Posts Tagged ‘school’

A very good day

Not one but BOTH of my kids had interviews today – and not only that, but both of them had JOBS by the end of their interview.

Tamara’s going to be working at a Subway while she keeps applying to PR jobs.

And Jess starts at a day care on Monday for a trial period. Even better, it is within walking distance. A long walk by my standards – about 45 minutes – but she used to walk quite a bit longer than that when she was going to school …so it will work for her.

I am SO relieved.

And as if that wasn’t enough, there was more good news too – my camera came back from Kodak’s repair centre. Well, not MY camera – but a replacement one, anyway.

So when Ross & I went to the Art of the Book show in Toronto, I was able to take my own pictures.

Really enjoyed it – I’m glad we went. Stopped at the Market Buffet in Barrie for dinner – ate WAY too much.

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flitting home

Wednesdays are my longest days at school. I have a class from 9 – 11, another from 2-4, and then a lecture and 2 seminar groups to TA from 6 – 9.

And then I get to get into my car and drive home!!!

Last week I didn’t – I stayed over at the motel.. mostly because I was just too tired out to even think about the drive. But this week, I’m feeling less exhausted on the whole and I want to go home and sleep in my own bed.

So I shall try to time my coffee so that I have enough alertness to make the drive without overdoing it so that I won’t be able to sleep by the time I get there. Always a bit of a trick …and I have often miscalculated… but that’s okay … as long as I get HOME, I’m happy …even if I get home wired and unable to sleep.

I have to come back Friday morning – so it’s almost not worth it… but only almost. Winter, I’m afraid, will tip the balance into ‘better stay put’ …but we’ll deal with that.

I looked at an apartment yesterday – am really ambivilant about it. I like the house, the price is reasonable, and I could bring the dog. BUT – it’s on 2 levels – and the stairs between are SO narrow and SO steep that they scare me. I’m a bit nervous on stairs anyway – after the car, they are the next worse place to fall-down-go-boom … and I am always conscious that my timing for that is not always the best. And Ross likes his beer on occasion – I can’t imagine anyone successfully navigating those stairs with any alcohol on board at all, really!

School is going okay – I think – I feel a bit frustrated by all the reading. I mean, I can read it all – and I do …but there is just so much of it to cram into my brain that I feel as though I’m retaining such a small percentage of it that there’s hardly any point. And of course, there’s the issue of 5+ hours of required reading for a 2 hour class – in which only very small bits get discussed due to the time constraints.

There was one article this week that I found really difficult. Tried to read it onscreen and it just wasn’t making any sense to me… so I printed it and went through it again – and again, line by line. I worked terribly hard at it – and then it wasn’t even talked about! If I hadn’t read it thoroughly, probably would have been the one they focussed on!

Oh well… hopefully I will get better at retention of this stuff…only one of my courses has an exam (and that’s oral ACK!!!) …. so presumably I’m not expected to be able to retain all of it..but it is rather frustrating.

Oops! Going to be late again if I don’t get moving. Last week it didn’t matter as the prof was late – but I’m unlikely to be that lucky again. Got to pack the car and check out before I go…and definitely leave time to stop for coffee. NOT at a McDonalds!

ACK!

My horoscope is lying to me today!

It says:

Although today may be a day of rest and relaxation, you can still gain respect in the eyes of your friends and family. You seem to be able to do the right thing, thereby elevating your status in your community. You are happy to enjoy the company of others, but you have serious goals on your mind and should pay attention to any interactions that could move you closer to your destination.

Rest and relaxation HA!!!!   I wish.

Am being frustrated by one thing after another today… I guess that’s why it included the key word MAY.

Been trying to update my Palm Lifedrive as I figure since I have it, t’would be a good thing to use to at least try to start off with some semblance of organization.

Downloaded software from the Palm site for my new laptop – but realized that the software from there was incomplete – only gives me the Desktop application – NOT the LifeDrive Manager app.

Without that, can’t move files back and forth – so can’t use Word/Excel files… well, I could.. but if I can’t sync them between the computer and the LifeDrive, what good are they?

