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Homework & my Schedule

The first two plays we read in Shakespeare class were awesome. I loved Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream was funny! However, this final play that we are reading is going to be the death of me. We are reading Richard III. I just cannot understand the concepts of this person killing off that one to get the throne and then marrying that one even though it’s his cousin or niece or whatever she is. And then having to refer to each person by several different names? I am sooooo f***ing confused right now!

I am just going to try to get the information for my short paper this week from the internet and forgo trying to read the play because it is nothing but frustrating and I am literally in tears at the thought of reading it again.

As for when I am going to do that, I have a new weekday schedule that I am trying to implement. I want to use my time during the day as best I can and get things done. So I have created a schedule that has me getting up at 7 when hubby does and schedules time for homework, blogging, reading, writing, and more. Now I just need to get into the habit of getting up at 7 every day. So far I have made it to getting up at noon, which is a little better than getting up at 3 in the afternoon but a far cry from 7 in the morning! I’ll get there… eventually…

Wherefore Art Thou, Shakespeare?

Once again, it’s been a while since I’ve written. Sorry about that. School has kept me busy, and then I got rather sick. So sick, in fact, that I’m behind in school and trying to catch up.

It’s Week 5 (of 8 weeks) of my Shakespeare class and we’ve just finished reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It was fun, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Hamlet. This week we are starting to read Richard III. I don’t think I am going to like this one, but it may surprise me, who knows.

All I know is that I am getting really tired of school and I can’t wait for it to be over soon. One more class after this – that’s all I need.

I am just glad I’m getting over whatever stomach virus had a hold on me for nearly a week. I had lost 10 pounds before it was over! I had to go to the urgent care to get a shot to keep me from throwing up, and then the next night I was in the ER throwing up again and they gave me another shot plus stuff to take home and a prescription so I wouldn’t have to come back unless it got seriously bad. With the meds, which dissolved under my tongue, I was able to start drinking and eating in small amounts again. I was on the B.R.A.T. diet for a while. That stands for Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast. I still haven’t been able to sit down to a full meal but maybe tomorrow.

Anyway, I hope everyone has been well while I’ve been away. It’s time for me to get to work on some homework on this dreary, thunderstorm-y day.

Whoa, It’s Been A While!

You’d think that while I was stuck in the house with my broken ankle I would’ve been blogging up a storm but I guess not! I don’t know where the time went, but it’s been 6 weeks since I broke my ankle and I am now out of that huge boot! I was able to wear two sneakers at the same time for the first time in 6 weeks yesterday and it felt great. I have a lace-up ankle brace that I can wear when I feel I need to (such as when I will be walking a lot, or when there will be uneven ground) but for the most part, I’m good to wear sneakers. No flip-flops for a while though. Definitely a no-no. I’m so happy I can walk right again… Well mostly. I still limp a little.

But now that I can drive again… my car is out of commission. We have no way of getting it to the mechanic’s without the added expense of the tow truck, and we don’t even know how we are going to afford the repairs as it is, so that’s not really an option. The inspection has run out on it anyway because of a rust problem that we didn’t know was as bad as it was until we tried to get it re-inspected, so there’s no point in trying to fix one problem and not the other. So this is going to be an expensive couple of repair projects and we have to save up for it. I guess I’m home bound for a little while longer. Will I remember how to drive when I am finally able to again? *laugh*

We’re into the second week of my Shakespeare class. I am actually enjoying it so far. I felt like I understood more than I thought I would of Hamlet (the first play we read) and I need to start reading Antony and Cleopatra for my final project work while also starting to read A Midsummer Night’s Dream for next week’s homework. The versions I have of the plays have notes in them to tell the reader what things mean that may not be understood easily by the English speakers of today’s world, but I find that I don’t have to use those notes very often. I do want to find a movie of Hamlet and see what that looks like, just to see the differences (and the similarities).

And I hope to have some news to share with you soon but it’s not my news to share first so I have to hold my tongue. But it’s exciting news!

But yeah… things are just going along other than that. 🙂

Manic Moods… Wednesday? My To-Do List!

Okay, so the song is really “Manic Monday” but I think I’m having a manic Wednesday. At least, that’s what it feels like at the moment. It didn’t start out this way but I’m starting to get that extra burst of energy and that feeling like I could take on the world. I know I can’t, but maybe I’ll just start with taking on my to-do list?

