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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Wait Listed

I love to read. I always have. I have a ton of books in my To Be Read (TBR) pile. In the past couple of weeks, I finally took two books off the waiting list and read them. The first was a book I started a few years ago, but then lost interest after a chapter or two and didn't finish it. I almost NEVER do that. If I pick up a book, I will usually read it to completion. For some reason, this book was the exception to that rule.

I picked up the book again and finished it this month and I liked it. The first time around I just wasn't in the mood for it perhaps, but this time, it clicked. The book was You Bet Your Life by Donald Bain. It's a book in a series that is based on the old TV series Murder She Wrote. The same characters from the TV show are in the books. I loved that show so I figured I'd like the books and I've read several in the series.

The second book I finished was read within a couple of days this week. It's not a book I'd previously started, but it is one I've been telling myself I needed to read. It's been in my car forever. I usually carry a book in my car for those times when I'm waiting for someone or I need to kill some time before going somewhere. Once I started it, I was hooked and had to finish it. The book was The Art of Mending by Elizabeth Berg. I love Berg's work and have read many of her novels. This was another great book from her and I am sorry I waited so long to read it.

If you have a book on your shelf that you want to finish or that you've never started, but you always tell yourself you will, then grab the book and read it now. Oh, and tell me what the book is and what you thought about it in the comments!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Get the Message

We've all done it. Just a quick note to our spouse or friend to let them know we're on the way or we will be late. But do we ever think about the fact that telling our loved ones we're on the way may mean we never make it?

Texting while driving. I've done it so many times, but after seeing this Public Service Announcement today, I will never do it again. It really shook me up, pardon the pun. It's worth seeing and it's worth passing on. It's very graphic, but please watch all of it and pass it on to your children and everyone you care about: http://tinyurl.com/textingdrivepsa

We all think it will never happen to us, that mutli-tasking is easy, that it's just a quick text. But a quick text can mean a quick death. Be safe my friends.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Chasing Pavements

I've changed my blog background once again to reflect my desperate need for Autumn and the cooler weather it will bring. Well, actually it won't bring cooler weather to Houston, but it will bring "less hot" weather so I dream of Autumn days.

The fall also brings another round of school for me. I start back on August 24th with two classes. This term, those classes are Advanced Research Methods and Vocational Counseling. I'm not a huge fan of research methods, but vocational counseling should be interesting. In the Spring semester, I will take two more classes and that will complete the academic portion of my program. I'm looking forward to finishing my classes and beginning my practicum classes, which will be field work.

I continue to pound the pavement for a job. Chasing Pavements is perhaps more like it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-T8tYL2bqGQ It's rough in these difficult economic times, but persevering is the only way to make it happen. That, and a lot of prayer! Right now, a lot of sleep is what I need so I'm going to bed. Sweet dreams!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

This is how we do it!

How do we get through life? I often reflect on the fact that God has granted us the most amazing of companions on this journey of life - our friends. I have some incredible people in my life who have supported me in so many ways and whom I have supported. I cannot imagine life without these people. They make life so much easier. I got through four years of college, three years of law school, two marriages, one divorce, a move to Houston, a bunch of crazy jobs, and now a master's degree with these people by my side.

Sometimes we meet these people in the strangest of places and sometimes in the usual places, but friendship changes everything. It makes it all infinitely easier. I talk in one way or another with my closest friends every day and they make my life the best it can possibly be. The hard times are easier, the easy times are more enjoyable, the sad times less miserable, and the happy times multiplied.

Britt, Jaime, Angel, Angel, and Kate - I hope you know how much I appreciate and love you all!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Into the ether

I've been less prolific with this blog recently, but I have a good excuse. I am taking two classes this term that have me SO busy. This week, the classes come to an end with two exams tomorrow and some smaller projects that I need to finish by Friday. I CANNOT wait to have some time off. I will have about three weeks before I start fall term.

I am getting closer to finishing this degree and I am excited to start my practical work, which will begin next summer. I plan to finish up my last four academic classes by Spring 2010 and the next three terms will be taken up with one practicum class each. I can only take one practicum per term, which is unfortunate because I'd like to get them out of the way faster, but it is what it is. I may be glad that I can only take one class per term once I'm embroiled in the field work that make up the practicums.

Other than school, there is not a whole lot happening to report on. I am still job hunting and that has been extremely frustrating. Most jobs require that you submit everything online, but they never let you know that it's been received. I haven't even gotten rejection e-mails/letters. It's like sending things into the ether and who knows if they reach their destination or not. Still...I continue on. Keep your fingers crossed that a job will make itself known very soon.