Well at least it killed my January. I would say my symptoms started around my Birthday on the 7th. They weren’t too bad and would come and go. Things changed drastically the next week. Monday the 13th I thought I would go to the doctor to nip this thing in the bud only to find out it was “just a cold…and had to run its course”. Tuesday I felt so bad I wanted someone to take me out in my back yard and shoot me to put me out of my misery. Wednesday I threw in the towel and cancelled my trip to go see my parents. The rest of the month was a roller coaster filled with ups and downs…being able to breathe, not being able to breath, feeling better but no energy, etc. I would think it was gone then sadly new symptoms would surface. I can honestly say now…finally… I’m back at 100%.
At what expense though?
- The trip to see my parents. We weren’t able to see each other at the holidays. I wanted to get down to Corpus Christi before my semester got crazy busy.
- I’ve lost a month on my New Year’s fresh start. I love the New Year. I love to set goals and start fresh after the holidays.
- A whole month of inTuitionat40 posts. I had big plans of posting once a week until graduation.
- Getting my work load at the office under control before school started up. Hahahahahahaha – it’s nowhere near being tamed.
- Work outs – no running, no yoga, no boxing class…NOTHING!
- A trip to the retirement home with Lola, my Golden Retriever. We passed our Therapy Dog Team test back in the Fall and we go to visit the residents. We had to delay our 2nd visit because I was sick. You can follow our visits at: Pawsitively Lola
Sooo…with all that said I’m going to follow in my Father’s footsteps and my New Year started Saturday. Years ago he quit smoking on Ground Hog Day. He said he’d decided to let everyone else declare their New Year’s Resolutions and fall off the wagon and he would start his resolution on Ground Hog Day. My head is clear and I’m ready to take control of my obligations (work, school, house, etc.) vs. feeling they are controlling me.
My first step – keeping up with school. I have 3 weeks behind me of my first semester. Here’s a view of what I see as I walk out of my bedroom each morning. I’m so excited I’m on the home stretch of my degree. I hope I can regularly share the journey of the next 13 weeks with you as I bring my inTuitionat40 blog to a close and graduate with my MS in Marketing in May.
Close Up – I count down every week. It’s very exciting.
Happy Ground Hog Resolutions to those of you that have had a hard time in January. It’s OK to take a do-over…I am. 🙂
Last week was a crazy one. I had 2 group projects due and each one had a presentation to go with it. I’m proud to say both groups pulled off our presentations and we ended up with A’s. Whew!
Group projects are challenging on so many levels; organizing everyone’s schedules so you can meet to work on the project, getting everyone on the same page so you work on your project in the same voice to make consistent points and then everyone completing their part to bring the final product together.
But there is another side to group projects that I find very rewarding. UTD is a very multi-cultural school. I have worked with people I would have never gotten to know had it not been for group projects. In one of my groups this semester there are 5 of us. In one of our first meetings we started working and I stopped and asked where everyone was from. Zimbabwe, China, China, China and Texas – I am the only native US citizen in our group. I find it very interesting to learn about the different cultures and to hear what has brought everyone to the US and to UTD. One of my favorite stories is about a friend’s arranged marriage and how she moved to the US from India. We have found we have many similarities and we grew up literally half way around the world from each other.
I find it amazing how so many international students are able to do so well in an English speaking class and give a presentation in a language other than their native one. I’ve learned to cherish their stories, their differences and their cultures. In our group meetings we come together as one and no one cares about politics and how our political leaders act towards each other. What a great lesson…and it wasn’t even on my degree plan.
Outside of the obvious (online dating sites) the internet has changed the dating world. If you haven’t been “out there” in a few years here’s what you’re missing out on.
Online dating sites – there’s sooo much here I could cover a month of nightly posts so I’ll just touch on a few right now.
- First there is the profile. How much do you say? What pictures do you use? And what is your profile name????
- Speaking of pictures, I’ve yet to figure out is why guys like to post pictures of themselves from the bathroom mirror with their shirts off or while driving their car….if anyone knows why please share.
- It used to be the question of how long until you call someone after a date, now with online dating you have to worry about replying too fast to an email. Some sites show when you’ve last logged on, so if you went on a date with someone do you get back on the site to answer emails from other prospective dates? If you do and you see your last date is online and they haven’t called you back, you wonder if they didn’t like you…but then you realize you’re doing the exact same thing to them – it’s a vicious circle.
- Before the date- it’s called cyberstalking. Looking them up on Facebook prior to the date is a given. See what you can find out, do you have any common friends, etc. It’s almost like a job reference search.
- Then when dating someone, at what point in the relationship do you become Facebook friends?
Googling them before the date is a given as well. Just a continuation of cyberstalking. Find out what you can ahead time to see if there are any red flags…like a mug shot. Then if you can’t find anything – do you worry about them not having a web presence at all?
Texting – Has its pros and cons. Some people don’t like to talk on the phone anymore. All communication can be through text. This is just odd when you’re trying to get to know someone. BUT it does come in handy to send a little note just saying “hi” to let them know you’re thinking of them without being too clingy.
Facetime – thank goodness no one have ever wanted to Skype or Facetime with me. The beauty of talking on the phone is you can look however you want. He doesn’t have to know I’ve been wearing the same comfy sweatshirt all week!!
Then if things don’t work out – it’s too easy to follow along what they are doing. When they are back out there, Are they doing better than you. Does the new “you” in their life look better than you?
It’s a whole new world out there folks! If you’re in the middle of it like me (or like I should be but I go to night school and volunteer and blog and…and…and…) then good luck my friend. It can be challenging but also a lot of fun!
“Trending” seems to be trending in social media talk. So what’s trending in my life right now:
- Midterms/ Studying
- Late Nights
- Study Break Munchies
- Minimal Social Life
- Full DVR
- Upcoming Project Deadlines
- Did I already say tired..I meant exhausted
It’s the mid-point of the semester and that means the stress of studying for mid-term exams is high and the demands of deadlines are cranking up!
So if you’re trying to manage a higher than usual stress level like me -keep in mind there’s always an end to it all. Mine is in May until then I’ll take the weekend.