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Dean’s List

February 7th, 2013
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I received a letter today that I’m quite excited about. I made the Dean’s List for the Fall 2012 semester, with an overall grade point average of 3.75! I don’t like to brag, that’s just not me, and I hope this post doesn’t sound as though I am.

In case you are new here, I was a horrible student from junior high through high school. I think it began with my fifth grade teacher who was a bitch, and yelled at me after I’d worked up the courage to ask her for help. I pretty much shut down after that. To this day, I have great difficulty in asking for help. I also stopped putting any more effort into school work than was absolutely necessary.

Since beginning college (back in 2008), I have worked hard to change my attitude, and I work hard. I push myself hard. I keep working even when I feel like giving up. And I found out that I’m not stupid (like my fifth grade teacher made me feel)! I am reasonably intelligent, and I am capable of earning good grades! Who knew??!!

I also have to give Tim credit for: (1) believing in me enough to convince me to take a chance on college; (2) for nudging me when I second-guess myself; (3) for being the best tutor I could hope for; (4) not complaining when I fall behind on the laundry or cleaning (and even pitching in from time-to-time). I also have many wonderful family members and friends who cheer me on and encourage me, and I feel truly blessed to have a whole team behind me who wants to see me succeed, and who believe in me even when I don’t believe in myself. You know who you are, and you have my eternal gratitude and love!

Letter informing me that I made the Dean's List at Kean University for the Fall 2012 semester.

My high school teachers would probably not believe this!

End of the Week Catch Up

January 19th, 2013
Posted in BlackJack, Career, College, Dogs, Family, Health, Home Stuff, Life, Madison, Pets, School, Tim | Comments Off
Madison 1-11-13


I can’t believe it’s been one week today since we said goodbye to our sweet “Mooch” (aka Madison). I miss her every single day, and I know that Tim and BlackJack do too. There is comfort in knowing that she is no longer suffering, and has joined my sweet Gemma over the rainbow bridge. The sadness I feel is for those of us that she left behind. There will never be another dog like our  Maddie Girl. Tim took the above photo (he’s got skills!).

My first class of the semester went well. The professor did a PowerPoint presentation with some general psychology information, and it reminded me why I love psych so much! If he posts the slides, I will share some of them here so you can see what I’m talking about. The rest of this class will be online (whenever someone gets around to making it accessible–time is wasting here, people!), which should be helpful, because it’s one less class I have to get to on a certain day, at a particular time.

I would like to find a job that will work around my crazy class schedule (which won’t be easy), because I am only available during very narrow time frames (and how many employers want to deal with that?). Even something where I could work a few hours every week would be helpful. Tim busts his ass every day, and I want to pitch in. Of course, part of me thinks that’s a totally insane idea, because I literally spend hours and hours (and hours) on school work every day (even when I’m not in class). Basically, if I’m not doing the good ‘housewife’ stuff, I am studying. There is no free time. If I add a job to that, I’m really going to feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day. I’m going to take it one step at a time. Keep my eyes open for an opportunity, and then I can always give it a shot. If it’s too much, and my other responsibilities begin to suffer, I will have to make the necessary changes. All I can do is try!

Tim and I are in the process of trying to decide whether we should shell out the $ to get our old car back in shape (it needs quite a bit of work), or, if we should cut our losses and buy another car. It would be another used vehicle, so, I feel as though we would be taking a bit of a gamble on what may be wrong with it. At least with our Toyota, we have a fairly good idea of what its issues are. Decisions, decisions…

I’m still dealing with the cold that I first came down with on Christmas Eve. It’s a sneaky bugger (pun intended), because I start to feel better, and think it’s gone, only to have it rear its ugly head all over again. And again. Think I’m on round three (or maybe four), hopefully this is the last one!

So, how was your week?


Spring 2013 Semester

January 17th, 2013
Posted in College, Life, Real World Mom, School, Tim | Comments Off

Studying with flash cards.

The spring 2013 semester begins tomorrow!

I’ve got the usual excitement and anticipation that precedes a new semester, along with a little nervousness. I’m looking forward to meeting my professors, seeing friends, learning new concepts, and facing the challenges that surely lie ahead.

I am registered for five classes, which is one more than I’m really comfortable with. However, I need the credits, so I will just have to make the best of it. I will most likely also take at least one summer class, to make sure I have enough credits to graduate next year.

Four are psychology courses: Tests and Measurements, Professional Psychology: Principles, Understanding Self and Others, and Lifespan Developmental Psychology. The fifth is a sociology course: Introduction to Social Justice. Should be an interesting semester!

I had really hoped to tackle a lot of projects over the winter break, but, since I have been sick with a cold that just won’t go away for most of it, I’m afraid that a lot of them will just have to wait. Thank goodness Tim is so supportive and understanding, and insists that my studies be put first! At least I won’t feel too guilty about not having gotten around to reorganizing those closets!

My First Semester at Kean University

January 10th, 2013
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My first semester at Kean University was challenging at times. Then again, if it wasn’t, I wouldn’t need to be there, right? :)

As usual, I worked hard, studied hard, and put a lot of effort into each assignment. I am proud to say that it paid off, and my first semester was a success!


I can live with this.

A huge, heartfelt thank you to Tim for continuing to be so supportive, encouraging, and understanding as I work toward my goal of earning a bachelor’s degree. Somehow, he manages to put up with all the hours I spend studying, the stressing over exams and grades, and the late dinners. When I stop to think about it, I still can’t believe that I’m actually a junior in college. If it weren’t for Tim believing I could do it, and gently nudging me to give it a try, I probably never would have gone to college at all. I could have missed out on so much!

The spring semester starts in one week, and I’ll be ready!

Next week, I will continue my journey as a college student–I’ll be a junior! This is something I never thought I would have the opportunity to do. I am blessed to have this chance. I’m nervous, but also very excited! Kean University, here I come!

Welcome to Kean University welcome banner.


Kean University seal.


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