Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Back to School

After a very nice month long winter break I'm sitting back in my dorm fuming over excessively priced textbooks. As nice as the break was, I am sort of anticipating the start of classes tomorrow with a bit of excitement. My schedule is somewhat similar to last semester since Physics, Humtut, Orchestra, band, and lessons carried over. I'm also taking Biology, its lab, and golf (for fun and PE credit). 17 units...should be a good semester.

Our trip to Colorado was great (as expected). When Matt and Micah weren't screaming at 3am, all had an awesome time. The boys got to play in the snow and Matt got on some skis. I was able to get three days of downhill in which was pretty cool. Add that to Gmo's cooking, the view, and the cabin atmosphere and it was a really nice trip.

President Obama was sworn into office a few minutes ago. The little quartet they had play was pretty cool. It was an interesting read how Bush was moved out of the Whitehouse and Obama moved in-- all within a matter of hours this morning.

We had the Wii in Colorado but nobody has really messed with the Yoga too much. It adds a whole new level of excitement when you get Yoga Kitty involved. I keep wondering how long it would be before my cat ended up killing somebody if she were the infamous Yoga Kitty.

Back in the school mood, if you ever want to test some of the laws of mechanical physics, check out the Bouncy Ball game. Be careful though, it is a great time waster.

That's it for now...I need to start searching the internet for used textbooks.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Hats off to Entertainment

Happy 2009!

Christmas and New Years were both pretty swell. Got to hang out with family, swap strange gifts and enjoy an almost semi-white Christmas. Winter break is also going pretty well in general. It's amazing how busy you can feel while basking in laziness. We leave for Colorado, Gmo, the cabin, and Powerhorn later this week so I'm really looking forward to that.

The Rose Parade proved to be a success for all the of the TofR folks. I have to admit that it was a little weird and not as fun without participating but many of the TofR alum from the past couple years got together and went down for Bandfest on the 30th. We saw both shows and there were some pretty amazing groups out there. It was really nice catching up with everybody and getting to see the QHers do their thing.

Other than that, my winter break life has pretty much consisted of sleeping, practicing, volunteering at AVH, catching up with folks, and refining my Wii Fit and Sport skills. My mom's Christmas present to the family was a Wii (the first game system we've ever owned) and I am suffering from somewhat of an addiction. Good thing it won't be at school.

One of my presents from the Stutelbergs was a daily calender with weird and wacky websites, so more than a few of those will be making an appearance here.

Since we've reached a new year, new calenders will be needed. Why not step away from the tradition Gregorian system we're all so obsessed with and take a look at the Julian, Hebrew, Muslim, and Mayan calenders. A good time waster.

In the spirit of Illinois corruption, a Chicago newspaper ran an ad for a furniture store that, in a stroke of marketing genius, claims that they sell more seats than the Governor. I bet they're cheaper and probably last a tad longer, too.

While many of those annoying Hollywood celebrities may be under the impression that they're glamor will last forever, one photoshoper decided to have a little fun and see what they'd look like in 2034.

That's it for now, I must get back to the Wii.