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Whew! Mars Update

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Must've just been the storms. Mars made NO attempts yesterday or last night to get on my bed.

I did however, find out he can open JARS. Whine. He got a jar of hot salsa off the kitchen counter - without breaking it - took it into the livingroom, where he managed to get it open & devour the entire thing. I couldn't believe my eyes - I just stood & stared when I found the empty jar. emoticon

Ok - if I leave the room I make sure all trash, bread, & anything else that even RESEMBLES food, is far FAR out of reach!! I won't even leave a CAN out anymore.... he would probably chew that open too.

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IGNITEME101 7/11/2014 9:07PM

    Dogs are almost a breed of people; they just look different. Looks like Mars is almost up to our speed! Can't even imagine how smart Mars must be!

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ANGORA4 6/5/2013 12:39AM

    Amazing. Jars? Who'd have ever guessed that one?

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KA7MONTOYA 8/17/2012 10:20AM

    Too funny! Two nights ago my dog went into my pantry and grabbed his bag of doggie rawhides, brought them back the the bedroom and ate every one of them in the middle of the night while I slept. I woke up to find the empty bag by my bedside! emoticon

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KAYDE53 8/16/2012 10:43PM

    Ewww, & I thought my dogs were always hungry!! I don't think I've ever had a dog open a jar, but there's always a first. Good luck when that comes on through!! Oh my!!!

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MILLISMA 8/16/2012 8:30PM

    That is too funny but I have to's going to be hot in the "end".

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DOOBRIE 8/16/2012 3:17PM

    Wow - I never knew dogs could open jars!

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SPARKLES 8/16/2012 1:50PM

    Yeah that's what my hubby said - something about "ring of fire"....

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NOLAZYBUTT110 8/16/2012 1:21PM

    sounds like my daughters dog, he gets anything within reach off the counter. he also manges to get out side of his yard, and he somehow got out the door right under my daughters nose! we still have not figured that out as to how he did it. Dogs are like Houdini! My little chi mix sneaks out by jumping over the veranda! Its why I have a fenced in yard! lol Good luck keeping the salsa out of Mars mouth. I will bet he will be on his throne with burning hemmroids! .... hope hes pottie trained!

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Tales from the Far Side of Mars

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Currently there are 2 dogs in my house - one a failed foster named Ella, a sweet, timid Australian Shepherd mix. The other a foster - a beautiful chocolate brown Pittie - an older gentleman, but definately with a playful side & very loving. Oh yes - his name is Mars. (after the chocolate candy bar)

Although a stormy night would have been ok with me, the dogs did not appreciate it at all. I'm trying to remember all the events between 9 p.m. and 3:30 a.m.

1)Huge mistake - got mad at hubby & bro-in-law for totally ignoring me when I came in, so back in my room, when Mars acted like he wanted up on the bed, I just let him. (Shoot me) So he wouldn't stay off it the rest of the night. (Hubby's rule you see - no dogs, especially big ones, on the bed - he has his reasons as you will see)

2)Got Mars settled on a pillow by the bed, but then Ellabelle got all ruffled because of the storm & wanted to come to me by the bed, but Mars was there. So she sat & stared at me, shaking at times. I tried to comfort her to no avail.

3)I turned off the lights once & both dogs were right there nuzzling me by the bed, so I turned the light back on to see what the heck.

4)I got up SEVERAL times for different things - gave them a bone - turned off computers because of the extravagant light show nature was putting on - thought of trying the couch so Mars could be close to me, as he was still trying to join me in the bed. At one point was in the backyard with an umbrella coaxing the dogs to come out & pee - they thought I was an idiot, but they came out for a minute to try & please me, but never peed & then turned tail & went back in. Oh yes - & all this was AFTER I'd taken half an Ambien. lol

5)Oh yeah - gave both the dogs Benadryl - well for Mars it was his prescription antihistamine, & Ella the Benadryl. So then - Ella was still sitting there staring at me, but her eyes kept drooping & once she almost fell over - lol. Got her to lay down on her bed once, but only for a short time.

