Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas break is NOT long enough!

It's official. I am FINALLY feeling better! I got sick the weekend of Thanksgiving with a nasty infection, and it has FINALLY cleared up. I am sooo happy about it too. I don't think I have ever gone a period where I've been so sick for so stinking long! Gotta admit, it's nice to be back. A month of not feeling well enough to go to over half of my last few classes, then finals on top of it was not a good mix. And may have easily contributed to the fact I bombed my chem final (still waiting on my final grade). Hopefully I can stay feeling better!!

I wish we got another week of break. Seriously, I do. Once January starts up, I'm looking at going to school for almost six months straight with no real breaks. I mean, we have  two 3 day weekends during winter semester, and a few days break in-between winter and spring term, but other than that it's nothing but school. Ugh. This is the time of year I really wish BYU would be more reasonable with some of their policies - specifically when it comes to spring break. It gets really hard come April to finish out strong, let alone continue on through the next term with no break - literally. It kinda stinks. I just have to keep reminding myself I'm almost done! Next April I will be graduated and not have to worry about crazy BYU policies! I'm grateful to get such a good education for such a low price, don't get me wrong, but I don't agree with a lot of their policies. Would it be that hard to give us a small break like they do for Thanksgiving for winter semester? Sigh. Oh well. In the meantime, I may go take yet again another nap!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Christmas break is officially amazing. Love being with family, love the Christmas feeling, love no homework, love spending LOTS of time with Mike, and love catching up on much needed sleep! We are so excited for Christmas morning it's hard to wait! I will have to do a post later on why we are so excited...anyway it's time for dinner! Ciao!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

This is strange...no homework!

This whole thing right now with there's no homework is really weird.. Good, but weird. I keep telling myself to enjoy it, but at the same time, I keep feeling like I need to do more Chemistry! Haha, I'm just too programmed! What am I ever going to do when I finish my chem classes next semester? I guess I can always keep my textbook and use it as leisurely reading!

I can't wait to see my family tomorrow! I have a feeling it's going to be a great Christmas - for lots of reasons...can't say why yet. ;) That will come later! As for now...back to the million things I need to pack for break...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

First Apartment


 I figured since we're going to be moving soon, I would post some pictures of the apartment we're living in right now! It's been a great starter place, but where we'll be moving to is newer, nicer, virtually same square footage, and CHEAPER. :D So, we're pretty excited about it. Best part is, we get to stay in our ward! Here's a view toward the dining area and entry way:


View of the kitchen:

 Now for the guest bedroom/office, which is currently filled with packing stuff:

 
And, our bedroom..


As some of you may have noticed, this was one of those days I was cooking up some deliciousness in the kitchen...hence the kitchen aid being out. Here's what it was:

Yes, those are huckleberry cinnamon rolls. And were they ever delish!

Four down, none to go!

Christmas break has officially begun! I took my last final today! Fortunately, I redeemed myself from complete failure by flying through my last two no problem.. I was going to take my anatomy exam tomorrow, until I learned all I needed to get was a C- in order to keep my A in the class haha. Needless to say, I got a B+ on it, just after studying only an hour and a half! It would have been super easy to get an A, but I figured I wasn't going to stress about it at all, seeing as how I could practically fail and still end up with an overall A.. So nice to see a class that I worked my butt off for the entire semester finally pay off! Surprisingly Anatomy was easy for me! A lot of memorizing, but after having Anat and Phys for basically two years in high school, it was all one big review for me for the most part! It was such a FUN class! I'm sad it's over! That's okay I guess though...next up, Physiology 305, and Functional Anatomy 400...and LOTS more anatomy in-between! Best part - only two chemistry classes (aka one semester) left and three semesters to go till graduation (plus a spring term this year)! It's going to be an exciting road.

In the meantime, I'm going to just enjoy being absolutely, completely, and totally lazy tonight, and not feel guilty about it in the slightest! It's high time!!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Finals can be...frustrating.

I have a bone to pick with my chem teacher about his final. A BIG one. I took this beast of an exam today, and was feeling pretty confident as I walked in, because for one I have dominated pretty much every exam up to this point, and I had studied my BUTT off for this final, and know the material really well. Well, not only did it take me almost 4 hours to finish, but it was a next to impossible test. Some of the questions were unlike anything I had ever seen in any of our homework, previous exams, or study materials (which we were told to go over again, and if we didn't have a problem with them the final would be fine...haha funny.). Yeah, needless to say, when I saw my score on the screen, I was furious. All that studying all semester felt like it amounted to nothing. And when I say I studied like crazy, I mean this is the class that I have by FAR studied for the most the entire time I've been at BYU. So frustrating when you do great in a class, then the professor makes the final ridiculous. AHH!! So, for now I'm chowing down on chocolate and diet coke, and gearing up for my last two finals, which I know I'm going to do good in (thank goodness) because it's anatomy and New Testament.. In the meantime, I really wish I could give my professor a piece of my mind...

