Good morning, beautiful blog buddies! Come in, come in! The dinosaurs will pour you a delicious cup of coffee…coffee is their specialty, and they’re quite pleased to share. 🙂 (Speaking of dinos and coffee, those nutty dinosaurs saw a video about flower coffee the other day, and now they’re on a quest to make lavender and rose syrup to add to their brew. Those dinos are always up to something!)
Now that you’re inside, you might want to leave your sweater on and grab a throw blanket. It’s a balmy 61 degrees in our house. Yep, after a warm spell, we’ve had a couple of chillier days (and nights), and we discovered that our heater has suddenly lost the will to heat. Well, we refuse to pay weekend or rush rates on getting the heater fixed when we know the temperatures will be back in the upper 60s today and the 70s tomorrow, so we’re just dealing with the slightly chilly room temperatures for right now. We have a fierce little space heater that’s keeping the living room pretty warm, but I hate it for you if you need to use the restroom. 😉
Okay, now that we’re all situated (and cozy?), let’s get our chat on!
This week has actually been mostly quiet…except for that one big leap that I made…and that new project I took on. 😉
Leaps and projects? Wut?
Well, the leap was my decision to go back to school. I decided so hard that I’ve already completed the application and sent my transcripts. Grace will be graduating and going to college herself in a couple of years, so I’ve decided it’s time to start preparing myself for where that transition will take me. (That and I just really love school.) 😉 I know I definitely do not want to go back into teaching public school. (I left that gig for about a billion reasons, and now there seem to be about 50 billion more reasons not to return.) So, I had a choice to make. What do I want to learn to do now?
I considered going back to get a graduate degree in math…then teaching community college would be an option (which I’ve done before and loved). But graduate school creates some problems. I don’t really have the giggledyjillion dollars needed to pay for a graduate program, and I’m not interested in going in debt. It’s also nearly impossible to find a graduate program in math online, and the closest school that offers a good program is really farther away than I’d like to commute on a regular basis.
So, that brought me to our local community college. Having done my first two years at a community college, I know that those puppies are absolutely fantastic! I narrowed things down to two programs…one in business and one in web administration and design. I gave some thinks to which one interested me the most and which one had more jobby potential (particularly work-from-home jobby potential), and I have very excitedly snuggled into…
Web Administration & Design!
If all goes according to plan, I’ll be starting in August. Because of my thousand other things that I have going on in life, I’ve decided to start tackling this program part time. After Grace graduates, I’ll go full-force and finish things up, but that does lead to the program taking three years instead of two. (So, so totally okay with me!)
Since I didn’t get my bachelor’s degree until the grand age of 29 (in math…yeah, I’m that nerd), I’m not at all worried about going to school as an older adult. (Side note: I kind of hate it when schools call anything beyond the standard going-to-college-right-out-of-high-school thing “adult learning.” We, as a society, have decided that 18-year-olds are adults, so darn near all college students are “adult learners.”) Nope, I’m kind of the opposite of worried. I’m excited and happy…and kind of which I could start right now. 😀
And this all makes me wonder about your college experiences. Were you a “non-traditional” student? What did you go to school for? Have you considered going back to learn something new or different? Did you skip the college thing altogether (because you wanted to or had to)?
And that project I mentioned? Well, that’s actually not a terribly big one. A friend from the PTSO called yesterday to ask if I would help with our first ever Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. I love planning events, and I super-love the idea of honoring the people who give their time to help kids do awesome things, so I’m very pleased to help! It does mean a few weeks of menu planning and decoration preparing and gift selecting and invitation creating and whatnot, but I think it’s quite the lovely use of my time. 🙂
So, what else is going on in this little life of mine? Not a tremendous lot. The past week was pretty mellow with not a lot of non-regularly-scheduled happenings. We have a few things on the calendar for the week ahead, but it’s all fun stuff. We have a full moon hike scheduled and another “campfire stories” event (s’mores!). And next Saturday, John and I will be going on a GPS Easter Egg Hunt…I am so bloomin’ excited for that!
And what about this day? We have our regularly scheduled hike this afternoon (it’s nice to be back to it after missing a couple of weeks for events and/or illness) and feasting. There’s also an Art Walk in our little town…we may or may not partake in that…just depends on how the timing and whims go. 🙂
What about you? What are your plans for the day/weekend??? Have you made any big plans or huge decisions this past week? Anything exciting on the horizon? Tell me all about it!
And now it’s time for you to show me (and the rest of the Coffee Share crew) yours!
And until we chat again, I hope you have an amazing week full of love and hugs and giggles and learning and fun! ♥