Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Week One, Theme (journal 1)

Hmmm, I was going to do a class post on a prompt but can't seem to get in, gonna have to look into that... so will start my journal instead...

Got everyone ready to head back to school tomorrow, including myself. Still not sure if Justin is "sure" about Kindergarten - no matter I guess, he'll go whether he's thrilled or not. He was a little hesitant the other day at the orientation, usually he's shoving me out the door... hope we can get thru tomorrow without tears (at least until I make it to the door, out of his sight). Yup, just a little separation anxiety on my part... after all, I've been there since day one. I'll get over it, really am excited for him to head off to school, opens up a whole new chapter in my life! Em is excited to head back to school, she was ready a month into summer vacation ("I'mmmm Borrrrrreeeedddddd" to quote her).

Summer flew by for me but that's what happens with summer classes in tow. Gotta just keep pluggin' away at those classes. I wish I had landed a job as an EdTech at EPB before this fall, but believing that there is something out there for me, just a matter of time. Just have to play the waiting game and wait for things to fall into place... at least that's what I keep telling Mom about her trailer selling and getting a new one. "Don't worry... it'll happen... everything will fall into place... you'll find the right one..." Those words are becoming a constant echo in my mind because that is all I've been telling myself the past couple of months as I scour the help wanted ads. I know something will come up when its the right time - and not a moment before then, so why fret over it? I'm glad I at least have a Field Placement II site all set up and ready to go, no scrambling there... "yeah" for me for thinking ahead!

Taking a class online this fall is a whole new experience - I think I'm going to like it. The best thing is that I can do my posting when the kids are either in school or in bed. It's a win-win situation... well, except for the husband who sits upstairs watching t.v. alone (probably not something I want to watch anyways, right?).

Well, dear Journal, hope we get to be good friends again... I haven't journaled in a long time. Bid thee farewell and good night, am sure I'll have some news on the "first day of school" experience tomorrow... till then.


Blogger johngoldfine said...

Try this for your next journal entry, if you like. Drop the idea of writing to a journal (sort of a letter to a distant friend who really doesn't know all that much about you--which means you have to explain as you go along). Instead, choose a moment or two or three in the day and describe them to yourself as if you wanted to remember every detail ten years from now--. Think of it as talking to yourself, rather than talking to someone else. Don't worry about communicating or being clear--if you decide to try this, the only person who has to understand is you.

September 1, 2004 at 10:04 PM  
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Peppermint oil should also be purchased as it treats digestive complaints and may be used in preparations for freshening breath.

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The herbs, Thyme and Rosemary can be grown in pots and used when needed. To create essential oils from herbs, stew some large amounts in pure water, collect the steam and cool it. The oil will rise to the top of the drained water and can be collected with an eyedropper. Alternatively, a "flower still" can be purchased to make the job easier. Thyme and Rosemary are both antiseptics and can be used in skin care preparations. They are also delicious when used in cooking.

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Garlic also helps to promote a healthy immune system when the weather turns cold and viruses begin to circulate. In fact, most of the oils and herbs listed above are effective in helping to prevent many common winter illnesses.

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October 28, 2005 at 7:26 PM  

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