Right Now…I am Busy

January 29, 2008

Taking my mind off things right now by writing this. What things?

Bidding three divisions of an entire project.

Statistics homework.

IME PR work.

Marriage stuff.

Wedding stuff.

The -9F winds that rocked my face off with the blowing ice shards as I walked home.

Everything else school related.

Tea, sandwich and crackers time. Then back to work.


January 28, 2008

I am now pulling for Obama 100%. I believe he can unify the country a bit more than any other candidate, because even though he differs from me on some key positions that are major selling points, he still appeals to me. That and his appearance on Letterman was freaking awesome. Obama’s Top Ten:

10. To keep the budget balanced, I’ll rent the situation room for sweet sixteens.
9. I will double your tax money at the craps table.
8. Appoint Mitt Romney secretary of lookin’ good.
7. If you bring a gator to the White House, I’ll wrassle it.
6. I’ll put Regis on the nickel.
5. I’ll rename the tenth month of the year “Barack-tober.”
4. I won’t let Apple release the new and improved Ipod the day after you bought the previous model.
3. I’ll find money in the budget to buy Letterman a decent hairpiece.
2. Pronounce the word nuclear, nuclear.
1. Three words: Vice President Oprah.

“So you’re voting for him because he appeared comical on a late night show?” No. I’m voting for him because he is a person, primarily removed from career politician habits and can still remember what it’s like to not have to lie, cheat and steal to get to your senate seat (a rarity today). He DOES give some of the most powerful speeches I have ever heard. That is a wonderful trait right there.

Unlike Hillary, who is a one wing candidate, Obama actually has Republican followers. You can’t fly with just one wing.

The dude is just likable. Look at the harsh attacks by the Clintons (both of them!) and look at him take the bullets and drop them. He knows how to hit back in a gracious manner too, and really chastised both of them during the debates. Bill Clinton really did a number on his wife’s campaign, and it definitely showed in SC eh?

Sleep Madness Again

January 28, 2008

I’m in bed when I need to be, but I can’t fall asleep for several hours thereafter. I don’t know why. When I do finally get to sleep, it is nothing but twisted up reality as I go in to lucid dreaming for the night; a sign there is some stress in my life. I don’t know what the stress is this time; it’s subconscious.

I do not want to go to class today, but I must. If I can, I’m going to move things around tomorrow. This is really grating my mental state of being.

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During my broomball practice today I got smoked with a broom at full swing to both of my shins. I’ve been kicked in the shins, blocked kicks with my shins, all of that. But something about a broom handle hitting the shins at slapshot speed kinda hurts more than that.

So I have a nice bloody mark at the spot of impact on my right shin.

It doesn’t look like much, that’s for sure. But it does hurt. I can’t quite put all my weight on my right leg at the moment (not for too long anyway). Tomorrow I am expecting the bruising to be noticeable, but the pain to be better.

Working on that sim project today took a bit of time. Unfortunately, we didn’t quite get as far as we had hoped (finished). We kept running in to odd parts of the plans (like the stepped foundation for no apparent reason) that made us have to do more individual takeoffs than were originally planned. Not a huge deal, but more time consuming. Worked for about four hours on the project, and got the slab on grade, footings, foundation walls and foundation rebar estimated. Up next is getting pricing for the hollow core concrete planks, finding all the dowel rebar, and getting the miscellaneous concrete items (grout, vapor barriers, membranes, agents, etc) estimated and priced.

I don’t think I’m setting an alarm tonight. I haven’t slept right in a matter of days, and my waking hours are suffering because of it. There are some symptoms that may not be directly because of the lack of good sleep, but caused in part by it. It’s not that it isn’t 6-8 hours of sleep, because it is. It’s that I keep waking up in the middle of sleep in the middle of dreams and then failing to get back to sleep afterwards. I’m pretty sure that just waking up in the middle of pleasant lucid dreams is not a healthy sign.