5)FINALLY, Mars was being so pushy about it, I gave up & decided if I was EVER going to get any sleep I'd let Mars up onto my side of the bed & he wouldn't bother Eric & we could all sleep. ERROR. He did EXACTLY what Eric had always told me a big dog would do. He got up there & literally PUSHED me over to the middle & took MY spot. Head on my pillow etc & I was smashed up behind his back. And that is how I fell asleep. I faded in a couple of times & that dog never moved the next 3 hours. About 6 something I woke up to pee & had had enough - I shoved him off the bed & told him it was over buddy.

Now I feel like I'm the one who had Benadryl - lol. But obviously, it's time for me to get more authoritative with him - lol. It's kind of like with my son - he was always such a good boy that we may have been too easy on him & now he's a bit flaky. Well Mr Mars is such a sweety-pie that everything he does is cute. But I can't let him "boss me around" either, He needs a loving and yet strong pack leader. We'll see. lol Not going to change that much but intend to have some boundaries. I went to the bathroom this morning & shut the door in his face - lol. Boundaries - haha.,

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ANGORA4 6/5/2013 12:38AM

    So funny. I've been rolled out of bed by a pushy St. Bernard who wanted the pillow, know the feeling. (Yes, we have a 'no dogs on the bed' rule now, too!)

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SAL1512 8/26/2012 12:34AM

    I normally get up around 5:30 am. This morning, our little dog, Riley, who always sleeps with us, woke me up early. She was just shaking and insistent that I get out of bed. I closed the windows because I thought the leaves blowing across the patio were bothering her again. Riley was still very emotionally distraught. Then I went down the hallway to get her some fresh water and I heard beeping. It was not from within my home. I got dressed to pull weeds in the coolness of the morning. When I got outside, I started investigating where the noise was coming from and it was a neighbors across the street and two houses north. Everything looked fine and no one was up yet so I waited until 8:00 am to call them. The beeping neighbors were not home. They were visiting someone out of state! They told me where to find a house key. Then I got DH up and we both went over there to investigate. Everything was fine, but their smoke detectors were going off. We gave them a call to say everything was okay and they told us how to disconnect the smoke detectors. Riley finally calmed down after that. It really is comforting to know Riley knew something was really wrong. I am going to pay attention to her in the future!
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DOOBRIE 8/16/2012 5:42AM


Two rules we've always had in our house - no children or pets allowed in our bed or bedroom at night.

I broke that rule one night when my youngest son was little and feeling poorly and my DH was away on business. Boy, did I regret that decision - my son kicked out in his sleep - straight into my stomach! Never again.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 8/16/2012 12:14AM

    Maybe the dog needs doggy prozac! Becayse when my daughter dated this oen man who was torturing the dog, he woudl go berserk and damage a lto of things! Her one boyfriend cause that dog even more stress (he tore up anything of her male friends, esp the oen guy and anything he sat on or wore) nearly drove my Daughter nuts dealing with that dog (she got from a SPCA, because he looked like a dog we had and she rescued him) .

Well that dog destroyed a brand new chair (cost $350 and his shoes and anything that he got ahold of that smelled like the old boyfriend and chew it to death) . She had to put her dog on some tranquilizers then some prozac. Hes been much better after that. He was only on it a short time, and once she broke up with that guy, the dog settled down and now is such a sweet dog, and lover and behaves. You tell him to go and sit down or no for anything and he knows and abides by her wishes. Hes a sweetheart now and he even tolerates the new boyfriend better and his dog and the cats! My dog is his best buddies with him. All after we found out why he was acting so bad. He was anxious was all! Of that ex0boyfriend. Learned he tortured the dog! But once he left he was a very calm animal. You woudl nto think it was the same dog, because he would just go berserk. Now hes a gentle dog and just adorabel. I think he may have been abused by the previous owner. Just have to consdier dogs as kids and give them what they need. Its ahrd when they are abandoned or hurt. I feel for any critetr that has been absued. Its probably why hes acting the way he is. GIve him a chew toy or prozac until her calms down. Good luck! susana

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KA7MONTOYA 8/15/2012 2:44PM

    I have a pet-rescued australian shepherd/border collie mix named Cody. I'm convinced he's the smartest dog in the whole wide world! lol. How great of you to open your home to these loving animals!

