Archive for December, 2013

December 24, 2013

Christmas Time is Here

by Janie Jones

The stockings were hung from the buffet with care,

With hopes St. Nicholas would fill them so full they could no longer hang there.

The house was all quiet in anticipation of Christmas morning cheer,

Janie Jones paused for a moment to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

December 19, 2013

Any suggestions?

by Janie Jones

So, I went holiday food shopping.

I find a fresh fruit tray as delicious and enticing as any baked good, and while I eat lots of fruit all year and for any reason at any time, I always like to have lots of fresh fruit as a holiday treat.  Pineapples, pomegranates, Cara Cara oranges, Clementine tangerines, Gala apples, Pink Lady apples, Honeycrisp apples, blackberries, Ruby Red grapefruit, and red pears are some of my favorite Christmas fruit tray offerings.

This year I decided to be wild and crazy.  I bought two persimmons.  I understand that when they are very soft they are at their ripe state, and these I guess are pretty soft.  But what to do with them?

Do you just slice them and eat them?

Any persimmon lovers out there with suggestions?

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December 19, 2013

I made it! Sort of…

by Janie Jones

Semester finals are over.

There is much rejoicing.

I can’t report feeling as though I’ve performed as well as I’d like, but I’m pretty sure I passed everything.  Grades won’t be in until Monday, and there’s nothing more to be done about it now so I’m just trying to put it behind me and convince myself that I can sufficiently recover over the break and tackle spring with renewed vigor.  That’s all I can do.  The educational battle wages on.

I’m hoping that maybe I’ll rediscover my own blog.  I miss it.  And, I miss reading all your blogs regularly.

But, first, there’s holiday revelry to be had.  Tomorrow I go to the Big City and pick up my friend Peggy, who is riding with me to pick up the Spud in the Major Metropolis.  Then, we’re all heading back to the Jones residence for birthday partying and Christmas partying all weekend long.  On Monday there’s some work to be done, but on Tuesday we have Christmas Eve, when many Christmas day delicacies are prepared.  Then Santa will come.  On Christmas Day we’re going to bask in the glow of unwrapped presents and visit friends in the afternoon.

It will be a busy time, but there will be no studying, and there will be good friends, family and food.  What more does a person need?

And, now I have to get prepared for all this impending revelry.  At last a chore I don’t loathe and have actually been looking forward to…

December 13, 2013

New Word of the Week

by Janie Jones

Azeotrope:

A mixture of two, or sometimes more, liquids which, due to boiling points, cannot achieve 100% separation during distillation. 

For example, we learned about this in our last chem lab yesterday in distilling, as our Chem teacher so quaintly put, Moonshine.

I only achieved 1 mL of “Moonshine,” more scientifically known as ethanol, I hear my other classmates got between 1 mL and 2 mLs.  However, we’re not graded on quantity as much as whether or not we managed to achieve a relatively “pure” substance.  As azeotropic mixtures cannot be completely separated during distillation, the best you can hope for is 95% pure.  My sample was between 90 and 95%.

Anyway, that’s was my last chem lab of the semester.  Huzzah!  Unfortunately Chem Teacher gives cumulative finals.  It is a great feeling to be done with labs for the semester, but still the task of studying for the final is looming, and I really want to ace this final.  Have I mentioned I’m just two points from an A in the class?  So, over the next few days I’ll be studying my pa-tootie off.

And, peppering my conversations with my new word for the week.  Azeotrope.  Now you too can all sound way geeky-cool using that word in your every day conversation.  Just don’t confuse your azeotropes with your asymptotes.

 

December 11, 2013

Update *prefaced by a ear-splitting squeal of ecstacy*

by Janie Jones

I just finished my very last ever Trigonometry assignment.

Whoo-HOO!!

Well, assuming I pass the class that is…  The final is on Monday.

December 10, 2013

Just so you know

by Janie Jones

I’ve been asked when I’m going to make another post.

I’d kinda like to know the answer to that question myself.  But, the problem is I’m so busy, I don’t have much time for writing blog posts, and most of what’s on my mind is panic about school, money, moving and other dull subjects you probably are sick of reading about anyway. 

But, if it interests anyone to know, I have just 4 more days of class until finals.

I have 10 more days until I pick up the Spud for the holidays.

I have at least one more batch of holiday fudge to make, and some other holiday treats to bake.

I have some Christmas cards to sign and mail.

I have quite a few packages still to wrap.

But before I can do all that, I must shower and get my day rolling.  Hopefully, I’ll catch up with you all soon.

December 3, 2013

Takes the Cake

by Janie Jones

This is my Unit Circle Contest Award Winning Trig Cake.

It shows the major angles in degrees, radians and the sine and cosine of the angles.  It also shows the quadrants in relief, QI is three layers, QII and QIV in two layers and QIII in just one layer.  Trig teacher said she’d never seen a Unit Circle cake in 3-D before.  That’s what gave me the winning edge, I guess.

It’s a mouthful, in all senses of the word.  I won the contest earning extra credit points, and we all got to have cake and eat it too.

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