Ute Hall rocks. I'm chilling out tonight, changing out of my SGA clothes and I hear someone not running, not walking, sounds like... bouncing down the hall, pounding indiscriminately on doors. Words I hear during this clamor are "exercise time!" and "Russell Simmons!". So very perplexing.
Turns out that downstairs was a great party. Everybody dancing along to an old Russell Simmons video tape. The fact that everybody dressed up, they danced along, they had an awesome time, they want to do it again, maybe with a Tae-Bo tape. This is the best place to live on campus. Wish I had more free time to play too.
I'm taking this Psych testing class. It's pretty cool, I even get to practice administering tests. Today I gave a freshman an old version of an IQ test, the WAIS-R. Pretty cool stuff. Tomorrow I get to give the same test to her twin sister. Results should be interesting.
So... one of my jobs at Western is lifeguard. I got certified last year and have been watching the daily "back and forth" quite a bit this semester. (I watch mostly lap swim. Get it? Back and forth?) Oh, shove it, it's funny and you know it.
Moving on. Today was an in-service day, we practiced CPR on the crazy annie that measures everything and grades you. Don't think I'm paranoid, this dummy is really smart. It measures how fast and how much air you put in for the rescue breaths. It records not only where you place your hands but to what depth your compressions go. It has a thing to make it feel like there really is a pulse. Creepy, no? Anyway, I passed, had some fun. The pool manager took us all out for dinner afterwords. I even managed to do pretty well, what with the other guard trying to drown me. Ha.
Looking back on the day - the picture doesn't really even make sense. Today was a pretty good day. High points include a great first constitution and bylaws meeting, the last day of swim lessons. Low points are of course the last day of swim lessons, uncontrollable phone calls.
Today in class I folded little origami flowers out of Starburst wrappers. Very colorful.
Well, dead in a "I can't believe this group that I have been so committed to the past year-and-a-half is now boring me to death and not what at all what I originally loved at all."
What do I do now? Is this a natural evolution in my student life? Is this me starting to disengage from Western because I know I'm not here too much longer? Or is this more along the lines of frustration finally coming to fruition? I don't know which I would prefer. In my perfect world I would not even have to make this decision.
It's been a while since I was at CSU. I think the last time I was there I was visiting a friend and thinking about going to school there.
Today I ended up at CSU for a meeting of the Associated Students of Colorado. I think it went pretty well. Two senators from Western came with me. They seemed to enjoy/learn/be overwhelmed with it all. Par for the course really.
So I present you with today's pic of the day. Awesome senators in front of a huge student union.
Today's hero is Joe. Joe is very brave. I think he might be better than me at interacting with my family. He made it through dinner, even came out bowling w/ some of the siblings and I, overall very impressive.
I do feel bad though because my mom is all crazy about the "is he a friend/boyfriend, what" question. Unfortunately there were people around me when she asked and I couldn't just say what I wanted to. (No mom, still queer.) Can't blame her for hoping I guess.
So today's pic of the day is from bowling. Joe and Luke bonded over shooting clowns in the video game. I guess I shouldn't be terribly surprised, they are the same age and have similar senses of humor. I'm glad.
Tomorrow should be interesting. Big meeting with two people who have never been, trying to get the "front range friends" together for some fun. Ft. Collins and the stellar drive that includes. Whoo Hoo. Whatever. Time to sleep.
Hurrah Chili! People in the union, free samples, votes, the sound of recipes being traded, the reassurance that the mojitos are, in fact, virgin. I'll get to those pictures later.
The picture of the day actually has nothing to do with the chili cook-off. It's a bit more traditional. Yummy yummy cookies that someone made in the union. This is a perfect example of why it is so important and beneficial to walk in all offices and get acquainted with people. Occasional free tasty food. Mmmm...
I know this picture is kind of odd because it's a bunch of other pictures. It's still special to me. I find myself often just looking at those photos, thinking about SGA's of the past. It's kind of...I don't know, inspiring. I've had every intention of putting photos from this year up, it just hasn't happened yet. I dunno.
Today was amazing! I got to have so many great conversations w/ friends that I haven't seen/talked to nearly as much as I would like. I played a great game of black light putt-putt golf with my little brothers.
There is a picture that I wish I could have gotten, and others that aren't as great as I wish it was. But overall, it was really hard to pick just one photo of the day.
I'm in Denver tonight. The Board of Trustees meeting is here tomorrow, so I get to stay in this sweet hotel. Way fancier than any hotel I've ever stayed in. It wasn't bad enough that I was already stunned and in shock about being in the city, dealing with traffic and not staring at snow. Try figuring out how valet works and walking into a hotel where everyone is dressed up. It felt so awkward.
I saw tonight's picture while hanging out with my friend downtown. Look closely at the three offices and particularly the furniture and location in each office.
After a long day, I enjoy listening to music. It's nice. My guilty pleasure lately? The Mulan Soundtrack.
In other thoughts....(warning, stream of consciousness ahead)
The presentation tonight to SGA about establishing a solution for programs for credit went really well tonight. I know I'm bad about censoring and filtering what I say, but sometimes others are simply appalling. I'm not ready for this test tomorrow, all the people I've talked to say that these tests are super hard. I need to justify going to Las Vegas as a field trip. (Somebody please feel free with helping me on this.) Driving to Denver tomorrow, w/ a passenger I just briefly met in the parking lot, could be interesting. Looking forward to seeing a friend over the weekend. I don't understand why people would want to participate in a sport where pain is how you know the equipment is fitting correctly. (skiing) Seriously people, what the heck.
Ok- Time to stop stalling, start packing, and maybe I'll get all the studying I want done. Wish me luck!
Todays picture was taken in my Philosophy and Ethics of Recreation class. It's a cool class, we get into some great discussions. Not quite the picture I wanted, but trying to keep it low key you take what you can get.
Tonight was Africa night at WSC. From the very small amount of time that I was there it was pretty cool. The rest of the time I was working the front desk outside the ballroom so I could still hear everything that was going on. One of the loudest and most fascinating portions of the evening was the drummers present. They were really really awesome.
Africa night is a fundraiser for the student group going to Kenya to help with the K.E.E.P. Butterfly Project. It is a very cool deal. Click HERE for more details.
I thought it was fitting that the pic of the day be from Africa night. So here you go.
Once upon a time someone told me "congratulations, you are now an overachiever". Upon hearing this my mother laughed.
In reality if I'm invested I enjoy setting the bar really freakin high. I'm addicted to busy and have to have a deadline.
I don't think I'm an overachiever. I just want to get things done. Yeah.