It's official. I survived my first week of school. Party time! ...but not. More like time to sleeeeep.
I'm taking the second term of my second year of Sign Language...it should be interesting. My teacher is one that's completely new to the school so that's a wild card.
However, the first year of ASL is the hardest and it gets "easier" with each term - the first terms are focused on a TON of vocab while the second year is more focused on "non-manual markers" [facial expressions, body movements, etc] which, though "hard", are more automatic/"what feels right is right"-ish.
So, this is totally crazy for me to say since I've never been even "ok" at a language before, I know I'll do ok in ASL.
Yay only this term and next to go before completely the language requirement for my degree!
ASL is on Monday+Wednesday, 10am-11:50.
Tuesday and Thursday, 12-1:50, I have a class on the freaking AMAZON RAINFOREST. I've had two classes so far and OH MY WORD. I am SO into it. It is so so so good.
I am fascinated.
The teacher really helps though. He's a storyteller-type and, you know me, I LOVE telling/hearing stories.
Plus, the class, work/grading-wise, is not going to be difficult. I really like classes like that - where the subject is utterly fascinating and I don't have to worry too much about working for a grade. I find that, somehow, working hard to achieve a certain grade often seems to prevent me from actually long-term-retaining any information..maybe that happens to everyone.
In any case, I'm loving that I will actually be able to learn and remember from this class!! It's SO GOOD.
Not to mention that I managed to snag a seat right by a huge picture window so I can sit there and scan for Redtail Hawks, in downtown Portland, bathed in natural light, while learning about the rainforest. That's a nearly impossible to beat combo!!
Then, on Tuesdays after the rainforest class, from 2pm-5, I have what's called a "Reading Colloquium" = basically a class where History Majors prepare to start writing their final papers.
Luckily for me, MY reading colloquium is on the American West so I'll be writing my final paper on THE AMERICAN WEST!! And learning about THE AMERICAN WEST allll this term. The Oregon Trail, and all that, is probably one of my most favorite time periods so I'm happy about it!
Not to mention that one of my funniest evvvver friends is in that class with me AND our mutual [we didn't know it was mutual until this term! Hahahaha] "crush from afar" is in there too. [that makes me sound seriously boy-crazy...but don't tell me you guys never had that one guy or gal that you never talked to, just stared at. Come on.
Anyway, a girl needs her SMART+NERDY eye candy.
We have no plans to actually befriend this guy...though it might happen since everyone else in the 15 person class is kinda.............I don't even know how to say it. There are groups of people, which sounds really rude but you know what I mean? Not in a mean way, just in a true way. And my friend, "Crush from Afar", and myself are the only ones in the same "group" [kinda hipstery..but not preppy hipstery, mostly nerdy, etc]. Therefore, the laws of humanity suggest that we may become friends over the course of the next 6 months [the span of these classes - the reading one is the first of a 2 part "thing"].
Then, on Wednesday evenings I have a class from 5:30pm-9:10. At least it's only 1 day a week.............
It's a super dumb history class. More like the philosophy behind history than anything and I am, most emphatically, NOT that kind of thinker. I like dealing in facts and absolutes, with projection about the future based on facts. Not "so and so said this which mighhhht influence our opinions about that because maybe ____".
Not to mention that, due to the night class-ness of it, I have to go home, take care of the kiddos, then go BACK to school for this second class=5 full hours on public transit on Wednesdays. Ewwww.
However, I survived last night. 1 down, 9 to go.
On the animal front, Hazel [who had started loosing a TON of weight again and I was worried] has gained a "significant" amount since last week!!
I started a new feeding strategy with her and it seems to really be working. Instead of feeding her a small amount of soaked pellets [beet pulp/Alfalfa pellets/rice bran] and acting like hay is her main diet, I've switched it - now I'm treating the soaked pellets like they are most of her diet. She does have missing teeth and I think that maybe that was impacting her ability to eat+digest enough. I've been feeding her about 5lbs of soaked pellets everyday [over two feedings] and it's going well.
She had gotten to where her spine was very easily felt through her coat...for a horse it might be a 2 or a low 3 on the Henneke scale, and now, though her bones are still easily felt, it's not as "oh my gosh, what is wrong with my goat??!!"-ish.
Hopefully this feeding plan will continue to put weight on her!!
It's been really wet and cold here and dear ol' Lacey is feeling it. :( She's actually wearing her heavy weight blanket right now because it's 35*F, pouring rain, and there's a "wind advisory" out. And she was only just warm under her blanket when I checked her around 4pm.
Basically it's just a mess outside.
And Atticus is pleased as punch with everything.
He's worry free.
Sunrise from Monday!
During Lacey's massage this morning.
"Maybe I can get a massage too if I line up exactly like Lacey??"
Then, from my Amazon Rainforest class.
The Amazon River "Basin".
My mom pointed our that the faucet looks like a face, I totally didn't see that at allll until she pointed it out but now I can't NOT see it! And the face makes it so much better!
I just wish I had seen the face while I was drawing...I could have really played with it.
Hope you guys are all staying warm/safe/happy!!