Odd day…

I woke up around 1am, probably because I hadn’t taken my night meds.  I wound up not taking them and just staying up.  I was waiting for the squall of storms to pass.  I enjoy thunderstorms, I enjoy Florida summers which have lots of storms.

When it finally started to rain around 6:15am, I stopped what I was doing on my computer and went to lie down in bed.  This time around, it was not much of a storm.  Except for one, really close strike that sounded like a bomb went off.  A good morning to be thankful I’m not homeless.  I don’t know where the homeless people around here go, anyway, but if you’re going to be homeless in any of the 50 states, Florida is probably the best option.

Despite what you would think, there are some very helpful resources at the University which oversee the student body and make sure everyone stays safe, secure, and happy.  It seems a bit ominous, but my experience has been positive, especially now that I am connected with a therapist.  I’ve never done well with therapy, at least group therapy anyway.

This blog actually juts out like a sore thumb, I’d better be careful and cautious about what I write here.  This world is trigger happy.  Everyone has their emotional support dog.  I just have my cat, who is now an outdoor cat, and who sleeps during the day and goes out all night long.  Kinda sounds like me.

I need to write notes on what to talk about with my therapist.  There’s a lot going on right now.  I could stare at a blank wall for hours and never get bored with my own thoughts.

One thing is for sure, though… Wherever I go in my career change, as a result of going back to school, I will not leave Orlando.  Something’s on my mind and it’s bothering me.

Moving on towards the future…

Well, this will be my first post to my brand new blog site, K1VZX blog.  There are several tags above highlight what I’ll post here.  I will probably reorder these at some point.

Right now, I am currently a student.  My first semester back at the University of Central Florida was Spring 2020 (i.e., this semester).   However, when news of Covid-19 hit home at the same time as spring break came to an end, the lack of structure in my day meant I wasn’t accomplishing anything practical and so I wirthdrew from all of my classes because I was sinking into depression and had stopped taking my meds.  I was Baker Acted for the 2nd time and placed at a hospital all the way up in Gainesville where I stayed for 5 days.  I was placed back on my medication and slowly forced myself to eat again.

This blog will touch on mental illness, but will not focus on it.  I’d like to focus more on academia and my experiences as a second degree seeking student who is planning to go on to do a Master’s.  I already have a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Electrical Engineering.  Biology is on another level.  “Scholars of trivia” as John Nash puts it in the movie “A Beautiful Mind”.  I’m not in a rush to complete a Bachelor’s or a Master’s.  It’s about the journey, not the destination.  Then, we’ll re-evaluate and see where my career goes from there.

I’ve worked in a Biology lab for the past 10 years (off and on again, usually between jobs).  I enjoy research.  Pretty soon, my room will be jam packed with cables and wires, something like out of the movie Pi.

Just some quick news:  I will be adding a tutorial on my wiki to show how to setup a Git repository on a linux server (or any system that can run SSH really) and then use TortoiseGit to manage your project with the Git Repo on your server.  The process is confusing because there does not seem to be any simple guides on the process, yet the process really is very simple.  Also, there are some useful tools that integrate Git into LabVIEW, however I have not as of yet had any time to check them out.  Maybe over the weekend…  (These tools are not necessarily open source or free).