Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Finally Some Relief

Well, I will no longer have to worry about stress at school, I withdrew from classes today. It was not the easiest decision to make though. I was caught in a place where tomorrow is the last day to withdraw and get tuition refunded. However, if I just dropped the one class that I loathe, I would lose my student loan and would have to pay for my other class basically immediately. I am already out the money for the books and supplies which I already bought, I really couldn't come up with the extra money to pay for the class. So I dropped both of them. That is what was the really hard part. One of them I was happy to drop. As a matter of fact, I wrote emails to the instructor telling her that esentially she was the reason I decided to drop the class. It is a huge brick taken off my back. I was so tense last night that I didn't sleep well. Tonight should be better since I don't have to worry about that.

See this? This is the forecast of the rest of the week. Saturday, we fly to Florida for the cruise. I am so looking forward to this trip. I have walked around work all week (the whole two days so far) like an incoherent zombie. It has not been pretty.

So vacation is in 5...4...3...

Monday, January 29, 2007

Why didn't you say so?

I have been on such an emotional roller coaster lately. I don't quite understand. I have always been a bit of an emotional person but this is much more that usual. It is really stressing me out. I haven't heard from my friend who was supposed to go in for induced labor today. I am hoping everything is alright. She had some other complications so I just hope that she is have a long labor and nothing went wrong. I may try to call her at the hospital tomorrow afternoon. Maybe she will call me in the morning and I won't have to worry anymore.

Work has just been stressful lately. I am so over it right now. I go through these phases where I am just ready to quit and find a new job. But I really don't want to lose the job security and I would be hard pressed to find another job with the great benefits that I have now. So after a long day at work, I had to go to school... the instructor I have on Mon and Wed is a total airhead in my opinion. Fist off, I will be gone next week (on my cruise, woohoo!), which this trip was planned long before I even considered going back to school. Anyway, I talked to her the first night of class about me being gone, and she told me that she would see what she could come up with for me to make up the missed classes (as well as I wanted to know what I would miss as far as assignments, so I could be prepared for when I returned to class the following Monday). So I sent her an email over the weekend to remind her about me being gone and that I was still waiting for her to provide me with that information. I didn't hear back from her (she claims to be really good about responding to email, but both emails I have sent her, have gone pretty much unanswered until late the night before our next class and then this last one until we were in class. She then proceeded to pretty much blast me in front of the entire class about being gone and that she was unhappy about it and on and on... I was so furious about that... I do have to say though, she then gave us her extra credit assignment she would accept for the semester. It seems like it will be pretty easy and she is giving it a pretty hefty point value for extra credit. Then on top of that, last Monday we were given a project to work on which is due next Monday. Since I am going to be gone, I was planning on having it ready to turn in on Wednesday. This assignment was originally given to us with limited guidelines, and she told us to just go with it, she wanted to see what we came up with. So I worked my butt off this weekend trying to get as much done as possible since I also have work and class tomorrow... tonight when she heard people starting to freak out about how they didn't understand the assignment etc, she decided to give us more "guidance" on it. People start asking questions and she starts getting more specific about what she wants, and on and on... now I have to practically start all over, as what I have done already, doesn't meet her "guidelines." Ahhhhh!!!!!! I just want to write her a scathing email telling her what I think of what she has done, but I have to keep reminding myself, this is the lady who will be grading me for the rest of the semester (this is only the 3rd week of classes). So I walk out of there absolutely furious, again wondering what I was thinking when I decided to go back to school... This just topped it off...I am driving home, my mind on school (and my friend, who at this point, I am starting to worry about a little bit), I am on a dark state highway, I look down and I am going 13 over the speed limit, and no sooner do I notice this and go to slow down, I also notice a sheriff's deputy sitting there, and I know he is working traffic enforcement... Sure enough, I pass him and he pulls up behing me with lights, pulling me over... I am going to get a ticket. Although at the same time, I am hoping he will check my driving record and notice that it is spotless... I hand him my registration, insurance and license and proceed to apologize to him. He goes back to his car to do the normal driving and warrant clearance. I know he is writing me a ticket because it is taking too long if he is just going to give me a warning. He walks back up with his clipborad (with a ticket attached to it, for yours truly, he asks for my home phone number (which I willingly give him), then he asks me where I work... this is where the evening perks up... I work for a local police department (this is another reason why I would like to stay at my current place of employment :-)) He just looks up at me with a look of frustration... asks me what I do there (I work in the records office), and then he says to me while handing me back my papers without a ticket, "Why didn't you say something earlier?" "Sorry, sir." "Just drive safe..." Thank you Deputy Compton, you made my day... actually it was probably more like YOU MADE MY WEEK!!!! (just for the record, I know I could have probably saved myself some time and stress wondering if I would be getting a ticket if I HAD said something earlier (we all take care of our own), and I seriously considered this as I saw those red and blue flashy lights pull out behind me, but I also know that I probably really did deserve that ticket and would have taken it. There is a bit of an ethical question with that too... I will tell them if they ask but I don't know if I could consciously try to use that to get out of something I really truly deserve).... So once again, THANK YOU Deputy Compton... He is my angel this week and I will jump through hoops for him if he ever needed anything from our office. So I actually pulled back out onto the highway with a smile on my face and a chuckle in my throat...

