Saturday, June 7, 2008

Stuff and Things

Is anyone still checking in on me?

I'm lame and have slacked once again. Part of it is that my laptop is still dead (but I'm very lucky to have a friend who knows his shit about computers, and is graciously working on it for me--Thanks Rick!).

I had to miss Katie Schwartz's reading at the Pilcrow Lit. Festival because Mina had an end of the year picnic with her class, and I would have never heard the end of it if I had been the only parent who wasn't there. Sorry Katie. I had every intention of going until that came up.

School's out now, so it's been a nonstop circus of excitement 'round this parts. It's nice to not have to get up at any certain time and be able to enjoy the warm weather and the kick ass thunderstorms we've been having.

We planted all kinds of flowers and some vegetables too.

I finished my volunteer training and have the pager this weekend. I haven't gotten any calls yet, and that's a good thing.

A little while back I was having fun making fun little cards, and finally made so many that I put a few up on etsy to see what would happen. I sold one so far, and that pretty much made my year. Even if I don't sell anymore, at least I can say someone out there liked my stuff so much they were willing to pay actual money for it.

Here's a link if you want to see:

I leave for Italy two weeks from today, and I am nowhere near ready. I'm not even sure what clothes to bring. I've had a couple people tell me to bring something to cover my shoulders if I want to tour any cathedrals. My cousin said not to bring any shorts (I don't own any anyway), but that capris and sundresses were OK.

I have a 5 hour layover at JFK, and my brother is going to come out from his house in the Bronx to have dinner with me. It'll be nice to see him as I only get to visit with him about once or twice a year.

I fly into Milan where I'll spend the day wandering by myself, then I'm going to take a train over to Venice to meet up with my cousin. From there I think we'll make our way down to see this and that until we make it to Rome by the last day, where I'll fly out.

I'm excited. I don't think it will really hit me until I am on the plane.

Oh, and I'm going back to school in the fall. I signed up for one class at the local Community College (Intro. to Criminal Justice). I met with one of their academic advisors who went over my old ISU transcripts and plugged in the 90 credits to see what I had left for an Associates.

It looks like I only have a handful of classes to finish my two year degree. Then it's back to ISU for a Psychology major and Criminal Justice minor.

Most of my gen. ed. stuff has already been covered, but times have changed since I was in college last and I'm sure I'll need a few computer classes to catch up with the rest of the world.

I'm really excited about this new career path. I've done some research and found that there are professional vicitims' advocacy jobs out there. I'm just going to get those pieces of paper and go from there.

During training to be a rape crisis volunteer, we got to speak with two Assistant State's Attorneys and they were amazing (and really cool to boot. I would so go out drinking with those women). No, I do not want to go to law school, but helping to put sex offenders, child molesters and wife beaters behind bars very much appeals to me.


Yeah. I've had a lot going on.

Forgive me?


SkylersDad said...

Bacon Lady!! You are back!!

Oh man, I told myself I wasn't going to cry...

Bacon Lady said...'s a tissue. I don't want you blubbering on my shoulder.

(thanks for coming back)

Earth Muffin said...

Totally forgive you for your very busy life. (Gosh, the nerve of some people, having a life outside of blogging interesting tidbits on the internets...)

How cool that you've discovered what you want to be when you grow up! I'm still pondering that's ok playing teacher most of the time but this stressful and frustrating past year has started to plant seeds of greener pastures in my head.

I'm so jealous you're going to Italy. Have a great time!

Glad you're back. We'll have to reschedule that catching-up-Mommy-date for later this summer!

Earth Muffin said...

You should check out, the June 5th post. A Bacon Lady like yourself would really appreciate the accompanying picture. Enjoy!

Mama Niccicoco said...

Wow you are one busy mama. This is niccicoco from myspace (peoria) BTW.
ITALY?? that is going to be amazing! I want to go back to school too, good for you girl! Maybe if I can just figure out what I want to do it would be easier. Massage therapist or Graphic Design?? who knows...Happy summer!

The Lady Who Doesn't Lunch: said...

I've been pretty busy and unable to blog much these days also. I wish that part of my busy-ness included preparing for a trip to Italy.

I'll raise a glass of Prosecco in your honor.


Dale said...

Take me with you to Italy? Please? Okay, fine. Hope you have a fantastic time.

jimmycity said...

I've checked in here at LEAST a dozen times, hoping to see a new post. I can see now why you've been gone, I needed to lie down in my cubicle and recuperate from reading all that you have been doing.

I am completely expecting pics GALORE of the Italy trip, woman!

yllwdaisies (aka "D") said...

Those cards look amazing! There’s a woman here that makes cards & has a lil display where they’re sold at our local coffee shop. I’ll bet if you took them into a local, independent shop, they’d sell like hot-cakes! I like them waaaay better than the ones I’ve bought from our local lady.

Have fun in Italy!

Bubs said...

Glad to see you back! You've been busy. First, those cards were neat--I'll pass that site along to my bride and the girls. That's really cool that you made those.

Italy...well, I'm jealous of anyone who travels.

Congratulations on your new path. MizBubs just signed up to return to school as well. Must be something in the air here in Illinois, huh? She's studying horticulture. Next time we get together we should talk. I find it interesting to see someone choosing to get into a field I'm preparing to get out of. You've chosen noble work to do.

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