So – spent way too long looking for that software to download – preferable to looking for the installation disk that is around here ‘somewhere’.

No luck … eventually gave up in frustration and went hunting for the disk – found everything else that came with the Palm in an organized stack all in one file folder in my desk – including a number of disks, even – but not the main one. Of course not.

Went through stacks and stacks of disks on spindles – eventually did find the original disk.

Should be smooth sailing, now, right?

Yeah.. .right.

Tried to install it. 4x now.

Errors, errors and more errors.

We are NOT amused!

School starts tomorrow.

Will need to get photo taken for my new Trent student card – sure hope not right away …got a huge ugly cold sore … stress, perhaps?

Who me? Stressed? Nah… never happen!

Wednesday @ Video Plus

I’m not at the store yet – but that is the big ~event~ for today, worse luck. It is all Sue’s fault – imagine taking a whole week off and not being here to do the beer truck thing! Poor planning, I say!

Ross was picked up for work @ 7 as usual … shortly afterwards, the skies opened. There was a large thunderstorm; it has eased off now, but is still raining heavily. Perhaps it will continue and he’ll end up being off in time to do the beer truck thing himself. That would work for me.

I have SO many things on my To Do list right now it is ridiculous! How in hell do I end up with so many things even when I am mostly off? I’m only teaching 6 hours a week this semester – well, mostly – this week has an extra day of teaching – a one-day workshop in Advanced Functions & Formulas & Macros in Excel tomorrow. That is actually my favourite of the one-day Office workshops…. I like playing with Advanced Functions & Formulas & Macros in Excel. Do need to do some prep for it though, even though I’ve done it before … I’m not very good at keeping track of the stuff I used last time (more than a year ago) so constantly end up recreating things.

Starting in the Fall, Georgian College is upgrading to MS Office 2007 …so all of the courses I have been teaching will need a complete overhaul, and I shall have to get used to – and good at 2007. I have the software but haven’t yet loaded it on either computer. Should do it on the laptop, I suppose… my desktop is being wonky and annoying, so not going to even go there.

And yes, I do know that I am a geek and fix & build computers and should be dealing with my own … but I don’t want to spend the $$ to upgrade, nor do I have the inclination to reformat it, although I know that I should. One of these days. What I really want to do – sometime soon – is buy a whole new laptop. There really isn’t much wrong with my old laptop – the battery doesn’t work well any more, but I could just replace that, I suppose.  But even then, it would still be old 🙂 I want a new one!

Maybe in February next year… when I will – hopefully – have not only my scholarship & TA income, but also $$ coming in from teaching at Georgian again starting in January. Assuming we can work the schedule out. Or – if John St. should happen to sell at some point (not that it’s listed – but there is interest none-the-less) … if that happened, the line of credit would be wiped out and I could justify spending some of my scholarship $$ on a new laptop, I think.

Anyway …back to my To Do list.