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BAILEYSMOM4 8/15/2012 1:23PM

    Sounds just like my house on a stormy night! But I have a little 15 pounder and a cat. They always sleep with us but when it storms, Bailey - the dog is up sitting on my face practically and shaking like a leaf. I have a bed in the closet for him to go lay on when he gets scared. It must work when I'm gone because he will spend the day in there sometimes!

Can't help but love 'em to death even if they drive you nuts!

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Decisions, Decisions....

Monday, January 16, 2012

I discovered "dog rescue" videos on youtube over the weekend. I know what I'd like to do with my life now - lol?? The trouble is, I've got to make a living also.

What I've studied in school was "Medical Front Office," but my professor also said we should "Follow our passion," and there have been a couple of students who did their externship at a vet's office. The trouble is, this seems to me to be an irreversible decision. No medical office is going to consider that as experience in working in a medical office. One of my classes was medical coding basics, which I found to be VERY interesting. But at my age, would I ever be able to "break into the biz", ya know? And there's money for the certification test, yearly books to be bought ($300), yearly continuing ed just to keep your certification - never mind whether you have a job or not. Maybe it was a pipedream & unrealistic.

I just can't decide if I'm ready to give up on medical admin yet. Or - am I REALLY "giving up" anything? Is this totally the right move for me? I really do love animals, and even my husband says he just wants me to work somewhere that I ENJOY what I'm doing! He says that our age, he can't see doing something where we're miserable. And then I come back with - "How bout living in a HOUSE!?? Well, we have to PAY for that you know!" lol You can see $$ is an issue at our house.

Anyway - I want to follow my heart, but can't decide where my heart wants to go, plus don't want to be STUPID on a WHIM either.


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POLLYJEAN 1/24/2012 11:51AM

    I would suggest starting in a doctors office or a dental office then looking into working in a vets office. That way the first thing on your resume is working with "humans".

I used to work for a dermatologist and assisted with the hiring and I know that we would have given your veterinary experience consideration just because in it's own way it is still medical.

We also sent some of our medical transcription work to a lady to do out of her home. We had one lady working right in the office and one who worked out of her home and it was great.

Where I live this is a great field to get into. Keep trying, if you don't get your resumes out you will never know if you might've gotten the job. Also, if they call you back to decline you, remember to ask for feedback on your interview so that you can learn for the next one.

Good luck.

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SPARKLES 1/19/2012 11:14AM

    Well, I know now I'm not doing dog rescues full time. Perhaps if I can even gain employment I could volunteer at a shelter or already established shelter.

However, I'm still not sure which direction I'm going with the medical admin, because jobs are scarce with that apparently, just like everything else. I'm interested in the coding, but wish I could find a part-time mentor. I've been out of the job market so long & this is all so new to me - not just coding, but medical...& college even. I never went to college before last January! Like a babe in the woods - ha.

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SAL1512 1/19/2012 12:19AM

    I would do the medical administration and that would be Plan B if a paid animal rescue position does not open up for you. And yes, you could do medical coding at home to support your dream of working in dog rescue!
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SPARKLES 1/17/2012 10:46AM

    Thanks you all for the input.

Yes, I'm taking more & more into consideration what would be involved. My Little Dog is old & caring for her seems time consuming some days. Eyedrops 5-10 mins apart - 3 sets, twice a day. Fixing up her bed & washing, as she is becoming incontinent. Keeping her hydrated for her kidneys, but now trying to give smaller amounts more frequently to avoid accidents. (her kidneys are doing GREAT BTW - BUN yesterday was 28!!!) Getting her hair cut today as the vet found hair becoming imbedded in her gums yesterday. And this is all after a $2000+ hospital stay & surgery back in Dec. (I did receive funding for that actually) But yes - without funding I don't know how I'd do it. I know it would take all my time too, but I may find some way to contribute SOME time to help already established animal rescues.


