quick sga rant

Okay, I’ve just got to get this out of my system, because it’s bugging me.

At last Monday’s meeting, Allen, our Speaker of the House, announces that we will not have a meeting on November 25th seeing as how it’s only a 2-day school week and it’s getting close to finals. In fact, last week was supposed to be our last SGA meeting before the end of the semester. We all have projects and finals to worry about now. I was all happy and stuff, because as much as I like SGA, I really need my Mondays right now to get stuff done. So, I start to plan my life around having that Monday this week to work with my group.

Later that Monday night, Allen sends out an email saying that because there are some pertinent things that the House needs to address (mainly some club funding), we have to meet on the 25th. Damn. Oh well, that shouldn’t take too long to deal with. It’ll be a short meeting and afterwards, I can get everything wrapped up that’s due on the 26th. Oh no. That would make my life way too easy.

Along comes the 21st. Leonard, our esteemed SGA President emails us and apologetically says that we need to have an Assembly meeting in order to address an issue that the Admin wants to know the student’s opinion on (for more detail, drop me an email or an IM, I’m not going to post that here). *sigh* So, we now have an Assembly meeting at 8:45pm with a House meeting following shortly afterwards. I can deal with this. I’ll meet with my senior design group at 7pm, finish working on our presentation until about 8:30, wander over to the UC for our meeting at then after the meeting, I’ll just stay up late and finish my CPE431 homework.

Then, at 9:53pm last night, I get an email from Chris, the Rules Committee chairman. I’m on the Rules Committee. The email’s a friendly reminder that since we’ve got House and Assembly meetings, we have a Rules Committee meeting to go to, too. That meeting is at 8pm.

So, I’ve gone from last Monday’s announcement of not having any meetings this week so that we can start preparing for finals and completely devote our attention, for a short while, to school. Now, I have meetings starting at 8pm and going until who on earth knows when. I’m not complaining about SGA. I have really enjoyed, so far, being a representative in the House. I’m complaining because I think that it’s ridiculous that we’ve gone from having no SGA meetings as of a week ago to now have all three of the meetings I would normally have. I just consider that to be ridiculous when the original reason we weren’t supposed to have them was to give us time to deal with finals and final projects.

Okay, I’m done with my rant now. I just really needed to get that out.

life as it is

School’s almost over for the semester. I’ve got classes today and tomorrow. Then Monday and Tuesday of next week and Monday and Tuesday of the following week. That’s it. Wednesday, December 4, is study day for all of us and after that it’s final exam time. I can’t really decide if this semester has gone by quickly or not. The weeks themselves seemed to take forever to go by. As I look back, though, on the semester as a whole, it feels like it’s breezed by. I can only pray that my last semester will do the same.

My dry erase board has once again turned into my To Do List board. All of my assignments leading up to the last day of class are up there. I’ll mark them off as I finish them and by December 3, the goal is to have them all checked off. Then, my exam schedule will be written up there. My exams schedule is both good and bad. My 3 exams that I have to take are all scheduled on the last two days of exams. This is good in that it means I have almost a full week to study for them. It’s bad, though, because I don’t get to be completely done with the semester until the last exam time on the last day. Oh well, I’ll still have several weeks in which to rest over Christmas break and then I’ll get to start up my last semester. I’m almost done.

Work has been kept interesting these past few weeks. We’ve been moving along at our usual pace. Beth has been wrapping things up for her 3 months of maternity leave. Yesterday was her last day. She went into the hospital this morning. We don’t get Kate back from maternity leave until the week after next. It’ll be nice having Kate back, but with Beth being gone and Kate being back, that means I’ll be almost entirely shifted back to development. I like the development side of work, but I also really enjoy doing analysis work, too.

Wedding plans are moving slowly. I’ve had a lot of heartache recently over arguments with my parents (I’d say that they were discussions, but I’d be lying to myself). I honestly don’t know what Sean and I are going to do so far as the wedding is concerned right now. We have a few options that we’re going to talk over when he gets home and we’ll pick one. This choice is going to be his and mine to make. My parents will have no say in it, neither will his. I’ve stressed and cried over making everyone happy with this wedding enough.

