Wednesday, February 17, 2010

listening in the car

really enjoying 'Agent Zigzag" by Ben Mcintyre. Fascinating.

Loved Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson. She reads her own books and she is hilarious.

I'm only listening fun books during the commute.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

back again

I haven't blogged for a while - things have been fine, but busy. I am now a student in the Masters in Counseling program through Lakeland college. I admit I snuck in under the wire, without much thought about it, but one day in December I found myself thinking, I can do that.

Lakeland is located about 60 miles away, but operates a satellite campus right between work and home. There's nothing on tv anymore and I can only amuse myself with computer games and knitting so much. That's not the whole story, of course. And one would think I wasn't busy enough.

When the eagle and I took the Family-to-family course through NAMI last fall, we committed to freeing up our Thursday nights. The course was good, but even better was the fact I had said 'this is for me' and nothing (except wedding rehearsals) kept me from that class - I told the various councils and committees I just wasn't available.

(although I got teased today about being absent last Thursday - and for the one teasing - I think there was some bite).

And not being available didn 't hurt anyone and didn't hurt me, so I'm taking a Thursday night class and a Saturday morning class, and hoping I can keep up with the schoolwork when Lent starts. I'm taking 6 credits now, and want to take 2 credits on line after Easter. I'll take 6 credits in the summer, but skip fall since we're going to Germany.

I don't even know if I can finish this program, because they tend to have the same classes on the same night, and I don't get Wednesdays too free. Eventually I'll have to do a 20-hour/week practicum. Sabbatical anyone?

I believe it will help me work on my skills, my perceptions, challenge me and most importantly for me right now - give me an arena for thought outside of the congregation. (I'll never be outside the church!)