Sunday, January 30, 2011

Odds 'n Ends

My head hurts.  I just took an exam for one of my classes that lasted three hours.  Yikes!  It's my own fault; I didn't study hard enough.  I could have taken four hours if I had needed it!

Classes are...going?  Good news is that I was able to drop two of them so now I am only taking four classes.  Lucky me, right?  Since I'm so late getting registered for everything, I've spent the last week just doing the assignments for this class that had the exam today (educational psychology) and am consequently behind in all my other classes.  I'll catch up, I think?  Luckily the other three classes are less date-oriented so I can do them at more of my own pace.  As long as I finish them by the middle of June I think I'll be okay.

So who is still excited about all the snow we're getting?!?!?!  I love snow.  I wish I could go out and play in the snow like kids do but I don't have snow pants.  Otherwise I would totally be there!  It helps that I'm not driving and don't have to go anywhere, I'm sure!  I can't believe how much snow we're getting this year.  On Tuesday and Wednesday we're supposed to get 7 to 12 inches.  Can't wait!

I haven't returned to any of my volunteer projects yet.  I tried to meet up with my literacy learner but she's even more flaky than I am, so that hasn't happened yet.  The classroom that I was volunteering in I think I'll return to a week from Monday.  It will depend on how my weakness is.  I'm still pretty weak, having trouble getting out of chairs and walking upstairs, and that isn't really conducive to working with kids.  Hopefully I'll feel up to it, and hopefully my learner will be ready to start up again1  Although to tell you the truth, I don't know how I'm going to have time for these two things plus school work plus doctor's appointments.  Fingers crossed that I can get time management under control! 

Sorry for another boring post.  I'm still getting back to normal from the brain thing and radiation.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

For the masters program I'm applying for I'm going to have to take some classes this semester.  Everyone who applies for this program does because we didn't intend to be teachers when we were  in college, so we have to fulfill some reuirements before enrolling.  One of the classes that I have to take is a math class, so I picked a geometry class thinking it can't be that bad, and it's an online class so I can do it at my own convenience.  I started the class today, and boy was this a bad idea!  The textbook is terrible!  It's hardly even a textbook, it's just these horribly dry, badly written pieces on geometry.  Why anyone thought this would be a good book to use for a class is completely beyond me,  Why anyone would write a book like this is beyond me too!  I may have to find another math class, but I'm not sure I'll be able to.  And you guys know how I feel about math anyway!  Not my favorite subject.  We'll see what I can do but I don't know, doesn't look so great right now.

I had something else I wanted to write about but I totally forgot what it was.  Hmmmm.  Guess I'll post again when I remember it!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Jury Duty? Not so much

Unfortunately, jury duty did not go totally as planned.  I got there, was shown to the jury room, chit-chatted with the other jurors.... kept chit-chatting.... kept chit-chatting..... We were waiting for like an hour past the time we were supposed to be in the courtroom.  On Monday when they had selected us they kept talking about how it was important to be punctual because if the trial was longer than one day they would have trouble scheduling the second day!  Anyway, the judge finally came in and told us the defendant had settled that morning and told us the story of why he was on trial.  I guess he had been at a night club with his girlfriend, some other guy had asked her to dance, so he punched him.  He ended up with 1 months of probation and an anger management class that he'll have to take.

I'm glad or the defendant because he won't have any jail time, but disappointed that I won't get to serve on a jury or at least another year.  Like I said, I'm a total dork and think it would be really interesting!  I mean, I would hate for someone to go to jail because of me, but I love the idea of hearing all the evidence (or the evidence they allow in the courtroom, in any case) and judging for mysel what I think the correct answer is.  Oh well, hopeully there will be a next time!

Good news is that it gave me an extra day to work on my application for the masters program I'm applying for.  Did I mention that I'm already late with the application because of the radiation I had to get?  It was amazing to see what kind o shape my brain was in when I had a tumor in it.  My essays just did not make sense.  They were so bad that I was embarrassed!  Good thing I didn't turn them in on time!  The deadline was really just a recommendation, and I've been in touch with one of the women who is in charge of the program so she knows that I was sick (not that I relapsed, though she knows I had cancer) and she's been very understanding, so hopefully that won't hurt my chances.  The application was turned in last Friday.  Fingers crossed they let me in!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Someone's been bad about posting....

Hello!  Hope everyone is settling back into work and/or school now that they're back in session.

Things here have been fine.  I'm still recovering from treatment, i.e. I'm still pretty weak (stupid steroids) and trying to rebuild my strength.  I've been enrolling - errrr, trying to enroll is more like it - in the prereq classes I need for the masters in education that I'm hoping to be admitted to when I send in my application.  Which I am also still working on.  I told them I'd have it in by Friday, so I guess I'd better finish it by then!

I am LOVING the weather!  I love snow, I think it's gorgeous, it's fun to play in, and it makes everything seem right when you look out the window, like there isn't anything wrong in he world.  Sure, it's dangerous to drive in but you can usually avoid the idiots who don't slow down.  Although my town doesn't seem to have plowed the streets of my subdivision after yesterday's snow yet.  What's up wth that?

Aaaannnndddd, the most excitng news is I GOT SELECTED FOR JURY DUTY!  Guys, I am such a dork.  I have always wanted to serve on a jury.  Laugh all you want, but I think it's cool.  I got the letter calling me to a selection date when I was still not feeling so great so I had asked my doctor for a note to excuse me from jury duty, but then ether he forgot to write it or I forgot to pick it up, so I had no excuse for not being there.  It's the third-ish time I've been called.  The first time was after my first transplant so obviously I couldn't serve, the second time was in June on a date that I was out of town so I got a deferral, which was for Monday.  No idea why the deferral took so long.  I had forgotten all about my summons quite honestly and suddenly emembered over the weekend, luckily!  I'm pretty excited, even if it is a not so interesting case.  It's a misdemeanor asssault and battery charge.  There are actually only 6 jurors and one alternate.  I'm a little embarrassed to say that I didn' realize misdemeanor trials only have six jurors! 

The trial is tomorrow and should only last the day.  Wish me luck!  I'll report all the details after the trial.