Well you may be wondering "what do you do to procrastinate from studying for a Neuroscience test?" And obviously my answer is create a blog....I mean how much can you study neuroscience for? Don't get me wrong..I'm a totally bio nut! But...I guess just not tonight! I wanted to start a blog so people can 'track' me to see what I'm doing..because truly I don't think that I step out of my room except when I go to school. I apoligize if this turns into a pity fest...I'll try my best to keep it interesting!
Well if you haven't seen me in years, I guess we can do a little catch up. I'm finishing up my senior year at the University of Minesota-Twin Cities after a little "college shopping around"...to Gustavus...then to Hamline...then to the U..but I'm happy here so that's all that counts right? I'm double majoring in speech and hearing science and Child psychology. Why you ask? I have no idea! I'm in the process of applying to graduate schools to get my masters in Speech Pathology...again why you ask? This time I have an answer...I have to! But it's only an extra 2 years...it's not so bad right?! Let's hope so. I'm still with Raymond and we're coming up on our 4 year anniversary. Man...it's been a LONG time! But things are going better than ever between us, he even said the word marriage once! But let's not get ahead of ourselves here! Speaking of marriage, my brother and his fiance are getting married next September! I'm really excited for that! Both Raymond and I are going to be in the wedding, so it should be a fun time! To stay on the marrage subject, I swear everyone and their grandmas are getting married! Bryan and Leah...my good friend Bethy and her boyfriend(now fiance) Zach, I swear there is more...hmmmm...well there's a lot. It makes me think about when that time would come for Raymond and I...not for a while...:) I think about how stressed out I get in school right now, and putting a wedding on top of that, I think I would be found crying in a corner with my speech books and wedding dress...let's just say we're waiting! But by the time we do get married we probaly would have been dating for over 7 years! When are you legaly bound by the state...? Oh well. We'll have lots of time to get to know each other.
Ok, so off the wedding topic...I think that's pretty much been all that's going on up until now. Oh I've been working at Fraser child and family center for over 2 years now. It's sort of like a preschool but for children with autism. I absolutly love it! If you spend 5 minutes with me, I'll probably bust out some Fraser antedote...my favorite is:
*(If you are at all sqwemish...you may want to skim over this...) One time the little boy I work with (unknowingly to me) had pooped his pants, and in an attempt to quickly change him (because his mom had came and he wanted to go home) poop smeared all over his leg and a big chunk landed on his foot..he ran around the room yelling "get it off of me! Get it off of me!" and ran into the hallway. So I'm chasing after this naked boy with poop smeared on his body and I needed to bring him back into the room. So I bring him back and change him and we bring him out to his mom's car. I come back in and grab my things to go and notice there is a huge chunk of poop stuck on the wall!!!! After showing everyone I cleaned it up and went on my way...just another day at Fraser!
You just can't beat the stuff that is said at Fraser like:
Stop putting Fruit loops in your eye
It is not ok to smell friends' hair
It's not ok to stick your head in the toilet
Why does a taco do what it does? -the little guy I work with
....well you get the picture! It's just a great place to work. The kids may be a little challenging at times but it is so rewarding to work with them! I even got so attached to the little...well not so little...guy I used to work with, even though he would everyday bite me so hard that I had his dental impressions for a week, or scratch down my whole face (Everyone after that happened asked me if I had just gotten a new cat...no it was a little boy) But when those kids come to Fraser and are excited to see you...there is no feeling like it!
I also PCA for the little girl I used to work with..and I just LOVE her! She has a lot of needs, but everytime I come over she looks at me and giggles and comes over to give me a hug! She's not really talking yet but I know she understands what's going on! Ok to get on my soap box...these kids are just amazing and their families are some of the most amazing people. It makes me so sad when people who haven't experienced these awsome kids go around calling people "retarded" or making fun of people who have special needs. I feel blessed that I have the opportunity to work and help these kids and to feel like I'm making a difference in their lives. Ok so lesson is: take an opportunity to help out children or adults with special needs to attempt to see life through their eyes...it makes you so appreciative of everything you have.
Quick story then I'll be off the subject (well I'm positive Fraser stuff will return..)
The little girl I PCA for just turned 5 not too long ago and she's really not making much meaningful sounds/words, and when I helped out at her 5th birthday party, her mother mentioned to me that she had always thought that by her 5th birthday she would be able to talk...talk about a heartbreak when I heard this! Everything that we take for granted! And we all worry about petty things (me included) that in the grand scheme of things really isn't that important...hard to look at things like that, but just keep it in your mind
Ok so since I've sort of played catch up with my life...I'll just start talking about what is currently going on.
Well today was an up and down rollercoster. It was FREEZING out today, and I didn't have my winter coat! So I bundled up and felt like the little brother from "A cristmas story" But when I fell today...yea official first wipe out of the season...I was able to get back up. Now how embarrising is falling! Expecially when you're on the corner of washington and oak! I had my hands in my pockets to keep them warm and I was holding onto my ipod and keys, so when I fell they both went flying...yea, no good! Oh well...only my pride was hurt. My main goal of the week was to study for my Neuroscience test tomorrow. But you know how that goes..there is NEVER just one thing to do in a week so my main studying has been the last few days. Hopefully I'll be ready. I don't know what it is this semester but golly...I just don't have time for ANYTHING! I think the 'taking 20 credits every semester' is finally kicking my butt! I swear, I don't even procrastinate! It's sad when you have to rank all of your studying to what is due the next day! But woe is the life of a college student!
It's always great when I call home all frazzled and talk to my Dad (if you don't know my Dad he's probably the most relaxed calm guy you'll ever meet! ) and his best advice is "be sure you get enough sleep" Well 3 hours a night is enough right? Even if I try to go to bed early (meaning before 2:00am) I lay in bed and wonder what I should be doing then..and the time that I sit and wonder I could have probably accomplished a lot. Oh well. I just realized that this entry is getting REALLY long! So I guess I should maybe save some stuff for tomorrow's entry. Hopefully my head won't be too crammed with Neuroscience stuff that I'll be able to remember that I started a blog!
Well I guess good night everyone! (although I probably won't be hitting the sac for a long time--woe is me...)Posted by at November 17, 2005 12:44 AM