  • I stalled after the third psych quiz – 2 more to do. Plus a research project and book final exam. And then look into doing MA in Psych through Athabasca also.
  • Losted the envelope of info and forms to be filled out from Trent. Find it. Oh yeah, and call Registrar’s Office and get name change done! Oh and also need to do name change for drivers’ licence and OHIP now that official paperwork is here.
  • Finish Ross’ pest control test bank (in Access) & also redo website for Huronia Pest Control.
  • Still need to decide on a topic and write proposal for a paper re: Adolescent/Emerging Adult fiction & Eros so that I’ll be ready to submit it re: next year’s Human Condition conference hosted by Laurentian@Barrie. Ideally, should write a draft of the paper this summer too. I think that it would be cool to go back as a presenter (volunteered as a student the last 2 years)
  • Working on a new short story which shows no inclination of wanting to stay short – I think it might end up being a novel. It is really cool. It’s based on 2 of my campers – well, that is where I started – but of course, I’ve run so far with it already that it isn’t them anymore… But I should not be working on it when I have yet to finish my first Birch Centre novel or Back To School for Grownups (collaborating on that one with Jodi). The other problem with the fact that this story is not staying in the short story category very well is that that means that I need to come up with something else for the CBC Literary competition (deadline November 1). So add that to my list as well.  Got bunches of short stories that I could have added – but guidelines state not previously published or read …and most of mine have appeared somewhere – either on TooWrite or Gather, or I’ve read/published them through school stuff. Could do a rewrite of something though, maybe?
  • Oh, and on the topic of publishing – I really do want to get things sent out somewhere. Haven’t added to my collection of rejection letters in almost a year. Never going to get anything published if I don’t send it out anywhere.
  • Oh yeah – and I am feeling very guilty about my Tay Community Magazine gig – need to write a couple of articles for them too. Bad writer. Anyone got any ideas? Thought of maybe doing something about how easy it is to take what we have here in Tay for granted – realized the other day, while driving home from Leacock event, how long its been since I just sat outside in the evening and watched the sunset. Add that to my To Do List too! Both the sunset and the article.
  • And I want to help Steph & Lee get their novel looked at too – working on a rewrite of query letter – hmm… that’s a relatively small chunk I could possibly do today. Before I go to the store, even….
  • Tons of summer reading yet to go …got second shipment of textbooks from Amazon yesterday; haven’t finished reading the first batch yet! Also go a stack waiting to be picked up at Trent – the books for the course I’ll be TA-ing in the fall. Have read most of those already though.
  • Speaking of Trent, I need to go to Peterborough and pick up those books and scout out a good deal on a motel. There is one I’ve communicated with that could work but it is a couple of Km out of town so would have to drive the car into town – would be nice, if possible, to find one that has everything I need (reasonable price, highspeed internet & a fridge) that is on a bus route. Doesn’t seem like there is much parking around Catherine Parr Traill College. There is a bus that runs between the 2 campuses – but at this point, seems like I only need to be up at the main campus on Wednesdays. Will be some running back & forth on Wednesdays – class at CPT for me, TA-ing at the main campus …but the rest of the time looks to be all centred at CPT.
  • I’m also paying full price for cigarettes again, until I get off me arse and make a trip up to Bala. Was hoping Ross would have a job up that way and pick some up for me, but he hasn’t been that way since I asked. Need to quit, really. But in the meantime, need my Sago’s.
  • Need to do some writing re: proposal for Masters Major Research Paper (MRP) and also re: statement of intent re: PhD program. MRP proposal isn’t due until November or December – for Trent – but and PhD apps aren’t due until Jan/Feb 09. BUT scholarship applications re: next year are all due early in October – and they require some vision …I need to be able to tell them where I’m headed so that they will want to give me more money to go there! So … I need to get on them sooner rather than later. I like scholarship money 🙂
  • My office is a DISASTER area – to the point where it’s driving not only Ross crazy …but me, even. Need to get that in order.
  • Got 1 computer on my table to replace power supply (for a customer) – and 2 more customer-computers behind that one. Got Jess’ desktop fixed – still sitting by my kitchen door. Not doing her much good here – need to go down to Brampton to deliver it …and watch the kids play soccer/baseball, also. And Tamara’s desktop also needs to be picked up at some point so that I can fix that.
  • Really should make a trip to see Dad (in Niagara Falls ON) and Grandma Mary (in London ON) before I get busy again. Yes, I do know how ridiculous that last sounds – but truth is, this is my downtime. Come fall, I’ll be carrying full time school again – on top of everything else. And then in Winter semester, will be adding 4 sections of teaching in Barrie (so add 12 hours teaching, plus prep for new program/textbooks & marking, plus commute time)
  • Haven’t been fishing yet this summer! That will not do. The boat is in the water – need to go fishing, or all that work will be wasted. Besides, now that Leacock is over, really do need to make a concerted effort to spend quality time with my husband 🙂 Since he’s home in the evenings now & all 🙂
Heron on my dock yesterday, 29 July 2008. Good reasons to sit outside on the deck and watch the sunset.

Heron on my dock yesterday, 29 July 2008. Good reasons to sit outside on the deck and watch the sunset.