Friday, March 27, 2009

My work for the entire semester

...has fluttered away. Yep. I found out today that the scope for my IT 410 capstone project has drastically changed (mostly due to Cloverdale leaders, a little for other reasons). I'm going to get slightly technical here:

Basically, our group was supposed to create a database on a server, and then create the corresponding web forms (so that anyone could access it online), and also create a Microsoft Access database (for the church leaders/secretary to use) to link to it.

Well, 95% of my work was done on creating the server database and the web forms. Guess what got scrapped from the project?!?!?!? Gah....

On one hand, its good, because now we are all focusing on solely creating an Access database that should be really user friendly, and I'm not worried about delivering a product that will break soon. I'm sure we can deliver a good product to Cloverdale church. Yet now the majority of my semester's work will not show up in the final product, and that's sad. I almost cried.

But I guess I still learned a lot during the process...which is good...


Sunday, March 22, 2009

My mom now has a job

I'm not sure what to think. I just got the email tonight. My mom hasn't had a job since us kids started coming, so I've never known what it's like. Here's part of her email:

"I just wanted to share with you that I have a job working in a facility (RHA Howell- Clear Creek) with severely mentally handicapped people, ages 5-70. It's not a hospital and the people are not necessarily sick, although some have trachs and feeding tubes and wound problems due to their mental disabilities. Many cannot walk and most cannot communicate verbally and therefore use creative ways to get your attention! But this is their home, where many have lived their whole lives.
...It is all so new to me! I start tomorrow, orienting with another nurse. (I had a special training class on Thursday and Friday - learning different behavior patterns, how to better understand their conditions, how to react appropriately, and how to defend myself with blocks and moves that keep both the clients & myself safe - things like that.)
...Everyone one I have met there is friendly and loves the work; as the Director of Nursing told me first thing, "You will either love it or hate it - no in between." Those that don't love it leave.
...I would really appreciate your prayers."

I'm really glad that she got a job, but I guess I'm just a little nervous for her. That part about her learning how to defend her self...i just...don't like at all. Please also keep my Mom in your prayers! Thanks.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Saint Patty's Day Part 2

I guess I thought of something else I wanted to write about. In the same class I have to read that book, we have been talking a bit about setting goals, and how that can be a good thing and help you accomplish a lot more than if you hadn't set them. So our teacher has encouraged us to actually write down a few goals for our life, and I thought I'd share a few of the ones I thought of.

  • I will be present at every one of my child's births

  • I will memorize the book of James

  • I will learn how to play the violin and guitar. And re-learn the piano

  • I will give at least a million dollars to charity

  • I will own a car that goes at least 170 mph

  • I will play a recognizable part in a major motion picture or popular television show (not a soap)

  • I will go to Disneyland or Disney World

  • I want to personally baptize all my children

  • I will go to Scotland and New Zealand

  • This isn't really as much of a goal as it is an ideal dream, but I'd like my first kiss to be in the rain.

  • I will spend at least a year acting as a missionary in another country

  • I will go to at least one Dallas Cowboys game, preferably the Super Bowl

  • I will visit the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, and Yellowstone

  • I will spend at least a week in New York City
Some of them our superficial I know, but others are deeper and more meaningful. I have more but I'm still building the list too!


Saint Patty's Day

Today was a really good day. Nothing remarkable was just...nice. I forgot what day it was so I didn't purposely wear any green. In the afternoon the fog cleared up and the weather turned perfect.

Steve invited me over to dinner at the caf, which was awesome A) it's free food B) you run into a lot people, and I miss that social aspect. Although I do love living off campus, I seem to lose a bit of the social involvement of college. I rarely pass by the front lawn anymore and I miss that.

Natalie came over tonight and we watched Unbreakable (if you haven't seen it, watch it!). It's one of M. Night Shyamalan's first movies, and is one of the best. Plus I got to watch it with a great friend, one I hadn't hung out with in while, and it was wonderful.

One of my teachers, Dr Cronk, asked me if I would be willing to be a paid tutor for her students in her IT 280 class, and I said yes, definitely! I will be able to be acting as a tutor during my regular lab hours, and will get paid even if students don't show up for help. So basically I should be making double the money for sitting in a computer lab! This is exciting because I need to make up the money I lost during break! Also Spring Sing is coming so I'll be able to make the money by being on run crew so that's nice!

Now it's 12:30 am...and I still have 4 and a half chapters I have to read out of a book by 2:00 tomorrow. I learned about it on Monday, and had to run and buy the book at the bookstore. Fortunately, the book is easy to read and it seems like it'll make some pretty powerful points. The book is "The Life You've Always Wanted" by John Ortberg. I'm excited about reading it all, I just wish I wasn't under pressure to read it.

So I better go do that. Bye! :)


Monday, March 2, 2009

Almost spring break!

One of my midterms was pushed to the week after spring break!

I got a package from home, which contained:

  • A card
  • A check for the money I got for my jeep
  • Cooking spices
  • Homemade orange cinnamon bread
  • Homemade molasses crinkles cookies (my favorite!)
  • Glow sticks!! (from sister)
All of which has made the day pretty awesome so today was a really pretty day, even though it was cold.

I can't wait for spring break! It's going to be fun. I can't wait to go jet skiing again!

I watched "She's The Man" last night (with Amanda Bynes) and loved it.

I have three reports on professional children's theatre reports to write by tomorrow...I've already got one mostly finished.

My group project for my IT capstone class is going pretty well...we're trying to get at a good stopping place before spring break. We're now to the point where we're going to be working a lot with HTML and PHP, which I like doing and am good at, but for the rest of the people in my group PHP and HTML doesn't come as quickly, but they're learning so we're making progress!

Lets see...I think I might actually splurge tomorrow night and spend $3 to see Taken at Searcy Cinecrud 8...

Well...that's an update on my life! I know you're all enthralled to read about it.

Lovers, keep on the road you're on
Runners, until the race is run
Soldiers, you've got to soldier on
Sometimes even right is wrong


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