After a long break from the site, I've finally decided to return and post another journal. I apologize for my 1 year absence, but I'm afraid it might be something you'll have to get used to. I've sort of grown past the site in a way... I don't find it as interesting as I used to, and often don't find logging on to be worth my time.
However, due to the long days and relative isolation provided by my current job, I've decided to return to the site and see if anyone will still be willing to talk to me (Yes, I've gotten that bored ). So with that said, here's what I've been up to over the past year:
-Completed my second year of college. Yeah, kind of an obvious one, but I felt it worth mentioning... especially since it's going by so quickly (can't believe I'm halfway done, already)! Classes didn't go quite as well this year, but my grades were still pretty solid (I still have about a 3.8 GPA). My slight drop in grades may have been due to my attempts to get out and socialize a little bit more... I may have simply slacked off at times as well. Hopefully I'll find the motivation to bring it a bit harder next year.
-Recovered from surgery. Remember my last journal? Yeah... ancient history, now. I am happy to say that I've made a full recovery over the past year, and have made it through winter workouts and spring practice with no major problems. I'm good to go for next season, and if I run and hit the weights hard this summer, there's a good chance I'll be starting.
-There were the fun things... both in and outside of college, I got to do some interesting new things. I got to tour the west coast (minus California, regrettably... we spent plenty of time in Portland and Seattle, though), find out what the pond on the north side of campus feels like in early May, worked as an RA (but quit after two months... turned out I hated the job), went to a few dances, danced horribly, and didn't care. All and all, it was definitely a more enjoyable experience than my last year, even if my grades may have suffered as a result.
...and the not so fun things. My grandma passed away on March 20, the day after my 20th birthday. There aren't many things I really feel like sharing about this, but I would like to mention that she was a wonderful, caring and selfless person, and that she will be greatly missed. She left us a third of her house (split between by dad and his two siblings), and since she only lived a half hour away, we were planning on moving into her house and selling ours. So far, we haven't gotten any offers (the market for middle-class houses is currently shit), but we're preparing to move regardless. We've replaced the carpet in the basement, replaced the carpet on the main level with hardwood floors, remodeled the kitchen, replaced the appliances, and have already stored some of our belongings there, so once we've sold the house, moving should be relatively easy.
So... what now? Well, currently I'm doing summer research in the Electrical Engineering department at UNL. The research is for the INBRE program (a research scholarship program I entered earlier this year). Mostly, I'm working with TiO2 thin films... using DC magnetron sputtering to deposit them, and using an ellipsometer to analyze them. I'm having a bit of trouble with the software I'm using, can't seem to come up with decent models and graph fits, and still don't seem to know what I'm doing half the time, but other than that, my research is going well.
So all of this leaves me at the beginning of July with a challenging, but interesting job (that pays fairly well), a full workout schedule, two houses, a lot of time on my hands, and still no girlfriend (meh, girls are dumb at this age)... a satisfactory (if somewhat awkward), position.
Fell free to leave a comment or send me a PM if you see me online. I'd love to know how your summer is going!
9 years agosubversive89
9 years agosubversive89
10 years agosubversive89
I didn't really plan on writing another journal. It's been about half a year since I wrote my last one, and I'm guessing about two months since I've even been online. However, due to recent events, I've wound up with a loads of time on my hands and almost nothing to do, so I figured I'd go ahead at give this a shot...
Up until now, my last few months have been pretty eventful. I've had classes, finals, practice, concerts, surgery, and so on... and I guess in the midst of all this, I've ended up losing interest in this site. I've focused less on writing journals, commenting on pics and journals, posting in threads, and doing whatever the hell else it is I do on this site, and have focused more upon getting a life.
Today, I am happy to say that those days are over. I have finished my first year of college and have returned home for the summer with straight A's, a new sense of motivation and confidence, and whatever shit I've had sit in my dorm room for the last year (still no girlfriend, though). I have taken a new vow... a vow to sit on my ass and do virtually nothing for the summer (at least until I can walk again).
I still can't believe I'm already a fourth of the way done with college. The year seriously went by in no time... and for the most part, it's been successful. I managed to pull off a 4.0 for this last semester (I think I'm at a 3.93 overall, now). I also have a job for next year as an RA, which means I'll be getting a free room (As I believe I've already mentioned, I don't have to pay tuition, which means all I'll have to pay for next year will be meals and books ).
Football, on the other hand, eh... well, not so much. Winter workouts and spring practice went along just fine, and I was feeling pretty good about my next season right up until early May... You see, I'd been having some recurring problems with my left knee (since the fall, actually). At first, everyone thought it was just a sprain, but after I re-injured the thing in the winter, I started to think that It might be something more than that... and after I re-injured it again a little over a moth ago, the trainers finally agreed that I should see a doctor.
