mandy12052: (jiji)
So I guess it must be time to spew a bit of my thoughts out onto this as I can't seem to focus on the homework I'm supposed to be doing. I'm supposed to be writing about Functional Behavior Assessments and why they're important, but I have no desire to read the chapter a second time and figure out what should go into my one-page response/reflection. Luckily for me, I have until class time tomorrow to get it done. Perhaps the inspiration will come to me in the middle of the night or something.

Seeing as how it's been such a long time, I feel I should begin with a sort of general thing to bring you all up to speed (as if you aren't already, as most of you are friends with me on the "facespace"). Here's a list:

1. Last fall I started in on a post-Baccalaureate program at CNM to get a teaching certificate. I'm intending to get dual licensure in Secondary Education (Language Arts) and Special Education. This will not only allow me to use my Bachelor's degree, but will also net me a day job. I've gotten myself an intern license so I can start working as a teacher while finishing all the stuff for an actual license (hopefully next fall I will be putting this to use).
2. [ profile] nicktheshrubber and I got engaged. Wedding plans are hectic and happening, though most of the big stuff is done now. We are still debating stuff like invitations, ceremony wordings, and what to make the cake look like. Ya know, the little stuff that you don't realize you have to do until you've done the really big stuff, e.g. finding a venue.
3. Spent a week helping my grandparents work on downsizing the amount of stuff they have in order for them to move from AZ to CO where they will have a safer, easier living environment. Scored some amazing stuff as a result of "keeping sentimental/valuabe things in the family." I got everything from a cast-iron Dutch oven to antique china teacups to a whole roomful of wicker furniture. [ profile] nicktheshrubber and I have added another bill to our financial situation in the form of a storage unit so we have somewhere to put it.
4. Rorschach is still around, and doing fantastically. He is a much better pooch than he once was, as he has calmed down in his older age as well as lost his paunch (he was getting pretty chunky for a while, but that another story).

Anyhoo... I believe I should be going as it appears that dinner is almost ready (Teriyaki stir fry!!! SQUEE!!), which means it's just about time for some Walking Dead, Deadwood, etc. Cheers!

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mandy12052: (labyrinth)
So here I am. In an effort to get myself writing my rhetoric paper that is due in less than 48 hours, I'm going to spew some stuff here. This is somewhat inspired by a similar effort I noticed from [ profile] sjester, who is apparently working on a philosophy of mind paper. Unlike her, who is distracted by weird boss/schedule issues, I'm not distracted.

I've come up with a decent outline of my paper--Ok, organization--but can't manage to start writing it. I think I need to do a bit more on that front. I had thought my efforts thus far were sufficient for making the whole thing just start to come together on its own, but it looks like that's not going to happen for the moment. Luckily I have all night tonight and tomorrow to work on this. Ideally of course, I'll get this paper mostly finished so I can work on the Poetics anthology project for most of tomorrow. I really want to get everything done by Saturday night/morning so I can go to Nick's birthday party stress free.

I am surprisingly unstressed at the moment, however. Mostly I'm just stuck and need to make myself do stuff. Truth is, I'm incredibly excited to finally be on the home stretch with all this stuff. I can totally pull this off. Then I get to go back to reading lots of fluffy novels and packing stuff and cleaning the house. Ya know, all those wonderful things I've been fantasizing about for the last month that I haven't allowed myself to do in the interest of time management with the homeworks.

Oh yeah. Tonight was the last class meeting for the poetics class. While I enjoyed the experience (learning a lot about stuff I don't know and all that), I'm definitely happy that's over with. There were certain aspects of that course that made it pretty difficult. I think my biggest beef with the whole thing was the extreme delay the prof had with getting us feedback for papers. I mean, geez, I understand the guy is having a busy semester trying to get tenure and all, but does that really mean it should take 2 months to give back 8 5-page essays from people. In his defense though, I think I'm just frustrated about that because it was feedback I definitely could've used on the subsequent essay project we had to turn in to him. As a result, my grade on the third assignment was not what I had hoped. I guess I have trouble writing theses that aren't somewhat general. After all, isn't specification what the rest of the essay is supposed to be for? Maybe this is why I'm not going into poetry criticism/theory/analysis. Ah well; if I can manage to pull a B+ out of the class I'll be happy. Naturally, an A- would be much better, but I doubt I'll manage to impress him to an amazing enough degree with the final project to bump my grade back up there. We'll see. I may end up shocked, and as long as it's in a positive way I'm cool with it.

Well then... I believe now is the time on sprockets when we dance.

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mandy12052: (jiji)
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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