My Education: Film and Literature class.

Life in the fast, err slow lane!

Breathing time is here. I just finished my Film and Literature class - earned a B. By the time the class was over, I was burned out with writing and reading and analyzing and just wanted it to all be over with. I wrote the final essay paper which was a review of the movie "Star Wars I Phantom Menace and submitted it; thanking God I didn't have to write any more papers. I psyched myself up for taking a final. I went online and discovered a final grade. Final? What Final? The movie review paper was my final. Where did my brain go? Breath.

I have a couple weeks off and will start my next class. I have 12 units of upper level undergraduate courses left and 9 units left of lower level undergraduate courses of which 3 have to be math. I took the easy way out and registered for College Math which is an all inclusive everything math course instead of intermediate Algebra. Why make it too difficult.

Lessons with James have been flying along. I haven't had time to go back and review what we have done, but I think we finished most of the stuff wanted to accomplish. Math is still difficult for him for some reason. He can memorize the dialog of a movie and relate back verbatim after watching the movie once, yet the addition tables continue to float through and not stick. We decided to concentrate solely on addition and gave him the incentive of getting the 2nd set of Ultraman dvds when he mastered up through the 5's. He earned the dvd's and now we will concentrate on the rest up through 10 and he will earn the 3rd set of Ultraman. I am so ready for the summer break and we usually take the whole month of May off. We are going to take the break because I am burned out, but we will continue to do math.

I let him know my next class is going to be math and perhaps he will help me with that. He thinks it's neat I'm asking him for help with my homework. He helped me with some of my essays for film and lit, especially when they related to Star Wars and told me what to say. He had taken it upon himself to remind me about doing my homework.

"Mom, did you write your paper yet?" he would ask everyday until I sat down to actually write the paper.

Now that I have time to breath, I notice my house is cluttered and there are household projects such as painting and whatnot that need my attention. The garden has started to overtake my lawn and the weeds are trying to take over my planter. How does it happen so fast. Spring arrives and poof - where did all the weeds come from so fast. So, will spend time catching up with weeding and planting flowers. We seemed to acquired some donor palm trees - thanks birds - growing in the most unusual places.

Big changes on our court. Two neighbors lost their homes. Foreclosure! Neighbor A approached us a few weeks ago asking for a sum of money that he needed the next day in order to help him last a while longer. Neighbor B suddenly moved out last weekend. The sad part of the whole thing was that B owned a mortgage broker business and A was one of his brokers. B shut down the business a few months ago and was working out of the house, plus working part time at Home Depot as a manager. We were thinking of getting a business loan last year and had considered going through A but I had reservations about getting involved financially with a neighbor. Thank God we listened to my gut.

I have finished almost all the books on my spring reading list and will try to write up some reviews of the books. I just have "Adam" and "Scarlett" left. I gave up on "On the Fifth Day". I just couldn't get into it. I did however read the other two Lori Armstrong books "Hallowed Ground" and "Shallow Grave." They were excellent. Still working on the "In Death" series by J.D. Robb. Once I gave up watching mindless TV shows and decided to be a little bit more picky about my viewing time, plus limit my internet time, discovered that I actually had more time to read. I've discovered reading is so much more enjoyable and relaxing.

I reviewed my book today and want to rewrite most of it. I'm thinking of turning it into a mystery with more spunk. We'll see how that goes.

Off to do some research!


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