How I spent my summer vacation

What was supposed to be my ‘summer’ break after the finish of the Web Design classes turned into a frantic last minute rush to complete all the requisites of the program and to take all my final certification exams. It was grueling and somewhat tedious.

I was close to total burn out but held it together long enough to make it to the finish line. I will admit that my final work had lost its edge and I don’t think I have a chance at any further awards BUT I am now reaping a bit of a reward for having completed my work. The evenings are less intimidating and frustrating since I can now work on what I choose to rather than playing make-up or trudging through endless paperwork, reading and coding.

I hope next summer will be a bit different than this one. Later…

I’m pretty sure I’ve completed the coursework

It’s been a while since I posted anything. It’s Monday afternoon and I’ve made some changes to one of the Websites I’m responsible for. So it’s time to post to this blog again. I completed all my certification exams, turned in an eportfolio and published a showcase of my work on the student server BUT I received another message from my instructor today that I needed to submit a transcript just to make sure I have completed everything. So far, the transcript is still missing several classes that I’ve already finished so I’m still praying that I’m finished. I joined an online community on retirement and am becoming more active on Facebook. Little by little, I’m learning more about all of the Social Networking stuff. I look forward to being able to shout it out and say, “I’m outta that program ‘cuz I finished it”! Spent a warm weekend listening to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It was good to look forward to nothing but the book. Now I will get back to updating a few more sites and presenting the updates starting this week. I am looking forward to working on my personal site and the commercial sites I oversee. No longer a student, now I can do some experimenting and just have a little fun.

Originally posted on Blogger 8/10/09

And I thought I was finished!

I took some much needed time for R&R. My week of vacation started off rather poorly with the loss of my rescue kitty. Apparently, she went into renal failure on Sunday evening and by the time I got her to the vet, there was nothing to do except say goodbye. I let her go with a very heavy heart and then came back home and cleaned out her things. My other kitty is now getting used to her absence and is being a good companion. On Sunday morning around 8:15, I received an email from the main instructor of the online training I’ve been taking now for over a year and a half stating that I still had the equivalent of one full class missing in items I had not completed to receive the certifications and college credit for all that hard work. I was stunned! I had gone to the school’s student access site day after day after day looking for my final grades and had found nothing for an entire week, then this notice. After a reply and checking, I waited to hear back from the instructor. She replied with the missing information I would need to comply with the requirements in order to fulfill the program. She gave me until Aug. 1 to complete these requirements. I have recovered from the shock and am even making progress towards completion. This time, I am hopeful I will actually be finished. The guidelines I now am following give me a better and clearer path toward the finish line than the ones I had been following. The finish line still looks a long way off but, with hard work and focus, I will be able to reach it. And you can be sure that I look forward to finishing this program so I can get on with my life again. This episode just points out to me that life happens as we plan it! And the plans always seem to pale in comparison to the real thing. The better our guidelines are, the easier it is to reach the goal. Mine had become a bit fuzzy and had lost definition. I am thankful for a set of clear guidelines pointing toward the finish. This applies to my entire life of which this program is only a small part. My wish for you, dear reader, is that all your guidelines will have clarity and give you precisely the direction you need when you start feeling lost. Blessings
Originally posted on Blogger 7/7/09

Saturday blahs

I still have not found the error in my blog scripts and am going round and round trying to discover what, if anything, I left out or typed wrongly. Went to hear and see a performance of Haydn’s ‘The Creation’ this afternoon. It was held in the sanctuary of First Presby of OKC. Quite an epic presentation. The soaring duet between Adam and Eve in the final Part III was touching as well as beautiful unlike the angelic solos of the earlier Parts I and II. The finale was to Praise God, Almighty for His grand creation. I found it moving but couldn’t seem to keep myself from questioning this story of creation we have fabricated. Who is man that God should take passing notice of even our praise? Leaves me with deep questions which are no more than ego constructs, no doubt. I enjoyed the break from searching through line by line for hidden errors and omissions, though.
Originally posted on Blogger 5/2/09

What a day Monday it was!

I haven’t posted for a while but decided to do so in hopes of unscrambling my thoughts. Yesterday, I was at the point of exhaustion all day. I went home from work and did a few chores then readied myself for a full evening of studies. I curled up with my text book and started to read in order to finish the final lesson in my current class so I could then start taking my exams and be finished by Friday at 5:00pm when this online class closes. At 10:30pm I awoke just long enough to turn off lights and crawl into bed. I overslept this morning since I had neglected to turn on my bedside alarm. I did manage to arrive at work on time with a little to spare but am amazed at the length of time I slept to recover from a weekend of lost sleep. One good note is that I was able to finish my last project in this online class and now have only one lesson to complete before starting my final exams. One bad note is that the next class starts Friday evening at 5:01pm. There is no rest for the wicked, I guess.
Originally posted on Blogger 3/3/09

Studying and Growing

As I study the most common errors committed by beginning (and sometimes advanced) programmers, it becomes evident that although Firefox is still the best, most compliant and most reliable browser, more people continue to use a renegade browser like Microsoft’s IE. Perhaps, this is due to ignorance about the different browsers available. Perhaps, it’s because IE is what the ‘company’ uses and it’s easier not to make waves and follow the pack even though the leader of that pack doesn’t have a clue about where it’s going! Reminds me of what’s going on in DC currently. The Republicans continue to hold fast to the belief that the Democrats are taking us down a path straight to economic hell and so refuse to vote for or support any efforts made towards reconciling differences about an economic stimulus package presented by Pres. Obama. Seems they believe that they hold the only true and rightful answers about how to solve the economic disaster we find ourselves in. If that’s the case, why haven’t they written an economic stimulus package, presented it to the House and Senate and tossed said bill in front of the new Prez? If they truly believe that they are the only ones who can save our sorry behinds from the economic boogie bad guys, why are they so reluctant to step up and take action to do just that rather than play a game of Russian Roulette with economic disaster and world-wide depression? Could it be that they have no real answers and are scared out of their wits so they hide behind a mountain of rhetoric and stonewall the entire nation with platitudes about how only THEIR plan will work? ‘Methinks they doth protest too much!’ Stay warm and well. Spring is lurking somewhere out there.
Originally posted on Blogger 1/30/09