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January 10th, 2011 at 09:02 am

Hi everyone. It's about time for my weekly update Big Grin I don't get much time these days.

Only 3 weeks until my exams! Scary stuff! I feel like I'm not 100% on all of my learning objectives, but I guess I have a few weeks to really revise everything so that's good at least. I guess it's just scary because it's the first time at doing this, so I don't know what to expect.

Next semester I am doing Data Analysis and Business Law.

But! I am thinking maybe I should downgrade to just one subject for the next semester. I have a lot going on in the next few months, is all. But then again, I don't want to appear to be 'precious'. I am, after all, only doing this part-time. People study full time AND work full time (some even have kids to look after too!).

I just don't want to look back and go 'I could have done an extra subject, now look, you've got another five months of studying to do that you could have already done!'

But, I don't know... We are getting married in a little over a month, then having a party to celebrate it three months later which, while no-where near what a wedding would take, requires some planning and preparation.

On the other hand, the next semester has more weeks in it than the one I am currently completing (yet still have to do the same amount of work) so therefore I might actually have some more free time.

*sigh* just one of those things I guess I have to decide on, and soon.

Normally I am fine, but this week I have just been thinking about some things I would like to be doing with my time. Then I think 'oh, but I should be doing uni work'. (like painting, drawing, gardening, exercising etc) Not that I'd probably do a LOT of it, but it'd be nice to have the time to choose to if I wanted! Lately my time seems to be spent working, studying, sleeping and an hour sitting with DF and my little sister watching tv and eating dinner! And any time left over is trying to get more sleep (I actually have a nap nearly every day now - not sure why, I am just so tired) and the tiny bit of left over time I try to spend with my best friend.

My little sis seems to be doing alright. I am letting her get away with some things because she is on holidays until the end of January. She paid off all her debts Big Grin She also picked up extra shifts at work over the holidays which was good. WHile I am making it a point to mention that she will have to save once she goes back to school, and reminding her that there are things that I will not buy for her (conditioner, razors, deodorant, makeup etc... my reason is: I had to buy these things for myself when I was her age, so she should too) I am also allowing her to make her own choices. She has bought herself a few pairs of new shoes and a lot of clothes. Probably things she won't be able to buy once she goes back to school and stops getting extra shifts, so I am letting it slide.

I have worked out (after much frustration) that she is one of 'those' people that needs prompting to do chores. She is willing to do them - she just needs to be told. I am ok with it now - it was just frustrating to come home to my place being a mess when she could have clearly helped out instead of sitting on the computer on facebook all day. :S As I said, it's holidays, so I am letting it slide. She doesn't get angry or annoyed when we ask her to do things, so atleast we are lucky in that perspective.

She also has a boyfriend Big Grin It's kind of cute - even though she has had a couple, it is the first she has asked us to meet. We let her invite him over to watch movies and play xbox. DF and I (and actually, my parents and his parents too) are fairly liberal in that area. I know some people have problems with their children dating etc but have never really had that problem with my parents. Sometimes, having a problem with that sort of thing can *create* problems. But each to their own. Personally respect and honesty have always been key with my parents, and is something I will teach my kids (and currently, my sister).

Not sure if news travels very far over in the US, but my state is experiencing extreme flooding at the moment. Thankfully not hugely around my immediate area, but I do know people who have been evacuated because their homes are literally under water - up to their roof, or over.
I haven't experienced any major problems, apart from that I had to drive home from work today a different way (added 30 minutes onto my 25 minute trip) because one of the main roads was covered in 4 feet of water (and I had driven that road 8 hours previous where it was only covered with 1 foot of water and I was able to get through!).

Our doggies are well, getting a little fat from not being walked with all this rain. They snuggle in one kennel together most of the time because the wind and rain scares them a bit I think. Pretty cute - but I can never get a photo of it.

I stopped drinking coffee and now only drink it on the weekends, or socially with friends. (Technically, that's not stopping, but it's an improvement). It's a money saver, better for my health, and saves time in the morning too! I can now get up and get ready for work in 10 minutes. Heh heh.

DF suggested we make this our 'get fit & healthy' year. DF wants to start surfing (I wouldn't mind learning either) and running more often. And going to the beach more often. We have not been for over a year and only live 20 minutes away.
Foodwise we are probably better off than some families, but one of my main aims is to reduce our consumption of processed food. Seeing as it's probably lower than average anyway, it's going to take some work. But overall, can only be good for our health and the environment.

DF and I finally decided, after much umming and aahing, to go to the Soundwave concert I mentioned in other entries. Tickets are $160 each. So, I go to the website to buy them, and find that they have finally sold out, only three days prior! Argh! And a look on eBay shows that we can buy tickets for $255 each at the cheapest. SIGH.

3 Responses to “updates of all kinds”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    Thankfully, we haven't had any real flooding, but we have been hit hard with rain here, too. I have never seen so much rain, and living in a low area only protected by levies, it makes me nervous. I am glad your home seems to be safe. But I can imagine how horrible it is over there. We have certainly heard about it on the news.

    I actually worked and went to school pretty full-time (both) and didn't find it to be very hard. BUT, of course I knew the people who did that with kids too and thought they were kind of insane. I mean, I just have no idea how you do all that. Everyone is different (& has different levels of desperation and motivation). Just focus on what you can do. No point pushing it if you are not *getting* it or not getting the grades that you want. No harm in taking your time and doing it right.

  2. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I'm glad to see your entry! I was actually thinking about posting to find out if anyone had heard from you or not : re: flooding.

    As far as your schoolwork goes - I think it depends on how anxious you are to get it done and over with. If you're ok with it taking several years, then slowing it down to one course might not be a bad idea. But if you want to get it over and done with, taking at least two courses might be a better idea. You also might want to check with any scholarships/financing to see what is the required course load.

  3. scfr Says:

    Hope you are not caught in any of the flooding!

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