Thursday, April 28, 2011

Savers…A Rant on Hoarding

I get that people like to keep things that are near and dear to them.  I have things I’ve kept that others would look at and say HUH?  However, when your space can’t hold one single thing more, it is time to GET RID OF SHIT.

I’ve been in my job for seven months.  In that time I’ve shredded a forest of paperwork.  I’ve cleaned out, condensed and organized three offices of outdated and broken items.  I’ve sent things to surplus for sale.  I’ve thrown things out.  I’ve rearranged furniture.  I’ve made electronic all sorts of files. 

Multiple copies of the same document really do not need to be kept.  However, the people who had my job before me seemed to think they needed three, four, five, and MORE copies of the same thing.  ONE – really you only need ONE copy. 

The last few days I’ve been sorting nasty dusty awful files.  I have a stack of about 10 inches of papers / files that is old.  It is from the last century – mostly 1994 and early.  I found things from 1967.  That is just three years younger than me.  There is no way we need to keep documentation from that far back.

I’m hoping my boss will approve that all this stuff can go to the archives.  This will clean out another two file drawers.  It will allow the department to have a record of the past even if something happens to the paper copies. 

I’ve spent several days wandering through these files.  I’m now congested from all the crappy dust.  I’ve had headaches from trying to figure out if something was worth keeping.  I’ve listened to student workers grumble because they have spent HOURS scanning and sorting right along with me. 

Here is my advice to people.  If you haven’t used it in a year and it isn’t of legal significance, get rid of it.  Now IRS and legal stuff you have to be more careful with.  Seven years is the length of time to keep anything financial except perhaps mortgages and such.  If you are the family historian, then organize and keep all pertinent items.  Note the word PERTINENT.  You do not need to have every scrap of paper a child has brought home from school. 

More is not more.  Less is more.  When you have an organized and uncluttered space you are able to enjoy what you do have.  Stop keeping so much crap - no one appreciates it.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Roller Coaster Life

I feel like I'm on a roller coaster.  I was upset yesterday because I looked at my school account under financial aid and it said no financial aid for 2012 (meaning Fall 11 - Spring 12).  I thought I wouldn't be able to go back to school.  I was disappointed. 

I called the financial aid office to see why and if there was anything I could do about it.  I got a young woman who confused the hell out of me.  I asked questions and she couldn't answer them.  I quickly realized she didn't have any idea. 

Fortunately, I am persistent.  I got the name of the woman I needed to talk to and emailed her questions.  This morning I got her response.  She cleared up a lot of my confusion and informed me that as a Special Student (no comments here from my smart ass family and friends) I need to be going for a degree not just taking classes.  All I have to do to qualify for financial aid is have my advisor email her some information. 

Today, I emailed my advisor and set up an appointment.  We discussed a little of what I want to do.  Tonight after I had time to go through things, I emailed her a list of questions. 

It seems like I'll be able to go to school.  I'm excited about it and hope that I can do what I want to do.  I've gone from being disappointed yesterday to excited today.  Tomorrow who knows what I'll be feeling...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sweet

Our family cannot hang on to gifts till the day of the celebration for anything.  There is just no way for them to have patience enough to be able to wait to give a gift.  So Friday when Ken came in and was all secretive and stealthy, I knew something was up. 

Then he comes to the living room and asks Vicki “Should I give it to her now?”  Of course that is a ridiculous question because he was already planning to give it to me.  Our anniversary isn’t until June but he can’t wait that long to give it to me.

He produces a little pink box.  My first reaction was – Pink – really – you had to wrap it in my least favorite color?  Pink wrapping paper and pink bow… I gave him grief over that.  He didn’t wrap it, the store did.  It was beautifully wrapped..

I open it up and it is a jeweler’s box from my favorite jewelry store.  Now I can’t wear a lot of jewelry so I’m excited and a bit apprehensive too.  If it is a necklace I’ll be able to admire it and not wear it.  I open the white box and there is of course another box inside of it.  I open the inner box and there is the most beautiful pearl ring.  It is stunning and amazing.  I love it!!!!

