Monday, January 7, 2013

A New Semester

And so today marks the beginning of a new semester!!! I am currently off track. This means that while school is in session, I am not taking classes. Though I will begin in taking classes again in April. This isn't anything unusual, but how my schedule is every year. Weird, I know, but that is how my university rolls apparently. :)

So, since I am not taking classes, I am working (and looking for another job). This semester I get to TA a beginning algebra-based physics class. I will be doing all of the homework grading, as well as teaching and grading the lab portion of the class for half of the students. I am super nervous because I have never taught a class like this before. AHHH!!!

Also, tonight I have been asked to start helping run the Astronomical Society. I am pretty excited about this. They are even trying to get the funds together to allow us to go visit the Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City. That would be amazing! :)

I just found out that the Physics Department is adding an emphasis option to the major! And they have an Astronomy Emphasis. :D The funny part is I have already taken one class needed, and was planning on one of the others that is needed. Also, the third class needed is a brand new class starting next winter semester. So I kinda was already planning on doing the emphasis, now it will help in my academics! :)

So some good news all around!  Now to finding another job (I really hope!!!) And hopefully I will be able to write tomorrow about the fantastic weekend we had! :)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Bucket List for 2013

Okay so I started writing down some resolutions for this year...and realized how unlikely that I will complete them if they are set up like that.  Then, I got a message on my last post to check out this blog post. It is about creating a bucket list for the year rather than resolutions. And after seeing my sister do this on her blog (see here), I decided, why not try it.

So here is my Bucket List for the year:

  1. Read 100 Books
  1. At least half the books I read have to be new (to me) books
  2. Read 5 Non[-fiction books
  3. Read Scriptures/pray Daily
  4. Finish Jim's 4 ties
  5. Finish bunny cross-stitch
  1. Finish Love cross=-stitch
  1. Start and finish white tiger cross-stitch
  2. Blog at least 3 times a week
  1. Learn to use Gimp
  1. Grow hair to waist
  2. Travel somewhere new
  1. Go to temple at least 3 times a month
  1. Go to 2 new temples
  2. Due Project Life 365/Photo-a-day
  3. Learn a new skill
  4. Try my hand at developing film
  1. Make a quilt
  1. Organize craft stuff
  1. Sell a piece of jewelry
  1. Move
  2. Take 25 Bryson/McGrath names to the temple
  3. Write 5 chapters in 2 books
  4. Finish sewing class's projects
  1. Edit photos for portfolio
  1. Build website for portfolio
  1. Go to a museum
  1. Go to a concert
  1. Read Book of Mormon
  1. Read Book of Mormon in Another language (maybe? Suggestions for a language?)
  2. Start Astronomy Research (starts this summer!!!!)
  3. Try a new recipe at least once a month
  4. Try hand at a new calling
  5. Write Thank you notes (from the wedding last that still okay??_)
  6. Clean up Kindle
  7. Add 50 books to Goodreads account
  1. Make something for Visiting Teaching girls each month
  2. Host a game night/get together at least once a month
  1. Do a family photoshoot
  2. Second a wedding (aka be a second photographer)
  3. Build a bookshelf
  4. Catalog books (we have a lot….hence build a bookshelf_)
  5. Learn to play a new game
  6. Make a new painting
  7. Build up food storage
  8. Make 72 Hour kits
  9. Make 10 things I have pinned on Pinterest
  10. Do service for husband once a week
  11. Try Astrophotography
  1. Camp in Yellowstone National Park
  1. Index 150 names through  

I feel pretty good about a lot of these, though there are some kinda crazy ones....I mean reading the Book of Mormon in another language....when I can't read or speak ANY other language but English?? But there are also some really fun ones, like learning to develop black and white film. :) I am super excited. There isn't a particular order, nor is this likely a complete list. So I will do my best to keep you all updated on how I am doing on these and any new ones that come to mind. 

Have a wonderful day!!! :)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

I need some help...

No, seriously, I want some help!!!! I really want to start blogging more, but am having trouble finding the motivation to do so. So please, what do you do to keep yourself motivated??