Friday, December 23, 2005

Off to Ontario again

My flight to Windsor is leaving in 6hrs5mins. I am pretty much packed, I just have a few more things to put in my suitcase. I can't wait to get home. Hopefully I sleep on the plane. See you all when I get back.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

School is Done!!!

My exams are finally over:) It's such a relief. I'm sitting here and I'm wasting time, but that's okay because I am not procrastinating over anything (ok, ok aside from having to pack to go home, Christmas present shopping and I'm sure there's lots of other stuff). I'm not sure really how my exams went, but at this moment I don't care because they are over and I can't do anything to change them now. Oh the bliss.

I went to Red Deer yesterday right after my last exam to hook up with Janet, Jill and Alyshia to watch Serenity because it came out on DVD yesterday so we felt the need to get the original Geek Fest Serenity ed crew back together to watch it. It's always fun getting together with those girls.

I borrowed the first season of Lost from Janet. I don't know if that was a good idea, since apparently it can be fairly addicting. That's means I have Lost and Buffy season 4 to watch over Christmas. Aw, lots of time spent in my family's basement, spread out on the couch, watching t.v. Sounds like an excellent holiday to me.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Only one more left!

Only have one exam left!!!! It is my Relativity exam. I have a lot of studying left to do. It is on Tuesday. Exam time is just crazy. I wrote 3 exams in 26 hours. That was just painful. My brain was tired on Friday after my differential equations exam. But 3 of them are done. I'll be at home in 6 days!!! Which, for those of you who are keeping tract, that is also CHRISTmas Eve (I had to stress the Christ part what with all the stuff going on with Christmas being an offensive word). I can't wait until I'm back in Essex with my family. My Mom called me on Thursday, which happened to be shortly after I wrote my statistical physics exam and was all upset because I did not think it went well at all. I love it how my Mom always knows the right time to call. I wonder how she does it. It's definitly a Mom thing.

Saturday was an amazing day because it was Jason and Karlene's wedding. I love weddings! This was the first time that I was a member of the wedding party. It was quite the wonderful experiance being Karlene's maid of honor. It's always amazing to see that God can bring two people together who love each other that much. I can't wait until it's my turn:)

I've been filling out my Mission Mexico 2007 application form. I really hope that I get to go. It will be an amazing experiance to go and I know that I have so much to learn from the people there.

The above photos are from the same series as from the previous post. There are lots of pictures on that cd, so there could be pictures for a while. My cousin took this picture because the plant was cute.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The title bar (copying Brett's uncreativity)

I know I said I wouldn't post for a while, but since I am taking a break from studying to watch t.v and eat dinner, I may as well be posting something too. I spent from 9:15am to 3:00pm at school studying complex variables. Not the best way to spend a day, but I figured out a lot of things that I had been utterly confuzzled about. One thing that really bothers me about this course though is that we have learned that you can solve a real integral by using singluar points and residues and I understand that this method works. But we have never been shown why it works. The text book doesn't even have a proof for it. I guess the proof is probably "beyond the scope of the course". That means that I'll have to look up the proof sometime during the holidays because I am such a geek that it will bother me. Unless someone can show me a proof:) The Simpsons was an episode that I hadn't seen before. That's always fun when that happens. But it's over now so I should get back to studying. I think I'll go back to school because I know that I will not be very productive at home. I think CAB is open until like 11pm during exam time.

If you're wondering, yes the picture is of my eye. It was taken by my cousin Andrew years ago when my family took a trip to Ottawa. This was when I was in OAC. That was almost 4 years ago. How the time passes. I just recently found the cd that has all the pictures from that trip on it.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

4 exams and 16 days to go

It was the last day of school yesturday. I always find that the last day of school is rather bitter sweet because there are no classes left, but there are exams to write. It is kind of scary to think that I have to digest and spit out 3 and a half months of knowledge that I have been exposed to over the next week and a half. And then in 16 days I get to go home. There is so much to do before then. So I expect that with studying and all the other stuff that is happening in the next little while that this will be my last post for some time. I'm sure you are all increadibly disapointed to think that you wont be able to read my incoherant ramblings about school and other such stuff. Aw exam time, when eating and sleeping are mostly random, classmates that were once friends become competition and the only thing that matters is that you know just a little bit more than the person sitting next to you. Gotta love the curve.

