Saturday, August 23, 2008

A Racer Daemon Night

Last night was a great night as we said goodbye to Glenna (headed back to Saskatoon for vet school) and Vani (off to India to help organize the customer service section of her dad's company) Racer Daemon style. Glenna, Vani, Tim, Natasha and I met up at Glenna's house for games night. We started playing Racer Daemon and ended up playing all night. The game went back and forth on the way to 200 points. Glenna and I both got off to a slow start (possibly abysmal for Glenna), Tim was dominating, Natasha and Vani were playing steady. But at the half way mark, I left Glenna behind and started my climb to the top. Vani was still playing fairly steadily. Vani and I knocked off Tim and started to leave the others behind. Before long Vani and I were out classing the rest and approaching the finish very quickly. The score was Vani- 185 and Me- 171. Then I had the most amazing round of my life. The score was then Vani 191- and Me- 194. The last round was so tense. In the end, Vani took it. The round I had previously, Vani had at that point. We truly out classed the rest of our competitors for what was possibly the best game of Racer Daemon ever.

We also had a discussion about the probability of shuffling the deck in the correct order, as previously defined as the right order before shuffling. We came to the conclusion that it would be 1/52! (that's factorial, not an exclamation mark). We figured in some correction factors, which at most would have changed the order of magnitude by one, possibly two and so we discounted them as 52! is a number rather larger then a few orders of magnitude. Thus the probability is very small. Approximately zero. Since there have not been that many card shuffles in the history of card shuffling, it has likely never happened. Vani made a very good point that it has the same chance of happening as any order that is shuffled randomly has of occurring. She is correct, however by saying that you want to accomplish that order, makes it the correct order and thus you can attach the probability to it. It then becomes the order with the lowest amount of entropy. And as we all know, things with low entropy are very difficult to achieve randomly.

My husband is so classy...

Not to worry though, I do believe I recall Jill saying "okay Jon now it is time for a nice one" or something to that effect.

Jon starts school on Monday:) While it will be slightly difficult with the lose of half of his income, I am looking forward to him being in school. Apparently at some point in their apprenticeship electricians have to learn calculus. I am personally hoping that it is this round of school (I need an excuse to practice my skills), but I am thinking it will probably not be until the next one.

I actually have a hankering to do some calculus right now. Is that strange? I actually dug out my old textbook a few times in the last month before the wedding. It was nice. I think I will go do some more right now.

Results, delightful results

One of the things that I like most about working at Maxxam compared to Cornerstone is the fact that we get results. You do the tests, you get the results. At Cornerstone we would do whatever we could, but still they fail their drug tests, get picked up by the cops or just don't show up for curfew. Even the ones whom you think you have helped always, eventually end up right back where they were before they started at Cornerstone. Soil is so much easier to deal with. People are just complicated. I feel so much more at peace with myself knowing that when I go to work, I will not be dealing with the very sad things that I have had to find out in the last year.

I think that recently I have seen and heard to much. The stories I have heard from the women who live at Cornerstone are sometimes heartbreaking. On a couple of occasions I have gotten to close, expected to much, celebrated to early, only to have them fall. Drugs are a much better companion.

I have learned a lot though, my time working at Cornerstone and on the Winter Relief program was definitly not wasted time. I am more greatful, for many things then every before. But I am relieved to be finished with it.

I was definitly meant to be a scientist.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

It's a real post, not just a picture

The "official" wedding pictures may or may not be up on my facebook soon. Just wait folks.

My new job is going very well. I like it. My group does drying and grinding, saturation pastes, pH testing, extractions and electrical conductivity testing. It is not the most difficult work, but it is better then other jobs I have had. The group that I am is apparently the group that everyone starts in and then, if they choose to continue with Maxxam, they move on from there.

I was thinking today about how glad I am that I am not working reception anymore. I am not saying anything down about receptionists, it is just not my kind of work. I don't see a single client all day long. I have not had to deal with a client/customer since I have started at Maxxam. It is very nice. I guess I am really not a customer service type of a person. Obviously in the job that I am in we have to practice good customer service by getting accurate and timely results, but I do not have to deal directly with them. It is such a nice feeling to know that when I go to work I am not going to have to deal with that stuff anymore.

Jon wanted me to talk about him in this post. He is going back to school in 9 days. I like it when he is in school, his days are shorter.

Being married is still the best thing ever.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

A great shot

This photo comes courtesy of Lindsay. It is one of my favorite ones.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Yes, married now

The wedding was fantastic. I don't know why some brides get so nervous. The only time I was slightly nervous was waiting to walk down the aisle. But once my music started, I was good to go. And, yes, only I would have a wedding party that is cool enough to scale a monument for an awesome picture. It was Carol's idea.

The day went off without a hitch. I have such an amazing family who did so much work to make sure the day went off without a hitch. I am very lucky to have such an awesome family. It was a very good day for me.

Being married is awesome. I'm glad Jon doesn't have to go home at night anymore because he is home. It is also very nice living with someone who is family again. It has been a long time.

I don't think that I could be happier.