So Close We Can Taste It.

Today Bubba met with his engineering adviser to set up a tentative class schedule for his remaining semesters.  It was during this meeting that reality set in that we are finally in the last stages of his school.   Bubba started with 10 semesters and has a mere 3 left.  Time is about to move really fast for us and we’re both excited while simultaneously trying not to stress ourselves out.  In some ways I am panicking a little bit.  There are many thoughts racing around our heads, mainly pondering about things in the short term and future. 

We know we need to save a heaping amount of money for moving costs.  We don’t know where we will move, but it is nearly one hundred percent likely that we will be moving shortly after he graduates—as in probably weeks.  That’s another thing.  It is no easy feat to move a family of 5.  There is a lot to consider and a lot of planning involved.  Where do we want to live?  Which state? Big city or small city?  And there are a lot of factors to consider within those questions, such as, can he build a career in this or that area?  What about schools?  Affordability?  Safety? Salary?  Can he one day build his own business within that area?

You get the idea. 

Although many of those questions seem like you can think about later down the line; I cannot.  I’m a thinker.  A planner.  I must have an idea of where I’m heading at all times. 

But anyway…

He has 3 semesters left: Fall, Spring, and Fall.  Even though we have a few long talks around the table in our near future, right now, we are mostly thrilled that his school is coming to a close on time.  There is always potential for change, but right now, this is where we sit.  THREE semesters!!!!  That’s nothing!  We can finally see the light shining in this hellish tunnel.  Finally.

Here is what Bubba has left to take.  Each semester is broken into 16 hours. 

Fall 2015  Aug-Dec

  • intro to Environmental Engineering

  • IEE Lab

  • Hydrology

  • Geotechnical Engineering

  • Structural Analysis

Spring 2016 Jan-April

  • Design Lab

  • Transportation I

  • Transportation Lab

  • Construction Engineering

  • CEGR elective

Fall 2016 Aug-Dec

  • Design Elective
  • Professional Development
  • Senior Design
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

All Summer classes

  • Differential Equations
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Geotechnical Lab
  • Probability and Stats for Engineering
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • 40 hr. internship






Bubba 0 | Karma 1 | The Blair Witch In Texas

My husband’s high school friend, Terry, came to visit last week, and while I don’t often write about my husband, (the one pictured to the right is my husband, Bubba) I feel I have to retell a story they shared with me, that had me laughing until my face turned red.

In fact, I think this story deserves to be told.  It’s not doing any good wasting away in their heads.  Haha.

I hope it at least puts a smile on your face!   

The Blair Witch In Texas

Bubba, Terry, and Josh were the ripe age of sixteen when they decided to camp on a piece of land owned by Josh’s mom’s boyfriend.  Their plan was to stay one week, but on the third day boredom struck.

While Terry and Josh left to try their hand at fishing, Bubba decides the only way to beat the boredom was by mentally scaring his two buddies.

Wasting no time putting thoughts into action, Bubba marched to the back of the campsite where he stacked sticks and rocks behind a hill in different shapes.  Stepping back to admire his handy work, he decided to take it a little further; he grabbed a stick and etched the words, DIE and I’m going to get you in the mud.

While in the middle of his brilliant scheme, Josh busted him.
Josh: “What are you doing!?”
Bubba: “Uhhh…I was trying to scare y’all.”

A short pause.

Josh flashes a crooked smile, looks at Bubba and says, “Let’s get Terry.” 

You didn’t have to tell Bubba twice.  Together, they kept stacking rocks and sticks into shapes.

Proud of themselves, they headed back to camp.  About one hour later, Terry joins them at the tent where they begin to tell him stories about bums that would be caught around there doing strange things in the woods.

Terry took what they said lightly until they took him for a walk at dusk around the woods while continuing to fill his head with more elaborate stories of the witches and the crazy homeless that stalked the woods at night.

Armed with flashlights, they stumbled across random items left by someone else in the woods providing “evidence” that their bum stories were indeed, real.

By now, Terry began buying into their elaborate story.

When it was completely dark, they took Terry around to the spot where they had laid the sticks and rocks out.  Bubba made a big scene, pretending to be scared.

Bubba: “What is all of this stuff!?”

Terry ran up behind him, shined his light on it,  and completely freaked out!  He turned around and ran back to camp as fast as he could.

Bubba and Josh were clearly bemused with themselves.

Back at the campsite, they kept up their charades 

Terry being completely freaked out, pops firecrackers (to keep the bums away) and maintains a huge fire throughout the night.

The next morning, Bubba and Josh awakened to ALL their bags and coolers piled in front of the tent.  They looked over to sleeping Terry, white knuckling his army knife. 

This is when Bubba and Josh loose it, and start laughing and making fun of Terry.  Of course, this made Terry a little butt hurt so he grabbed his gear and packed it away in his car.
They tell him to stay and that it was them all along.

In the end, Terry stayed.

Later that night, they were all inside the tent making shadow puppets after a long war with bottle rockets. (Shooting fireworks at one another)
All of a sudden they hear a loud thud on the tent.

They didn’t think to much about it until they heard something rustling around the tent.

By now, all three boys are shaking, freaking out, “Did you just hear that?”

A large shadow passes in front of the tent.  Now they started to get a little worried and panic ensues.  Someone runs up and starts shaking the tent, violently.  Everyone in the tent storms out, screaming, ready to make a getaway…only to find it was Josh’s mom and cousin messing with them! A storm was approaching and they came to give them a heads up.

Bubba: 0 | Karma: 1