I didn’t know that pearl was the item you were supposed to give for the 30th anniversary.  Ken did know this.  How I haven’t a clue but he got me the PERFECT gift.  I asked Vicki if she told him and she said no.  He gets lots of bonus points for getting the perfect gift.  He is one amazing guy…

Friday, April 22, 2011

Tax Equity

Death and taxes.  Those are the things we are told are a certainty in life.  At some point we are all going to die - it is inevitable.  Taxes, however, seem to be a bit more questionable depending on who you are. 

I know that with my small pay I pay about 25 - 28% of taxes - I'm looking at my paycheck overall.  I claim zero on my W4s because I don't want to have to pay in for taxes.  I'd rather get something back.  Depending on the tax laws we skirt the breaking even line for tax refunds.  We do things like contribute to an IRA and paying on my student loans to get a break.  However, now the girls are no longer our dependents we have to hold our breaths every tax season. 

I don't think we are any different than most people.  Tax time is stressful for all.  Here's the thing though.  I don't want my taxes to go to multi-billion dollar corporations or people who are so wealthy they can afford to pay their own way in life.  I want my taxes to go to things like Social Security, Medicare, Planned Parenthood (even the small 3% that goes for abortions), NPR, PBS.  These are the things I think are worthwhile.

I also don't want anyone to pay more than their fair share.  On the flip side of that coin, I don't think people should get out of paying their fair share.  I remember back in the 80s I watched a movie about a couple that was divorcing.  The husband had money, the wife had been a stay at home mom.  She went out and found a job.  Like most women who had been stay at home moms it didn't pay all that much.  The husband kept trying to tell the courts that he didn't have that much money.  As soon as the divorce was settled he suddenly had a jump in lifestyle.  Thereby cheating his wife out of part of their assets etc.  This is how I feel the rich and the corporations are treating us.  (See there was a point embedded in that round about story)

They are saying oh 250 thousand isn't that much and it isn't really "rich" especially if you have kids.  I wonder if they have any clue how that sounds to someone who makes less than 50 or 30 thousand?  The question becomes are you paying your taxes on your income.  Why should someone who makes more money get a loop hole that allows them to get out of paying the same taxes that I pay?  Why should corporations who benefit from doing business in the US and make BILLIONS of dollars on the consumers here, not pay taxes here?

Equity.  It is an interesting concept that apparently most of the Republicans don't get.  Here is a link to a site that shows the deficit by president since WWII http://cedarcomm.com/~stevelm1/USDebt.png  If you think the republicans are doing us any favors I think you need to take a serious look at things. 

Carter had the deficit going up at a slight rate.  Reagan, however, had it jumping up by leaps and bounds - jumping from around 1 Trillion to about 3 Trillion by the time he was done.  Bush the first had it jumping up to just over 4 Trillion in the short time he was in there.  Clinton's budget jumped to just under 6 Trillion but the spending was starting to level out.  In the last couple years he was in, the deficit wasn't increasing at such a high rate of things.  Bush II though now he gave the rich and business a LOT of tax breaks.  The deficit went from just under 6 Trillion to around 11 Trillion in eight years. 

What the hell!!!!  Obviously whatever Bush II was doing wasn't good for the country.  It was like giving your teenager a credit card and saying have at it.  Federal income went down because he gave the corporations and the wealthy tax breaks that allowed them to not pay their fair share.  If income goes down then obviously debt goes up. 

I don't want the upper class to pay more than their fair share.  I want them to pay their fair share.  I think that the middle class needs to open their eyes, read some history and think about what is important in life.  Do we really want our seniors to not have Social Security or health care?  Do we really want women to not have access to cancer screenings?  Do we want organizations like PBS and NPR to shut their doors or cut their services because a section of our population is whining that they can't afford to pay their taxes? 

I say - try living on what I make.  Instead of having your 250,000 try living on 30,000.  Put away the fancy cars, private schools, and all the luxury items - if they lived on NEED items only like the majority of the people, they would have a lot more money available to them. 

