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Monday’s Math Test and 2 Books More

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Well hello all!
This week was a fabulous one! We had a bit of snow here on Monday that was washed away by the afternoon and thats really all the snow that we have had since I have been back over here!
Let us see let us see… Classes! Classes went well this week Bloomsday class is when the snow hit so I was running hills when the snow started coming down! Wednesday was a very icy day so my pace was slowed a bit from that! Friday we played Ultimate Frisbee where I might have slightly tweaked my knee but there has been no pain this morning so I will go for a light run later today! English has been quite easy this week as we have had very little to do. My teacher got a concussion this past weekend, long story, but he is fine and we are getting back on track for the class! Math now you all must be wondering how that math test went this past Monday… Well, I got it back yesterday. Now see math is where I have struggled the past quarter or two, and you all heard about the problems I had with this teacher last quarter and also the beginning of this quarter. His teaching has gotten markedly better. This week however, we had a slight confrontation when he got totally lost in class and didn’t understand where our questions were coming from. So, after class I wrote up the proof of what we were doing and how I thought it should look… and well I happened to be right! So we went over it again on Friday and what not to make sure everyone understood what had happened the previous day! Anyways that test I mentioned (don’t you like the way I mention it then leave you hanging for a minute as you continue reading?). The test was returned yesterday and I got the best score of the class 100%! It was great! Anyways that is all on the math front.
Work continues to be work I am sad that I cannot tell you anything about work this year without boring you with the simple tasks that I do. Just know that it continues to go well!
Running is going well! I did want to try and run for the whole week not missing a day but I missed Thursday cause Thursdays are just long days for me, and then I didn’t get a real run in yesterday cause I was worried about the knee. So I will get in a run today if I think its okay!
Reading ah yes, I finished two books this week (I know two its great!) that brings my total up to 5 books for the first 4 weeks and I am about 30 pages into the next book Mercy by Jodi Picoult. For those that wish to know the two books that I finished were Erak’s Ransom by John Flanagan the 7th book in a series that I read, and Crocodile Tears by Anthony Horowitz the final book in a series that I read.
Anyways! I miss and love you all! I don’t know if or when I will make it back this quarter for a visit in Marysville! Possibly in February, but maybe not! I hope you all have wonderful weeks!


Chugging Through Books

In Uncategorized on January 24, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Well Hello all!
I hope your weeks have been well! Mine certainly wasn’t too bad!
I sit here eating some Special K Red Berries Cereal (which is fantastic by the way) and I try to recall this week. It was easily a short week due to the holiday weekend last weekend with Martin Luther King Jr day on Monday.
Tuesday brought a fairly easy day, I don’t work on Tuesdays or Fridays so those are usually light days. I started the day Tuesday with Math and then headed to English not too much to go on this week we continue to prepare for our english essays and in math I have a test on Monday (pray that the test goes well). My teacher does continue to be there on time and keeps us updated on whether or not he will be there. He will in fact not be there tomorrow for the test but has asked a grad student to fill in for him. Prayers also for my math teachers wife who is having some sort of surgery which is why he will be absent.
Work continues to be good. I only worked four hours this past week so very very light as my longest day is Monday.
Running goes well I went for a run this morning and actually met a man named Dave Cook while running and ran with him for a bit, slowed me down significantly but thats okay it was an enjoyable run!
Reading I haven’t mentioned it in a couple of weeks, well actually since I first sent an email to you this quarter. I was reading Nineteen minutes when I first talked to you, since then I finished it (good book by Jodi Picoult), moved on to Once a Runner, one of the best books for runners ever written, finishing that I moved forward to The Pact by Jodi Picoult finishing that one last night when my heater wouldn’t stop making obnoxious noises, and I started another book reading 20 pages before sleep took over.
Well I believe that that is all that has happened this week nothing terribly exciting. For those who wonder when I will next be home, I really am not sure I hope to make it home sometime in February but am not sure that I will make it home until March sometime!!
Miss and love you all!

Boston Marathon Perhaps?

In Uncategorized on January 18, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Well I am a little late this week!
This week ah its been a blur! I sit here on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and think its been a lazy day! I don’t have school or work because of the holiday, and yet I have done a bit of homework today.
This week there is not a whole lot of excitement to tell about. I continue to move along in my courses English is bringing about the start of our very long research paper and the research behin that. I am thinking of doing a topic covering Plantar Fasciitis, which we all know I have a personal connection to (I was diagnosed with it my junior year of high school). For those that do not know it is a heel pain (often called spur) that has sharp pain in the heel region of the foot cause by microtears/rips in the plantar fascia a tendon that runs along the bottom of your foot. It is most common in runners but has been known to sprout up in other sports as well.
Math my teacher has shown up more and more he was early a few times this past week only missing Monday’s course, but of course he had a sent another teacher to perform his duties. All is well on the math front. Bloomsday Preconditioning is of course going well. I am loving every minute of the course and cannot wait for Bloomsday to come along!
I have decided that I want to try and qualify for Boston, with really the sole purpose seeing if I can do it. I do not know yet if I would be taking up the challenge to actually run it should I qualify for the marathon, but I do not see a reason why I shouldn’t run in it if I qualify. I have to run my marathon this September in 3 hours 10 minutes and 59 seconds or faster to qualify in my age range so let us see what it brings this summer and fall!
Everything on the roommate front continues to go fairly well. I see him on average once a day and he never stays the night. Haven’t seen him yet today but the chances are he will soon be here! He’s a very nice guy which is all that really needs to be said I suppose. I am actually looking into right now moving out next year into a house with a few friends, but nothing set in stone so more on that later! Neighborly issues still continue to be a problem, it was a quiet dorm, but now its loud on one side with music just blasting all day long so loud in fact that he cannot hear his friends knocking when they come to see him, shame.
Anyways I will be off for now! I hope you are all having a wonderful Monday!

