Monthly Archives: October 2016

How It Works

15 minutes at a time. I study for 15 minutes, listening to relaxing music. My alarm goes off and I do something completely different for 5 to 10 minutes. Then, when I’ve finished an hour of actual study (sans the breaks) I take at least a half hour or more break before resuming. So far it’s working. I get more done than if I tried to cram everything into my brain without any breaks.

Best Run Ever!

When I first started running back 3 or 4 years ago my goal was to run under a 10 minute mile. However, it soon became apparent that was not going to happen anytime soon, if ever. So, I adjusted my goal to running 4 miles in 45 minutes. Well, I was beginning to think that was not going to happen anytime soon either. Until today when I ran 4.03 miles in 45 minutes and 22 seconds!

Can I hear a “Hell Yeah!?”

Oh, and on top of that I managed to reduce my peak heart rate to 78% of the run. Early in the season I was running at peak heart rate over 90% of my runs, and with a time of 13 to 14 minutes per mile. And my average heart rate was usually between 150 to 160 bpm. Today? An average of 147 with a max of 165.

Again, can I hear a “Hell Yeah!?”

Best Run Ever!

So This Came In The Mail

Dear Guy,

Congratulations! You have been admitted to degree planning status in the Multidisciplinary Studies Program (MdS) of the College of Continuing Education (CEE) for spring semester, 2017.

What I’m hoping this means is that I can now apply for college aid. In fact, I am filling out a state grant questionnaire right now.

Guess I Should Put Up A Post

It was a busy week last week. I was studying for the progress check exam I then took on Friday. Not all that good of a score though. 75% It’s a C, I believe. I should have cancelled and did it another day, but I really was unaware of the liberal make-up policy. Oh well. I was able to download the results – though not the actual answers. It does let me know what general areas I need to brush up on. Then, obviously, there were the essays due by Saturday night at midnight. I’ve said enough about that.

Anyway, I’ve a few chapters to review in an effort to get a better final exam. Plus, I have to fight the urge to take one of the days off on the weekends. I pretty much have to put most of my free time into school. Part of it is the learning curve of how to study. It’s been 25 years since I last did any type of serious school work. I think I’m getting the hang of it. Just pick myself up, make adjustments, and move on.

That Was No Fun

Okay, confession time. I waited until the last minute to complete all the essays that were due today.

Yes, that’s right. I hate writing essays. They suck. They always have and they always will.

Anyway, I did manage to score 75% or higher on them. All six of them.

You read that right. I wrote six essays today. And finished with an hour to spare.

And no, I don’t plan on letting that happen again.

Today’s Run

Okay, all things considered, it’s not my fastest or farthest run. However, it’s still one of my best in that I didn’t have to push myself hard until the last mile. And then, my heart rate didn’t come close to maxing out. Also, the only reason I pushed myself was because of the steep incline of the path at the end.

Maybe I’m Wrong

But isn’t the stuff now coming out about Donald Trump the kind of information that needed to be revealed during the Republican Primary season? It just seems the whole purpose of a primary is to clean out the closets and rid them of skeletons. After that, a solid, viable candidate is left standing. That not one iota of what’s been coming to light about Trump didn’t occur during the primary goes to show just how inept and incompetent the Republican Party has become. From my perspective, not one of the other Republican primary candidates assembled a campaign staff capable of recognizing and utilizing the glaring deficiencies of Donald Trump as a candidate for President of the United States.

It just shows the Republican Party is no longer a viable national party.

Checking In

The last I wrote I was home sick. I’ve struggled all week with fighting off the cold others at work have been sharing. It has meant sleeping in – though still making it to work – and not studying or listening to lectures a few nights after work. I’m not sure if I’m over it yet, but at least today I dragged my butt out of bed and did some school work this morning.

I hope the rest of you do well today.

Home Sick

Another bad night of no sleep. Then, what little sleep I did get resulted in me waking up with a headache. So, I decided to use up what little bit of sick time I have left. Not that I’m wasting my time lounging about doing nothing. I’ve rewatched the first lecture of my class, worked on an essay, and did the laundry.

Very, Very, Very Happy!

Just finished listening to the last lecture before the Progress quiz due tomorrow night. So, that’s cool. However, what is really making me happy is that I just went back and did the last 3 quizzes over and aced all three of them! The Sensation & Perception quiz on the first try.

My experience with school, studying, and even writing, is so very much different than even my counseling certificate training I took 25 years ago.