Saturday, April 26, 2008

Happy Birthday to me!

Doing the Snoopy dance!!! : )

Friday, April 25, 2008

Whew...I'm done! Sort of...

I had three papers to write for my first class. The first one has a 350 word minimum and I wrote a little over 400. Second, a 1500 word minimum and I wrote exactly 1507 words! haha The last paper is a team paper and I wrote over 1300 for that one so leaving it up to my teammates to write the balance we need for 1750 to 2100 words. Two more weeks of class and the first one is finished!!

( I noticed on here that I didn't even mention I did get a job! The place I applied to in January) Maybe now the following paragraph will makes senes, eh?

I survived my first week of training at work as well. I am a little annoyed because a few of the people have done call center work before so they joke, laugh, and talk while our trainer is talking. I really want to learn how to do this and do it well but I can't if they don't SHUT UP! My neighbor sitting next me to today, kept getting aggravated because she felt we were going TOO slow for her. Every time we asked a question, you could hear her sigh. Oh well, maybe she will be the first one to quit or be fired due to not being trained well enough because of inattention. I don't really know. I just know I want to learn it. It seems fascinating and you get to work with a computer, which I love. I'll let you know how week two goes...

We had some severe storms in our area this evening. Fortunately nothing in our town but Waco and Belton had some tornados or at least, high winds. Have to love tornado alley, eh?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

It's Official...

As of 3 pm tomorrow, I will be unemployed. That's right, I'm being let go..FINALLY! I am so ready. We were in the last stages of closing anyway and I just don't want to deal with the headaches from it. The boss is bossy, the secretary is bossy, and I don't want the added stress. I called the company I applied for in January and they are supposed to give me a call back. If I don't hear from them by Monday, I'll go up there personally. I'll also apply for unemployment online tomorrow when I get home. May as well cover all the bases, eh? I am supposed to get at least 6 weeks worth of pay on my last check. Severance. That will be nice. I'll pay ahead on all my house bills I can so I won't have to worry about them for a few months. So far gas and electric haven't been over 100.00 together. I plan on trying to keep it that way. Now if I can just fit into my dress clothes (the few ones I have). : )

2 Dollar Productions..MEME

I've posted my responses to another bloggers MEME...what is your's?

1. Where is your mobile phone? Pocket
2. Your significant other? No-one
3. Your hair? Thin
4. Your mother? Dead
5. Your father? Dead
6. Your favorite thing? Reading
7. Your dream last night? None
8. Your favorite drink? Tea
9. Your dream/goal? Career
10. The room you’re in? Home
11. Your ex? Stupid
12. Your fear? Spiders
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Retired
14. Where were you last night? Bed
15. What you’re not? Hateful
16. Muffins? Rarely
17. One of your wish list items? Lottery
18. Where you grew up? Everywhere
19. The last thing you did? Blog
20. What are you wearing? Clothes
21. Your TV? Off
22. Your pets? None
23. Your computer? Mine
24. Your life? Sedate
25. Your mood? Optimistic
26. Missing someone? No
27. Your car? Old
28. Something you’re not wearing? Shorts
29. Favorite Store? Bookstore
30. Your summer? Brutal
31. Like someone? Often
32. Your favorite color? Green
33. When is the last time you laughed? Yesterday
34. Last time you cried? Funeral
35. Who will/would re-post this? Dona

School work, school work...

I've been really busy doing a lot of school work lately. I think I found out how they do most of your testing. They make you write PAPERS!!! So far I've written two papers, well, wrote one I'll turn in. The second paper still has problems with it but I'm working on it. I'll be starting up a team paper this weekend. It has to be around 1,750-2,100 words between three people. I'll write up a tentative paper and turn it in to my team. They can add/subtract whatever they don't like. We also have to do a power point project but fortunately one of my team members knows how to do that so she is in charge of building it off of our highlights. Wish me luck!

On a more personal note, I received some pictures in email yesterday of my Grandsons. The youngest I've yet to see in person! Sarah, my daughter, has lost sooo much weight. I guess chasing after two boys will do that to you. I'm posting them for your viewing "oohs and ahhs".

This is Caleb : )

This is Ryan : )

This is skinny Sarah!

I am hoping Sarah will bring the boys up here this summer since it's so hard for me to get down there. If not, I think, when I'm laid off I'll see if Lauren wants to ride down there with me to go see them. We will see! Toodles...

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Still hanging in there...

I've been able to write a 350-400 word essay that is due during week four of class so I am glad that is out of the way. I now have to write a rough draft for my Individual paper on team dynamics. I am going to write about conflict resolution, I think. I started writing it only to find out that I have no clue how to cite or reference the documentation I wish to use. It is off our school web site. I've looked at numerous examples and finally just decided to change the format of my paper and use other sources. I will ask my teacher how it is done so I will know in the future. For now, I don't want to overstress myself about it and I found other resources that will work just as well. Now if I could only figure out how an Introduction differs from a Thesis statement. Any clues, anyone?

Saturday, April 05, 2008

All day affair...

Whew, I've spent all day looking at upcoming class assignments and working on those I can do ahead of time. I've had to download articles, ebooks, and syllabus. So far I know I have to write a 350-page paper on Effects of Technology (which technological change has had the largest effect on life in this country). They sure believe in having you JUMP right in. It's been ages since I've written a paper. ACK! There is also a team effort to write a 1750-2100 word paper on Ethics in Academic Environment plus a Powerpoint presentation. I'm so glad I stil have Office 2000 for my PowerPoint because I heard 2007 is a little hard to manage. That is, I'll have to uninstall 2007 and put 2000 back on my old computer. I think I won't be on AOL too much for the next five weeks. Any extra time will be spent reading, writing, and trying NOT to lose my mind. Back to the books!!

Thursday, April 03, 2008 to time budget...

I have to figure out how to budget my time more wisely. I am required to log into class and post something twice a day for at least four days within a week's time. Doesn't sound too difficult. I will also be in teams to do some of my work. Joy Joy. I'm not so good at depending on others. I am going to try though!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Busy Busy Busy

I've been so busy lately. Trying to get all the paperwork done for school financials. I found out today that each year will cost me around $12,456 to attend. So far I am eligible for loans up to $10,500. This is not counting the possible Pell Grant I am also eligible for but have to wait at least a month for them to decide if I am going to get it. If that happens, it should be for about $4,310 which leaves me more than enough for school and some leftover. Yay me!

I am currently doing a Student Workshop at the site in hopes to prepare me for becoming familiar with online teaching and discipling myself to find the time to log on to access the site. I set up my laptop last night to share folders and my printer so I can be lazy if I want and lay in bed to work. My feet have been swelling too much lately so laying in bed is a good thing.

I'm so proud of myself for setting up my Home Network. It was easy to do and so far, no glitches.

I hope to officially start my first class on April 8th. Wish me luck!!!