Tuesday, April 30, 2013

My Money's Where My Mouth Is!

Nothing to report on besides this....

YES! I was driving myself nuts worrying about this exam, thinking I probably made a ton of mistakes. I did make mistakes, but I still got 96%. One percent more than I hoped for. 

This was the most difficult exam so far, according to my classmates. I guess studying really does pay off. I got the highest score in the class!

However, the 4% that I missed is due to silly (so silly!) mistakes. 3 points were missed total, out of 75. 2 of the points were because I forgot that the square root of anything is plus OR minus...... twice. And the last point was because my brain decided that -1-5 was 4. Silly me. I hate to think that if only I had gone over my work one more time I might have gotten 100%... *sigh*

Better luck next time!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Keeping from insanity. Crochet!

If you read my last post, you know that I am driving myself nuts. School is my number one priority, as it should be, but I've immersed myself in it to an enormous extent. My thinking is that I don't want to do this again. I've got to do my best the first time.

Turns out my history professor doesn't hate me. My Algebra exam went well. There were no problems that stumped me. A couple took some thought, but I was able to go back and complete them with confidence. I was almost sad when I finished. If only all of life's issues and troubles could be solved with Algebra. Maybe then I would know what the heck I'm doing. No results for that test yet, but I'll let you know. I've got to put my money where my mouth is, after all.

I haven't been doing much of anything otherwise except crocheting a little. I finished up TEN pairs of earrings today and listed them on Etsy. Yikes! I guess when I'm "unproductive", I'm pretty productive still. They've been a lot of fun.

I love the colors so much! Happy happy happy! Unfortunately, I won't be crocheting for a while. My hands have been hurting a lot lately to the point of having to stop what I'm doing a few times a day, so I've decided to take a break from fidgety projects. I've been wanting to start tatting again though.... 

This is what my free time will be composed of from now on, I suppose. 

Digital painting!!! Woohoo! I finally saved up enough to get myself a drawing tablet. I got the Wacom Intuos5 Medium. It cost a pretty penny (To a broke student), but it's worth it. 

I think there's a stigma surrounding digital art. Some view it as easy or cheating, but, after using it myself, that is sooooo not true. Sure, if you alter photos with it, that's darn easy on a tablet. Drawing from scratch isn't easy at all. There are a lot of factors to keep in mind, plus you lose hours of work in a split second if you mess up. Also, not sure if everyone knows this, most digital pieces take between 8 and 15 hours to complete if not more. Masterpieces can take months. I have a newfound respect for digital artists, and hope to get there someday myself. 

I drew that eye (My eye) from scratch. You can import a picture into a layer to trace, but I don't like doing that, so I just eyeball (hehe) it. Tracing is something I do feel is cheating, for me anyway. This took around 3 hours and is not 100% perfect. I'm getting there. You'd laugh if you saw my first pieces... 

Have a nice day! 

Monday, April 15, 2013

In which I talk about myself... Tiny Update. No Pictures.

This is what has been going on in my life lately for those interested:

For a while I was crocheting during lectures, but I decided to up my game and fully concentrate. School is ridiculous. I have two research papers, a presentation, and tons of Algebra homework. However, I would be lying to you if I said that I didn't enjoy math. That has been the major discovery of my college experience thus far: I love math! Who'd have thought? I got a 91%(ugh) on my last exam because I didn't study or particularly know what I was doing. It seems a little dramatic to say "ugh" about a 91, but the way I see it is that I was only a couple points away from getting a B. You can really only be happy about an A if you are safely in the "A range".

Another Algebra exam is on Wednesday. I have gone over every covered section multiples times. I'm challenging myself to get at least 95%. Also, this time I'm going to get a "distraction free environment" and "time and a half" because a doctor decided that I have ADHD. Not totally sure if I believe that, but I might as well take advantage of what I can get from it.

Speaking of math, after this semester, I have a week long break and then a 5 week, 4 days a week, 4 hours a day long Plane Trigonometry course (I am honestly excited). Followed by a similarly long American Sign Language course. Needless to say, best summer ever! Then back to the Fall semester nitty gritty.

Oh, and my History teacher totally hates me for the following reasons:

  • She implied that she thinks I don't pay attention (I do!)
  • I got an iffy grade on my midterm (It wasn't clear what we were covering....)
  • I turned in my research paper draft 2 days late (This was my fault, I know. But I had it done. I just had written the wrong date in my planner. I also emailed her the exact moment that I realized what happened.)

Not to mention, she thinks my name is "uh-NEE-kuh". I would hate someone with that name too. It's "ON-ihhh-kuh", just for the record.

That makes me pretty sad, but I hope my research paper changes her mind about me.

That's about it. I only think about school. 24/7. I'm obsessed with good grades.

Who needs drugs when they can have As?

Okay, this nerd is out....