On my plate for this Sunday I have to get up and do the showering thing and all, and then it’s working time again. I’ve got statistics homework to do, followed by a Technical and Scientific Communications analysis paper and worksheet to do. After that I’m going to see if I can take off a few more items on those plans, and then clean up my room (again). Once all that is done, I’ll have myself a cup of tea, an English muffin, and then bake some pumpkin pie cups my mom sent me a kit for. They look delicious.

Winter X Games are on right now. I haven’t watched them in 5 years. I have missed a lot. Now I want to hit the slopes.

Got a post of substance (aka, not about me and my life) in the works. Should be something other than crappy.

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Normal Saturday? Possibly…

January 26, 2008

Saturdays look like they’re going to be devoted to working on my Construction Project Sim project. It’s frustrating that the two most difficult things to take off (“take off” meaning to quantize and price) are in the first three divisions of the CSI Masterformat. Site Construction (which includes paving and grading and grubbing and all that) and Concrete Work make up Divisions 2 and 3 respectively. They take a lot of time for fledgling estimators like us to do because, well, we’re inexperienced so we don’t know the little tricks to everything. Once you do this about 50 times, I’m sure there are tips and shortcuts to get things accurate and fast.

So today looks like it will be interesting.

  • 12:30pm-X:30pm (where 1<x<4): Work on taking off sim project
  • 5ish – Dinner with Solo’s parents. Hope they brought Pugs. I love that dog.
  • 7:30pm: Broomball practice
  • 8:30pm: Relax? Please?

I’ve been doing the marriage planning thang this week. NOT the wedding planning. Jill is doing a great job with that. What I have been doing is getting everything in order so that we can get everything transferred, consolidated, set up, bought, changed and settled. Stuff like getting an apartment. Or getting us on the same phone plan to save money. Or getting all the money stuff set up for the future. A lot of it centers around the money thing. Expenses and all that. I did get a budget roughed out based on my estimations of salary (I did get a figure, but I am not sure what the deductions will be for sure. Going with a 40% deduction to budget off of).

Between that and studying and homework, you have my week.

Today I finally had a little bit of time to unwind after all my classes were done. I’m up late though, which really is backwards compared to my “bed at 1am” plan. I “beat” Mario Galaxy, meaning I beat Bowser, but I still have a ton of stars left to collect. I went out to the newest eatery in Houghton: Arbys. Just opened today. Super fast service (under 30 seconds!) despite being jam packed.

Solo is right; once you have a job lined up you just want to get gradumitated and out of college. Especially when that means getting a few months closer to marrying your highschool sweetheart 🙂

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It is brutal cold outside, and I am not used to this actually affecting me. As a result, I am staying inside as long as I can.

Now Wii friends with Steve Brubaker, who sent me an awesome set of Miis, including him and Kristy, and Chuck Powell and Jim McGiness (both from church). Totally sweet.

This is my long day, and I’m already feeling beat. It doesn’t end until 9pm tonight.

I’m not sad in any way about Heath Ledger. Typical Hollywood star, addicted to drugs and the abuse was killing him, even his friends saw it. Worst part of it (only part that gets me at all) is his only relief and happiness was his 2 year old daughter. That is what truly sucks, that girl has no dad now.

But then, this is not that uncommon to happen to Joe Schmoes all over the country. Folks die everyday for various reasons. Children are left fatherless, motherless. A Hollywood star is no different, but gets all the press coverage in the world.

How many of our citizens die in gang fights every day? In just simple acts of violence every day? Then, how many are we losing in Iraq daily? Our country has a higher mortality rate than Iraq, and it doesn’t faze folks. Lookit, the situation in Iraq isn’t good, but it isn’t bad either. Just like you never hear about good, every day cops, you only hear about the corrupt ones, we aren’t seeing the improvements in Iraq on the nightly news. We aren’t going to pull out of Iraq with the country’s infrastructure and rebuilding only half-completed because then that makes us the bad guys. We stick with it, see it to the end, then we’re the good guys. I’m not convinced it is bad over there. There is some bad stuff going on, but there is also bad stuff going on here in the inner cities, in rural towns where entire families are brutally murdered, pretty much anywhere there is something bad going on.


