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Cassidy Currently: 5th edition


Hello! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve updated so I’m going to go ahead and brief you on some of the things that have been going on in my crazy life.


I got sick…AGAIN


Yes unfortunately I was struck with some kind of weird bacterial infection. I’m better now but it was still terrible to have something slow me down again. ?


It started off with me getting aches and chills and fatigue. And later on a fever and a relentless cough. There was even some vomiting. I finally caved and had my roommate drive me to student health where they tested me for the flu (it came back negative) and prescribed me some antibiotics and heavy duty cough medicine.


Unfortunately, I had deal with the side affects from the medicine which involved me feeling dizzy and fatigued.


Thankfully, it didn’t take long after that to get over it.


I picked my classes for the Spring Semester…


With my fall semester coming to a close in about 3 weeks, it was time for me to plan for next semester. And I’m really excited about my classes. I’ll be taking three IT classes, including Intro to Security, Database 1, and Software Testing. I’m also taking Intro to Statistics and Principles of Marketing. I got all the good teachers for those classes so I’m hoping for a successful Spring Semester.


I’ve been hard at work on my school projects


If you recall from previous blog posts, I mentioned that I have a game to work on before the end of the semester. Well as of today, I’ve got my main character to jump and move around so I’m really happy about that. I plan to make as much progress as possible, especially since its due in a week. ?


I’ve also been working on my live data project. My professor allowed us to choose whichever type of data we wanted and after some deliberation, I decided to go ahead and due Washington DC metro train arrival predictions. I’m almost done with it, with just a bit of tweeking needed.


I drove home and started Thanksgiving Break


With Thanksgiving being in a few days, it was natural for schools to let off on Friday so that students could go home and be with their families. So I left Radford (which is in southern Virginia) to go to my home in Northern Virginia.


Unfortunately, since it was a major travel day, I ran into a lot of traffic on the way home. It was so bad that I probably uttered the phrase “I hate people” more than 20 times. ? It ended up taking me an hour and a half longer than normal to get home. Luckily it wasn’t just me in my car. I had a friend that was meeting his family in my hometown and needed a ride. And I enjoyed the conversations that we had. It made the traffic less aggravating.


And annoying as it was, I was thankful that I was not in one of the vehicles that had been in an accident that caused the traffic.


I took a walk in the woods


The day after I arrived home, my family and I decided to go hiking with our Golden Retriever, since it was unseasonably warm.


My dog Deedee and I


It was really nice to just get out of the house and so some exploring.


Crossing a creek
Crossing a creek




We eventually arrived at a waterfall that was really pretty.




It started to cloud up as we headed back to the cars and it got really windy. It was really cool the way the wind blew the leaves around.




It started to rain soon after but luckily, we were already headed home.


In other news…


I’m still watching Vampire Knight and I’m almost done with it. I also started watching Neon Genesis Evangelion, after a friend of mine cosplayed one of the characters. I’m only 6 episodes in but I really like it so far and I can see that it’s going to be one of my favorites.


The U.S. Election…

Before I go, I wanted to talk briefly about the U.S. election and my stance on it. If you’re wondering, I didn’t vote for Trump. My state also didn’t put their electoral college votes toward Trump. And yet he still won and now hate crimes involving racism, homophobia, xenophobia, and misogyny are all on the rise as a result. I did everything in my power to stop such a thing from happening but unfortunately, it was not enough. But I will not change my beliefs based on those of my future President and Vice-President. I will not stoop so low to hate on those who did nothing to deserve it.


The results of the election do not change my beliefs as person or the things that I value.


If you’re outside the U.S., please don’t let the results of the election change your view on us, because I promise that not all of us see things the way that Trump does.


Anyway, that’s all for now. Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it, and to those who don’t, have a great week! ?


  • Georgie

    Sorry to hear you got sick again. ? I got sick so many times this year and I got a viral infection but it went away by itself.

    The longest drive I’ve done on my own is 1.5 hours. It was a bit lonely, and long, but it was also short enough to be able to tolerate. I think the traffic kept my mind ‘busy’, in a way, so I was not really focused on the fact that I was alone. Sometimes when I am driving alone I say, ‘hurry up you piece of shit’ when someone in front is driving very slow. It doesn’t happen often, but that is the sort of thing I utter under my breath. ?

    the woods look really nice. I recently watched a video on Yosemite and I know there are a lot of forests and woods in the US. We have nothing like that in Australia and I really want to see an actual forest/wood. I am in awe of them.

    There were several articles circulating saying that most middle-aged people and non-millennials voted for Trump, while people like you and me who are much younger would have been against Trump. A lot of my friends and people in my social circles are against Trump and would have voted for Hillary, so it’s true that there is such a huge divide between the people of the US. It’s a shame that someone like Trump had to win.

    Happy Thanksgiving 🙂 That’s another thing I wish we had here ?

  • Jessica

    I am sorry to hear that you’ve been sick, and I’m glad to hear that you are feeling better. Your dogs are adorable, and my state also didn’t put their electoral college votes towards Trump. Although I will admit that he did win the popular vote where I live, due mainly to the fact that Clinton said something about closing coal mines and they’re a major employer.

  • Pauline

    I’m sorry you’ve been sick! I hope that whatever is causing you to get sick (bacteria or whatever) goes away as soon as possible! Stay healthy and take care of yourself 🙂

    I bet the walk in the woods helped a little bit, I know when I don’t feel very well I go for walks and it helps clear my mind and gets my body moving 🙂

    I’m sorry to hear about Trump, watching the news here in the UK honestly shocked me. I can’t believe what I was seeing. It was the same shock as Brexit vote!

  • Michelle

    I picked my classes, too. P.E, Intermediate Algebra for like the 5th time and French I. Good luck on your classes for next spring as well!

    Feel better! It is the time that people get sick too easily with the changing weather!

  • Nancy

    Hope you’re feeling better by now. This is definitely that time of the year where the cold virus kicks in. It’s cool to see that you got into some neat IT classes! I’m sure you’ll be successful one way or another :).

    Traffic is definitely not fun. In any given day, there is at least 1 person that makes me mad with their careless driving. The creek looks amazing!

    It’s horrible that people from both sides are resorting to vandalism to voice their opinion. At the same time, it doesn’t benefit society as a whole to hate/discriminate against a group of people because of who they are.