Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
I'm addicted to Diet Pepsi.
I've discovered that I can't drink it again, ever. One can once turns into one can a day almost immediately.
Lately I've been drinking it out of stress. It was either a diet pepsi or every snickers bar in the machine. I know neither are appropriate methods of relieving stress, but there is only so much you can realistically do while you are in your office.
But it's 9:17am and I'm sitting here drinking water and I find myself thinking "I have a dollar. The machine's right there. Wouldn't those bubbles be divine right now?"
Cold turkey, yet again. Starting now.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
However, massage doesn't really need anything but training and interest. There is a massage school within walking distance of my home. I've looked into it and tuition for a 650 hour course of work that prepares you for the certification test cost $7,800. That is not including various other expenses that will probably come to about $2,000 once all is said and done. That's a lot of money, but really still cheaper then getting my Masters, and I could apply for a VSAC grant.
The main problem would be I would have to quit my full-time job in order to take these classes. The next course only runs for one semester (September through June), but it is three full days a week (9:30 to 4:30). And this doesn't include externships etc etc that I would need to do.
If I don't get the grant, I would need the full-time job in order to pay the tuition installments. But I wouldn't be able to work full time because of the course schedule. Vicious catch-22.
However, I'm not quite ready to walk away from this just yet. I need to think on this some more and see what I can finagle and talk myself into. I'm not adverse to a part-time job; in fact they seem more readily available than full-time jobs these days.
I've been toying around with the idea of massage therapy for years, but never having had one it was just a random thought. After recieving one and realizing the benefits of, how could I not want to spread that kind of bliss and joy out into the world? I would be making a tangible difference in the lives of others who keep misplacing their sense of self with a sense of stressful urgency.
This is the first idea that has had any tangible feeling for me in a long time. I'm not finding it so easy to talk myself out of this one. Sure, a Master's degree is the next logical step for me in my educational and professional career. But you know what? I don't want one! But this... this is something I think I can get behind.
It would be a big, scary leap to do this, but it would be exciting at the same time. Yes, I definitely need to think on this a bit more and see how I can make this work.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
According to CNN, the World Health Organization has confirmed 141 cases of the Swine Flu in the United States. Worldwide, the number jumps to 331.
If you do a search on "population of the United States", you find that they are estimating this country's population to be 307,212,123.
If you do the math, you see that 0.0000045% of the population is currently infected. Do you see how small that number is? Compare the global numbers and it gets even smaller.
If you do a search on the estimated number of people suffering from regular ol' influenza, you see that worldwide, in any given year there are 3 to 5 million cases. Worldwide, about 250,000 to 500,00 people die of it. In industrialized countries such as ours, deaths are usually in individuals 65 or older.
So you see people, you have a better chance of dying from the regular flu than you do the swine flu.
There is no need to panic. Just take the same precautions you do every year during cold season and you should be fine.
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