Final Summer Fling

Summer isn’t over until we make a visit to the Lake House.

If you thought I disappeared, I sorta did… I spent my Labor Day weekend relaxing among family (along with the infamous amounts of E. coli in the Lake of the Ozarks) at my Aunt & Uncle’s Lake House getaway. Unfortunately, Ryan wasn’t included in this mix due to the inconvenient distance between here and there.

The weather wasn’t very cooperative, but we still enjoyed each other’s company, shopping, lots of delicious food, crossword puzzles, games, lounging and the pleasantness of the house itself. When the sun did decide to join us, we went out on a few pontoon boat outings. The last day we even brought out the swimsuits, although the breeze was a little chilly. I tried to fish for a minute, until I quickly realized it was wishful thinking. The sad truth is I think my skin met sunscreen for the first time this summer. Not because I baked in the sun all summer long, but because I never found myself in the position to need it.

Although the weekend was good, it was also bittersweet, similar to many things in my life these days. One, because Labor Day weekend is pretty much a goodbye to summer and second, that was the first time we’ve ever been to the Lake House without my Dad. Over the summers, we’ve made many great memories there riding wave runners, spending days on the dock, enjoying time with family and friends: sweet. But it’s bitter that last summer was the last time with my Dad there with us. It’ll never ever be the same.

Now I’m back here in reality, back the same ‘ol routine. Well, a little different since today I started my observation in a 3rd grade classroom. It’ll be every day during school hours until I complete my 60 hours. More on that later!

It was a welcoming change to get away from here, even if it wasn’t very far nor for very long.

Homework? Blogging? Homework? Blogging.

Did you hear? Michelle & Jim Bob Duggar did it again …literally. They’re soon to have 19 kids and counting! If you keep up with their family, you know that their first grandchild is due in October. Their new baby is due in March. I can’t imagine having a baby younger than your own grandchild. This may be pushing it a little bit for me, but it’s their life and they seem to like it. I’m sure TLC is overjoyed that it makes a more interesting show… to of course, bring in more viewers.

I can’t concentrate to do my dang homework… part of the reason being I’m too tired. I have a few reading assignments/note taking to do for West Civ (due tomorrow). I don’t even have any classes today, come on! I just haven’t been sleeping well. The infamous sleeping problems start up soon after Ryan leaves. Ugh. Insomnia, chocolate cravings, cuddling withdrawals… what a long-distance bummer!

Anyone else think it’s about time for Ryan to come back and cure visit me? I mean, it has been a week and a half. All he has to do is put this and this and this and this on hold and oh yes, find transportation. Not too difficult, right? Please agree.

You’re right, the road between here and Indiana is a two-way route. Plus I have a car, and no life. That makes it a bit easier. I have Labor Day weekend plans with the family, though.

Did you know? I’m so cold that I’m turning on the space heater in my room right now. My feet are like ice cubes. Certainly not like the ice cubes I’ve been eating all day, every day. Did I mention I don’t like cold weather? Ok, good.

Time to stop distracting myself (and perhaps you too) and finish my homework…

Distance makes the xoxos few and far between. :(

One Week. Check.

I finally got my class schedule figured out! What a pain it is to add/drop classes after the semester starts, plus they don’t even give you 100% of your money back! I think they do that on purpose to make the Registrar’s job easier. Aren’t they paid for that? Ah ha, I get it. They probably get the 10% tuition we lose.

I will definitely be spoiled after this semester… not having to get up early (after I put my 120 hours in my education labs), easier classes, no classes on Wednesdays or Fridays (after I get my 120 hours in my education labs), and getting paid to go to school! I won’t want it any other way.

Did you know I’m great at wishing a semester away making a semester sound like it’s really short? I discovered this at AU, at the beginning of spring 2008, while talking with my friend Nour… I even convinced her! It goes something like this…

August doesn’t count because we start near the end of the month, so it’s going to be September before classes are well under way. But before we get in too far, it will be Labor Day break and then all of a sudden it’s October because we’ll be busy taking our first tests, writing our first papers, and won’t even know what hit us. October will be the longest because there are no breaks, but it will be a pretty autumn month so maybe nature will distract us. Plus, talk of mid-term comes and goes, and you’re in shock that you’re already half -way though. Whoa, it’s already time to register for next semester! November sneaks up, with the anticipation of a week long Thanksgiving break at the end! By this point, papers, tests, and studying is a comfortable routine again. You’re already hearing things like.. “We’re nearing the end of the semester.” Why? Because it’s true! December is last, but it barely counts! It’s the end of the semester, final test time and BAM!

Another semester under your belt.

As if a semester didn’t already go fast enough. I just made it faster. I’m very aware that I need to work on this whole wishing my life away thing. Solution? Contentment in life.

That brings me to some goals for the semester…
  • Don’t worry, be happy.
  • Stay ahead on studying, papers, class work.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Earn a 4.0 GPA.
  • Work as a sub after my 120 hours of education labs are finished.
  • Fill my free time to avoid loneliness/depression. Go to Zumba whenever possible. Yoga would be nice too. Babysit. Hang out with my Mom. Touch unread books on my shelf. Touch the keyboard I bought. Enjoy the fall weather before winter comes (gag me). Move to Florida when it does come, haha. Just kidding, kinda. Any other suggestions are welcome.
  • Ryan if you’re reading this, which I know you are, is the goal of seeing each other at least once a month too much to ask? :)
  • Be thankful.
  • Really work to become closer to God.
I promise I’m trying to do better this time around. One week down, 14 to go. ;-)