I've heard the argument "why are we penalizing those who have worked hard to make more money".  I've worked hard to make more money too.  I just haven't broken that 6 figure mark yet.  I'm betting most middle and low income people will say the same thing.  Again I say to the people making more and taking advantage of the loopholes, the free ride needs to stop and you need to pay your fair share.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Three Day Weekend!!!

Three days off in a row!  This means I get to enjoy the weekend right?  Nope.  Tomorrow is errand day as it is pay week.  Now mostly I just do the driving and Vicki runs the errands but still it takes time.  I also have my second round of shots tomorrow.  This is good and not so good.  Hurts like the dickens but helps so much it is worth the pain.

I have to say that I had my first shot last Friday and I’m already noticing an improvement.  This is a huge encouragement to going forward with the next two shots.  My knees haven’t locked up at night once this past week.  They still hurt and the weather still bothers them a lot but I can SLEEP without pain. 

After the shots I’ll be pretty much recliner bound.  I am hoping to talk the hubby into doing a rotisserie chicken on Saturday.  That will be really nice because we can have one meal on the whole bird fresh off the grill and a second meal off the left over chicken in a wrap or quesadilla. 

I have 45 pages left in a manuscript to edit.  After I get the changes in the computer I want to see how large it is.  I want to pair it down a lot so the next step is to look at each chapter and determine how vital it is to the entire story.  This is where I am bad because I want to tell a well-rounded story and everything seems vital.  I’m going to have to shift my mindset though and work hard at it. 

There is a point in this particular story that I really like the book but there are parts in the beginning that I just think are rough – even though I’ve edited it LOTS.  That is where my red pen will be used a LOT (well okay it is a pink pen but still…)

Vicki mentioned something about baking this weekend and wanting help.  I keep telling her I don’t know how to bake but she doesn’t believe me.  I guess I’ll help her with the baking.  I think my faculty will be the ones benefiting from it.

Seems like a full weekend.  I wonder if it will all get done….

School… very possibly…

This has been on my mind for a while now.  I’ve actually filled out a lot of paperwork and am moving forward with going back to school.  I have sent in my financial aid forms and my application.  I don’t know if I will get enough to go or get accepted to the college.  I don’t know if I really want to be the old lady in the classes.  I’ll be looking at a second and possibly a third bachelor’s degree in English Writing and English Book Publishing and Editing.

Here’s what I do know.  I want to learn more.  I want to fine tune my writing and editing skills.  I’d like to be a better writer.  Will it help me to get published?  I haven’t a clue.  I’ll have to take at least two classes (6 credits) to be considered part time.  When I look at the schedule of classes though, I want to take eight or ten of them.  This of course would be WAY more than a full load. 

Here I am 47 years old and considering going back to school.  This almost seems foolish.  I’m not getting a degree that will further my ability to make money in my day job.  It might help with my writing business but there is no certainty about it. 

There are tax advantages to going to school.  I’ll get a tax credit for being a part time student.  If I wanted to I could defer my student loans (not going to happen I don’t think). 

I think between the two degrees there are about 14 – 18 classes I would have to take.  If I take two classes a semester, it will take 7-9 semesters which is about four years.  If I get student loans I could put money aside and take summer classes which would decrease the amount of time I would be in school. 

Then there is the social factor.  I’m not all that interested in the socializing or even the group work of going to school.  I think this is the part that worries me the most.  It is hard for me to think about being in classes with a lot of other people.  I have to try to remember names and get along with everyone.  I’m not sure at this stage in my life I want to play nice with others.

I have a lot to think about before I make my decision.  There is still information I need.  I have to finish off my application process.  I have to see about financial aid.  There is a lot to do and what if after all this work I don’t get accepted or get the money needed?  Will I be disappointed?  Am I crazy?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Elections

The Supreme Court election is done and after a very suspicious surge from one county, Prosser has declared a victory.  That may sound like sour grapes because my candidate didn’t win but here are the issues I have.

A county clerk said she made a mistake in posting the results for her county.  She said she forgot to save the numbers for one city in Access.  Access is a database and automatically saves the information entered.  Experts in this program tried to have the entries not save and couldn’t make it happen.

