Thursday, August 18, 2011

I'm like a kid the first day of first grade

Next week school starts and I'm feeling quite nervous yet excited. I'm not sure why, because this is not my first year. I've been in college for a while now. However this semester will be a little different because of several reasons:

1. I'm taking classes that I picked out myself instead of only classes off the degree plan

2. My classes are all online and I've always wanted to take an online class.

Next Monday I'll be able to access my classes on the website and I'll attend the orientation and we'll meet the first day. After that everything is online except for the proctored tests in one of the classes.

I'm super excited!

I'll be taking three classes: Maritial and Sexual Lifestyles, Developmental Psychology, and Introduction to M.I.S. (Computer class). It's incredibly liberating to have picked out something that I just saw and thought would be interesting.

Anyone else excited about this next semester? What classes are you taking?

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Summer is Almost Over

Next week school is back in session and I'm actually excited. I've been really missing the routine and surprisingly I've also missed the academic rigor. I'm sure half-way through the semester when I'm surrounded by piles of note cards and textbooks I'll just be praying for finals to come. However at the moment I can't wait for next week to come.

To sum up whats happened this, work, work!

But in the midst of all that work some great things have happened and I've had quite a few adventures: 
  • My sister graduated high school. 
  • I went to A-Kon in Dallas. 
  • Attended various (inexpensive) sporting events. 
  • Hung out with friends and made merry ; )
Also, my car broke down about a month ago and stranded my in Belton, Texas. BF and I were driving down for a wedding and when we got to town we were an hour and a half early so we just drove around town looking for something to occupy ourselves. As we drove down a residential street trying to get turned around so we could head to Walmart we hit a bump. No big deal right? There are bumpy roads everywhere. When we got to the stop sign BF put his foot on the gas to accelerate after stopping and the engine revved. I hoped that it had just shifted to neutral, but alas the car was in drive. Reverse still worked so he backed into a nearby parking we were out of the road. After looking under the hood and deciding that we were pretty much screwed three hours away from anyone that could help us, I get a phone call from a friend who was also going to the wedding asking if we're there yet. (What a Godsend!) After telling her what's happened they came and picked us up and we went to the wedding. 

Afterwards we returned to my poor car that wouldn't go forward to gather up any valuables and then we headed out. They dropped my off at the Walmart in Hillsboro so I could meet my folks who were going to help me tow it back home and I bought a change of clothes so that I wasn't stuck in my dress. I went back to the farm with my parents and BF went home with our friends because he had to Guard Duty at 7AM the next day. 

We woke up and I helped take care of the goats and then we started getting my Dad's 16' flatbed trailer ready for the long ride to Belton. We arrived back at my car around noon and after poking around for a little while seeing if there was anything we could do, we loaded it up. Being a small town we accumulated quite an audience and several people were nice enough to help us as we backed it off a small retaining wall, that was just right height, and onto the trailer. 

My poor car!

It was dark by the time we got back to the farm so I didn't get back home until Sunday. On Tuesday we pulled it to the transmission shop and they set to work. I had to have my transmission rebuilt which was very expensive. But I picked it up that Friday and it goes forward now. I'm glad I didn't have to buy a new car, but my savings account makes sad faces at me when I log in to my online banking. 

But all turned out well and thanks to good friends and my parents I made it home safe. 

This summer has been pretty good even so. It even rained this last Saturday! Now we just need about 20 more inches of rain so that the land will come back to life! : )

Any one else have some adventures this summer?