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Grad School and Other Plans May 30, 2013

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I was accepted to Kent State’s eDegree program on Friday, and got all the rest of my paperwork over the weekend. I’ve made contact with my academic advisor and have registered for my fall classes. 🙂 Mostly all core classes, with just one fun webdesign workshop at the end of semester if I’m up for it. So very excited to be going back to school. (Yes, I’m a geek.)

Had a great time camping this past weekend. The weather wasn’t too bad, a bit chilly at night and some rain here and there, but nothing serious until the downpour Sunday night. Much tasty food was had, many new dutch oven recipes were tried. And of course, there were awesome campfires and tasty s’mores. Looking forward to doing it again.

On the apartment hunt front, I’m finding that apartments with washer/dryer hookups under $500 are few and very far between. Looks like I’ll be living in a building where many of my friends used to live come this August. With a bit of creative arranging, and a little bit of kitchen cabinet/butcher block shopping, it should work out.

No dice on the job search front yet, but I’ve a lot of applications in, and in the meantime, B&N is giving me fairly decent hours. What with all the folks leaving, they’ve gotta have someone around. So, we’ll see how things go there.

OMG Camping!!! May 23, 2013

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Brain has decided the prospect of camping this weekend is just way too exciting for me to sleep tonight, so an early blog post it is. Had to get up and check my old army backpack for all the camping stuff I might need. And the gobs of stuff my mom gave me after her trips to Haiti and Liberia. Yes, I do still have my canoe camp duffle with the extra flap to keep water out, (hopefully). Oh, I must buy ziploc bags, just in case of rain. Don’t forget a trashbag for dirty clothes! Yes, brain, I’ve done this before, granted it’s been over a decade, but I do remember how to camp. So excited for the weekend away from it all. With tons of friends.

This past weekend, in the middle of it all, with tons of friends, was good, too. Had a very good time being social and talking to people. (Yeah, I know, weird, huh?) The rice-crispie “cake or death” was very tasty. And the CAH game was entertaining to pop in and out on. I fluttered about a lot this weekend, but that’s alright. It was fun.

Everything else is on semi-hold while I wait to hear from KSU. Tried to check out an apartment on Monday, but apparently the leasing office takes a late lunch, because when I got there at 1pm, the sign said they’re closed til 2pm. Ah well, try again next week. Numbers jumbling around in my head, too. Wondering about pay-as-you-go cell service, and AT&T Uverse broadband service. Both cheaper than what I have now, but are they still decent and available to me? Will find out, I guess.

Been playing a lot of puzzle games recently. Logic puzzles, crosswords, boggle-type games. Trying to get my mind in shape before I start back to school. Cuz that’s what school’s like, right? Word games? 😉 Oh wait, that was 6th grade. Hm…

Anyway. Very excited for camping this weekend. Maybe I can get some sleep soon.

Star Trek (no spoilers) May 16, 2013

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Really liked the new Star Trek movie. Got to go see a sneak peak with friends last night. We had a lot of fun together, including free cookie Wednesday afterward at Max & Erma’s. I think it would have been just as good in 2D, but the sneak peak didn’t give us that option. Fortunately, 3D tech has gotten better and it didn’t make me ill, though many folk complained about lens flare. I’m just used to it, I guess. (Thanks Joss.) This weekend will be spent with friends, hanging out on Friday and fleet on Saturday and Sunday. Next week is Camping! Yay camping! Haven’t done that in Ages. 🙂

All paperwork has been completed and filed with Kent State. Now I get to wait for a decision. Quite excited by the prospect. Still poking libraries for jobs. Waiting for acceptance to plan the rest of the financials. Trying to decide if I’m staying in this apartment complex or moving elsewhere. Will be looking at a place or two in Bexley on Monday. Bookcase space being the hardest part of finding a new apartment, second only to washer/dryer hookups.

Hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day this past Sunday.

Poems From My Childhood May 9, 2013

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Was cleaning out my random stuff box this week and found a couple index cards Dad had given me. Not much else to report, so here they are.

My Shadow
Robert Louis Sevenson

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

The funniest thing about him is the way he like to grow-
Not at all like proper childre, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like and India-rubber ball,
And he sometimes gets so little that there’s none of him at all.

He hasn’t got a notion of how children ought to play,
And he can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close beside me, he’s a coward you can see;
I’d think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepyhead,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

by Walter D. Wintle

If you think you’re beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost.
For out in the world you find
Success begins with a fellow’s will;
It’s all in the state of mind.

Full many a race is lost
Ere ever a step is run;
And many a coward fails
Ere ever his work’s begun.
Think big, and your deeds will grow;
Think small, and you’ll fall behind;
Think that you can, and you will.
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you’re outclassed, you are;
You’ve got to think high to rise;
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the strongest or faster man,
But soon or late the one who wins
Is the one who thinks, “I can.”


Grad School May 2, 2013

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So, apparently I’d like to start grad school this fall. Who knew?

After Mom’s visit, she talked to Dad, and they offered to help me out some, if I’d like to go back to school. I’ve always thought about getting a Masters in Library and Information Science, and when I went to look at the Kent State program last week, I saw that it had expanded quite a bit in the last decade.  Not only did they now have a Columbus campus, and a whole slew of specialties, they also offer the entire Masters course online (though a select few classes aren’t online yet). After lots of reading and poking around their site, and clarifying things with my parents, I began the application process. Just before I started writing this blog post, I finished my end of it. Now the waiting begins.

And then the panicking. And then the financial shuffle. 😉  I’m excited though, so much that would be awesome to learn about, and then get to actually do in the real world. Still need to get that library job in the mean time, so I’m still working on that.