Grandfather Clock

Just recently, my grandpa (who is awesome by the way) called my father and offered to give him an old grandfather clock that has been in his home for quite some time.  So sure enough, my dad asks me to go with him to my grandpa’s house and pick up this clock.  We had no idea what to expect.  We couldn’t remember the exact size, style, or even how it worked.  Despite this, we packed up some restraints and blankets and headed off.

Arriving at the house we found the clock in a corner next to my grandpa’s fireplace.   This clock was much larger than we could have guessed.  The first thing we had to do was take out the weights and pendulum inside of the clock.  They are free-swinging and could potential break the glass case they are in.  An eight-feet tall clock is very awkward to carry, but luckily we had a dolly to roll the clock outside into my dad’s truck.  We wrapped the clock in blankets and supported them with duct tape.  Next we attached restraints from every angle to make sure that the clock did not move.  I can only imagine the thoughts people had as we drove this coffin-sized object through a neighboring town to get home.

The next big step was to put the clock inside our house and set it up.  We didn’t know how it worked, or if it even worked at all!  We were now pros at moving the clock inside.  That was definitely the easy part.  Setting up the weights and pendulum in a way to make it work was a different story.  Pulling on the chains within the clock led to a bigger disaster as they fell from the clock.  We were sure that our work was for nothing and we had broken it.

I spent the next hour searching online for ways in which to fix this giant contraption.  I found a few good websites that showed how the gears in the clock worked by using the force of gravity as energy.  The weights turned the gears which in turn rotated the clock.  The pendulum swinging kept the clock working in a consistent and timely manner.  Once we set up the chains in the correct manner, the rest was a piece of cake.  The clock now works wonderfully!  It is definitely something that I will want to bring into my own home in the future.


Summer Time

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on here so I’ll just let you guys know what I’ve been up to these past couple of months. 

I’ve been trying to get more fit by completing the Insanity workout program.  I just finished month one and it is definitely tough.  Month two can only get harder.  However, the hardest part truly is watching how you eat.  I’ve got a sweet tooth that I won’t let be my demise!  I’ll let all of you know how month two is for sure.

This summer has been very strange for me.  I’m so used to having something to do all of the time throughout the school year that being home feels weird.  I’m having a love-hate relationship with my summer.  I’ve also been missing my friends.  STLCOP friends are unlike any other.  They understand you better than any other friends and can relate well with you.

Well I’m done rambling, but I will leave you with a question.  What is your favorite summer time activity?  Swimming, fishing, and baseball should all be up here!


I can’t contain myself….. I’M GOING TO SEE DANIEL TOSH TOMORROW!!!  If you don’t know who this comedian is, then definitely check out Tosh.0 on comedy central.  This is quite possibly my favorite comedian and I have HUGE expectations for his stand-up.  I’ll be posting the details later!  Have a great week.


Knockout Lung Cancer

Organizing a fund raiser was one of the most challenging things I have ever attempted.  I learned so much, despite a lot of headaches along the way.  Here’s a rundown on my past experience.

Over winter break I wanted to do something special and inspiring.  I’ve always been a fan of basketball and I knew the game of knockout would be fun for lots of people.  My grandmother passed away from lung cancer.  All of these things lead to my idea of playing knockout to raise money for lung cancer. 

I decided to put all of my proceeds towards the American Lung Association, because I knew they work very hard in trying to discover a cure.  Secondly, I thought of a t-shirt design that I knew would get people excited


My original date to hold the knockout games was March 18th, under the sponsoring of the Class of 2017.  I soon learned that I was not nearly prepared.  The date was pushed back and I got lots of additional help from my fellow Student Body Union members.  The new date became April 12th.  My peers did an awesome job taking t-shirt orders and helping organize the event.  They even came up with great ideas such as prizes for the winners and raffles.  Out of the 70 shirts that we ordered, we have currently sold 50.  I hope to sell all of the t-shirts and continue to raise money. 

The Student Body Union Programming Committee was very gracious and donated enough money to cover the costs if we don’t break even and an additional $100.  I am very thankful for the generosity.



Smart Phone

I’ve been getting quite a few questions about what I would recommend to incoming 1st years.  One thing that gets overlooked so much is the fact that we live in a fast-pace society and being connected is becoming more and more important.  The best way to stay organized and in touch with all of your peers is with a smart phone.

I just got a Droid 4, and I absolutely love it.  It keeps my calendar, tasks, and email in sync with my school account.  No longer will I miss an event due to getting the email too late.

Anyone that doesn’t have a smart phone coming into STLCOP should highly consider it.  I know the cost is greater, but there isn’t really a reason to need a large data plan.  All smart phones can use the WiFi that the school provides. (skynet)

Being organized is extremely important at STLCOP and a smart phone can only aid you in this.

Have a great week!


Catching Up

A lot has happened since I last blogged.  I’ve taken a couple of tests.  I’ve met new people, and I am still learning and challenging myself every day.

It’s crazy to think that in a little over a month I will no longer be a 1st year.  Where did the time go?  I wouldn’t change anything that happened.  I enjoyed every minute of this past year and I am looking forward to the challenges and good times ahead. 

Alright now down to business.  Have any of you been scared watching a horror movie?  Felt the hair straighten on your neck?  Your muscles become tense?  This is your body preparing for what is called the “fight or flight” response.  In biology last semester we discussed this but just recently I learned in human anatomy that this is a result of neurotransmitters and their receptors. Who knew?  The great thing about understanding how synapses affect how your body works is that I’m writing an essay for critical thinking & writing about new depression medications.  I hope to upload it here after it is graded!


Has anybody else had that moment while studying when the material magically starts to all make sense?  I just had that moment with chemistry lab.  I was looking through the flow chart for a lab quiz on Monday, and it started to make sense.  I still don’t know all of the material, but I know a lot more than whenever I had started.

I just wanted to know if anybody else experiences this.  Let me know below with a comment.