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>> Monday, July 13, 2009

Ho. ly. cow. I can't explain to you how happy I am to be done with my Algebra class. Thursday I spent nearly all day doing homework and doing a test. Friday I took some time off and went to Eric and Jenn's to watch their kids (more on that in a moment), Saturday I spent time doing homework, working on a take-home test and also studying for the final, Sunday was nearly six hours of homework, finishing my take-home, and studying for the final. Somehow I managed to keep my brain from liquefying through all this. It got so bad that I literally dreamed of math last night. Equations were floating through my head and everything. Then came the final today:

I walked in and sat down, pulled out my take-home, and just started chuckling. This happened at regular intervals throughout the test. I'm sure it seemed very odd to my classmates, but I couldn't help myself. I knew it was the last time for a while that I would need to worry about how to factor an equation or how to figure out what x equals. Despite all my efforts, I only got a C on the final. But you know what? I don't really care. Because I pulled at least a B+ in the class, maybe an A- if I'm lucky. And for not having taken a real math class for three years, I'd say that's pretty darn good. Especially considering the pace we took for this class. It was Beginning and Intermediate Algebra all crammed into ten weeks. My brain was literally at the limits of what it could learn during this time, especially during the last chapter, where I'm not sure if I learned a single lasting concept. But oh well, it's over!

Friday I had the joy of going to Eric and Jenn's to watch their kids while they were at an appointment. I joined Jenn and the kids for a wonderful lunch of a steak and cheese burrito while the kids had hot dogs and Mickey Mouse shaped chicken nuggets (it really was delish, I promise). After a heart-wrenching goodbye, Sadie was lugged up to bed for her nap, and shortly thereafter Eric and Jenn left, leaving me in charge, with Carter as my assistant. We started off upstairs where we played with some awesome cars, built a toy car, motorcycle, and prop plane. Carter and I pretended we were playing a video game where we were racing cars.

I was determined to solidify my spot as the favorite uncle, so after playing for a bit, we went downstairs to make chocolate chip cookies. Carter and Molly were excellent helpers adding the ingredients and helping mix the batter. The cookies turned out quite good, if I do say so myself :) I believe my efforts paid off, because Molly could hardly allow herself to be more than three feet away from me for the rest of the night.

A little while after Eric and Jenn got back, we went out to dinner at Jason's Deli, a first for me. I had a very good Corned Beef and Pastrami sandwich. After that little adventure, we went back to the house and played a little bit of 1 vs 1oo on xbox live. I stayed a little later than I would have liked playing video games, causing me to have a strong desire to sleep in the next day, which I did since it was Saturday. The whole experience was great, and Eric and Jenn's kids are so good that it really wasn't babysitting for me, it was just hanging out with my adorable niece and nephew. Plus I got free dinner out of it. How could it be any better?

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2 comments:

Breanna July 14, 2009 at 3:06 PM  

I'm so jealous that you got to babysit last Friday. If I were there, I TOTALLY would have fought you for the job.

Also, I think it's hilarious that you and Carter were pretending to play video games - isn't that, like, pretending to pretend? Nice.

Jenn J. July 22, 2009 at 7:54 PM  

There are truly no words to express how much we appreciated you coming here to watch our kids. Especially among your crazy, hectic schedule! They loved it and talked about it for days. We also loved hanging out with you and enjoying some delicious food. You really are the best, but of course, you know that already. :) Thanks again, Steve!

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