Wednesday, April 27, 2011

School Again?

I started back at APU in my MLOS degree on Monday night. The professor is a woman who I took a class with before, one of the many I have taken before withdrawing from the program. (I think it is APU sometimes, I love the place, but finishing my education there has been like pulling teeth....)
The people in the class are intelligent, interesting, come from many different backgrounds and quite friendly. We decided on our group project teams and topics on the first night, and when the professor reminded the class the paper had to be in APA citation everyone groaned except for me. I actually think I said "cool." People looked at me puzzled, I responded with "I am a librarian, I teach APA citation, its not a problem. If you need help contact me." They asked me to join their group on facebook. I will admit I haven't done that yet, I have been a little busy with computer issues.
I will also admit it is rather nice to be wanted. The professor even asked me if I would teach a refresher course if anyone needs it. I am more than happy to teach a refresher course, keeps my skills up to date. I also volunteered to help anyone and everyone with research, which seemed to go over quite well.
The only part of the night that was a little out of whack was when the professor introduced the Biblical perspective. Now I understand I go to a Christian school. I love and embrace that fact, most of the time. However I do think there is a time and place for certain elements of the Christian perspective.
This week the perspective was submissive leadership, and the story to go along with it? Jonah! I think we can all agree that Jonah definitely didn't do what the Lord wanted him to do and he paid the price. Now it is not the story that I am little peeved about, but rather the fact the professor showed a DVD of Veggie Tales in class. I am 28 and the youngest student in class, and I am quite offended by the showing of Veggie Tales. I don't appreciate having a cucumber singing at me. I didn't find it that amusing as most people in the class did. There has to be a better way to teach submissive leadership than Veggie Tales, right? Now back to homework...

Where good computers die

From August 28, 2007 until April 25, 2011 I have used the same laptop. I purchased an HP 19 inch laptop when I started grad school in Syracuse, NY. I even argued with HP over whether or not they should replace my motherboard when it died 3 days after the warranty expired on that laptop, I won that argument! I even learned how to back up everything when that happened.
About 4 weeks ago I purchased a new monitor when the screen on my laptop stopped working. And for the first time in a long time, on Monday night I got very excited about making a powerpoint presentation so I could teach and show my fellow master's class how to properly cite APA. And then I woke up on Tuesday morning.

Tuesday morning kind of sucked. I woke up on the wrong side of the bed, figuratively and literally. The construction workers were at my house, pounding out the frame for the new shower for my mom's bathroom. The cat was running all around my run, scared from the noise. I went to get a cup of coffee and of course there was nothing left. I went to take the dog for a run, and she was unbelievably annoying as well. I finally came home, went to turn on my computer-it used to take 20 minutes for it to start up before I could actually use it, and the log in screen never came up. I thought "that's odd," powered it off manually and tried again. Three or four times later, I finally got it through my head. The computer was not going to turn on. It finally died for good.

Now I was kind of expecting it. The computer was a PC, and it was 3 1/2 years old. That is a pretty good run for a PC. I had used and abused it for the first two years, so I was pretty happy that it had lasted as long as it had. I was planning on purchasing a new computer this fall when my student loans kicked in.... While I did start class on Monday night, because of the way the school schedule is, I wont be able to pull out money until this fall. I was okay with that. I had come to terms with it. I knew that it was going to be eight weeks of hell and then I could do two jobs for the summer, and throw myself back into school this fall. Little did I know....

Thank goodness for my mother. I really just do not know where I would be without her. She had some money set aside from her last paycheck, we were thinking about purchasing a new washing machine. Lowe's has a sale going on, for a washer that is significantly better than ours as well as more energy efficient. Along with the federal program of a rebate and our water company would give us a rebate it would financially be worth it. However the more we thought about it, the more we wondered. Is it really green to upgrade to a newer model when the one you have already works? Granted we were going to donate the one we have to a family friend who is in need of a washer, but it is still something to think about.
But I digress, my mother and I went to the computer store at Azusa Pacific University mostly to talk her out of purchasing an iPad. When we went in there, we discovered the "last year" models of MacBook Pro's were on sale. Not a huge sale but enough of a sale for my mother to tell me that it was ok for me to get a new computer. So YAY I am officially a Mac.

