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I can hardly believe it's already the 23rd.

After I get bills paid today, we'll probably watch some football and maybe put up the plastic on our windows. You really need to put it up when it's not too cold out, so probably best to get it done today, or at least get a couple of the windows done. It's been a relatively busy weekend but we still had some good relaxation time, so I'm happy.

My niece and I are doing a team costume for Halloween. She is going to be Ariel. I am going to be Ursula the Sea Witch. I haven't started on my costume yet. Yeah, I know. The thing is though, I want my costume to be fun, but I don't need it to be really *good*. If I was wearing it to a con, I'd want it to be great. But I don't want to upstage my niece in any way, so I mostly just want it to be functional. My plan is to make tentacles (I ordered fabric, it should be here tomorrow) and attach them to an elastic waistband. I... don't have a sewing machine though, and I am for sure not sewing 8 tentacles by hand. So I'm going to go to my mom's and work on it there. I also have a backup plan if needed. I'm also thinking about taking off this Friday to take her to the zoo - they have special "mold-a-rama" pieces for Halloween, a red skull and a silver Frankenstein's monster head, and I want the skull :D

My class is going better than I expected. It's taking me some time to get accustomed to the coding, but it's nowhere near as hard as I was afraid it was going to be from the way the syllabus was written (also, do no teachers actually expect people to read the book? This class and the previous class, even though they SAY we're supposed to do the reading, the teachers seem to assume that no one has read anything). The teacher is passionate about what he's teaching, which I think really helps. However, he told us if we submitted our homework a couple days early, he would review it early and let us make changes before it was officially due. Our homework was due on Wednesday and I submitted mine on Monday, but it was Monday evening (around 7) so I wasn't sure if he'd have time to review it before class. He didn't review it. In class on Wednesday he sheepishly told us that he doesn't get notified when we upload our homework, so if we wanted him to review it early, to please email him and tell him that we submitted it and wanted him to review it. Meanwhile, he still hasn't reviewed it, and I don't want to work TOO much on the next homework (due Nov 2) until I find out if I did the first one right.

I'll have to see if I can get some pics of our Halloween decor. Zen said that at night it's "intimidating but not scary". I'm a little worried that it's too dark, as in not enough light for people to see where they're going. So I'll have to see if there's something we can do about it.

My fantasy football teams had a terrible start this year, at week 4 one team was 0 - 4 and the other was 1 - 3. Things are improving though, I'm currently 2 - 4 and 3 - 3 and this week looks promising. Being in Illinois, a lot of people are very excited about the Cubs going to the world series. idgaf about baseball, my whole family is full of White Sox fans, and I don't think I personally know any Cubs fans, so other than potential traffic issues, this has no impact on my life.

Date: 2016-10-23 06:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] soundofsunlight
It's been a long time since I was in school, but that's one thing I always hated, that people don't communicate expectations clearly, and even if they do, it still often turns out that no one is on the same page about who should be doing what. I occasionally wonder if it would be better to go back to school and get some kind of degree, but then I think of this and go "ugh, no."

Date: 2016-10-23 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sleepybadger.livejournal.com
The part about this that's most confusing for me is that the syllabus not only tells us that we have to read, it also tells us to take detailed notes about how these things impact us and whatnot. According to the syllabus, we're expected to show up with a page of notes on each chapter. The first week, I can see letting it slide, but to continue past that point? That I really don't get. Not only have I never seen anyone else with notes on the chapters, most of the time when the teacher asks questions about stuff that was in the reading, no one else seems to know it. The chapters also have coding exercises. The first few weeks I did those on my own when reading the chapter but apparently we're going to have "lab" as part of class where we're going to do the exercises in the book.

My primary thing holding me back is group work. If I decide to move forward with the program, it's a graduate degree, and we're all adults with jobs and other things in our lives, and I loathe the idea of trying to get together to work on a group project. Lucky for me, last quarter and this quarter required solo work, so no group work yet. I mean, I get the argument - you have to do group work at work. BUT you're already AT work with those people, plus since we're all professionals in this program, we have more than enough experience working as a team.

Date: 2016-10-25 10:16 am (UTC)
soundofsunlight: Poppies at sunset, my default icon. (sandstone)
From: [personal profile] soundofsunlight
Yeah, that doesn't make sense to me.

Ah, and group work, that's another thing I hated. Well, it depends on the course structure too; in some cases it makes sense, but in this case I don't see it being beneficial. I think that if you all have enough experience already, they should take that into consideration.

Date: 2016-10-25 03:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meathiel.livejournal.com
Ugh ... your teacher should communicate more clearly. That really sucks.

Plastic in the windows???

Date: 2016-10-25 03:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sleepybadger.livejournal.com
he sent an email this morning that he's been out of town and the next assignment will be posted tonight and he'll extend the due date. I don't know how well that will work, though, since we have an assignment due every other week.

They sell these kits where you put up double sided tape all around the window frame and then attach a thin sheet of plastic over it. Then you use the blow dryer on it to shrink it up so it's a solid seal. It's primarily for older houses like mine with single pane windows. It seals it up to keep the cold winter air from getting in.

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