Monday, August 24, 2009

School Starts (Officially)

Both Jess and I started classes today (although she continues with gross anatomy). Although I recently took a minor promotion at work, am training for the Marine Corps Marathon, and taking three courses, I still think I have an easier work-load that she does!

I finished my Statistics course by the skin of my teeth. Toward the end I was concerned that my grade wouldn't be sufficient enough to keep my Navy funding. However, I pulled through on the final and ended with a "B" in the course. I've also come away knowing I will never again take another mathematics-based course online; I need more interaction and discussion to understand the material.

Back on July 25th I ran the Crystal City Twilighter 5K. Again I didn't do as well as I had wanted, and I'm either not as fast as I think I should be or the conditions were not amenable as I would have liked. My next planned race is the Army Ten-Miler on October 4th. Since the MCM is three weeks later, I don't plan to push for time, but rather expect to use it as just another weekend run. Finally, I joined Potomac Runners last week to find some people to run with on the normal weekday runs; I think it will be good to have fellow runners to encourage me on a regular basis.

My tomato plant has taken off in the last week, and I started a salad pack on the Aerogarden. Maybe I'll be able to have locally-grown fresh salads in the next few weeks. Maybe the tomato will last through the winter since it is inside...

Jess and I are figuring out Labor Day plans. We will try to keep you posted of anything exciting.

-Jeff

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Not dead (yet)

Hello from Philadelphia!

My schedule in PA school is a bit insane right now - sorry to people who've called that I haven't been able to get back to. The pace is extremely fast; we just started school on the 27th and have already had 24 lectures. There is a lot of information to manage, and needless to say everyone is a bit frenzied. We actually only have about 40 hours less class time than medical students; they just have more breaks. I almost think medical school would be easier!

Kitties are doing fine - Zeke was allergic to a spice in a piece of fish I gave him, so his lower lip swelled up for a few days, and it looked like he was pouting. Zoe likes to nibble on my hair while I am studying. Other than that, no kitty adventures to report.

Jeff's coming up this weekend; hopefully the weather will cooperate so we can do something fun.

--jess