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Catching up on the past few months...

Friday, February 14, 2014

Ok, its been awhile since I posted. I'm not a very good blogger (even my personal blog site is lacking in content).

So my last blog was in June of 2013. A lot has happened, what can I say?

Last January, I started my doctorate (an Ed.D. program). I took one course in Spring 2013, two in Summer 2013 (which nearly killed me), and one in Fall 2013. I somehow managed to receive in all 4 classes. Currently I'm taking two courses, one that I selected is to get me into the mindset of research, since I'm really dreading the doctoral level research courses. The other course is on Leadership and is pretty good actually. The only issue with that class is ... classes started Jan. 13th. and the class didn't receive our Syllabus until Feb 12th! One of our assignments is a big research paper...so we basically lost a whole month's worth of time to work on said paper!!

Oh well, I survived this summer, which was worse. I think I can manage this semester.

I rode Ed & Skyla in July. The barn Ed is at had a Master instructor come and give lessons. So I took two lessons with him, one on each horse. Ed is now a working horse, he works for the barn owner, she gives lessons on him. Occasionally I get a check. Skyla hasn't done much since then... other than sending me to the ER on Dec 27th. Wasn't her fault, she heard someone cutting down a tree and that tree falling. She wasn't sticking around. Of course, you can tell that her daddy was a World Champion reining horse. She did the spin entirely on her hindquarters, and WAY to fast for me to even comprehend what was occurring. Fortunately another girl (younger than me, but college age) is going to start riding her and working out some of the "spunk". I just don't have time to ride while working on this doctorate.

Still taking Viola lessons. My left wrist has problems. Went to an orthopedist about it in the fall, saw a physical therapist. Have a bad habit of forgetting to do my stretches & strengthening exercises that he gave me to help it... But reducing and dealing properly with my stress levels has helped. Also, it's helped that I've learned better posture for when I'm actually playing... apparently I'd been holding the instrument just slightly wrong for over a year!

I'm also taking a yoga class this semester with a coworker. It's twice a week. Its not as intense as say a Yoga class you'd get at a studio... this is college "PE" course. So it's much more laid back. The advantage is there isn't much stress. Didn't have to pay for it, if I can't go, its OK... our teacher understand work comes first. Everyone in the class is learning, so since I've had some Yoga, I get to feel like one of the more experienced people in the room (which is an esteem boost).

I received a daily devotional book (for women) from someone for Christmas. I've been trying to read it every day, as one of the first things I do in the morning. I've got myself a nice little routine set up. I get up around 6-ish, feed Callie her breakfast, take my pills that must be taken prior to eating (30-60 minutes prior actually). Then I go upstairs and get ready for work (gets me a flight of stairs in first thing in the morn). Afterwards, since I still have some time before I can eat, I sit down and read my devotional. After that I'll read something else, this has varied from Runner's World magazines, to school books, to most recently a book by Dr. David Jeremiah on happiness. Once my hour is up, I eat breakfast, while Callie bugs me, hoping for seconds on her breakfast (by the way, this morning she tried getting me up at 5:20 am to feed her!!! rotten cat). Typically after breakfast, I have time to do things around the house, open the blinds for Callie, pack my bag for work (lunch, reading material, tea, etc). Sometimes I even have time for chores, such as laundry or cleaning the litter box, etc. It's just really nice to have a routine in place, one that is relatively easy for me to follow. I'm even able to stick to it (mostly) on the weekends.

Ah well, I've rambled enough. I need to get back to work... and doing some reading. Perhaps I can squeeze blogging into my morning routine as well... we'll have to see!
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CMKARLS 2/15/2014 7:43AM

  Your life has been full and it sounds like things are falling into place. Best of luck with your classes this semester.

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CHIBITROWA 2/14/2014 10:29PM

    TXGRANDMA - I'm not exactly sure when I'll be finished. The program is 45 hours in "classes" (total of 15 classes) then 9 hours of dissertation. I've completed 12 hours (4 classes) so far, and at the end of this semester I'll have 18 hours (6 classes) completed. So that is still another 27 hours (9 classes) to complete before I can even start on my dissertation. If I can manage to hang in with 1 class in the next two summers, and 2 classes in the Fall & Spring semesters, I should be able to start my dissertation in 2016. From there its a matter of how quickly I can get that dissertation written. I'm just hoping to be graduated before I'm 40 (I'll be 35 this year)!

THETURTLEBEAR - I've done some free weights in the past, but the Physical Therapist actually determined that most of my wrist problem is due to tightness in my neck & shoulder (that and incorrect posture). Getting the posture corrected has helped some, and when I can get the knots out of my shoulder, that helps as well. My PT actually gave me several exercises using elastic bands which are probably similar to the free weights. It's just an issue of making myself do it!

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THETURTLEBEAR 2/14/2014 9:52PM

    Wow - you sure get a lot accomplished! Do you ever do any exercises with small free weights (like 5 lb.)? I used to get a lot of wrist tendinitis type pain because I keyboard a lot at work, etc. When I started SP, I started doing the Coach Nicole 28 day boot camp that involved some free weight exercises for upper body. Once I started doing that regularly, all my wrist pain disappeared.

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TXGRANDMA 2/14/2014 5:46PM

    Wow! You have been busy! Congratulations on pursuing your Doctorate. When will you be finished? Good that one of your horses is being used as a schooling horse......Different to get a check once in a while rather than always spending money on the horses! Keep in touch! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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