Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Circle of Life

It’s kind of crazy how fast this month has flown by. It’s crazy to think that the year is almost over and we only have a few short months until we’re greeting a new year. I suppose that’s the way things work though, especially as you get older.

On a much brighter note, I successfully passed my exam and was able to receive my certificate from CompTIA for Project+. I can tell you that it was a HUGE relief and now I’m working to complete another certificate which is also my last class for the term. Unfortunately, I only have 36 days left in my term and while that should be sufficient time for me to read through the materials, take notes and study, we’ve had a death in the family and thus we are driving out to Utah on Monday for the funeral which is being held on the 31st.

R’s grandmother who has been in poor health for several years passed away on the 19th. While it was expected that her health would further decline when she was moved to a nursing home, we didn’t realize it would decline this quickly. Her death wasn’t unexpected per say, she was 99 years old, and hardly lucid, but it happened so quickly. She stopped eating a little over week ago and slipped into a coma on the 15th. Thankfully, she went peacefully in her sleep and while the family is saddened, I think ultimately it will be a relief for my mother-in-law and her sisters. As much as we all loved her, she was becoming a burden on the family and from what I understand of the woman she was, she would have hated that.

R and my mother-in-law seem to be taking it fairly well. I suspect that’s mostly because the woman they knew had passed long ago, at least mentally, and thus the physical aspect was easier to bear. It’ll definitely be an adjustment for the family, dealing with the affairs tied to the estate, and of course the will, however as with all things, time will make it easier.

Well, I’m off to get some sleep as tomorrow will be spent packing and getting things in order as we prepare for the trip to Utah. I hope you all have a very Happy Halloween!

Woe is School

School has been quite a pain point for me this year. I am normally fairly capable of scheduling time to commit to the chapters I need to get through and ensuring I understand the material and study thoroughly for the exam, but this has not been the case at all this year.

This year, I’ve fallen short and I hate it.

Many will tell me I’ve had a good reason for it but I still can’t help berating myself internally for not doing better. Being better. Now, I’m at the end of the course time for my current course and while I certainly feel more prepared for it then I did earlier this week, I still can’t say I’ll be walking out with a Project+ certificate and that grates on me. I’m not used to failing and lately that’s all I seem to be doing.

I have one more class left in the term and I have already penciled into my planner when I want to work on it. I’m hoping I can get through at least a chapter a day of notes and then work towards understanding the content once I have actually read the material. This of course is assuming I manage to pass my exam for my current class. I do know that when I take a test, I have the tendency to read through the questions too quickly AND second guess my original answer choice. I’m hoping that I remember this when I take the exam so it doesn’t end up biting me in the ass. I guess we will have to wait and see.

I am so close to finishing school, I can taste it. I just need to find my drive and motivation to push through so I can be done and start the ever so fun process of paying back my student loans. Sometimes I can’t help but wonder, why did I go to school again?

A Diabolically Delicious Halloween

Well, hello there my pretties! Mwehehehehe~

The ever-so-lovely, absolutely NOT evil Administration of Vicarious would like to take a moment to update you on the happenings of our little community, as well as urge those of you who have drifted away to come on back! If you’re on the fence about whether we’re worth your while, allow me to ensnare you in my wicked little spe—er, breakdown of community events. ;)

Why don’t we first start with a humble bragging of what you may have missed if you have been away from us for the last month:

September brought forth the RETURN OF THE DEAD.. er.. Hoarders. Return of the Hoarders. It is of course thriving and you are more than welcome to come on back and jump in on the fun! A little birdie even told me that there were SIX new decks added this month! Shh.. it’ll be our little secret.

We also had our very first Vicarious V-Crate! I’ve heard nothing but good things from the recipients, so I think it’s safe to label that one a rousing success! Boy, I bet you wish you would have been there.. Alas! Perhaps you will have your chance in the distant future…

Now for October.. there are many tricks and treats patiently awaiting your arrival!

Our main bloodline for activity is our Deatheaters vs. Aurors event! You don’t know it yet, but you’ve already been sorted into your house (Yes, even YOU!) though you’ll just have to wait and see later today where you fall. Which will it be.. good or evil? Let the hand of fate (or a randomizer, fate’s hands are a liiiiittle busy currently) decide. Whether you are the evilest of Deatheathers or the most pure of Aurors, you will share a forum within your house where you can discuss your life choices and prepare yourselves for participation in the ACTIVITIES! (This is to be announced, we’re not spoiling ALL of the fun, guys..) Each forum will be accessible only to the members of that house, so there will be no Deatheaters in the Auror common room and vice versa.

Our first set of activities will be for our houses to get to know each other. So, for the week of October 3-9, we will be appointing the Head Girl of each house as well as engaging in “Get to know you!” activities.

For ACTIVE participants of the October festivities, there will be a superawesomefantastical Grab Bag full of goodies! OooooOooooOooo.. doesn’t it just make you giddy with delight?! You MUST be active and really giving it your all in order for your Grab Bag to make it your way, but I promise it’s so very worth it!

Last but not least, for the entirety of the month of October, we are offering FREE (yes .. free!) username changes! In order to take advantage of this amazing offer, just go into your Board Preferences and select ‘Change Username’ on the left-hand side! Once you have had your username changed, you will need to notify an Administrator so that you can regain access to anything you may have been a part of before (ie: Hoarders). Take advantage of this offer before it goes away!

And that is everything I dare give away to you for now.. unless you come on over and check things out yourself!

Now doesn’t that just sound like the start of something.. magical?

Interested in joining the community? There’s a nifty little button in the side bar under JOIN ME that will transport you to the fun! Keep in mind, it’s advised you fill out your profile information as fully as possible so the Administrators know you’re not a bot/spam. ;)