Archive for January, 2009

School update

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Dear Friends and Family,

As promised, I’ll give you a rundown of school for the past two weeks.

I’m taking five courses this quarter as well as auditing one: Arabic Grammar 1, Classical Chinese, Introduction to Intelligence, Naval History, Techniques of Political Analysis, and I’m auditing Introduction to the Modern Middle East. When you audit a class you just go to class but the homework and exams are optional. I do not get credit for this class, I am just learning the material. So I’ll be going to all the lectures and doing the reading, but not taking the tests. All my classes are very interesting, though my favorite so far are (more…)

Pictures of Snow

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

We got about 8 inches of snow last week, and it got down to -10 at night. I took some nice pictures while it was snowing and some of the next morning. Enjoy!

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First post of 2009

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Dear friends and family,

Whew, what a time the past few weeks have been. The end of last quarter seems like years ago instead of only a month. I won’t go into great detail about my vacation, mostly because all I did was read, work-out, and get ready to go back to college. However, there were a couple of highlights I’ll mention. The first was that my roommate, Vanessa, came to our house to spend Christmas with us. I was overjoyed that she was able to come, and many of you who are from my hometown got to meet her at Church. I am pretty sure she really enjoyed herself (at least she didn’t complain to me ;), and we had a good time showing her all about how we celebrate Christmas. Among other things, we went (more…)

Finals Week

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Hi guys! I’m busy studying for finals, so I’ll give a quick rundown of things and that’ll hafta hold you over for a while. I had a great thanksgiving, I hope you all did to. However it was a bit…different due to the fact that our furnace broke and we had no heat the whole time (outside temp between 25 at night and 50 during the day) Our house if very drafty, so we could only keep a room or two moderately warm with little electric heaters. It was finally fixed the following thursday (two days ago).

This past week has been SUPER busy and I got very little sleep the first few nights. That was a necessary, but of course very stupid decision on my part, since little sleep, plus nerves because of a final and a final project presentation, and almost no food that day led to my almost collapse in the middle of my presentation Wednesday evening. I was thoroughly scolded for not taking care of myself by my teacher and sent home, where I fell into bed and slept 10 hours. Thus I royally flunked my chemistry quiz the next morning since I had not had time to study (I was studying for finals before Wednesday and wednesday evening I was asleep). BUT, it didn’t matter at all since our lowest chem quiz grade is dropped and I had gotten 100 on all the others, so my flunked quiz won’t factor into my overall grade.

After all those exciting things happened, Friday morning I was playing [insert name of ball game that I have forgotten what it is called] with a group of my fellow midshipmen at the rec. center and I managed to get an elbow to my nose. This caused my nose to start gushing blood and of course that was the end of that game. My nose was not broken, and it stopped bleeding from the inside after about 2 min. I got cleaned up and bandaided (I also had a cut on the bridge of my nose), and went off to class. Saturday morning when I woke up I had a lovely black eye.

Love y’all, pray for my finals.


Three more days before Thanksgiving!

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Dear Friends and Family,

Another week has passed, one less week between me and Christmas break! I think this is going to be my best Christmas ever because I’ve been away from home for more than a year with only a few weeks here and there of break time, so it will be wonderful to celebrate this holiday with my family. I just have school this week Mon-Wed, then I’ll be home for the weekend, back to OSU for the last week of school and then a half week of exams, and then home for Christmas.

This past week has been pretty lax and boring compared to the whirlwind of stuff I had going on before. I did have my second Chem. midterm (piece of cake) and I took (more…)