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Friday, May 14, 2010

My last class for this associates degree was a struggle. I could have to do it again if I didn't manage to keep the grade to a C cause it was very close all the way to the end. Lab has a better chance than the class. I just got tired and with all the other stuff going on I struggled to get stuff in on time and to comment on other people's postings. I hope I don't have to take it again.

Now, I have 2 different classes. Pathphysiology, which is going to be hard but also very interesting. The first week studies like 10 different diseases and body sections so it's that intense. Have a number of assignments. And I'm taking.... Nutrition!. I have to keep track of my own nutrition this week and then make nutrition goals. Sounds familiar, lol. Maybe this will help me rangle in the food side since I'm exercising but not losing weight.

Both the new classes require also using a place called "turnitin.com" where it checks to see if any of the work is copied. The papers, classes, all require a 15% or lower. I can see why this is needed, because online classes it is easier to get away with it (or it would seem). Checking material without a site like that is a major pain. I've had to do it for a newspaper to make sure one reporter wasn't using someone else's material.

Well, I better get going. Have to keep track of what I eat and do two other assignments today.

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AGAWRITER 5/14/2010 7:57PM

    Good luck with the new classes. I have to do a couple this summer, but fortunately, mine don't involve homework.
And good luck with turnitin. I've used it as a teacher. It can be really good (I caught children recycling previous year's papers), but the version I had flagged things even if they were appropriately cited. Used to drive me crazy.

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Female Topic

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Okay, I just feel I need to rant about something, and maybe by doing this my body will start acting normal again (Yeah, I'm hoping talking about it will make a change happen).

Warning: This is a post that is not only very personal, but all about female reproductive biology. If you don't want to know about that then don't read it. That simple. lol

When it comes to my menstrual cycle, I haven't been very regular. There were times a few years ago I'd even skip a month. One month back when I was 20 I skipped and then the following month I had it for one hour. Yep, an hour. Course, I never minded this because, well, it's nice to not have a period for at least a month. Good little break and not being sexually active meant there was no question as to why it might be late/skipped.

As I get older, I get closer to being ready to start a family. I started keeping track of my period because it will come in handy later, and on the occasion I have to go to the gynecologist it is nice to know when exactly my last period was. It's also nice to have a time frame as to when it might start, less chance of being caught off guard (which was never a good thing). So, I used MyMonthlyCycles.com and have been for awhile now.

Sometimes, my cycle will be regular now. I can go for months and have it be close to on time within like a 5 day radius of the estimated date. The site says the average for my cycle length is about 32 days, which is longer than some. Above 40 is considered a bit questionable and might be signs of problems.

This year, however, not so regular. Janurary I was a little early. That's fine, nothing wrong there. February, I was about 2 weeks late. Made it inconvenient for my trip but got over it. March was pretty much on time, maybe even a day early. April....

I haven't had my period yet. Was scheduled for April 27th, day 33 of my cycle. It's now May 12 and it hasn't started yet. And I don't know what to think. I keep thinking it might start any minute and yet nothing (this has gone on for over a week). I haven't seen my bf since the end of february. I'm just unsure at this point. How long do I wait till I consider it a skipped month?

That is my rambling. Okay. Next blogpost will not be so personal, maybe.

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ELFMAGE7 5/12/2010 6:41PM

    Thanks for the comments. I do have to point out I did have a period in March. It was on time even. I took a pregnancy test on sunday and it was negative. But I've also watched the tv show "I didn't know I was pregnant" so it's on the back of my mind for sure. That and my mom's first testing when she had me was negative. But I got too involved in that idea last time and it was for nothing, but then I kept having my period. For now, I just have to wait and see.

I'm glad your son turned out healthy. It can be scary since sometimes we don't know until so many weeks in and during that time, if not actively trying we do things because we don't think it will have an affect like that.

Thanks again.

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GONZAMEG 5/12/2010 3:51PM

  Since Februaury was the last time you were sexually active and you have not had a period since then I would absolutely suggest a pregnancy test. It's always better to be safe than sorry. Good Luck with everything!

