2014 and old beginnings.



Inspirations and end of year plans…

  Helen Keller    “Be of good cheer.  Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow.  You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles.  Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.” -Helen Keller

I saw the above quote on Upworthy page where the mom has photographed her daughter dressed up as historical, female characters. Kudos to that mom, and all the other moms(and dads..) out there who really put time and thought into instilling character building in their children.

I thought the above was really encouraging to me because it acknowledges that achieving goals is usually difficult, and that good effort is not lost, even though it sometimes seems like it hasn’t made a difference, if it has ‘failed”.

Success takes planning, vision and clear-cut goals. I really lack all three most of the time, but I am trying to improve. My lovely boyfriend is overseas during the holidays (he just left today), so I am going to plan to get a real kick in the two courses I am doing. Not a kick-start, because I have already done about half, and its not quite a run to the finish-line. I know I can’t get quite that far in the nearly 3 weeks he will be away. I hope to be complete 6 more Chemistry labs, (plus finish the write-up for the one I’m on), Study for the re-take of the Chem midterm, and the Stats midterm, complete and hand in all stats assignments up to the midterm point. I will also plan which courses I will take after these two, and that will give me the boost of encouragement that these really are only short term, I won’t be this miserable forever (I really don’t like feeling like a failure).

So this is the gist of my plan. Tomorrow is my day off; I will get a good chunk done tomorrow. Now, by a good chunk, I mean that I will 1. plan in detail how the next three weeks will go. Realistically                                                                                                                    2. finish my chem assignment #2                                                                                                                                                                  3. start  Lab B1                                                                                                                                                                                              4. continue Stats assignment


Chemistree. (seen and copied from George Takei's Facebook page)

Chemistree. (seen and copied from George Takei’s Facebook page)

This seemed a fitting tree for me this year. I smiled when I saw it and had to pass it on here. I’d love to set up the tree this year, but it seems like a bit of a poor use of time when I have so much to do.


Hitting the books


It’s proof! I really do study.


What I learned doing schoolwork today…

ImageWell, today after work ( photo at right is my cubicle rosemary Christmas tree), and after eating supper…and watching  Homeland… I was studying my Stats book. If I learned anything it was how to calculate the probability of a binomial. I learned that to do so, one must use the ‘nCr’ button. nCr simply means the ‘number of ways r (the outcome) can occur in n amount of trials. Or, in other words, how many paths to the outcome are there, (when thinking of the tree diagram).

So, perhaps I can’t explain it very well, but I know it way better than I did earlier tonight, which, perhaps might count for something!

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.



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! 🙂

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