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The Life and Times of a Rookie RA

The last couple of days I have been here at Blinn participating in training to be a residential assistant (RA for short). Monday I arrived back at wheeler hall to pack up my things and move into memorial, but little did I know that an air conditioning pipe busted on the second floor of my new residence hall and flooded the entire building. They told me to stay in my old room here and I’d move in on friday at the latest.

packing up my belongings in order to move in.

Packing up my belongings in order to move in.

On Tuesday We met in the conference room at the housing offices to undergo rookie training. We covered the requirements of an RA and general day to day responsibilities. There are only 4 new RA’s this semester, these include Porter, Joshua, Roxanne, and me. The reason I put their names is because I have been working on my name learning due to the fact that I am about to have to learn 50 new peoples names so I figured I would start small. I also want to add that I have been the only person in the residence hall. IMG_0781

Let me clarify why I have been calling it a residence hall instead of a dorm. We learned in training that we are supposed to build a community within the hall. Mr. Byers told us that a dorm is just a building and a residence hall is an environment. I feel like its my duty to adopt this idea.

Today was the entire RA staff training. We discussed conflict resolution and social justice and the different ways to facilitate room mate agreement discussions. We also learned about programming. I have to plan out 5 events that the hall director and I can set up . the five programs are academic success, community service, a social get together, Life skills, and a civil interaction. Of course all of these will have a catchy title and a whole event planned around it these are just the underlying types of event.

On Tuesday I also managed to figure out how to solve my axis cube. Im suprised at how fast I learned the new cube, now all I have to do is get my time under thirty minuets and I’ll be destined for greatness haha. Along with my new found cubing shills I managed to get to the church to sign the paper work for payroll at the church. Needless to say I have been very productive these past couple of days. Ill be posting again on Friday so be on the look out!

Solved axis cube!

Solved axis cube!

New Year New cube

New years eve was pretty fun! Kyle, Corbin, and I all went over to our neighbor’s house and celebrated. We just hung out, ate and blew up fireworks! As we ring in the new year I have decided to make a couple of resolutions. Im going to get my A1C down and keep it that way, Im going to study more, and lastly try to exercise more. These resolutions are just umbrella goals that I will have to work up to. I feel like umbrella goals are important though, they give you some thing to do haha.

Well getting back on track with relating my new years festivities… After midnight a bunch of the guys stayed at our neighbor’s and we just hung out more and told ghost stories. Because who doesn’t want to get a little freaked out on new years…Right?

A couple days of just being at the house and a low key night at AJ’s house I finally got my new cube! Its called an axis cube and you have to move the sides at angles instead of a strait line. Its just a 3X3 shape mod so its challenging but not a whole new puzzle. Kuykendall says I am addicted, I say I am just and avid cube solver haha. So that is what Im going to be learning for the next couple of days!

A quick thought about going back to Blinn: I am excited to get back to the old grindstone and make this next semester the best one yet. Im thrilled to have gotten the chance to be an RA, I hope I actually get my own room, man what would that be like?

I suppose that is all for now! As school picks back up Ill be able to post more tales about my life. Well, for know readers this is Cole signing out for tonight. Thank you and God speed.

Christmas Recap

Today is Christmas, a day when we wake up and spend the day with family and friends and celebrate the birth of Jesus. I feel like Christmas day should be more than just a day to receive gifts. It shouldn’t matter what we got or didn’t get. As a Christian I view the 25 of December as a day to remember what God did for us by sending his son. Before I get too theological on this post Ill recap the goings on in My family today. 1528716_10152487115408079_1864634525_n

This morning we woke up and took pictures in front of the tree. This is important to relate because in my family we have a tradition of everyone wearing the same pajamas so we can take good pictures christmas morning. After opening gifts at the house we all got ready and headed to Mimi and Papa’s for lunch and more gifts. I think I feel more comfortable there every time we visit, I suppose Im starting to feel more like family.  IMG_1449

Over all I had a very good Christmas this year. Now I can start getting ready to head back to Blinn for another semester of hard work!

A Day in the Life of Cole (Part 2)

So, the trip to Nacogdoches was a blast. As soon as I finished putting the clear coat on Corbin’s workbench my friend Shannon arrived and we piled into the car and headed to our destination.

Along the way I got to meet Shannon’s boyfriend. His name is Angel. Angel is quite a person he is 22 years old and works for a cellphone company. I think he’s is a swell guy even though I thought initially that he wouldn’t want to go to Nacogdoches with some kids He had never met. But He enjoyed geocaching very much and he’s gonna continue to cache which I think its awesome!

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Not only was this road trip for geocaching it was to visit Sarah too. I really enjoyed caching with my girlfriend, surprising right? We managed to get 5 caches, 3 of which were micros and the other two were regular sized caches. Side note, Sarah’s grandmother actually owns one of the shops in the historic downtown area! I though you all should know that.

All said and done my trip up to Naca-nowhere way probably one of the best days Ive had in a while.

A Day in the Life of Cole (Part 1)

Pre clear coat.

Pre clear coat.

I began My day with the fume filled aroma of clear coat. As we near Christmas we are starting to finish up projects we have been working on. Recently I have been doing a lot of clear coating this weekend I clear coated Bailey’s Stable and today I applied the base coat for Corbin’s workbench. Lets talk about that…

Since I want to blog things that I can look back on and see how I’ve changed Ive decided to chronicle my process of painting. There are several things that go into my process the steps are set up, application, and clean up. Pretty simple aye?

Lets talk about each step! First is the set up, this includes music, tool gathering, and work space prep. Whenever I first enter the shop I put my phone on the charger and airplay whatever music I wanna play, then I get the brush (I think I used what is called a fitch, I’ll have to fact check that.), paint, floor protection, and a little black tray that have been repurposed from food tays from “My Fit Foods”. Once properly equipped I prepare the workspace. This task requires me to simply sweep and shop vac up anything that can get in the paint. Once the space is nuisance free I can begin to apply the paint.

When ever I apply the clear coat I start in the inside and work out so that I don’t have to lean over wet paint… It’s the little things. With the workbench I took out all the drawers and shelves and painted them separately. Drawers and shelves removed I painted the inside compartments. Once those were done I applied on the outside of the bench and let is dry. For clean up I just washed the brush and closed the paint can and CHIP CHOP CHIP the workbench was clear coated.

Base coat

Base coat

Now, not only had I planned to clear coat that bench I also planned to ride up to Nacogdoches to geocache with Sarah and the gang, but this part of my day is best left for its own post. Stay tuned for part two of “A Day in the Life of Cole”