So what’s on this to-do list? Well, there’s a lot of homework. I may have technically graduated, but I still have classes until the end of August. It’s a weird feeling. For homework reading, I have a 40 page “novella” to read called The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad, a chapter on plotting to read from Master Class in Fiction Writing: Techniques from Austen, Hemingway, and Other Greats (I LOVE this textbook), and a short story called “Steal Small” by Caitlin Horrocks. Quite a bit of reading, eh? Then I have to write a discussion post for the week based on the short story and its plot, and respond to at least two others’ posts. And I have to write a fiction short story of no more than 1,500 words focusing on the plot.

Whew! That’s a lot. And that’s just my homework! I’m also in the process of judging a poetry contest over at Writing.Com and I have reviews to do for a group over there, too. Oh, and I’m reading Sense and Sensibility  and Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (P.S.).

So maybe I should be in one of my manic moods for a day or two to help me get all of this work done! It sure couldn’t hurt!

Trying Vietnamese Food, and Other New Things

I tried Vietnamese food today and boy was it yummy! I had some type of Pho, with rare beef in it. It was very good. I’ve been wanting to stop by that shop for a long time now and finally I said I would today, and I was hungry too, so that worked. *laugh* But you know what? It’s all about trying new things!

I also want to try to get a bicycle this summer and go for bike rides. This would be new for me. Well, new since I was an adult. I haven’t done bike rides since I was a kid. I think it would be a good way to burn some extra calories, and we all know how important it is for me to do that! I think getting active will also help me sleep better, which will help with my bipolar moods (always a good thing).

I’m working on getting caught up on my schoolwork ever since that manic episode. So far, I’m making good progress. And I ordered my books for next term, which is already open for viewing. I am getting a little nervous about it because it’s basically the course I’m taking now, but on steroids, so if I ran into trouble taking this one, what’s going to happen taking the next one? Oh, boy. The good thing is that I still have a decent grade in this class, because the professor approved my late work ahead of time.

However, to help me get through this tough next class, and the full-time term after it, I am going to start mapping out my time throughout the day. When I get up, I will check my email and all that, and spend some time looking at what needs to be done that day as far as schoolwork. Then, I can write down what times I will do homework from and when I will eat my meals, and when I will take other breaks, so that I don’t get burned out. But this way I can keep myself accountable during the times I should be working on schoolwork. (And I can actually sit down during those times and do it!)

So these are some new things for me that I want to do, or have done, in the case of Vietnamese food. Try some of these things or make a list of your own “want to’s” and try to get as much of them done as possible – make them your goals!

Countdown to Graduation

Because I was only going to take one class at a time, I was going to miss walking in this year’s graduation ceremony at Southern New Hampshire University by one class. (My classes are only 8 weeks long and go back to back.) However, someone at SNHU didn’t get the message to delay my cap and gown by a year and sent it to me anyway!

Once I got my cap and gown in the mail I couldn’t very well send it back. So I talked to my academic advisor (several, actually) and now my final term will be 2 classes so that I can walk in the ceremony this year. Getting it in the mail made it feel so real and I just told myself that I could do the work it will take to make sure I graduate on time.

This means that Quay and I will walk in the graduation ceremonies exactly one week apart. He will actually get his degree that day, I will have to wait until my remaining classes are finished and it will be sent in the mail (I will get it in August, they said). My ceremony is on May 10th and Quay’s is on May 17th.

The only bad thing about having this spring up last minute is that none of my family can be here to watch me graduate. My mom can’t get the time off work at this point in time and no one has saved up any money for the airfare required for getting to the East coast. I will have to record the ceremony with my phone and upload it to YouTube so that my family can see it.

I can’t believe I’m graduating this year! The countdown to graduation has begun!

Back In The Bipolar Swing of Things

So I’m trying to get back into the swing of things around the house and in my life in general.

Since our roommate moved out, I moved my office up to the spare room. It looks nice up there and I even have room for a reading chair in my office! I think I need to find a really comfortable chair, no matter what it looks like. I can always put a blanket over it, you know? I guess it shouldn’t be so comfortable that I fall asleep in it while I’m supposed to be reading for school or research though. That would be bad. *laugh*

We had my mother-in-law and her husband over for dinner last night and that was nice. It was great to visit. One more thing that is “normal” to help me get back into things and feel somewhat okay about things. We had corned beef and cabbage with potatoes. I know, it’s a little late for that considering St. Paddy’s day was last month, but we had it last month, too. *laugh* It’s one of my husband’s favorite meals so he bought two corned beef briskets when they went on sale and I froze one.

