Monday, April 30, 2012

Four Days and Counting

Having finished up my computer science exam just a couple hours ago, only two finals and four days separate me from summer.  Granted, I only have one week off before I have to dive back into classes since I'm determined to graduate in four years, but I'm depending upon that one solid week to be my saving grace from going crazy from too much class.  During that week, I will be moving out of my sophomore dorm on west campus and into my North Ave apartment on east campus.  Combined with some awesome time with my awesome boyfriend and capping the week off with some horseback riding in Madison, I say the week is going to be pretty wonderful.  Provided that I manage to survive this week first.  Fingers crossed that everything goes as planned!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Studying

This past Monday commenced the week at Georgia Tech colloquially dubbed "Dead Week" by the students who have to suffer through it.  Proceeded by "Hell Week" and to be soon to be subsequent to a week of dreaded exams, dead week is typically a deceptively laid back week as far as work load is concerned.  Professors aren't necessarily assigning boat loads of work to be turned in, but any free time is generally supposed to be spent studying vigorously for finals instead.  Hence the natural inclination to not do any work since technically it could be put off for indefinite amounts of time.  It is essentially a procrastinator's nightmare.  That procrastinator being me.  Between countless cups of tea and a handy box of Special-K to keep me motivated, I've been spending the majority of my nights up to my elbows in Wronskian determinants, Laplace transforms, and the runge-kutta method of solving differential equations.  Sound intimidating?  Don't worry, I agree.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Such Great Heights


I am thinking it's a sign that the freckles in our eyes are mirror images, and when we kiss, they're perfectly aligned.  And I have to speculate that God himself did make us into corresponding shapes like puzzle pieces from the clay.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

My Tuesday

Things to liked about today...

The 2012 issue of Erato was published.
Wearing one of my favorite shirts.
My embroidered Converse.
Green beans in the dining hall.
Journaling.
David time.
Two cups of hot tea.
Finishing A Game of Thrones.
A Chick-fil-a chicken biscuit for breakfast.
Playing guitar and building my callouses back up.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

What I'm Up To...

Making : a scarf for David :)
Cooking : nothing at the moment, but this looks delicious

Drinking : earl grey tea from a GT mug

Reading: A Game of Thrones

Wanting: amazing grades on my exams

Looking: for a new knitting project

Playing: a YouTube video

Wasting: time and procrastinating

Stitching: a baby birth announcement

Wishing: for this mug

Enjoying: comfy flannel pj pants

Waiting: for dinner
Liking: the idea of a book club -- I wonder if Tech has one...

Wondering: how it got so late

Loving: the people close to me

Hoping: I get my voice back 100% before my concert next Sunday
Marvelling: at Priscilla Ahn's flawless voice
Needing: to start my CS homework

Smelling: the delicious scent of my tea

Wearing: the aforementioned flannel pants and a moose shirt

Following: some spectacular blogs

Noticing: my stomach rumbling

Knowing: that I really should have gotten more work done today

Thinking: about the future

Listing: some potential songs to cover
Opening: a new song to listen to
Giggling: with a goofy boyfriend
Feeling: lazy

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Polka-dots

I just changed my blog background, and I am so happy with my choice!  It even magically fit in with my text colors.  That's what I call a bonus.  Now my two whole followers have something new and different to look at.  Ha!

Community Service and Philanthropy

It's amazing what kind of activities you find yourself participating in when your boyfriend is the philanthropy chair of his fraternity. At the beginning of February, I found myself embarking upon my first philanthropy event with David. We were volunteering at the Central Presbyterian Night Shelter where we were going to be serving the men dinner and keeping watch over them while they slept. By the end of it all, I was tired and dirty from staying up all night, but the whole experience was bizarrely rewarding. Overall, I didn't have that much hands on interaction with the homeless men, but they were all still so gracious for every little thing that we did for them, and it was I in return that felt gracious for the rewarding experience.

Later in the month, I volunteered with David and some of the Chi Psi brothers with Trees Atlanta. We woke up quite early and made our way over to the site where the organization was going to be working for the morning. We spent the time mostly just planting trees and bushes in the area as well as picking up the surrounding litter and watering the trees we had planted and mulched. The work done was ended with a delicious grill-out back at the fraternity house, and it was the perfect way to sate the appetite that we had all worked up while planting.

Over this past weekend, there were two philanthropy events that I participated in: the first was Tech Beautification Day and the other was Relay for Life. Tech Beautification Day was a great way to start the morning. Everything began with free doughnuts at the Campinele before we went to work. Each group had a different project that they were working on, and Chi Psi was cleaning up their lawn. We pulled countless weeds and laid down pinestraw in the newly cleared areas. By the end of the three hours, we were sweaty and dirty, but the lawn was looking great again. The free pizza and t-shirt wasn't a bad motivator either :)

Then, that evening, we participated in Relay for Life which is an event that takes place annually around the country to help raise cancer awareness. We spent the evening at the event walking and sitting around having a good time while we worked for a good cause. We heard real-life survivor stories, and I was in awe over the gentleman who had survived his cancer five years ago and who chose to spend his time at the event not walking against cancer but running. Last year at Relay for Life, he ran 22 miles. This year his goal was an entire marathon. And he did it. It was amazing to bear witness to such a spectacular man who was doing this in the name of cancer patients and survivors everywhere. The 7 PM - 7 AM night was exhausting, but it reaffirmed why I do community service and philanthropy.