I write all of my blog posts in Microsoft Word before uploading them.  They’re organized by month, and when I opened the document for this December, it was blank.  So it’s been awhile . . . Here’s what I’ve been up to.

31 Things I Did In December

1. Saw (finally) the women’s hockey team play

2. Got a piece workshopped in creative writing

3. Ate applesauce

4. Had (not) fun with fugacity

5. Sorted the shared lab drawers for lab checkout (it took hours, and meanwhile, another lab got the task of cleaning the windows)

6. Checked out the COE gear sale

7. Finished Dune

8. Listened to overtime of MLS Cup and heard the New England Revolution lose to the LA Galaxy for a record sixth loss in the finals

9. Studied for four finals to be taken in a span of eight days

10. Took a study break to get hot apple cider (I like it better cold, but I wouldn’t say no to hot apple cider if offered) and donuts in the common room

11. Went bouldering

12. Studied for orgo in crayon

13. Went ice skating (with the band and hockey teams) for the first time

14. Had the fire alarm go off in two separate buildings on two consecutive days

15. Took my fifth exam of the semester in Olin

16. Got banished to the balcony for my last final of the semester (where we couldn’t see or hear the professor)

17. Celebrated the end of finals with (nonalcoholic) drinks and The Sing-Off in Noyes

18. Did laundry the morning of the day I left Cornell for winter break

19. Rode the bus for seven hours and got caught in traffic in upstate New York (there is no traffic in upstate New York) on the way home

20. Watched Jeopardy! (my favorite TV show)

21. Went to a white elephant gift swap

22. Made a Yoda snowflake

23. Watched cooking shows on TV

24. Went to the Christmas Eve service at my church

25. Saw The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in the theater

26. Baked cookies

27. Chopped vegetables

28. Had people over for Christmas lunch

29. Played ping pong

30. Read as many books in two weeks as in the entire semester

31. Wrote this post


This year homecoming was later than usual, occurring after fall break and on the same day as the Red/White hockey scrimmage, in which Cornell plays Cornell.  For the first time, I went to the fireworks show at Schoellkopf Field on Friday night.  All my pictures are pretty awful, except for this picture of the marching band:

There were a few dance groups that performed, and the marching band played the fight song (“Give My Regards to Davy”) as they came into the stadium and performed another piece before the fireworks.  It was fun, and fortunately not too cold . . .

Unlike the next day.  I left my room after lunch intending to go to the tailgate for awhile, work in Olin for a couple hours before the football game (yes, really), see as much of the football game as I could, go back to West for dinner, pick up my clarinet and music from my room, and go to the Red/White game with the pep band.  Note that until I get my clarinet, I do not return to my room.  This is important because I left West after lunch in shorts.  I did have two jackets, but I was wearing shorts.

We were walking around during the tailgate, so it didn’t feel too cold, then I went inside.  At the game, however, we sat while play stopped every 3.2 seconds (I played soccer, where the longest stoppage is about 3.2 seconds) and by halftime, with Cornell losing 0-17, I decided it would be good to leave before frostbite set in.  But not before the band’s halftime show.

Hockey that night was great, with the band and the teams (men’s and women’s) splitting up between red and white teams.  Lynah was regrettably empty (there was apparently also a concert that night), leaving it to the bands to heckle each other.  At the end, the men’s team got into a fight that I hope wasn’t actually a fight, because really?  The ref’s solution was to kick both lines off the ice and bring on the women’s team.  By the way, this is what happens when you fight (look under the score):

And yes, I am very aware that the hashtag they actually wanted me to use was #CUHome

Back in the Saddle

Since moving back to West Campus for the school year, I have started a new set of classes of only moderate terribleness.*  I’m getting sucked into the spinning vortex of problem set terror, already sleep deprived, and slightly hungry, so overall, all’s well in ChemE land.

Besides classes, I’ve also worked a couple shifts for Cornell Productions, including Ordinary People’s event at the Cornell Cinema the other night.  Pep band started up and we’ve had our first rehearsal for the semester as well as a field hockey game.  Ironically enough, after spending the entire summer in Ithaca, the closest I got to getting sunburned, which doesn’t happen easily to me, was at the field hockey game.  In September.  I have determined that the combination of direct sunlight (radiative heat transfer) and the bleachers (reflection = even more radiative heat transfer) caused my near encounter with fried skin cells.

By this point in my college career, I’ve fulfilled my PE requirements, and so I’m taking Small Boat Sailing for fun.  Last weekend we learned to rig the boats we’ll be taking out and then we had to capsize the boats on purpose.  It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.  The water was cold, but the coldest part of the class was when we got out of the water and the previously windless day turned into a strong breeze in about thirty seconds.


No pictures from sailing, but here’s Cayuga Lake as seen from Taughannock State Park.

Other than that, my parents and brother came up to Cornell for Labor Day weekend.  We stayed in a cabin at Taughannock State Park and hiked there, Buttermilk Falls, and Watkins Glen, and also went to the Corning Museum of Glass.  It was a fun weekend, but it was surprisingly crowded at the state parks and the museum.  I think the fact that it was a holiday weekend plus the “last” weekend of summer contributed to the crowds.  Though the temperature has dropped considerably since then and the sky has returned to its standard greyness.  Pre-winter, here we come.


Watkins Glen

*My classes actually aren’t terrible at all and in fact, are less annoying than the dozens of emails I get every day.   Contrary to what appears to be popular belief, I do not need three reminders before every event.