One doctor's visit and MRI later, I found out that my ACL had been completely torn, and that my medial meniscus had been "severely damaged" (actually, it wasn't that bad... the cartilage had appeared to be more damaged than it actually was since part of the pad had actually flipped over... explains why I couldn't completely straighten my leg). So anyway, I had to have surgery that involved constructing a new ACL and repairing the damaged cartilage (some of it was removed)... long story short: I'm stuck here at home unable to use my left leg for two more weeks (it's been two, already), and absolutely nothing to do other than go to my weekly night class and physical therapy, and it looks like I'm going to be out for most, if not all of the football season. I was also planning on staying on campus and working with the maintenance department, but the surgery sort of torpedoed that whole plan as well.
So, other than my surgery, I haven't done much this summer. I did go to see Star Trek just before my surgery (movie was epic, by the way)... ran into a homeless guy outside the theater (you know, one of those guys who asks for money, but you know that you probably shouldn't give him any money, but then you feel kinda guilty afterwards). A few days after my surgery, when I wasn't in near as much pain and was thinking about what the hell I was going to do with all of my left-over pain meds, I ended up thinking about that homeless guy agian: "I mean, well, you know... Ok, yeah. Not such a good idea. Would have been an interesting sight, though... the police finding a dead homeless guy with an empty bottle of whiskey in one hand and an empty bottle of Percocet (with my name on it) in the other." (At this point, I realize that I am going to hell).
Anyway, looks like I've had an interesting spring (probably the busiest one yet), and I'll try to do a better job of keeping in touch with a few of the people here.... although I can't make any promises for the long run (actually I'm probably talking to a wall at this point, but I managed to waste a couple hours, so I guess it was worth it). To anyone who does bother to read all this... I salute you.
Talk to you whenever.
Notes: Normally, iamcevrus2 would be posting this, but I've offered to post this round for him in order to correct some of the errors I made in my posts. Anyway, I moderated this round, and the player I beat out was StrangerCoug. I made Darkwizzard the cop and SarBni the bodyguard.
DarkWizzard - Cop
SarBni - Bodyguard
10 years agosubversive89
4 fucking months?! You've gotta be shitting me.
That's just inexcusable... especially on Christmas.
I don't know if anyone has really been all that curious as to what's happened in the last four moths, so I'll just give a quick summary:
1. The ENTIRE football season passed during this period. For the most part, I'd say it was a fairly good season, even though we only won four games (D:). I actually got some good playing time on varsity (well, for a freshman, anyway), and our JV went 4-2. I might get to start next year, but I really need to get back in that weight room before I get too out of shape in order for that to happen.
2. I completed an ENTIRE term of classes. I took biology and chemistry courses, a calculus course, and a liberal arts seminar (a class all freshmen are required to take) on "ethics and the human body". Oh, and I was in concert band for the last few weeks of the term (couldn't do it during football). Anyway, I ended up getting As in the Bio and Chem courses, and A- s in the Calc and LAR classes. So far, my GPA is a 3.89, or something like that. I'm pretty pleased with the way things have been going... I just hope I can keep it up.
3. I, like everyone else, have watched the economy go to hell. I don't think I've been paying as much attention as I should, though... most likely because I am one lucky SOB. Seriously, my mom teaches at the college I go to, so I don't even have to pay tuition. I hardly ever have to drive these days, so I probably didn't even notice how far gas prices had dropped until long after everyone else had. My college is losing money, as is the college where my dad teaches (yup, both my parents are college profs), but so far our family hasn't felt too many ill effects. So far, it's been a christmas like any other... financially speaking, anyway. I've tried to read the paper a bit more often in order to have a better idea as to what is going on (I get the general picture, but don't know much beyond that), and I know there are some families out there who are really hurting, but so far I haven't really felt much of a difference. I'd make some sort of comment on what a horrible person I am, but I guess I'd just be feeling sorry for myself. I just wish there was more I could do... there probably is, actually. I just need to work harder at finding it.
4. I never really wrote anything regarding the election, and won't really bother at this point. I don't think there's anything meaningful I could say that you haven't already heard from someone else.
5. I use the word "really" way too much. Really.
6. I had my wisdom teeth pulled (this is fairly recent, believe it or not). All four of them were actually pretty straight and came out on one piece. Of course, I'm a pessimist, so for the first few days I was convinced that I was going to develop and infection or a dry socket, but I soon found out that I had nothing to worry about. I'm still wondering when I should use my one leftover Vicodin, actually.
7. My mother and I went down to Missouri in order to pick up my sister. She goes to a boarding school with an incredibly small band, so we were also recruited to play in her Christmas concert. I suppose we did a decent job, considering the fact that I was still kind of rusty after having not played much on my trombone in ages (other than at my college's Christmas festival). My mom also had to learn to play the french horn in less than a week. XD
So... that pretty much sums things up to this point. Right now everyone's just chillin at home. My main christmas gifts were some new speakers for my computer, a couple cds, and a lot of winter clothing. I also got a bunch of random food and stuff from my grandma.
All in all, I've had a great time.
What have you guys been doing for Christmas?
