Sometimes you just feel like doing nothing and I feel that way today. However doing nothing is not what I do. As usual I got up today started the coffee, stoked the fire, turned on the computer and started knitting. No I am not knitting " Cane Sweaters". My youngest daughter Rosie's best friend from grammar school just had a little baby girl and I am making her a sweater. I am almost done. It is a really cool pattern. The sweater zips up the back. Everybody I have made one for seems to really like them. As I mentioned in a previous blog I am trying to make up and complete projects so that I can do some new things. I would really like to incorporate some Aboriginal painting techniques on some future art project. I like their designs. I saw an art car on the Mendocino coast when I lived up their. A woman had painted an entire car with this Aboriginal design. It was really cool. The entire car was done in these dots with hands painted in different places. I wish I could find a photo of it. I tried looking for it on line but I didn't have any luck. I keep thinking I would like to paint my car and maybe I will. Even if I just painted a section at a time. Like I have time to do anything like that right now. Ha!
Well here I am again sitting in front of the window and watching the Starlings flying in and out of their nest box. I am sure that they have babies in there. They are taking in a lot of worms. I am looking forward to seeing the babies take flight. I guess I should research when the eggs probably hatched and then find out how old the fledgelings have to be before they fly. I love researching things. One can learn so much and you do not have to go to school to learn. Don't get me wrong. I like school but sometimes the presure is just too much. I would rather learn at my own pace and retain the information. Not just learn quickly so that I can pass a test and get a grade. Because that does seem to be the bulk of attending college sometimes. I just love learning. I don't really care how I learn just that I continue to do so.
I was taking a test yesterday and some of the questions that were posed to me I was flabbergasted with. Things I have heard of but just haven't currently thought about. Like who was Madame Curie? I remember studying about her but for the life of me I couldn't remember what she did or who she was. Well she was a physicist, scientist and she was a pioneer in the field of radioactivity, she was the first person to receive two Nobel prizes, first woman professor at the University of Paris. There is so much more but you get the idea. If you want to learn more about her check out wikipedia there is lots of info there. The questions I was being asked were quite intriguing. I love being challenged or having my memory jogged. Who was Cleopatra? Who was Martin Luther King Jr.? Who was the President of the United States during the civil war? What are the names of all of the continents? What is the capital of Italy? Defining words also was posed to me. Many I have used and heard but to define accurately is a whole different story. I thought it was quite fun and of course I came home and looked up the things I could remember to see how accurate I was.
I thought that the testing was pretty interesting. I was taking it to see if I have any learning disabilities. I want to rule out all possibilities and then proceed forward with the schooling thing. I started this semester with a full load, 12 units and I ended up dropping all but one class. I just couldn't seem to get the information into my head. Of course I haven't been in school for over 10 years but still I had a similar problem when I was going to school before. I just want to be sure as to the avenue I should be heading down. I want to give myself every opportunity to succeed.
I went into the tutorial center yesterday and met a couple of really nice folks who could be quite helpful. One of which has a hearing impairment also and understood exactly where I was coming from. I will stay in contact with them and get all the help I can.
I have tried my whole life to get this school thing down. It has been a tremendous struggle for me. But god dam it I will get where I want to go. Come hell or high water I will succeed! I believe I am one class away from getting my AA. I am currently working on my certificate for Medical coding and billing. Then I would like to add to my repertoire of sewing skills. Then who knows what else. The sky is the limit eh? Onwards and upwards I say. I guess I will part here. See ya later. xxooxx