This county clerk was given immunity by Prosser in a previous case of election fraud years ago.  I think she even worked for him at one point.  She has been criticized in the past for procedures during elections by the county board where she works. 

All of these factor into a huge question of whether Prosser actually won or if he or those who wanted him to win arranged for him to win. 

The only good thing is the margin by which he won is small enough that Kloppenburg can ask for a recount without having to pay a million dollars. 

Did Prosser win?  I don’t know.  It seems like there was some election misconduct or fraud.  Yes I know those are legal terms but that is how it seems.  I think that whoever oversees the elections should go into that county and investigate what happened.  I think the state should have a recount of that county because of the mishandling of the election.  From the news tonight it sounds like they are looking at her practices and so on. 

I'd like to see a recount.  I'm betting I'm not alone.  I hope JoAnne Kloppenburg asks for a recount.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Boys Need to Grow Up

Beware there is a feminist rant to follow so if you don't want to deal with it - don't read this.

In Texas there is an 11 year old girl who was gang raped multiple times by boys ages 14 and up to adults.  This occurred in a small town.  Now I grew up in a smallish town.  My experience is that everyone knows everyone else.  You can't do ANYTHING in a small town without someone knowing you did it.  You cannot tell me that some of these boys involved (or allegedly) didn't know that this was an 11 year old. 

So this girl was raped.  It went unreported by her but got out because the boys (I'm commenting on their maturity level not their legal age) involved had to brag and record the horrendous things they did to this little girl. 

Newspapers quoted people in the town saying that the girl asked for the rapes to happen because she was sneaking around and dressing provocatively.  Really - really - we want to even go there?  She is 11!!!!!!  I've read comments that it is her parent's fault for not keeping better control of her. 

Here is my question.  What the fuck?  Okay so after the outrage and fury has died down a bit (and only a bit), here are more questions.  This little girl didn't ask to be sexually used by multiple males.  Even if she stood in the town square and said come fuck me, she is 11. 

Where are the parent's of these boys to teach them that you don't do this?  What the hell were the boys thinking?  I warn you I may have to explode if someone comes out with the boys will be boys bull shit.  It is time we stopped allowing boys to be boys and taught them to act with respect and consideration for all people - EVERYONE - and most especially when it comes to the females in the world. 

Grow up.  If you cannot control your sexual urges then do society a favor and lock yourself away.  Everyone has sexual urges.  It is part of our nature.  The thing is most of us manage to control them so that we don't cause damage to others.  If you cannot control them - then lock yourself away so that you don't do harm.

It isn't that little girl's fault that these males raped her.  It isn't her parent's fault if she snuck out.  It is the males who took advantage of a girl who was unprotected.  Those males are at fault for not having better control of their sexual urges and need for power over someone.  They all deserve to go to jail for a very long time. 

To the people who are blaming the victim, I only have one thing to say to you.  Shame on you!!! 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Organized a bit more…

I’ve been sort of stuck at a point in my story that I’m working on.  I needed to organize large groups of characters and sort of take each group off in different directions. 

I use a spreadsheet to keep track of details on this particular story.  It helps me keep track of my large cast of characters, locations, “magic” words, and a variety of other things.  At one point I split the characters into squads led by three different people.  I didn’t want to mess up and say someone was in two places when they were geographically split up.

Now I’m at a point where the leader of the whole thing is going in one direction and his right hand woman is being sent somewhere else.  So I had to take the time to look at my characters and determine who was going where. 

The other thing is the group as a whole had to grow significantly.  I had to find a way to have that happen without having to keep track of another hundred characters.  So I have a group of nameless characters that I can bring into the mix as I go.  I’m not putting names to them until I start writing about them.  It will be easier that way.  I won’t have the overwhelming task of coming up with all the names and details about them until I need to use them in the story. 

Now all I need is a good weekend or so to work on the next few chapters.  I know what I want each group to do but the details need to be worked on.  If I can pull it off the way I think I will, it will be really good. 

