Jun. 9th, 2011


Jun. 9th, 2011 10:39 am
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I'm feeling pretty rough today. I think there are two key factors. First, I pulled something in my back working out last night. Injury isn't really much of a reason to feel lousy, but this particular injury is because it's recurring and takes a long time to heal. Secondly, I slept like crap. I wasn't tired at 11. I eventually went out to lay on the couch, as it's easier for me to fall asleep there. I think the fact that the cats are more likely to come hang out with me there has something to do with it. I woke up at about 3a to a thunder storm and the dog doing his storm pacing. At 8a I really didn't want to get out of bed. my legs were really sore from plyometrics yesterday.

So now I'm sitting here at work staring at my design for the International Bicycle Design Competition. I've only got 6 days left to finish it, and I'm just not feeling it. I think I'm going to attempt to slap it together and get it entered, but I don't even know if this will be good enough to put in my portfolio.

As for good news, I won an award for my Hyrdorail design. It was the one of my projects from the last semester that I felt had a chance to win something. I'm glad I got it because it helps me feel authenticated as a designer. I still have issues since I'm just kind of a drop-in to the program and my portfolio hasn't gotten me in to grad school, but being able to say that a board of judges liked my design over a bunch of others certainly helps.

I also managed to finally get a couple of pieces of the garage siding installed last night, which is kind of the lynch pin in making the garage usable. (not because it needed siding, but because the siding pieces are currently taking up all of the usable garage space) Now that I have a method for putting them on, the rest should be relatively easy. I also bought a attic vent fan to hopefully help with the heat problem in the house. It's been 82+ degrees with the a/c running all day lately. The fan is going to be a pain to install. I guess a lot of it is that I don't want to go in the attic. It's gross up there, and really freaking hot. I'm going to have to fabricate a baffle board for the fan , and then find an existing electrical circuit to tap into. I'm really not fond of working with electrical stuff. anyway, maybe I can get it done this weekend.

Per a recent discussion with one of my friends, I've been practicing sweep picking on the guitar. I haven't actually practiced guitar in a long time. It's something thats cool enough to get me to pick up the guitar and i seem to be improving slowly.

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