Monthly Archives: July 2011

Let the Summer Begin!

Ahh, the glorious joy of completing finals and being Out-Of-School for 4 whole weeks! I had to wait to post about this because I needed to process the fact that I am really, truly free from book “larnin’”, at least for a little while. It really didn’t hit me until this Monday when I realized that I didn’t have to get up to go to my 8 am class on Tuesday. Hurray!!

Don’t get me wrong, I love school. I love learning (think I’ve said that a time or two), but this freedom is wonderful, it’s marvelous, it’s invigorating. Now, I’m set on filling up the time, glorious time, I have to do what I want without the specter of a test looming over me.

For those who are wondering, I aced my Speech class, learned an awesome amount in my computer class and decided that Macroeconomics is a class I’m glad I’m through. Got A’s in them all ; not sure how to rate a class when the average score on the mid-term was a 60. I have no idea what the final test’s average was, but I got a 76 on it. I am very grateful that our blogs were heavily weighted in the overall scheme of things (thank you, Dr. Fleury).

 

Now, let’s see what’s on that list I need to take care of:

Paint the inside of the house

Declutter

Get said house ready to go on the market

Sort, price and post all of my homeschooling supplies and curriculum online. I know it’s been several years since we’ve used it, just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

Put my Bosch Food Processor up for sale and get out my brand new Kitchen Aid Processor (gift to myself for my report card – I thought it was well deserved, right? After all, the kids get perks for their good grades, why shouldn’t the mommies?)

Interview for a part time position with a bank; since my degree will be in Financial Management, I figure I should get a head start in the field.

 Whew, I think I’ll take a breather now. Wonder how many of these will be completed by Aug. 22nd when classes start again? Anyone want to hold me accountable?  

Blessings on you and yours. I appreciate you.

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One down, two to go.

Wah Hoo!! I am finished one of my classes for the summer session, Introduction to Computers. I’m glad it’s finished on one hand, but sad on the other because my professor has so much more to impart.That is the main trouble with 8 week sessions – there’s just not enough time to really learn.

In addition to that is the fact that there were people in the class who didn’t know how to turn on the computer nor how to load a disk and who didn’t even know what a mouse was.  Seriously, there needs to be a sublevel Intro class, don’t you think?

As a homeschool mom, I was inundated with statistics on how repetition was the key to true learning. After all, how much can one really learn if a project or report is only completed one time? Trust me, not a lot. That’s why the book for the class isn’t going back to the college bookstore but will live on my shelf of useful tomes…as opposed to all of the un-useful books I’ve collected over the last few many, many years.

I have learned a lot in this class, and ended up with an “A” (go, me!), but I think I shall try to see where I can add some more computer classes because they are just so much fun.

Wheelchairs

Have you ever thought about bathrooms from a handicapped person’s perspective? I never did either, until the other day when I noticed how the mirrors are tilted down in order for the person in the wheelchair to check their hair, put on lipstick or in general see what they look like.

I guess part of the reason I never did was because I really didn’t know anyone who had to spend the majority of their lives in a permanent rolling contrivance. However, I now have a nephew who is confined to one until his body is healed.

There are different sizes and layouts of handicapped accessible stalls, some, like those at my school are very large and spacious, with a lot of room to maneuver, but others, like the one at the Denny’s we visited today, make me wonder what the code enforcement people were thinking. There was no way a wheelchair would have been able to get into, much less move around in, the ‘handicapped’ stall in their facility.

Take a moment and truly appreciate what life is like for these folk. That’s what they are – regular folk like us, just without the use of their legs. Make sure you are the one who jumps to open the door or offer to guide them up a ramp that is too steep to easily ascend if they do not have a motorized chair. Of course, ask permission first – after all, it is their prerogative to do it themselves, but I bet they would appreciate that human touch.

And lastly, one very BIG thing – when talking to someone in a wheelchair, make sure to look at them and not any caregiver or companion when speaking to them. It’s rude and to do otherwise makes them feel invisible; something they do not need to have to deal with on top of everything else.

 

I thank you and my nephew thanks you and everyone in wheelchairs thank you.

Blessings.