Flower Picture

I go grocery shopping with Tony on Sundays after church. One day, several weeks ago (like more than a month), I saw this and had to try to get it. I was amazed when it came out, but here it is. Nothing too exciting, but I was happy.

If your screen isn’t adjusted just right, it’s not as cool as what I see, but I really like the lighting, so here it is.

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Thanksgiving Break?

That’s right. This week (a whole week) was Thanksgiving Break at school. The problem with that is, I had lots of homework and an invitation to work every day this week. Of course, I took the offer of work and my homework has been suffering as a result. And of course, I don’t have time for everything I need to do.

Monday through Wednesday, I worked all day. All three days I rode Dakini and Moo. Then, yesterday, Anna came from New York and rode a bunch. Well, that wasn’t the reason I didn’t ride. I didn’t ride because I knew if I didn’t leave and work on some homework, it would never get done (but more about homework in a minute). So I had short(er) days yesterday and today. I got in a bunch of time early in the week, though, so I got a lot done and made a lot more money than I usually do in a week.

As for school, I have a presentation and paper due on Wednesday (and I’ve barely begun both of those). On Tuesday I have a French test and have to rewrite a one page thing (hand-written, so not even a page) of a composition we have to do every test. Then, before exams week, I have two fairly “heavy” papers I have to write (more than four pages each). Of course, finals week, I’m going to have to take at least one, if not three, big tests. So I’m trying to get ready for all of that around having worked on basically none of it all week. (On a side note, if you’re ever looking for some writing that will tangle up your mind for a long time, I don’t know about his other books, but the stories by Edward P. Jones in All Aunt Hagar’s Children are really good. I got the copy I’m using for school at the library.

Thanksgiving (my final topic for today) was really interesting. Everyone that I would normally have spent Thanksgiving with was too far away to do that this year. Patience invited me for dinner and I was nervous because it was going to be her, her husband, Tanya and her husband, Tristan, and Patience’s husband’s brother and sister-in-law. I didn’t know half of the people who were going to be there, in other words. Anyway, I got there and it was really loud and everyone was talking to each other, but it was really nice because it was just loud enough for me to feel like I could slide in without making a bunch of ripples (people paying a lot of attention to me). It was a lot of fun.

And the dinner conversation was really interesting (so it wasn’t the last topic, but I thought this was fascinating). Patience’s husband was talking about fear and the amygdala and things that scientists are learning. He said something about a parasite that lives in some brains that basically kills all fear instincts (he said people like dirt bikers are usually people with the parasite). He was also talking about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder stuff. He said that when you do something and get a bad result (put your hand on a hot burner), you get a protein laid down in your brain that remembers that. He said that they (scientists) have managed to get in your brain (without killing it) and put things in the way of the proteins and the subject doesn’t even remember whatever it was that “bit” them. It was really interesting and I want to look it up. I just keep forgetting and thinking I should be doing homework…. Which I should.

P.S. In reading further, I found this article, which suggests that I didn’t have the full story: Toxoplasma gondii (that’s the name of the parasite).

Stuff about Posts

I was talking to Dad last night and he said (as Aunt Denise did in an e-mail to me) that he got the impression that when I wrote my post about selling my truck, that it seemed like I was saying that I drive over the speed limit. That’s not what I was trying to say at all. That’s not my thing. My thing is getting away from the stoplight faster than all the cars around me.

Also, I just noticed when I was trying to make note of that, in the same post, the pictures are both from the back. Strange….

Anyway, back to work now.

Orientation

I was looking on the school’s system for stuff about planning for next semester. I found what I was looking for, but I happened to stop by the “grades” part of the page. Guess what I found? You guessed it (I guess it’s kind of obvious by the title, I suppose). I found my Orientation grade. I got an “A” in the class, which made me really happy. Just thought I’d share that bit of good news. It’ll contribute nicely (kind of…it’s only one credit) toward the 3.5 I need to get the guaranteed transfer to UVA. It’s a step in the right direction, anyway.