My Calibrated Morning

Well, last night I had the inspired idea to get up early and get one of my lab experiments done. I had been speaking to my mom the other night, and she suggested that I do the experiments consecutively, if possible. For some reason that really encouraged me. I was feeling down because I its almost December-and I had hoped to be almost done the entire course, and instead I have the entire set of labs to do, plus so much more. I jumped out of bed (after lying in bed for half an hour or more after my alarm went off…) around 7:15 and got to work. It was a simple lab, meant to get me used to measuring using flasks, vials, pipettes and a pan balance. I measured a gram of carbon, a gram of tin, and 5ml of water.

Still took longer than it ‘should’ have, but at least it is progress. I still have some of the write up to do…ick.



Monday and Tuesday make two

Well two days into the New Week. Today was my day off, so I cracked open the big ‘ol Chemistry Lab kit that I received a couple weeks ago. I did the first ‘make-sure-you-remember-how-to-do-a-lab experiment: The Candle Experiment. Its several simple exercises using a lit candle, some foil, ice and a couple jars. I really hoped to be done it real quick, so that I could do a ‘real’ experiment, but it took much longer than it was anticipated to  and *should have* taken. I just uploaded it to my tutor now.  I also went to class and did some stats.. But I’m constantly discouraged with myself for how little I get done.

Here’s some photos from my first ‘lab experiment’  P1080769P1080775Even though it was simple, I still learned something- tinfoil between the candle and the flame will actually cause the flame to go out. This is apparently because the combustion draws up oxygen, and so now the oxygen supply is cut off from the reaction. Something like that….



Well, I’m going to keep trying ~ harder~ Every day..


Oh, so close to a month away from Christmas! So close to the end of the year..

Today, being Sunday, I’m a bit more relaxed about how much I should be getting done.

I did the first 50 questions in a 1001 chemistry questions book.

Here’s to a new week! 🙂


Okay, so I forgot to post anything last night. I was enjoying time with my bf- I really did mean to write, it just escaped  me….along with time and studying…ack! Well, I can’t say I sat on my butt all week, but I can’t say I learned a lot of chemistry or stats. You’d think I would get more studying done. I mean seriously, I have a relatively easy job, and its only 6 hours per day….

Next week will be better…

A day gone by…

Well, hi there! I’m just popping in to update how my studies are coming, as per my post yesterday, Blogging for success!. I really don’t have much of  interest to say, and I probably won’t most days, but I hope the overall picture will be one of improvement!

Today, I woke up a bit later than I had hoped(shortly after 8am). I did the usual, let the dogs out, got breakfast and a cup of hot coffee/chocolate combination. I was determined to get something studied before going to work at 9:30. I did  a few questions on a Stats assignment… After arriving at work, I had 45 minutes to spare, so I used that time as well. Work went by as it does..and on my way home I grabbed a slice of pizza at the supermarket, and went home to let the dogs out. Then it was off to my 3 hour class…

I realize that I’m really running out  of time to study, both in this week and for the courses themselves(I started them in September. I have till the end of Feb ’14 to complete them, but had hoped to be finished by January). I worked for an hour or so after getting home from the class. Now, its 12:30, and I should go to bed, so I can actually get out of bed when I wake up!

Blogging for success!

I’ve been pretty discouraged lately with myself. Why can I not get “more done”? I am *trying* to study basic Chemistry and basic Statistics while working. I see some friends on Facebook posting their weight loss/workout goals online, and giving updates on a regular basis. I thought what a great idea- once you post a goal for people to see, most people would be more likely to stick with it. Peer pressure- the good kind. I know I really enjoy reading of other people’s successes (and failures). It helps me to know other people are going through something similar, plus I can get good ideas to incorporate in my own life.

So, what I have in mind is to write a little bit every day I can on here, and update how my journey in school work is going.. Some days I might just write a line or two or post a photo.

Right now, my goal is to noticeably improve my study habits and routine in the next two weeks.