Spring Break: Resting, Catching Up, and Looking Forward

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Hi everyone!

Last week was Spring Break, and it was much needed to rest, get ahead on some homework, and do some preparations for the summer.  Don’t worry though – even the work I did was pretty fun!

First, I took some time to get ahead on homework.  I read Ovid’s Metamorphoses for my Classical Mythology class, which was full of clever, whimsical stories.  We are also nearing the home stretch with our senior design project.  We are nearly done with the front end and graphic design elements of the website, and are getting ready to move on to the back end.  For this project, the back end mainly consists of storing and retrieving large image files and creating a system for maintenance and authorization of user accounts.  We’ve been working on front end for most of the semester, so this will be a nice change of pace.

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The cover of Metamorphoses, illustrating the boy Narcissus, who fell in love with his own reflection.

I also did a little preparation for a trip I have planned after the semester ends.  Kelly and I are going to Convict Lake near Mammoth.  We are planning to some hikes around the lake, a nearby snow hike, and maybe even a visit to the ghost town of Bodie.  I bought some new hiking gear for the trip, so I’ve been breaking them in by doing some smaller hikes around Southern California.  This week I went to Holy Jim Falls in Trabuco Canyon.  What is normally a short 3 mile hike was turned into a 12 mile trek through the mud because the rains made the road to the trail head impassable for our car!  The trail went through pretty forest country with lots of creeks and ponds nearby.  Our dogs had lots of fun in the mud and the water!

The waterfall at the end of the trail.

The waterfall at the end of the trail.

Lastly, I made sure to have some downtime.  In addition to sleeping a lot, I also spent a lot of time playing a video game that I’ve been meaning to play for a while: The Last of Us.  I know, I’m a few years late to this party, but I just now got time to play through it, and I’m so glad I did.  It’s such a powerful story, and games like this remind me why I wanted to make video games in the first place.

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That’s about it for me this week – I hope you all are enjoying your spring so far!

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