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Fall USF and Christmas


Tuesday, December 20, 2011


I am extremely happy to report that I passed my first fall semester at USF!! I wasn't even sure I could be a student since I didn't think I was university material. Being so used to community colleges, I wanted to prove myself, and I did - with 3 Bs and a C!!! I passed one of my most difficult classes the first try, which I am ecstatic about.
Spring term will bring 5 classes and 15 more credits, making me taking about 7 credits in summer and graduating before the end of 2012!!!

My end of August through first week of December were insane. Trying to balance my husband, daughter, school, housework, family and friends was no easy task. I certainly kept busy! While cleaning up at the old apartment and putting things together for the new place, I found myself being pulled in a thousand different directions. Since I have the time and tools to do certain things that my husband does not, I was trying to study as well as pay bills, calendar events and deal with all kinds of things that I was not prepared or in the mood for.

By finals time, I put all of my energy and effort into school, which made me feel guilty for lacking in other areas of spending time with family. My efforts paid off! Unfortunately, there were a lot of things going on at the same time. I began studying hardcore for finals, extra credit assignments and wrapping up loose ends in the beginning of November. We also received an offer we couldn't refuse on an apartment (house) so we began the process of moving. On top of that, my daughter was sick with several things - being in daycare and having kids bring in all kinds of stuff (sickies...) so she had pink eye, bronchitis and hand/foot/mouth disease as well as teething. What a rough month! All of the hard work paid off:

We are in a huge place now, with enough room for all of our things (plus more!), my daughter and kitty have play room, we have room for our activities and we are getting our finances in order. When times are tough, I do not react well when I don't see an end in sight, but make up for those emotions in the end.

With this time off in winter break (Dec 7 - Jan 9) I am getting our house in order so I do not have to worry about a lot of things for Spring; we are working around the ranch (we live on a ranch and see horses every day!) and we are taking it one day at a time. I really wanted to get on Spark every day, work on my body movement every day, and a few other personal things. But, that hasn't gone so well because I haven't put any plans in place. So, I'm going to have my calendar in place with reminders and hopefully some sort of schedule.

To end, I am about 5 lbs overweight (which is absolutely no big deal, I will get back!!!) and knowing that I love my husband, daughter and kitty makes me feel very lucky to have people and things who adore me as I do them.

I also love my SP family as I never worry about losing them (thank you for always being there Lou!!) and it always brings a smile to my face to know that I can look at my blogs and know that you will be there.

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IUHRYTR 12/20/2011 12:11PM

    emoticon Monica and emoticon on school. It's intimidating going back after we're a bit older but that makes us prioritize that much more. Know that every aspect of life does not need to be perfect. Some things require more attention at one time than another, but eventually it all gets done. Stay positive and focused and enjoy your family and emoticon . emoticon -- Lou

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FINALLYBEINGME 12/20/2011 9:52AM

    WTG with school and balancing everything. emoticon

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