Monday, December 14, 2009

Vinegar and Sea Salt

Hola friends!

This past week has been a good one for many of the people around me. My roommate, C C, was offered a summer internship at General Mills, which she is VERY excited for. She is planning on living in Milwaukee for the summer so that's when we will be getting a place, so most likely, I will be here for the summer as well, provided I find a job, please pray for me!
My brother defended his thesis today, which is a big step also. I'm not sure exactly what that means but I think he waits now to see if he is actually done. So, congrats on some relief, I think! (I'm sure he did good.)

My mom sent out our family Christmas letters and I just got it today, so I'm proud she got them out before christmas! ....Another exciting year at the Janzen house.

I have my first quiz in Statics on Thursday. I hope I do good. I'm feeling solid in the class right now, I have an awesome professor, so we will see.

Oh yeah....I was denied giving blood AGAIN this past week. I think I've tried about 7 times and only been able to do it once because my iron level is always too low. I'm starting to figure out why. Although I take vitamins and eat high iron foods the day before attempting to give blood, I drink A LOT of caffeine, which eats up iron like none other I've found out. It's a horrible habit, I wish I had self-control to stop, but I'm addicted to coffee and soda. Maybe that should be my new years relsolution!!

Alright, well I'm off to my last class for the day, then to the gym, and mucho homework tonight.

4 days til christmas break!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Predicting the Unexpected

So it is 32 degrees out and we have maybe an inch of snow. This is far from the teen temperatures and foot of snow that was expected. I'm not sad that it isn't freezing, I'm not sad we don't have a foot of snow, I'm sad I prepared myself for something that isn't going to happen. I hate being let down, and I try not to let other people down.

Although the weather people have pretty accurate ways of predicting the weather and can get close to what will actually happen, weather can be VERY unpredictable. On this side of town, it's barely snowing, on the other side of Milwaukee it's blizzarding. An hour north and an hour west of milwaukee, they have 1/2 a foot of snow. So unless I have my own personal weather forecaster that can tell me what the weather would be like on my street, I might always be let down by the forecast...

For good news, I only have one class tomorrow, so I'm not at all dissapointed we won't be having a snow day because I basically have one anyways.

I did a good job studying tonight. I have a hard time studying sometimes. Too many distractions or no motivation, or I convince myself I can't do it. I sat down with my "tutor" and got a lot done. It felt good to see accomplishment, it's good to have nights like these because I sleep better. Not worrying I forgot to do something because I didn't do much...

Well that's all I've got for tonight. Goodnight

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


If you have time to watch this video, please do! It is very interesting!!

Monday, December 7, 2009


Hi all,

Once again, it's been a while since the last time you've heard from me. I'm starting the second week of my second trimester. (Side note: the college I'm attending has 3 semesters per year, not 2, so they are called trimesters.) First week went pretty well. I have a good schedule and my classes are falling in to place and gaining speed...I am taking IE203 which is Applications of Statistics in Industrial Engineering, ME205- Statics, not to be confused with Statistics, Calc 3, and HU4200 which is Linguistics. Language fascinates me, so the class is pretty interesting. Although Statics class scares me a lot, I think I have a pretty cool professor. He was corporate Vice President at the company Generac for many years and is now retired and "giving back" as a professor at MSOE. I have 31 people in my class and I think 26 are taking it for their second time. As one of the 5 people taking it for my first time, I am a little scared!

For other news, there is a blood drive on campus tomorrow, I'm going to try donating for my 9th time?...I've only been able to do it once. I always have low iron levels. I'm eating peanut butter right now actually.

It is snowing a little bit right now, but it's not sticking. We are supposed to have a big snow storm tomorrow night or something. I think I'll believe it when i see it though. Snow is always nice for a week or two but it would be nicer if it took a week or two to melt. Or if we could have snow when it was 80 degrees out, that would be sweet :)