#573 – Double Celebration

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Today is mine and my wife’s fifteenth wedding anniversary.

We arrived at the date pretty easily. I asked her, while we were in the beginning stages of planning what was supposed to be a trip to the justice of the peace, what I could give her as a wedding present. She told me that she’d always wanted to get married on Halloween, ever since she was a little girl. I didn’t even think about it. “Done,” I said immediately. And that’s how we arrived at our wedding date.

We’re each other’s rebound relationships, hers from an unhappy first marriage and mine from the worst girlfriend I’d ever had. Neither one of us thought we were going to last, and I don’t think either of us intended for it to at first. We were both sort of licking our wounds and we were helping one another heal.

We’ve never stopped healing one another.

She is very literally the best thing that ever happened to me. She is my inspiration for wanting to fight so hard to be better and to improve myself, something I’ve spent a long time striving for and only now am I able to make some concrete moves to better our situation. She is my cheerleader, my confidant, my partner in crime. She understands me better than I understand myself most of the time and no one has ever known me better, not even my parents.

I’m very lucky to have her.

Happy anniversary, babydoll. More than there are stars.


So yesterday I told you that I was planning on spending the day studying for an anatomy & physiology entrance exam that I intended to take on Wednesday following algebra. I studied for a while and then had a dentist’s appointment, and on the way home got a wild hair to go take the exam today while I had time. So I did.

There were fifty questions on the exam, covering a wide range of topics. Passing is 70 percent.

I missed ten questions. Good for an 80. Passing.

What this means is that in a few days, hopefully as early as tomorrow, the automatic hold my college places on registration for anatomy & physiology I will be manually lifted, and I can add it to my courseload for spring.

Thanks to the anniversary and the passing score, what was initially plans for a quiet, simple dinner at home morphed into a very special night out at the local Brazilian steakhouse. We had a magnificent meal and a lovely dessert and came back home to watch our traditional Halloween movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas, just her Jack and my Sally on the couch together.

It’s been a glorious day worthy of celebration.

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#572 – Shifting Gears

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A few days ago, I was spending about a week concentrating on nothing but algebra, trying to get ready for a test and to finish a homework assignment. Last night, things shifted towards preparation for my biology midterm this evening. I was prepared to have to cram for this midterm – I’d been studying along, but a lot of the details weren’t fresh on my mind, and so I wanted to try and rectify that before the exam.

And then today happened.

I started this morning out early. On school days, I drive my wife to work and then usually head back home for about 40-45 minutes before driving part of the way back to my wife’s office to go to algebra class. Today, however, I needed to get to school and talk with Student Accessibility Services regarding spring registration with accommodating instructors. This morning was a walk-in day for SAS, and I knew I needed to be there early to have the best shot of being seen in the hour I would have between the time they opened and my algebra class. So rather than head home, I just stopped off at school, waited until 7:30 for the doors to open, then headed in to stake out my spot in line.

I shouldn’t have worried, however. I was the only one there for some time. The problem with my plan started when 8:00 came and went, and no one was opening the SAS office. Around 8:20 or so a guy came by, asked if we (there were more of us now) were waiting for SAS, and then informed us that SAS staff has been delayed and they weren’t going to open until around 9:00 -= which is what time my algebra class started. I gave up at that point and went to class.

Class went well – I received my second test score back (got a 95!). Afterwards, I was walking to the car when I decided to take a chance on seeing SAS today rather than calling for an appointment later in the week, so I swung by and found that no one was waiting – I could be seen immediately. I wasn’t there too long, but I registered for three classes next semester.

But it’s the fourth class I needed to enroll in that threw a monkey wrench into things. The college won’t let anyone register for anatomy & physiology without first having successfully passed the AP entrance exam, which is what my biology class this semester is supposed to be preparing me to take. I thought about it and decided to throw caution to the wind and went next door to assessment to see if they gave that exam at that campus or if I needed to go to the campus my biology class meets at. They said they’d do it and in fact started the process of me taking it right then and there before I told them I’d need a day or two to prepare. Armed with that info, I went home and started studying for the midterm.

I admit I didn’t get in as much studying as I would have liked to have done, but before long it was time to head to class and face the music.

There were some questions on the exam that were trickily written, but I think I caught most of them, and did at least passably well. We’ll find out late this week or early next week how we did.

So that leaves me with tomorrow to study for my entrance exam, which is made up in part of stuff that we haven’t covered in class yet. I’m going to have to do my best to trust in the stuff that I already know, and bone up on the stuff I’m missing tomorrow.

Tomorrow’s going to be long, but productive. Looking forward to getting that entrance exam behind me.

