Sunday, September 21, 2008

POST # 200

THIS IS MY 200th POST! I can't believe it... more because it took me this long to post 200 and I've had this blog for years!

School and work and studying and not sleeping enough and not eating healthy have made me a bit crazy thus far, but I'm moving along, slowly but surely. This week my 3 online classes started. Everyone told me that they were really easy and just a pain in the butt, but not conceptually hard (a new concept for me because my last year at UCSD was FULL of upper division math classes and I usually had no idea what was going on!). They were all right, but none of them told me how much reading would be involved. I have about 50 pages of reading a week for each of the 3 classes plus 50 more for an in-class education class I am taking plus homework and more homework from the other 2 math classes I am taking. Once I finish reading all that shit, I am then able to write the pages and pages of responses to "what I learned this week". I wrote my first paper last week and got a 100%, so that made me feel good... especially considering that the last paper I wrote was my personal statement to get into a university! My weekends consist of me locking myself in the guest room (the only quiet place in the house) hunched over my laptop working away. I have been studying FRIDAY thru SUNDAY non-stop and I'm getting a bit stir crazy (especially because my scrapbooking table is in the guest room and oh-so inviting!)
In other news, I am going to start my required 40 hours of observation in a high school classroom next week. I am nervous and excited and scared I'm going to fall asleep in class from all this work! More on this as it develops...
Here's another answer to a question posted on my blog entry a couple of weeks ago - I promise I'll get to all of them eventually!

Melissa said...

Did you or will you ever get cable??

For those of you that are confused by this, Wade and I do not have cable in the house. We do have a television, but it is only hooked up to our DVD player and our dying VHS player so we can watch movies to our hearts' content. Needless to say, we own A LOT of DVDs and a few television series on DVD - SATC, Seinfeld, MSCL and CSI Las Vegas seasons 1-6.

We initially made the decision to not have cable when we saw how expensive it was. Then after time, we became SO out of the loop, not knowing any of the latest shows that were on, who famous people were, and so on, that we just never got around to getting it. Both of us become zombies in front of the television, so part of our decision to not get cable comes from the fact that we know if we had it, we'd probably never leave the house!

I definitely miss tv. I would love to see new episodes of The Office and surprisingly enough, I miss seeing commercials. I know Wade would love to watch the History Channel and his True Crime shows. But I'm glad we don't have it... so to answer the question, no, we do not have cable!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Baby Fish Mouth

So I decided over the summer that it was time for me to start thinking about a career. Right now I work at the local community college and since I work in 3 different departments, it's like I have 3 part-time jobs (which means NO benefits!). So after much deliberation and discussion, I decided to go back to school to get a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Math to teach high school. Little did I know the hoops I would have to jump through just to get into the program!
I have to take 3 more classes to fulfill what they call Subject Matter Competency (basically, do you know how to do math?) and 7 education classes. Are you hearing this? This is all BEFORE I even get into the program!

So I started school at Cal State Fullerton 3 weeks ago. My schedule is HORRIFIC Mondays through Thursdays - I leave the house around 7:30am and don't get home most nights until 9:30. I see Wade literally 20 minutes a day - 5 in the morning, 15 at night. But on the bright side, I don't have work or go to school Friday through Sunday... but I'm usually doing homework, studying, or trying to find the kitchen sink under the mountain of dishes that accumulated throughout the week!

My classes have proven to be pretty good so far, but very time consuming. I am trying to be more pro-active and talk to my professors (something I NEVER did when I was in college) to make sure they know my name and how motivated I am (might need a letter of recommendation sometime down the line!)

So needless to say I have done ZERO scrapping/artsy anything at all lately. I don't even have time to take pictures to scrap later on - although, I don't know how many pages I could make of pictures of myself in the library or pictures of Wade sleeping which is pretty much the only thing going on right now!

Also, I've applied to be a substitute teacher. I'm hoping it will give me a little taste of what to expect from the high school environment.

Okay, on to the question/answer part of our blog day:
marie antoinette said...

how did you and wade meet?

ANSWER: Wade and I met in Spanish 1 at Saddleback Community College. On the first day of school I was 15 minutes late and when I walked into the class, the profesora said, " ¡Hola! ¡Bienvenidos! Nos estamos sentando en grupos y nos estamos presentando. ¡SiĆ©ntese!"
to which I replied, "Espanol uno?" since I didn't understand a damn word she said. So I got the hint and sat down next to some white guy with poofy hair. I asked him what we were supposed to do and he just shrugged and said, "I don't understand a damn word she says!" Four months later, that poofy haired guy and I were dating... and now we're engaged!