Thursday, March 31, 2011

Almost done!

I am almost done with this semester!

I am DONE with my Lit Review in Psych 303.

This paper has been consuming my existence for the last three weeks. Papers kill me.

No, I don’t believe in studying- I spend at most an hour studying for a test, and that’s pretty rare.

But papers? I’m lucky if I can average 2 or 3 hours a page.

This paper wasn’t nearly as hard as my marijuana paper last semester, which was also 10 pages, but still, this one was rough.


Maybe I’ll actually blog again now.

Then again, maybe not, because now that this one is over, I get to start my 7-9 page Stress Psychobiology paper due in about a week.
I vote 7 pages.

Monday, March 28, 2011

PowderPuff Football

The ward activity for March was Powder Puff football.  It was a lot of fun.  We had a practice the week before and about 15 from my team showed up and only four from the other team showed up so the whole week we were worried that the other team wouldn’t have enough players and it wouldn’t be fun.
Because we were going to crush them of course.
We didn’t.
Well, we did the first half.  It was 14-0 during the first half.  The other team wasn’t even close to scoring with two interceptions from our defense. 
We loved feeling legit with our huddles.
I even scored a touchdown and an extra point!

Bishop loved his role as referee.
Second half however, we switched our offense and defense, and then everything fell apart due to this girl, Kelly, who I’m pretty sure scored every single one of their touchdowns in the second half.
I wasn’t very good at defense.  This is me arguing with Bishop after I got called for tackling.
This was my favorite picture sequence. Watch what happens when Lizzie tries to take down our quarterback Jaclyn.
Look! Even Jamie got in the action! 
And Matt was also vitally important with his stopwatch at the end of the game.
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The Fighting Irish lost, but we fought hard and only a few of us were sore losers.
Thanks to Trevan in the ward for these pictures. Aren’t they fun?
Especially THIS! Did you notice this creepy part of my picture above??
I love this ward.  I just signed on to another year here, making 7 straight years of Catrons in this ward. Bring it.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

“You’ll get to see a clutch in real life!”

I know nothing about cars.  The D stands for Drive and such.  But my friend knows a ton about cars, so when he invited me to go help him “reinstall a transmission in a car,” I thought it would be a pretty interesting experience. 

It sure was. 

When we got there, we (note: whenever I use the word “we,” I’m mainly referring to Cody and Gary.  My jobs were pretty much limited to loosening and tightening of bolts and other similarly vital aspects of car maintenance) were at the halfway point.  Cody had already been there several times that week taking apart the car so we had to exchange parts and then put everything back together.  He warned me in advance that it would be a 6 or 7 hour job, so I was pretty prepared for a long day, especially since I knew nothing about cars. 

 P1070015Cody and Gary with the transmission.  and clutch?


Cody, Gary, Meredith, and I with the pressure plate and other thing. (I almost impressed you with my car jargon huh?)

We were putting back all the pieces and everyone was getting really exciting.  It was that same atmosphere when we were going down Timp, where you feel like you’re almost done but cognitively, you know there’s still hours of work left. 

See, look how excited Cody is!


And then the gears dropped.  I wasn’t really sure what that meant, but it was bad.  Bad enough that we spent the next couple hours trying to figure out how to solve that problem. 

And we didn’t.

What a bummer that the only thing Cody didn’t know every possible detail of in a car was the gear box.  When they described it to me, it sounded scary, and everyone they called told them to “not open the gear box whatever possible,” which was a problem since the only way to fix it would be to open the gear box.

So, after 6 hours, we ended at the halfway point!

It was all very interesting and I got to see a lot of things that I probably never would have seen otherwise, so that was really cool.  I had a lot of fun, and never got bored, even though it lasted all day.

Good thing I’ve seen something complicated done in a car that I’ll probably never have to worry about, but I still don’t know how to change oil or rotate tires.  :)

And because I want you to see just how dirty I got…