Sunday, January 28, 2007

I posted this on my blog here a couple months ago, I was feeling a little down today so I watched it and it made me smile... Thought this could lift someone else's spirits also... Enjoy!

Friday's Feast

I have been pretty busy lately, so I have missing a few Friday Feast's. This one is a few days late but at least it is here....

If you could take lessons to learn any musical instrument, which would you want to learn?

I have always regreted not sticking with the violin when I was much younger, I would love to pick that back up.

Have you ever mistaken a person for someone else?

Just on the phone.

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest, how well do you keep secrets?

8 1/2

What's the closest you've ever been to a dangerous animal?

I was walking with a friend one time on a path that was right next to a river (known to have alligators) in Florida. We were walking along, and I remember seeing this bird right on the side of the water. We had just gotten past, when we heard this big splash, turned around and an alligator had tried to get the bird for his next meal. He actually didn't get the bird, but it scared me to death and I was ready to get out of there right then.

When was the last time you lost your patience?

I have been pretty moody lately and have a serious lack of patience... probably in the last week or so it has been really bad.

Long Time, No Blog

It has been awhile since I last posted. I am trying to keep up with my school work. This is total insanity. I am only taking 2 classes but they are three nights in a row each week and I work, so that doesn't leave me with a whole lot of extra time when you consider homework etc. Plus, I am now trying to prepare and pack for my cruise... I will be flying to Florida next Saturday...5 days, 19 hours and 46 minutes from now. I am just desperate to get away where it is warm and not snowy... of course being completely away from work for a week will be nice also. Snow... it has snowed every week for the last 6 weeks now... that is NOT NORMAL... Yesterday it was snowing and we have more coming in at the end of the week... As long as my flight is able to get out with me on it on Saturday, I don't care what it does. I have most of my stuff together, just need to pack it in the suitcase and garment bag and then I just have the little things that I still need on a daily basis. My friend L is having her baby this week. She goes in tomorrow and they will induce labor. She is having a boy, I am so excited. I was afraid I was going to miss him, her due date is while I am on my cruise. But I will get to see him this week. It might be a little challenging, I have school Mon-Wed and then I just have Thur and Fri... I will figure something out. Maybe I can take Friday off work too, so that I can finish everything up and go see the baby... who will hopefully by then be home. I don't know, I just have way too many things on my plate right now. Why did I ever think going back to school was a wise idea?

Saturday, January 13, 2007

I am finally back

Well, I made it back from NYC on Tuesday evening and I am just now getting around to posting. I have not been consistent about posting. But I am okay with that. Not like anyone really reads this anyway. I really did enjoy my trip, although there was not enough time to see/do a fraction of the stuff I wanted to do. When I got in on Saturday, it was 72 degrees!!!! That's right, it was so warm they had even had to close the ice skating rinks in the city because the ice was melting. Sunday, I went to the Empire State Building and went shopping. I got the silver bracelet from Tiffany & Co. which I have wanted for sooo long. I love it, but I am afraid to wear it too many places as I really don't want to lose it. So then I think... what was the point in buying it in the first place... so I will try to consciously wear it as much as is appropriate. I had a ticket to the Sunday matinee of Mary Poppins. I loved the show just as much as I love the movie. After the show I wandered around Times Square. There are a LOT of people there!!!! Even in January when the temperature is supposed to be in the 30's. Crazy people... but wait... I am one of those crazy people. Oh well. It started raining that night and it rained all Monday morning. Therefore meaning I didn't get to do a whole lot. I was planning on trying to make it down to Rockefeller to be in the crowd outside the Today show... but I didn't hear my alarm clock. So I finally got up and made it down there and took the NBC Studio Tour. The best thing about the tour was when we got to go into the studio where they tape Saturday Night Live. Other than that it was pretty uneventful. I then headed back to the hotel to eat and then I was hoping to make it down to go out to the Statue of Liberty. They closed the ticket window 10 minutes before I got there. I was really bummed. I plan on going again though.

On Saturday evening my friend D called to wish me an early Happy Birthday as she was unsure if she would be able to call on Sunday. Her daughter C, who I absolutely love and adore, got on the phone and sang Happy Birthday to me. She will be 4 at the end of January. It was so precious and touching. When I got back, I got onto MySpace and D had left me a note that C one day out of the blue said to her mom... "Mom, Aunt R knows how to find our house right?" D said C misses me so much.... C I miss you more than you could possibly imagine. I will get to see them in 3 weeks... my mom and I are staying with them the night before we have to be to the port for our cruise. I am excited even if it will only be for a few hours... that is better than nothing. Well, I will leave now with a couple pictures from my trip....