Sep 27, 2009

Passing on THE Torch

Musings of A Beautiful Mess
I'm going to make SUCH a big deal out of Dirty taking over the house hold duties! I'm going to give him the mop, a rag, or maybe the toilet brush and tell him "have fun!" Then I'm going to skip off to my first COLLEGE class. I'm pretty sure he won't think it's as funny as I do, but I'll get a kick out of it. I've been giggling like a school girl since I thought of this BRILLIANT idea, this morning. *sigh* it's the small things that crack me up!

After a craptacular Tuesday, the rest of the week was great. Until Thursday night when Nae spiked a fever. We kept her home from school Friday and the poor kid was miserable. She had a fever off and on for three days (mostly on). We've been fever free for over 24 hours! YAY! Apparently when one of my kids get sick, I go dumb. I can give anyone advice on a sick child or a sick spouse, but when it hits close to me, my brain turns to mush. I knew I needed to give Nae something for her fever, cough, and body aches, but I didn't want to drug her up TOO much. I wanted her to sleep it off, just not with a sweatshirt on and under her comforter. I ended up giving her Nyquil and Advil (not at the same time. I'm dumb, but not THAT dumb). Once again, Sassy Pie came to my rescue. She helped me out a lot. As did Fertility Chick Sassy Cupcakes, Mom Files, Wise Guy, Ali, Suzy, (and anyone else I forgot) for sending get well wishes to Nae. Thanks ladies, ya'll rock!

Anyway, since Nae was feeling better today, I cleaned the cooties out of EVERYTHING! I washed bedding, swept, mopped, scrubbed toilets (NASTY), and vacuumed. The laundry is done and the house is sparkling. I even had time to go for a run, cook dinner , shower AND do my hair today. I somehow managed my time very well. Proof that I can do this whole "go to college in my 30's" thing. I think they key is to stay focused and away from my computer. I looked at it longingly from across the room, many times today.

Tomorrow is a whole new ball game. I've got the meals planned out for Dirty. He knows when to pick up what child from which school or practice. Not that he didn't know that already, but still. Hopefully tomorrow will go smoothly. It's going to be really strange to be away from all of them two nights a week. I won't be here for dinner and I won't see Nae much Mondays and Tuesdays. I'll make it home JUST in time to put Zilla to bed, so that's a plus. But on Cub Scout nights, I won't see him much, either. They will be just fine, this I know, but I worry. I'm sure I'll miss them more then they miss me. I'll walk in the door and they'll say "oh you were gone?" ;o)

I get my books in the morning tomorrow and find out what room my classes are in. I'm VERY excited. I can't wait to look through the books. I'm sure I'll be sick of them by the end of term, but right now I just want to crack em open! People keep asking me if I'm nervous. I'm really not. Some one said to me Saturday "are you nervous about walking into that classroom? That was the biggest thing for me. I had to MAKE myself walk into that classroom full of 20-something year olds." Ummm, thanks for asking? I'm not really nervous at all. I've got "first day of school" jitters, but me being in my 30's and going back to school, really doesn't mean anything to me. I don't see it as a big deal. Maybe because my Dad and MIL went to school as an adult? I just don't really see it as a big deal. Maybe that will change when I walk in there, but right now, I'm feeling really good about the whole thing. I, also, don't really care what anyone else thinks about me going back to school in my 30's. It's a great thing!

I'll do my best to keep track of everything, but I really have no idea what my homework load will be. So, if I'm missing, ya'll know why.

THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING! I'M REALLY GOING BACK TO SCHOOL!!!!! I'M SO EXCITED!!!!!

Thank you so much for all the encouraging words. Each and every one of them means so much to me. I'll be taking all ya'll with me to class ;o)

33 friends have commented:

WiseGuy on September 28, 2009 at 1:05 AM said...

Woohooo! You are You are You are going back to school!!!

Am happy that Nae is better now....

We may have given the advice/well-wishes, but you and Dirty were there to take care of her. It is not a calming thought to have a family member sick.

I think Dirty is likely to be enthusiastic initially, but it will be tough to stay chirpy about the housework! Anyways, wishing both of you loads of good luck for the new chapter that is now unravelling!

My name is Andy. on September 28, 2009 at 4:56 AM said...

WOOT! WOOT!

Have a great time at your COLLEGE class!

And good luck to Dirty!

CappyPrincess on September 28, 2009 at 5:22 AM said...

I hope you enjoy college! How exciting to finally be starting this new chapter.

Hugs. Don't forget your milk money :wink:

Dolli-Mama on September 28, 2009 at 6:33 AM said...

YEAH! Going back to school is fun. Hubby recently got his masters, and he was in the older half of his class, but he looks young. Going back to school when you have a family helps you to keep focused, because you know you have this one chance, and you don't want to waste it. It will be awesome, good luck!

The Muser (aka Beautiful Mama) on September 28, 2009 at 6:57 AM said...

How exciting! Have a great first day of school!!!

honeywine on September 28, 2009 at 8:07 AM said...

Is that even still a big deal? Around here the 20somethings tend to drop out so fast that the classes I remember ended up being a mixed bag of age ranges. I know some of my classes had 20somethings and 30somethings as the major age range with a couple of folks in their 40's and even one gentleman in his 50's. People make too big a deal out of that stuff. The truth is that in higher education you keep going in and out of it for most of your life if you plan to keep growing as a person or in your career.

