John and I went trekking out to the Race Trac across the street from our subdivision around 11 a.m. to check out the roads. Here's a few of the pictures I took along the way.
John and James took me to Microcenter to buy the parts for this computer. I admired James as he talked techno speech with the sales guy, haggling over the details. I got a 27" monitor that is simply gorgeous. Also, the four fans on the computer are blue, which matches with the blue glowing mouse I have and the speakers James already gave two Christmas's ago, that have blue buttons.
I am seriously the most spoiled person ever. I feel slightly guilty about this fact. Good grief! I've always wanted a supercomputer. James let me put in the parts. He and John worked on screwing all the screws. My beautiful new computer will be christened "Deep Thought" after the computer in Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the computer made to compute the Answer to life, the universe and everything. However, my nickname for it is "Beast," because, obviously, it is a beast.
The only thing it has left to download on it is Office, the full version of AVG and Malewarebytes. It has Windows 7, ImageJ, Adobe, Dropbox, and is currently in the process of downloading ChemBio Draw, Star Wars the Old Republic and Pymol. I bought Pymol about two months ago.
I had to really clean up my desk space which was full to the brim with papers and mail. I ignore mail by habit. I had to go through about a year's worth. It wasn't that bad. I threw most of it away without looking at it, because it was so old and outdated. I organized the rest in a cabinet file system I had setup earlier. In my position, I feel as if I have to choose to ignore some mess. The desk was neglected for some time. Now it has a reason to be used.
Here is the building process! I was quite overjoyed, delighted and amazed with the construction and the computer, with comments.
Gallery: Super Computer Building, My Photos
Gallery: Super Computer Building, Dad's Photos
Bonus Gallery: Cat and dog photos
I've been waiting for snow for nearly four years ... FOUR YEARS!! Words cannot describe how ecstatic I am about this snow. Dad drove me home. When we got home, I went about taking measurements of snow depth with a ruler. Mom made hot chocolate! Dad made a fire in the fireplace. I'm not sure if a day could be more perfect. Here are my snow measurements and pictures below, with caveats.
Snow Depth Measurements
Weebly does not allow tables, so I wrote the following tables very inefficiently, first in Excel, then pasted into Word, then copy screened and pasted into Paint and saved as a jpg. The result: some of the tables got messed up because they wouldn't paste into Word properly, so not all of them look the best. I might try to fix it later, but I was trying to go fast because John wants to play TOR with me and was waiting on me. Keep in mind, measurements in the grass are really estimates since the grass is not a hard surface. It took about an hour to measure these, according to John.
Total measurements in front part of the backyard: 27
Total measurements in middle/back part of the backyard: 36
Total measurements: 63
*All measurements are in inches
*Measurements taken ~5-6 pm
Snow Picture Gallery
Christmas Morning! With captions and explanations
Dad read us Luke 2, after which we opened each other's presents - my parents, my brother, John and I - here's a picture commentary of the event, and I finally mention what I got all of them. :D These were taken on James's very nice camera and processed by dad.
Mom and dad like to get James and I one big gift, maybe 1-2 medium gifts and lots of tiny gifts, so there are lots of funny things to open and laugh at. I try to get mom, dad, James and John small, useful things - granted, this year, John got a big present from me! He was stunned, somewhat surprised, and floored that I went to Lenox Mall for it - ha ha!
Presents Part 1
Part II: John opening the Xbox One I got him! I was excited! Just a little.
My video of John opening the Xbox One - you can get a little idea of his silliness from this clip
Part III: Finishing the presents: others and James's present to me
Spock the cat likes clutter; James's cat Suki does not and could not be found
James attempts to get Spock to go in the skinny box. It does not work. Dad puts a box on James's back.
Snow of 2011 - snowman of DOOOOM! We've never repeated this since.
On Thanksgiving, we usually always watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade while mom and dad are cooking things. Understandably, mom didn't really want me helping a whole lot, due to having just been sick. James was playing a racing game with his wheel. John is playing the Heathstone beta, a computer card game based off of World of Warcraft. Next, the dog show came on, which mom really enjoys watching.
Mom is whipping up deserts right now! She even made us some breakfast! We help out setting the table. I'll post more pictures later. Thanksgiving always feels like a Saturday and is an awesome time when our whole family can be together and hang out. We're thinking of all going to see Ender's Game this evening! It's been a while since we've been to a movie and I'm excited! I guess I'm not really doing much studying today, after all. For once though, I'm not terribly grieved. Thanksgiving is too important.
My favorites in the Thanksgiving Day parade were 1) Cirque Du Soleil 2) All That, a men's clogging group.
Morning Cooking in Pajamas
More Cooking and Eating!
All of us! Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving!
Movie pan of the kitchen as food was being added to table
Seeing the Ender's Game Movie
New speed vac!!
Video of the new speed vac, so you can appreciate its quietness
It's not every day you see feet sticking out of the ceiling. It should be documented.
A pretty flower that smelled great on my walk this morning
Blurry picture of James and Oma in the dining room
Mom and Oma eating chili, listening to James
Video of Oma when she walked in with mom and dad
Video of that hammerhead worm last week; he slithered like a snake, almost
Spock the cat (left) and the night sky passing by (right) - more coming soon! He took more, but I realized I hadn't saved them correctly on my computer and I don't have time to fix it now.
"Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” ~Daniel 3:16-18
Some pictures of my birthday and the week.... And I liked this Avatar photo John sent me on my phone. :) Click the photos to enlarge if necessary.
P.S. Google had a cake picture up. When I moused over it, it said, "Happy Birthday, Jessica!" (!) Needless to say, I was surprised.
Dad took these pictures of me opening presents - John took the first one
John's birthday card was *completely* adorable - best one I ever got
Funny things I saw at the bookstore
Random pictures from the week
Food for Thought
Want to find out what it's like to be a mother in graduate school? Come on the journey with me as I find out! Due date Dec 25, 2016!