#WeekendCoffeeShare : The One Where I Make a Big Life Decision

 

 

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! ♥

 

 

18 Comments

  • Ann Koplow April 8, 2017 at 8:05 am

    So glad to visit today and to find about your big decision! All my best to you.

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    • Nerd in the Brain April 8, 2017 at 8:15 am

      Thank you! I’m so glad you’ve stopped by for a visit! 😀

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  • teraisatucker April 8, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Yay for going back to school! I’d be a lifetime college student if I could afford it but, alas, I can’t so I am a lifetime student of life 😉 I waited 11 years to go to college (finances and babies). When I finally went, I entered the nursing program at the local community college. I was 1 semester away from graduating when my work study job at the college offered me a full time position with benefits. Took the job since my ex wouldn’t get insurance coverage for the kids. Plus, I was still dealing with healthcare on the job. That job led to me learning how to design online courses and teaching said classes so I started the web design program (never finished after quitting my job but learned tons!) I’m hoping to return to school for… something 😜… at some point.

    Can’t thank you enough for helping me with the Volunteer Appreciation!!!! I know with your help we’ll make it the best first annual VA ever! 😂

    Can I join you on your hike? Sounds like a lot more fun than cleaning chicken coops… 😜

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  • Mary Daniels Brown April 8, 2017 at 9:09 am

    I went back to school for my PhD at age 57. Received my degree at a graduation held on my 63rd birthday. I’ve always loved school. Congratulations on your big decision. I know you’ll succeed.

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  • trentpmcd April 8, 2017 at 9:11 am

    As I said on FB, going to school as an adult is great. You have a much better attitude towards learning. And Web Design and Administration is the way to go with those two ….

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  • Tara April 8, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Congrats and good luck! I love school, too. Have fun!

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  • Corina April 8, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I’m stalling today. I have to go to my friend’s memorial service this afternoon but it’s one of those things I wish was not necessary. I would rather be visiting her.

    College… I was fortunate enough to get a full ride scholarship to Stanford. I majored in Los of things, including journalism and history, and Chicano Studies. My degree is in Spanish Literature. I’ve always wanted to go for an MBA in Creative Writing but I’ve not had the opportunity. First because I was a single parent to 3, abs them because there hasn’t been enough money. But if I could, I would.

    A volunteer appreciation event sounds great! I put one in once with a “Priceless” theme. Invitations, decorations, etc, we’re price tags with the word “priceless” written on it. It was easy, fun, and everyone loved the sentiment. Have fun with yours!

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  • carolaadamsrnbc April 8, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    I am so excited about your new school adventure! And I wish you much success in that as I am sure you will be. I understand your multiple billion reasons not to go back to something. I feel the same way about nursing. If I had it to do over again I would have never entered the profession. But you live and learn. I think you really have to get out there and work and get the experience to realize it’s time to take a different track. It’s not that I don’t like the nursing profession, it’s all the others in the nursing profession who aren’t in it for the same reasons……to care for people. For most of the older nurses, it was a calling and it was for me too as I knew as a kindergartner that’s what I wanted to be when I grew up. And it is all the incompetent nurses who were passed through nursing school and now practicing. So scary. It’s time to get out of the rat race. Nowadays it’s all about doing more with less. And there goes the quality and ultimately the quality of patient care which leads to poor outcomes and unfortunately deaths. I choose not to be a part of that.

    Anyway my goals of going on for the PhD have been in my head since I finished my first masters in 2003. So it has been many years in the making. I had to get in the right place to situate myself for it. And I think I am finally there. Dropping work down to 30 hours a week was definitely a necessity.

    I earned my Bachelors of Science in Nursing when I was 25, then the Masters in Nursing Administration when I was 33, then the MBA when I was 37. Never felt like an older student because everyone else was “older” also. My PhD cohort are pretty much all in their 40s with a few 50 somethings in there. I don’t think we have any 30 somethings.

    Looking forward to hearing about your school adventures! As for my weekend, it is going to be filled with reading and writing. It sure is nice out and I would love to take a hike…..maybe tomorrow.

    And I believe that could have been a blog post……ugh…..one day…..it’s just hard to start.

