Hey everyone. I thought that I should update about myself again, since I am really bad about doing that. So my semester has been going pretty good. While mom and dad have only been in school for one full week i am making headway into week three. I am braving 17.5 credits this semester, and with two of those being English classes I have a lot of reading to do, but it isn't too bad, yet. My roommates are all the same from last semester and we get along great still, even though we have practically no classes together anymore. I am really enjoying my classes so far and feel like I have been learning a lot, and I am not too busy to have some fun still. I guess that is about it for me. There are no exciting things in my life right now, no guys anyways, I pretty much do everything with my roommates and a few other friends, and they are my social life. Maybe (crossing fingers) some of the now guys in my ward will be better than the guys last semester at asking girls in the ward out on dates. I guess that pretty much sums up my semester so far. It has been pretty boring and coldish, for being January it is surprisingly warm outside, a whole 30 degrees. But life is good if bland, I am getting into a routine with studying and classes and stuff. So yeah, I guess that is all that I have to say. Later.
Just a quick update on school. My semester started off busy as ever. I was having a hard time getting all the classes I needed. I was registered for 19 credits but that included a night class on T-Th that I didn't really want to take. I have time during the day, so day classes work out better. Besides, I'm exhausted at night so I really didn't want to head out twice a week and sit in class in the dark. Last Sunday at church we were sitting in Relief Society and the R.S. President made a comment about needing to ask Heavenly Father for what we need. I hadn't really asked for his help and her comment really hit home. Every day and night I would get on the computer and look for classes and hope something would come up. At Pam's one night she and I even sat up looking at all my different options and nothing was working out. So last Sunday I said a prayer and asked Heavenly Father to help with this problem. Monday morning I got up, looked for classes, there was an opening in a 10 am MWF MBI instead of my 2:00. The problem was I had a MW His at 9am but the discussion group was F at 10 am. I hurried and looked and sure enough, there was one slot in the His class. I hurried and switched the two. That got rid of my 2 pm MWF but I still had the night GLG class. I went to the 9 and 10 am HIS and MBI classes and thought I'd wait around and see if I could get into anything. There was a GLG class at 1 pm but I had already emailed the prof to force add me and she said she never did that. I was sitting around trying to figure out what to do. I decided to email another prof for a Classics class that was at 2 pm and see if I could force add that and just drop the GLG night class. I emailed her and continued searching. I checked GLG again and to my surprise, there was one opening in the 1 pm class. I hurried and added it. By this time it was 12 pm. I thought I should check my email and there was an email from the Classics prof saying I could force add. I was shocked! I didn't know what to do. I hurried and called Russ. He said don't burn any bridges and go to both the 1 and 2 oclock and see which one I wanted to take. So I went to GLG and it was pretty interesting. Then went to the classics class. It was FULL. There were about 15 kids trying to force add the class. I guess she told everyone they could force add. It was hot, stuffy, and a little weird. I decided not to force add that class, stay in the 1 oclock GLG and drop the night GLG. What a long story, but I couldn't believe how everything turned out. I started with a lousy schedule and ended up with one that I would have hand chosen if I could have from the beginning. This is what my schedule now looks like:
MWF 9:00-9:50 HIS 111 American History I MWF 10:00-10:50 MBI 111 Human Disease MWF 1:00-1:50 GLG 111 Physical Geology
TTH 9:30-10:45 ENG 226 Creative Writing TTH 12:30-1:45 HIS 198 World History II TTH 2:00-3:30 ENG 301 History of English Language
I know that my prayer was answered. Sometimes I feel like I can do things on my own, but I guess I really need extra help. This really taught me a lesson.
Needless to say, I'm going to be very busy. I have 19 credits soon to be 20. We found out in our Creative writing class that it will be worth 4 credits because she is turning it into a service class. We have to go serve at a homeless shelter and then we are going to write a book for them, or something like that. Not sure I'm too excited about the extra work but hopefully I'll have a good time and learn how to write creatively.
So...long story short, my first week is over. It will be busy, but I hope I can keep up with everything. Russ decided to drop his classes and try to be around more for the kids. We felt like Emily was getting a little neglected and the stress levels were getting pretty high when we were both trying to study. He is also pretty busy with work, so this should take some of that stress off of him. Speaking of work, we had a hail and farewell at our house on Friday. Talk about more stress, but things turned out well. I got some recipes from Kate. Everything was a hit. We had almost no food left. The house was clean, thanks to Maura and Russ who were home all day cleaning (school teacher work day, and Russ took the day off). All in all it was a good night. I'm just glad it is over.
We just got back from our trip to visit Pam and Kate (sisters) in Virginia Beach. We had a great time with great weather. Marie and Tansy (sister and niece) were also there for a day. We pretty much hung out, played games, saw my new niece Paisley blessed, watched Benjamin Buttons and visited. Lindsay and Maura got together with our old friends, the Jones'. Russ was able to go fishing with Kate's inlaws and he caught a 34" striper, or striped bass. The Lineberrys invited us over for fish dinner. It was soooo good. We made it home safely and are planning on having friends over to celebrate the new year this afternoon. If you want a play by play, go to Pam's site at pamandmatt.blogspot.com she laid it all out about everything we did. Enjoy the few pictures that I took. There are some of Ryan on his mission and one of us all gathered around the phone with our Christmas Day phone call. Happy New Year to all.