Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Meetings, Schedules, and general crazy abounds

So as you may recall earlier this year I taught and helped to host the CLE/CWS for one of my volunteer organizations.

There are several branches of this organization, and one of the other branches does/did something similar the CLW that is traditionally held in October.


This year they didn't have enough time, energy or resources to put it on so it has been shifted into a YoCL for 2009.

I had heard that they were having a hard time getting people to help their committee so I said that as a Board Member I would step up and attend and assist them in anyway possible.

Last night was our 3rd meeting and it looks like it is going to be a great year for them and their program(aside from the budget cuts county wide).


Though being involved in both CLW AND CLE/CWS has become a bit challenging.

First of all there is the similarity of names(workshop vs. expo) and both have meetings semi-regularly.

This week was an interesting challenge in that both committee's had meetings the CLW last night and the CLE/CWS tomorrow night. I also still have class until Dec. 2nd and get to juggle that in as well.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Squirrel Fiction is now live

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Just wanted to say that if you want to check out what I've been doing lately this is probably the place to go.

See a number of months ago I got involved in writing for a group of my friends the "Squirrels" over on the Dgeek forum.

Originally I was planning on just writing one story and calling it quits. Then I discovered how much fun it was to write the stuff(as you get to intermix real people into fictional situations). So I kept writing it.

The I discovered Photoshop and started making banners and art for fun.

Nikki and I were creating so much content that it started to overwhelm her personal blog where we had been publishing so she set up the New home of Squirrel Fiction.

Squirrel Fiction Network is a fun place to drop by have a good laugh and kick your feet up. So if you feel so inclined to- drop by say hi! But be warned our inner geeks are out in full over there :D

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Of Butterflies, and Dive Bombers

So as I mentioned a couple days ago, Burbank is fast approaching.

This fact really hit me the other night when I took the time to pack my suitcase since I won't have much time this week.

For some reason every committee I'm involved in decided that *THIS* would be the perfect week to have meetings. Normally I wouldn't stress over having 2 meetings plus class in one week, except for the fact that all these things are happening on the same nights of the week.

Monday night I have no plans.

Tuesday we have therapy, then I have class, then I go out to Whidbey Island for the WSU LA CLW planning meeting.

Wednesday night I work. I have to get as many of Thursday's tubs done Wednesday night, then hopefully some of Friday's as well.

Thursday we have therapy, then I have class, then I drive back to town and attend the WSU LA CLE/CWS planning meeting then come home and finish whatever tubs I didn't earlier. Then I have to check my email, print my boarding pass for the Airporter, the Plane, and the confirmation for the hotel.

In related news, the nervous butterflies have turned into fully armed Dive Bombers that are doing aerial acrobatics in my stomach.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wonderful fabulous awesome Mail!

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So now, it has really become, really 'real' that next weekend I will be flying away to Burbank for my Sci Fi Convention.


There will be some totally amazing actors in attendance:

500_09Jason Mamoa


500_10Rachel Luttrell


dan_sheaDan Shea


alexis_cruzSG1Alexis Cruz   



David Hewlett


and most importantly(to me at least):

 PICT0073Kavan Smith 


So next weekend? If you don't hear from me- don't worry, I'm more than likely in a state of complete and utter geek bliss. :) ;) 


(this is a week from tomorrow{November 21-24})

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A day late

I spent all day yesterday searching for this video that I wanted to share with you all on Veteran's day but of course I couldn't find it.

For me veterans day has a very special place in my heart after my senior year of high school.

I spent a good portion of the year interviewing the older folks in my small community who had been involved in WWII both at home and on the lines.

The other portion of the year was spent studying in depth the Vietnam Conflict. I was truly horrified and appalled at how the soliders were treated upon their return home, and vowed to myself that I wouldn't do the same ever.

So yesterday it should of come as no surprise as I was driving down the road listening to my favorite radio station when this song came on. I actually pulled over to the side of the road, and sat and just took my time to listen to the song in silence.

Granted, yes the video is geared towards Canadians(as the singer is Canadian) but its the message that is more important than that.

What have you done to show your gratefulness to those who defend our shores?

Sunday, November 9, 2008

How far would YOU go for an "A"?

Okay as I have mentioned in previous posts I am attending some online courses at my local community college.

After being throughly disgusted with my first grade I received(33/37) and losing 'stupid' points on it; I vowed that at some point somehow, some way I was going to ace a presentation in this class.

With only two regular assignments left in the quarter before our final is due, that doesn't leave me much time. I have been inching closer and closer to the illusive 100%. A few weeks ago I got a 98% and got ticked off but because it was something *I* screwed up(I missed a direction) I didn't fight it.

The assignments since then have seen me emailing the teacher after I receive each assesment in order to question point losses.

Sometimes like the first time(way back in Unit B) it doesn't work. Other times like in the last Unit(E) it does.  In the last unit I not only got back points but I also earned extra credit without even trying. Apparently my OCD'ness turned out to be a good thing when the direction read "Divide the text into two columns" and I decided I'd take it one step further, and make them two even columns.

So it should have theorhetically come as no surprise when I opened up Unit F's grade sheet and found that I'd lost 2 and a 1/2 points. Okay one of the points I could grant her(as I'd forgotten to add my name to something), but the other point and a half are bugging me.

So I dropped her another line, inquiring as to how I could improve upon my preformance since I felt that I had followed the directions to the best of my ability.

Over a point and a half. That would raise my grade on the assignment from a 93% to a 97% really not worth fighting tooth and nail over.

Especially when you consider that overall my grade in the class is sitting at a 95% and the extra point and a half wouldn't raise my grade at all(it would go up to a high 95, instead of a mid 95).

So my question to you fair reader is this- How far would YOU go for a point and a half?

Saturday, November 8, 2008

If your not a geek, you may want to turn away now

If your still here don't say I didn't warn you.


So today I got a very exciting package in the mail.


Stargate Atlantis Patches

Its my set of Atlantis Patches that I ordered for my Stargate Atlantis Convention in a little less than 2 weeks(13 days to be exact). I have an 'official' Atlantis Pegasus Patch, my US Flag patch, and the totally kicking Daedalus Flight crew patch.

Unfortunately 2 of the 3 are really technically gifts and wont be coming home with me from Burbank(the Pegasus and US flag) but until then I get to drool over and drag them around with me everywhere.