Tuesday, January 13, 2009

And if the homework brings you down,

we'll throw it on the fire and take the car downtown.

School has started. Oh MY!! I am feeling a bit overwhelmed and it's only the first week!

I have tax class all day on Saturdays during the month of January. Then, I am supposed to volunteer at least 15-30 hours at a tax help center. I would get credit for this time except that I have 18 credit hours this semester already. I will need to talk to someone about this!

On Monday and Wednesday I have 4 classes from 9:00 AM to 3:45 PM with 15 minutes between each class, IF the instructor lets us out on time. I have to park miles away and tote 4 textbooks and notebooks, so my options are to run back to the car in between classes or get a locker. I'm going to pick up a combination lock tomorrow morning!

Here's my stack of school books!! This photo doesn't do it justice. The Algebra book is huge!

Tuesday and Thursday are Biology days. I have class in the morning and lab in the afternoon. And, I am required to volunteer at least 30 hours this semester at a "science related" place OR do a 30 hour group research paper. Jeez! Can I draw and type blood at the tax center??

Plus, my Early Music Appreciation instructor suggests that we consider doing service projects related to music, like ushering at the New Mexico Symphony or something. HELLOOOO!!!!
What is this? Everyone wants Service Projects this semester. Anyway, she will be requiring us to attend at least two concerts.

I only have so much time in a day! I am already considering dropping my Statistics class. Then I would only have 3 classes on Mondays and Wednesdays. Plus, I could get credit for my volunteering at the tax center. The drawback is that this summer I would have to take Statistics, Calculus, and Business Law, and I had hoped to be working by then.

Hmmm, if I do all this volunteering, 30 + 30, I only need 40 more hours this year to get the Presidential letter. That will be easy because I also help out at my church as Treasurer.

And worst of all, Buddha misses me during the day. This pose cracks me up. He's on the arm of the sofa. I don't know how the pillow got there, but you'd think it was specially placed for him!

I forgot to mention that I rode this morning! I only rode Nadia bareback for about 30 minutes, but I did it! Riding before breakfast is going to work for me, I think. She was kind of balky but it's been a while since I've ridden her. She prefers "stop and stand" to any other gait anyway. Did I tell you that I think she has the cutest little ears? She is kinda comfy too. It's like riding a furry barrel with an indention for your butt. Lol, I guess, swayback has it's advantages! It's been a while since I've ridden bareback. I wonder if I'll be sore with all the trotting and some cantering that I did. So far, I'm not feeling anything. I guess tomorrow will tell...

And if the homework brings you down, we'll throw it on the fire and take the car downtown - song: Kooks, artist: David Bowie, album: Hunky Dory


Melanie said...

Okay Val...as someone who has been in school for three years now, you should probably drop one of your classes. Seriously! You can only do so much. I learned the hard way, by trying to juggle four classes, volunteer time, family, kids, life etc...and now only take three classes at one time. You will end up getting sick or something!

Oh yeah, and you don't want to give up your horseback riding time, right? Don't you just love riding bareback? I do, although not as much as I did when I was younger and more centered...lol!!!

PS-I still don't know what you are going to school for yet. You must tell me! The suspense is killing me...lol!!! I have a stats class that starts in two weeks, so if you drop another class instead, we can blog about it...teeheehee!! :)

C-ingspots said...

Oh my word girl!! How in the world do you do it??? I don't think that I could ever maintain a schedule like that and still have a life. I guess I'm just not that dedicated to anything. You are a fireball!!! I am a lounger, for sure compared to you. Seems like those school people all think that their class is the only class :)
I think you must have lots and lots of energy - care to share any??
Good for you for riding bareback - that does take a lot of muscles that you don't usually use doing anything else.

Fantastyk Voyager said...

I have been attending school for about 6 years now because I've only been taking 1-3 classes at a time while working full time. Now that I'm unemployed I think I can easily manage a full load. The only problem I see is all this volunteer time required.
I am 8 classes away from an Associates degree in PreManagement which I should have accomplished by the end of summer. I am undecided about moving on to the Bachelors degree. I want to, but financially?? But then again, I don't think I can afford not to.
Twenty years ago, I graduated from a vocational school with an Accounting certificate. The school was not yet accreditated.

Fantastyk Voyager said...

C-ingSpots- Lol, yes, I am sore in places that you can only imagine! But fortunately, I am only a little sore and I only got sore last night which is already a day later.

If I can get through this schedule of classes, then I'll only need 2 to get my degree. That's what's motivating me. ;)

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Whew! My back hurts just looking at that mountain of books.

Only you know what you can handle, but for me, that schedule sees terribly daunting, especially because of all the service assignments.
Don't let school take away your riding time. That's YOUR time to unwind and relax.
I'm glad that you got ride Nadia.

~Take care of yourself my friend,

The Wades said...

Oh Val--hang in there! Listen to your gut about this terribly huge load. You will make the right choice for yourself. I just know it. :)