Thursday, November 7, 2013

Just When Things Are on A Role

There are more challenges to being a "retuning" student then I ever thought there could be, and then there is just plain reality. Five months ago when we discussed the possibility of me going back to school we didn't consider all of the possibilities. It sounds great taking classes for a year and then going to vet school in some random state somewhere, and then spending 4 years in the Army who knows where.  It sounded fun, it sounded like and adventure, it sounded so freeing and challenging, and fun, like exploring all the possibilities life has to offer.  And why not we just did fours years in Louisiana we can do anything.

Five months ago before the long drive back to California, I was surrounded with some of greatest people I have ever met. They were people just like me and you, they worked, they had families, they lived the Army life, some even lived in my neighborhood.  So what makes them so great? Why do I consider them some of the greatest people I have ever known? Because they never once judged me.  They looked at me and how I did my job and saw I was good at it.  They talked to me and asked about my family and saw I was doing the best I could.  They accepted me for who I was and saw in me what I could be.  When you are around people like that, one you never want to leave, and two you believe you really can do anything.

Being in that environment makes it really hard adjust to perpetual pessimism that most people have.  Sometime I look around and wonder were the joy has gone.  Why are people so mean.  But I digress, I have learned how to balance work and school, I've learned how to work on my health and fitness while doing both of those. And I've even taught myself chemistry! Just when I'm starting to get the hang of this....

The schools aren't offering the classes I need to take, the ones they are offering are very limited and I'm now on the way bottom of the sign up line. We're moving again, to bigger nicer house, but it's far away from work and school.  My temp job is ending soon.  Which direction do I go now?

I can't answer that right now, I'm going to have to think about this for awhile....

Friday, September 20, 2013

My Return to School Update

Well it's been 4 weeks, 4 very interesting weeks since I've gone back to school! It is very different this time around. First off jumping into second semester Biology and second semester Chemistry after taking 7 years off is not an easy or um smart thing to do, talk about setting yourself up for an uphill battle.  And I'll be honest here, I'm not sure I can do this, I'm not sure I will pass my chem class this semester. It really is true, if you don't use it, you lose it. In order to devote more time to school I have drastically cut back my hours at work, which is helping a lot. I have also started going to office hours and tutoring. So I'm taking all the right steps to getting through this. At home I read, study, and do my homework according to the teacher recommendations, even learning new tricks to studying as I go.

As for being a student again at 32 well that is interesting.  Since most of the classes I need are lower division classes I am taking them at the local community college.  So I am definitely not the only returning student there.  Hey even my husband is there, sometimes we even "hang out" between classes :-)

It is more difficult juggling life though. There is still dinner to made house to be cleaned pets to be taken care of, and thank goodness my husband does all of that or I might have gone crazy by now.  10 years ago if my friends were making plans and I said I had a big test coming up I have to study it wasn't a strange comment, now however it's a little odd, but I'm sure in a few more weeks that will once again become the norm.  I feel guilty about our financial situation, while we have enough to get by I always thought by the time I was 32 I would be able to go on vacations every year, enjoy a nice dinner out now and then, stuff like that.  I just remind my self that the difficulties of right now are for a big pay off in the future.  As for kids well we are still talking about that, I don't want to wait 8 more years to have kids so figuring out how to juggle kids and school is the next big project.

Next week and the week after are the first exams in both my classes, at that point I'll have some idea of the direction of my grades.  Until then it's back to the books!

Thanks for following along with my journey


Antique Decor

One of the upsides to moving back home is the chance to sort through boxes of old stuff.  I know that doesn't sound very exciting but most of these long lost treasures belonged to my gradparents.
I'm not the best at picking design elements for my home so I tried really hard to make things look tasteful and not like a bunch of random items laying around the house.
I'm not sure if any of this is actually antique, or has any real monitary value, but it old and im my opinion interesting.

My grandmother sent me these embroidered framed fllowers when I first moved out. Since the red flower matches the color theme I decided to hang them up. The utensils on the wall above the stove were made to be decorations and not actully used so I added those as well.
These old sewing items would be the perfect decore for a sewing room. Since I don't have one they get a place on my mantle when the year around decore is out.
These next two photos are of completly random items and toys. A few of these items can even be found on ebay.

I don't know if anyone out there reading would consider any of these items decor, but I had a fun time putting them all together.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Change, Change, Change

This year has been a year of change, a lot of change. and through it all I have constantly wondered "when will life be normal?" Well after some long deep thinking I have decided to make some huge changes in my life. Changes that mean there is no normal in he near future.

I have decided to got back to school! Eeekkkk! I have decided to finish my pre-reqs for vet school and give the app process a try. It's a long shot and it's gonna be a long hard road to get there. Hard enough that I haven't told very many people that I'm even giving this a shot.

The next big change is choosing a new job. I have been filling in at my old job for another employees maternaty leave. Looking back on that decision it was a huge mistake, but now that it's nearly over it's time to move forward.

So what is it like going from a 32 year old Army Wife who has a both in a local craft shop to a full time student and part time vet tech?  Well stay tuned this could be an interesting ride!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Pinterest Addiction

There are so many cute things on Pinterest! I have started My Pinterest Virtual Closet lol.  Now I just need the outfits to appear in my closet!

It's Funny the Things You Miss...

I have been missing the military a lot lately. You know the whole the grass is always greener thing. While G was on active duty the disorganization and time commitment drove me crazy. Now that he is with Guard I miss the structure and discipline.

Even in civilian life i look around and wonder how different things would be if there were more discipline and structure. I feel like we live in a society where people have lost respect for superiors, elders, teachers, even being decent to coworkers is no longer something people do. All I hear is what a pain bosses are, how the elderly are too forgetful to work with, teachers are mean, coworkers are jerks. Everyone deserves a little understanding and everyone deserves respect. We are all human beings.  But then again in a society where we tip toe around discipline with friendly reminds, write ups, and no follow through what can you expect but a break down in the chain of command. 

Friday, August 16, 2013


How lucky am I to have a husband that cooks!