Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Mission: Climb out of Rut. Step: One

Let it be known that this entire summer, I have been stuck in a huge rut. I haven't volunteered at the hospital at all, I haven't babysat as much as usual, I've worked out maybe 10 times, and I haven't done much blogging (but you all probably noticed that). While I've enjoyed the weather and being outside, as the days pass by, I realize how much bigger that rut keeps getting and how desperately I need to pull myself out. The list of ways to get my life back on track is quite extensive, but I'm hopeful that a change will come sooner rather than later.

First up on that list: class.

I'm the type of person that thrives on routine, which is funny considering I know I'd hate my life if I worked an 8-5 office job. Anyhow, staying busy and having something to do daily is best for my mind and body. Unfortunately, any sense of strict routine went out the window when I went to college, and has yet to return. I go to bed late, wake up late, eat, maybe babysit, watch TV, maybe lay outside, take my dogs for a walk once in a blue moon, go to bed late, etc. Tell me that's not depressing. I dare you.

However, even though college took away most of the routine I was accustomed to, the consistency of class at least gave me something productive to do almost daily. So it came as no surprise when, after only two short weeks of being out of class, I was ready to get back into the swing of things. Last night, my 5-week business statistics course began. Next week, I will begin advanced physiology. And then, later in the semester, I will take lifespan development and abnormal psychology.

Let's talk about my statistics course, shall we?

The class is only 5 weeks long, thank God. I find this subject to be more boring than watching paint dry. I need to continually remind myself that it could possibly help me with charting (am I reaching?) when I'm finally an RN (which seems eons away), so that I quit dwelling on the fact that I find it to be an immense waste of time and money.

Being 5 weeks long, the class is two days a week, from 545-945 in the evening. Can I get a gross?

Here's some interesting facts I made note of during the four hours of boredom:

1. I'm 99% sure my instructor's bedtime is BEFORE 9:45.

2. I'm 99.6% sure my instructor was the voice of ALF. This "fact" makes it really hard to not laugh when taking notes and all you hear is his voice and you picture a furry little creature from Melmac lecturing from the front of the room.

3. I am the youngest person in the class of 20, by at least 10 years.

4. I am one of three without a child.

5. I am the most educated in the class, aside from the instructor. No one else so much as holds an Associate's. This fact makes me slightly uncomfortable, although I'm not sure why.

6. I'm probably the only one not worried about the level of ease/difficulty in this class. But I also am at a major advantage in that I don't have a real job, I don't have a kid, and I don't have a spouse to take care of.

7. If this class was any longer than 5 weeks, I surely would die of boredom. Aside from an all-too-quick 10 minute break, the man talked for 4 hours! How can one possibly talk about numbers and frequency charts for four hours?! Plus, he's not even that good of an instructor. I feel like this class is going to be the kind where I show up because I have to, but will really be teaching myself everything.

8. I can afford to teach myself because both exams (midterm and final) are open notes, open book. The homework is graded based on completion. He also will go over, in detail, the homework problems and show us how to correctly do said problems so that we may have the proper methods to use as part of our "notes" when we take our exams. Is this college?

9. I'm so ready to start nursing school and move on with my life.

So with one session down and nine to go, I'm hoping I come out on top and don't have to put my money where my mouth is.

As my other classes begin, I'm hoping I'll be closer and closer to being back to normal. I also plan on joining Weight Watchers and really, really need to work out daily. With all of my health problems, I know working out is one of the best (and natural) medicines for it, so I need to get my head out of my bum and start doing something good for myself. I'm sure getting moving and developing better eating habits will make me much happier, as well.

Anyway, I'm hoping to not go days on end without anything substantial to say on here, as I find blogging to be extremely cathartic, but I make no promises. For now, I'm just going to take it day by day and see what happens.

I hope all is well in your neck of the woods!

Oh, ps. I'm blown away by how many people don't know the awesomeness that is Carmen Sandiego. Re-look at the picture in the post before this one and observe the lady in the red hat and coat (ignore the guy with the blurred out face). Read the caption just below the picture. Then click here. Now is that picture more funny?!

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Big Fat Gini said...

Okay, your number two made me snicker, because I could totally picture it!

My husband hated (HATED) statistics, so good luck! I hope you enjoy it and excel and seriously, don't worry about being the youngest. We old people who were dumb enough to have kids without an education (read: me) are just now getting around to finishing up.

Also, there are people who are unaware of the greatness that is Carmen Sandiego?!?!

Melissa said...

I'm sorry you are in a rut. Hopefully getting back into a routine and getting healthier will help. I think it will.

Statistics do suck and having a class that goes until 9:45pm definitely sucks. Good think it is a time-limited course.

Good luck.

JoJo said...

Statistics was the most boring class I ever took in college! I never went to class. I just taught all that crap to myself from the textbook. It was just memorizing a bunch of formulas, but since your test is open everything, (which I never understood the point of that) you should have no problems.

Abnormal psych and lifespan were two very interesting classes and also very easy and basic.

physiology is ridiculously complex and difficult, but I'm a science nerd and I thought it was the coolest most interesting thing ever. It was tough, but I loved it!

Helene said...

Okay, yeah...now the whole Carmen Sandiego picture and caption makes more sense and is a hell of a lot funnier. Next time, remember that some people reading your blog are in the over-40-life-is-almost-halfway-done group and our memories aren't as sharp as you young spring chickens!!

I'd say if you show that list to your stats professor, he just might give you an A+ and let you skip the next 4 weeks of class. But then again, he may be offended and tell you that unless you sleep with him, he'll fail you and you'll have to repeat the class again. That would suck.

And, no, going to bed late, sleeping in, eating at a leisurely pace and spending the day by the pool does not sound depressing. Are you freakin kidding me?? That sounds like I've died and gone to heaven. Do you know how much I'd love to trade places with you for just one lousy day...even if I have to sleep with the stats professor for you??

Just enjoy this time in your life when you have the ability to lounge around on a warm summer's day and do nothing but exist....you have your whole life to "do stuff". Good God, I sound like I could be your grandma or something.

All I mean is this is the time for you to just be and get lost in the rut. Trust me, in time, things will get crazy and hectic and you'll be wishing for serenity by the pool all over again, my friend!

Helene said...

Geez, I just read my comment and I sound like I'm lecturing a 12-year old who just got busted for trying on her mom's Louboutin's and wearing too much makeup.

I didn't mean to come across as a whiny old lady, who's disgruntled with her own life. Good thing I have wine to take the edge off...I'm blaming it on the menopausal hormones.

Pink, Green, and Southern said...

I'm just starting my second year of nursing school, and can totally relate to being one of 4 out of a class of 40 that is not married or has children. I'm one of 3 with a bachelors degree and without sounding like a total bitch I like to throw that in people's faces when they start acting like I'm dumb.

jag said...

Only you could put a comedic spin on the state of being in a rut! Hope you've dug out by now. Hugs!

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