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  • bettylouise31 April 8, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    After three rewrites, I finally got a post written. Good luck on your quest to get a graduate degree. I found nothing unusual in taking classes with young adults. Most are friendly. I answer your question on education, it is a life long endeavor.
    My link https://idahobluebird50.wordpress.com/2017/04/08/coffeetea-share-april-8-2017/

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  • shanjeniah April 8, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    About to head out shopping for clothes with my ever-growing 12.75 year old daughter, because she’s worn through or grown out of practically everything these last few months, and she and I are going to a Welcome to Night Vale Live Show Monday Night.

    I’m 16K into a new novel draft, and typing on a laptop I’ve owned for less than 24 hours (it’s definitely love)!

    I left college after a semester and a half, and can’t really say that I miss it. I am an autodidact at heart. But I love that you’re going back, since you love it, and that sounds like a course of study I could be very interested in (especially done independently).

    About time to head out, so that’s all I’ll say for now.

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  • Elizabeth April 8, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Going back to school? How exciting! I have been toying with the idea of a graduate program that is mostly online except a weekend in California once every month. I have to figure out exactly how that figures into my days off as a teacher, but I really like the program. It’s a PhD program that focuses on the depth psychology of Carl Jung along with the myth work of Joseph Campbell. I love the mythology, and I think the psychology would be useful stuff. One day… when things are a little less hectic in my life, I’ll get around to it. There’s a few steps I have to take first, and I keep letting those pile up. :/ Anyway. Glad to hear that things are good in your world (and calmer this week). Hope the good things keep coming and the positive vibes spread. I could use some good luck at the moment with my job hunt.

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  • Pamela Morse April 8, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    I tried Pima College, from which I graduated and took many fine classes, a few years ago. I was not well adjusted to the way classed are taught now. I waited too long. Good luck going back. Sooner is better than later.

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  • The Snail of Happiness April 9, 2017 at 4:10 am

    Yay for returning to college.
    I had a very traditional UK education: university at 18 and then straight on to study for my PhD. Actually, I wasn’t intending to do the higher degree, but my university offered me a personal scholarship, which meant I could study anything I liked and it seemed too good an opportunity to miss. Then years later, when I went to work as science co-ordinator for the university’s centre for lifelong learning (note, not adult education!), I decided to would like to have an education qualification, so I registered with the Open University (all distance learning) and gained, over three years, my masters in education. I loved the OU modules, especially my final one which was about science communication and public engagement in science.
    I really hope you like your course – I’m sure you will.

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  • Lisa April 9, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Oh I am so jealous!I dropped out of high school, moved out of my mom’s house, and got my GED when I was 17 and never made it to college. It wasn’t that I had a hard time learning—I love learning!—it was that I had a hard time with the other kids and I just couldn’t get through it. I’ve wanted to go but I could never decide what I wanted to be when I grew up and I now that I am grown up and too afraid of the time commitment and the cost, but maybe one day?

    I wish you the best of luck in your new adventure! 🙂

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  • amiewrites74 April 10, 2017 at 12:53 am

    Congrats on your decision to return to school! How exciting. I had a traditional education with bachelors and master’s by 24. I’ve tossed around the idea in recent years of going to nursing school but never made it happen. I’d love to continue my education. Good luck!!

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  • kaycreate April 10, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Congratulations on your return to school! That’s so exciting! I attended art college right after high school, but I did not graduate. Honestly, my family had zero money for me to go to school. I would have to take the entire four years in loans, and then still be responsible for paying for books + supplies out of my own pocket (and art supplies are NOT cheap). I also wasn’t entirely sure what I would have done with my fine arts degree since I didn’t have an interest in teaching. So, after one year, I made the decision to not return. I can’t really say I regret it; it’s quite nice to be drowning in debt. I’ve paid off the one year of loans I had to take out, and I’m still making art my primary career! Maybe at some point in my life I’ll go to school and get a degree, but I don’t see it being it in art.

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    • kaycreate April 10, 2017 at 9:50 am

      Realized there’s a large type haha, I meant to say, “It’s quite nice to NOT be drowning in debt!” 🙂

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  • Joanna Lynn April 16, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    I’m so excited for you in going back to school. I have so many friends who are also getting their first degree or additional degrees. Looking forward to hearing about your adventure. The planning of the dinner does not excite me, but I’m glad it’s fun for you. I need to put together my oldest’s graduation party and am not looking forward to it.

    I wonder if I would have been considered in the ‘adult learning’ category. I stayed out of school for a year, then went part-time for a year, and then, finally, went full time to finish.

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