A classmate in one of my programming classes asked for some help. Maybe I helped too much, because everyone started asking for help. A lot of them are more interested in swiping code, than learning anything. They skip classes and don’t put it the time that is needed to succeed. They’re on their own for final projects, because I just don’t have the time, particularly with our current housing situation. [Read more →]
I was excited to find a very reasonably priced two bedroom house close to school. Unfortunately, there was one person ahead of me in the waiting line and after some waffling, he decided to take it. Close definitely doesn’t count in the house game. I went to look at one house offered by a rental agency and they suggested another one. Grandma and I went to see it this morning and put in an application. It’s more expensive and a bit further from school, but we liked it and were pleased to see that the neighborhood has more children than our current one. I’m sure Miss Muffin would like that. Now we just have to wait. Hopefully, the application process doesn’t take too long. I had put in an application with them, when I was house hunting last year. Six weeks later, they called back to tell me we could have the house. We didn’t have that kind of waiting time last year and we have even less now. Keeping our fingers crossed.
Strike up the band – we’re moving. No question about it this time.
Last summer, we spent a lot of time looking for a residence close to school without a lot of luck. No luck, actually. With the fall semester upon us, we decided to stay put. While I wanted to live within walking distance of campus, we only found a handful of houses that fit out financial and space requirements. They met a lot of other people’s requirements too and were snatched up so fast it made my head spin.
On Friday, I got a call from our landlady. She inquired about our Thanksgiving and then dropped the bombshell. She wants us out of the house by January 15th. [Read more →]
Just four days without classes and my natural sleep rhythm surfaced and I had to force myself to bed at an earlier hour last night.. Other than preparing and eating our Thanksgiving dinner, I spent most of my time working on a final computer project that managed to destroy my code – twice! This morning, I’m back to the last week of classes and then finals the following week. I try to keep my sanity by reminding myself that a year from now, I’ll have my degree.
We went looking for a couple of Thanksgiving themed potholders and dishtowels a couple weeks ago. Most of the stores had nothing and the few we found were outrageously over-priced. Ditto for some artificial flowers in harvest colors. We did finaly find some of those. Thanks, Dollar Tree!
I’ve come to accept that stores are displaying Christmas items before Halloween. I’ve learned to turn a deaf ear to the Christmas music that bombards me as I shop for groceries in November. Couldn’t they reserve just a little bit of space for Thanksgiving? Evidently not. [Read more →]
A couple of people have asked what I’m doing for Thanksgiving. With just two weeks left before the end of the semester, Finishing class projects and studying for finals is the short answer to that question. We’ll have a Thanksgiving dinner, of course. A turkey breast and cranberry sauce is not too labor intensive but we’ll be skipping most of the traditional side dishes. Grandma is quite willing to skip washing all the dishes they’d create and Muffin will be happy if she can help make ( and eat! ) a pumpkin pie.
After her second cataract surgery, Grandma’s eyes are improving by leaps and bounds. Although she’s kept her keyboard and some of her sheet music, it’s been several years since we’ve heard her play. That changed this week, as she cleaned her keyboard, retrieved music books from storage and mounted a light over her keyboard. She reports that she can easily read the notes now and intends to begin practicing with some of her favorite Christmas music.
I’ve always appreciated the help I’ve received from other students. If I’m struggling with a concept, they are often better at explaining it, then teachers, who understand so much, that they leave out essential pieces, assuming that I already have that knowledge.
I don’t mind paying it forward to other students, who are struggling. I do mind helping those, who pretend to be asking for help, but are really just waiting for me to give up and do the work for them. You know who you are, guys, and it isn’t going to happen.
These days, the foreseeable isn’t all that far ahead. Life seems more manageable, when I deal with things a day at a time. I do have a few things on the agenda this week besides my never ending classes and homework.
The university has a career fair scheduled on Thursday and it is up there on my “must do” list. [Read more →]
I knew that returning to college would be challenging, but I never dreamed that the biggest challenge would be finding housing close to campus. Last year, we felt fortunate, when we finally found a house a few miles from campus, since we’d started to think I might have to commute from twenty miles away or find temporary lodging in a motel. Our satisfaction with the house diminished, as I struggled daily to find a parking spot on campus and we realized that the neighborhood lacked children in Muffin’s age range. [Read more →]