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Out of necessity

I am making myself a schedule. A more scheduled schedule. The hardest part so far has been identifying a bed time and rising time. I know what it needs to be – I’m just scared of it.

But I think I have something.
One thing I cannot – for the life of me, understand, is how a working adult or student is supposed to get 8-10 hours of sleep each night. I’d have to go to bed at – I don’t know, 2000(8pm)?
My schedule currently has about 7 hours of sleep which will most likely turn out to be more like 5 – which, I know, from experience is disastrous (or a least very much not ideal). Should I fight for the 8 to 10 hours? Do you know how happy I would be if I got 8 hours of sleep each night?

I think I’m going to try. At least for 8. And I’m trying to get in at least 30 minutes of exercise every day.
I can just imagine how awesome I would feel if I was getting sleep and exercise and all of that. The question is – would I actually get more done? Would the time I take out to take care of myself pay off in more productive work/study time or would the taking-care-of-me routine eat at valuable work time and lower my gross product? Or maybe if I had better habits I could work better and more efficiently on average and recover faster from the occasions that I’d have to stay up late working/studying.

I am going to try it. 2 weeks – rigorous schedule keeping. Exercise, good food, adequate sleep. We’ll see how it works. That means I should end my blog now so that I can wrap my draft schedule up and go to bed.

The stock markets continue to dance to the wild tunes of I-don’t-know-who. I heard on NPR that yesterday’s massive market gains may have been due to a computer glitch, which explanation made more sense then the general “today stock’s fell as investors turned their attention back to the economy”. I find it hard to believe that the financial sector completely forgot about the economy for a day and feverishly bought back the stock they had just sold only to sell it off again with the same fervor 24 hours later (I am aware that the Fed made it’s announcement about interest rates yesterday, but that hardly seems to account for yesterday’s gains in light of today’s losses).

I heard a pre-campaign, anti-Obama add today about how much worse off we are since he’s been in office. In the clip that I heard, a disillusioned voter describes how she had voted for Obama because he was such a great speaker (?) but now we as a nation are in such a more dire situation than when he took office and she wasn’t voting for him again. I decided to check out what the Dow Jones Industrial Average could tell me about the past few years from the market’s perspective. I was actually a little surprised to find that the Dow has been steadily increasing over the past two years – in spite of the crazy ups and downs we’ve had over shorter periods of time.
Here’s a chart from Yahoo! Fiance. I found this on Google DJIA 2 year chart

Stopped by the lab for a little while today to help kids finish up their t-shirts. 😀 (Pictures will be forthcoming, but most likely on the TIE Project’s blog. I’ll post the link when it’s up and running.)
I am now a member of the International Fab Lab Association. 🙂 If you’re a FabLabber/Fab(ulous)Folk(sperson) (:P) – then join up:



Collateral Damage?

I Would Love To Be Able To Title This “Untitled” But That Would Be Confusing So I Will Title It “Collateral Damage”

It’s interesting to watch this power struggle in Washington. The way they use something as critical as an impending default to push special interest and party agendas. Its even more interesting to note that the majority of America is being tossed aside as collateral damage in this war.

I am sticking to a new bedtime (my back to school and productivity schedule).

I am pleased to announce that I tested out of my English 100 class. I was selected for English 125 (Honors)! I’m looking forwards to it. It deals with the development of “The Western Man”. Philosophy. Interesting.

With this test completed, I now know all of my classes for this semester!

I will be taking:

  • Engineering Calculus (Calculus I)
  • Engineering Physics (Calculus based)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cellular and Microbiology
  • English I Honors

I’m still trying to get all of my books.

Day 27
73 Dayz to go

Of English, (not) Blogging and College Wishlists.

I need to set aside blogging time – time that I can use to write about interesting things (not random, mundane life notes).

I am almost “bursting with excitement” today because one of my friends is having a baby! (I mustn’t say anymore just yet…online baby window shopping lol 🙂 )

Other than that, I’m working on getting out of a English 020 night class. I was accepted late, talked to the admissions office then tried to take the school’s online English placement exam but couldn’t, emailed them, didn’t get a reply, called someone today only to find out that the exam went offline yesterday. I had tried to take it over a week ago. By default, I have to start in an English 020 (remedial) night class, and I’m no longer eligible to test into English 1 Honors (English 125). I explained my situation to the woman at the office. She was friendly and said that she’d ask if I could be considered for English 125. I also (hopefully) will be able to take the placement test before classes start.

I was able to confirm that my name is on the housing wait-list and that I have a physical next week.

I’m looking for scholarships. If you know of any – please pass the information on!

I got the names of my books today I’ve put/am putting together a wishlist of the things I need for school. Click here to view it.

I’ve also been working out a tad little bit. I think I’m getting stronger 🙂

Day 16
74 Dayz to go

“Just keep on swimming” – Dory

Today has been one of those days when quotes from movies such as “Finding Nemo” become actually useful.

I have a lot to do and I’m not sure how I’m going to get it all done. All I can do right now is “keep on swimming” (Thanks Dory! 🙂 ). Again, it was very humid today. I worked on math, chemistry, ordered some Moleskine notebooks (that were on sale) and my summer reading for college. I need to buy some more notebooks – I’m looking for a couple a high quality, 8.5×11″, reporter style notebooks. Preferably with squared (graph) paper. Any suggestions? I haven’t found anything yet…

I also really wish they would post the textbooks we’ll be using already so I can take a look at them before school starts.

I talked to someone who waived my New Student Orientation attendance requirement in lieu of my attending Wentworth’s IMPACT! program (networking for minorities). I didn’t ask – they just did it. I also registered for the Women At Wentworth networking/mentoring program.


Day 15
75 Dayz to go

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