Monday, January 21, 2008

One Week Down

Well, I have completed my first full week of classes. This is definitely not going to be as easy as it has been. This is my first term of my Bachelor's program and I sure did end up with some icky classes.

I have Business Law, Global Politics and Intro to Accounting. I may not get to post here very often during this term as these classes require a lot of research to be done to answer the questions. However, I am not quitting this blog. I will post as often as I can, so please don't give up on me if I miss days here and there.

The easy stuff is over, now I have the hard work.

As for other news, I have an appointment on Weds for my medical aid, and my Graduation is this Saturday. I will post as often as I can. *Hugs* to everyone reading.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Shortcuts Are Not Short

So, Ducky got off work early yesterday, so we could get our text books for class. He also needed to run several more errands. We left just after 2 p.m. It took about 40 minutes to get to my campus, I got my books, checked my final grades and we headed back. My campus was the farthest away.

Well, before we left the house, Ducky had checked the map, and saw a shorter, faster way to get back to our area that would bring him pretty much right to the campus he needed to go to get his books. So... we headed that way.

First we couldn't find the road he wanted. So we circled back around. Just before we got onto the highway, there was the road he wanted. So off we went on this 'shortcut'. We saw some run down areas, a few main shopping strips, and spent some time in a very nice residential area.

Finally, after about an hour of driving, he gave up on his shortcut, but it was too late. We were lost. So, he did the only thing he could. He tried to head west, as that was pretty much the direction of home. This plan didn't work out so good. It seems every road we took ended up at a dead end.

So another 2 hours of driving, we would hit a dead end, turn around, go back, try another road. Repeat and repeat. Finally, just before the sun went down we made it back to the highway. Pretty much where we started from. But now it was rush hour. So instead of 40 minutes to drive home, it took well over an hour.

We finally made it home about 7:30 p.m. That long in the truck just killed my back, but I do have to admit it was a nice drive. Ducky didn't get his books, nor complete any of his other errands.

And the next time he says he found a shortcut... I am gonna stay home.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Week In A Whirlwind

Wow, what a busy week. I have spent hours on the phone, filled out a stack of paperwork, sent e-mails and faxes. And that was just to complete my graduation paperwork and enrollment process. It doesn't count the time I had to spent building a web site for my Web Design class, nor the writing I had to do for Composition.

I am glad that week is over. I am due to graduate on the 26th, my robes have been ordered, all the paperwork for that is done. Classes are done for both the term and my first degree.

I can't believe I managed to graduate with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Two whole years of college with perfect grades. I wouldn't have ever thought I could do that.

The new term and the first part of my second degree starts tomorrow, but thankfully I am done with writing classes. *Dances* Yay, no more essays to write.

Everything else is on track, I have appointments on the 23rd, and Feb 4th for my medical and my back. I am excited about graduating and looking forward to the next set of classes.

As for my blog, now that all the paperwork is done, I will be posting daily or close to that again. I apologize for the week without posts, but I had no time to write for you all with all the stuff I was trying to keep track of.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Milk, Sugar, Cheese, Coffee.... Where's The Coffee?

I make a list. I look through the fridge and the cupboards. I check everything. I plan meals for the week and list every ingredient I don't have on the list. I double check. I triple check. I make sure every possible thing is on my list.

So WHY do I forget something every time I go grocery shopping? I shop by the list, crossing off each item as I place it in the cart. Oh sure, I buy a few extras, chips, cookies, etc. But no matter how careful I am, I always forget some critical thing.

So then I am stuck with a pantry full of food and nothing to eat. Because whatever ingredient I miss is somehow needed for everything. This time I forgot the coffee. How could I forget to buy coffee? I live on the stuff, I drink around a pot a day. I know when I am getting low. It is always the first thing on my list, followed by sugar and creamer.

So this time I forgot coffee, now I need to run back up to the store to get it or I will not be fit company for anyone tomorrow. Last time I forgot cheese. And of course, just about every meal I had planned on required cheese. So tons of food in the cupboards, and nothing to make. Cereal for dinner just doesn't seem to satisfy.

I have tried shopping without a list, with a list, by section, and by aisle. I have spent hours in the grocery, making sure to look at every item for sale, making sure I got everything I need. None of it works. I always forget something. And it is never anything silly, like a pack of cookies, or a box of dog treats. Nope, it is never something trivial, the thing I forget is always a critical ingredient.

I could plan a weeks worth of meals, trying not to repeat any ingredient in the recipes. Nope, somehow I would need something to cook them all, and sure enough, that would be the thing I forget.

Hmm, I already know the pets are plotting against me, and that damn chair is out to get me... now I think the grocery is siding with them. They are all in this together, I bet. I KNOW I put coffee on the list, but checking it now, it is nowhere to be found. I bet the chair told the puppycat to erase it while I was getting my shoes on. And somehow the grocery store hid the coffee, even though I walked right past where it should have been to get the sugar.

That must be it, it has to be. They must all be plotting against me. Because there is no way I would just forget... is there?