And I’m back to my volunteer post on Tuesday’s from 1-6 at the writing center. That’s where I am now writing this actually. It’s quiet here. I don’t think many people want to venture out in the rain to come in today. The rain is nasty, down-pouring at times. I hope it lets up by the time I have to drive home. I am glad that I am back to my post though. I need to get out of the house sometimes, you know?

Oh, and my birthday was on the 11th and my hubby bought me a new phone! He bought me the LG G2 and I love it. I didn’t even have a smart phone before I got this. The last time I had a smart phone, I had an iPhone 3GS, so you can say it’s been awhile, but this phone is just amazing. I love all the features of it. Maybe I will do a review of what I like about it (and don’t like – there’s some of that, too) in another post.

So I think I am going to get back to my writing. I have four stories to write in two weeks if I want to finish my Intermediate Fiction Writing Workshop class in time. The professor said that she could give me a one week extension if I needed it but I’d rather not extend the class into my next one if possible. So I have a lot to do!

So my bipolar swing is headed toward normal and that’s where I like it. Stay tuned for more fun!

A Few Days Spent Away for Bipolar Mania

Hello, Everyone. It’s been a while since I have blogged and I’d like to let you know why.

After my last post, I had started getting manic. Usually if I get manic for a day or two it’s not a problem but this wasn’t going away. In fact, it was getting worse. My case manager suggested a stay at a rest bed.

A rest bed is a place where you can leave all of your responsibilities at home, for the most part, and just come with your pillow and your meds (and clothes, of course) and rest. You visit with the staff there and spend time doing relaxing activities like puzzles, coloring mandalas, playing card games like Skip-Bo and Phase 10, and watching TV shows.

Every evening the staff made dinner for the two people there (of which I was one) and it was nice not to have to cook, although I did help clean up. I was on my own for breakfast and lunch although there was a fully stocked kitchen at my disposal.

I was there from Tuesday afternoon to Friday afternoon and I have to say that my visit there helped immensely. I am feeling much better and the new meds that the psychiatrist put me on to supplement the ones I’m already on will be helping even more in the coming days.

Bipolar mania can be very dangerous if it’s not handled properly and if the right precautions aren’t taken to prevent impulse decisions and injury. I feel I took the proper steps to make sure I was looked over by the right people while I was in this situation and I saw my doctor immediately.

Now that I’m feeling more normal, it’s time to get caught up on all the homework I missed due to being manic for so long!

Reading Like a Writer

I have to do some reading before I write my short story for this week in my writing workshop class. The reading is only a few chapters from the book, Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (P.S.).

I read this book a very long time ago when I first bought it but it’s been years and I think I need to re-read it. Basically, it teaches you to be on the lookout for good writing in the books that you read so that you can learn to write in similar ways.

Now, there are many awesome ways to write and this book isn’t another one of those how-to writing books that shows you one way and says “that’s it, that’s the only way to write.” This book teaches you to go out on your own and look for good writing and learn from it, which is exactly what we need to be doing.

So what are you waiting for? Pick up a copy of Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (P.S.) and give it a read! I bet you’ll love it just as much as I do and it will be your go-to writing book for quite some time.

I should probably get to reading, since it’s already Wednesday night and I haven’t even thought about what I want to write my story about. Oopsies! Have a good night, all!

Writing Critiques are SO MUCH FUN!

The writing workshop yesterday was very fun. I contributed my two cents worth and it was worth a conversation. I felt like I missed some things while I was reading that others were clued into but I think I will get better at close reading the more I do this. The writing critiques I did for them were fun and I feel like I learned a lot from doing them so I guess that is always a good thing.

I also had to write a couple of writing critiques for class this week. These critiques were for students’ stories that were written last week. I did two of them. I liked the writers’ work that I did last week so I chose the same writers this week and I was surprised by the improvement in both writers’ stories. And I learned a bit from doing the critiques for these writers as well.

I think that by doing these writing critiques, I am learning how to critique my own work better. That’s always a great skill to have and you can never been too good at it!

On a personal note, we got a new couch yesterday. Well, it’s a used couch. We got it at ReSource. They treat all of their furniture so you don’t have to worry about bugs or anything like that. It’s really comfy, with recliners in both ends. I am sitting with my feet up now! And it sure is nicer than the couch that was in here before that was busted practically into pieces. And since this one has a metal frame I don’t think it will break as easy as the other one either!

Anyway, I think it’s time to get started on the novel outlining that I want to get done today. At least two chapters is my goal! I can’t wait until I can start really fleshing out this novel!