Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Weekend Things: Part One

So this past weekend (Friday - Tuesday), some of my family members were in town to enjoy Harbor Fest with me.  Despite the ridiculously hot weather, it was mostly pleasant and we did a lot of fun stuff.  So much, in fact, that I can't share it all at once.

On Friday, my family arrived in town just before I had to go do my shift at Harbor Fest.  So I stopped to say hi and then took off.  I was stationed at the merchandise center on the dock across from the Capitan Miranda.  The Capitan is a Uruguayan ship.  She is 205' long with a 12' draft, 27' beam, and a steel hull.  That probably means nothing to most people, so here's a picture:
The Capitan Miranda is the closest ship in this picture (i.e., the one flying the Uruguayan flag).

Kind of a closer picture.  Kind of hard to shove a ship that big into a picture.

So here's a photo courtesy of the interwebs.

Anyway, it was an entertaining night.  The Uruguayans had been partying pretty much nonstop since 2pm on Thursday.  So throw an event with free alcohol into the mix and the results are...interesting.  They had a drum circle type thing going on deck, which was kind of really fun to watch.  I wish I had a video or something, but we were a little busy.

Saturday morning was another shift for me, working at the Maritime Center with a bunch of little kids doing crafty things.  Not much to say except it was hot, we were all sweaty, and very busy.  Little kids love to build stuff apparently.  While I was working, my family were out checking out some of the smaller ships at the Maritime Center, but they were done by the time I finished work.  We met up afterwards and had dinner at this cute little Italian place near my apartment and then spent the rest of the night checking out downtown a little and just catching up in my apartment.

And unfortauntely, that's where I have to stop for right now.  Things have been a little bit crazy, but I'll pick up on that tomorrow...

Sunday, June 21, 2009

I live.

I never claimed to not suck at the blogging thing.  Because I forget or I get caught up in something else or I have really boring days or really busy days.  Other stuff just happens.  Basically all of these reasons apply to why I haven't posted anything since June.

I've had precalculus class for three hours every day, Monday through Friday.  Usually by the time I get out of class my brain is completely fried from staring at graphs and numbers and I just can't be bothered to do much of anything.  Other than the 3 hours of homework I get EVERY night.  That and the studying.  We have something every two days, in the pattern of quiz, quiz, test, quiz quiz, test, etc.  Just a little much for the intellectual activity these days.

The past week I was also without a computer.  Apparently I am awesome and essentially killed my computer in a period of less than 3 years.  It now has a new hard drive, new logic board, and this week will be blessed with a new optical drive.  I also apparently use too much highlighter and other yellow things, because under the harsh fluorescent lights of the Apple store, my keyboard was kind of neon yellowish.  This is gross.  But I assure you, I do wash my hands often and I am not radioactive...as far as I know.

So without the computer the last week I was making excessive trips to the library to print things for class and do other essential things.  And that was about it.

This week is looking a little more promising.  I have the usual class stuff.  But this coming weekend is Harborfest so I'll be doing lots of volunteer work and taking lots of pictures of big ships with big sails!  Hooray!  Also, some family members are coming into town to enjoy Harborfest, so I'll be spending time with them and showing them fun things around Charleston.   After Harborfest is over and the family leaves, I only have like one day of class and a final exam until I'm free to do whatever I wish.  I'm thinking beach days and exploring some rural fun things.  Also, I've been trying to find a night to go out - not drinking out, but just out - and it'll be a little easier to fit into the schedule then.

So even though I suck and abandon this thing, I always come back in the end, usually with photos or a fun story as a peace offering.  Promise....soooooon!