Friday, October 21, 2011

A "Normal" Day

What an amazing day. The entire family took a trip to the Texas State Fair. Everyone had a blast. The kids rode on rides, got to pet a ton of random animals like emus, ostriches, and camels, ate a bunch of unhealthy food, watched Cirque de Shanghai (amazing people), saw fireworks, watched pig races (ours won 2 out of three - WOO!) and just frolicked the night away. Tonight we put aside everything else on our agendas and were a normal family. Well, as normal as our family gets when five kids are constantly being corralled. At the end of the night, we stopped at Braum's for ice-cream. When I went to pay, I asked how much I owed for all seven of us, and the kid looked around, obviously not remembering what everyone had ordered, and said "Wow! A lot." Awesome!

I really have a bunch of studying to do, but I can't think about that now. Today was a day of fun. I will think about that tomorrow. Because, after all, tomorrow is, another day. - Scarlett

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

8 Days of Hardcoreness

The next eight days are crucial. After rebounding from what I hope to be a decent grade on my stats exam on Saturday, I have a monster upcoming schedule. The physics midterm is really what has my stomach in knots. Because I devoted so my time to orgo earlier in the semester, my physics preparation really took a hit. Basically it boils down to the fact that I had one week to complete half 1/4 of the semester's worth of work. While that may not seem like much, since I really can't stand the subject, learning a chapter per day is ridiculous. But I did it to myself, and if I had it to do over, I wouldn't change a thing. Because of all my hard effort in orgo, I got an A on the first test. There are only 4 exams in the semester and my professor does not drop the lowest grade. However, he does count the highest one twice. So in reality, I have an A on 2/5 of my orgo exams. Kick ass!

So back to my schedule, I've got a physics midterm on Saturday, a biology practical on Monday, and a biology lecture exam on Wednesday. Since I knew my schedule was going to be crazy hectic, I spoke with my biology lecture professor and asked if he would keep me on the class roster even if I didn't attend class. Even though the syllabus clearly states he would drop anyone if they missed more than 4 class periods, he was amenable. Nice! An extra 4 hours per week instantly freed up. Oh and I forgot, sandwiched in between the biology examinations, is another orgo exam for which I am wholly unprepared. Oops.

Well what I keep telling myself is the affirmation from below (See previous post). Somehow I know it will all work out. It always seems to doesn't it? In fact, tomorrow, since I have nothing else to do, I have/get to go to a meeting about getting inducted into another honors society. I guess it will help on the medical school application. I hope so anyway. Positivity rules the day!

Friday, October 7, 2011


You gain strength courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." You must do the think you think you cannot do.
- Elenor Roosevelt

Thursday, October 6, 2011

There are enough hours in the day... I believe that

6:00: Oh I could hide beneath the wings, of the bluebird as he sings. The six o'clock alarm would never ring. But it rings and I rise, wipe the sleep out of my eyes. My shaving razor's cold and it stings.
6:30: I actually get out of bed after hitting the snooze button a time or two. Got the older kids ready for school minus the oldest...
7:35: Out the door after cooling off 2 fights, 5 lunches made, 4 breakfasts (one refuses the most important meal of the day, and off to school.
8:00: Arrived at destination, two towns away as to provide the best education possible for bright young minds.
8:20: Back at home getting breakfast number two for the twins, because one breakfast just isn't enough now is it?
8:30: The realization that I have no time, but I still have an orgo lab report to turn hits me - hard. I have yet to start. Class is at 7pm but lecture is at 5:30 and schedule is packed.
8:55: Seconds to second breakfast was dispersed, with dishes in sink (I'll get to them later I'm sure).
9:00: Finally begin my lab report... wow this sucks. How do I calculate percent yield again. How can I forget the basics so quickly?
9:12: "Dad, how do you do the water cycle?" "What water cycle?" "You know... like how there's a circle of life with animals?" "Uh... not really sure what you mean. Do you have instructions for your teacher?" -- Spend 30 minutes explaining precipitation, collection, evaporation, and condensation to my eldest.
9:45: Ok... back to lab
10:20: "Time to go! Everyone get your shoes on." Twins and eldest get shoes on.
10:55: Arrive at occupational therapist's office to see if they can help my eldest with his asperger's.
12:35: On my way back home to make lunch
1:15: Lunches made, and back to lab work
2:15: Ladyfriend comes home early so I can go get help with physics/stats at the math lab.
3:35: Orgo lab report finished and stats lab work finished.
5:25: Realize I still need physics help and Orgo lecture starts in 5 minutes.... time to skip class.
7:00: Orgo lab starts.
9:45: Orgo lab ends.
10:10: Back at home for dinner alone... everyone is asleep. Casserole sucks. Yankees lose... Woohoo!! Bring on the Tigers!!
11:30: After checking email, online class updates, and blog entry... thinking about going to bed... after all the 6 o'clock alarm will ring again tomorrow....

Dammit... I need to do dishes