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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?

It’s Starting to Feel A Lot Like…

HALLOWEEN… ?

Oh, look a new theme! I’m honestly surprised I had the motivation to craft such a thing of beauty given my lack of motivation but, I did it! Sometimes, I amaze myself, okay I always amaze myself but that’s beside the point. ;) With that in mind, it’s likely this theme will be up for the next several months. I make no promises that I’ll have the creativity to switch this layout up in month and a half’s time but, we shall see.

There hasn’t been too much going on that’s worth blogging about but I’m caught up on school (finally) and right now doing some review before I go in and take my exam. This year has been difficult and stressful so I haven’t been my usual, on the ball self. I’m hoping that will change as we get nearer to the end of the year but time will tell.

After a lot of begrudging and fighting, I have finally given in and joined the Planner bandwagon. Unfortunately, I have a planner that I’m not 100% happy with but that should be changing in the next few weeks and I am so excited! In the meantime, I’m trying to get a grasp of using my Silhouette and making stickers. Once, I have that down back, I hope to graduate to wash strips and then hopefully more in-depth things like clothing, but we will see. All of these aspirations are time dependent which I am sorely lacking.

Right now we are in the midst of finishing up some remodeling in the house. We have finally decided on what we want to do in terms of a pantry in the kitchen and are working to get that installed. Once we’re done with that, we’re going to put tile into the family room and hallway and then after that focus on getting the bar built out in the backyard and putting in sod. As you can see we have a lot on our plates but it’s exciting to feel comfortable enough to WANT to put this much work into our home. This was NEVER the case with our old house so it’s definitely a nice change and it has made a difference in our relationship as well.

Speaking of relationships, Alecia is come out to visit for Thanksgiving and I am super excited. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday followed by Halloween so I can’t wait. I still need to work on a menu to figure out what we’ll be serving but we have a little time for that so I’m not too worried.

Well, I’m off to see to my duties on Vicarious which presently has open membership with Administrator approval, so if you’ve been dying to join or just interested in checking it out, now is the time. As a tip, be sure to fill out your profile, it’ll ensure that you’re not immediately flagged as spam. :D

The One Where She Fails At Life

So my attempt to set up some type of blogging schedule completely failed. Namely because with work and school, mostly work, any motivation to do anything beyond eating and sleeping flew away like that damn car in the Harry Potter novels. More than a bit like it actually. It pretty much embodied everything about that car. The erratic flight pattern in which there were instances when motivation would strike but then just as quickly fly away.

I figured my best bet was to roll with it and not force it. I mean, who wants to read a blog that’s clearly been forced? I know I don’t. I figured I’d show some kindness and not inflict that pain on the few people who still stop by, because you know, I’m nice like that. Well, mostly.

Life hasn’t really deviated much from the eat, work, sleep routine, unless you count my completely neglecting anything related to school. It seems that damn car just keeps making its rounds. I’m hoping to get a little more motivation and plan on stopping by Target or some equally cute notebook having store where I can stock up and start reading and taking notes. The class isn’t difficult, I’m familiar with the content because I lived it, I just need to get familiar with the terminology and the stages. Of course it would help if I actually did something. I’m hoping to remedy that so my next call with my mentor will be of the “I’m amazing.” variety and not the “I fail at life and I’m a useless human being.” kind. We’ll see if I’m successful, though I’m not holding my breath.

Old On a less real life note, after months of neglect and distance, some of us1 got it into our minds to try and revive Vicarious. Yes, I know, message boards are a dying art, but we’re stubborn and keep trying. I have no idea why other than a sad attempt to relive our glory days and maybe ignore the fact that we’re old.

None of us are quite willing to embrace it, however, and that tends to lead to nights of drunken debauchery, where we end up cursing ourselves in the morning.

Let’s face it, we do not bounce back like we used to. Half a day of recovery has now become a 2-day recovery, if you’re lucky. Generally, if I’m honest, we’re looking at 3 days and that just doesn’t make the one night worth it anymore. Hell, it stopped being worth it once we surpassed the 1-day threshold but we’re still desperately clinging to our youth, or what’s left of it.

Laugh all you want, you’ll be here soon, and then very quickly you will understand and curse the day you laughed at us old folk. Meanwhile, we’ll be old, miserable and cursing your existence. Oh, who am I kidding, we do that now; the cursing your existence part, not being old and miserable, at least not yet.

Now that I have, to my mind, created a sufficient blog, with all the appropriate “I fail at life”, “This is what I’ve been up to”, and “This is what I am up to” segments, I’m going to putter off and pretend to do something as equally productive. Though, let’s be honest, I’m probably just going to take a nap and pretend that I actually did something meaningful today.

Us, old folk tire much more easily so it’s not wonder we can’t actually get anything done.