The past 24 hours have been interesting. I had almost everything I needed saved to my external harddrive, or at least I thought I did. Everything that I didn't have saved that I absolutely needed right away was on my email, so that is a relief. The rest of it my friend can pull off the harddrive of the laptop later on. Not only do I get to learn how to use a Mac, I also get to learn how to use an iPad. My mother decided while in the computer store she very much wanted an iPad for her business, so she got one. We are slowly but surely becoming Mac people. While I was very much against getting an iPad, my mother does need it for her business and gets to write off the expense at the end of the year. Plus we got a free wireless printer for purchasing the Mac. I only use a printer once a month, but its better than not having it, plus ours was about to die.
Up next? Waiting for the T-Mobile and AT&T merger to complete so I can get the newest iPhone!!!! But that wont happen until next year. I can wait!

Sunday, April 10, 2011


I am one of those people who actually enjoy opening up my Google reader and seeing the many different blogs I subscribe to having posted that day. I read a great deal of blogs, most of them do not show up on here-for reasons I cannot figure out. (I do know a great deal about technology, I am pretty savvy when it comes down to it, but this blog is not always user friendly, and I am usually in too big of a rush to do anything about it.) However I am also one of those people that gets SO disappointed when I have to wait up to a week or so for some of my favorite blogs to have a new posting. But recently I have been becoming more and more aware of what an oxymoron I am!
I sit here and expect people to entertain me with stories of their life, recipes, baby/wedding/childhood news, and yet I give almost nothing in return to my readers. So while this blog post will wind up saying almost nothing at all, I felt the need to let you all know I am still alive. :)

A couple of things have kept me from posting lately.
1. Construction. We have had construction going on at our house for about 2 months now. We are hoping that it will all finished by the end of next week. *sigh*
2. I have been a little down in the dumps lately. Mostly because of my lack of anything in the form of chocolate. I have been working out extremely hard, cutting calories, eating tons of veggies and I haven't lost any weight, just inches. I feel better I just don't look better yet. *sigh*
3. I have been a little concerned with going back to school. Wondering if I still "have it." Wondering how it has been almost 10 years since I started at APU and yet I am STILL there. At least I am finishing a MA, not still working on a BA.
4. Nothing really exciting has been going on in my life. I went to Disneyland three times in three weeks, but that is not that exciting, hence the lack of blogging.

So while I might be agitated with myself for not blogging, I don't want you all to be. On Friday I am taking myself out to Huntington Gardens in Pasadena for part of the day after picking up the first half of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows that comes out!!!!! *SQUEE* So I will take pictures of the gardens and post on here. At the very least at least you will get something to look at next week. Now time for me to go to work!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Sometimes I am a moron.

Sometimes, as we have all done, I realize I made a gigantic mistake. Now I mistakes just like anyone else.
Now I recently realized that I really like this guy, let's call him Tyrone. He has been a friend for about a year now. Tyrone is wonderful, sweet, kind, caring, funny, and adorable. There were many reason to not be with him as more than a friend for the past year. Eventually these all melted away. Now I am pretty sure I do not love him, but I know when I look at him, he makes me smile.
Tyrone is dating someone else. We talked about it last night. He is such a wonderful man and I am happy for him. However I will not lie, I did tell him that if they break up, I want to try this for real.

Tyrone knew that I liked him, but knew that I was having trouble with it. I was having trouble with it for one reason, Andrew. Although I love that man more than I care to admit, Andrew is the reason why I did not tell Tyrone sooner. Andrew does not like Tyrone, even though Andrew has only met Tyrone once, about 9 months ago.

Now Andrew has seen me date some very horrific men. I am not the best judge of character sometimes when it comes to men that I date. However the reasons behind Andrew not liking Tyrone are non-circumstantial,they do not matter anymore.
Tyrone is a man that never makes fun of me, unless I already making fun of myself. He makes me laugh, he has never threatened or actually hit me, never hurt me in any form. He encourages me when I am down, and rejoices with me when I am happy. He is generous without me asking for it, never expects anything in return, kisses me with passion that I do not think that I have ever felt before. He opens doors for me, compliments me a lot and most importantly makes me laugh.

Last Friday 3/25 I took him to Disneyland with my bff Kim. She loved him. Thought he was the best guy ever. She couldn't understand why we are not together. This past Friday we went to Disneyland with my bff Kim and her hubby and son, I have a season pass to Disneyland-I don't think I have mentioned it. Her husband gave the stamp of approval.

Now I guess I sit back and wait to see what happens with everything in my life. I am letting it go. If it's real, it will come back to me someday, right? One can only hope...

EDIT: I really did not know if I was going to post this particular blog entry. I sat on it for almost a month. However this guy is one of the reasons why I haven't been posting as much. I am a down in the dumps about him. So what is a girl supposed to do? Sit around and pine for him? Well I tried that. It sucks. So instead I am taking charge of my life and put myself out there. What is the worst that can happen? I discover he really ISN'T the one for me?