This weekend was more of a bombshell than I imagined it could be, but there may be a silver lining in the cloud.
I was supposed to go to @FatherPhoenix's
house to do some hard-core studying. The plan was that I could even crash at his place if need be. Well, I got out there Saturday afternoon two hours after I intended to arrive. We shat the shit for a bit and I went over some Java with him. We then went out to dinner and afterwards I ran the Bolivian Special from Top Gear
which he and @jeepcat
shared my enthusiasm for, though I was worried about FatherPhoneix's reaction to a early part of the film.
Sunday they slept in way late whereas I didn't sleep much at all. We listened to No Agenda
which was a particularly superb episode
When we did work on Chemistry, I think we spent no less than three hours filling out one chart, but there's a column that we don't know how to answer. This, of course, was after I had ridden my blood sugar up and down all weekend long. I mean I really
want to throw in the towel on this one, but I refuse to let myself give up. Unfortunately, I haven't driven myself to action yet.
given too speeches today about motivation and drive and action. The first was telling me that I simply had to do what I had to do to get through this class and that if it meant only getting four hours of sleep a night, that was the sacrifice I had to make. The other speech was an examination of the fact that my ambition drives me to despair because I'm not where I know I can be, so the goal is to channel that frustration into getting to where I want to be and beyond.
So I'm pulling a Bridge on the River Kwai
: "Today we rest. Tomorrow, we begin again."
I'm scheduled to meet with my tutor tomorrow after class for two hours. I'm going to make the most of it and get as much work done as possible. I should add that last session was very productive but was only three-fourths of the time that we will be able to spend together tomorrow, so I expect to get even more out of tomorrow night. The only bummer is that when I get home, I've got to turn around and study for my first photography test, which I must say I'm not too thrilled about. I think I'll do ok, but because I've been letting everything go in lieu of getting caught up in chemistry, I think that everything will suffer. For instance, I apparently only made a B on my History test when last semester i made all A's.
I wonder if it's worth challenging that grade. I know that there were a lot of questions that I wasn't familiar with and that there were some softballs that I missed because I took the test at 1900 on a day where I had to be up at 0600. I wasn't thinking too clearly. I can pull the grade up with the remaining two tests if
i do an outstanding job on both.The Fellowship is Breaking or I Get Cheep Glass
So I've been grousing about the fact that I want a macro, zoom and wide angle lens for the Nikon D70
I bought off of my buddy last year. When he sold me the camera, he also sold me a 50mm prime. That's the only lens that I have for the camera and while it has done quite well for the little bit of shooting I've done with it, it does have it's limitations.
I've been looking at Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor Zoom Lens
for about a month now, but because it was going to cost $565 for a two year replacement warranty, I decided that I could do without the glass.
Well, today, I got an email from the guy that sold me the D70. He is selling the other two lenses that I didn't buy off of him when I bought the camera. Why he hung on to them so long is a mystery, but he offered to sell me a Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF
, Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED IF AF-S DX
, lens caps, UV filters for both and
the hood for the zoom lens. I sent him my photog wishlist
and he told me that the only lens i should keep my eye on with what he was offering was the Nikon 28mm f/2.8D AF
The best part? I got all of that booty for significantly less
than I would have paid for the one zoom lens. The plan is for his package to arrive by Friday.
Maybe I'll actually get out and shoot something…right after i get caught up with school.