We went Snow Tubing yesterday at Snowflex. It's a part of Liberty University on Liberty Mountain. It was a lot smaller than we expected and there was no snow whatsoever but it was still a lot of fun. We went on the two snow tubing runs for a bit before sitting inside. Then we went and watched a few kids learn how to snowboard/ski. Afterwards we played with a big chess board (yeah, we're not good), and then had lunch and left.
This all took place between 9AM - 1:30 PM. It was a lot of fun though we wished the whole place were a bit bigger and that there were more than 2 snow tubing runs. We all made jokes that Tinker Mountain should instal Snow Tubing chutes. It would definitely bring more people to the school among those who arrive for the Writing and Riding Programs among others.
I suggest, to anyone who hasn't ever been snow tubing, go one day. It's a blast!
*Pictures will be uploaded later today.
As some of you may, or may not, know one of my goals for 2014 is to "get rid of the toxins in my life". No, I'm not talking about food and dieting (I'm happy with my body) it has to deal with issues that arise that I may or may not have control over.
I used to have the tendency to stress over everything. A lot. Luckily, in the past few years I've been toning it down. It got so bad that I would get very bad headaches all of the time and I would snap at people when they didn't deserve it. I've calmed down a lot and I'm a more positive thinker. However, last nights events made me reflect on a lot.
When I say events, I mean the fact that I really couldn't get to sleep. I woke up numerous times. So much so that as soon as it hit noon today I was majorly tired. So tired that my eyes were burning, but I digress.
I took the time last night to think about situations in my life right now that I've been stressing or obsessing over. I wondered why I was. I'm going to be frank: this is something that has to do with friends and something I've been thinking about for years. A lot of stuff has been building up lately that would just annoy or anger me. In short, I feel like I'm putting more into the friendship than I'm getting.
I know, you are all probably thinking: why I'm still friends with them or something along those lines. Its because we have a few things in common. Otherwise, I don't really feel a connection anymore. Yes, I know, I should tell them how I feel. Adults tell me this all the time. Let me ask you a question: Have you ever been able to tell someone the honest truth without hesitating at first? Its never easy to tell someone how you truly feel. Because of this, I stirred in my own confusion, anger, frustration, etc.
Now, I'm moving forward. I have finally learned when to let go of something that feels like its run its course. I reflected today and came to the conclusion that people in my life come and go all the time. I wanted things to work with these friends but now I know they really won't, at least to the degree I would like for it to. I feel right now, personally, we've gradually moved from friends to acquaintances over the years.
I don't have a lot of friends, and I'm fine with that. I realized that I prefer having a small group of really close friends. I thrive better that way. I fell more safe and secure. It also doesn't hurt that my sisters are a portion of that group. :P I mean, if you can be friendly and/or friends with my sisters too then we're cool.
I'm a positive person, not to the point where you get annoyed with it. I focus on the brighter things in life. It may be a little hard to not be as close as I was to the friends I had at first, but I know this is the right thing to do. I know I need to slightly distance myself because I respect myself not to stay in a relationship where I give more than I get. I'll always root for them and what they want to do in their lives, I will always wish them the best, and I will always hope for good things to occur in their lives. Right now, it's going to be at a distance.
So today was interesting. That's probably the best way to put it. For my JTerm class (printmaking) I was supposed to go to a local hospital to teach a few doctors about printmaking. At the end of the month my class is going to do collaborative prints with these doctors at the Roanoke Carilion Memorial Hospital. We (me, and two other classmates) were to meet with our group of doctors today. Things didn't work out that well.
We somehow ended up at the wrong hospital. We were at Roanoke Carilion Community Hospital instead of the Memorial Hospital. The gps we followed directed us to arrive at Carilion Community Hospital. Strangely enough, everything our professor described about the parking garage, the underground path, and the building "all of glass" were also at the Community hospital so we thought we were at the right place. We entered the hospital on a side where it didn't give the full name and inside the hospital all it was was Carilion Hospital so we didn't think much of it. We waited in the conference room in the cafeteria for about 15 mins till we started to get an inkling that we were in the wrong place. I noticed out the window that the name of the hospital was Carilion Community and not Carilion Memorial. We looked through our phones to see if we could contact someone in the class but we didn't have their numbers. Then we found our professor's number on the school's directory which turned out to be her office number and not her cell. It was at that point we had all agreed we should have gotten her cell number before we left.
