Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Wow its been a while!!

I am almost surprised I still remember my user name and password to post here. I wasn't sure as I was signing in to post. Well it has been so long since I have posted last I am not going to even try to catch everyone up on what I have done. That is if anyone actually reads or even checks this blog anymore.

I have been extremely busy with school for the past month. Since the first of October I have been behind in all of my work, having late nights studying regularly and barely getting everything done. I was told that once I made it through my Junior year things would get better but I would say I have been going through my longest semester to date. Hopefully next semester is better. At least my class schedule will be nice with Tuesdays and Thursdays off and I will be done with class by noon two other days.

As for other things going on I am very busy as an officer in our Tau Beta Pi chapter on campus. I was told it would not be much work but they were wrong. I also am working with the Boy Scout Troop at my church so that is keeping me busy. Luckily that is a very fun busy with camp outs and stuff like that.

For Halloween Amanda and I were old school skiers and that made me so excited for this upcoming season. I purchased new skis this year from Sniagrab and I can't wait to use them. I am sure most of you remember the Iron Maidens. They were replaced a couple years ago but with "Purple Thunder" which was not much of an upgrade. This season I will be skiing at Copper as I only bought a four pass because I don't think I'll get up there much this year. I am definitely counting down the days to my first ski day!!

I look forward to seeing y'all at Mike and Carly's wedding and maybe before. If anyone comes up to the Fort let me know and we'll get together.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

I am a Terrible Person

I have loved the idea of having a blog ever since Dunham first suggested it. I liked it because, as the title implies, I am a terrible person and am horrible at keeping in touch with people. So now I can't even write in a blog to keep people up to date on the happenings in my life. Hopefully I can change my ways and be better at keeping people up to date.

Well enough of that, on to my life. I now have only two weeks left in my internship and I have really enjoyed it. I am revised the emission factors for the company I work for so they can estimate how many harmful chemicals are being released into the air and then what they can do about it. I also had a little bit of an odd job as I was asked top design a new wash down area to rinse big filter and such. I spent a couple of weeks trying to learn a little bit about structural steel and the different materials that we could use for this structure. I almost called up Mike for some suggestions but I think I got it figured it out. I guess I won't be around if it falls.

Since my last posting I have done quite a bit of mountain biking with Amanda. We have been all over the state trying out various trails and me trying to not kill myself. We went up to winter Park and rode with the Fat Tire Classic. It was a lot of fun but really tough. If anyone wants to do it next year I hear there are lots of free samples after the ride. We spent a weekend in Wyoming camping. I know it sounds weird but there are some pretty nice places to camp in off of I-80. I spent half a week at summer camp with the scouts from church which was a lot of fun. Other than that than not much has been going on, just staying busy with day to day activities.

I don't know I put this in any other postings but after I knew I would be commuting to Longmont every day we purchased a Chevy Malibu which has proved to be a good car for us. It is a 2004 and had low miles, now that I am commuting I have put close to 4000 miles on it this summer!!

Well I hope everyone is doing well and if y'all are ever up in Fort Collins let me know and we can hang out. Hopefully there will be another posting soon.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Not quite a month

I was almost a regular blogger but alas I have returned to my once a month posts. I don't feel so bad because the "regulars" have slacked off as well.

Since my last post I have moved from my last place to the married student housing. Luckily Amanda and I do not have to much stuff and it turned out to be a pretty simple move. I have also started my internship at a chemical manufactturing company out of Mead. I really enjoy the job so far I just have to drive to their office in Longmont everyday which can become tedious. It is a small company of only about 150 employees. Right now they are expanding to two new sites in Longmont and Hudson (its on the eastern plains) and so a majority of my projects have dealt with that. We inherited the site in Longmont so I had to go around and see its production capabilities and what was needed to do to start production. I also worked on a layout of the new facility. My biggest project has been to work on environmental emission factors which estimate how many bad chemical are going into the atmosphere and if it is within our permit. The past two days I have been unloading trucks coming into Hudson with our new equipment. You know it is a small company when the engineers are unloading the semis.

That is enough with the work stuff. A few weeks ago Amanda introduced me to the great sport of mountain biking. Before then I have ridden bikes and some off-road but never on hiking paths and through streams and stuff. Needless to say I had a blast and as long as I can afford it I plan on continuing the sport. We also had the great opportunity of going the Rockies/Dodgers game where the Rockies actually won. We went last Friday and had great seats. Amanda got a little money for graduation so she decided ot spend some of it on a Rockies game. We were able to sit one row behind the cameras next to the dugout on the 1st base side!! I have never been that close. It was as close as watching the game on TV but getting balls hit your direction. We found the tickets on a market place on the Rockies' website where season ticket holders can sell their tickets they are not using at face value. So we sat in $45 seats for $35 after the service charge. (Note there is a 30% service charge so the tickets were only $27)

Well that is all for now I hope everyone is doing well and I hope to see y'all soon.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

MWC Champion

I was hoping this title would get some attention. The past couple of weeks have been very busy and the next couple will be hectic as well, but in between the madness that is currently my life I was able to take about a week off and spend it in Utah. Why would I go to Utah where it has been blazing hot you ask, and what is there to do there? First of all being Mormon gives me a few more thing that interest me in the state that deal with the church's history and operation. The main reason for me driving across Wyoming was to watch Amanda compete in the MWC Track and Field Championships. It was an extremely hot two days sitting on the bleachers but well worth it. The first day of competition she competed in the Long Jump and did alright but wasn't able to make the finals. On Saturday she had an amazing day!!! She jumped a personal best and school tying record 41' 6". This was able to give her the longest jump of the day and she walked away with the title of MWC Champion. This was the first time anyone (boy or girl) has won a championship from CSU in the triple jump. The only downside to the day was the girls team took second finishing behind BYU.