Friday, I get to go see Angie Aparo at Crossroads. I’m really looking forward to the concert. Sean and I saw him two years ago and Big Spring Jam and I really liked hearing him live, so this is going to be great getting to see him live again. He tends to just enjoy talking to the audience. He likes to crack jokes and explain his songs, etc. I guess those are the concerts that I really enjoy the most. The ones where the artists can actually talk to the audience. It’s kinda cool. This weekend is going to be spent getting homework assignments and papers wrapped up. No one assignment is going to be too time consuming, I don’t think, but there are enough of them, that I’ll be kept busy getting stuff done. Nineteen more days and this semester will be over. Hallelujah.

train of thought

Not much has been going on these past few days that’s any different than my life as usual. My professors have come to the realization that next week is Thanksgiving and then the week after that is the last week of classes. In fact, when we come back, we don’t even get a full week of classes before exams start. So, time for cramming! This, thankfully, coincides with Sean having to be up in Asheville this week and most likely part of next week. I get the house to myself in the evenings to work on homework until I fall asleep.

I finally got to sit down last night and do a little bit of spinning on my spinning wheel. It’s going to take a lot to get used to it. There’s so much to adjust and tweak on it that I’m expecting my first bobbin of yarn to be near useless. Hopefully, though, I will soon be spinning out lots of yarn to play with and dye to my hearts content. Some, I will most likely twist together so that Amy can try knitting with it. The rest, though, I will save until I can purchase a loom and use it to weave. Perhaps by next Christmas, everyone will be getting various woven products from me.

I’ve gotten everything signed off for my graduation. Provided that I pass my classes this semester and next, I will be walking across the stage in May with a Computer Engineering degree and a minor in mathematics. *phew*

Speaking of graduation, I have to complete my senior design project next semester. I’m trying to think of something that my group can do, but I’m coming up blank on ideas. So, time to turn to my miniscule readership for help. What do you guys think I should do for my senior design project? The main requirement for the project is that it requires both work in the hardware and software side. Suggestions are greatly appreciated.

In the meantime, I’m going to go back to getting this term’s senior design group’s website and documentation finished.

quick trip

Literally, it was a very quick trip. We weren’t even there for 24 hours before we were on our way back home with an extra vehicle. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. Friday afternoon I called Sean to tell him that I was coming home early that day. I had finished work early that week, so I got booted home for a weekend of working on a paper for my Computer Organization class. Sean tells me on the phone that he thinks he’s solved our issue of staying within budgetary restraints for our wedding. I get home and he explains to me that he’s found this restaurant in Atlanta that will let us use their restaurant for the reception without charge and then just charge us a reasonable amount for food and drinks. Great! The only thing, we really need to get over there to meet with him on Saturday so that we can finally settle that the wedding will be in Atlanta. Okay. We pack up our bags for an overnighter (we had to be back in Huntsville by Saturday evening to go to a party Allis was throwing in my honor) and hit the road.

We made it over to Atlanta in good time, thankfully. Slept. Woke up. Drove down to the restaurant, Agnes and Muriel’s, and met up with one of the co-owners. We discussed the reception, he fed us brunch. The food was outstanding. It’s kind of Southern food with a nice gourmet twist to it. The prices he gave us were perfectly reasonable. We had found our solution. Hallelujah. We leave, promising to be back in touch with him within the next week or two, and head back up to Sean’s parents’ house. Pack our bags, chill for a few minutes and head back home. This time, though, Sean finally convinced his parents and me to let him bring the Fiat home. So, Sean headed off in the Flea with me behind him, making sure nothing fell off on our way back to Huntsvegas.

We get back at about 6pm Saturday night. Sit on the couch for a few minutes and then head off to Allis’ party. It was a fun trip over. More details about the wedding as we start to actually reserve locations and dates.

right to bitch

I did my civic duty today and went out and voted. I have earned my right to bitch about the government for another 4 years. I, as many of our friends, hated the options for governor. In fact, I was read to just play inny-minnie-minie-mo on my ballot. I think everyone else has said what needs to be said about the elections. The only thing that I was halfway interested in voting on on the ballot were the three amendments up for vote. One of them, though, just kind of made me chuckle.

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to provide a means by which members of the sheep and goat industry may organize and by referendum levy upon themselves assessments for the purpose of financing promotional programs for the sheep and goat industry. (Proposed by Act No. 2002-399)

It made me chuckle. Sheeeeeeeepppppp.

Okay, now to move on with my life sans campaign ads for another 2 years.