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Where Can I Find a 36 Hour Clock?

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Tired. That’s how I feel. I can’t remember the last time I was so happy to see the end of the ‘work week’. On Wednesday, Kristy asked me when I am going to stop pacing around. I told her, ‘when I have a routine’.

Friday I came home and took a nap for a couple hours, got up at 6 pm, took the boys to the football game, picked them up when it was over, came home and went to bed. I’m not sure if I even moved the entire night.

My classes this term are pretty aggressive and Monday and Wednesday are especially tough. I actually have 4 hours of classroom time those days- Fitness Assessment and Prescription Field Techniques (2 hours), Lifetime Health and Fitness and Effective Learning. Follow that with an hour and a half internship, which I am doing in the Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation Center (TERC).

Tuesday and Thursday I only have two classes but both are two hours each, Strength Training and Conditioning Principles in the a.m. and Anatomy and Kinesiology in the p.m. Friday is easy-Lifetime Health and Fitness and Effective Learning back to back. Somewhere in the midst of all that I’m supposed to do three hours of PE per week (minimum) at my ‘convenience’. However, the time that is most convenient for me is when the Fitness Education Center (FEC) is closed for classes. So I’m going to have to be creative on that.

OK enough whining, you’ll be entertained to know that I had my own little hell week so it was very lucky for me that we didn’t actually start classes until Tuesday. Also fortunate for me, I am the early-bird type and since all my classes (except Friday) start at 8 a.m., I have no problems finding parking. Enrollment at the college is up 27% this year so accommodating all the people, let alone the parking, has been a challenge.

All of my instructors jumped right into their lectures after reviewing the syllabus. I turned in my first assignment two days early, which was for TERC, and it was personal/professional goal setting in a variety of areas. As usual, Kristy gave me a hard time about how stressed I was over such a ‘little’ paper, but I wanted to set legitimate goals that would really help me to improve some of my weaknesses, but since I don’t have any...just kidding.

I had tons of reading to do for every class and that was a struggle. Actually, time wise, there probably was enough. The problem was the constant interruptions, having to stop to pick up kids or deal with dogs…or eat. I stayed up as late as I could and still comprehend what I was reading, which put me to bed around 10:30 each night. Up at 5 each morning to either finish from where I left off, or to start my reading for the next class.

There is the learning curve of having to find the right handouts and information on the Moodle site, which is how the instructors distribute most assignments and guidelines. That slowed me down quite a bit, but I think I’ve got it nailed down now.

On Wednesday morning I told Kristy how excited I was because not only were all of my classes in the same building, but my 11 o’clock and 12 o’clock classes were back to back in the same classroom. Ya for me. But it was not to be. I had written down the wrong location of my second class. I figured out which building it was in, but none of the rooms had schedules posted outside so I didn’t want to just pop into each one until I found it. Yeah, I missed that one all together. So I moodle-mailed the instructor telling her I was a dumb ass and to please not drop me because I would be in the right place at the right time on Friday. She didn't get my message, though, and that is a whole other story (and not my mistake).

Thursday I had my first test in Anatomy and Kinesiology. I was pretty stressed on that but I had hooked up with a classmate to study during my three-hour break before class and it worked out nicely. For that particular class, we will be having a pre-test every Tuesday, so we have scheduled a study room at the library to prepare each week. It was a big relief to have that piece taken care of.

Thursday evening I spent reading and completing my first assignment for Lifetime Health, which was due Friday. I finished it, got it printed out and put everything together and was in bed by 10:45. I was so proud of myself, had it all ready to hand in and while I was looking over the assignment schedule to see what was next, I realized that assignment is not actually due until NEXT Friday. Ugh, well now I have time to review it again and I can still turn it in early and get extra credit! Woo Hoo.

There were a couple other hoops…and snags but I’m feeling pretty confident now about what the expectations are, and that I will have that routine that I so desire all worked out by next week. Maybe then I can stop pacing.
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    Hey Tam if someone notifies you where the 36 hr clock is, please let me know. I want one too.

    Cudos to you for your will power in the face of fatigue. You are a real trooper. emoticon emoticon
    4220 days ago
  • SUZY6281
    Tam- the routine will come. Just try to be patient. It is very hard to go to school and have a life and be a parent at the same time. Kudos to you for taking it on. And you will be successful, because you can do anything you set your mind to.

    4234 days ago
    It sounds exhausting, but fun! Imagine how all of these classes will help you to acheive your goals! And just think of what TURE exhasution would feel like if you were attepmting this life LAST year!

