I hope everyone had a great Easter, a festive Ostara, and a
Blessed Passover. It was a low-key weekend at my house. We didn't
even make Easter baskets. Peeps were procured and cupcakes were
made, but that was about it. I spent the whole weekend working
Finals start next week. Let the panic commence! NO. No panic! We
will not panic. There will be NO panicking. OK. Now that that's
done. Given that this is the last week before finals, it's time to
get all my ducks in a row - practicing, note writing, memorizing,
preparing, and everything else!
Sometimes the organization and preparation for finals is just as
stressful as actually taking them. The last week before the tests
begin is when all the notes must be finished and the hardcore
studying takes place. For me, I learn more in the last week than I
do in the 14 weeks before. I know that it's not supposed to work
that way, but that's how I work. There's something about
solidifying everything and repetition, repetition, repetition. I
will, actually, be studying up until I walk in to take each test.
I'm doing my best to not repeat the events of last tri's finals.
I existed most of the last finals week on caffeine and very little
sleep. I don't remember whether I was eating or eating anything
remotely respectable, but I suspect I wasn't. So, that will not
happen this time. Here are a few suggestions that I'm pulling
together for this tri's finals for myself--and all of
Andrea's suggestions for finals
OK. Enough of that. So I wish you all a happy finals preparation
and a happy spring and all of that other stuff. If you're getting
antsy while you're studying, take a break. It really will make
things go smoother. See you all on the flip-side.
What do you do when you haven't seen daylight for the last
several days and have to take lovely pictures for the blog? You
take them of your back "yard." If I look out my patio door, this is
what I see. Of course, I never look out my patio door. I never even
go out my patio door. But today, I did--so I could take some lovely
pictures for all of you.
It's time for midterms. It's REALLY time for midterms. Now is
the time, not only for studying, but also for making sure we take
care of ourselves. Different tris have different schedules. I know
I've mentioned some of our heinous exam schedules before. This
midterm schedule isn't too bad, but that doesn't mean it won't be
For the last, I don't know how many days, I've been studying and
working on E&M: Cervical notes. I'm already on my third pass of
them, and I still don't feel like I know anything. This is how it
goes when there's a HUGE amount of information on one exam. It's
easy to get discouraged. It's easy to get overwhelmed when it comes
to exam times. It's REALLY easy to neglect the Self and the
So, with that in mind, I offer this bit of advice for midterms
Another week gone by, where does the time go?!?!? Monday starts
Week 6. That's only 9 weeks left in the tri. This tri definitely is
going faster than every other tri thus far. I'm not complaining!
One of my illustrious classmates has a countdown to graduation
going. If I asked her, she'd probably tell me it was something like
2 years, 2 months, 1 week, 5 days, 6 hours, 32 minutes, and 52
seconds--or something like that. I think we're all happy to learn,
but will also be VERY glad when we're done. Last week we were all
asked what our goal is. Instead of "bring about world peace" or
"cure cancer," every single person said, "Finish the program!" That
may be telling.
The first exam of the tri is over. Everyone lived through it--no
matter how many of us thought we might die. We have one week "off"
and then 2 exams each week for the next 3 weeks. I MUCH prefer this
to what I've had in most of my previous tris--8+ exams in one week,
right on top of each other. I always felt like I was cramming
non-stop because I couldn't do the studying justice.
Hats off to my classmates in Diet and Nutrition. Every single
one of the presentations that I've heard, thus far, has been
absolutely amazing. I can't wait to hear the remaining talks.
There's been SO much information presented. I had the pleasure of
giving my talk on Thursday. I never could get my slides down to 30.
I think it was somewhere around 64. Oh well, I honestly could've
taught a seminar or an entire tri's worth of classes on this one
topic. There's still so much to learn. Special thanks to Dr. S for
answering some of my own questions (and not grilling me too
much--although I was ready).
In anticipation of the next three weeks, I took a little bit of
time out to tackle other responsibilities, projects, and decompress
this week (end). I can't (or won't) tell you where the pictures are
from. If I did, I'd lose my favorite "hidden" spot. Truth be told,
if you can see in the distance the Sunshine Skyway, you'll know
it's somewhere within sight of there. I've gone to this spot many
times to clear my head, watch the water and the rays swim below, or
the herons catch fish on the shore. It's a quiet and magical
I also found the time to run by the Wagon Wheel Flea Market on
Saturday (it's right down from school). They have a HUGE farmer's
market presence, and their produce is ridiculously cheap. They also
have infinite amounts of junk to look at - from knock-off Pokemon
cards to plants and flowers. I'm sure I laughed more than a few
times at some of the things I saw there this weekend. If ever you
want to have high trans-fat, breaded and fried candy bars, and
you're not near the fair (which just happens to be in town right
now), do check out the flea market. Or check out the
produce--you'll probably fare just a bit better there - your body
will thank you. The thing that surprised me was how unique some of
the produce was. They had these HUGE spiked fruits--I think they
were Durians. I should've taken a picture of those! They were about
the size of watermelons (and slightly scary!).
Last, but definitely not least, Happy Valentine's Day!!!!
Whether you support Hallmark, are on your own (by choice or not),
or are happily involved, please share your Love with others this
week. Happy Valentine's Day to my Beloved!!! Happy Valentine's Day
to my boys, AND Happy Valentine's Day to all of you! Thank you for
sharing your time, with me.
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