My blog rustles at its dryness.
I’ve been busy, sort of, this past week. I vacillate between getting everything done in short bursts and then spending hours lounging around, watching guinea pig videos. The guinea pig I had been eyeing was bought at the store shortly before I went to go visit it yesterday. I held one of the other ones, but I didn’t feel the same admiration. We were both terrified–he in my arms, I clasping his bottom. So I left the store, feeling a lot sadder than I thought I would. Would the other one be happy? Lonely? Scared?
So I did a little research this morning on guinea pig rescues, and there’s one about 15 minutes from my house. They sell rabbits, too. But I’m leaning more towards a guinea pig pair because they’re content with staying in their cage, they’re relatively easier to take care of, and their health is generally sturdy. There’s a young bonded pair of male guinea pigs at the shelter. I hope they’re not adopted out too quickly–I plan to visit next weekend, make a decision, and build a cage the week after. A part of me says I’m too busy, that the commitment is too great. Another part of me just wants to love and care for two small creatures.
This weekend, I’ve been working on my programming assignment, manipulating datasets on R. It took me several hours of simply staring at the prompts to fully understand, almost by random insight, how to piece together the steps. First I would install ggplot2 to create box plots and qqplots (or pp plots); from there, I could visually assess outliers and normality. Afterwards, I would, on a case by case basis, identify the outliers and determine how much of an outlier they were. After accounting for the outlier (in this case, deleting it, which I have been struggling with, thanks R), I would look at the scatterplot and new regression that was unaffected by the outlier. There’s the literal challenge of writing the correct code; then there’s the conceptual challenge of knowing what I’m supposed to do with the information.
On top of that, I’ve been semi-project-managing our consulting report/presentation. Time after time, I find myself gravitating back towards business. It’s psychology, usually, but always business. I’ll take it as a sign. My group members are people I like talking to in general–most of us have formed a nebulous “group” within the cohort. A general divide has been encroaching on the cohort, with the front of the room kids and back of the room kids. I am a back of the room kid. I like being productive, but I don’t like it enough to pay attention and raise my hand every single class. I like contributing when it’s interesting to me, but I don’t like focusing on the topic at hand for longer than I want to. It’s a balance for me–I’m not pulling all-nighters, I’m not going to hound the professor over the ambiguity of question 8.4, but I will do the work, and I’ll email if I have questions. There seems to be a personality divide between the cohort. I don’t really mind.
Anyways–I’d spent a good part of the weekend doing edits and creating visuals for the powerpoint and report. I’m more of a big-picture person who obsesses over colors of blue, more so than I am a detail-oriented person who fights for every correct letter. I appreciate working with people who are detail oriented and catch things I never would have.
In other words, it’s been a fairly busy weekend, particularly because I am still juggling students. It will be a hectic month. My calendar, which is color coordinated, is splashed in bolded red points for Important Tasks–tasks, projects, presentations. On one fine week, I will have 3 tests in 2 days. Do you see me brimming with enthusiasm?
On the bright side, sort of, it’s October, which means this hellishly hot weather should be…reducing soon. The weather radar suggests 65+ degree weather this upcoming week. I hope that it is accurate. I am still out of good leggings, though. I need to get some.
And finally, on social media, I have just been sharing my Digital Photography on Flickr and my Film Photography on Instagram. I tend to keep this personal blog and my social media separate, though. I’ve been scanning the hundreds of black and white film from 2016 lately, but again, I’ve been very busy. Maybe I’ll have the time to share on here some day, but I doubt it.