    I am proud, proud, proud of you for taking this on, and I know that you are going to be a fantastic student (and teacher soon!) Try to relax and enjoy this phase of your life. (Maybe one of the golas you listed was something along the lines of "learn how to deal with self-impsed stress"?!?)

    Have a great week, and now you don't have a big old paper for Friday!
    4234 days ago
    damn, tam! you sound like some kinda whirling dervish! i know what it's like to get back to school after a while, study up something new to you, and having to get your groove back, so just like you've developed patience with the sparkprocess, please try cultivating more patience with the schoolprocess. remember: everybody in your classes is there for the same reason, some may know more, and most surely know less, so get yourself on firm footing with classes, stay on top of those assignments, leave yourself time FOR YOU, and make some friends with some people like you, who are willing to work hard, intelligent, and have their priorities right. you will do this, tam. i know you will. kate's a marathoner, you're gonna be a trainer/teaching/instructor, and it's all good! perspective. plan ahead while staying as flexible as you can. that, dearest tam, is your challenge. i'm sending only strength, confidence, and positive vibes your way, sometimes as the wind at your back, a cooling breeze on your face, or your second wind, when your energy is lacking but much remains to be done. i'm with you all the way, tam!
    4235 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/6/2009 3:37:46 PM
    I am exhausted just reading all the classes you have! Geeeez! But, I know you will kick butt and take names! You are already putting your plan into place and, by this time next month, you will be settled in to your routine and wondering what all the fuss was about.

    Rock on, girlie!!

    4235 days ago
    I could sure use that 36 hour clock too!
    Before you know it, you will have your schedule down like a fine tuned machine

    You are doing great Tam!
    4235 days ago
    Wow. I'm tired just reading all this. But kuddos to you for persuing your dream.
    4235 days ago
    pacing burns calories!

    I can't even begin to wonder how tough that schedule is, school, home, kids, are a mighty mighty strong person I tell ya!

    I am very excited to hear more about your classes. Years ago I would have thought "good for you, sounds interesting", but now it's like "WOW, that sounds GREAT!" And it does! Very happy for you! emoticon
    4236 days ago
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    When you find that 36 hour clock...please let me know where you find it!

    Getting into your classes and knowing what is expected of you, you can get that "routine" put together. As with any plan, the rough draft will always be subject to tweaking, but you should be old hat at this have so much to look forward to and the future looks bright Tam!

    Wishing you more than luck...I wish you success!

    4236 days ago
    Oh WOW! You sound SOOO much like WILLWORKFORFOOD with the beloved routine!! I sure hope you figure it out this coming week!! There's plenty of lessons learned from last week that will help you focus your effort on the biggest payoffs, I'm sure. LOL I was so chuckling when you talked about doing the assignment and then re-reading the syllabus only to find you had done it early... What USUALLY happens around here is that WILLWORK will do the WRONG assignment and can't figure out why she's not getting the answers that they have in the back of the book... 3 hours in to the frustration and she reviews the syllabus to find she's working on a totally different assignment!! emoticon

    Really, it isn't funny, I know. I seriously hope you can keep the syllabi straight and timelines intact! emoticon for both you and Kristy! Good Luck on getting the routine you so desire and need! And good luck to Kristy, too. I feel her pain! emoticon
    4236 days ago
    Uff da! Don't forget to breathe--- pencil that in about 10:15 or so.

    4236 days ago
  • LLTS01
    Remember how jealous I was about you going to school. emoticon reading your blog reminded me why I could not wait to finish school.

    On a more serious note, you will find your rhythm and this will come as second nature. It just happens to have turned your routines and your life upside down- but just for a little while.
    And your classes sound so interesting- I am still jealous.

    Best of luck.

    4236 days ago
    You so rock!!! Moodle has become my bane lately... I can get into everyone of the pages, but on my writing one, everytime I try and click a link to the assignment the damnable thing locks my computer up! Only his page, none of the others. I'm gonna go talk to him about it on Monday after class, but I'm pretty sure his response will be "Ummm.... here's the email for tech help, I have no idea." lol I'm sorry you missed your class, that sucks! I forgot to mention the parking nightmare that is going on at LBCC in my blog. There were people parking on the lawns the first three days! Enrollment up here is up by 25% as well. My classes start at 9, but I'm always on campus by 8:15 to make sure I have somewhere to park!

    Sounds like things will smooth out for you as well as me next week, then we can kick some serious 18 year old butt!!! emoticon
    4236 days ago
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