Sunday, October 30, 2011

Start of week 9

Well we're closing in on the home stretch. We're at week nine of eleven. Things are going swimmingly around here. Sure I may have the occasional argument with how things are run around here, mainly with other students not the staff. But things are going well. Today is Halloween! Wonder how many people will dress up to go to class........ and how many people will go out and party on a school night........ oh well not my problem.

Just got done with hell week. Had five major deadlines this past week. Had two projects in nutrition due, one persuasive speech, one paper due, and an exam in math. Think they could've packed more into the four days we have class for? I've come out on top though. Just got a 94 in my public speaking midterm. I'm ecstatic with how well things here are going compared to the last time. Update on gpa next week probably, I'm waiting on more grades to get put up officially.

I'm hoping next term to expand my club experience by one club. I'm currently involved with anime club in limited quantities. Next trimester I would like to join the Club for Culinary Excellence. They host some interesting events and have demonstrations regularly that I would like to attend. I was also offered a position on the entertainment committee for relay for life which I accepted.

On a side note 29 days until I get my knife set! mwhahahahahahaha

*cough* Anyways personally I'm doing well. I'm getting along with more people more to the point that people I don't know very well are saying hello to me in passing. I forget how easily I can influence the area around me. Something that hasn't happened in a long time. I've been feeling more "normal" than I have in years. As I was speaking to my father today, "I feel like how I was back in fourth grade." This was the last time I remember getting great grades in school. Maybe there is a future for me in this profession.

Got the job at Gamestop. However I had a talk with my manager and I'll have to leave mid December because I cannot work the week of christmas and the week afterwards. This is the only time before the summer I'll probably get to see my family in both towns. So family is more important than work for the time being. I've had a very good support this time around from both parties...not like I didn't the last time I just didn't utilize it. So I have a feeling that any money earned will go to travel expenses so I can see my family.

I should start putting together a christmas list.......

That's it for now! See you all next week!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Week 7/Start of week 8

Week seven has come and gone. I can't believe how fast the term is moving now. I can hardly believe there is only 3 weeks left in the term. Then we have a week off for thanksgiving break then we start up again right after into labs! I can hardly contain my excitement. Granted, I still need to get through this term first. So much work that's due this week then we're golden until the end of the term.

On other notes found some other geeks to hang out with and play settlers of catan with. It's a board game similar to ticket to ride. Resource collecting and plan execution. Still not all that great at it. 

OOOH I can't talk about this past week and not talk about the demo I had the chance to sit in on Thursday. In communication skills we got the chance to listen to a Chef talk about New Zealand cuisine. It was very interesting the dishes we got to try were a sashimi style salmon, muscles with a spicy Japanese mayonnaise, lamb with mint served with greek yogurt with more mint, and venison! I could've eaten the venison all day...... *daydreams about venison sausage* err alright the venison was really good. We got to see the chef literally take all the meat from one leg of the deer and cut it to the point where he could cut medallions later. He literally had less than a handfuls amount of waste from cutting it. Along with tasting all this amazing food he also gave us in his booklet contact info so we could order ingredients from New Zealand. Coolest thing ever!!!! We also have all the recipes for the food he demonstrated that day. (By the way New Zealand's main export is food.)

Still doing well in classes current gpa stands at a 3.37 :) Huzzah for doing well finally!

I know this blog entry is rather short but I've gotta run and work on my projects for this week!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

week 6.1

This week has been interesting so far. Just got off a long weekend. Fairly boring as most of the hall was empty. Classes just started back up today and what a day it was. Today was one of those days where my body woke me up earlier than my alarm was set. So today my day started off at 4:30 am, took a shower and prepped for the day. Registered for classes as soon as it opened at 6 am. Went to International Cuisine, a lab I was shadowing for communication skills. The lab was really cool to sit in and watch. Today they covered Vietnamese and Thai food. I was really happy to get some food with some spice finally. Then on the 3 hrs of sleep I got today went to my academics after lab. Had my midterm in nutrition today. Got a 92.5% on the midterm. So maintaining a 4.0 average in that class :) and keeping my 3.25 gpa.

