Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Caffeine Pills!

It is Wednesday night.
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This means I had 2 classes to go to:
1- Sign Language
2- A Social Work class about theories of criminal behavior (I haven't memorize the name of the course yet) - this is the class I am currently sitting in
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This means I usually blog because class #2 is very boring.
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This means I am really tired because I had to go to work early to make it to class #1 on time.
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So about the caffeine pills... In class #1 I was falling asleep... literally. I think I was even dreaming. I hardly ever take these caffeine pills, but I like to keep them for staying-awake-in-class emergencies. Tonight was one of those emergencies. So, I took one on break during class #1.
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For those of you who might worry, the pills only have the caffeine equivalent to 2 cups of coffee, which is what most people drink before they walk out their door in the mornings! The only difference is that I don't get the coffee breath =) Oh yeah, I only take one at a time!
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Sometimes, shortly after I take a caffeine pill, besides feeling more alert, I notice just one side effect: anxiety. Not the kind of anxiety one feels when they are worried, but the anxious feeling one might have when they feel like they are forgetting something important but can't remember what it is! Then, I usually remember that I put the equivalent of 2 cups of coffee (or 1 large cup of coffee) into my blood stream and I relax.
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Well, I should end this blog now because we have a guest speaker in class #2 and my professor sat right next to me. I am trying to make it look like I am taking notes, but now it's not a note-taking part of the lecture.
Adios! =)

Monday, March 24, 2008

Any suggestions?


Ok, so I am graduating in exactly 2 months from today. While my future plans include me ending up back in MN, I want to do something cool and worthwhile immediately after I am done with school. I am trying to solicite ideas... anything from jobs to traveling the world... As soon as I walk across that stage at my very boring graduation (which I would invite everyone to come to, except that it will be super boring), I am willing to pack a suitcase and go any place where I can communicate in English (I am not good at learning other languages). So if you have any ideas, even a crazy one, let me know!



Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Bodies Revealed

On Sunday, I went to the Bodies Revealed Exhibition in Sacramento. For those of you who don't know what it is, it is an exhibit of real bodies that have been preserved in several different ways to show you the insides and complexities of the human body.

They have individual parts on display such as bones, muscles, and organs. But they also have bodies that are positioned as doing activities (such as playing golf or soccer) and their skin is gone so you can see muscles and organs. Furthermore, there are cancer-inflicted organs as well as babies at various stages of prenatal development. And, they even have displays where the body has been disolved away and all that is left are the blood vessels that circulate throughout the entire body! And there are many other types of displays!

It is really interesting for adults and kids! I went to the exhibit in Sacramento but they have them in several cities around the U.S. and world. If you have the time and there is one near you, I would highly recommend going!

Oh yeah, if you are thinking of going to the one in Sacramento and want company, let me know! I will gladly go again! =)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Monday, March 10, 2008

Should kids be taught by credentialed teachers???

The common practice of homeschooling has recently become a controversial topic here in CA. Some of you may not have heard about it. I just happened to notice a news article when I was surfing CNN.com and a friend of mine posted a blog about it on myspace from the homeschooling perspective so it caught my attention.

The issue is whether or not kids should have to be taught by a credentialed teacher or parent, whether in a public, private, or home schooled setting.

I have my own thoughts on this, some from both sides of the issue. But I am curious to see what other people think...

I'd like to know what you think, not just on how your "personal experiences" (whether good or bad) made you feel, but from an educational perspective, too... as in:

-why it should be necessary for kids to be taught from a credentialed teacher/parent...

OR

-why it is not necessary for kids to be taught by a teacher/parent who is credentialed.

I have never spent much time researching this in depth so I am anxious to see what other people think! =)

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Spring Fever

Loving the amazing weather!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Check it out...

Check out my new "bumper sticker" pictures in the right-hand column
underneath the "About me" part =)

March 5, 2008

In exactly 3 months from now (June 5, 2008), I will be a college graduate! Hooray!
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Exactly 3 months ago (December 5, 2007), I was starting my new position at State Farm!
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I suspect these next 3 months will go quickly (as long as I survive this very boring class I am sitting in right now)!
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I also suspect that it will be a fun time of my life =)

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Tag... you're it!

I'm starting a game of tag. If you are tagged, you have to post a "Would you rather" on YOUR blog and then tag 5 people.

Let the games begin. . .

Even though I have posted a few of these already, I will post another to get it started (I heard part of this one somewhere once).

Would you rather be stuck in an elevator with a pack of wet dogs?
OR
Would you rather be stuck in an elevator with 3 smelly sumo-wrestlers with Bad breath?

I am tagging Rebecca, Aunt Pup, Aunt Lori, Aunt Barbara, and Tiffani

Which would you rather? (#2)

Would you rather LOVE your job but make little money and have little vacation time?
OR
Would you rather HATE your job but make more money and have lots of vacation time?
WHY?