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New Beginnings? Perhaps.

I have nine readers according to my RS feeder and if you haven’t given up on me, you are reading a blog post that is long overdue.

The Horizontal Yo-Yo looks a bit different this time around, doesn’t it? My pay-for WordPress account ran out and I figured I didn’t blog enough to warrant the cost – no matter how small.

Free-all-the-way WordPress it is.

How about an update?

I am still working as a parapro at our local middle school and I’m still in school in an attempt to get my BS in Education/Special Education. I’ve been taking educational courses for the past few terms which means my core classes are complete (yay!)

The scale has steadily gone up to the point where, at my highest, I was just 14 lbs away from my highest weight ever. I just couldn’t have that, so I decided that when summer came, I was going to work on myself.

This lasted just over two weeks. Then my dad came for a visit. We had a blast, but after he left, I just couldn’t find the gumption to get back on track. I wasn’t happy with my weight gain but I’d tell myself that I “didn’t look that bad” or that “TMB loves me just the way I am. Why change?” Why indeed.

I am just not happy with how my body looks. Period. I realize that during my journey, I’m going to have to come to terms with how my body looks because even at goal weight, my body will never be perfect. Then again, why should it? Who decides what perfect is? The fact that my body has gotten up every single day for the past 34 years and nourished me and taken care of me as best it could – despite what I fed it and how little I moved it – is perfect enough for me.

I’m letting go of perfection because perfection doesn’t exist this side of Heaven. Instead, I’m going to work little by little, every day, on making better choices for me and my body.

So, would you care to join me as I get on this wagon yet again? It won’t  be a perfect ride, but it’s bound to be an interesting one!

Until next time…

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School Starts

Yesterday, my spring semester at school started. I’m taking my first education course and it says right on the syllabus: writing intensive.

No joke!

The first semesters of class were a piece of cake! This class is just starting to get into the meat and potatoes of it all.

But I suspect a large part of it stems from the fact that it’s all so new to me. For example, I had to buy a subscription to an online portfolio service so that I can start building my portfolio for after I graduate (tentative date: February 2013). I have weekly papers due. I’ve had weekly papers due for all of my classes thus far except chemistry, but they’ve been papers I can just shoot out in three hours time (okay, maybe an hour on some of the shorter ones).  The papers for this class aren’t short. Where as past papers were between 500-1000 words, these papers are 1500+. Yikes!

On top of the weekly papers due, I have journals do each week plus a benchmark paper at the end of the eight weeks.

I’m not complaining. This is what I signed on for. I’m excited that this is my first education class. I’m excited because I’m finally over the freshman classes and can finally study for my degree. I’m excited because my money is actually going towards something!

But I’m nervous because it’s all so new. But, being it’s a 200/300 course, I know that I’ll probably get walked through it a bit more than if it were a 400 class. Besides, once I get the feel for how the higher-level classes work, I’ll feel more confident in my studies.

That said – I’ll have to make very good use of my time this semester. There won’t be anymore waiting-until-the-weekend-to-do-my-work. In fact, I would love to get my work done by Friday so I have the weekend to relax with the family.

Let the games begin.

Until next time…

Checking In…Because Y’all Deserve It

Hello, Dear Readers.

I pray that this post finds you well (whenever you may read it).

Things are going pretty well.  There are some issues going on personally and professionally that I hope to rectify soon, but over all, I am blessed, my children are healthy and marriage is solid.  In a word: I am good (I guess that’s three words, huh?)

We will be starting our third week of school tomorrow.  Three weeks already?!?  Is this any inclination of how quickly this year is going to go?  It’s a big year for us – Baby Gurl turns 8 *sob* and  The Boy turns 12 *bigger sob*.  I think it’s because I’m in the public school system that I think of a year spanning from August to May – which means TMB and I will be celebrating our 13th year of marriage together in March.  But for the rest of you, I’ll be celebrating that milestone with TMB next year.

Potaytoes. Potahtoes. It’s all good.

This will be my motto for this year – it’s all good.  God is good.  Life is good.  It’s just all good.

Of course, in light of things happening behind the screen, you can assume that your blog author is being terribly optimistic.  But really, when you break it down, what choice does one have?

Philippians 4:6 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. (The Message)

May God bless you and keep you, make His face to shine upon you and give you peace.  Amen*

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*Going back to my Methodist roots, y’all…

Quick Thursday Post

Battery on the laptop is dying (I spent about an hour working on tomorrow’s post about divorce…be sure to chime in with your own thoughts) but I wanted to give just a real quick update:

The kids have dentist and eye appointments today.  Tonight, they meet their teachers at open house.

It’s an exciting time for the kids – the new school year is always such a fresh, new beginning.

And it is definitely a year of new beginnings for us:

Baby Gurl will be at the elementary school all by herself.

The Boy is starting middle school this year.

I will be a full-blown student while trying to budget time being a wife, mom, and me!

