By: Kyle Grubb
Sometimes you’re just sitting around, doing whatever, and then suddenly realize that it’s Monday and you need to sit down and write a Week: In Review before the impossible-to-please voices in your head start to throw a mutiny again.
I was about to say that this week was pretty uneventful, but then I looked back and thought about it. That isn’t actually true. Let’s dive in to this.
For school, this WAS a pretty laid-back week. Philosophy had a test on Tuesday, but that wasn’t really a problem. At all. It just involved a few short-answer essay questions about the material. It was even easier than the quiz from the Thursday before. On Thursday, class was cancelled. In Literature, we (finally) finished up Sister Carrie on Tuesday. Thursday was only for people who wanted to write their essays about the book, but I’m passing on that chance. The way it works is that we have three longer books throughout the course, and we have to select one of them to write a paper on. I’m willing to take my chances on one of the other two. I really just didn’t enjoy that book. So yeah, if you’re paying attention, that meant I only went to school for one day last week.
Most of the week ended up consisting of the same schedule. I was just ingesting the things I was planning on writing about, and thus most of my time was taken up. I started and finished the first episode of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, and worked my way through a good chunk of Resident Evil 6. My friend Andrew helped me with both. I also watched a few episodes of the newest season of House of Cards, which is a show I really love. I’m only 3 episodes in, though, so there’s still quite a bit more to tackle. I played a few other games here and there, one of which I’m debating on whether or not to review. I might just wait for it to get out of Early Access, even if it has more content than tons of full games released nowadays.
As for Couch to 5K, I’m making my way through. This week did present a few problems, though. Firstly, Shin Splints. Nothing too awful, mind you, but it certainly didn’t make the process any easier. It started up Wednesday near the end of my run, and I had to power through them. On Friday, fate and tiredness made it so that I missed my chance earlier in the morning to run. I ended up running on Saturday morning, which didn’t really change things up too much. The runs themselves weren’t too bad. It was a small escalation from the week before, and so there wasn’t too much more to overcome. While the minute and a half jogging sections did give me a slight problem, the current me, who has already tackled my first day of week three, wants to punch past me for being a baby. I’m going to get through this program, even if it kills me. Which it won’t. And now that I think about it, my death WOULD prevent me from finishing…
My weekend would have, normally, been taken up with helping my Mom with the play we’re hosting. On Friday, though, she just had me help set up. Afterwords, I got back to the house and pounded through a bit more of Resident Evil 6 with Andrew. Saturday, I was able to not go if I passed out flyers for the play out near a local Catholic church. I arrived just a bit too late and most of the people were already gone, though. Sunday, my dad and I went back to the church earlier in the morning and caught them as they were getting out. We passed out maybe six flyers before a priest chased us away. Eh, it happens. I got permission to skip out on the play on Sunday because of Game Day. People got held up, and it didn’t end up starting until about 4. Even then, only Andrew, Matt, and Taylor made it. We played a few games, and then closed out the night by showing Taylor The Matrix for the first time. No clue how she hadn’t seen it. Apparently she’s missed quite a few films that you tend to just expect everyone to have seen at some point.
Also, if you didn’t notice, I got a few more reviews out this week than the one before it. I promised I’d do so, and kept my word. Go me.
All in all, it’s hard to judge myself on this week. Like a few weeks back, it was a pretty bland experience. It wasn’t that wasn’t doing anything… it was just that nothing I did was really too crucial or interesting. I spent time hanging out with friends, managed to get out of helping my mom (and since she didn’t end up needing my help at all, I’m not counting that against me), and played a good amount of games and watched a good amount of shows.
I did do well in a few ways, though. Firstly, I did push through the second week of Couch to 5K despite getting hurt last weekend and getting shin splints midway through the week. I’m not always the most determined person when it comes to things like this, but I really want to get through the program, if only to prove to myself that I can. I also pounded out over three times as many reviews as the week before, though that’s more a reflection of last week more than this one. I also had a decent variety going, which helped.
I also got my first couple comments, and earned a few likes. My House of Cards reviews seem to be getting traction, which is obviously exciting. The initial boost in views from Facebook have dropped off by quite a bit, but I’d rather quality views over quantity any day. As long as I can keep my content interesting, I can be proud of what I’m doing here. Even if what I’m doing has no real consequence.
Final Score: 7/10