One Week!

October 13, 2009 at 10:33 am (Fun Stuff, Life) (, , , )

The time has come again for the annual Zoowalk for Autism at the Phoenix Zoo.

The walk is coordinated by the Arizona State University Autism/Aspergers Research Program and the Autism Research Institute. All funds raised go to these programs. This year, their goal is $150,000 for a study of several autism treatments including diet and nutritional supplements in 100 children and adults with autism.

The walk will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at the Phoenix Zoo. The zoo is closed to all but zoowalkers from 6:30-9am, however participants have access to the zoo the remainder of the day. It is a lot of fun, while raising funds for a great cause at the same time.

To support Seth’s Superheros, go here and select donate to team.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask! I hope to see you there!

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Timing

October 10, 2009 at 6:20 pm (Law Enforcement, Life) (, , )

The next 2 or 3 years are so dependent on such precise timing, it’s really stressing my out, and there is nothing I can do about it.

A and B have to happen before C.  D has to happen after C but before E.  However, C doesn’t happen on a regular basis.  C will happen this winter/spring; I need it to happen again in August, but I really don’t want it to be later than September.

Sigh.

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Seriously???

October 6, 2009 at 7:58 am (Fun Stuff, Life, School) (, , , , )

I think that as soon as I graduate in August with my BA, I’m going to start working on my Masters.

I’ll have 6 to 18 months between when I graduate and when I can start working (everyone’s gotta hope that the agency doesn’t go into another 2 year hiring freeze, ok?), so not really enough time to find and start another worthwhile job, but enough time to get a good chunk, if not all of my Masters.

Right now I’m thinking of Language and Symbology as my area of study (that sounds mastersey, right?).

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Fall is the Best!

October 4, 2009 at 10:45 am (Fun Stuff, Life) (, , )

It is now cold enough to be comfortable wearing socks or long sleeves.

The ice rink opens in 6 days.

Perfect.

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Yeppers…

September 25, 2009 at 11:14 am (knee surgery, Life) (, )

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School…

September 16, 2009 at 3:44 pm (Fall 2009, Issues, Life, School) (, , , )

This semester I transferred from a 2 year community college to a 4 year college so I could finish my BA.

My dad is a professor there, he is also a PhD student there. My mom got her Masters there. I’ve essentially grown up on campus. However, my advisor is super new and knows none of this. But because of this I have a full tuition waiver, which is a pretty big deal.

Well, since starting, I’ve done nothing but fight with my advisor over everything. First it was taking an intro to college class (I am a senior with a 4.0 gpa… I think I know how to be a successful student)… Then she said that even though I have all the necessary English credits I have to take an English placement test. Same with math. And while neither of those tests are a big deal, it’s an afternoon that could be better spent on something more meaningful.

Now its my senior internship. I know its supposed to be done in my last semester (i.e. next semester). Well my internship took 2 years to process the necessary clearances, schedules, and other stuff like that. And I was cleared specifically for the fall/winter. So it’s not like I can just say “oh hey I want to do an internship in 4 months.” On top of that I am having major knee surgery 2 or 3 days after this internship ends. I won’t be able to work in the field again before I am supposed graduate. I even went so far as to take this to the Exceptions Committee they said that it is an academic issue and so would be up to my advisor who hates me and so said no thereby making it nearly impossible to graduate this year. They will still give me the credit for my current internship but it won’t meet the requirement to graduate.

I guess on Monday I will request a new advisor, because I can’t keep fighting like this. I usually like school, but she has made me dread going to school; I can’t even open my email without worrying that she will have sent some new way to make my life hard. I know I should be grateful that I am getting a free education, but sometimes it just doesn’t seem worth it. I never really wanted to go to this school, I hate telling people where I go to school because I’m not particularly proud of going there. But with the tuition waiver and the fact that its the only program I know of where I can customize my degree to what I want, it really is the only option.

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Restaurant Review

September 14, 2009 at 10:14 am (Life, Restaurant Reviews) (, , )

Last week, I went to the Thai Elephant again (twice…).  Chicken curry and fried tofu excellent as ever, chicken satay just ok (I didn’t particularly like the peanut sauce it came with).

Then on the day I didn’t have left over curry for lunch, I went to Red Brick Pizza.  I think its a little chain, but they make excellent pizza!!! Crispy crust with not too much sauce… just the way I like it!  And the service is really quick.

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School

September 13, 2009 at 4:25 pm (Fall 2009, Life, School) (, )

Less than a month ago, I transferred to a different school to finish my degree.  Good, right???

Wrong.

I’ve had to fight the school over every little thing.  None of the policies make any sense.  Deadlines come and go because my advisor can be bothered to do her job (example there is a form due tomorrow that lets me take a course, I turned it in a week ago, she was supposed to sign it and give it to my course instructor to sign… she still hasn’t signed it)..  Apparently an upper-level math course isn’t good enough to meet their basic math requirement (they want me to retake a math class I took in 6th grade).  Even though I am transferring in all my English credits, I still have to take an English placement test.  Even though I’ve been taking classes on line for years, I still have to take a class on how to take an online class.  I transferred to this school to finish my degree, not to waste my time sitting through the most basic classes again.

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Painting!

September 7, 2009 at 8:13 pm (Fun Stuff, Life) (, , , )

Soonish (ok, well probably not until January…) I am repainting my room (again).

I’m thinking this sort of blue for three of the walls:

And mauve-ish (but not so pink as mauve usually is) for the fourth wall (plus this paint will like a dry erase board so you can write on it!):

And this sort of chocolaty brown for the trim and doors

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SocialVibe

September 2, 2009 at 9:28 pm (Issues, Life) (, , )

Just to be fair, I’ve decided that every month I am going to change the cause my SocialVibe button supports.  So go click again (its quick and painless, I promise!)

Anyway, September’s charity is The Vision Charity.  Whose goal is to improve the quality of life of visually impaired children worldwide.  Through SocialVibe, they are specifically raising money to send deaf-blind children to SENSE camp.

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