Stay tuned also on Monday when I post back to school pictures.  I’m thinking of setting up a similar shot from last year to see how much we’ve all changed.

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First Week in OT History

This week is a week of firsts.  TwitterFacebookBurns.  And today – OT History.

I started school in May.  I’m currently in my second class: Old Testament History.  I’ve been looking forward to this class since starting Chemistry in May, but now I’m not sure what I’ve gotten myself into.

I’d like to start off by saying that I have a huge guilt complex.  I have no idea where this came from but basically this is how I roll: if someone is upset and ranting and raving in general, I feel like I’m to blame.  I’m sure there’s some dysfunctionality in there somewhere…

So, when I sign in on my first day of class (I’m attending classes online), and I read a page-long rant about what the professor expects from our papers and our class discussions in general, I immediately start feeling that he’s talking directly to me; in a nutshell, I suck as a college student.

Now, rationally, I realize that he’s speaking to the whole class and chance are, he’s come across students who would make these writing infractions in past classes.  Unfortunately, it’s not my own rationality I’m relying on, but bff’s.  And TMB’s.  My rationality – it’s gone out the window.

I’ve turned in the first week’s assignment – a time line of major events in the Old Testament and how they coincide with major world events.  Sounds easy enough, right?  I agonized over the assignment.  Currently, I’m agonizing over the grade.  I haven’t received a grade for it yet and I’m nervous.  Did I fail because I noticed (after I submitted the assignment) that there were three typos?  Did I include too much information?  Not enough?  I. just. don’t. know.

In the midst of all this mental agony, I’m working on this week’s assignment – a paper discussing the nature of sin and how it spread into the world as recorded in Genesis 3-11.  The line of reasoning I’m using is Adam & Eve –> Cain & Abel –> The Great Flood.  I just hope that I’m on the right track.  For the first time in my life I created an outline of the paper so I wouldn’t get lost in an aimless rambling (which as you all know, I have a tendancy to ramble…this blog is a classic explample).

My plan is to get it finished – correction, get the rough draft finished – today, print it out, and then agonize over it for a few days until I finally turn it on on Sunday.

So, at this point, you’re thinking I hate the class, right?  No!  I really do enjoy the class.  The text (once I got used to the language – yes, I’m a bit on the slow side when it comes to getting used to ‘voice’), is very interesting and I’m learning things I never knew (did you know the first time it rained was when God sent the Flood?)  If I could just get my first assigment back, learn how this professor grades, and then attempt to perform to his standards, I’ll be fine…

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Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah

I dropped the Boy off at the Scout hut this morning at 9.  I had run back home, however, and grab his schedule that had his classes listed because I forgot to pack it. Whatever happened to a Boy Scout always being prepared?  Hmm…

He’ll be gone until late Friday night.  He will be missed (after all, who is going to do my dishes?)

Baby Gurl and I headed to the Y this afternoon and went swimming.  We’re new members, so I was a Class A Dork trying to find my way around the place.  Luckily, everyone was very nice (even the kid behind the counter who, I swear, was young enough to be one of my kids.  Wait, I’m not that old yet, am I?)

Let me tell you – walking into an indoor pool with a one-piece bathing suit on is nerve-wracking.  And stupid.  Not stupid to be walking into an indoor pool – that part is inevitable.  It’s stupid to be worried about walking into an indoor swimming pool.  No one is watching you aside from the short glace to see who came into the pool.  Other than that, everybody keeps to their own.  It was nice.  The last time I was in an indoor swimming pool was in my teens when we used to go to the Y as a family.  So…17 year.  Gosh, where does the time go?!?)

After the pool, Baby Gurl and I went to the library to return books and get a few new ones.  We both grabbed books by our favorite author.  Baby Gurl picked up two Junie B. Jones books and I picked up three Terri Blackstock books.  Now this is stupid. I have class work to do…I have no business reading.  But, I can’t do classwork all day long, so I figure I’ll use the books as a reward.  They are easy and fast reads, so while they are 300 pages in length, I should have no problem reading them in the next two weeks.

But on that note, I must finish up my homework for this week so it can be turned in before midnight tomorrow.

I Have Joined the Sick Club

Within the past few weeks, I’ve read of various bloggers who have been struck down with illness.

Let’s add me to the mix.

Just a cold – snuffly, aching, head-achy, sneezing.  But just a cold.

Unfortunately, because I hardly ever get sick, this feels really bad.  Luckily, I’ve got three abled bodies who are willing to take care of me.  I’ve got the weekend to recover before I go back to work – for one more week – before Summer Break!

Hopefully, I’ll be able to get back to blogging regularly.

By the way – just in case you’re wondering – school is going well.  Chemistry is a difficult subject for me so I don’t expect to ace the class (and after last week’s assignment grade, I was disappointed) – but hopefully, I can get through these next six weeks.

Just pray for me…