Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Busy, Busy, Busy

The past week has been busy, which is how I like it! I spent my first weekend in Athens at our new place. My aunt came down from Murphy, N.C. for a visit on Saturday. She helped us with rearranging furniture and picking out colors to paint a couple pieces in our living room (can't wait to show y'all the finished products). We had lunch in downtown Athens and she left for the 3 hour drive home (we were told it would only be 2, got excited that we were so close, then found out it was 3, ugh!!!).

We found out after R attended two classes for Maymester with no professor in the class, that he is signed up for the "through session" which starts June 8th. This was a funny surprise (we thought he had a lazy professor). He has applied to at least 20 part time jobs in the area, so if y'all know of anything, let us know!

I read the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis and finished reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. Two completely opposite books, but I enjoyed them very much.

I have been wanting to read The Screwtape Letters for years. I felt as if I was getting inside information on how Satan tempts us as I read Screwtape's letters to his "devil in training" nephew, Wormwood. A British man "their patient" goes through different struggles and in the end chooses the Enemy's side (by becoming a Christian). This book was one I will read again and again, especially during times when I am feeling low. Why would I, you ask? Because this story reminded me of how easily we are influenced by people, our emotions, how one thought can lead to horrible actions, how quick we are to be angry, and how UN-Christlike those actions and thoughts are in our lives. In the end, we have the power to control our decisions and to decide daily which side we want to choose.

Extremely Loud and Incredible Close was a good read as well, a story about a boy, Oskar, whose adventures take him all our New York City to find the match to his deceased father's key. His father died in 9/11 and the stories surrounding this little boy are heartbreakingly real, a lot of emotions come pouring out of this book. I am looking forward to watching the movie, we have it at the library!

Another biggie this week: I am going BACK to school! Ah! And no, it isn't for my Master's like many of you may think. GMC allows their employees to take classes for free. I am terrified to be in a classroom with students who know me from the library, I am 8 years older than most, and already have my Bachelor's!!!

My plan is to complete two anatomy classes here at GMC in hopes that it will lead me to Athens Technical College to finish a Physical Therapy Assistant degree. I have always wanted to work in physical therapy, I've had a lot of experience in this career both as a patient, intern, and part time employee. I enjoy the work environment and hope to be a PTA! It took a lot for me to come to this decision. I do enjoy the library, I have always loved libraries, and I cherish my current job, but in the future I want something more flexible, health care oriented, a place I can physically see change, and a job to keep me moving and on my feet!

Being a PTA will be the perfect fit, now I just have to dig down, way down, way down deep and pull out some confidence and courage to take on the classes!

Wish me luck on this next adventure in our lives, we need it!

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