Oct 4, 2009

I Got Through Week One

Musings of A Beautiful Mess
Not only did I get through the week, I got through it with The Death Cold. Seriously, this thing sucks! Thankfully I didn't get it until Thursday and it didn't get bad until Friday.

My Monday class is writing class and I love this class! I found it pretty easy, but it was a nice review. I did learn some new things. I don't know if I'll actually use them, but it's still early. Our first assignment was to do a free-write on something that brought up emotions. We did an exercise in class and are suppose to write our paper off of that. It didn't take me very long to write it, but I think I'll rewrite it. I think I can add more details to it. She said she wasn't going to look at them and it's just for us, but I'd like to add more detail, as I think it'll make a better story.

Tuesdays is math and "effective learning". Math last week SUCKED! Apparently I tested into a higher math class then I should've, because it took me about 9 hours to do Tuesday's homework. I read chapters, re-read chapters, checked my answers in the back of the book, worked the answer backwards to figure out how the hell I got that answer and it STILL took me forever. I missed Nae's volleyball game, dinner, and family time because I was working all day on this crap. Finally, I got it done around 8:30pm and CRASHED! Dirty put me to bed and as I was falling asleep, I decided I was going to talk to my instructor. There is NO WAY she is wanting us to have 9 hours of homework for ONE class. And we have this class twice a week. And I was right. She said it should've have taken MAYBE an hour to do the assignment. Clearly I was in the wrong math class. I begged the instructor in the lower class to let me in and he did. Thank Goddess! So, Thursday, I was sitting in the lower math class and I knew EXACTLY what I was doing! OMG it was such a relief! I had a moment of feeling like a dumbass, but then he explained that this math class is what high schools were teaching junior/senior year when a lot of us were in school. So, while I may not be a math genius, I'm also not a COMPLETE idiot, either. I did two nights of homework and it took me MAYBE an hour to finish. That's MUCH better!

Effective Learning is going to teach me how to study properly, how to take notes, how to take tests, and teach us what type of learner we are. Are we left or right brained? It's a pretty interesting class, actually. It'll be awfully difficult to fail, too. BONUS!

Wednesday is my free day. I'll probably spend part of this day in the computer lab for our computer class because I don't have Office 2007. I'm waiting on this until I get my laptop. I'll also do my math homework and my writing on Wednesdays.

Thursdays, I've got math again and that's it. I'll be able to do my homework for math after class and any leftovers from writing.

Then Friday I have my computer class. This class, seems pretty easy too. So far! If we don't have any questions or need to talk to our instructor, we don't have to show up for the class. Most of everything is through our e-learning website though the college. We also have to take tests online, but there's a book we can do the test with first. There's a time limit when we take it online, so we can look anything up with the book and then take it online before the deadline.

Other then The Death Cold, the first week wasn't that difficult. Dirty is doing great with dinners and the household chores. The children seem to be adjusting well, so far. I know it's the first week and all of this could change, but as of right now, it's not as overwhelming as I thought it was going to be.

I'm really enjoying all of my classes and getting into this new routine. I'm taking the time to get my homework done and going to bed when I need to. Hopefully, my cold will clear up soon and things will continue to be doable.

Thanks for all the support and the good thoughts. I felt them all week. I really appreciate it!

32 friends have commented:

Phoebe on October 4, 2009 at 12:30 PM said...

Congrats on getting through week one! I took four years off between college and graduate school, and it took me about a semester to get my brain back in school mode. It will come. Hope you kicked that cold!

Sunny on October 4, 2009 at 12:39 PM said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! I am just so excited for you and this new opportunity. I'm sorry you have a killer cold, that's not a fun way to start off. :( I think you should do something to pamper yourself as a reward for making the most difficult step (the first one -- getting started on the degree), but wait until you feel better.

Belle on October 4, 2009 at 12:48 PM said...

Hearing you talk about it really makes me miss school! So happy your first week wasn't overwhelming - if it were, that surely wouldn't bode well for the semester. Here's hoping it continues to be enjoyable and not too overwhelming!!

Stacie on October 4, 2009 at 1:06 PM said...

Yeah for getting through the first week! I knew you could do it! :-)

dreamsofquiet on October 4, 2009 at 1:57 PM said...

I am so impressed with you. It takes a lot to get out of your comfort zone and try something new. Please keep telling up about how it is. :) Congrats on getting through week one!

TSM Oregon on October 4, 2009 at 2:30 PM said...

I'm sorry I've been MIA. I'm also sorry I couldn't be going with you :( But I'm UBER proud of you!

Fertility Chick on October 4, 2009 at 2:33 PM said...

Congrats on getting through week one!!!!! Way to go!! Hope you're feeling better soon - glad that the chocolates are helping! Very proud of you. Amazing!!

