Category Archives: School

On The Mend

So things are going much better now. It took awhile for me to get used to not having a job and I only worked there for a month. I had really gotten used to working there and I liked the routine. I am getting used to my new routine though.


This is the last week of my Literary Theory course. I am hoping to end the course with at least a B- but it may be a C. Not really sure yet. I will get two weeks off before my next course starts. That one will be a fiction writing workshop. I’m really looking forward to taking that class. I haven’t been inspired to write fiction in a long time and I think this will help me along.


And instead of looking for a new job, I’ve decided to start up my freelance writing again. It’s slow going at the moment. I’ve only completed one job and I’m working on another small one. I’m hoping to get a couple more going to keep me busy and keep the money rolling in. Hopefully I will start to get some more jobs coming in soon. In the meantime, I’ve set up a new freelance writing profile website. Check it out HERE and let me know what you think through the contact form! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts.


Oh, and we are helping out someone that Quay’s step-dad has known since she was a kid. She’s been homeless for over a year and hasn’t been able to find a job. I’ve been helping her fill out job applications while she stays in our guest room. She’s been helping around the house instead of paying rent and it’s been helping us out a lot since I’ve been working to find writing jobs and Quay has been busy with his internship (plus he’s been sick with a head cold the past week or so). So this is mutually beneficial, I think. Plus, there are many people grateful for us helping her, not just her. Even her friends and family are thanking us for helping her. It feels good to be helping someone.


Something I’m Proud Of: Helping someone who needed it


Three Things I’m Grateful For:

  • My ability to write to make money
  • My Lit Theory class being almost over
  • Scooby Doo cartoons (I love ’em!)

Getting Fired & Other Happenings

So on Sunday I started to not feel so hot, and by Monday when I got to work I was running to the bathroom 3 times in 30 minutes to throw up. I ended up leaving work a good bit early and I called my doctor’s office on the way home to see if they could get me in. By the time they called me back I had already driven to the ER since I had to stop on the side of the freeway to throw up violently again. I was dripping sweat for days and it all seemed to have culminated in whatever illness this was turning out to be.


The ER gave me IV fluids and something for the vomiting which helped, but they couldn’t tell me what was wrong. I spent that day and all day Tuesday and Wednesday taking the pills they gave me to keep me from vomiting just to keep down liquids and still throwing up a lot of what I ate. On Wednesday, right after I had finished throwing up, I got back to bed and realized I had a voicemail. It was from my temp agency so I figured that wasn’t good. It wasn’t.


They were calling to tell me that the employer was terminating my assignment (otherwise known as firing me) since I’d had so many absences. They didn’t even care that all of my absences had doctor’s notes to go with them. So yeah, I am now without a job.


Today I woke up with totally different symptoms than I had the first three days. I am now congested, sneezing, and coughing (and not vomiting). It’s the weirdest sickness I’ve ever had really. And I’m sick of being sick! These sneezes hurt and my nose is starting to hurt from the tissues, and my throat hurts from coughing. Oh, and I’m still achy all over. At least the sweating and vomiting is gone though, that was annoying.


So now I have no job and a lot of homework to do. I have a paper to make up from last week and a blog and a discussion post for this week. It’s all due by Sunday and I still feel like crap. I guess I just have to work through the pain and get it done. Maybe I’ll go to the library so I’m not tempted to roll over and take a nap instead.


Oh, and I can’t forget that I need to start my new job search. I think I will try to get a writing gig or two while I’m waiting for interviews. That will make me feel better about not contributing anymore.


Anyway, it’s 4am. It’s time for me to take my medicine again and try to get some sleep. Can’t get better if I don’t rest, right?


Something I’m Proud Of: Talking with my case worker when I needed her.


Three Things I’m Grateful For:

  • My husband for taking care of me while I’m sick
  • My case worker for checking in on me in this difficult time for me
  • My doggies for snuggling with me when I don’t feel good


Why Can’t I Research This Stuff!?

