25 May, 2009

Another week...

Highlights of the week:
1. I've been in bed for 1 and 1/2 days with a fever and the flu.
2. The good news is I have a laptop, so that doesn't prevent me from doing homework.
3. Grades from last week came back - 100/100 on my civ paper and 100/100 on math homework.
4. Took my first math exam today - 95% - not too shabby.
5. The people in my civ class are *weird* and also lack the ability to communicate in written english language.
6. Now I sleep more. Zzzzzzzz.

17 May, 2009

The week from hell

Well this was quite the week.

The first week of school, and that went surprisingly well. I finished the last of my homework today and have the day off tomorrow from all things math-and-writing. Yay!

Unfortunately on Monday I found out my identity has been stolen. Yep, some bastard is using my SSN + birthdate to open credit cards/loans by pretending to be me. I started the many-month process of repairing this problem and am waiting for the materials to come by mail for me to figure out the full extent of the damages.

Of course, then my student loans didn't disperse properly so I spent hours working on that. Turns out the promissory note filed online got "lost in cyberspace" so I completed another and the loan should disperse in the next few days to cover my tuition for summer.

Wednesday rolled around and my math class still wasn't set up properly to allow me to log in. The "professor" called me to let me know what was happening with this course... He sounds approximately 12-years-old. Not exactly great for my psyche ;) I left work a couple hours early to work on the student loan, identity and school issues. It took me 2 hours to get home due to multiple traffic accidents. Ah, the joys of wasted time.

By Wednesday night things were set up properly for me to log into my math class, where I discovered I had to plow through approximately 500 problems by Saturday. UGH.

The icing on the cake was stumbling off the stairs into the yard and tweaking my knee injury again so I hobbled around the house all day yesterday moaning and feeling sorry for myself.

So praise be, I finished my homework and just finished watching "The Princess Bride" to cheer up after a long week. Now I'm off to sleep and charge my batteries for next week. Wish me luck!

"Inconceivable!"
"You keep using that word... I do not think it means what you think it means."
. . .
"You be careful. People in masks can not be trusted."

16 May, 2009

Babysitting Kane

Our dear friends Nancy and Scott have a beautiful new pup named Kane. He spent the weekend with us over Mother's day and by the second day, Kane and Magick were in love.

Check out the love fest :)







Kane's best "Hi Aunt Monique" smile.



And check out the wrestle-mania-video:

video


Since when do Paddy and Magick curl up on the sofa snuggled together?





Because they need a break from wrestlemania and the puppy hasn't yet figured out how to jump onto the sofa. (That happened about 2 hours later...)

02 May, 2009

t minus 8 days.... and counting

Well not much interesting has been happening around here. Those of you who know me realize I've kept up a wild schedule over the past few years of working, teaching and writing. Now that it is only 8 days until school begins I've rearranged my schedule to allow me to do homework every evening except Mondays.

So here's the plan:

Monday - Thursday work at the clinic as usual.
Moniday evenings, teach 7-10pm. The training center owners have been nice enough to let me agree to work my own dogs in the classes I teach, freeing up yet another evening.
Fridays - one Friday per month will be private lessons
Sundays - Teach 6 hours on Sunday like normal.

We will see how this holds up. Summer semester I am taking 2 or 3 classes. Currently registered for 2 mind-numbing required courses for the degree program unrelated to my major. I need a Psych pre-req not offered through the degree program I'm enrolled in (wouldn't that have been nice to know in advance... human error by my advisor), so I may enroll in a separate course through a local community college to complete that as well.

We went to Maneki tonight for sushi to celebrate saying goodbye to money, free time and sleep. It was delicious, and I wonder how much fish was left in the kitchen by the time we left!

In other news, the disability hearing for my husband was one week ago. This was the culmination of 4 years of appeals and applications. It was emotionally draining and I've only now really recovered from the whole experience. It will take another 5 weeks before we get a decision back through the mail although the lawyer was optimistic. The lawyer gets paid if the claim is accepted, on a percentage basis of the back benefits.

I hope this will come through for us. It would really take the strain off financially to the point we could actually do a few things around the house and pay for the roof I just had to finance. It will also mean that he could get health care benefits which he seriously needs.

So this week is my last week of "freedom" before the school thing starts... and doesn't stop for YEARS. We will see if I make it through this time. Think good thoughts for me.