Pseudo Carpentry

I helped my dad put together a kitchen cart that he bought. Hands-on projects like that aren’t exactly one of my strong points, and trying to decipher the assembly instructions was like trying to translate ancient hieroglyphics. Don’t get me wrong – we figured it out. Took us two hours, but we got the cart put together.

The experience was worth it, though. My dad’s a very hands-on person. He works on cars and household appliances in his spare time. When most people would call someone else to do a job, 95% of the time, he does the job himself and does it better. Except for carpentry. The one table he built, while it lasted for a solid ten years or more, always leaned to the side. Functional, but not pretty. So it makes sense that he chose to buy a cart rather than make one himself.

For other projects, though, he relies on himself. He has fixed my car so many times over the years I can’t even imagine how many thousands of dollars I’ve saved because of not having to pay labor costs. And when I take my car to a “real” mechanic, I usually get told that things are wrong with my car that aren’t wrong at all! One of the last mechanics I saw drove my car and told me my alternator was going bad (my alternator is fine – the serpentine belt needed to be replaced). Recently, my brake lines rusted apart, and my dad made me new brake lines. Like, honestly, he’s a bit of a genius with mechanics.

I won’t say I can’t do anything mechanical – I can, but I get frustrated and mentally fatigued within an hour. Give me a math problem to work on or an English essay to write, and I can spend hours on either with next to zero mental fatigue. But throw pictures at me with no words to explain what I’m looking at, and it’s like my brain just goes into overdrive. I don’t know if other people have this kind of experience, but, if I’m being honest, it’s kind of nice to experience every so often.

Another plus, for me, is that my dad’s not the super affectionate kind – he’s a bit withdrawn emotionally, but I know him well enough to know what he’s feeling. I don’t know how to explain that – he’s not gruff or stand-offish. He’s just someone who minds his own business and doesn’t force his company on anyone else. He works a lot, and he spends a lot of time outside of work, well, working on cars or going to races (he’s a huge racing nerd), so it’s hard to spend any real quality time with him. So, rather than try to get him to do something I like (which is mostly stuff he doesn’t), I decided to help him with one of his projects. And, you know, despite the mental fatigue, I had a lot of fun.

Nanowrimo 2015 Plot Calendar

I make calendars for Nanowrimo every year. For those of you who don’t know, Nanowrimo is an annual monthly challenge, in November, to write 50,000 words in 30 days. What makes Nano unique is the insane pace – 50,000 words in 30 days translates into roughly 1,667 words a day. It doesn’t seem like much, at first glance, but most blog posts don’t exceed 500 words (to put it in perspective). If you’re a writer, and you’ve never participated in Nanowrimo, I highly recommend checking it out here.

Here’s the calendar I made today:

I also take calendar requests, for anyone who is interested, and my calendars aren’t limited to a Nanowrimo theme.

An Update

So, I haven’t said much recently about what’s going on in my life, and maybe some of you would like to know, so here’s the big news:

I changed my mind about which subject to major in. 

Some of you might recall that I started out planning on majoring in Linguistics. Well, as I started taking classes, I started to see that I had a greater aptitude for math than I had previously thought. In high school, I hated math. Despised, even. But as I took both Precalculus Algebra and Precalc Trigonometry, it dawned on me that I was grasping the concepts more quickly than my peers because I am good at abstract thinking. So, I started leaning towards math.

Then, I started wondering what I could do with math besides teach. The answer – not a lot. A math degree is, however, a solid second major to go alongside a science degree, and I decided to pair Mathematics with Physics. So, my plans changed a little. I thought I knew what I wanted to do when I started going back to school, but math piqued my interest. I decided to follow that path and see where it leads – who knows what kind of adventures await?!

That said, I don’t plan to stop writing – that would be silly. I’ve always been a writer. A lot of people think that Math and English don’t mix, but they are related. In fact, I just read a book called “The Math Gene” by Keith Devlin that discusses why the two subjects are related (great book, I suggest checking it out!). I may end up talking about math sometimes, so I thought it would be nice to mention that.

I’d like to say this is primarily a “writing” blog, but let’s face it, this blog has always been a bit of an “everything” blog. My interests are varied, and I assume the people who follow my blog would get bored if every post I wrote was about the same exact thing! I try to avoid rehashing content because I hate reading recycled material.

In any case, that’s the news I had to share. Also, I updated my “About Me” page and added some quirky facts. Just to spice things up a bit.

Nerdcore Rising Video

I love this song for two reasons.

  1. I’m a complete nerd, so I get all the references
  2. The lyrics used are incredible. There’s no simplicity to this rap, and that’s what I like the most.

If you have trouble understanding the lyrics, I’d suggest opening the youtube page itself as the lyrics are included in the description.