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Geez, it's been an entire week since I've made an entry! I didn't mean to let so much time go by; if I had a computer at home, there would certainly have been more entries between now and a week ago.

The problem with waiting until I get to the library to make an entry is that, by the time I get there I either forget what it was I wanted to say, or it's no longer as important. I really need to get a new computer at home *and* get internet service to go with it.

This library in particular just gives me fits. Well, not the library itself, but the internet connection. I don't know if they're still using dial-up here or what, but the computer pauses about every 10 seconds or so. So many times, I am typing and can't even see what I'm typing for a few seconds. Which drives me completely bonkers!!!

The other library I go to has a much better connection, but a shorter log-in time. This library gives me 90 minutes; the other one I get 60. This library is much more understanding about extending your log-in time; the other one, not so much. Depends on who's working and what kind of mood they're in.

But enough of that. On Tuesday I started my newest musical venture, I joined the hand-bell choir at the church I go to. It was a lot more difficult that I imagined it would be!!! First of all, I was assigned to bells in the bass clef, the notes of which I was never really good at reading when I played piano on a regular basis. Even with only two notes to worry about, I had my hands full!!! Pun intended. :) But after a few tries I figured it out, and then I was able to enjoy myself. There were times when our playing was so beautiful it sent chills down my spine. I am glad I joined this little choral group.

Tonight, we have the production meeting I've been working on for the past month or so. I think I'm pretty well-prepared; I'm a little nervous, and yet, it's a fleeting nervousness. I only get nervous when I think about it. I'm pretty confident it will go well, but all I can do is wait and see.

This business of being on vacation has been quite nice. The last two mornings, including this morning, I've gotten up at 7:30am!!! I will not be able to do that when I return to work, but it's nice while I've got the chance. Even after I return to work, if I get to bed by 12:30am, I can still get up at 8:30, 9:00, and get lots done, or just have that much extra time to lounge around doing nothing.

I am really encouraged by this new-found ability I have to get up early. For one thing, it's enabling me to get so much more accomplished, and still have veg time if I need it. Today, for example, I got up at 7:30, was out the door by 10:15, and after I'm done here I'll get home before 12:30pm. Which gives me plenty of time to get ready for the meeting. I could even bake cookies if I wanted! And I may still do that, since I went to the trouble of buying the damn ingredients, and I don't know what else I'm going to do with four sticks of butter.

Anyway, it's nice getting up early. It's a whole different world getting out and getting things done before noon. I could definitely get used to this.

One thing I did yesterday morning was I browsed through my old Japanese language textbooks. It was kind of bittersweet because I realized how much I miss studying the language, but at the same time I also realized how far away I am from being able to take up studying it again. Which made me focus once again on taking classes toward finishing my Bachelor's degree. I am really stuck until I get that out of the way.

There is absolutely no way I would be able to take classes next semester. I need a computer at home before I make that attempt again, and I won't be able to buy another computer until I get my tax refund, and since I will be doing my own taxes this year, that will be February before I can get a computer.

Then I have to have some extra money free to pay the monthly bill for internet service. Boy, it will be worth it when I can, though, that's for sure. Maybe I'll reduce what I'm paying to one loan I'm thinking of, just so I can afford to have DSL, or some other kind of high-speed internet connection.

THEN, after I get all that squared away... then I have to come up with a way to pay for classes. Eventually, I'll be able to pay for two classes at once -- that'll keep me busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest! -- but I can't even pay for one right now. Maybe next fall; that's less than a year away, and plenty of time for me to plan and prepare.

20 minutes left on my log-in. I need more than 20 minutes!! Oh well. Better luck tomorrow...

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