Category Archives: Fall 2017

Busy Summer

Hi guys!  Sorry I’ve been absent, I’ve taken on a bit of IT work for the summer as well as trying to get ahead for next semester (yay multivariable calculus and differential equations).  Yes, I’m that kind of nerd.  Between self-imposed studying and learning how to work MATLAB, I’ve been catching up on my favorite things that I had to forego at the end of the semester.

I found a few D&D podcasts that are AMAZING.  One I learned about because Aram Vartian was on DiceCameraAction as a guest NPC.  He made it out alive, and I was shocked.  Their track record holds that only three guests (maybe four if you count Mordenkainen the wizard) have managed to survive.  His podcast is called Godsfall:  Divine & Conquer.  It is this entire world that Aram created from scratch using D&D 5E rules.  This thing is so incredibly fleshed out.  He should be almost done editing his Worldbook for print.  Just listening to the history alone is proof that he is a bad ass worldbuilder.  If you decide to listen to this podcast, my favorite part is Turtlefest (it’s the best fest).  The other one I haven’t actually gotten completely around to, and that’s Dungeon Rats.  Both can be found on ITunes or really any podcast player.

I also have been catching up on some live stream D&D like DiceCameraAction with the Wafflecrew, Acq. Inc: The “C” Team, Critical Role, and High Rollers to name a few.  DCA and “C” Team are both streamed on Twitch.tv, and are amazing.  The Wafflecrew is DM’d by Chris Perkins on Tuesdays at 4:00 PST (7:00 EST).  Acq. Inc: The “C” Team is a spin from the original Acquisitions, Incorporated, DM’d by Jerry Holkins.  This franchise of the original Acquisitions, Inc. are a motley crew of amazing and funny people.  Sometimes even Patrick Rothfuss makes an appearance either via text, in the chat room, or in person.  The “C” Team isn’t always as fast paced as other D&D games and sometimes I think it is more fun when they decide to go off on weird tangents and something ends up going seriously pear shaped.  This show can be seen on Thursdays at 6:30 on Twitch.tv as well, but you can also catch it in podcast form.  It ends before Critical Role on the Geek & Sundry Twitch channel, DM’d by Matthew Mercer.  High Rollers is done on Sundays at 1:00 PM EST or I think 5:00 PM BST (they are broadcasting from the UK) and DM’d by Mark Hulmes in a custom sandbox D&D world.  All of these streams are amazing and there are SO MANY MORE I wish I could watch.  However, I’d NEVER get anything done.  All of these things can be caught on YouTube if you need to catch up on things missed (you can lose yourself for at least a month catching up to speed on every one of these shows).

So, what I have been doing recently in what bits of free time I have had while catching up on these things, is making a new 2017 planner to upload!  It is finally finished.  The Monday start planner goes from July 2017 to June 2018.  I have two types, so you can pick which you would prefer (chronodex aren’t for everyone).  One has just lines at the bottom of the page, for notes, meal tracking, steps, etc.  The other has a doubledex-type chronodex at the bottom.  Both come with a coral and grey color scheme.  It still has the vertical layout with similar measurements to EC and Happy Planners.  If you glam/scrap plan, you can easily fit printables into the planner pages.  Also, I have created 2 separate forwards:  one has contacts, year at a glance, and monthly goals, and the other has that PLUS assignm2017-18 Planner Coral-Greyent trackers, semester schedule, grade trackers and professor contacts.

I also have been working on a bullet journal.  It really has turned into more of an art planner than a real bujo.  However, it allows me to have more creative influence over the way my planner looks because I sometimes want to try new things.  I’m going to give it a go this fall and we’ll see how it works out.  I will keep you guys posted with photos on Instagram and on here so you can watch my frustrated journey through trying something brand new.  Some of it I’m creating a head of time because I know I won’t have time to dedicate to my bujo once the semester is in full swing.

As always, if you want to share my stuff, please link your friends to my page as opposed to just sending them the file.  Don’t try to pass my stuff off as your own.  Yadda yadda yadda.  You know the fine print drill.

Feel free to drop me a tweet or show me what you’ve done on Instagram by tagging me: @CoffeeConfessor.

Planner Forward (non-school)

Planner Forward for Students

Planner with DoubleDex

Planner without DoubleDex

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Planning for Next Semester

It’sPlanning Fall Semester 1 that time in the semester when all the projects are coming down to the wire, exams are constant and I want to tear my hair out.  So, why not think about fall semester classes on top of everything else?  Since I go to a satellite school, I have a very limited amount of classes I can take, and I sometimes have problems fitting exact classes in my schedule.  So, the first thing I do is meet with my advisors to make sure I’m taking the right classes.  Since my physics advisor is on sabbatical this year, I’ve been shuffled to another brilliant advisor,
Dr. Levine.  He’s currently researching dark matter.  He is Planning Fall Semester 2brilliant, and also very nice.  I had a conflict with my upcoming physics 3 class and my linear algebra class, and he was kind enough to move the physics class.  This is wPlanning Fall Semester 3here small universities can sometimes be more awesome than large ones.  We have tons of research opportunities at the university.  I met with my math advisor to ensure that I was on track with taking 3 math courses next semester:  Linear Algebra, Calculus 3, and Differential Equations.  (I love me some math.)  So, knowing that I needed these courses, I created a new time table that has fifteen minute steps and started it from 8 in the morning to 5 in the evening.  None of my classes will go past that this nePlanning Fall Semester 5xt semester.  My classes only run Monday-Thursday, but I keep Fridays in the layout because it helps me plan out library blocks.  This way, I can record the class and section number, the
professor, the room/building (if there is one), and time blocks.  This gives me a visual to look at so I can figure out where I will have study blocks and library time.  Three math and two physics classes are a heavy load to take, but I am happy with it as long as I have time to decompress and study between classes.  This semester, once my classes start, they are back to back, and I don’t get a chance to eat lunch or really do any processing of notes and lectures between classes.  It’s frustrating.  I have to remember things through four to five hours of classes.  I am happy next semester I will have more than 15 minutes to gather my brains together and prep for the next class (not to mention GRAB LUNCH).