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To the gym I go

27 Nov


To swim!  Some of the only working out I can do.  And it makes me feel weightless…a GLORIOUS feeling. 

Sweet Pea and Punkin say happy late Thanksgiving!  They enjoyed it immensely.


this is fantastic

19 Jul

it’s been too long

3 Jan

and it’s going to be even longer folks.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. I am sad to see them go, but I am glad that every day the daylight will last just a few minutes longer.

I have been quite absent. I apologize. I have been studying. And I will be studying. For what used to seem like forever, the time has come to study for my LAST (hopefully) test. I’m going to a killer seminar this weekend with my former Structures professor and am planning to take this last test the end of January, beginning of February. I’m ready. I can’t tell you how ready I am. I do have a few pictures for you.

It snowed here at the beach. I know, crazy, right? But it did. Only an inch and it lasted less than a day….but it snowed.

So here are some pics.

I’ve been playing with some Kubota trial actions in photoshop recently and they have made me happy. I wish I could buy them!!!! For now, I have 30 days to try. I always do these things at the wrong times. I have 30 free days, but am going to be in study land for the entirety. Oh well…..

So You Want To Be An Architect? Think Twice

10 Nov

Another architecture post. This one not so gratifying. Funny, but a bit depressing, if you’re in the field of architecture.

My great friend, Amanda, forwarded this to me. She is also working as an intern architect. It was located on Architect’s Newspaper, and man is it a doosy!

WARNING: not for young and/or sensitive ears.

Architectural Registration Exam and a cutie

7 Nov

Well Friends….I’ve been a bit absent from actually posting on the blog recently. Don’t be offended. I would have much rather have been paying attention to you.

The deal is, I am an intern architect. And that means that I went to college and majored in Architecture and got both an undergraduate degree and a professional degree in architecture. To become licensed, one must graduate with a professional degree, work for three years under a licensed architect, and then test.

These tests are real doosies. There are now seven of them. Each is at least 4.5 hours long. And they are hard and kind of stupid. Because of test ethics, I am not allowed to give an example of a test question on here…but I’ll just say that to pass the test, you must study for THE TEST. I think I’ve learned some things, but for the most part, I am learning the test and how to take it. It isn’t testing my knowledge, it’s testing my test-taking abilities.

Having said all that, I understand why there is such a test. None of us want just anyone to design buildings and houses that we will inhabit. We want someone who has gone through some sort of certification to ensure that that person is competent to indeed design a house or building that will stand up and not leak or kill you in some other way.

It doesn’t mean I like the tests, but I understand why they exist.

I am almost done, though. And I’m super excited about it. I have taken 6 tests. I have passed all but one. I am about to retake that one before Thanksgiving. Then I will take the, hopefully, final one in the beginning of February. Then I’ll be done.

And the best thing about this whole process is that I won’t have to do it ever again. EVER. And I’m really excited about that.

Now that I’m done talking about that stuff…time for the cutie! Here is The Little Prince, when he was much smaller than he is now. It was Christmas time last year and my friend Mary Beth gave us this loverly santa hat for the new addition to our family.

He didn’t enjoy it so much…but you can!