In the "Real World"...
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!