Monday, October 29, 2007

Change of plans

I had a very good day today. I attended a workshop on Saturday (with a continuation in 2 weeks) and got a really great idea for a project in my classes -honors to start, then I'll take it from there. I spent most of the day today playing with the idea and figuring out possible pitfalls and how to get around them. I think it will work well. As usual, the people I work with are "less than helpful" when I ask about things. I'm not even asking FOR something, just questions pertaining to logistics. ....sigh..... and the battle at work continues. However, if it's good for my kids, I'm going to continue to go after it. At this point, it's obvious that I won't be making many/any friends here, so screw it. I've always marched to my own drummer, why should now be any different? I think I really had my 3 best years in Florida working with my mentor and 2nd mom. She was always so supportive and appreciative - it's hard not to have that here and to be treated as I am being and not feel discouraged. But, I can always shut my door to the rest of the world and get it done, and I think that's what keeps me going.
I think I am going to *attempt* to go back to school. I have my GRE at the end of the month (again - ugh). There is an actual program at the state university for a Ph.D. in my subject area - I've never seen that before. I think I'm going to try to do as much in the summers as I can, then only 1 class in the actual semester if I'm allowed to do that. Once I hit my dissertation, then I can double up, but I don't think I'll have to be on campus for that. I'm setting a 3 year to completion goal, but that depends on my course sequence and what/when they offer. Can't plan it all!
I think this will, by necessity, need to be short. I didn't sleep great last night, and I think I slept wrong - I was in a lot of pain today. However, when I talked to a friend, her husband had a fusion in his back about 15-20 years ago, and the recovery time on that was only a week or so. I'm hoping things have improved (at least surgical procedures) in that time period and the recovery will be the same amount of time or less. I'm pretty sure that's what they will probably tell me needs to be done - I will find out in 4 short days.


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