The friend I have reading it has caught up to me and wants more so I’m taking that as a good sign.  I need to get more down on paper to finish the story and to get the rest of it to her.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Shots …

Today I got shots in my knees.  This is goo that goes in to help cushion the joint in an effort to replace the fluid that the arthritis has gotten rid of.  This is a three week treatment to help reduce the amount of pain I’m in.

It was painful getting the needle shoved into my knee but I am looking forward to the end result.  It will mean that I will be in less pain every day after the shots start.  Now if they would only come up with something for my ankle that has bone on bone.

Every Friday through the rest of April, I’ll be in the doctor’s office getting these shots.  I’m looking forward to May.  It will mean that I’ll be able to sleep better because my knees won’t be locking up and I’ll be able to manage life better. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Day is Done... thankfully

Today has been a DAY and a half...

It really started last night.  The weather is getting ready to change.  I know - not because I watch the weather - because every joint in my body hurts.  When I finally got to bed, I couldn't sleep.  It was a combination of too much pain and too much on my mind.

This morning I woke up from a fitful night's sleep to have hands that wouldn't close and pain everywhere.  Standing under the hot shower chased away some of the aches. 

Work was CRAZY.  I would start to work on something only to be interrupted by several things - urgent emails, phones ringing, students, faculty, other people, and all sorts of issues to resolve.

I'm only six months into my job so I'm still at the "I don't know but I'll find out" stage.  Most people are understanding but it means I have to figure out who to ask and then wait for them to answer.  I have to say though that I've been getting some wonderful support from those I ask.  People have just been super nice to me. 

On a side note - I found out yesterday that I am off probation and now considered a permanent employee!!!!  This is a relief in these difficult and uncertain times.  I feel slightly more secure about my job being there every day now.

By the time I left work, I was ready to come home and curl up.  Instead I've got a sick husband and daughter so I have to cook supper.  I looked at my refrigerator and freezer and said... hmmm hash.. I chopped up a half of an onion that was in my fridge, left over ham, and hashbrowns.  When it was done we topped it with some cheddar cheese and called it supper.

Finally I got to sit down to relax.  I've been a bum tonight.  Sat at my computer playing different word games I downloaded.  Some were fun, some not.  Overall, I'm glad today is done and I can go to bed soon...

Monday, April 11, 2011

Minority Rules???

Recently I heard that 89% of Americans believe there should be abortion available to women.  I also have heard that 75% (or something like that) of Americans believe Gays should have the right to be married.  If these statistics are actually true, why are these things either being called into question or not allowed? 

If the majority of Americans are for these being legal and available, why aren't they?  Do we allow the noisy minority to rule our lives?  We are a democracy right?  If we are, then shouldn't the majority rule? 

It saddens me that an entire group of our population cannot participate in marriage.  So long as the two are from the same species (i.e. man and man, man and woman, woman and woman) they should have the same rights and privileges. 

As for the abortion issue, I know the arguments for and against it.  To me it is a matter of choice.  When a woman is pregnant and cannot continue with the pregnancy, she has three choices.  None of these choices is easy or made lightly.  All of these options should be available to her so she can follow through safely.

Yet our society seems to listen to the noisy minority and try to stop both of these from happening.  The minority certainly have the right to protest and voice their opinions but if the majority truly does feel like they are wrong - then it is time for the majority to get off their bums and do something about it.

If you believe in these things, write to your legislators - both on the state and federal level.  Let them know your opinion on keeping abortion available and allowing gays the same rights as the rest of the population.  Speak up, stand up, and be counted to help those who don't have the same rights and to protect the rights of women. 

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Technology has its uses....

I wrote last night till nearly one in the monring.  I finished yet another chapter.  This morning I had to be up to leave the house at 7 am so I set my alarm and got up.  Fortunately it is the weekend so I don't have to dress up or anthing. 

The morning was gray and gloomy.  It seemed to fit my tired and somewhat growly morning mood.  While I had the radio on as I drove I wasn't really listening to it.  Last night I ended my chapter and it was good but it wasn't great.  It wasn't quite what I wanted and I couldn't figure out what I wanted - that's part of the reason I stopped writing. 

