Thursday, September 29, 2005

Exams, round 1.

So here's the rundown:

I did better on the Organic Chemistry exam than I expected (a lot better, actually).

I did worse on the Ecology exam than I expected (only a little bit worse, it was only by a few points). He drops the lowest exam grade, so as long as I do better on the next two, I'll be fine.

I took two exams yesterday - Music (it was super-easy) and Physics 2 (also super-easy).

Round one: finished.

Round two: bring it on!

What else is going on? This weekend I get to hike Mt. Mansfield to collect soil samples and measure the diameter of trees. As long as it's nice it'll be a good day. On the other hand, I haven't been hiking in about 8 years so attacking VT's highest peak is going to nearly kill me. I have to work at 11pm that night. I can only imagine how much pain I'll be in on Sunday after all of this is done.

Chugging away,
Ms. V

Friday, September 23, 2005

Always wear a padded bra to an Ecology lab

You never know when you'll be messing around in a river or trudging through a forest that's 15 degrees colder than the rest of the area.

Now that I've gotten that little tip out of the way, I have to share something with you. It's yet another reason why I LOVE LOVE LOVE Vermont. I stopped at a farm stand on the way home from lab today and bought 2 HUGE pumpkins, 4 medium ones (they're striped - how cool!), two small orange ones, two small white ones, a bag of yellow string beans, 3 Macintosh apples, 3 ears of corn, and a lovely acorn squash. It only cost $19 total, it's home-grown, organic, and I handed my money directly to the woman who picked all of this stuff from her garden. Wonderful. :)

Yesterday I stopped at one of the farmer's markets and bought some potatoes and cucumbers, straight from the garden. When I saw the strawberry-rhubarb jam (homemade, also from their own crop) I couldn't resist. I have a thing for anything that's strawberry-rhubarb.

Ms. V

Thursday, September 22, 2005

"Baby did a bad, bad thing..."

Well, right now it's just a bad thing. I assure you though, by Saturday morning it'll be a bad, bad thing.

What is it that I did? I bought a home-made strawberry rhubarb pie today. On the whole, that may seem completely harmless, and even pleasant to some of you. In this house, however, a strawberry rhubarb pie doesn't stand a chance, particularly if it's home-made. I learned long ago that I simply *can't* have my favorite foods in the house. Not if I want to fit back into my jeans by winter. Well, strawberry rhubarb pie, as you may have guessed, is one of my favorite foods. It's certainly my favorite kind of pie. I'll probably eat nothing else for the next two days.

I guess I should get my fat clothes ready for the wedding Hub and I are going to on Saturday...

Buying my pie and eating it, too,
Ms. V

Thursday, September 15, 2005

There's a pattern for everyone, I guess.

The Knit Kitty Knit blogger has a fabulous entry about hideous knitting patterns. She recently posted this little beauty. I think it takes the cake. It is truly the most atrocious thing I have ever seen yarn used for. Honestly. My eyes hurt.

It's one of the free patterns offered on Berroco's site.

Ms. V

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Pro's and Con's, Con's and Pro's

Pro: I got a little bit ahead on my school-work
Con: I start another course tomorrow so I'll fall behind soon enough

Con: Three of my courses also have labs (well, I AM a biology major, that's to be expected).
Pro: The lab I had on Friday was spent sitting on a lake (in a rowboat) in the sunshine.

Pro: I'll be done in only 3 more semesters
Con: I'll have to work my ass off until then

Con: I haven't even started my research yet
Pro: What I hope/plan to do should be really interesting

Honestly, I have my homework done and I'm already a bit ahead, so I'm just killing some time. :)

Ms. V

Monday, September 05, 2005

Now I want to ride my bicycle even more...

There are certain things people shouldn't have to do in life. Paying $28 for 8.5 gallons of gas is one of them.

:sigh: At least we still have better gas prices than most other countries...

Ready to hoof-it,
Ms. V