Catastrophe Rising

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Month: December 2016

My 2016


So obviously it’s the last day of 2016 which means it’s time to do a bit of reflection. I don’t plan on doing anything crazy tonight. I’ll probably just eat lots of pizza and cheese bread ? with one of my best friends, before watching movies and then finally ringing in 2017 by watching the ball drop in New York on t.v.


While there may have been a series of unfortunate events that 2016 brought with it (the deaths of many icons in the entertainment industry, the election of Trump, etc.), my 2016 was pretty awesome.


A year ago, I was having a lot of emotional trouble. I had basically failed one of the basic classes in my major and I was really mad at myself for that. I had set really high standards for myself that year and I was so frustrated at not having lived up to those standards. As a result, I took it out on people who didn’t deserve it and it left some important relationships in need of repair.


This year, however, I was able to pull myself out of that rut and I was able to get back on the path toward graduation. And in the process, I repaired those damaged relationships and I grew stronger. And I was reminded that I’m only human and that it’s ok if I don’t meet the standards I set for myself. I just have to make sure I don’t lose sight of my overall goal.


Finally, after a 6 year hiatus, I decided to return to the blogging world with a new name, new insight, and new goals.


Top 5 posts from the year:

  1. Hello World!
  2. Day 1: Savannah
  3. Day 2/3: Apalachicola, FL
  4. The Lost Girl turned Web Designer
  5. Motivation: Jump start on the Future


These are just my favorites and I would love to hear of any blog posts that you liked.


I’d do a play by play for each month but I hardly remember what happened in the earlier months of 2016 and since my blog was non existent at the time, I have no way of going back and looking. So I’ll just list my overall highlights.


Highlights of 2016:

  • I was able to move forward in my major
  • I started my 20s
  • I made a new theme for Catastrophe Rising
  • I made some friends in my major
  • I set foot in the Gulf of Mexico, the third major body of water I’ve seen, after the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. Next stop, the Pacific Ocean.
  • I got through one of the most difficult semesters I’ve had so far.
  • I got a MacBook Pro


There are a few things that I hope to try and do in 2017. I hope try and get an internship so I can gain some experience in my major. I hope to learn as much as I can in my future classes. I’ll be celebrating my 21st birthday in May. And finally, at some point this year, I want to do a cross country road trip to Southern California. It is a bit ambitious, I know, because I’m all the way in Virginia but I think it would be really cool to see more of the western United States. I’ve already planned out the stops that I would make to break up the trip and my brother has expressed some interest in going. So that’s something that I’ll try and do in either the summer or during next Winter Break.


Anyway, that’s a wrap on my 2016 blogging. Happy New Year and I’ll see you in 2017! ??




Month in Review: December


I’ve decided to go ahead and do a review of the month ahead of schedule so that I way I can post a reflection of the year on the last day of December.


This month has definitely been eventful and it was definitely one of the better months of 2016, at least for me.


My Highlights from the Month were:


  1. Christmas! ?
  2. Getting a new MacBook Pro!
  3. Finally finishing the fall semester
  4. Getting to go home and spend some quality time with my family.


Some Lows from the Month were:

  1. Having to take finals
  2. Not doing as good on some of my finals despite studying hard


That’s Ok because I accomplished:

  1. Getting a B on a class when my professor said it was unlikely.
  2. Getting an A in Web Programming I
  3. Started to learn Ruby
  4. Started on a new theme for Catastrophe Rising


I also:

  1. Started reading Cress by Marissa Meyer (I’m almost finished!)
  2. Picked back up the anime Death Note


Next Month, I’m looking forward to:

  1. Starting the Spring semester (my classes won’t be as difficult) ?
  2. Going back to Radford and seeing all my friends


Next Month, I hope to accomplish:

  1. Publishing Catastrophe Rising’s third theme
  2. Starting the Spring semester off strong
  3. Starting my new job successfully


And finally, a song from this month:



I hope your December was just as good as mine. Keep an eye out for my final post of 2016.

Stopping the Madness


Merry Christmas everyone! I hope your holiday has gone well. ?


