I kind of feel like this–the forty-first week of the year–didn’t even happen. The days have all run together, and suddenly it’s Friday.
I had my first grad school midterm. When I was sick last week, I skipped one stats class. Apparently that was the day my professor announced that we could each use a home-made list of equations (no definitions) on the midterm. I pored over the material and stressed out about knowing a bunch of different formulas and was less-than-pleasantly surprised when my classmates pulled out their guides, while I had to take my test unaided. I think I did all right, and now I’ll always remember how to calculate the standard deviation for a discrete random variable.
After my midterm, Jason and I went to the mall to have my watch battery replaced. We also went shopping, and Jason bought me a great dress for the annual dinner.
I stayed at work until my class started. When I got home, Jason and I watched a little bit of the Republican debate. I fell asleep on the couch before 10:00 PM.
Busy busy day at work. In the evening, we baby-sat our favorite almost-ten-year-old. Jason taught him to play chess, which was a huge hit. A good time was had by all.
I spent most of Thursday away from the office with Lisa preparing for our big events. We had the Senior Star luncheon in the afternoon, and then the annual dinner in the evening. The event was out at the Horse Park this year, and the keynote speaker was Kate Tweedy, daughter of Secretariat owner Penny Chenery. Her presentation was awesome; she showed clips from Secretariat’s Triple Crown races and it was all I could do to not stand up and cheer. Now we really want to get ahold of the Disneyfied film version (which everyone we know has told us is great, and lots of it was filmed in central Kentucky).
The event space looked amazing, and the food was delicious. I can hardly believe it has been over a year since the 2010 dinner; I definitely felt more comfortable this time around.
Jason and I arrived home around 11:15 PM and crashed. It was a completely crazy (but also wonderful) day.
Today we had the scientific portion of the Markesbery Symposium. I was there most of the day, then came home and fixed Trader Joe’s mac and cheese and chicken nuggets for dinner. I’ll cook real food after tomorrow.
Tonight we went to Big Blue Madness, the first UK basketball exhibition of the 2011-12 season.
Rupp was packed, and decked out with lights and (no joke) indoor fireworks as the players were introduced and the teams scrimmaged.
Coach Cal addressed the 24,000 devoted fans, and former players who have moved up to the NBA were in attendance. The whole spectacle was awesome, and made us both really excited for the season.
I’ll be at the community symposium in approximately seven hours, so I think it’s time to go to sleep. Tomorrow, I plan to get a nap–hopefully before the BYU game so I don’t miss it.