Saturday, December 27, 2008
Grand Rapids Model Rocket Society
I am not personally a member of the esteemed Grand Rapids Model Rocket Society, but I know quite a few such folks. They are fun, creative, and always looking for a (legal) good time. I got to go watch one of their rocket launches this fall - they have one every month, but I only made it to one this fall. There were all sorts of rockets, home-made the night before the launch. I hope to go make a rocket sometime and launch one of my own. One of my favorites was made by my friend Brent. He made his rocket 6 feet tall. It was a bit too tall for the launch pad, actually, which fostered even more creativity among the Society as they tried to figure out how to launch such a rocket. Eventually, with the aid of some supportive devices, the rocket was stabilized enough for a launch to take place.
The rocket shot up straight and true, and it’s self-contained parachute opened promptly at the rocket’s peak altitude. It was so funny to watch a half dozen grown men (boys?) run haphazardly across the field, trying to determine exactly where it would fall so that they could catch it before it hit the ground. I was surprised at how accurate their guesses turned out to be, because they caught that rocket in midair. Here they are, triumphantly bringing it back.
Monday, December 22, 2008
At the beginning of the semester, my housemates and I decided we would have a themed party once a month. At the time it sounded like fun, not overwhelmingly ambitious, which is what it turned out to be. By the end of October, we had yet to have a party, so we decided to claim Halloween among our group of friends.
Friday, December 19, 2008
End of the Semester
This past semester has been my busiest so far. On top of working 25 hours a week and taking a full courseload, I was balancing friends, a boyfriend, and my recently relocated family. I love having people I love nearby, but it is an added time constraint. I am glad to see this semester end, although it does bring me closer to the ever-nearing end of college, which I am awaiting with equal parts dread and eagerness. I have no immediate plans to continue with my education. I will need to go to graduate school someday if I want to practice speech pathology, but for the next year at least, I plan to stay in Grand Rapids and find a job. I want a little more time with my loved ones here, and if I can get close to paying off my school loans, that would be great! Over Christmas break I hope to do a couple more blog posts looking back on the events of the past semester. Many events got lost in the shuffle of my busy life. I’d think to myself, “I have to blog about this!” and then it would be weeks later, I hadn’t blogged, and another blog-worthy happening would occur! So I’m going to try to get things caught up here in the next week or so while I’m out of school and have a bit more time.