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NOLAZYBUTT110 1/17/2012 10:36AM

    I know a gal that does animal rescue and she gets paid for doing it. Each pet she task care of she is able to find homes for the animals and make a certain amount for each pet she does find a home for, selling the pet to a person who cares. my daughter bought a dog that way is how I know they do make money for each pet they find homes for. They take ads out for the pets seems to be her only real expense plus food for the animals until they find a home. Some times it involves paying a vet for the dog to get healthcare but she said she took out a credit card for the animals care and even got a discount on that. And your able to sue such a card for your own healthcare plus the pets. but I am not sure where or who to ask about but I am sure your vet or the SPCA would have some info on your expense and certification for it. For I know you need a license in most states for such. But you can ask your friends to support you in it and take donations for food for the animals you rescue. If you love it, pursue it is what I say. I wish I could do it, but I know how hard it is to care for animals ...

I raised rabbits at one time and I had a Seminole Labrador husky at the same time and I had no time for nothing other than my animals. Know you will be busy with caring for the animals. No free time! So know ahead of time its all you will be doing; so make sure the sacrifices are what you want! Be committed is what it will take besides some cash to start! License fees are a bugger! Certification cost and so does dog and animal food and you will be taking care of all kinds of injured animals when called on. Even critters you may not like! So know what your getting yourself into before you start. Know the cost and the sorrow you will also face if you have to have an animal put down. It can be quite stressful!

Know ahead of time if you can deal with the stress of taking care or a pet versus taking care of an animal that needs your help! If not don't do it just for the love of loving animals. Sometimes love is not enough . Somethinsg cost! Think before you commit to aniumal rescue! Count the cost. Make a ledger of pros and cons. Then you will know if passion is enough. But know this you wotn get rich on rescuing animals and you cant count on a paycheck from it every week unless your committed to it, but providing a house or home to oen animal at a time is all anyone can do. Sometimes a little is a lot to a hurting animal. Count the cost. Would you not want a home for a pet that is suffering and in need of life sustenance and love? Loving an animal is a gift you can give at least to one animal and make it a pet! Good luck on your final decision! ! Susana

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ELISADENK 1/16/2012 8:30PM

    Pray about it.

Follow the path down both avenues and see what happens.

Do you know anyone who does 'dog rescue' in your area? Get to know 'em.

Are there some Foundations or Charity organizations that could help fund you?

How about a grant?

Could do medical coding at home, while working with the dogs?

Oh, when you have the time, there's a children's series called, "The Puppy Place" each book is about a dog that gets fostered by a Puppy Foster Family. VERY sweet. :-)

Let us know.... keep us posted.

BEST wishes! emoticon

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DOOBRIE 1/16/2012 4:01PM

    I can so understand how you feel - but of course, can't offer you any advice since only you can go with your gut instincts. Let us know what you decide.


Doobs x

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Friday, January 07, 2011


The words "rats", has special meaning to me - LOL.

Mostly, when I say the word by itself, it makes me think of my dear little Dad, who passed away last year. Towards the end, the doctor decided to try ONE MORE blood transfusion to see if it helped him. She left it to ME to tell him the news. Even after being used to him for 3 years, I was still nervous that he would be angry with me. But after telling him.... he said..... "RATS!!!" Cracked me up ok. It was totally unexpected, as he was 93 years old & I'd never heard him use the word. It had mainly been used I think by my brother & I because of being introduced through the Charlie Brown cartoons. Anyway - I will never forget that.

Also, the word "Rats" was a word I swore off of for awhile - after pulling a DEAD RAT out from beside my refrigerator with my vacuum cleaner hose. Yes - I screamed. And did a little dance. I decided maybe I should stop saying the word so much - perhaps it was ATTRACTING the darn things. While it HAD provided a little excitement for my Dog, while it was still breathing & rustling around, it was more excitement than I cared for.

