I haven't been getting lots of sleep lately on account of the defective fire panel right outside of my window. For some reason it's been going off at about between 4 and 8 most of the week and I think part of last week. This morning was the first morning it hasn't woken up all of building 107 at the tasty hour of 4 A.M. If any of you have heard fire panels at any of the dorms around the University of Arkansas, the incesant "beep, beep, beep" then a pause of about three seconds and then "beep, beep, beep" you know what I am talking about. It's not the annoying buzzer beep like you get in the actual dorm rooms, and you don't get the "Emergency, emergency, an emergency has been declared in the building. Please proceed to the nearest fire exit immediately. Do not use elevators." I think that's basically what's said, and that's annoying, but that beeping which lasted maybe for like ten minutes, sometimes longer, really does make for interesting dreams. At first we thought it was someone's alarm clock, but it was so intermittent and happened at weird times, that I knew it wasn't. Apparently, Mike, the maintenance guy from here moved some smoke alarms from the breezeway, and at this point, it's solved the problem. If it happensagain, I'll go out and use my crazy echolocation skills to find where the noise is coming from. So consequently, I've been tired lately. I was even tired today, because I was pretty keyed up being that I told Brenda at the front office that I'd go out the first time it beeped and find where it was.
I went to the doctor today to get my physical done to send to The Seeing Eye, and it was pretty uneventful. I had a TB skin test, a tetnis shot, and blood drwan, so I felt like what a pin cushion might feel like, but otherwise it was ok. I've had a heck of a time even finding a doctor that would take me here in this town. Apparently, many doctors here in town are not taking patients anymore. I called Oak Ridge Family Clinic on Monday, and they didn't call back for a few days, so I decided to go to the walk-in clinicand they got me in right away yesterday. Well I should say they told me to come right in yesterday, and when I got there, they told me that I should come back today. Apparently, they only had one doctor there yesterday, so if I could come back today, they'd be better off because it might take some time. The doctor was friendly, and though I had reservations of going to a walk-in clinic (I'd never done that before), I was pleased. I have to go back on Monday to get my TB skin test read, and then they'll send away all of my paperwork. They I get to wait to see when I'll actually be heading to Morristown, NJ. They told me that they definitely could get me in on the 24th of November, but they'd try to see if someone cancelled so I could get in the end of October. We shall see what happens. The ironic thing was that I got nack and checked in with the office. They told me that Oak Ridge Family clinic had called that morning and a doctor had accepted me there. I think it will be a good thing to have a doctor here as a primary care physician, so I've got an appointment for a couple of weeks from now. What a pain for sure.
Work has been pretty mundane lately. I've been doing some technical write-ups for various types of equipment that is used in chemical plants. It's a daunting task because there are so many units that have to be done, but I haven't gotten much from my advisor, so this is kind of a standby thing for me while I wait for simulation work to come my way. Because of the doctor fiasco, I came back here both today and yesterday, and did a bit of research on the various units I need to do. Monday, I hope to be getting a new project that I'll be the principle engineer on (I'll do the first pass on it), so that'll be really cool, I hope.
I continue to really enjoy church, as usual :), and am making more friends. I very much enjoy my Sundays, they are my favorite day of the week, and I enjoy hanging out with the Levine's after church. I didn't go over there last Sunday because I made chocolate chip cookies for a church thing on Monday, but I think I'll go this week. They were kidn of sad I wasn't there last week which was kinda touching. It's neat to feel accepted and loved, especially when your family is so far away.
Tomorrow I'm going to Wal-Mart to get a few things, and then in the evening, I'm going out with the missionaries again. I went and did a couple of lessons with them on Thursday, and they told me not to make any plans for tomorrow because they needed my help to meet with someone I'd already met with. She's learning quickly, so this makes me happy. She also wants to quit smoking, which is also a really good thing. It's definitely a different experience going to help teach with the missionaries rather then being taught. I think I could manage being a missionary, I know I could, but since I can't at this point, this gives me a bit of a taste of what it's like to do the work. It'll be an awesome weekend I think.
And if I don't stop writing, I'm sure I'll continue making mistakes in my typing, and I'll be further tired when I have to get up and be ready to leave by 10. So I'll close now, and make time between my books to write more. Time for bed, I hope.