Wednesday, April 27, 2011

So it's been a year....

Well, just over a year has come and gone since last I blogged... where does the time go? I knew it had been a while but I was completely shocked to find the last entry was Dated April 21, 2010.

So what has prompted me to blog now after all this time? Well I guess it could be that I turned... dare I say it out loud?... 40 last week. And I have no idea how that happened. I mean, 40 year old women are OLD, aren't they?? Well I used to think so, but now I guess I will have to rethink that.

Since I am now (gasp) 40, what does that mean, exactly? I can still do the things that I could in my 30's and probably even most of what I did in my 20's (not that I really want to...) I don't yet qualify for a senior discount at McDonald's or an AARP card (although I did get an email on my birthday telling me to apply for my hover-round for "little to no cost to me"). I guess what it means to me is looking a bit more closely at my life and what I want to accomplish since it would appear that I am not immortal, contrary to my prior belief.

One of the first big changes is that I am about to start work on my master's degree. I will be taking online classes through Liberty University. Yeah yeah, I know, I should have gone right back after the bachelor's, never taken any time off and just gotten it DONE. Well that sounds good in theory but I had gotten a job, and was making money. I had a car and an apartment, and I was a grownup! People (OK, my mother) said I would regret not continuing right away, and well, she was right. BUT, in waiting, I may have decided what I actually want to be when I grow up. I thought I would be a teacher forever. But, with all the budget cuts, standardized tests and crazy parents who don't teach their kids manners and blame teachers for everything have led me to consider other options... I love teaching, I love the kids, but so much time and energy is now spent on other aspects that those 2 things get pushed aside. So what then, you ask, am I going to get my master's in? Accounting. Yeah, boring old accounting. I'll probably finish the degree and get my CPA and work from home. Or maybe I'll get a nice government job. hmmm... much to think about, but luckily I will have a few more years to think on that one.

I have also decided that I need to do something to get into better shape. Over the last year or so I have put on a lot of weight, partly because I am now "old" and don't have the metabolism that I once did, and partly because of some medication that I have been taking for carpal tunnel. I will be having surgery to correct this in May, but I am thinking the weight will not magically disappear, so I am going to have to work at it. I have tried to get into running, unsuccessfully, 3 times using the couch to 5K plan. If only I didn't need oxygen to survive I would probably love running, but as it is, not so much. I am going to give it another try and hopefully push past the sucking and just do it. I'll have to let you know how that goes....

And that is probably enough rambling for one evening, I really do plan to do this more than yearly...

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