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Be More Explicit

I feel like this with Chem right now. I'm tired of having to write down a million steps with chemistry problems...my brain is telling me to stop with the Chemistry studying...so I'm listening to it! Two days straight of staring at chemical equations and what not really jumbles your mind. You should see the mess that the dining table has become - I feel like I am buried by a mile deep pile of chem papers! This evening I reached a point where I would just stare at the practice problems I was doing. The one that got me was:
 
"If the vapor pressure of a solution is 348 mmHg at STP, how much non-volatile solute is present in a sample of the solution which contains a total of 1.00 mole of molecules (solute plus solvent) if the molar mass of the solute is 60 g/mol and the vapor pressure for the pure solvent at 273 K is 396 mmHg? Assume the solute and solvent are both non-electrolytes." I've done problems like this a million times, but this time I just looked at it and the thought ran through my mind, "I REALLY don't care what the stupid mass of the solute is present. It's not like it's a life or death situation, so why should I care?"

I just wish I could take the test already and just be done with it! Well, at least I'll be done come Monday afternoon! I hope all the studying pays off...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

One More Semester....of Chem.

I cannot wait to be done with Chem this semester! It's an ok class, just a TON of work, and it's not exactly my favorite subject. Thank goodness I only have ONE more semester left! Bad news...that means TWO chem classes next semester. A three hour lab for one class (107) and then the other that has lecture three times a week and a lab (106). All for only four measly credit hours.. Sigh. I guess on the bright side, I found out I no longer have to take O-chem! So, I guess one more semester of two classes really isn't too bad. Now if only I had my physics classes done...ugh.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas


I am STOKED about Christmas this year! I seriously wish it was tomorrow! It can't come soon enough! This is the most excited I have been about it since probably grade school (is what my mom and dad told me about Santa true?). ;-) 25 reasons why I'm so excited:

1. It's our first Christmas as 'newlyweds' (if you can even call us that anymore haha)
2. Spending a week with my family
3. Orange rolls. 'Nuff said.
4. Dad's turkey stuffing
5. Dad's gravy
6. Watching my siblings open presents
7. No school
8. Going to bed at 3:00 Christmas Eve
9. Waking up at 6:00 Christmas morning
10. Celebrating the birth and life of our Savior.
11. No school
12. Taking a LONG nap Christmas Day
13. Spending time with Mike
14. Doing nothing just because you can
15. No school
16. Seeing Ellie!!!
17. *SnOw*
18. Catching up on LOTS of missed sleep from finals
19. Did I mention no school??
20. Taking time to finally let go and ~*~ReLaX~*~
21. Shopping after-Christmas sales!
22. **NeW yEaRs**
23. Midnight kiss on New Years' Eve
24. Celebrating one-year anniversary of Mike's proposal (Dec. 27)
25. Being with my amazing FaMiLy!

I could go on and on as to why I'm excited. But for now this will have to suffice. :)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Anatomy Class

So, pretty sure it's bitter-sweet that Anatomy is almost over. Lab is over, which is nice (one less class to study for), but at the same time I'm going to miss having something to laugh over for a few days!! Anyway, in lecture this last week, we were going over the reproductive system, and there were a lot of funny quotes by my teacher and a movie we watched:

Rachel's response to a question:
Student: What about those girls who have menstrual periods every few weeks?
Rachel: "That comes from those freaks of nature crazy fertile people."

Rachel talking about why when girls are roommates get on the same cycle:
"The girl that emits the strongest pheremones WILL control everyone else. That girl controls the other roommates' menstrual cycle. It's BIZZARE!"

Rachel talking about the layers of the uterus:
"The endometrium is magical. It gets REALLY big REALLY fast."

Rachel talking about breast-feeding:
"The areola is dark so babies, who have poor eyesight, have a target. It if wasn't dark, they couldn't find it!"

Rachel talking about hysterectomies:
"Hyster- means "crazy" and -ectomy means "to cut out." So, hysterectomy literally means "to cut out the crazy"!"

A movie clip talking about fertilization of an egg:
"Once a month, a woman picks an egg to lavish with attention."
"We all consider sperm to be brave little warriors making their way through hostile terrain."

You should also seriously hear some of her stories. Once that I found kind of funny was when she was in college, she decided to hitch-hike all the way up to Alaska (RANDOM!). At one point, she found herself in the back of a hunter's pickup, with a freshly shot elk. So, she decided to check the insides out, and ended up poking around by its lungs. She thought "it was the coolest thing EVER, because the texture was amazing." That was what got her so intrigued with human anatomy - an elk's lungs. She has even had people bring her placentas after a birth, and she loves it! She also has a picture of arbor vitae, a tree-like arrangement of gray matter in the cerebellum of the brain, in her apartment, and apparently people think it's really cool looking. What she thinks is funny is they "have NO idea they are actually looking at a part of the brain."

I love my anatomy class. I'm not sad about not having to study for it anymore, but I am sad about leaving all the fun laughs we get in lab and lecture...