Hello all . . . . . .
I was going to reply to the "Step Up - Sign In" thread , until the topic abruptly changed in mid-stream and then I saw that it was completely closed. Well, duh! , can't reply in a closed thread , even bigger duh!
I have thought of you guys , but homework and the need to over-acheive seems to have permeated every facet of my life , execpt , of course , my day job. Couldn't give a rat's ass whether I over-acheive there or not! I go in , do the best I can , and then leave.
Can't remember when I posted last so I daresay it's been well over a year if not 2 - egad!
Still plugging thru school - yes , most normal people would have been done by now , but I haven't been "normal" for like , ever. Still have about 2 yrs +/- left , and that time will increase IF I decide to do the minor in Criminology. No , I haven't decided yet. Mainly it's the $ that are stalling the decision at this point. My student loan barely pays for my tuition as it is and that tuition has even been reduced. So what does the Govt. do ? ? ? Reduce my student loan of course. I know that's not exaclty how it's connected , but it sure feels that way.
However , I can report that as of the end of this last semester I still have all A's. And not even "counting-the-chickens" of this coming semester.
Other than that , no major things that I can think of at the moment.
E , congrats on the newest edition. And Gypsy I'm glad that your brother made it home safely. One of my classmates has a son who is headed to Iraq when he ships out this time. One 4-letter word that stikes fear into the hearts of so many.
Oh , oh , oh , I almost forgot ! ! ! ! ! ! !
I went to a firewalking seminar for my b-day. Yes , you read that correctly! Dull , predictable , book-worm me went to a seminar where you actually walk across a bed of hot coals. Now the pic attached is me - in green and orange (major ugh! , I hate to have my pic taken) - just seconds AFTER I broke my board in 2 with the heel of my right hand. [[[ pic was removed by me , , much too much ugh! factor - see below ]]] The lady in front of me is Dr. Karen Frank who was the main seminar speaker/organizer. The board was a piece of finished lumber and if you look in the far left corner of the pic you can see one of the guys holding his board. So , yes there was a board. My hand , wrist and forearm hurt for 4 days. I thought there was a trick to it , but it was a solid piece of lumber about 1/2" to 3/4" thick. The small 'owie' I got from breaking my board did sit at the edge of my mind and really kept me from walking across the pile of broken glass or thru the hot coals. You need to be able to free your mind and concentrate on how you WILL NOT be injured and that's hard to do when there's an 'owie' lingering. Yes , you again read that correctly. There were 'steps' to the evening and with the completion of each step that gave you more empowerment to continue on to the next step. But participation in any step or steps was entirely up to you - no one made you feel badly because you didn't participate. I did the board , then did not walk thru the broken glass bottles , nor did I try to break an arrow with my neck , and I watched the firewalk but did not go thru the coals.
Overall , the evening was just very surreal. And when I got up the next day it was like I had been in a dream but the pain in my arm told me that it had been very real. And at some point I do plan on going again - and this time I'm going to try to get one of my g'friends to go with me. Then I'll have a witness.
Here's hoping that everyone has a prosperous and healthy new year. May your roads be level, your trials and tribulations , if any , very short, and the warm wind always at your back.
Hugs to all . . . . . . . . . .
pss - there was a pic and once I looked at it thru the board it was just toooooooooo gross , , , I HAD to remove it !!!!!! Sorry! Mf