It’s odd: I thought I was retiring the late night/early morning posts called “Night Walks”, yet I’ve written 3 in the last 2 months. Maybe I’ll keep that category around…?
– My alarm will be set for Monday, but not for 5 AM – I am off! I’ve got a couple of errands that I want to get done in the morning but the rest of the day will involve school (a little bit), reading (some), and video gaming (a lot, unless I hang out with someone). Can’t wait!
– I watched a WWE pay-per-view on Sunday night, for the first time in at least 16 months. The Royal Rumble exceeded expectations! I may break down the matches later this week but for now, I’d give it a B+. And THANK YOU, RICOCHET AND DREW MCENTYRE!!
– On the other end of the emotional spectrum, the world lost 9 people in a deadly helicopter crash. Two of them were Gigi Bryant and her famous father, Kobe Bryant. As a fan of the L.A. Lakers for over 35 years, this was an unpleasant shock to the system. I’ll definitely write more about this when it isn’t nearly 2 AM. This includes those who find the need to climb a soap box and post about “the other people involved”.
– I got New Year’s Day off from work, liked I had hoped and wished for months, got invited to a “Roaring ’20s”-themed party… and ended up staying at home. I was too exhausted to go to a friend’s house. That leads to….
– … My badly-needed vacation starting on February 17th (Monday) but technically the end of the work day of the 14th (Friday) begins the off-work time. I’m not likely to head out of town; it’ll probably be a stay-at-home vacation but I am open to things that involve friends and/or family and/or getting out of the apartment.
– The Spring 2020 semester technically starts in about 6 hours! I’m taking 6 hours (2 classes, at 3 credit hours each):
CIT 332 – Systems Development II (basically, Java Programming and Object-Oriented Programming); this is a repeat from ‘that’ disastrous semester
CIT 456 – System Analysis and Development II; this is analyzing network and computer systems, designing each, and troubleshooting each
My CIT 332 class is a traditional online class, which starts Monday. The CIT 456 class is an On Demand class, which starts the moment I enroll in it (which was about a week ago). 456 has been a hassle to enroll in because of some missing money between WKU and Northrop Grumman but it *appears* that the money was straightened out. We’ll see.
– I started in one of my Dungeons & Dragons groups on Saturday! This group is an actual “campaign”; we spent Saturday fleshing out characters, backgrounds, and settings. I’m playing as an Aasimar Protector War Cleric, a half-angel fighter and healer. We are in the setting of Eberron, a steampunk-esque world; our group will meet on average about once a month. It should be fun! The other group is a “Dungeon-in-a-Box” group: we will go through random dungeons whenever we meet. I am a Warforged Skirmisher – Artificer Alchemist: basically, a living golem/robot that is part Engineer, part Potion-Maker. Our first meeting of that group will be on Friday, the 31st.
– Podicus Wrecks has gone over 150 episodes! I’m as surprised as you that we made it this far. Give us a listen on Soundcloud, iTunes, and wherever else you find your podcasts!
– The over/under of when ‘the streak’ ends: 9.5 years. It is currently somewhere between 7.5 and 8 years. I’m going with ‘over’. 😖
– Not a lot has changed on the Cincinnati Tradition-foot-money front. Money is being saved (but seemingly too slowly), my right foot is still an absolutely painful mess (and the left foot hasn’t exactly been quiet in the last 2 weeks), and CT has possibly the biggest corps in their history. I’m still looking at late March or early April as a starting point… if I’m able to go. If not, I heal up, save up, and gear up for 2021.
– I joined one of my best friends from high school at the first Alumni Association meeting for our school. It was interesting! The school has changed quite a bit; I wish I had walked around a little bit more than I did. Anyway, the meeting went well – emails were put into a database, Social Media pages were up and running, and a couple of fundraising ideas were floated around. I’m looking forward to the next meeting!
– In the self-improvement department, I need to stop trying to make everything “productive”. For example, when I have some non-work and non-school time, I don’t need to always run errands or feel like I’ve accomplished something. Instead: watch TV for an hour and ‘veg out’; go for a walk but not try to time it – just stroll along, for a few miles, listening to podcasts or music; or play video games for a couple of hours. It is probably one of the main reasons that I’m so tired (and a lot of my lower body hurts): I’m not taking enough true down-time.