February 23, 2008

Miasmatic Mathematics

So, this Monday I have an Actuarial Exam. This is the first of a series of 10 tests, and deals with probability. It is affectionately called the P-Test. This wonderful test costs $175 to take, and about 1 in 3 who take the test pass it on their first try. In other words, P(pass) = 0.333 .

If that doesn't tell you how hard the test is, here's an example from the study guide.

77. A device runs until either of two components fails, at which point the device stops running. The joint density function of the lifetimes of the two components, both measured in hours, is

f (x, y) = (x + y)/8 for 0< x <2 and 0< y <2.

What is the probability that the device fails during its first hour of operation?
(A) 0.125
(B) 0.141
(C) 0.391
(D) 0.625
(E) 0.875

I'll give you a hint--it's the blue one. If any of you can tell me why, you're doing better than I did!

So, if any of you want to say a little prayer for me, that'd be GREAT!

February 6, 2008


Here is the long awaited picture of my nephew!

February 2, 2008

He's Here!

My nephew, Jeshurun Kaleb was born today (February 3rd, India time) at 12:18 am to my sister, Evie, and her husband, Ravi. He was 7 lbs when he was born and has a very lusty cry (from what my mom and sister say). Once I get pictures of him, I'll put them up so everyone can see him.

Washing Machine: 1, Cell Phone: 0

Well, this morning I decided to wash my phone, as it was quite dirty. After one wash cycle, the phone was sparkling clean, but also quite dysfunctional. The keypad still lit up when buttons were pressed, but the display did absolutely nothing. Surprising, no?

As it stands now, my new phone, which I got only 3 months ago, is fried. Luckily, the family plan I'm on included a free spare phone, so I at least have a different number I can use temporarily.

Moral of the story? If you want to clean your cell phone, don't use a washing machine to do it. Also, check your pockets!

Little Lady Katie

Last weekend, Tim and I went up to Sandy to finally meet our niece, Katie. She is a beautiful little girl, and that isn't a biased auntie's opinion!

Her big brother Jack was, of course, very fun to be with.

He loved waking up his uncle Timmy...

Tim "loved" being woken up as well!

And a little bit of auntie time.

February 1, 2008

I Finally Have the Computer

After a week of Tim using the computer for his schoolwork, I finally am able to put something up. I love the weekend!
Here is a bit of what we did last month.

Covenant Life Fellowship Marriage Retreat in Bandon

Tim and I went on our first marriage retreat a couple weeks back. It was weird to realize that we were actually eligible to go to a marriage retreat when we first heard about it. We had a great time with the 3 other couples that we rented a house with. The sessions were very convicting and gave both of us a lot to think about and work on to make our marriage a Godly one. Here is a bit of how the weekend went...

I got the whole day off on Friday and was able to do what I actua
lly want to do with my life.... be a housewife! I cleaned house and baked cookies and got both of us packed up for our trip to the coast.

Tim and I left for the coast as soon as he was out of class for the day, but had to stop off at a closed weigh station to put some more oil in our car. Tim got the bright idea that we should weigh ourselves on the scale there and here is what our combined weight was
Yeah, no wonder it was a closed scale.

Here are some views from our rental house.

One of my favorite times during the trip was putting Bethany York to sleep.

Although the walk to the end of the pier and back with Tim was fun as well. We saw some waves crash beautifully onto the rocks, some seals who teased me mercilessly as I tried to take their picture,
Oh yeah, I became deafened by the fog horn that warns ships of where the rocks are.

The building with the orange triangle has a horn in it that is VERY loud when you walk out past it.

Well, I don't know how to cleverly end this post, so I won't.