Cheney again and Winter Quarter

In Uncategorized on January 9, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Hello All! Well we all sit here reading the latest up date in the life of Brandon Nobach, and you are wondering what has he been up to in the near month since he last sent us a message to tell us about his wonderful life? Well let me tell you! I was home for break for much of December and had a fabulous time there! There was no snow in Marysville, so I was able to get runs in without the worry of falling down on the slick ice, that was in all honesty there the couple times I ran at 6 in the morning. However, a much needed break was brought about in the end of the year month and it was quite relaxing. I did get to do a couple of road races whilst home. As you know I ran in the Jingle Bell Run in Seattle heading a team of 31 people and organizing them all to have a great day to support the Arthritis Foundation and get a little run in while we were at it! The following week I ventured to Kirkland (I think) to run in the 12ks of Christmas, a 7.46 mile road race. That was a fun adventure as well, and good planning for where I am headed in the near future in my racing life, more on this subject in a bit. I got to spend a wonderful evening in Seattle not much later with my Grandma as we went to the Nutcracker on a very wet Washington Evening. We made it to and fro without a problem and had a wonderful time catching up and talking with each other, not to mention seeing a great ballet! I also spent much of my break housesitting. It is probably one of my favorite jobs while home! Let us see.. Christmas was good! Spent time everywhere! With all of my family! It was good to see all of you! Then we closed our break rather uneventfully with nothing really dazzling to tell about New Years as I was asleep before midnight and only woken to celebrate the last 15 minutes of 2009 and the first 8 minutes of 2010 before being taken to the house I was at at the time. Then back to school which has brought many changes. As some of you know and have heard this story I will retell it for those who have not heard it yet. My roommate, Cj, has moved out of the dorms to live in Montana with his girlfriend and her family. He is taking online classes through Eastern still, but will finish his education online and from there for the remainder of it! Which would leave me with an empty room correct? WRONG! I was surprised to come back from work this past Monday to find a young man who graduated the same year as myself and his girlfriend unpacking some of his stuff. They were actually about to leave when I got back (I had been gone most of the day) and said he would see me tomorrow. Now you must understand that I was not prepared to get a roommate the first day back. I had taken my stuff and organized it to the best of my ability to have it out of MY way. Not someone elses way. So I felt extremely bad for having taken up most of the other desk, and used one the closet to store extra things and also one of his drawers to put my running clothes in. Well I quickly righted my wrongs and moved the room back to normal, separating the beds (which had been pushed together), moving the tv back to the opposite side of the room clearing the closet and drawers of my stuff and buying a bookshelf to clear of the desk (because that was where my library of books had taken refuge). Now the room looks like two people live in it, and yet I am still the only one who has slept in this area for many months. He is rarely around and probably will rarely be around for the remainder of the year (or quarter who knows really). This doesn’t upset me in the slightest seeing as I was in much the same situation last quarter (Cj do not feel bad about that because I know you might be reading this honestly it was fine) and am perfectly content to living on my own. As far as the first week of school goes it went well sort of well. Some of you also know the story that I have had to drop out of my originally planned Calc 3 class as I was unable to pass Calc 2 with a sufficient grade as to move on, and was unable to get into a Calc 2 class as they were full. I am still in English 201 which is okay a lot of work this weekend which I have been working on this morning, and I am also in Math 225, or Foundations of Mathematics for those who remember me taking this course last quarter and having to drop out of it. Now this week has brought forth a lot of grief in the area of Foundations. It is a 5 day a week class with each session being 50 minutes long, doing the math in one week we will have had 250 minutes of instruction. My professor was absent on Tuesday, so 50 minutes gone. On Thursday he was 21 minutes late, so 71 minutes in a week so far, and on Friday he failed to show for the second class session that week bringing us to a total of 121 minutes missed of the 250 total we had for the week. That is half of the week folks, and totally unacceptable in my book. I have written him an email stating so and am awaiting his reply. My next step will obviously be to bring it to the department heads attention. I also sat down with Kathy Cook, my former Undergraduate Advisor, and talked with her at length about what I am doing here in college and also what I should be doing. Obviously with the not proceeding in my math courses from last quarter to this quarter I am getting further behind in them. I have begun to question whether or not Math is the “right fit” for me. At this time I am still in my math class and finishing up my Geckers (gen eds) and am not behind but am not maing any progress at the same time. There is not much to say on that other than to bring it to your attention and also to ask for prayers of guidance for me over the next quarter, to have God help show me what is the right area for me to be entering into. (By the way Wendy Kathy says hello! and sends her love) Now I promised some race information for you all! And that is where my third class comes into play! I am taking Bloomsday Preconditioning which is three days a week (MWF) at 7 in the morning! Now obviously I am a bit crazy for doing this, but you all I assume have come to expect this much from me! I will be running the Bloomsday race on May 2nd this year. Also of important note this is the year for my marathon. It was bound to come sometime! I have talked rather quietly about running a marathon for years now and will be running the Skagit Flats Marathon on September 12, 2010. I am very excited! And will keep you all a little more up to date on this race as we draw closer to it this summer and finally September! Those who are interested in know which books I am reading I got a good selection of Jodi Picoult Books from my Grandma for Christmas as long with picking up Once a Runner and The Perfect Mile from the bookstores whilst home. The book in my hands at the moment is Jodi Picoults Ninteen Minutes! I will let you know how they turn out! Well, this is easily the most lengthy email that I have sent in a great number of them. If there is anything I left out I am sure you will let me know and I can answer those questions for you! I love and miss you all already! Take care! Brandon