Yessiree, nothing like midterms. I had my Advanced Quantitative Methods midterm on Monday. I was handed the test at the door and I sat down and wrote and calculated like mad Einstein for a solid 75 minutes. When I finished (I was the 3rd person to leave), my eyes burned from not blinking. Some people, I heard later, worked for 2 and a half hours on the exam. I felt pretty good about the exam. Unfortunately, I got a C (74%) which is above the class average and some of my mistakes were minor mathematical miscues. And the test is only worth 15% of the final grade, but still it rather bummed me out. I was in a funk most of yesterday after I got my test back. So to get back in the saddle, I took another midterm this morning…in Climatology. I don’t feel nearly as good about this test, so maybe I’ll do better. I did the first half okay, but the second half was pretty brutal. Essay questions with no real end…I mean, really…”discuss the adiabatic processes as they relate to the thermal and moisture atmospheric” blah, blah, blah. It was like getting the proverbial “Write history of the world in detail. Provide examples.”
In other news, my vegetarianism is going gangbusters…although, I was really craving a burger yesterday. What really tests this theory is the fact that I can’t have fish. I could probably go ichthygetarian, but no meat at all is tough. Especially when you don’t like lentils. However, I have managed to at least maintain my protein intake with soynuts and sunflower seeds. I also have rekindled my love affair with peanut butter and jelly…on whole grain bread.
My running doesn’t seem to have suffered from lack of cow or pig. I ran the Run to the Sun on Saturday in a blistering 37:50 according to Darwin the Garmin (official time was listed at 39:51, which was a gun to clock time, not taking into account my starting position). So, the March to the Mini continues, although I’m really going to have to increase my long runs by which I mean, do some if I intend to maintain a decent pace for the half-marathon.
The picture at the top of the blog is one I took at Jefferson Memorial Forest on the Siltstone Trail on the way to Scott’s Gap. I like trying out new looks to the website. I know it can be disorienting to see a different layout each time you come to the site, but hey, it’s at the very least entertaining.
See you in the funny papers!