While I was at International Cuisine today I noticed something. Even though I may not have been cooking today. I was happy to be in the kitchen. It was really cool smelling the fresh ingrediants today which included lemon grass, galangal root, and lots of chili peppers. I guess this realization is an affirmation of sorts. A true gut feeling telling me I'm in the right place.

In other news still "yearning" as my father put it. I don't know if that's something that I can stop. With every thing that's happened. I just want something secure for once. Someone I know that'll be there for me when nothing else is. I'm making it by here, but it's hard (and not in the studies part). I mean sure if you look at it I've always had parents who love me, relatives, and friends. But part of me strongly believes that whatever shattered in me from my parents divorce is killing my love life. I've been told numerous times I'm a "nice guy," not that it helps. Normally that just gets me landed in the friend zone, or worse. I know I'm a nice guy, but it doesn't help when you feel like you're coming in last all the time. Having all the friends in the world doesn't substitute for having a significant other. That one person you can rely on with your life come better or worse.

I thank God for the friends that I do have that I can go to about anything. They all know who they are. For without them keeping me grounded I think I would have a much harder time here. If anything they listen to my rants and aid me in distracting me from what I'm currently feeling. Which may have been an issue my last time at school, but I used something else to escape. I went to something that I knew I could lose myself for hours and not care. I delved into a few online video games more so than I had before. I escaped so I didn't have to confront any of the pain that I've pushed off for so long. A pain that I really didn't know existed until I got out on my own. Pain that I was able to push off for 11 years, and now it is coming back to bite me. This time however I'm not running.........

Also noticed how the best time to write these blogs is early morning when I'm my most creative/ when my defensive barriers are down. Intriguing....


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Week 5 (a couple days early I know)

Week 5 at school and I write this at 3:30 am. This week has presented some interesting challenges mainly mentally, but also emotionally. I was informed by my mother that we had to put down our last dog Woody down last week. This is difficult because I remember that dog like his mother Seeger about 3 months ago (my timeline may be a bit off). I remember both of them as puppies until their old age.

In other news I still feel alienated while hanging out with my group of friends. I don't know why. Perhaps it is because I'm feeling homesick. This happened at Potsdam too. Just this weird feeling that I don't belong. Wish I could get rid of it. Doesn't help that my current nickname that I'm trying to stamp out is "Grandpa Pierce." Can't help it if I act more mature than everyone all the time. *sigh* Oh well, can't change who I am. Finished writing a majority of my annotated bibliography not to long ago. I've also come to the conclusion that as much as I am a social butterfly. I also need some physical contact. Will try to remedy this by getting/giving more hugs.

Got my second math quiz back, and got a 97! Huzzah! My math skills don't completely suck. So I'm still maintaining a 4.0 average in that class so far. Just had an exam in that class today that I'm slightly worried about. Though I don't think it went that badly.

I worry about and pray constantly for my family back in Binghamton, NY. My cousin, aunt, and uncle are always at the forefront of my mind. I miss them all a lot. Hope my aunt finds this blog entry a little more entertaining as it looks into myself a bit more. Hope babygirl is doing alright.

Looking towards the future. I'm planning on taking "cold" labs next term. Which entails: Essentials of Beverage Service, Fundamentals of Food Service Production, Skills of Meatcutting, Nutrition and Sensory Analysis, Purchasing and Production Information, and Safety and Sanitation. Looking forward to that sooooooooo much. Can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to getting my knife kit and getting to the hard work.

Found a methodist church here in Providence on Mathewson St. It is a different church than where I've come from but Methodists are Methosdists. I've never felt more at home. They were all very welcoming and I sing when I can (I'm fighting off a cold) in their choir. The church isn't very big, but very pretty and circular. Communion is served every week and the hymns are more traditional. No crazy hymns of the week so far.

That's it for this entry. Talk to you all again soon!