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.


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.