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CECSAV 5/12/2010 3:38PM

    I know exactly how you feel. I would go ahead and take a test if there is a chance you could be pregnant. My cycles are very irregular and unpredictable; in the winter of 2001, I hadn't had a period in 2 years. The next March, I found out I was 4 months pregnant with my son. Unfortunately, I had lived those 4 months without even considering pregnancy. I smoked, I drank, I stayed out all night, and didn't eat right. Luckily, my son is healthy, but if he wasn't, I'd feel immensely guilty.

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May Goals

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Non-Writing Goals:
Start couch to 5k program.
Keep going to Zumba. (twice a week when I can)
Plant garden.
Read 10 books first week of May.
Read one book a week during the rest of the month.
Finish Anatomy & Physiology 2 class with a passing grade.

Writing Goals:
Finish YA novel rewrite. (MayNo) Goal is 50k words, roughly.
Work on other novel first drafts.
- Fallen
- Sekrit Novel


Read It Week

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I am going to try and read 10+ books in one week. May 1st to 7th. Anyone who wants can join me. How about a twitter hashtag for book updates? #readitweek
If you have twitter and join, use the hashtag. If not, that's okay.

Oh, and... Yes, I'm a bit of a nerd.You'll know why I say this when you see the books on my list, trust me. lol


Potential Read List (in no particular order):
On Writing by Stephen King
Lessons From a Writing Life/Sometimes the Magic Works by Terry Brooks
Particle Physics: a very short introduction by Frank Close
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Wake by Lisa McMann
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
and, FALLING, fly by Skyler White
Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Hero by Perry Moore
Wren to the Rescue by Sherwood Smith
The Drunkard's Walk: how randomness rules our lives by Leonard Mlodinow

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    Wish I had time to join in! I loved Uglies by Scott Westerfield. Loved the whole series, but the first 2 were the best. I am reading The Roar by Emma Clayton. Not halfway through yet, but good so far.

Have you read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins? Good one.

Good luck on your week!

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ELFMAGE7 4/28/2010 6:14PM

    My sister called me a nerd because when I bought the physics book, I kept it in my purse. It's a small book! But still very interesting. I have other books on physics, otherness, extinction and all kinds of stuff like that from debate. I really want to read Physics of the Impossible, but it will have to wait. It's a bit long and I want to relish in every chapter.


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PAMTHEDREAMER 4/28/2010 4:15PM

    I love you list! If you're a nerd then I must be too. My family always tells me I am. haha

Unfortunately I can't join you in your reading adventure quest. I'm just far too busy. I still am adjusting to actually working outside the home with exercise and my writing.
I hope you understand.

Pam-the dreamer and fellow nerd. emoticon

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Poem from Writing.Com

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Entered this poem in a daily contest called Writer's Cramp. Tied for the win with someone else.
Prompt: dinosaur

Dino Dreams

Little Timmy Tot is turning five today
and all he wants is a dinosaur.
Big or small, it doesn't matter;
even a silly brontosaur will do.

The party starts but he must wait
as the guests all dine on cake.
Only later can Timmy open
presents and any treat he can take.

Wrapping flies around to litter
with paper and a homemade sweater.
Each package opened with a hope
ignoring any card or odd little letter.

But each package took its toll
for not a single dinosaur could he find.
The last box opened to show with pity
another fire truck but a different kind.

Timmy puts the toys down and look over
his plenty gifts, but sadness he hides.
No t-rex or flying monster did he get
and the others run to play on some slides.

Then his mother comes up with a surprise
and brings out another big present to unwrap.
Inside Timmy finds with joy a set of five dinosaurs
with just enough time to play before his nap.

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PAMTHEDREAMER 4/20/2010 7:26PM

    I like it! emoticon

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LOSINGLINNDY 4/20/2010 6:26PM

    Congratulations. Loved reading your poem. You deserved to share first place honors.

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SUGARBABY60 4/20/2010 3:18AM

    awwww this is cute! congrats on your writing skills, nice theme

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