Friday, August 26, 2011

Half Full Friday!

Half Full Friday is a series of weekly posts that Eyegirl originally started in June 2009.  We believe that a lot of our happiness is determined by our attitude about the things that happen to us.  So by participating, I'm deciding to see the glass as half full instead of half empty; I'm choosing to concentrate on the positives instead of dwelling on the negatives.  The Half Full Friday posts are a way to do just that.  They're a list of the things in my life that have brought me happiness over the past week.  I'm determined to find something good in each day.  Are you?

For the next week, I'd like to challenge each of you to keep a list of at least one thing that brought you happiness each day.  Be sure to link up here once you've posted your list!  (This isn't a blog hop so please only link up if you've participated by posting your happy list.  Thanks!)
~I'm happy because...
School started this week!

I was finally able to get all my textbooks!

I got another laptop!  My mom gave me my dad's old one.  Didn't tell her I already bought one.

I got to spend the entire day with my boys yesterday!

The Dog Walk is tomorrow!  I'm taking my dad's beagle who LOVES to go for walks.

I got loads of free samples from school on Wednesday!
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As you know, I started school on Monday.  I was so excited when I saw one of my good friends in the first class!  I sat next to her and tried to strike up a conversation, only I don't think she really remembered me.  She was nice but it was very much like talking to a stranger, which I guess in a sense I was - since I seemed to be a stranger to her.  I was shocked by her lukewarm reception as we talked all the time last semester.  Or maybe she does remember me and she didn't like me as much as I liked her.  Who knows?!  None of my friends were in any of my other classes.

My classes seem a lot more difficult this time around.  On Wednesday, I sat in my all of my classes and realized just how stupid I am.  I didn't have a single thing to add to any of the discussions at all and just sat there like a lump.  I tried to remind myself that it's only the second day so I shouldn't be expected to know anything yet but it didn't help since I was like that in all 5 classes.  By the end of the day, I was ready to go home and host another pity party for myself; I couldn't though because I had to go to work.  So I saved it for Thursday instead, with the only guests being my baby boys.  I'm sure things will get better, I just feel very overwhelmed and unhappy at the moment. 

Before you sign up for math, you're supposed to take an assessment test to ensure that you're put into the correct course.  Stupidly, I never bothered to take it.  I just signed up for one and went to class.  The class is done entirely online and the system lets you work at your own pace.  Before beginning, the system gives you a second (or in my case, a first) assessment test to find out where you are.  The professor said that there's 263 objectives (sections) to get through this semester and that the system would probably bump us up past the first 80 to 100.  Um, I got bumped up past the first 7 objectives!!!  So yeah, not exactly feeling proud of myself right now.  
This is the class where I have to spend 10 hours online each week.  I have to do 20 objectives per week in order to be done by the end of the semester.  I've spent 3 hours online already and haven't even finished one!  I don't know how I'm going to manage it but I'm determined to stick it through and not give up.  Just find a good tutor who won't charge much.
I paid through the nose and got a closer parking spot this time.  My first class is just a short walk away and my next 2 classes are in close proximity as well.  However, my fourth class is clear across the campus and my fifth class is like running a marathon to get to!  Next semester, I'm definitely making sure I have a campus map with me when I pick classes.

10 showed me some love:

jen said...

Awesome! Sounds like a great week!
Hope you a good time at the dog walk!
We are linking up today! yay!!

Sarge said...

Hey Wylde One!
Wow, please hang in there! First weeks are always tough. I bet others are feeling just like you. My mom always says: "There are three types of people in the world...those who are good at math and those who aren't"! BOL Gotta think about that one a little. She loves the "x" thing too!! BOL
Stay strong...you can do this!
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

Velvet Over Steel said...

Hello!! One week down.. that's what I told my son. He always get 'overwhelmed' at the beginning of a new semester and new classes. (So stressful for BOTH of us).

Nice to have an extra laptop. :-)
Have lots of Fun at the dog walk tomorrow. I so miss walking my son's dog since they moved to Houston! 'sigh'

Have a Great weekend, Sprinkles!!
Hugs,
Coreen XO

angelonwheels said...

Sorry math Makes me cry! I hope it gets better!

AndreaLeigh said...

Math is a struggle for me as well. I have no idea how I made through any of my required math courses. Good luck! Just do your best and ask for help when you need it.

Zuzana said...

Oh, dear sprinkles, I so know how you feel.;) I felt dumb at many classes in school but can tell you that those that in my eyes were smart did not do nearly as well as me in life later on.;) So do not despair.;)
Hope you had a lovely weekend.;)
xoxo

Deborah said...

Good luck at school! My son starts on Tuesday and my daughter after labor day!
xxoo
Deborah

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Happy schoolday!
We love the picture of Dear Math, haha!
We're so sorry that we didn't visit you a long while, we miss you so much.
We're back, will follow you around!
Cheers!

Maggie Mae said...

I just know dat you will get da hang of dat math class. When my mom went back to college her struggled wif her math classes too but her worked hard and never gave up and got A's in both of dem. If her can do it YOU can do it! Be cool in school!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Doris Sturm said...

Oh, my, you're making me tired listening to all your classes and objectives - Whew - but it sounds like you're determined and as you say, attitude is important in everything we do.

So, are you taking care of your dad's beagle now? I bet he's heart broken too. Dogs grieve a lot like people do.

I am thankful and happy every morning when I find myself waking up and finding Gizzy still alive in his bed because I know every day is precious and not a given, but a gift! It doesn't take much anymore to make me happy, so I'm a permanent half-glass full type of a gal...hang in there and all the best for a successful semester and good luck with your job. You sound super duper busy! Be sure and take your vitamins!

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