The first day of classes was a success! And also pretty tasty. Let’s rewind to 7 a.m.
I woke up at 7 and got up and made my lunch. I packed a bento today because on Mondays and Wednesday I have my lab in the afternoon. Packing my lunch took about 20 minutes and I had breakfast ready by 7:30.
My morning was right on schedule: I was able to make my lunch, eat breakfast, clean up, get ready and pack my bag all by 8:45. Luckily I won’t normally have to leave so early, because my class isn’t until 9:50.
This morning, however, I had a some things to get done. First on the list: pick up my parking pass. I didn’t get my pass in the garage I wanted but I got a nearby garage so it was ok. After I parked, I headed to the bookstore and picked up my lab notebook/manual and safety goggles. Then I headed to class with time to spare!
I’m really excited about this class. Everything is set up for me to do well: it’s the only class I have to worry about right now, my professor is a full-time high school chemistry teacher and is passionate about teaching, my TA is pretty cool, my lab partner is nice and tests and quizzes only make up 1/3 of my grade. Whoo!
Class is from 9:50-10:50 and I had an hour for lunch before my lab recitation. I camped out in Memorial Union with my bento box:
Recitation is an hour-long discussion with the TA about the lab we are doing that day. Today we went over basic lab procedures and did some problems out of the book, which was a little frustrating because we hadn’t covered the material in class yet.
After recitation, we have a 10-minute break and then go to lab for two hours. Today’s lab wasn’t a “real” lab, just sort of a “get-to-know-the-process” kind of thing.
When I got home from class, I gave myself about 30 minutes of chill time before heading out for a run. It was a little before 4 p.m. when I left, and, in my usual fashion, my late-afternoon run didn’t go so well.
This is a bowl of comfort if I’ve ever seen one. Daal (or dal, or dahl) is a traditional Indian lentil dish in which the red lentils (usually) are cooked with spices, onions and garlic. It’s a loose porridge-like dish and is usually served over rice.
Tonight we are enjoying a good sports night: Heat-Pacers Game 7 and a Cardinals game. I’m going to do a little homework and get ready for class tomorrow.