Now. I am back to "Rats." Another exercise busting INJURY. Nothing catastrophic, like broken bones or anything, but a good solid GROIN PULL. Which, due to compensating & going on, as started to affect the other side as well.
I've had this before & it takes FOREVER to heal. And a complete STOP of any exercise using anything below the waist. Used to be I could walk a little, as long as I didn't do ANY twisting movement.
What has brought it on each time I've had it?? Are you ready for this? Doing Leslie Sansone indoor walking tapes. How, on God's green earth, could ANYBODY injure themselves doing THAT!? And no, it's not from doing it every day. Only ONCE will do it. And then it's almost impossible to get rid of. All I have to do is twist the slightest little bit & SPRROOOING goes the short but shooting pain through half my body. Difference now is, I get lasting discomfort AFTER the sharp pain. IE: I'm getting older & not healing as fast.

And rather than boosting my appetite, exercise actually seems to HELP with it. So, I'm having more trouble than ever keeping a calorie deficit.
I haven't made a New Year's resolution for.... maybe EVER. But I got coaxed into "setting a goal" this year, see, & that's all it took. I planned to work on what I could while injured, but after several days, have yet to do so, & now the weekend is upon me - my worst behavior days. Well Fiddle-Dee-Dee. And Rats too.

I usually can't think up any words of wisdom to say to people who "quit" or "give up", & I'm not saying I am. Or... I just "can't help myself...." But I AM a bit agrivated that seems like every time I have a thought in my head that I AM going to succed this time & maybe PUSH just a little bit.... BAM... some kind of injury. And it's not always exercise related either. Once it was slipping on grandson's bandana on the kitchen floor, landing on my left arm - Oh thank you God that somebody had recently reminded me to NOT straighten your arms in a fall. So - I got a bad "jamming" through my elbow & shoulder, but no breaks apparently. But couldn't do anything with my left arm for months. (had just decided to start testing my limits & increasing weight in my ST)

I just wanted to make a little headway & get some of my good habits back before I start school in 2 weeks.

Ok - enough babbling for today.


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    Oh Jenn, so sorry to hear about the injuries! I know it does frustrate. You will get over it though and once again feel comfortable with exercise. I once sprained my back just opening an armoire door! Hard to believe!!! And your muscles will not forget the training you´ve given them - once you start up again they will respond quickly. I´ve read that AND experienced it.

Are you taking a multi-vitamin. I have read that certain ones (the lack of) sometimes make a diff in regard to muscles. You might want to check your calcium, magnesium, manganes, C, and D intake. These work together. Also E helps muscles hold O2 which is needed under stress. Umm, and potassium.

Look here for Recommended Daily Intakes and Upper Limits for Nutrients

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NOLAZYBUTT110 1/10/2011 10:01PM

    You know I did not know a woman could get a groin injury until I got one from a fall......pelvis hurt for weeks! I fell in a pothole and I still hurt from that fall. I had to get a sonogram to see if I did any internal damage! I still hurt when I walk, I swear it tore a ligament up there! lol. Not really funny either! I Hope your okay! emoticon

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SAL1512 1/8/2011 12:43PM

    I enjoyed your blog so much that I almost forgot your injury! I hope you get some relief. I am like you in that it takes so long to recover from an injury. In 2009 I did an airborn summersault going down a mountain and landed on my back. My back pack cushioned me, but still my skin broke open on my shoulders like a tomato does when dropped on a sidewalk. This happened two weeks before a family event where I walked around and had to instruct everyone NOT TO HUG me. Like you, the injury itself is the short story and the healing is the long story. I think "RATS!" fits.
Hope you are feeling better soon!!!

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DOOBRIE 1/7/2011 5:00PM

    Jenn - I love the way you tell all your different RATS stories! I'm sorry you're hurt though. I do actually have to be careful doing Leslie Sansone DVD's. I can only do little baby side steps because otherwise I get my hip hurting with hip bursitis and arthritis. The problems of getting older!

