...through the first six weeks of classes that is! It was so super intense - I think I was seriously twitching by the end of it, talk about overload! I did okay grade-wise, I would have liked to have done better - Food Science was an 'A', Nutritional Assessment was a 'B'. I'm proud of the Food Science bit, but I felt like there was so much I was not understanding in the Nutritional Assessment class. BMI, IBW, protein and energy requirements - got it - tube feeding formulas?? Oh my gosh, way over my head. Let's just hope that I am not destined to become an RD that works in the hospital determining the feeding needs of patients that need a feeding tube! Or, let's hope that it all become clear during my internship!
So, after a lot of consideration and conversation with Andy I have decided to take just one of the two classes during the next six weeks (that started today mind you). There was a lot of discussion about this one - - - the two classes that are being offered are Community Nutrition and Medical Nutritional Intervention. Okay, you say, that doesn't sound bad. Well, the MNI class requires at least fifteen hours of volunteer work. FIFTEEN HOURS in SIX WEEKS on top of studying and reading for the class as well as studying, reading, and completing projects for the Community Nutrition class. Oh, and working! No way - I would have to be checked into a mental institution by the end of it because I would seriously be brain-fried. So, since I will not be starting an internship until Fall 2006, the decision was that I can take the MNI class next summer. I feel like that if I had taken the Nutritional Assessment class at a different time than the Food Science class I would have felt more confident about what I had learned in NA - it was just too much to do both at the same time. And, according to my adviser, I will still be able to apply for internships next spring with a "promise" letter that I would pick up and finish that last class prior to starting the internship. No problem-o, this class will end the first week in August next year, and the internships I am looking to apply to start the end of August or the middle of September.
So, it looks like I may have a couple of free hours a week to myself.
We got a notice a couple of weeks ago that the apartment complex we live in is going to raise our rent. We had a pretty good idea that they would, touting themselves as "apartment homes" and being snobby about it. Well, we got the notice - $1800 a month! That's right - $1800! Holy cow! Give me a break. Now granted, we do live in San Diego, and things here are just plain expensive, but this is a bit much. The complex is loud - the acoustics are just bad. We can hear, on any given night, the phone conversations of the people across the courtyard in the other building along with surround-sound movies playing in someone else's apartment across the way. Oh, and we always here the phone ringing of the people below us (we know it's them because we are on the third floor - with no one above us) - but you know, I bet they can hear us using the bathroom - yuck, I don't even want to think about that. And I forgot to mention, there is nothing like having the sliding glass door open to the balcony and then having to shut it because someone a few units down is smoking and it smells like they are smoking in your own apartment.
So after some consideration (not very much actually), Andy and I decided that there was no way we were going to stay here and pay $1800 a month for this place. If you look really hard, you can find a nice house to rent for that! And, guess what, we did! Well, we are paying way less than $1800 - - - it's probably about that time to save money to buy a house or something. Or at least chop down the debt so we can live on one income while I'm doing my internship next fall. So, we found a smaller craftsman-style two-bedroom house in the North Park area for $1150 a month. Now, it is old, don't get me wrong, but it has character. The older man who runs the place (seriously he has to be like 80), is so funny. He has pretty much given us free-reign to do whatever we want. So painting will definitely be had because it needs it (the walls are different shades of white). We will probably replace the faucet fixtures too because they have seen their last day. We take possession of the place this week, and we have to be out of the apartment by August 1st. So, it gives us four weeks to get some paint on the walls in the house and be packed up.
Did I mention that I hate moving - seriously hate it! I just have so much stuff! Yes, Andy, I am admitting it. Books, craft supplies and kitchen stuff - I'm over it. So, I promised Andy that we (really I) would go through the boxes that had not been unpacked from the last move (a year ago) and purge. We did a bit of that yesterday, and I donated quite a bit of stuff. Clothes that don't fit or I've have not worn in a year, craft supplies I had not touched in a year, etc, etc, etc. The house we are moving to is smaller than our apartment, so we (really I) have to downsize - I really don't need that much stuff, really, I don't. All I need is my yarn and my needles and I'm a happy bunny! (Oh, and my sewing machine, and my cookbooks, and my All-Clad pots and pans, and my....). Anyway, so I still have some stuff to go through and I hope to get to that this week.
So, a lot of other stuff has been going on as I have been absent from my blog. My Secret Pal sent me a gift certificate to use at Elann (thanks SP!), one of our friends (Carin) got married, one of our other friends turned 30 (happy birthday Kim!), we're moving, school started again (today), oh, and one of my sister's one the lottery! How sweet is that! I'll withhold the dollar amount, but she one pretty big on a scratcher. Talk about luck - and she is so excited! I am so happy for them!
On the knitting front - I've frogged and re-knit the left front piece of Shingle and have started on the right front piece. That's it. Not too exciting. I'm hoping to get more done tonight so I can post a picture.
I promise that I will try to not be so absent during the next six weeks. I did not enjoy neglecting the blog, and hopefully with just taking the one class I will have a bit more time in between packing!