Journal 21 March 2014
Spring has sprung! There are daffodils and hyacinth, pansies and crocus. Tulip leaves are showing, but no buds yet. The trees are in bloom, both tulip magnolia and fruit trees. Ah. Tonight it's to be in the 70s?! and we're grilling out. I'll probably take the hardtop off of the car so I can drive around with the top down. One more year and Cari will be an antique car. Can you believe she's still running? :)
I have been in a class for the past three months that is totally work-based. It's an overview of all of our processes. With the whys, hows, and whos. I love it. It ends next week and has an exam on Thursday. The bigger point is, for this program, they connect you with a mentor that you meet with every week for three months, and mine has put an evil idea in my head... a Master's in Jurisprudence that has a healthcare focus (I have been in healthcare my whole career, right now is a teaching hospital). I have been taking the work-based program in order to figure out what proprietary systems I would need in order to step up to the next level in Administration. I've always been a Manager until coming to where I work and I am ready to manage again. But this Master's program is a totally different direction. More debt. Only two years and it is online through Loyola's law school. It would combined my education and my life experience. A big step away from where I am? and the debt, have me second guessing, but really, my biggest demon is my self doubt. I tried telling it to shut up, but it's not working so far. I have calls into someone who is highly regarded at work who can show me ways it can all work (she's doing something similar) and to my law professor. Makes me queasy!
The LF is still somewhat little, but not for much longer. I believe this is his last summer that he'll be shorter than I am. He's really doing well (like he takes high school level courses even though he's in middle school, but also, as in, he's healthy and happy), and has applied to a special program through our local ivy league school that is offered one time only! to 8th graders for a program that focuses on science and math and takes them through high school. They graduate with university level courses and contacts that can take them through university. It's a big deal and we're waiting to hear if he's going to get an interview. They say, by the end of next week. Cross your fingers! I just cannot believe he'll be old enough to drive a car (learner's permit) in only 7 months. Mind boggling!
My sister decided to finally divorce her husband after 20 years of marriage right before Christmas. It was very scary for a couple of months, but pretty good now. Mom and Dad are still aging. Mom just had an another spinal fusion surgery, but has already healed and is finally back at work.
Here is a link that might be useful: Loyola's program