I hope you're feeling better soon and good luck with your schooling.



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Old Dog trying New Tricks

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I'm supposed to go register for school tomorrow & I'm starting to panic for whatever reason. This is such a huge step for me - a housebound-selfemployed/housewife/mother for the last 20 years. And I've been ok with with it mentally up to this point - taking it ONE step at a time. But the last few days, I think being weak from this cold, I've started getting a little bit fearful. Have been trying to decide whether to only take ONE class, or all 3 at one time - the whole thing is ONLY ONE SEMESTER. It would be good, especially starting in the middle of the year, to get it ALL done, ya know? Instead of dragging it out until next DECEMBER. I'm just so unsure of my ability to learn this stuff. Alot of people say, "It CAN be done!", while others, like my sister, say, "Ooooh.. you better be carrreful.... When I took JUST ONE COURSE, I like to NEVER have gotten all the homework done. It was AWFUL!!! I'd work for 6 and 8 hours a day, & it was grueling!!" (accounting) She is a very "cautious" person, (& negative), & perhaps didn't have the best home situation for what she was trying to do either. I know all this. But then I wonder, will "I" have the discipline & mental capability? I'm going to be 51 years old NEXT WEEK - egad. lol That's another reason I don't want to drag this out.

Also, I've had an extremely stress filled year, from helping care for my aging father & then his death, to 2 Major family splits w/much animosity (not with my husband, ok), to a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which we are in the middle of now. We go for our creditors meeting on the 30th, which is my husband's birthday. Mine is the day before, on the 29th. I sure wish I could have gotten this overwith before that. I guess I'll just be glad to have it done by Christmas, right.

Oh - my Health, you say? bout that. I was on a good streak until the last 2 or 3 weeks, & I like totally fell off the wagon. And then got sick. I know I have to take care of myself if I'm going to pull any of this off.

Oh yes - the 23 lb turkey - got to go get THAT out of the freezer - maybe my brain is still working a little bit - I remembered that! There'll be 6 or 7 of us for Tday - alot less than many have to cook for, but more than I am used to. If I can just get over this cold & get the house cleaned up!

I'm rambling, so I'll quit now. Just feeling kind of overwhelmed, fearful & weak this morning.


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NOLAZYBUTT110 1/10/2011 9:57PM

    Your probably just anxious and I will bet you will be fine. But taking on school is hard for anyone. But actually easy for an older person, your not so easily intimidated! I am sure its all worry under the bridge by now and your doing great! Hope ist not too many classes where you have to read!

Hope that Turkey turned out all right!

Everything will be fine, just take one day at a time and dont fret, call on G*D (Pray) that he helps you, and he will! Pace yourself, get organized for time in doing "homework"! Dont worry! By the way what classes will you be taking? But I would just take one day or classs at a time, if I am already over loaded! Unless its cheaper for you to take a full load of courses. I think you can still take up to 6 for the price of four! Take courses you can take a pass or fail grade. Because sometimes its just as cheap to take a full semester of classes. And if you take a pass or fail grade, you wont have to worry about so much "stuff". I am sure you can handle it no matter what! You sound like a tough bird! Just take one day at a time. Take shortcuts! Pace your reading! And look at it this way, all that walking to class will be your exercise time! Good luck!

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SAL1512 11/30/2010 3:29PM

    Just tapping you on the shoulder to remind you that YOU CAN DO IT!
All it takes is belief in yourself!
Your plan is good.
Got for it!

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DOOBRIE 11/22/2010 1:46AM

    I think you should go for all three - I'm sure you can do it. Hope that cold clears up soon. I'm sure that's what is making you feel so down and fearful.

Good luck for today!



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CASJ57 11/21/2010 11:44AM

    Take a deep breath, and make a list.

I think going to school is a big step, but how exciting!

Hope you feel better soon.


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