If you’re feeling low and lost today
You’re probably doing too much again
You spend all your hours just rushing around
Do you have a little time
Do you have a little time for me?
Slow down my love you’re confusing me
If you’re feeling stressed just try calling
You spend your time waiting for anyone to see
Do you have a little time
Do you have a little time for me?
If you should stop for a while
You will find me standing by
Over here at the side of your life
I’d like to hold you still, remind you of all you’ve missed
If you have a little time
If you have a little time that is

~ Do You Have A Little Time by Dido ~

Okay, so this is the first major road block of this class I am taking right now. I am trying to research the current or lasting influences/attitudes about the Crusades by Christians and non-Christians. I’ve found a few small articles from back when the Christian Church apologized for the Crusades to the Muslims but that’s about it. I’ve been searching for hours now and I can’t find anything that really talks about long-lasting feelings about the Crusades. Even the websites that talk about the effects of the Crusades don’t go very far past them when talking about what they affected. Man, this is going to suck. I need to have this written by tomorrow at midnight and I can’t find anything at all about this!


But the grades for last week’s work are already posted and I got 100% on each of the three assignments we had. I am super excited about doing so well and I’m really hoping that I can keep doing just as good. I am up to an 88% in the class and I really want that A.

As far as non-school things go, however, I’m not doing very well. I’ve realized that I have been unusually clingy to the hubby and I can’t figure out why. I have also had a lot of unusual and irrational fears that need to go away because they are really messing with my head. I talked to my CRT caseworker yesterday about them and she’s attributing them to stress, which I can’t deny. I’ve definitely been putting a lot of stress on myself about contributing to the household in some way and whatnot. I almost feel like I should be freelance writing again so that I can contribute some money to the house. I need to find out if I am going to get the job at the hospital that I interviewed for before I start the process of starting my writing back up again though.

I just wish I was normal.

But other than that, I’m just battling some kind of allergies or a little cold. I have a runny and stuffy nose. It switches whenever it feels like it. And my throat is giving me some trouble. I hope it’s just Spring allergies and it will go away once I get used to all this crap in the air again.

Something I’m Proud Of: Getting 100% on all my assignments for last week in my class.

Three Things I’m Grateful For:

  • Caffeinated soda
  • My new iPhone
  • My husband

Sleep Helps – It Really Helps

Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream
(Bung, bung, bung, bung)
Make him the cutest that I’ve ever seen
(Bung, bung, bung, bung)
Give him two lips like roses and clover
(Bung, bung, bung, bung)
Then tell him that his lonesome nights are over

~ Mr. Sandman by The Chordettes ~


The professor in the class I’m taking right now is getting on my nerves and the 8-week class has only been in session for a little over a week. The instructions for the class state that the discussion needs to be posted by Wednesday and all other items (like the weekly short paper and blog post) are due on Sunday each week. For the first week, there were two discussion forums open: the introduction forum and the one for the first week’s module. All but two people in the class thought that posting to the introduction forum by Wednesday was what the professor wanted and we ended up being late on our actual discussion for the other forum. Because of this, I got 26% on my first discussion for the term! I posted in the general discussion about this and it seems that most other people are upset about it, too. I hope that she changes the grades for this.


I did eh on my short paper, getting a 60% on that. It just wasn’t very in-depth. I’ll do better next time. And then I got an 85% on my blog. I only missed points on that one for not citing everything in APA format the way I was supposed to.


So my first week in the new term was mediocre. It definitely could’ve been better. I got the discussion forum posting that was due today written for week 2. I still have a lot of work to do for the end of the week but I will get more work done on it over the next few days.


The rest of my day was spent sleeping or relaxing. I think I really needed that since I was starting to get a headache after getting my homework done. Hubby got home from school after class and going to the grocery store around 9:30 so we had dinner late – salad and pizza. Now it’s time to chill in bed and watch TV for a bit before going to sleep. Tomorrow is a new day and hopefully I can get a lot done.


Something I Am Proud Of: Getting my discussion posting in on time and doing a lot of research for it.


Three Things I Am Grateful For:

  • Sleep!
  • My puppies (I love my puppies)
  • My husband (He takes such good care of me)