Friday, January 4, 2008

Independent World Community

I posted earlier mentioning how I work on sites and programs to make money from home. These type of things are called GPT sites. GPT stand for Get Paid To, as in get paid to read emails, do surveys, etc. Before I get into telling you about each of these programs, I would like to let you know about a great resource site and community.

The Independent World Community is a free site where you can get help, advice, tips and tricks to be successful at GPT work. They also have regular contests from the owner, so there is another way to earn money. You have to be a member to access all these features, but don't get scared off on this. Membership is free, to become a member all you need to do is register to the forums and send an email requesting membership.

I have found this to be an extremely valuable resource. When I first started working on GPT sites, I was just doing surveys randomly, and I didn't make more than a few dollars. Independent World Community offers an ebook to it's members that make it easy to earn money. Using the information provided from the ebook and from other members in the forums, I earned about $100 for December.

So head on over to Independent World Community, send in your email for membership and get the information to get started in making a profit online. I look forward to seeing you there.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Little Lies For Hannah Montana

GARLAND, Texas - A 6-year-old girl who won four tickets to a Hannah Montana concert with an essay falsely claiming her father died in Iraq isn't going to the show after all.
The girl won a makeover that included a blonde Hannah Montana wig, as well as the grand prize: airfare for four to Albany, N.Y., and four tickets to the sold-out Hannah Montana concert on Jan. 9.

The opening line in the essay was: "My daddy died this year in Iraq."

Hannah Montana ticket winner loses prize

This is just absolutely ridiculous. Don't get me wrong. I totally understand that the little girl wants to see Hannah in concert. I remember being a child and wanting to do or see something. I also remember that I was usually told the family couldn't afford it or didn't have time, or whatever. Yes, I remember being disappointed, heartbroken even. But I lived through it, a few tears, some pouting and I was on to the next thing I wanted. Such is the life of a child. You rarely get what you want just because you want it, when you are young.

But this? This is horrid. The girl was 6, SIX! Could she really come up with this terrible lie on her own? I don't care if you support the war in Iraq, or think it is a waste of time. It is still a war, soldiers are still dying, families are still suffering.

To make up a story like this just to win some concert tickets is just a mockery of those that are truly hurting from the loss of their loved ones. What kind of person would not just allow but encourage a child to do this?

The mother says in an interview: "We did the essay and that's what we did to win. We did whatever we could do to win,"
What the hell? There was no WE in this, that little girl did what her mother told her to do. I understand that a mother would want to make her child happy, but this is a bit much. "We did whatever we could to win" so what are the limits? Would she encourage her child to steal? to hurt someone?

If you look at it, this is exactly what she did. She told her child to LIE about losing her dad in a bombing. Not stealing or hurting anyone you think? Bullshit! Many people were hurt by this lie. Every single person that has lost a dad, or a mom, or sister, or brother, or anyone was hurt by this. It makes a joke out of the pain you feel when some one you love dies.

People wonder what is happening to kids today, why are they shooting each other in schools, why are they stealing and killing for a pair of shoes or an ipod.

Well, look at what this mother taught her child: Do whatever you can to get what you want. It doesn't matter if it is right or true, just do anything to get it. It may seem like a big step from writing a fake essay to shooting a kid in school, but it isn't. The attitude is the same: Do whatever you can to win!

I am glad this little girl lost the prize. I hope she looks at her mom every day and asks her: Why did you make me lie? I hope the mother learns that this attitude isn't the right way to go.

But you know what? I don't think they will. I think the mom will blame the mean old contest people, and tell her little girl that they were just mean or evil for not giving her the prize. And this parent will keep on teaching her child to win at all costs, and that if she doesn't win it is because someone else got in the way.

With parents like this, is it any wonder our children don't give a shit about anything but what they want? That kids today don't think twice about stealing or even killing people to get things they want?

We look at these children and wonder why do they do these things? Stop looking at the child for a minute and take a good hard look at the parent that raised them with this attitude.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a pleasant and safe evening last night. I wish you all have a Happy New Year. May this upcoming year bring you joy and see some of your dreams come true.

This year holds a lot of potential to me. I will be graduating college and getting my first degree. I will also be enrolling again to start on my 2nd. I have doctors appointments coming which may just fix my back, so it is possible that I may be able to get fixed and finally be able to get a job again.

I really hope this happens, it would be so nice to be able to work, to go out, to stop being stuck in this damn chair all the time. But, I also have to face the alternative, I may not be fixable, I might have to suffer this pain for the rest of my life. But there is a good side to that too, if the doctors tell me that I can't be fixed, then I may be able to qualify for disability, which will make my life a bit easier, as it will give me access to help where I need it.

I just hope that this year will be just as good as last year was. Even though I have been in pain, life has brought me much happiness over the last year, and I can only hope it will continue this way.

Many of us make new year resolutions. Most of us don't manage to keep them, but the resolution I made last year, I kept it all year, so I will make the same one again this year. So my New Year's resolution is to always try to find something to be happy about, to always try to find the bright side of things, no matter how bad they get.

What are some of your wishes for this new year? What resolutions did you make and keep last year? What resolutions are you making this year?