Thursday, September 23, 2010

So I can feel accomplished...

I've already forgotten what I wanted to say in this post. After about an 2.5 hours of wanting to write, I've finally sat down at my NEW laptop and started to write. I remember now, I wanted to feel somewhat accomplished so I was going to talk about everything I have done this week to distract me from the mile long list I have to complete by Sunday. Now we are back to the laptop.

After talking about it, thinking about it, researching and waiting for something better to come out, I've finally purchased a laptop. It's one of the things I wanted to do with the finAid money I borrowed. Side note, I hate owning the government money. I feel like i might get called into an Eagle Eye kinda situation and I would end of dying cause I wouldn't jump from a 10 story build. What i discovered in researching laptops is there are two categories, Macs and Not Macs. I didn't have Mac money so I'm in the other category. If you aren't spending $700 or more, the brand really doesn't matter in the Not mac cat. And netbooks are ridiculously over priced for what you get.

What I ending up purchasing was a MSI A6200 blah blah. Truth is, it doesn't matter.What does matter is that it has 3 gigs of ram, 320 hard drive (which they partitioned into two drives?!? Why?!), and a DVD burner. An actual dvd-rom was important to me because so much of what I watch is still in the format. All this for less than $400, not bad. There where netbook twice the price and a third less ram. I did buy the warranty but it's only for two years. I hope i get to use it when it's totally convenient to me and not when I have a major project due that is only located on my laptop. I only plan for this to be my major laptop for that long, two years. I need to buy a mac so I can do video editing. Say what you will, I'm loyal to FCP and Apple. I bought this laptop to replace an EIGHT year old powerbook that couldn't download pdf's from the web anymore. How many windows laptops can run for that long reliably? Most windows desktops don't live eight years let alone a laptop.

Something else I accomplished this week is realizing I never should have taken this Emac6372 class. I won't go into any details, but I will say when you say, "I said my class would be a lot of work" that doesn't excuse you from giving 4 major assignments due in one week. That's just arrogance. Like your class is more important than any other class in the depart because the class is new. I can't wait for this to be over and I might need extra paper for the end of the year course review.

Another task I accomplished, I got to see my grandmother this past weekend. While I was there, I was inspired by Story Corps to interview her and I found out some very interesting family history, none that I will share here. It's not what you think, it's just boring family history.

That's all I have for now. Another Side note, haven't worked out since school started but I hope to get my schedule together soon. I really miss my pool time, my bike time and my weights.

Friday, September 3, 2010

It's been awhile and a lot has changed

Wow, I've really neglected this blog. Over two years without a post, one might think I didn't care about sharing. That is completely untrue, a fallacy even. The truth is so much has changed in my life in the last two years that this blog got lost in all the changes. I've been fired, held two part-time jobs and started back to school. I've been working out recently and have had some success, to date from my heaviest, I've lost a total of 35 lbs. So that's 10% of my body weight. Not too shabby.

In other news, I quit my second job today. I was supposed to quit about two months ago but got lazy and didn't quit and then needed a summer job. But now that school is in for the kids and school is in for me, I don't have time to do all three. I'm quite aware I'm going to make less money but I don't want to waste the money I do have on trying to keep a job I don't particularly enjoy. I've come to know a few truths these past two years and one of them is knowing how much you handle and not putting too much on your plate. I could have kept the job, not had any weekend time to myself and been miserable but I don't want to do that and frankly, I don't have to.

I have to be at work in the morning so I'll write more later about everything I've learned in the past few years. All of it has been difficult but all if had to be learned.