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Feeling much better about things today.

I rearranged the itinerary for the FL trip to fly out on Friday instead of Thursday. This means I'll only miss one week of class, so hopefully it'll be much easier to manage to get everything done for that class. It'll also strengthen my arguments with the professor for him allowing me to make up work if I'm only missing one week of class. So yay; got that figured out mostly. Oh yeah, and I finally got the reading response questions so I can work on getting those done by Thursday.

The debate of which class to keep out of the other two classes continues. The aspects in favor of one class keep outweighing the other, but I'm making myself go to both classes this week before I decide. I'm just really ready to have that decision made. It also means I'll have the financial part figured out. Still haven't bought the books for either class due to this indecision.

I have baked 5 mini loaves of almond poppy seed muffins from a box mix in order to have something to take to the Sunday night potluck at work. I may keep one or two for home and just take three, but haven't decided that part yet. They smell pretty awesomely tasty.

I am pretty jazzed up that potluck is costing me less than $3 this week, especially since I'm effectively broke until I get paid on Friday. On the other hand, this will encourage me to continue eating food that already exists in the cupboards. There is quite a bit of it in there after all. It'll be interesting to see what my diet consists of by Thursday... I might end up living on pancakes for a day or something equally unhealthy/distressing.

Anyhoo... that's life for now.

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So... the more I look at the syllabus for the class I thought I was definitely taking, the more I get stressed about my trip to Florida at the end of September. It looks like my lack of a proper memory regarding my class schedule has become a cause for stress. Granted, I planned the trip before I was certain which classes I was taking, but I was always planning to take this one. What it was that made me think said class was on Tuesdays, I'll never know.

To get to the point of things...

The class in question is ENG 542, which is the class I signed up for that is part of the core requirements for the program I want to get into. According to the Graduate Adviser, I really should take this class as it will look excellent on my application. The dates for Florida will mean I'll miss two weeks worth of that class. Effectively, this is 4 classes by my professor's logic per statements in the syllabus/emails. Not only is this more than the allotted absences for the English department, but I'll miss a lot of class discussion and have to convince him to let me take a vocabulary quiz at a different time as well. So far, my ideas for solving this problem aren't the best. I mean, yeah, I'm intending to bring it up with him on the first day of class (I don't think I can figure this issue out via email). At this point, not only could missing so much class time give him grounds to drop me from the course, but I'll be inconveniencing him by asking him to let me take the quiz at some other time.

I'm starting to worry that I'll have to drop the course because I won't be able to get the grade I need. On top of that, the other two classes I'm signed up for aren't exactly the best for my application.

I know a lot of my stress is due to the idea of going back to school in general. It just really sucks that the one class I've decided I need the most is the one that keeps causing issues for me. I don't know what to do. I know I should just wait until I go to class this week and see what happens, but I can't help but feel anxiety about it.

Eek!
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So... I've signed up for three graduate classes for the fall semester. I'm only planning to take two, but I don't want to have to deal with scrambling to find a replacement class if I don't like one. Hence I'm going for the process of elimination approach. I'm intending to apply to get into the English M.A. program for Rhetoric and Writing as part of my new found realization that I want to be a book editor when I grow up. Granted, if I can get an M.A., I'd be happy to teach as well.

Current schedule is as follows:
ENG 587 Genre Studies: Poetics Tues from 400 - 630 PM
ENG 640 Seminar: Env. Writing and Rhetoric Wed from 400 - 730 PM
ENG 542 Major Texts in Rhetoric Thur from 400 - 630 PM

The Thursday class is part of the core curriculum for the program I want, so I'm in that one for sure. It's still a toss-up between the other two since they both have their merits. 587 isn't exactly relevant to the degree program I want, but it's taught by a guy on the graduate applications committee (or so I'm told). 640 is a bit intimidating because it's a 600 level course, and also because it's a 4 credit course. Not sure I'm ready to handle that yet.

It would just be my luck that the one class out of the three I'm signed up for (with the intention of keeping two) that I most definitely have to take is the one where the professor is piling on the reading materials for the first day of class. It doesn't help that he keeps mentioning reading response questions in his email yet not sending them to us. What does this do to me? It makes me avoid starting the reading in the hopes that I will be able to think about the questions as I go. This also leads me to cutting down on the amount of reading time I have more and more. Some part of me feels like this is a very bad plan. The part of me that has a decent photographic memory feels like I'll be able to flip back through the readings to find the answers I want. More frustrating than the current influx of PDF files, however, is the fact that I ordered the first book for the class online last Sunday and still haven't gotten it. I'm getting to the point where I'm thinking I'll have to buy the book from the UNM Bookstore and return the other one when I get it. So much for saving money by getting my book online, eh?

So yeah... that's where the school thing is at. I've got some anxiety about going back to school since it's been two years since I got my B.A., but I'm sure I'll get over that quickly once the semester actually starts. For now, I will just try to stay on top of all the work I've got to do already.
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  • 18:42 I can't decide whether i should work fridays or saturdays on the next schedule. I think maybe saturdays? #

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  • 15:19 Life as a Bat, Oh Batman Where Art Thou? #movieswithbatman #
  • 15:21 Bruce Wayne: The Diary of a Young Bat #movieswithbatman #
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  • 14:20 Well... At least it wasn't a school? #
  • 01:47 When Joker Met Batman, Must Love Batman, Rain Bat, Grosse Pointe Batman #movieswithbatman #
  • 01:48 Requiem for a Batman #movieswithbatman #
  • 01:50 Reservoir Bats #movieswithbatman #
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  • 15:35 It's Coffee Time! WOOT! #
  • 22:34 Did i mention that this book is awesome? This book is awesome. #
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  • 14:13 I feel like i should say something but i don't know what. #

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  • 18:49 My dog has semi paresis. I think he caught bells palsy from @jarmon #
  • 19:39 Dog has pulled a ligament in his knee. He has muscle relaxers and pain media^ #
  • 19:40 Dog has pulled a ligament in his knee. He has muscle relaxers and pain meds. No paralysis after all. #
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  • 21:36 Just tried to read a Gary Gygax novel. I allowed it fifteen pages before giving up. That makes 5 more books for the reject box. #

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  • 20:14 Working the neurology unit tonight. It's very chill. Just the kind of night i needed. #

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  • 18:39 Stopped at a gas station for a rockstar. The attendant didn't get that my ID was for the debit card. That's why she works there i guess. #

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  • 16:05 Ya know that moment when you realize you should've called in to work? I'm there. #

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  • 14:51 Well... So much for running daytime errands today. #

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  • 00:41 I hope i'm not senile and stubborn when i get old. #

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  • 15:31 No amount of pain killers or stretching seems to wanna make the tension leave my calves. Ouch. #

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  • 19:36 My patient is listening to a book-on-tape of a trashy romance novel. That was quite a sex scene to be listened to by a septogenarian! #

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  • 22:07 I kinda wanna throw a party for my dog's birthday but he doesn't really have any friends. #
  • 01:49 My back is stiff. Must do yoga tomorrow. MUST. #
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  • 13:09 I think today is a sit around and read sort of day. At least... Until work happens. #
  • 13:11 My neighbor called AAA. I wonder if she told him to look "up and to the front" LOL! #
  • 16:07 It's over 90 degrees inside my house. SO READY for the A/C guy to come tomorrow morning! #
  • 17:01 I'm actually happy to be going to work tonight. They have air conditioning. #
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  • 17:05 Flexed on call and already call back in. Woo hoo time and a half! #

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