodge a paintball. The guy in our demo was able to dodge fast enough to avoid a shot from 75ft away.  The rest of the museum was fun with lots of interactive exhibits. Gears and pulleys and body tests, and robots, and of course the laser harp, heartbeat drum and the Foucault’s pendulum in the lobby.

Sunday was the picnic/annual meeting. It was a smaller gathering than we’re used to, but the weather was nice, and the AC was running. The kids continued to amuse themselves with waterguns, when the weren’t just dumping the whole bucket on each other. Good food, good conversation and good times. And we voted to keep everything running smoothly the same way it did last year.

Last night was the topper for the week of awesome. I went to the Columbus Museum of Art to “The Sundering.” A discussion, Q&A, and book signing featuring R.A. Salvatore, Ed Greenwood and Erin Evans. They talked about the creative process, and how the collaboration of creating The Sundering series began and went along, as six authors pulled their characters and their craft into the newest revision of D&D and The Forgotten Realms.  It was awesome, as a writer, to listen to them all talk about how they create, how their outlines are just to please the marketing folks, and have very little resemblance to their final products, how they don’t know what’s on the next page. It was very cool, as a gamer, to listen to their excitement about the realms and playing D&D, and their specific characters.

I knew of Ed Greenwood before this event, but seeing him on stage, as giddy as a six-year-old, was incredible. I haven’t read much of his stuff, but now I want to read more. I didn’t know of Erin Evans prior to this event, but after her reading of a piece of her book, I want to read the others she’s written. R.A. Salvatore is why I went to the event, and I was not disappointed. Though, after years of reading Drizzt, I did not expect his Massachusetts accent. There were a lot of people there and most stayed for the signing, I was about halfway, if not more through the line, but all three authors were friendly and excited still when I got to the front of the line.  I only had The Companions with me, so I asked Erin and Ed to sign the Realms map where their stories took place, they were both happy to do so, and Bob signed the title page, of course. They gave us post-it notes, so the author could spell our names correctly, too. My first personalized signed book.

This weekend is family stuff. Happy Birthday to my two nieces!!! And visiting with family both there and here. 🙂

I Have a Kitchen! August 8, 2013

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Got my kitchen together finally this week. Also received my first textbook in the mail. It’s trade paperback sized, which surprised me, but it’s here!  P.O. Box plan worked flawlessly.  Unfortunately, my in apartment building mailbox is causing more problems. Yesterday my key got stuck in it. So that’s fun. I’m using bay leaves, catnip, mint and eucalyptus to keep the bugs away, and it’s going well so far. ::knock, knock::  Job is putting me in the Music department a lot, so I’ve been training how to do everything back there. Awesome weekend ahead, with COSI on Saturday, including the Mythbusters exhibit. Then a fleet picnic on Sunday for our annual meeting. Much fun to be had by all.

Kitchen photos:

Appliances

The appliances, and the on useful cupboard.

Counter

My counter and cutting board area.

Shelves

And pantry/shelves/substitute drawer area.

Home, Sweet Home August 1, 2013

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The internet finally got connected last last Friday night. Yesterday, I received delivery of a brand new fridge. Today, the exterminators came through again. So, now, the apartment is almost complete. I still have to push everything back against the walls, repopulate the closets, bathroom and cabinets. I still have to unpack the kitchen, unload the food from the car and fill in the fridge. But I’m nearly there.

School starts in less than a month, first textbook is on its way. Can’t wait to get started. Working long hours at the store, learning new things, trying new modes of operation. Still taking apps and interviewing if you are looking for a job.

This weekend looks to hold lots of sleeping, if I get everything back together before the weekend starts. But there are also lots of opportunities to hang out with friends. There’s a board/card gaming weekend hosted by a couple friends. There’s the Dublin Irish Festival. And I’m going down to Cinci for lunch with Nancy on Sunday.  It could be another busy weekend, or it could just be a nice lunch and lots of relaxing.