The above picture is a rather neat one. It is of the galaxy cluster Abell 2218. But along with the galaxies, you will also notice some long, faint arcs. These aren't just strange looking galaxies, they are actually light from galaxies that are much farther away from us then Abell 2218 is, but because of the massive size and density of Abell 2218, the light from these distant galaxies is being gravitationally lensed. Because mass warps spacetime, the gravity from the cluster bends and focuses the light from galaxies behind it. It allows astronomers to detect galaxies with very high redshifts (that are very far away) that they would normally not be able to detect because the light would be too faint.

Some sappy stuff

Warning- there is some sappy stuff ahead folks, so if you are not into that kind of stuff I suggest skipping this post. But some times these things just need to be said.

Lately, I have been reminded time and again that I am surrounded by people who love me. And I have been realizing how increadibly fortunate I really am. There are a lot of people who don't have the wonderful family and friends that I have. I'm so thankful that God has placed such fantastic people in my life. So, I just want to say thank you to all of my family and friends (you know who you are) for always being there for me and reminding me that I am loved. I love you all very much.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

For My Twin Brother

Today is my twin brother, Daniel's birthday. So I would just like to wish him a Happy Birthday:

I hope you have a wonderful day and I will see you in 19 days!

Love your twin sister: Stephanie

Monday, December 05, 2005

An amussing quote I just came across

"No amount of Jack Chick tracts can convince someone gaming is evil after they see first hand how fundamentaly lame it is"

-from D&D 3rd Ed. The Slayer's Guide to Female Gamers

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Christmas Time and Winter Time

I'm so excited that it is Christmas and Winter time. Yesturday, I was over at Jason and Karlene's for a get together and got to help decorate their Christmas tree. It looks beautiful! It was very exciting for me as it is the first Christmas tree I have gotten to decorate since I started university. The one at my family's house has traditionally always been decorated the weekend after me and Daniel's birthday so I have always been in Edmonton for it. So it was lots of fun. I also played my second ever game of Settlers of Catan and lost very badly. Although, not as badly as the first time I played and Keith was my teammate. That's because I didn't start on the desert (or dessert? I don't remember which one is which, I could look it up, but this is more amussing). And Mom, I finally saw the show Numbers for the first time. I liked it. A math geek who helps his FBI agent brother solve crimes. They don't at all shy away from the math/physics lingo either. What could be better? Plus there is actually some snow on the ground! I hope more comes:)

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Some more physics stuff

Today in Relativity we were shown the transformation properties of an Antisymmetric 2nd Rank tensor for the purposes of doing transformations of the Electric and Magnetic fields from one frame to another. This was my first real exposure to tensors. It is slightly confuzzling and you have to pay lots of attention to all the subscripts and superscripts when doing the transformations or you can get really lost. Don't ask me what a tensor is because I really don't know. It's kind of along the lines of vectors and matrices but on a higher level. All I know is that they are really important in more advanced Relativity. At the end of class my professor was like, and I quote "so next semester in your E&M class when your professor tells you that the EM fields are vectors, I expect that some of you will put up your hands and make the smart-ass comment, they are not vectors but components of an antisymmetric 2nd rank tensor!" It was funny, that was the most laughs he's gotten all year.

On my mind

I have posted it before, but I will post it again. My favorite Bible verse is the first part of
1 Corinthians 15:10 which says "But by the grace of God, I am what I am."

In this verse, Paul is writing to the Corinthians and telling them that despite the fact that he was not a good person earlier in his life, God still loves him because it is God who created him. God sees his flaws but still loves him.

All through elementary school and high school I struggled a lot with being willing to show who I really was. I was really shy and didn't talk at all. By grade 2 my parents decided that Daniel and I shouldn't be in the same class because he would do all the talking for me and that wasn't a good thing. I was just so afraid that if people got to know me that they would see my flaws and not want to be friends with me anymore. I struggled with this for so long.

But I am no longer afraid to show people who I am because I know I have flaws and if people can't deal with them, then that is their problem. God made me the way I am and he loves me no matter what. He sees all of the flaws that I have and still chooses to love me for who I am.

So to the boy who sees my "flaws" and says I could never love you, I say it doesn't matter because God does love me and that life is eternal.