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Thursday, January 26, 2012

It’s the second week of school. Last night as I’m watching my husband play Angry Birds on his ipod, I’m like, “Really? Don’t you have any HOMEWORK to do?!” He is in his last semester of classes, has exit exams coming up and a Capstone project…. So how is it that in the second semester of my major *I* seem to have more homework than he does? Something about this is just not right! Maybe it’s because he’s managed a 4.0 every single semester and has a lot of the heavy class load behind him – maybe – but I still suspect that he’s being a slacker!

In School News:

I’ve already managed to miss a project deadline by a couple of hours, to which the instructor said, “I’ll grade your lab, but you’re not going to like your grade.”

I’ve decided that drawing profiles from a topographic map calls for excessive amounts of Excedrin – you try following all those tiny lines without your eyeballs fuzzing out or developing a killer headache!

Pretty sure that by the end of this semester I’ll have every known conversion factor memorized – tell me again why we can’t all just use the metric system?

Oh yeah, and I have a total of 5 quizzes completed for my online “History of Popular Music” course – that’s 5 out of the 25 I need to have done by February 24th. I’m beginning to believe that ‘death by fine arts’ is not so farfetched.

Despite all of that, I am loving my classes already. Two of them are primarily field based, “Into to Groundwater – Applied Hydrogeology” and “Field Methods” that means lots of time outside and hands on learning. Another is primarily mapping with a little bit of Excel thrown in for report building. I am still undecided on my Global Sustainability class, there is a lot of ‘small group discussion’ something that I absolutely despise when it’s in low level classes; especially when it’s justified by saying ‘in the real world….” Working in a small group with several people who don’t have much desire to learn the material, is NOTHING like collaborating on a group project in the workplace. I think my aversion to this must also partly come from that anti-social side of my nature. The teacher for this class may be its redemption, she is knowledgeable, animated and organized, so hopefully that will offset the small group discussion aspect she also seems fond of.

Eating and Exercise:

So far so good on keeping up the decent eating habits - decent is an improvement over last semester, I’ll try for good later. We are still taking evening walks at least a 3 times a week with the kiddos and the pup, as it remains light out longer that will get easier, as will evening hikes. My hiking trips have not been as frequent as I like, however if I can keep my homework under control, I have Monday afternoons free! I Should even have enough time for some good long hikes this semester, not just my 45 minute excursions up to Devil’s Kitchen. There is a new local meetup group forming that I’m very excited about. I was actively participating in another one previously, but the events were becoming very large and the focus for that group made a shift that I was both unable and uninterested in pursuing. The new group forming is all hiking and biking activities within about 30 miles of my house and its members include several people who I have enjoyed hiking with before.

Highlight of the month:

The very best news I received in January was that I can begin having all of my medical care at the local VA hospital. Including my medications – 30 day supply for $8, any prescription – that’s down from the $100 a month I pay for anti-siezure meds now. Next step will be to apply for disability.

I hate paperwork – but sometimes it’s worth it!

Wishing you all a great end of the week and a fabulous weekend!


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    Life is just not fair. Some people are just blessed with this amazing ability to think better than the rest of us. I had to work hard in school, but I know some people just get the grades with little or even no effort. I am jealous! Good job on the eating too.
    2232 days ago
    Been thinking of you a lot and wondering how things are going. Thanks for the update. It helps that you love your classes. I don't envy you though - all that hard work.

    Good for you on the decent eating habits. Lots of soup and salads? Enjoy your new hiking group. This year, when it warms up some, DH and I will even be able to go hiking together. I'm so looking forward to that.
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    2244 days ago
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    School sounds tough but interesting. Love a challenge. "Decent" is enough when it needs to be. Sometimes that what life demands. Just don't forget to go back to "good" when you can. The hiking/biking group sounds like it's going to be fun.
    2245 days ago
    2245 days ago
    Ah, doing sections based off a topo map. I do not miss those darn contours. So happy I deal with everything in geospatial databases these days, I can zoom in on my GIS to make the lines less nuts! And do the geostatistics in the software....

    And don't be too upset with the husband. he may have finished all his hard classes. I know junior year for geophysics major sucked for me. But most of my friends had bad 1st semester senior years...
    2246 days ago
    It's no fair that the slacker gets a 4.0.
    Your studies sound challenging and fun.
    Keep up that hard work=)
    Have a nice weekend!
    2246 days ago
    Sounds like you are making progress! Don't worry about DH - that's his problem! Meanwhile you are GREAT!
    2246 days ago
    That's exciting news about working through the VA. Sounds much more convenient.

    So, I don't know exactly what you're going to school for right now, but it totally sounds like something I'd love to do. I work for a public safety software company in st cloud. We deal a lot with GIS. Since I started almost 7 years ago I've really gotten interested in ArcGIS and everything that goes along with it. I think it'd be such a fun job to be a land surveyor or to work with GIS.

    Glad to hear classes are going well so far!
    2246 days ago
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