Aug 29, 2012

Final Fall

This is my last fall semester in college. I took the summer off, and was actually eager to get back to school, despite the fact that I don't come home until 8 or 9 pm 3 days out of the week.

Here's my list of classes and my opinions on the class and instructor:

Graphic Design 2: The only class so far I've been to twice. Also the only class where I've had the instructor before. I like him a lot, he's funny though at times a bit tightly wound but great at helping us realize our potential and put forth our best work.

Senior Seminar: I thought it would be another lecture class, and fortunately such is not the case. It seems like we'll largely focus on what to do when we graduate, so we'll have projects like: creating a new portfolio website, refining our current portfolio, meeting with a graphic designer and interviewing them and having them critique your portfolio, actually doing a freelance job, etc. I like the teacher so far and expect to get a lot out of this class.

Advanced Typography & Layout: Possibly the class I was most looking forward to as I greatly enjoy Typography & Layout but also feel it's the area I need to most improve. The teacher is very smart and helpful and fun and in the running for favorite teacher of the semester. I've only been once so we'll see how it goes.

Art History: Renaissance: I needed another Art History class, this one won because 1) It meets only once a week and 2) It concerns one of my favorite periods in Art History that I feel most knowledgeable about, after Impressionism/Post-Impressionism. I'm headed there in about half an hour as of this writing so I can't say much about the teacher as I haven't met them yet.

Intro to Museum Study: As UVU has recently severely limited the choices I have in the classes I can take to graduate, this was another I chose because I'm slightly more than marginally interested in the subject and it also only meets once a week. That class is on Friday so again, I'll keep updated on what I think of the class and teacher in an upcoming post.

Those are all my classes, however I've also endeavored to undertake the position of Technical Editor for Touchstones, the UVU Literary Journal. So far I've done about 3 posters for them advertising their opening social, I expect to spend a lot more time at the end of the semester working on its layout and copyediting and things, which should be time consuming but fun, or at least another line of experience to add to my still tiny resume.

That's my fall semester, with that and working @ 30 hours a week, I expect to drink lots of caffeine and have at least 1 fit and tantrum before the end of it, but the end really is finally in sight!


I've had Art History and Museum Study twice now. I like the Art History teacher, she seems to know her stuff and I don't. I've made several statements and observations that she and once the class disagreed with, but she didn't try to make me feel stupid, which I was grateful for, as I often do that well enough on my own.

Museum Study I think will be the most boring class and I'm kicking myself a bit with "what was I thinking!?" But hopefully it won't require much of me, the teacher is nice and very knowledgeable and looks a lot like Jane Adams.

Last Hurrah and First Hooray in a Hurry

Now comes the part where I remark how "bad" I've been about blogging, or the lack thereof. I've been debating whether to continue blogging or to just stop. I think eventually I'm going to make my own website I'm happy with and have a blog or journal there. In the meantime, Austintatious will remain.

My brother-in-law is serving a mission, and I try to write to him every week. It's good to keep up with him and get to see how he's growing and progressing and helping others while in God's service. On the downside, at least the miniscule-by-comparison blog side, it means I write all my news and thoughts to HIM each week, instead of on me blog. Still, things keep happening and I would like to post it on my blog because I'm still here, it's still here, we might as well get together once in awhile.

The Last Hurrah

We had a fairly uneventful summer, though Tracie and I were severely worried about BOTH of our jobs/job security for a chunk of it, all is currently well on that front. Mr. Moby continues to grow up and be cute, his language is still improving but still about a year behind where he "should" be.

Before school started we went on a "stay-cation," meaning we stayed at home but took time off work and did fun things in Utah.

Last Wednesday we went to the Thanksgiving Point Dinosaur Museum, which was a lot more fun than I expected. Morgan enjoyed it but was a bit apprehensive about all the giant fossils and statues, as he did not wish to get out of his stoller, except when we went to the dinosaur digging display, then he just couldn't get enough. We had a minor worry that we lost an iPhone, but it turned out to be back at home.

Thursday we went to the Salt Lake Aquarium, which, although it's a converted grocery store, was a lot of fun and really cool. It was very impressive what they were able to do with it, and a lot of fun. My favorite part was the otters. Tracie will have to tell you her favorite part, but Morgan's favorite was the miniature coral reef, complete with clownfish and blue tang (Dory). He kept shouting "NEMO! NEMO!!" Which was adorable. At the gift shop we bought a stuffed clownfish for Moby. Normally when we look at toys at the store he plays with it briefly and then says "all done!" But not this. When we tried to take it away he gave a stern "NO!" and kept giving the fish kisses. We also went to the chocolate shop across the street from the Aquarium and it was so good we may go back to the aquarium soon just for a chance to go to the confectionery again. The best thing imho was the honeycomb, which they for some reason call "seafoam." After that we went to visit my grandparents which was nice, they're some of the coolest and nicest people ever (wish a bit more of it rubbed off on me) and we had a nice visit with them.

Friday we were planning on going to the SCERA pools, 7 Peaks or Veteran's Pool but because school is started/has started they were closed or at least had their hours reduced, so we mostly lazed around, did some light cleaning and had some family over for dinner.

Saturday was similar to Friday, mostly lazy relaxation, we thought about going to the Lehi Rec Center pool, but that was closed as well, so we just went to our community pool. Morgan is a very good swimmer as long as he has his floaties on he can paddle and kick, though he mostly wiggles his body and pedals his legs like he's running under water, I'm still impressed. The only bad part about him taking to swimming like a fish (and I'm proud to say, like his daddy) is he used to hug me the whole time we were in the pool, now he can't wait to get away from me so he can swim. Oh well. Still love that guy.

That was our Stay-cation, now on to school, next post incoming once I write it!