#571 – Avoiding Repetition Is Hard

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This will be my 571st post in this blog. To the best of my knowledge and perfunctory research I’ve done, I’ve never repeated a title. This is getting harder and harder as time goes on, and I find myself searching past posts to see if I’ve used it before.

The searching is somewhat time consuming, although in truth it’s only a couple minutes of my time, but it does keep me from writing, which is what I want to do with this blog. So starting today, I’m going to preface my titles with the post number, to make sure that each post is uniquely titled.

Now on to the post for the day, which will be short.


Today was basically spent goofing off. I did do a couple hours of studying later in the evening along with my biology study partner in preparation for midterms tomorrow, but I needed today to recharge before buckling down to finish studying tomorrow between classes.

Tomorrow morning I will drop my wife off at work then head straight to campus to meet with Student Accessibility Services in order to register for spring classes. While I can do this process on my own, this semester has taught me that getting accommodating instructors helps a great deal. (I’ve got one this semester that’s quite accommodating and one that’s not really accommodating at all.) Going in to meet with them ensures that I get instructors that will work with me and my specific accommodations. After that meeting I’ll head straight to algebra class, and then home to study for biology midterms. While I’m not really nervous about this exam, I do have to admit that I’m not quite as prepared as I want to be, and I want the information to be fresh in mind come exam time.

I’ll let you know how I think I did tomorrow.

Back On The Air

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My wife and I were back on the air tonight for the first time since the second Saturday of September. I’ve done shows off and on during that time, but for whatever reasons, be they plans for the day, dental work, being preempted for a Halloween event, being on vacation, being sick, or what have you, we just haven’t been able to be on the air on Saturday nights for a while.

We did a stompy show tonight – that means industrial and Goth music made up our playlist – and it was well-received. I missed being able to be goofy on the air. (My Thursday shows are pretty straight-laced and straightforward, without much room to be creative.) Next week we should be on the air again, and that will be Cards Against Humanity, a game we play with our listeners through an online emulator every first Saturday of the month.

Otherwise, the day was pretty low-key. There were naps, there was gaming, there were chores. Tomorrow will be a day of studying in preparation for my biology midterm on Monday night.

Ow

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Short post today, because I waited until half past 11 to write and my body is starting to dislike the idea of being conscious. (I promise I will write a post of substance again one day.) Went to the doctor this morning for my annual physical and my flu shot. Things seem to be chugging along within relatively normal parameters, but I was overdue for some bloodwork, so the phlebotomist had her way with my left arm for a while.

I seem to have forgotten how much flu shots hurt. My whole upper arm is sore and I imagine it will remain that way for another day or two. Here’s hoping I don’t get any residual symptoms this year.

The fun thing is that I made $50 doing that stuff this morning. My insurance has a rewards program that pays you in gift cards for doing things like your physical and your flu shot. Last year I earned $100 through the program, and I’m hoping to do the same this year.

Today was pretty quiet, and I didn’t accomplish much today, but part of that was because I’ve been exhausted pretty much all day, and part of that is because once again the water was out for an extended period of time today, and I couldn’t get much housework done without it. I’ll have a lot to do tomorrow, but it’s doable.

Taking a Bit of a Break

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Today was the first day in over a week that I didn’t have something hanging over my head that was an immediately pressing concern, and I took advantage of that by taking it easy today. I didn’t do any schoolwork, although I’ll be back on that bandwagon tomorrow (I do have pending homework and a midterm on Monday, but the homework isn’t due for some time, and the midterm shouldn’t give me too much trouble with a couple days’ worth of studying invested in it). Today was pretty much a day for me to breathe.

There wasn’t that much breathing going on, though. I was kinda busy doing housework in the morning, and then had a therapy appointment in the afternoon that pretty much ate the rest of the day.

Therapy went well. My therapist is very excited to hear how I continue to be improving, although I need to take better notes to remember a month’s worth of relevant information at a time.

Tomorrow morning starts with an early doctor’s appointment for my annual physical and flu shot, so I’m going to be going in fasting for my A1C. I’ve written NO in great big letters on a couple of Post-it Notes and stuck one to the refrigerator and one to the Keurig, just in case I wind up on autopilot tomorrow morning and try to take anything by mouth.

I’m starting to fade. Can’t remember what it was I was going to say just now, so I give up. Heading for bed.

Pretty Average Wednesday

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I went to drop my wife off at work, I went home, I went to algebra, I went home, I went to pick my wife up, I went home, I went to biology, I went home.

Today basically came and went.

(The screaming headache I have says this is all you get tonight. I will take the time tomorrow to write a little more about what’s actually been going on with me. There’s not that much to tell, honestly, but tomorrow is going to be a little different – my first therapy appointment since switching to a once-monthly schedule.)