I’m gonna make an English muffin with butter now. It should warm me.

Embarrassing Ailments

January 22, 2008

For the past week, I have had a hemorrhoid; something I’ve never experienced before. Then again, I never experienced a lot of things, such as military combat, bubonic plague, a root canal, shark attacks, testicular torsion, a shiatsu massage, or a Nelly concert, but that doesn’t mean I actually want to.

It helps to actually know what a hemorrhoid is. According to Wikipedia…

Hemorrhoids are actually the anatomical term for “‘cushions’ of tissue filled with blood vessels at the junction of the rectum and the anus.”

So everyone has a hemorrhoid. The problem is when those blood vessels break and bruise, and subsequently become infected. This can be in the form of an inflammation of the hemorrhoid. Typically the area becomes itchy and painful. It’s an odd sensation to describe. But what most folks know as a hemorrhoid is actually the inflammation of the hemorrhoid. Knowledge is power, eh?

Time heals all wounds, and unfortunately it just takes time (or surgery) to heal this sucker. You can also apparently take some medications, or sleep with your feet propped up to increase bloodflow, or drink a lot of chamomile tea to do…something. Or you can tough it out.

Why did I end up with this ailment that not a lot of people speak of? Working out, of all things. The rowing machine puts a lot of stress on your butt in some ways, and this can cause a hemorrhoid. Especially if you’re on it for 5+ miles after a long period of laziness in which you did not go to the gym but rather unpacked all your stuff and relaxed.

Typically, because the blood pressure decreases when sleeping, the pain would increase overnight and in the morning I would be unable to walk around. As my blood pressure rose over the next few hours though I was able to move around. I believe this is just because fresh blood flow to the area alleviates swelling and irritation and pain. Just my guess. Unfortunately, this meant I wasn’t able to get to my statistics class the past week, though I was able to make it to the rest of my classes. I just noticed that my professor also holds a 1pm statistics class that I could have attended, if it weren’t for my other 1pm class. Dang.

So today I finally had the courage to email my professor about it, and then actually write about it here. It’s not something you should really worry about talking about, but it is kinda embarrassing, as I am finding out. It’s better to be open about this kind of problem than to not get any perspective and advice from folks who have because you were too afraid to talk about it. You could have a hemorrhoid simply because you did something weird, or because you just have weak veins. It’s been said that Preparation H is the most stolen object in a store, simply because people are too embarrassed to take it to the cashier. Meh. I toughed this one out with just a little anti-itch cream and psychological distraction (think “mind over matter”). Today I woke up and the pain was significantly lower, and I am hoping this means tomorrow I will be able to resume my early morning class.

Reading Material!

January 21, 2008

My Haul

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It is Well

January 20, 2008

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blessed assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

So Cold…

January 20, 2008

It is about one degree outside. Tack on windchill and driven snow and it feels like it is about -20. I don’t want to do anything in that. So I am inside. Where it seems to be about 60 degrees. The boiler typically keeps everything heated well, but it is just failing to work today it appears.

I really have to get my head un-messed up. I am dehydrated and the weather has been throwing me in to a mild migraine as well since Friday morning.

Got my statistics book, so Monday I’ll be doing homework for that. No classes on MLK day, which is a bit of a plus, but it also throws off any cycle I was trying to get in to. Then again, the entire spring semester has the tendency to do that. First it’s MLK day, then 4 weeks in it’s Winter Carnival, then a few weeks later it’s spring break, then a few weeks later it’s spring fling, and then it’s graduation.

I want to get over this registering for gifts stuff and back to loving Jill normally. This seems so odd to me, and it’s thrown my focus off of her a lot. Just odd, that’s all.