Grad School Chronicles: Week 24

Week 24 means the end is near.  As a matter of fact, the list below is all that remains left from a LOOOOOONNNNNGGGGGG list of assignments.

My thoughts for the week...

  • It feels so good to be ahead of the game.  Two weeks to go and counting.
  • PS, those B2P pens in the picture above are my latest obsession!  I seriously love them. They made color coding all of my assignments a breeze.  They are so much nicer than the old pens I used to make my small groups lesson plans in the past.  The are called B2P (bottle to pen) because the outer part of the pen is made from recycled water bottles.  How cool is that?  Check them out on Amazon if you are into color coding stuff and/or love an amazing gel pen.  :)

Grad School Chronicles: Week 23

Week 23 of grad school came and went.  The work load was tremendous, and the next three weeks will not look any brighter in that department.  However, I received a sweet gift this week from my second grade reading buddy early in the week.  We met during my first semester in this program, and she was very patient with me as I learned how to do all sorts of fun reading assessments.

My little friend is well aware of my obsession with all of the Elephant, Piggie, and Pigeon books, and she made me a "Pigeon" key chain.  How AWESOME is that, folks?

My thoughts for the week...
I placed the key chain on my desk so I can see it while I type all of the final projects due to wrap up the coursework portion of this program.  Only three more weeks to go.

Grad School Chronicles: Week 22

Ahhhh, it's the end of week 22.  I have three weeks and four days of summer classes to go...AND COUNTING.  At this point in the game, I am pretty certain we are all counting.  When the summer semester ends, I will be 100% complete with all of the coursework for this graduate program!  Practicum experiences will fill the months of August through mid-December.  I finally see light at the end of the tunnel.

With loads of upcoming projects looming over my head, it was nice to participate in a classroom experience that was more...elementary school-like.  Something a little more my speed and not quite so dependent on thinking critically, followed up by a 78 page, APA-style paper.

Our STEAM class instructor had us pop open sunflowers so we could observe, feel, draw, and label all of the inner parts of a flower.  It was pretty cool, and that is totally the kind of stuff I love doing in my classroom.  It was a nice break from the same old, same old.

My thoughts for the week...
Three weeks and four class days to go!  I simply cannot jump past that thought.  :)

Grad School Chronicles: Week 21

Week 21 has come and gone, and it fed directly into the looooong 4th of July weekend!  Let's clink margarita glasses together...*CLINK* I do love a good holiday weekend.

My thoughts for the week...
I am having a difficult time jumping back into the swing of full time classes, and I am starting to realize it is due to being tired of trying to figure out a new set of professors (and their personalities, expectations, rules) every seven to eight weeks.  It is exhausting to start over again and again and again.  I miss the routine of regular life, and I need to find a way to let go of my fear and hesitation.

So I jumped back into running.  I have no pictures to share of running.  Why?  Because I was busy running and not messing with my phone.  When I had surgery for cancer in October, I quit running.  This mainly happened out of need. The doc took a mighty LARGE portion of the skin on my left knee, as well as the fatty tissue underneath.  Because there isn't a lot of skin in the knee area, it screwed up my entire knee.  Everything was instantly "squished" together as they stitched me back together.  Over time, my knee cap shifted.  Anyway, my knee still hurts to this day, and I am not convinced it will ever be the same.  I have a physical therapist, and the PT exercises have helped a lot.  She works on "stretching" the skin around my knee to make it all more pliable and bendable.  I am a work in progress for her.  For many months now, I felt as though cancer took running away from me, and it was such a critical part of my life.  Running is how I would blow off steam, go into deep thought mode, work in my cardio, come up with diabolical plans, keep kept my weight stable, etc.  I decided this week that it was time to get it all back.  Now I wish I would have snapped a picture to prove it.  :)

Instead, I will share one of the most sacred images of all time.  *Brace yourself!*  I present to you...a picture of pulled pork.  

My husband and I woke up early Saturday morning to start the Traeger (smoker).  We made the most amazing pulled pork!  Here's what we made with the finished product...pulled pork tacos!

Life is good.  I need to start enjoying it again.