Other than this lull in the action, I have been very busy finishing up my finals and school for the summer. I have been preparing for my internship in Longmont. Amanda also graduated this past weekend but was not able to walk because she was in Utah. We also bought a new car, I figured with a commute to Longmont an SUV would kill me in the pocketbook so we purchased a Chevy Malibu which gets much better gas mileage. We are also moving in about 2 days so the house is a mess and packing is going non-stop.

I hope all is well with everyone who still reads this I hopefully in a few weeks we can actually hang out.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

New News

Well a lot has been going on in my life and some changes are coming soon. No Amanda and I are not having a kid. First off I have accepted an offer from Boulder Scientific to work as an intern for them this summer. I will be dealing with an expansion project in building a new plant for them in Hudson, CO. I am very excited about that and think I should get some great experience working there. It is a smaller company based in Mead, CO so I will be doing a little bit of commuting but not too bad.

The other bit of news is that Amanda and I will be moving later this month. We decided to move into the student housing for a year while I finish. It should save us a lot of money plus we have a lot of friends living there as well. I will post a new address on the friends website for anyone who will need it.

Amanda will also be graduating on the 12th of May but will not be walking as she will be in Provo competing in the MWC Championship. She is excited about that and has no idea what she wants to do after the summer so that should be a fun adventure for the both of us. I hope all is well with everyone who still checks this and I look forward to seeing any of you soon.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

This one has been coming for a long time.

Okay so I hope people are still checking on this blog. I don't blame you if you have given up on me since I haven't written for close to three months. As I hope you can figure out I have been very busy for the past few months, both because of school and my own doing.

Here are the highlights of my life for the past few months. School has been very good for me this past semester. I will admit I thought it would be a terrible semester but I have been able to make it through pretty well. I have had a lab where I have had to write three reports with the smallest one being about 20 pages. My other classes seem to be going very well. On two of my tests I have done very well so I am very happy about that. Other than that I have also begun my honors thesis project. I will be doing research in acid mine drainage. I will be looking at one of the processes to treat it a little more closley that it has been in the past. Iwill not bore you with all the details.

Amanda has been doing very well over the past few months. She is doing an internship at an elementary school working with kids and helping them with their health and wellness. She has also been doing track since January. She did well in the indoor season. She never hit the marks she did last year but she did well enough to win a number of meets and take thrid in the confrence. The highlight had to have been the girls team winning the Mountain West Championship by one point over BYU. This was the first time BYU has lost since the MWC began. Although no one knows it at CSU, there is one team that has won a championship, more than the football and basketball teams can say. She is now far into the outdoor season and doing much better than she has been doing. She has qualified for the regional meet and hopes to go to nationals. She will also be graduating in May.

Although I have been busy with school and all I have had some fun. I have been able to go skiing a number of times. The best had to have been over spring break where we went to Copper for two days and stayed in Silverthorne. It was so nice not to have to drive home after skiing. The first day skiing it snowed all day so the snow was good but conditions were not ideal. The next days was great. The weather was beautiful and the snow awesome. The highlight of the day was going up yhe snow cat and skiing Tucker Mountain. It was a long hike but the snow was amazing. Probably my best day skiing all year. Other than skiing I also made a quick trip to Albequrque NM to watch the indoor confrence track meet and see the girls win the championship.

Similar to Dunham I have been doing job searching for the summer. Unfourtunatly I do not have people banging down the door to hire me but it has been a good search. After attending numerous job fair I have been contacted by two companies. I have had two phone interviews with Amgen, a pharmecuetical company in Boulder. I have an on campus interview next week. I also applied for an internship with Boulder Scientific in Mead and I had an interview with them last week. I have already recieved an offer from them so now I will see if I get anything from Amgen and then make a decision.

I am sorry this has been long and random but hopefully it helps update everyone on what I am doing. I will try and post more often and I will keep everyone up to date on my job search.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Spring Semester.....begin

So today is the second day of the semester and things are looking pretty good for me. I know that the classes coming up will be tough and require a lot of time but I am looking forward to them. I have classes in heat transfer, reactor design and circuits. I have a lab as well. I really hope I can learn a great deal in them. Along with doing well in school this semester I also have the goal to find an internship for this coming summer. I have spent a great deal of time working on my resume and hopefully it will pay off.

I had a great break. As my previous posting mentioned I traveled to San Antonio for my brother-in-law's wedding. Since then I also traveled to Jackson, WY to do some skiing and attended my sister's wedding.

While I was in WY I skied at the big resort in Jackson and loved every minute of it!! The week peceeding they received 3 feet of new snow which made for great conditions. The morning was warm followed by a snow storm in the afternoon. The one thing that surprised me about the resort was 1st there were no lines like the CO resorts, the most I waited had to of been 5 minutes and this was on a Saturday!! Also I had no idea how step the resort was. On some of our blue warm up runs were steeper than some black runs in CO. I have a good story about sliding down head first for quite a while down the slope. If anyone knows about Jackson Hole they have a tram that takes you to the top of the resort. We didn't get up there until after lunch so there was a lot of blowing snow and it was really hard to see on the top of the mountain but it was a blast coming down. If anyone has a chance to ski there do it!!

My sister's wedding we also great, there was only one drawback, its timing. It took place right in the middle of the Broncos first playoff game. I was very disappointed to not be able to see the game but thank goodness for TiVo and no one saying anything at the wedding I was able to see the game minus the commercials at 10:45 that evening and celebrate the Broncos victory. I have had a great break and am ready to get back to school.