Friday, April 6, 2012

A Post

Today is good Friday, and I am at Maggie's violin lesson, and I have nothing to do.  Well, that isn't exactly right - I have a ton of things to do, only I forgot to bring anything with me. Usually Gracie and I both sit and work on homework, but Jerry had today off, and he and I went to check out some of our new grocery stores and got home just in time for me to grab Maggie and run out the door. Gracie went to run errands with him, so I don't even have anyone to talk to. What better time to write a blog entry!

This semester has been tough. I am so tired of school, and need someone to remind me daily that I was not totally insane to take this on. I am learning a lot this semester - practical stuff this go around rather than all that theory that came at the beginning. I can't get too far from the theory quite yet though - my big end of program assessment, the "Comprehensive Examination" that I must pass to receive my degree is now less than a week away. I started having nightmares about it a few weeks ago. In fact, Jerry and I went out for Chinese food the evening after I had my first dream where I failed the exam. My fortune cookie said, "Relax and enjoy yourself."   Jerry's was, "A dream you have had will come true.". I am certainly glad the fortunes weren't the other way around!  

I am not nervous about my ability to do a good job on the test - it is a single question that I get on Thursday, and by Monday morning I have to turn in a 2 to 3 thousand word paper on that question. The reason I feel pressure is that if you don't pass the exam, you don't get the degree, even though you've spent six semesters of your life and $18,000 at this university. That just doesn't seem right to me, but I don't make the rules.

In other news, both girls are ice skating now. Gracie is on her 2nd series of lessons and is working on a one foot glide. Maggie is only on her first set of lessons and managed to work up the courage to let go of the wall last week. Maggie had been participating in Upward basketball again this year, and made a lot of progress. She made her first basket in a game, and got stars to recognize her emerging skills in all areas - offense, defense, effort, sportsmanship, and Christ-likeness. We are very proud of her.

The next month promises to be packed, with Easter, my exam, an overnight at the science museum, and a trip to California for Jerry and I to attend a family function.  The girls wish things would slow down a bit, because they are ready to get a dog, and one thing after another seems to slow that process down.  One of these days though, we will make it to the pound and pick one out.  

Well, the lesson is over, so it is time to move on.  This post is the first that I've written on my smart phone, and I guess it went okay.  My thumbs are tired though.  Perhaps I better go ice them!  

Happy Easter!   

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