A Mom in Jacksonville, FL on October 4, 2009 at 2:37 PM said...

Yippee! So glad you made it through week 1 and all is well. Pleased you were able to get your math class figured out. (Yikes!)

Hope you're kicking your cold in the bum, so that your 2nd week is off to a healthy start! :)

Dora on October 4, 2009 at 5:42 PM said...

You go, girl! Sounds like a great first week. Hope the cold is better soon.

SS on October 4, 2009 at 6:57 PM said...

COngrats on the first week- keep up the good work!!

Kristin on October 4, 2009 at 8:17 PM said...

Way to go chica! I knew you could do it!

Jaymee on October 4, 2009 at 10:22 PM said...

so, so proud of you!! sounds like you are off to a great start!!

SassyCupcakes on October 5, 2009 at 2:47 AM said...

Congrats! I think it's so awesome you're doing this. :)

Bec on October 5, 2009 at 4:37 AM said...

Congrats hon - it sounds great!

Serendipity on October 5, 2009 at 5:48 AM said...

congrats on getting through week one! I'm so excited that you're doing this and that you're enjoying your classes! Blergh @ the death cold, I hope you feel much better soon.

WiseGuy on October 5, 2009 at 6:23 AM said...

Since you have gone back to college after a long break....it will take you a little while to get into the ring....Am so glad that you survived the week so well, and Dirty did such a good job!

Do well! I hope the Cold vanishes soon!

Sassy Pie on October 5, 2009 at 7:00 AM said...

Congratulations, sweetie!

I always wanted to have an educated wife, or at least an educated daisy chain partner. ;)

Nel on October 5, 2009 at 7:58 AM said...

I am SO glad to hear that school is going well! (especially that you got to switch match classes)

As my dad always said, "You get an A for effort!"

JJ on October 5, 2009 at 7:10 PM said...

YAhooo! Week one down! So proud of you=)

awomanmyage on October 5, 2009 at 8:55 PM said...

I can almost smell the fresh erasers!

IF Optimist, then... on October 6, 2009 at 12:29 AM said...

Great job on an exciting week back at school, even having to endure a bad cold. I am so impressed that instead of giving up on your difficult math homework that you worked through it and then had the clear mind to talk to your professors about it.

Your schedule sounds full, but very fun. I'm glad to know your family is adjusting to the big change.

We are all so proud of you. Keep it up Beautiful.

honeywine on October 6, 2009 at 8:29 AM said...

I'm glad you're enjoying it. It's nice to get back into the swing of life outside your usual box. I think I need to start thinking about that for the new year. Maybe it is time to start reaching for some more schooling. But NO MATH.

CappyPrincess on October 6, 2009 at 11:41 AM said...

Yes You Can!!

Weeeeeee on a sucessful week and many more to come!

Chayce's Momma on October 6, 2009 at 12:00 PM said...

I am so glad to hear everything is going well!!!! That made me tired just reading it. I forsee straight A's!:-)

kate on October 6, 2009 at 4:40 PM said...

congrats on making it through week one! you are a rockstar!!!

And I ended up taking a class (twice, at one school and then another) called Math for Liberal Arts majors. It taught interesting mathematical concepts. It required knowledge of arithmetic and some algebra, but it was presented in a way that made sense. So please don't feel like you are a bad student for choosing to go with a less-intense math class-- I took the absolute easiest way I could in that respect!

I am so excited for you! You're doing it! You're really doing it!

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

CONGRATULATIONS!! I am just so excited for you and this new opportunity. I'm sorry you have a killer cold, that's not a fun way to start off.
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Flying Monkeys on October 7, 2009 at 12:47 PM said...

I'm glad you survived it, with a cold even!! Awesome job! Good for you for speaking up and knowing your limitations with the math class. Math was not my fave.
Have fun and feel better!

Aunt Becky on October 7, 2009 at 4:16 PM said...

So proud of you. SO proud.

Parenthood For Me on October 8, 2009 at 6:33 PM said...

Sounds great, Dani. I hear ya on the math thing. Keep up the good work. You almost have me wishing I could go back to school.

Poltzie on October 8, 2009 at 7:45 PM said...

Yay congrats! I loved school but I bet it would take me longer than a week to get back into the swing of things!

Eve on October 9, 2009 at 9:54 AM said...

Yay for you! I'm proud of you for advocating to get into the 'right fit' of a math class. I can't even IMAGINE being in a math class anymore...gulp. I may have missed this, but have you chosen a major yet? Take care, dear!

Flying Monkeys on October 9, 2009 at 10:22 PM said...

Psst...I tagged you on my blog but make sure your homework is done first.

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