As I'm driving along not really thinking about anything, my story pops into my head.  I'm thinking about what I want to happen next in the story - thinking about the next chapter, which characters will go where, what the next phase is.  My mind keeps going back to the end of the chapter.  I can't seem to let go of the ending of the chapter.  Then an idea pops into my head that is BRILLIANT.  It is the PERFECT ending to the chapter and sets up a great transition. 

I'm picking up my friend and her daughter.  I am waiting for them in the parking lot.  I don't want to forget my idea so I pull out my cell phone.  I open up the note pad section and write the ending to the chapter.  Ridiculous I know but still I did it.  Then I email myself the next two or three chapter ideas I had...

Granted I had my journal with me and I could have written out all of this but it would have been in my journal which is not where I want this type of writing to be.  I know this may sound contrary to my last two posts but this was a good use for technology and I wasn't rude to anyone in the process.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Cell Phones and Checkout People

One of the responses I got from my last post said she knew it wasn't a safety issue but that she thinks it is RUDE to be talking on your cell phone when you are at a check out counter.  I have to say I agree.  You are either being rude to the person on the phone - making them wait while you check out - or you are being rude to the check out person.  They are trying to provide you with a service and you should be paying attention to them.  Perhaps it is just rude all the way around.

Additionally, you should be watching as they check out your items.  Sometimes the items don't ring up with the right numbers.  It has happened to me and I've stood there and said "Excuse me but that isn't the right price."  I know it annoys people in line and even the checker but I'm not going to pay more for something than it was posted. 

My daughters have called me while they were shopping to chat or to ask questions about things they are shopping for.  I've called them while they shop - just as a coincidence.  When it comes time for them to check out, they always hang up on me and call me back later.  I like that better than if they made me wait while they checked out. 

My time is valuable and the person on the other end of your phone call probably feels the same.  The checker's time is valuable too.  So let's hang up those phones while in the check out line and put a smile on our faces while we have some personal interaction.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Put Your Electronic Device Away...

Getting in my car tonight at the end of a busy, dificult working day, I watched as a woman walk between two cars with her focus on her cell phone.  She stepped out into the traffic area without looking to see if there were any cars there.  This is a busy parking lot full of cars and at a time when many people were leaving.

I get that people are busy.  I get that sometimes we have to answer these phones.  Here is the thing, if you get hit by a car because you weren't looking that call, email, text or whatever you're looking at won't make a bit of difference. 

Check your cell phone before you walk out the door and then put it away.  I know that sometimes you have to answer the phone when you are driving but really for your own safety put the phone down while you are walking. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Results are not in...

The State Supreme Court race is not decided yet.  From the numbers I'm seeing, it is anybody's guess.  Some news stations are reporting Prosser is ahead and others Kloppenberg.  I think it is going to be a close one.  Ten minutes ago I looked at one site which showed 61% of the votes tallied with Prosser ahead by over 10,000 but I just hit refresh on the site and Kloppenberg is ahead with 66% of the vote in and about a 1,000 lead.  I literally just went back and they've flip flopped again with 68% of the votes counted with less than 1,000 votes difference. 

I checked the government site and couldn't find any results but I think they won't post until there is a final.  I've checked several sites and they are reporting different numbers so I guess it is a wait and see moment.

I just hit refresh on the one page and the results flipped over again.  I'm also reading that there were a record number of people turning out for this election.  Here's the thing - the people being elected are going to have a HUGE influence over our lives.  Why aren't we all going out and voting?  I think I heard 30% was high for an April election and we were supposed to hit that.  I don't get this - these people are going to run our lives and have lasting affects on our lives.  Why isn't every individual adult who is able and allowed getting their butts to the polls?  I say - you don't vote, you don't get to bitch.

Just as important as voting is being an informed voter.  You have to educate yourself about the people you are voting for.  I look at all sorts of sources.  I don't listen to the ads.  You cannot trust them.  I do look at a variety of news sources (including the ones I don't like) and I dig into as many sources as possible.  Oh and I have my middle daughter who is a news hound and can find out anything.  She helps me a LOT. 

I know it is work but you have to vote and you have to be informed.  Otherwise you are leaving the future of our state and country up to the 30% of people (or whatever the percent might be) who do go vote.

