Sunday, November 26, 2017

Missed Church

I missed church today. I'm used to 1:00 church, and I completely forgot that our wards had combined for Thanksgiving break. Because I'd planned to go out of town, I hadn't written down what time they were meeting when I heard it last week, and forgot about it. They must have met at 10:00 or so, because the building was empty by the time I walked down there.

I spent all day reading scriptures and listening to General Conference talks instead. I'd fallen behind in my readings (mostly since I'd transferred into a different Institute class partway through the semester). Since I'd been meaning to catch up anyway, this was a good time to do so. It ended up taking me a lot longer than I expected- Much more than three hours. I shouldn't have let myself far so far behind.

I had already decided not to work on homework today, since we've had so many talks in Sacrament meeting lately about keeping the Sabbath Day holy and not working or studying on Sunday. I do hope I manage to get my big assignments done in time even though I didn't work on them today, but I'm sure I'll be able to pull through. It was kind of nice to take a day to think just about the Church.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Thanksgiving With Mom

Mom visited me today, so I wouldn't have to spend the whole Thanksgiving break alone (I'd stayed at college so I could work on homework, especially my essays). Since everyone back home ended up getting sick, I dodged a bullet there.

Mom and I went to see "Coco" at the theater. I wasn't expecting much from it after seeing the trailers, but I'd also heard really good things about it anyway. I was happily surprised. The set-up was well done, the characters felt real, and the art was beautiful. It was especially funny watching the stakes continue to rise higher throughout the entire movie. Every time you think things can't get riskier or worse, they do. I enjoyed the movie a lot, and I hope to share it with the rest of my family soon.

After "Coco", Mom and I drove to the zoo so I could pick up a paper I'd left for the zoo director to sign. We ate at Waffle Iron, then shopped for groceries.

Mom went home after that. I know that she was reluctant to let me stay at college this week, but I'm grateful that she did. I was able to get a lot done that needed to be finished. I think it would have been difficult to balance everything that needed doing with everything else I'd be doing at home.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Zoo Essay

I managed to finish even more homework today than I did the previous two days. Most of it involved writing my big essay about my work at the zoo for my apprenticeship class. I also worked on my PowerPoint presentation for research methods.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Treats

I got a lot of work done today. I spent Thanksgiving by myself with some ice cream and chocolate while I worked on all my essays. So much to do.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Ethograms and Macaroni

It's now Thanksgiving break! I paid the zoo one last visit to drop off my ethograms. Then I spent the rest of the day in my apartment getting a lot of work done, and eating macaroni.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Only Measurements

I only had my measurements class today. No research methods because we were excused to take our final in the testing center. I took the rest of the day off to relax and enjoy myself after my busy week.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Tyler and Nort

I spent two hours in the testing center to take my research methods final today. I think I did very well, which is great news. And I won't have to take my final during finals week. I can just focus on getting my final research paper done.

I also had my latest piece critiqued in fiction writing today. This was my piece about the five-year-old grim reaper named Nort who accidentally showed up to his first assignment too early, and made a boy who had been considering suicide stop himself just in time. The two of them bond over comic books, with Nort being confused that the guy in the comic who looks like him (the super villain) seemed to be hated by the other characters. The main character, Tyler, then finds out that the decision of whether he'll go to heaven or hell will be decided by Nort's sister- A fact that Tyler isn't enthusiastic about since he's rather sexist and has often made derogatory remarks about women, and wanted to break up with his pregnant girlfriend. Overall, not the ideal man, and probably not someone a girl would look upon favorably.

Several people liked my story, and I think everyone loved little Nort. My ending was rough, which was understandable. I'd sort of rushed it since I'd finished this submission the morning it was due, and I'd reached my 20 page limit. I literally filled up every line.

I was surprised, however, when my teacher insisted that I needed to remove the suicide element from the story completely, because the rest of my piece was "too humorous" and I clearly wasn't treating suicide with the seriousness the topic deserves. She said she didn't believe my main character wanted to commit suicide since once he changed his mind, he mused that it was a good thing he didn't kill himself since the lights and air conditioning were on and the power bill would be high. Why, she asked, would he be concerned about the power bill when a moment ago he had stormed into his apartment and prepared to kill himself? Very unrealistic. Because people who consider suicide are always thinking rationally, obviously.

My teacher also mentioned that it was completely unrealistic for Tyler to get his girlfriend pregnant when he seems like a rude, lousy person who would never be able to get a girl at all. Okay, but... These things happen sometimes, right? It seemed reasonable to me. Anyway, I'll have to figure out what to do for my rewrite eventually, but I won't worry about that today.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Attempted Visits

I finished my quarterly report for the stake relief society today. I also went to church at 11:00 to attend a meeting, and deliver the packets from the auxiliary training meeting to the other members of the presidency.

We as a presidency also tried to visit several of the girls in our ward. We're supposed to do this frequently, but thus far, no one has ever been home when we've tried to visit them. Oh well. At least we tried.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Discussion Section

I got a lot of homework done today. The discussion section of my research methods paper was due. I submitted what I had done, having talked to my teacher beforehand. She'd agreed to give me more time to finish, since I'd changed my topic a bit from my original plan. I have a lot left to do.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Last Day at the Zoo

I had some microwaveable waffle for breakfast, hoping I wouldn't regret not having a shake when I was going to be out until afternoon. I rode the bus to the zoo and did my ethograms in the rain. The yak was out, but the coyotes weren't active at all.

I did more clicker training and prepared enrichment for several birds. I also went out to gather browse in the cold and wet. There was a lot of cleaning and organizing to do.

Today, I talked to the zoo director about finishing up my internship. I asked if I could continue coming to the zoo at other times during the week besides Friday, so that I could gather all the hours I need for my class in time to write my essay. We discussed how I'd enjoyed the work, and learned a lot so far.

In the end, the director said I could be done with my internship today. I only needed a few more hours, and he said that since I'd worked hard and been so willing to volunteer, he was willing to sign off my final hours. That was really nice of him. I hadn't been counting bus riding time at all, but if I did, I would have met my hours a long time ago.

I walked to Wendy's to grab some food, then rode the bus to my fiction writing class. We read and critiqued the final short story today. At times I haven't liked my fiction writing class, but it has had its enjoyable moments too.

I finally came home from my long day to find an email from my adviser in the English department. It said that a space had opened in Advanced Fiction Writing, which I'd been on the wait list for. She'd given me until 3:00 to get into Advanced Fiction Writing. It was too late now. Oh. I hadn't thought to check my email while waiting for class to start.

Since I hadn't had a shake this morning, I made one for dinner and did homework for the rest of the day. I had quite a bit this week, but I've managed to get through.