Bright Spots in a Long Week

Its finals week (at work). I've been working long days all week...and I have another one tomorrow.
I have a big paper due on Sunday
Tomorrow is Relay for Life here, so I will be going from work to Relay

Things are a bit crazy. By the time I'm home from work, I'm so tired I can barely keep my eyes open to do my homework. I'm still not sure how I will make it all work. Then why I am I taking the time to blog? Because even with the worst of things, there are bright spots worth sharing.

Today one of the disability support advisors copied me on an email reply from a former student. I wasn't sure why she had at first (he was not asking a testing question), but then I saw the closing line from his email to her. He had sent "greetings" to her, my supervisor and...and well me.

A few years ago, Mark and I were on our way to Gatlinburg. I had taken Friday off so we would have a long weekend. While we were on the road, I received an email from the same advisor…

It is going to be a long quarter

Being in grad school has been challenging. So far I've been been successful. It has been quite a bit of work.  It has meant late nights, a few all nighters, and giving up time with my family.

Has it been worth it: Yes.

This quarter is my first Community College intensive course. The instructor is tough but fair. That being said this quarter is a whole new ball game. How she grades is tougher than past instructors, but she gives good and honest feedback. Really that is what  I need.

It is going to take a whole new level of dedication to get through this. I'm not exactly sure how I will make it work (just yet), but I know I will figure it out. This degree is a pretty big milestone for me. I want to go it right.

I know it is going to get tough. I know I will have to put in the time and effort to make it all work. I made a choice to go after my goals and dreams, I can't get scared now. It is time to buckle down and get focused.

One of those days

Last Tuesday when I went to bed, I had my Wednesday planned

1) I was going to get up early to ensure I would have time to look nice for my annual performance evaluation
2) I also needed to get in early to set up our overflow lab we had an Enrollment Event
3) I had everything I needed for the day lined up and ready to go.
4) It would be a busy day, but a pretty good one.

After we went to bed, things went down hill quickly.

Mark started having an asthma attack. Lily tried to "heal him with her love" so I was trying to keep her out of his face...the last thing he needs is a shedding basset hound in his faceRight after Mark finally falls asleep, Tank has one of his "sleeping accidents" I get that cleaned up, and then him back to alarm goes off shortly after thisI don't get up right away, and when I do I have a killer headacheI don't look a nice as I would like when I leave.I don't arrive at work early enough to get everything done so I opt to set up…

Oakwood Resort: A quick weekend getaway

Last weekend Mark and I took a quick trip up to Northern Indiana. We stayed at Oakwood Resort in Syracuse, IN. The resort is on Lake Wawasee, and it is exactly what we needed for a quick weekend away.

The stay was actually my Valentine's Day gift, but this was the first weekend we could get away. I was pretty excited to get out of dodge for even just a night.

The resort has spacious rooms, and even those with a courtyard view still had pretty amazing views.  Each room has a Keurig (seriously) and a mini fridge. The grounds were clean and beautiful. It was great to be able to walk around and enjoy the scenery.

Okay...the on site chapel was a little creepy

We enjoyed walking on some of the paths around the resort, and just sitting lakeside for the afternoon. 
We opted to eat at the onsite restaurant, but there are other options in town.  That being said, we were not disappointed. The food was amazing. At check in the reccomended we call and reserve a table. They thankfully still had…

First Steps

Last night I submitted an application for a new job.

Full Transparency Here:

I meet the minimum requirements for the position, but I am missing some crucial parts of the desired skills. Also it would require me to relocate, so that's another strike against me.

So why did I do it?

1) It is a job I would love to have. It doesn't hurt to try
2) It gave me a reason to work on my CV and brush the cobwebs off my cover letter writing skills
3) The application required me to answer some tough questions. When I do apply locally, I need to be ready to answer those.
4) If by some miracle I am selected for an interview, it will be much needed practice.

I'm getting closer to knowing exactly what I want to do professionally, but I'm still not sure of when that will become a reality.

I know that while I am certainly not unhappy with my job, I know what direction I want to go. Now it is just playing the waiting game. I know that I want something more than I have now. I know I would li…

Taking a Moment

It has been a busy week. I didn't sleep well last night. I had to be in to work extra early.

Although I was arriving early, I was likely be working from home this weekend. My early arrival really only meant I could get my regular morning tasks knocked out. I would be in a training all day, and I have projects that need done ASAP. I could have arrived earlier, but the building isn't unlocked until 7:00, and while security can let me in, I was lazy. Dinner didn't happen until 11:30 the night before, and bedtime was around 1:00 a.m. 7:00 was as early as I could muster.

I could have just speed waddled in the door with my Starbucks (I never stop for coffee on my way in, but I really wanted one today). Instead I took a moment to look around, and I had to snap a picture if this:

We may be a campus in an urban inner city neighborhood, but this morning, despite all the things that weren't exactly going my way, this caught my eye. It reminded me of how you can find beauty just a…

Setting Expectations

It is easy to forget to take care of *you.*

I take on too much at work, and sometimes that means others do not learn how to handle situations on their own. I need to step back and allow that learning to happen.

It is okay for me to want to talk to the girls about this summer:
- Yes Kidrite is mostly targeted for little kids, but you will have to go there two or three days a week. Going to the gym and taking care of my body is important to me.
- Last summer we tried to enforce  chores. They didn't take it seriously. This summer they aren't getting a choice. I can't do it all on my own with their dad working second shift, and while going to school. They need to understand this. It isn't just me being mean or lazy. It is just how things work.

It is okay for me to want a dedicated office space.

When we moved into the house, Mark had a job that allowed him to work from home one day a week. I gave him free reign of the loft as an office. He no longer can work from home. Las…