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*Soooooo* sick of working, I can't even begin to tell you. I get one day off this week. That would be tomorrow/later today (tues.).

The cold weather officially sucks. Although let it hereby be known that I would much rather tolerate below-average temps in March than in May!! C'mon, why can't we have a normal freakin spring for a change? This is Michigan for cripes' sake!!! And West Central Michigan at that! I can't remember the last time we had a truly *normal* springtime. It's either been unseasonably cold in May, or unseasonably hot, or some combination of the two, and people were either saying, "Ohhh it's gonna be a scorcher this summer because it's so cold now," or they were saying, "Ohhhh it's gonna be a cold summer because it warmed up so quick." There is nothing I would love more than March going out like a lamb, April showers -- lots of 'em!! -- May flowers with mild temps, like say, 50s and 60s, and let the 70-degree temps begin in June! 80s in July, 90s in August.

And no bats in my apartment this year. Let's see if we can try and have one bat-free summer in Grand Rapids. That would be fantastic.

Don't get me wrong. I like bats. They are cute and cuddly. I just don't want them flying around my living space, and Lord knows they would probably much rather NOT be in my living space too!!!

Oh, what else ... ??? Seems like I had something profound to say, but it escapes me now.

Been thinking that it's time to start tanning ... oh! I remember what I was going to say now!

Today at the library I stumbled -- once again -- upon a book that I didn't know I was looking for. (Speaking of books, I have a great one, three actually, sitting at home waiting for me right now.) How to speak German, in three easy lessons! Just kidding. Although it does have a hokey title: "German Without All The Fuss". Okay, whatever. I picked it up off the shelf and decided to take it home and look through it. What could it hurt? It's free, it's at the library after all. Well, when I was checking it out I realized it has an audio CD in there too!!! So I can learn how to pronouce German correctly too.

There is a simple explanation for this. I recently read a mini-bio on Martin Luther, the guy who founded the church I now go to. I was so inspired by Luther's story that it made me want to learn German (Martin Luther was from Augsberg, Germany for those of you who don't know; I didn't know). But I've also discovered a guy that I work with who seems to know German too, so it might be fun to have conversations with him, to help hone my new skill.

Well, I've decided to take it a step further: I went online to look up German classes at one of the local universities, and that reminded me -- I *do* still need to finish my bachelor's degree. One of these days. Unfortunately, neither beginning nor intermediate German classes will add a stinkin thing to what I need in order to graduate. But it's got me thinking ... and another thing that got me thinking was the fact that, once I get a new computer at home and internet access again, I will really be able to think seriously about going back to school in earnest this time.

Ah, college ... I've been positively driven to distraction thinking about how wonderful it would be to roam the college campus again, be around people who are learning, asking questions, buzzing with vitality and energy. Oh, how I miss my college days.

But college eludes me, somehow. I was in the middle of spring semester 2002 when I took the job up here in GR. I never did finish those classes, and I *didn't* particularly want to leave when I did, either. But I had no choice.

Then the one attempt I made at taking a class for credit toward my degree at one of the universities here I wound up dropping because my life starting going to shit around me that I couldn't keep up with the class!! I made a dire mistake in my checkbook register that wound up costing me over $1000 by the time all was said and done. And I was paying for that class out of my pocket, too, so there went the class. I was so depressed about that; it was a 'communications ethics' class, and the teacher was fantastic, he was challenging, he was hot, and he seemed to have a solid grasp of what he was teaching. My kind of class. I was starting to make some new friends in that class too. I was *SO MAD* about having to drop that class, I can't even begin to tell you.

Well, now all that mess is over with, and it's a new era in finances for me. Now, I can get a computer and start to look very seriously at taking classes again, maybe even in the fall! I know I won't make the same fatal error again; I just want to be going to college again, it's almost more than I can bear. I *need* that challenge; I *need* to make a commitment to finish my degree, and the sooner the better. It's just my own personal goal. I never did walk at my high school graduation, and my dad died before I will walk at college commencement. At least maybe my mother will get to see me walk before she dies. At least I can do that much. Out of seven kids (my dad was married before he married my mom), I was the only one of his kids to go to college. I think that has since changed, I think my half-sister has gone to college too by now. But I've lost touch with her, so I don't know for sure.

So having this mainstream German language book is kind of a big deal for me right now. It ain't exactly college, but at least it's a challenge to my mental horizons. I can't wait till I start sounding like I'm from Germany!!!

I know, I'm such a geek sometimes. ;)

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