Belle on September 28, 2009 at 8:44 AM said...

Yaaay for you!! And good luck!! I don't think going in your 30s is a big deal... I feel like most of my classes had a fair number of 30 somethings and 40 somethings. What are you going back to study?

Sassy Pie on September 28, 2009 at 9:35 AM said...

Aww babe, you're so welcome. Thanks for twittering with me and keeping me company! I get so bored sometimes.

I'm so glad that Nae felt better so quickly; and good luck with your first classes! (Well, with ALL of your classes, of course. You know what I mean.)

Hugs and lots of good juju!

Aunt Becky on September 28, 2009 at 10:24 AM said...

Dude. I am SO EXCITED for you! This is awesome!

dreamsofquiet on September 28, 2009 at 12:08 PM said...

So glad she's feeling better. And have fun handing over the cleaning implements! :)

dreamsofquiet on September 28, 2009 at 12:08 PM said...

Don't you find it ironic that Dirty is in charge of the cleaning?

Flying Monkeys on September 28, 2009 at 12:24 PM said...

Have fun at school! And yay for handing over the never ending duties to Dirty!
Good luck!

KimboSue on September 28, 2009 at 1:17 PM said...

WHOOP WHOOP! you go with your little college bound ass!

Caitlin on September 28, 2009 at 2:50 PM said...

Yeah! That's so awesome! Man, where do you get that ambition from, and can I steal a little? I've been thinking about going back to school recently, too...just need more drive.

Good luck and I hope you have a blast!

Kristin on September 28, 2009 at 3:30 PM said...

I am so excited for you!

BTW, it is all right to give advil(ibuprofen) and Nyquil at the same time because Nyquil has acetaminophen (tylenol) in it. As long at youremember to keep the ibuprofen (advil, motrin) on a 6 to 8 hour rotation and the acetaminpophen (tylenol) on a 4 to 6 hour rotation, it is all good. In fact, since they fight pain in different ways (different receptors in the body), they work better together than separately.

cysteract on September 28, 2009 at 6:44 PM said...

Going back to school is Great your gonna LOVE IT !!

Happy to hear Nae is feeling better.

Good Luck with the homework load :-)

Wishing 4 One on September 28, 2009 at 10:12 PM said...

Yeah for Nae getting better and how exciting is school again???? I want to go back as well, maybe oneday. My dear friend just started law school at 37, i totally admire and feel for her too. She said it is no joke and that she doesnt have a second for anything other than school. Good luck to you and hope youre skipping all semester!

rocket.queen. on September 29, 2009 at 1:27 AM said...

sounds like you've got things under control! I am sure he will do terrificly.

Good luck with school!

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c by the sea said...

Congrats!! Have so much fun! This will be an exciting journey for you. I'm sure all the 20 something boys will be talking about that MILF in their class ;) HA!

Good Luck! You should be proud of yourself :)

Chayce's Momma on September 29, 2009 at 10:14 AM said...

Hope classes are going well for you!! I'm so impressed with you. I have a hard time dealing with working 8 hours a day and just going home to take care of two others. I couldn't imagine having to go to classes, take care of a family, and do homework. You go girl!

alicia on September 29, 2009 at 11:06 AM said...

YAY! school!! soo happy for you!!! good luck :)

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Parenthood For Me on September 29, 2009 at 1:59 PM said...

Soooo happy for you. You'll do great!

A Mom in Jacksonville, FL on September 29, 2009 at 4:48 PM said...

Yippee! Can't wait to read about your 1st day!

Busted Tube on September 29, 2009 at 6:54 PM said...

So so so happy for you! I can't wait to hear all about school.
I'm really glad Nae is feeling better and I hope that bug stays away from the rest of you!

Serendipity on September 29, 2009 at 7:49 PM said...

Yey for going back to school, wow that has come around fast! Best of luck for your classes hon.

Nel on September 30, 2009 at 11:53 AM said...

Good. For. You.

This is AWESOME!

Sunny on September 30, 2009 at 1:46 PM said...

Dang! I got behind on my Reader and missed wishing you GOOD LUCK! Not that you needed it. I'm sure you did awesome. I don't think there's any reason to be nervous about going back to school in your 30s... it's the youngsters who should be nervous, you'll be setting the curve. :)

sunflowerchilde on September 30, 2009 at 3:26 PM said...

Sorry for my long absence! And congrats!!!! You're going back to school! It's going to be great, I can feel it! So excited for you!

kate on October 1, 2009 at 10:13 AM said...

Yay for going back to school!!! How awesome. There should be some sort of gilded toilet scrubber that you pass off to Dirty!

Jenn on October 2, 2009 at 1:13 PM said...

Missed the heck out of ya girly!

I cannot believe you are actually there...DOING IT....you are going back to school and I am incredibly proud of you for doing so!

You kicked that fear right in the arse!!! I love it!

Sounds like everything is in order - I love the idea of you handing over the "toilet bowl torch" so to speak!

Sending you all sorts of smart, positive, and educational type thoughts!

Super big hugs my dear!
(promise to be back to blogging soon once the belly heals a bit more!)

Eve on October 3, 2009 at 5:11 PM said...

Congrats my dear!!!!! I'm so happy for you to be taking this step...wooohooo!!!!!!!!

kanishk on October 7, 2009 at 7:58 AM said...

We may have given the advice/well-wishes, but you and Dirty were there to take care of her. It is not a calming thought to have a family member sick.
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