My dear friends Michele, Carrie, and Ellen surprised me for my birthday! We had a blast wandering the Portland (farmers’ market, Kennedy School, Bye&Bye) and went to the coast. We stayed at Inn at Otter Crest and had a fantastic brunch at Tidal Raves.
This week marks Brian and my 18th anniversary, completely crazy! Yeah, we got together when we were babies practically. Pretty neat that we can still stand each other, especially after working from home together for the last two or so years. We don’t generally celebrate it because it’s always about a week before Brian’s birthday, and between the two, I’d rather celebrate his birthday.
Did I tell you I am going back to school full-time? I am. Today is my last official day of freedom, and then it’s all C++ and math and design classes. I’m really looking forward to it – and now, no one will be able to kick coding sand in my face because I only have an English degree. Not that anyone did that (except for me), but I always felt less prepared to argue architecture and such.
I went to the PSU CompSci and Engineering orientation. It was startling! When the whole group was together, there were over 200 people. I’d say 1 in 20 or 1 in 30 was a woman. !!! And when we broke out into individual majors, I followed the adviser to where the CompSci folks were going to be and grabbed a seat. And proceeded to watch a lot of guys walk into the classroom. Just as I gave up hope, a woman walked in! I will have to seek her out, as we were 2 / 40 or so. In this day and age! I really don’t get it, I have so many female friends who are programmers, database folk or analysts, it just seems bizarre that the incoming class would be so anemic like that. I’m hopeful that once I get into some of the higher level classes I’ll discover that there more women, and that this is just a freakish incoming class.
Needless to say that my plan to meet new people to hang out with is slight hampered by the fact that I wasn’t particularly interested in hanging out with 19 year old guys. Heh. I definitely stood out in the crowd.
This quarter (gah, I am having a hard time adjusting to quarters, I’ve only ever gone to semester schools), I am taking an intro CS class, Pre-Calculus (I really need to get up to speed fast on math, I’m really behind. English majors don’t need a lot of college math) and Spanish. I don’t need the Spanish for anything at all other than I’ve felt like I should know Spanish, and all the other classes I need are full and closed or have pre-reqs I need to do this quarter.
It’s beautiful out – I studied this morning (yeah, trying to get ahead) and then walked up to Alberta Street for a wander. So many neighborhoods I can walk to from my house! Alberta St is one of my favorite ones, although it always gets me in trouble. There’s something just too good about hanging out somewhere and drinking really good beer that dooms me every time. Lots of little shops with locally made stuff for sale, and often the person making something is there making it while you look at their wares. One of my favorites almost always has a seamstress working on a dress or a skirt while you are there. I find this terribly satisfying.
Alright, I should be fixing the template on this site (I’m not going to) or studying (again, not going to right now) so I’m going to post this and go for another wander…
New favorite Voodoo Doughnut: the dayglo orange mango filled. OMFG so yummy. So long, fruit loops doughnut, hello dayglo orange!
They also had two, err, masculine ones today: yer standard cock-n-balls and a new one, smaller, with red jimmies where the curlies would be.
Probably best that my family doesn’t actually read my blog, huh?
It’s Brian’s birthday today, so if you know him, send him a happiest birthday, will ya?
Also, Happy birthday, Dr. Evermor. Here’s hoping you don’t climb into Forevertron any time soon!