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Whole30 again, March 31 and April 1

Sunday, April 01, 2012

I completely bombed my organic chemistry exam on Friday. In fact, I did so badly that my high B is completely sunk, and even if I get straight 95s and above for the rest of the semester, I won't be able to rise above the low C range. I'll have to retake it over the summer for grade forgiveness. This is really, really upsetting, because I was doing so well, but most of all it's upsetting because I did it to myself by not staying on top of the work. I get so used to hearing "You have to understand CONCEPTS, it's CONCEPTUAL, if you understand the CONCEPTS you don't have to memorize as much!" that I skipped the memorization completely. I HAVE to memorize these things or I'm sunk. Wait, I'm already sunk. $#%&.

Anyway, Whole30 at least is going fine... I'm slacking on the photography but then again, I'm also slacking in organic chemistry so...

Anyway, lunch yesterday was a nice egg salad (there's that nommy homemade mayo again!) on a bed of spring greens with a splash of red wine vinegar. Delicious and satisfying.

This was a blurry picture for no obvious reason. The mayo itself is slightly pink tinged because of the paprika I put in it.

I didn't photograph my dinner, but Daniel and I were both disappointed. We ordered the coconut curry, and were expecting a great meal, but it came out totally bland with no kick and hardly any flavor. The food was of good quality, but the flavor just wasn't there. Even the birthday girl was disappointed by how loud the "private" party room was, with three other parties going on and music blasting so loud you couldn't hear anyone but the person next to you. Perhaps it would be a better restaurant on a weeknight? Who knows?

For breakfast I made a nice cup of coffee in my Keurig and plated two hard-boiled eggs, a handful of almonds, and some sweet prunes. Dried fruit is something you have to watch carefully on the Whole30 because the goal is to get away from craving sweets. Whole fruits are WAY more satisfying and many dried fruits are preserved and sweetened. I've yet to find unsweetened dried cranberries, for instance, and apricots always have sodium something-or-other as a preservative. These prunes, of course, are free of added sweeteners AND they're preservative free, which is fantastic. And I like them!

I smeared the eggs with a little mayo on top. Basically they were deviled eggs without dirtying another bowl to mix the yolks and mayo.

Today's plan to is try to collect myself and learn the chemistry I obviously missed. It's hard to keep working at it when I know it's not mathematically possible to earn an acceptable grade at this point, but I know I can't let it slide because that will make it harder during the six-week summer term. I'm so angry with myself for letting it happen after everything I've done to set myself up for success in these classes.

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    I'm finding that the only way to make it easier is to study harder. Memorize my acids/bases and nucleophiles, memorize the mechanism criteria, and work lots of problems. I was iffy on the acids and bases the first time we saw them, but they really bit me on substitution/elimination. Like, I invented molecules that don't exist.

    I enrolled in Orgo I for the summer term (a 6-week warp speed term, that is) and I'm going to just stick to my guns, learn as much of it as possible before the semester ends, and then get the grade replaced by retaking it. I might ask permission to sit in on Orgo II during the second half of summer, just to make it easier on myself come fall.
    2150 days ago
    O-chem was really hard for me precisely because of all the memorization. It DOES get easier!!!
    2150 days ago
    ohh. I am sorry about the restaurant :( This makes me super sad because eating healthy should never mean eating blandly!
    2150 days ago
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