I’m currently typing this on my new MacBook Pro and I am loving it. I’m still getting used to OS X after spending a good portion of my life working with Windows. But I’m not a complete stranger when it comes to Macs because my school has quite a few on campus for students.


Anyway, about a month ago, I heard about the stabbing that took place at The Ohio State University and tweeted this:

I used the phrase “stop the madness” because I had read it in many fictional books where there was discussion on real world issues and it was also a common phrase in songs that I’ve listened to.


Anyway, not long after tweeting, I get this reply:


I was surprised. I knew it was sarcasm but I wasn’t really sure how to go about that response. The rest of the conversation follows below:


I didn’t really get offended by this, mainly because this stranger had a point. But as a 3rd year IT student, what type of thing could I possibly do to keep the stabbings and shootings from happening in schools? ?


But then I thought about it a little more and I realized that the best I can do is be kind and friendly and accepting to everyone I come across. So that any terrorist or anyone who might do something malicious can second guess their actions. I know I can’t change people. I learned that a long time ago.  But maybe I can have some sort of impact on them.


It doesn’t feel like enough sometimes but then I remember that I don’t have the weight of the world on my shoulders.


Anyway, keep an eye out this week for some end of the year reflections. Happy Holidays!



Cassidy Currently: 6th Edition


I’m very sorry that I’ve been negligent with posting lately. But unfortunately, I had to worry about finals and other project deadlines that were fast approaching. Here’s what my life has been like lately.


I Finished the Fall Semester!


I’m definitely relieved that the semester is finally over. And while I’m glad that I’ve grown stronger from the challenges I faced, it’ll be nice to have a month long break where I don’t have to worry about much. I’m still waiting on my final grades for my classes but I think I’ll be ok.


Being done with finals didn’t go without some celebration. I did some drinking and hung out with my friends, which was awesome.


I Drove Home Solo


With the fall semester over with, Radford tends to turn into a ghost town during breaks. And with Christmas and New Years coming up, it was only necessary to drive the four hours home.


I really enjoy doing the trip solo because it gives me time to think and reflect and catch my breath. I love hanging with my friends and all but sometimes it gets stressful to be around them. So I really savor the long drive where there’s nothing but me, the radio, and the interstate.


This time, I didn’t run into much traffic, which was a huge relief. ? Though a tractor trailer did almost run me off the road and I had to beep my horn to let him know that I was there and not keen about getting into an accident. ?


I Saw My Friend’s Band Play at the Local Coffee Shop


This past Saturday, I decided to drag my roommate out the local coffee shop for their monthly Open Mic Night. This month, I was especially excited to go because of the Christmas festivities.


While we were there, I ran into my friend who’s band was signed up to play. I was excited because I had seen pictures of him and his band on Facebook and I was curious about what their is like.


They ended up playing a couple of alternative rock songs with friend playing the bass guitar. Their song was interesting because they asked the audience for two words that they could use to make up a song on the spot. Those two words ended up being “steroids” and “papayas” and the resulting song was interesting to say the least.



I Started Learning Ruby


I had always been curious about the programming language, especially after reading that it was used in aspects of Web Development. And after Nancy suggested that I learn it to get ahead, I decided to start. And I am loving it so far.


I found this really cool site called The New Boston that I was initially referred to by my professor in order to get help with building my game. And when I looked there, I found that are tutorials for basically every aspect in computer science, from different programming languages to app development and networking and everything in between. So I decided to go to their tutorial from Ruby and I’ve been following it in my spare time.


If you’re wanting to try and expand your knowledge on web development or anything else computer science related, I definitely suggest visiting the site and watching the tutorials.


I Started on a new Theme for Catastrophe Rising


While I’m really proud of the this theme because it was first one 6 years, I think it’s definitely time for a change. So while I was at school, I constructed the header images that I’ll be using in the new theme (keep an eye out on twitter for a sneak peek!). I haven’t started the coding yet but I plan on doing so very soon.



That’s all I have for now. Let me know what you guys have been up to lately!