Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Plans bare fruit part 1

Well I have told you that I had plans in the works. My plans were simple, yet long overdue. I planned a surprise trip to Arizona. I wanted to keep it a secret from friends and family alike, but as always happens, not everything falls into place. I had to tell my mother I was coming. Then she spilled the beans to my sister in-law. Oh well. It was still a good trip, and I hope I surprised my dad for his birthday.

I also had wanted to make a surprise trip to Tucson to cheer up a friend who left Illinois a few months ago. I texted her and asked her when would be a good time to call her on the Wednesday I would be in AZ. Only she didn't know I was going to be in AZ. She gave me a time and I made the plans, tentative on when my newest niece would make her grand entrance into the world. Needless to say I couldn't just show up, she wanted to get some labs done after class and asked if I could call her later in the evening. so I had to break the news. She was so excited to see me, and I her. I missed her friendly and supportive face.

I didn't really have time to visit everyone I wanted to, or everyone that mattered. But I did make the most important visit of all. I got to see the two most important girls in my family's life. Lyndi and her sister Adyson.

It's a gray day

Last week we opened up the house. The humidity went away, the temperature dropped to the mid 70s during the day and the low 50s at night. It was a beautiful week. Friday the humidity and heat came back. Only it wasn't so bad.

The soybeans are starting to turn yellow. The corn cobs are starting to droop while their stalks turn brown. The buckeye trees down the road are starting to loose their leaves. It's a gray day today, but fall is in the air. I am hoping for a strong thunderstorm with lots of lightning tonight. It's a gray day today, but the apple orchard opened this past weekend and everything is going to be alright.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

First week of school

As I begin my 3rd semester at Rock Valley, I read about friends and family sending their kids off to school, and I think, hey, that's me putting on my backpack and walking out the door.

I have a full schedule this semester. I have a Career planning class, a Psychology class, an Anatomy and Physiology class, and lastly a Biology of Human Disease class. When I look at that list I can't help but think, "what was I thinking?!?" this is going to be a very tough semester for me. I am going to have a lot of reading to do in at least 2 of the classes. My human disease class not so much. The Teacher doesn't like the book we have for the class and won't be following it, however the material in the book will be helpful to study with.

So far the only class that is scaring me is the A&P. I'm not to sure about how I feel about the teach, on a side note, both my A&P and human disease teachers are younger than me.

Ok, enough fiddle farting around here, I have to go read a few chapters.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Summer Break

Ahhh, it's August and I have 19 days until school starts again. I plan on doing as little as possible, I mowed the yard on Sunday. Today is Wednesday and you can't tell I touched it. I have gone from 5 loads of dirty laundry to one in the dryer, one put away and 3 laundry baskets of clean clothes. All the junk mail that was on the living room floor has been picked up and thrown away, now I just need to take all the cardboard to the recycling dumpster. So much for doing as little as possible.

Well I got my official grades yesterday. I ended up getting an A in chemistry instead of the B I thought I was getting so I was extremely surprised. My GPA for 2 semesters is an average 3.667! I was so afraid I did so bad this semester that A really made me feel better.

Monday, August 2, 2010

So where are they now...

Hello friends and family,
I have just finished my second semester of school. My first semester I did really well. I was a few credits shy of being full time and I had an A in 2 classes and a B in the third.

This semester I had 3 classes, and was a full time student. I liked my Chem class, but did lousy on the tests. Luckily the homework and lab work made up for that and I came out of the class with a B. I had an A in another class and unfortunately I had a really hard time in my Algebra II class. The teacher expected us to know everything he taught already. During one class he used an equation from geometry and I asked him, "How were we supposed to know this if we have never taken geometry?" His answer, "Well, I guess you are outta luck then." yeah, hated this class. I luckily passed with a C so I don't have to re-take it, but it brought my average down. To get into my Respiratory program I need to have a high average in order to compete for the open seats.

I am already registered for a full course load for the Fall. I have 3 weeks before classes start on the 23rd of Aug. It is going to be a heavy load, but hopefully I can do it. I am interested in the classes so that should make it easier.

The way I dealt with frustration last year became the source of frustration this year. I left my roller derby team this past June. I have now been off skates for over 2 months and I hate it. I thought that the reason I left the team had been taken care of, unfortunately, it wasn't. Shortly after I left the team I was approached by several friends from other leagues, one even joked about when were we going to move so we could join them.

After weeks of beating myself up for even thinking about what I considered a traitorous act I made a decision. I realized that what I had been considering my team no longer was my team. Sure I had friends and girls I considered family on the league, but they were and are no longer a team. So, I am going to be stepping up my game, even though I really don't care about the competitiveness of the sport, I still want to play. I am going to be attending practices and skating with the closest WFTDA league.

More to come in the near future, I promise, the next post won't be too far behind. I said it before I have plans in the works, multiple plans, this is only one...stay tuned for the fruits of my labors.