Normally, I'd leave you with a music video or something, but no one really seems to go for those.
I guess it's nice I finally got a chance to sit down and write something that isn't Mafia related. I'm sure some of you thought I was dead or something. XD
Merry Christmas, everyone.
11 years agosubversive89
Damn... I seem to have once again neglected to post a journal entry for a ridiculously long period of time. I wonder if anyone still watches me. XD
Anyway, sorry It's been so long since I posted anything... man, so much has happened!
First of all, this journal entry comes to you from my new residence here on campus in Crete. That's right, bitches! Movin' on to better things an entire half hour's drive from where I used to live... oh, and my mom actually works here. =/
Oh hell, It's a good thing, actually. They don't make me pay tuition! HAHAHAHA! :D
Things have been pretty busy over here. Classes don't start for another week or so, but football 2-a-days have started and well... blah. Sore, tired, feeling sick every morning... yeah. The weather has been surprisingly nice, though. I mean damn... last year back in Lincoln we were practicing in the 100 degree heat and shit. I dunno if it's hit the 90s yet over here, and I'd hate to imagine what'd happen to me if it did. >.< I also moderated the last round of Mafia, so between practice and writing those stories... yeah, not a lot of time for other things. The round has ended, though, so I should be able to get on more often and keep in touch with you guys.
Hmm... let's see, what else?... Oh yeah, my sister has also left for some private boarding high school thing in Missouri. Surprised we could afford it, actually... but the headmaster is my uncle, so I'm guessing we worked something out. My parents get the house to themselves, which is nice. I probably won't be seeing my sister any time soon... eh, fuck it. We don't get along, anyway. XD
Let's see... making some new friends over here, living in shitty dorm with no air conditioning, blah, blah, blah... Oh! I've gotta find some meaningful quote for our next team get together thing... nothing so far. I also have to research the 78 Steelers so my camp team... erm... thing can get some points. We're failing miserably right now.
One more thing... I guess I've written enough to post another installment of my mystery series, but geez, does anyone even remember where I left off? Hell, I barely do. Anyway, I'm thinking of either not posting it and simply PMing it to anyone who would like to see it or posting the thing with links to the previous parts. Input from you guys on this would be appreciated.
Anyway, that's the basic overview of what's going on right now. If you'd like to hear some of the more interesting details you can always message me or something.
And just for the hell of it... a music video:
The Illusionist - Scar Symmetry
11 years agosubversive89
Now that summer is here, I've been thinking about resuming work on that story I've been posting in my journal. Problem is, It's been several months since I've actually made a new installment, so you guys will probably have no idea of what is going on. I'm also thinking about working on a newer (and much shorter) story, so I'd appreciate it if some of you could comment on this ASAP and tell me what you think about all of this (in addition to responding to the poll, an actual comment would be appreciated).
11 years agosubversive89
That's right... who just pounded out all of their portfolios in one day and aced (I think so, anyway) all of their finals? I DIDZ, BITCHES!
Anyway... yeah. I was in a real time crunch to get all of my shit done and was actually pretty surprised when I finished all of it by the time I had to present those portfolios on Wednesday. After that, It was a Calculus final on Thursday (which was really long, but turned out awesome), Spanish and Lifting Maxes today, and then... no more! Classes end today and I graduate tomorrow! Epic, Fucking, Win.
Yeah, much of the excitement has died down by now. That's probably why this journal sounds so boring and pathetic. Anyway, thanks for all of the advice you guys gave in that poll (XD). The getting the fuck off of the internets path really seemed to work for me... although I really could have used those steroids today in order to break that squat record.
Great day over all. Definitely a day of win, despite the fact that this journal probably blows (sorry, I'm just tired and not really into it, today).
I guess this journal should have some more color or something. You know, to make it more interesting.
My journal is awesome, now.
Iron - Ensiferum
Now GTFO :D
11 years agosubversive89
Just a few highlights of what I've been up to, recently, since I'm sure that all of you are just dying to know. The portfolios and shit that we have to do are fucking insane, and I'm still hard at work on my semester project. On the plus side, there's one class that I've almost completely gotten out of the way, and our school's wind ensemble just played its last concert, so things are winding down on that front.
After that, It'll be spending most of my summer working and doing my summer workouts for college football (w00t), which I hear are going to kick my ass. : /
Anyway, our class did the whole prairie retreat thing, where we spent the entire day learning about birds and nature poetry and stuff, jumping backs, scaling "cliffs", climbing trees, pulling weeds, etc. It was a lot of fun overall, 'cept for the part where I had to spend the entire evening digging splinters and burs out of my hands.
And... that's about it. I'd say something about the cat, but she has refused to do anything interesting or funny and insists on lying around all day...except in the early mornings, when she goes around the house and wakes everyone up by jumping on the bed and mewing in our ears until they bleed. >.< Stupid bitch. I would also like to announce that I now have a shitty pic of my hideousness for to display. XD
And... an awesome song.
Firesoul - Mercenary
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