Saturday, February 28, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
- Math 120 for 3 credits (ick)
- Geology 103 lab for 1 credit (I still think the advisor meant 101 lab but I'll check)
- German 212 for 3 credits
- Anthropology 281 for 3 credits (Linguistics--which I can take through Independent Learning as English 281)
- Anthropology 480 for 3 credits (Second semester Linguistics)
But with 110 credits, the additional 13 won't be enough to get me to the 128 credits I need to graduate. So if I take 2 more Archaeology classes I'll have enough for a 2nd minor and will have enough to graduate! I'm going to start in the fall by auditing German 211 to get ready for German 212. I figure, I have to at least get a D in 212 to pass. It's been 6 years since I was last in 212 and it's going to be rough. The alternative is to wait and then the German Department gets axed during the budget cuts and I have to take another 2 years taking a different language. I'm tempted to start the English 281 soon and I'm also tempted to take Math 120 through Independent Learning and have Mike help me.
When I was little I didn't dare do anything but hold these cards and look at them. They were so crisp and shiny that they were more like works of art then a game. And every year I would open the cabinet they sat in (in their unusual card holder--a two sectioned box with a lift away lid, not at all like the holder you slid your cards into and closed the lid on) to see if they looked like they had been used. I think if they had shown any signs of wear I would have picked them up and played with them. When I got older I would pick up the decks, weed out the ones with the little girl and play Solitaire with them.
My grampa died in 2001 and I made the trek up with my family to clean out the house. My gramma was in a nursing home at this point and wasn't able to give us much in the way of direction as to what to do with her belongings. So we went through and tried to decide what was junk and what meant something to us. And it was hard because I had become attached to a lot of junk in their place over the years. I opened the drawer where she kept her cards. They aren't junk I told myself and scooped them up to put in my box. They're here in my house now and of the three decks, there isn't one complete set. I should throw them away. And they're still there.
So, Lexy saw the two sectioned card holder for the first time a few weeks ago and started to dig. She comes to me with the little girl, "Mommy, is this me?" HA! It *does* look like her. I find it ironic that for years I was drawn to the beautiful little blond girl on the playing card and now the beautiful little blond girl lives with me.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Dear CHRISTINA CARVER,
We still to have your academic records on file and it appears that you may be within 30 credits of graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno.
If you are interested in exploring your path to graduation, please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward it hearing from you.
I wrote back to her:
You’re going to go and make me sad and give me a complex! I’ve been at UNR as a student on and off for the past 20 years and a senior for something like 8 years now. I would love to graduate!! However, life and more importantly, children have gotten in between me and my diploma. Can I meet with someone to discuss what I have left to take? I’m hoping to start classes again in Fall 2009. I know I have 2 classes left in my major (linguistics) and something like 18 credits in my minor (3rd world history). I still need my math and I had no choice but to drop out of my 4th semester in German so I’ll need my foreign language requirement. Am I on the right path?
Gigi called me that afternoon and asked me how much I wanted to continue in Anthropology. I said, if I had graduated on time then I most likely would have gone on to Grad school and started working in the field. Now, I just want to graduate. She said she wanted to set up a meeting to see me and wanted to know what I thought about getting a degree in General Studies. That made me laugh because that's what my husband graduated with after he realized Mechanical Engineering wasn't for him. I told her I'd be very open to that to which she replied, "I'm real excited about this!" She rattled off the classes I'd need if I were to stay in anthropology and it sounded like all I'll really need to take is my math. Holy Moly! I could graduate soon! If Math is all I need, I could graduate next year!!! I am so getting my mom and step-dad one of those, "UNR Mom" and "UNR Dad" t-shirts! But I haven't had the meeting yet so I'm just fixin' to get excited.