At this point, Julie (one of my classmates) and I went back down to her car to get my notebook and the directions to see which hospital we were supposed to go to. I had written down the name of the hospital from class and the directions had the name. It was the Carilion Memorial; we were confused at this point as to why her gps took us to the wrong hospital even though we had the address right (i watched Julie punch in the street name and i double checked before she confirmed it). I grabbed the directions out of the car and we went back up to the lobby where Julie called Katie (our other classmate) to come down. I then ran three streets down Jefferson to see if we could find the turn we were supposed to take and noticed there were a lot of other Carilion Hospitals on the street. So I get back to the hospital and meet up with Katie and Julie before getting back into her car and driving down Jefferson. That is when we found the Memorial Hospital at the very end but at this point it was 12:50 - 12:55 and we felt that you would have already left and we were kind of too embarrassed to go in.
At that point, now that we knew where the hospital was and looked like (i took a picture of the hospital), we ended up driving back to school and I sat down and typed out an explanatory email to our professor about not appear. Turns out, she was okay with everything. She was just worried that something had happened to us when we didn't arrive.
So long story short: we should have gotten our professor's phone number and we ended up at the wrong place by accident.
This in turn caused us to have a great story to tell. Julie and I found the whole thing pretty amusing. On our way back we ended up taking a long route back to campus which caused us to see new parts of Downtown Roanoke so it wasn't a total waste.
It definitely was a an eventful day.
Technology can be a fickle thing. I learned this first-hand today.
One of my goals for the year was to add more YouTube videos to our channel. We usually just upload some small random videos we take from time to time, but I wanted to change that. I wanted to add something to the channel where it had some focus. It took me a long time to decide on what topics to make videos about and I finally narrowed it down to about 5 or so. No, none of them are skits. I never liked doing skits and I don't know why teachers keep making us do it. I'm digressing.
The first new video I uploaded was a tutorial for knitting. I focused on how to start knitting on both needles and a loom. I borrowed my sisters portable webcam so I could have a good view of my hands so that people watching would be able to copy it.
The video ended up being roughly 30 minutes long. I didn't edit it at all because I wanted the videos to all be one-take. I wanted everything to be in the moment. So, after recording I went to upload the video to YouTube.....and found that there wasn't any sound. At all. I was kicking myself because I didn't test the audio at all before starting the recording process.
So I ended up recording a second version of the tutorial. It ended up being about 15 mins shorter but I added in new information and I felt more organized. I did stutter and stumbled over my words a bit but I was expecting it. I actually liked the second video better. I just wish the webcam would have worked the first time.
I don't know. As much as I like some technology it can be very fickle at times which can cause for headaches and frustration. Though it also makes me wonder why we are all so addicted to it as it is? But I'll save my opinion on that for another post.
So I have a few updates:
-Project 52: B+ is going through a name change. It will be now known as "Project B+". I realized I was very ambitious when I decided to upload a video once a week. I ended up getting behind after one week. So I decided just to rename the whole thing and upload videos at various points instead when I take the time to record one.
-YouTube: I'm planning on adding more videos to our joint YouTube page this year. I was thinking of doing tutorials on knitting, making plushies, crafting, chinese kempo-karate, doing nails, and other things like that.
-YouTube: I was also thinking of doing a web series but I'm not entirely sure what to do it on. I do have a slight idea of interviewing random people in the area but I'm entirely sure of what the topic should be. I want to to be something new and unique instead of "reaction" videos and "daily vlogs" like everyone else does. Does anyone have any ideas?
That's about it for now. I hope to have some more videos and things of the like update soon. I will keep you all updated on everything.
"Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you." - Walt Whitman