Hit refresh again and Kloppenberg is still on top - I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Vote Today

It is voting day.  If you have done the absentee vote like me then get out today and vote.  I know that the supreme court justice is a hot ticket today but there are other elections that are important too.  It is your right to have a say in who represents you.  Use that right today and go vote.

If you want a say in how you are governed and how things will turn out - then you need to go to the polls today and vote.  I'm not going to tell you how to vote.  You know your views and who you support.  However, if you don't like the way things are or are going you have to voice your opinion by voting.  A vote in either direction tells the government how you want the state to be run. 

I've done my civic duty.  I voted.  I hope you will get out there today and vote as well.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sleep, Rest, and Recliners

Sleep is wonderful.  I slept in until 10 am this morning.  That is the first time I've done that in a long time.  Of course I didn't go to bed until nearly 2 am but still.  I don't normally get nearly 8 hours of sleep.  I'm happy with 6 and okay with 5.  Nearly 8 hours is almost like winning the lottery.

My day started off late and good.  I took a hot shower and pampered myself a bit.  I did get dressed, though I thought seriously about just doing the jammies thing all day.  Vicki made scrumptious bagel, egg, ham sandwiches for brunch. 

I got an hour to myself in the house.  It was quiet and peaceful.  I watched dvr stuff and crocheted.  I actually made some good progress today on the baby afghan I'm working on.  That was the most industrious thing I did today. 

My recliner and I are best of buddies this weekend.  I had my nap in it yesterday and today I just hung out in it crocheting while Vicki and I watched The Way We Live Now.  It is a period piece and was well acted and produced but the story was weak and predictable. 

I finished the Grimm Sisters book I was reading yesterday.  Now I'm moving on to Treachery in Death by J D Robb.  I can't wait to read it.  I've been very much enjoying her series.  I'll start it tomorrow during lunch since I'll have to take an early one because of our faculty meeting.

It has been a good weekend with lots of rest.  I feel slightly better which was the purpose of so much bum time this weekend.  I hope that when I tackle the week I won't be feeling so worn out.  Tomorrow will be the test.  I'll also try to make a point of getting to bed before midnight... maybe...

Friday, April 1, 2011

School or not

Recently I was wandering through a college catalog looking for information for my daughter.  Now I've wandered through college catalogs a lot.  I almost always look at what classes are offered in English and Writing.  I look, I dream, I move on. 

However, I'm working at the University now.  I looked at the classes for a degree or two.  These sounded interesting.  There is a big part of me that says, "What are you thinking?  You are too old, fat, settled, poor... and a whole lot more to go back to school."

Then there is that other voice - you know the one - the one that says I double dare you.  Well of course you can't pass up a double dare.  So being an intelligent researcher - I start looking at the requirements.  Now this is my alma mater so I did my first degree there.  I looked around and there really are a number of classes I would like to take but one class is nearly $1000.  But they have a creative writing, poetry, fiction, screen writer classes that all sound very interesting.

All of this looking and thinking brought up a lot of questions.  I don't like not knowing stuff.  It frustrates me.  I talked to people and have all this information floating around in my head.  My first degree would allow me to go back and get a second major without having to do anything more than take the classes I want.  However, no financial aid would be available to me. 

If I decide to get a BA or BS then I could get financial aid.  However, I would either have to take a lab science class (yuck) or a year of languages (double yuck).  I'm not good at any of them.  Zoology I got a B and German I got a D.  My mind is saying nope - shouldn't do this.

Yet the email with all the information sits in my inbox and I can't delete it.  Do I want to be the oldest student in the classes?  Do I want to deal with a bunch of teenagers in these classes?  Do I want to hassle with tiny little desks?   Do I want to add another degree to my resume?  Would it still leave me time to write?  Will it help me to get published?  This definitely bears thinking about.  I guess that is the stage I'm at - thinking about it.

Surgery and Other Updates

Last Wednesday I had sinus surgery.  It was a day surgery where they cleaned out my sinuses, straightened a deviated septum, narrowed some b...