It’s Too Early to be This Busy

Hi friends who still read this blog even though my frequency of posting is dismal. Three weeks of the semester have already come and gone, and many things have happened since my last post. I haven’t even told you what classes I’m taking!

The most frightening thing about this semester is that all the professors have told us that third year is notorious for it’s difficulty and stress level. Not a great thing to hear right out of the gate. Luckily, I am only taking 14 credits. It was going to be 15 because I tried out for a private piano lesson class but messed up pretty bad at the audition and ended up getting the good ol’ boot. But don’t worry! Something even better happened which I will tell you about later. The classes that I’m actually taking are two LARCH studios that deal with community design and planting design which I mostly enjoy but have some gripes about which will be detailed in the next paragraph. I’m taking some writing/history of LARCH class which is very confusing and vague. And, finally, I’m taking an awesome photography course. It’s an intro for learning how to use a DSLR (Digital single lens reflex) camera. It really enjoy it so far, although I’m pretty terrible at taking pictures and having to manually adjust all the settings.

Here are a few of the pictures I have taken with the camera that are not super terrible:

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Anyway. So my gripe about Planting Design class. I spent my entire weekend in studio working on a project for the class. I had almost no time to do anything else for my other classes, which sucked. We have never had to stay in studio that long so early in the week! Sigh. At least my design looked pretty slick! Here is a PDF of it: roane-hopkins_z_mixedplantingbed I was pretty proud of my renderings.

Other good news. I got a new laptop! YAY! and it WORKS! Very exciting! It’s an Acer Aspire R and it is great! Not much else to day about that but I just wanted to let you know.

Last weekend, PSUkulele traveled to the Hershey Medical Center to play ukulele for people. What a wonderful experience! You may or may not recall that we also went last year and played in the lobby and the cafeteria. Well, this time was a little bit different in a very cool way. Instead of playing in the lobby, we were suggested to play outside in front of the pediatric wing, because it has this big wall of windows looking out on a sculpture garden. Although it was a little misty and cold outside, we stood by that sculpture and sang as loud as we could to the windows. I don’t know if any of the patients could actually hear us but we could see a few little head peeking out of the windows and waving to us and it was so cool. While we were playing, a mother walked by and told us were were cute and asked if we wanted to play up on one of the floors. The woman who coordinated our visit told us that we weren’t aloud but we convinced her otherwise. We weren’t allowed to play in the patients rooms but did get to play in one of the small lobbies on one of the floors. A few patients and visitors came over to listen. After we wrapped up our singing, we went to a local crepe place which was delicious!

In the way of club gymnastics stuff, we have an away meet coming up at JMU and I am no where near ready. haha.

That’s about it.

Oh, the reason I was fine about not getting into a piano lesson is because I got offered an opportunity to do paid research with the Stuckeman School! Yay! Ok I’m tired, goodnight.

 

Winter Break is Over…

So I still have not leaned my lesson about backing up all  my files to multiple places. For Christmas, I bought/was gifted a very new, very fancy, very EXPENSIVE Lenovo Yoga 710 laptop. I’ve had it for maybe two months, and ya know what happened… THE MOTHERBOARD FREAKING DIED!!!!!!! It died over break, a few short days before I had to go back to school. After a extremely long and not super pleasant conversation (which mostly consisted of being on hold) I took it in to Best Buy to get it looked at and see what my options were. They are not great. And, I still haven’t been able to even try to get the information off of it because it has a stupid special tiny hard drive that not even Best Buy’s own Geek Squad has the compatible hardware for. So that’s great. But probably what is most upsetting is that I put a bunch of cool stickers on my laptop which have now gone to waste.2017-01-04-12-40-02

Oh, how was my break, you ask? My break was splendid. Visited some old friends. Hung out with my lovely family before they all left for New Zealand after Christmas (with out ME I might add, since I had to go back to school before they planned to return but I’m not bitter or anything). Luckily, I didn’t have to spend New Year’s alone! The family of my charming boyfriend (yep… I have a boyfriend) let me stay with them for the week before school started! They were so nice and fed me a TON of food! And we went hiking on New Year’s day!
2017-01-01-11-01-07Also, before Christmas, I painted a table and chairs set for someone and they gave me money!!! You can look at it on my website: www.creativewakeart.wordpress.com (Also follow me on facebook hahaha. But I’m kinda serious. I even put a link). https://www.facebook.com/creativewakeart/

Unfortunately, I am now back at school. Sigh… Tomorrow is the first day of classes. Yaaaaaaay.