Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Yes, I am quiet..maybe too quiet?

I came to a crossroads of sort in my student career.  URock is refusing to allow me to take any more classes there due to some stupid f*cked up rule about maximum credits. Dude, it's all within the University of Wisconsin system anyhow, who gives a rat's hairy bottom if I take Statics in Janesville or Platteville. Apparently these people are SO stuck into their rigid rules and regulations that they cannot see they are losing students to it.

I panicked, tried to think of a way that I could save myself the 4 hour round trip to Platteville every stinking work day and could not. This is Wisconsin, y'all - 9 months of winter and 3 months of bad ice-skating- it's not cool to spend that much time on icy winter roads! So..transfer to Whitewater (only 1 hour away) and major in Math until I could transfer to Madison? I bounced it off of David.

"What are you going to do with a BS in Math?" he questioned.
"I don't know, calculate my unemployment?" My answer.

 And as I thought about it more and more, my brain came to a revelation. What the HELL are you doing, woman? Why are you spending so much time, effort and money on some pie-in-the-sky Engineering degree that may or may not happen!?!? Face it people. I'm 45 years old. Ageism is a thing...a REAL thing. People think the older you get, the more feeble you are. Even in a career such as this where physical prowess is not necessary, they *think* everyone over the age of 40 is just a bundle of medical infirmities.

As I came to this conclusion, staring at my Calculus 2 homework, the whole thing became trite. WTF is all this useless knowledge for? So I made a decision to essentially listen to my own advice. Sure, $85,000 a year is nice. I'm not going to say it's not. but there's no guarantee it will happen. BUT my family needs to eat, and honestly? I'm sick of being dirt-poor. I'm going to go get a skill, not a career. I'm going to get a job, not a dream.

I'll be meeting with an advisor at BTC to discuss what courses can transfer to their diploma for Medical Lab Assistant. Yep, draw blood, perform CBC's get paid about 20 bucks an hour. It's a job. It puts food on the table and with any luck I can get it done before I hit 50.

And as I look at my coursework right now, it's all very trite...useless info that I will not need. Circuits has always been a joke. My professor cannot pull his ass out of a wet paper bag for anything. Honestly, he should've retired by now and left the new digital age to a younger, more electronically adept professor. I'm sick of his inability to even run an online Blackboard Collaborative class.  And really, the whole "Collaboration" between URock/Platteville is a fucking joke. The only collaboration I'm seeing is that Platteville can take thousands of dollars for a crap education. Not a person over there wants to pull their lazy asses out of their cushy offices to drive 2 hours to Janesville.

The math is much more fun, no really! I like Calculus. I like the challenge of it. It's a puzzle in need of solution. My classmates are great and we help each other out a lot. I will miss that part of it. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Blogging on the go

So, i downloaded the app on my phone. Let's see if I can get more blogging done on the cell than I do if I sit at my laptop. Right now it's a lot of studying going on, some talk of transferring from one university in the Wisconsin system to another university because of problems with the collaborative online stuff.

Knitting has been stopped for a little bit. I've had a few request for more prayer shawls, but I'm taking a break from them right now. I turned out three of them in less than two months, that is a record for me.

I bought a truck. It is not a new truck, in fact it's pretty old, but I do like it better than having the car. If I am to commute to and from Madison, I'll need a truck that's not worthy of stealing. With the truck being a stick shift, it will be sufficient theft deterrent.

The photo is of Fred the goose and I. He's one of the the two last hatched. Papa Percy and Mama Mary are good goose parents for them. They like me to sit and let them chew on my coat buttons, hair and fingers.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I gotta be quick about this

I supposed to be studying Circuit Modeling, and yes, I'll get back to it. That in itself is at least a 12 page rant. The book I was supposed to be using sucks, the Proctoring is bullshit, and I've got at least 5 supposed professionals from the UW who are annoying me with their inability to think outside the procedures. If one more person sends me the 'procedures.doc' and insists that I peruse it again..I'ma throwing a brick at them. Yes, I know the bloody 'procedure' and I know you're hiding your inadequacies behind them. These people couldn't fight their way out of a wet paper bag without their ever-loving, vaunted 'procedure' And here's the kicker for all 5 of them: I DON'T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT YOUR PROCEDURES! I DON'T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT LAME EXCUSES!!

And their inadequacies has made me rethink my college of choice..maybe NIU has a better program...

Onto knitting: Three people in one week let it be known they have cancer. Three really good, really nice, pretty close to me people. I was gobsmacked and at a loss. My prayers were poured into their prayer shawls/throws:

First one is in garnet red, has a simple cable alternating in the columns. I took this one camping but rarely worked on it. It took over a month to finish, which was not usual for me.

The recipient has gotten through surgery fine. She shows no more spread of the cancer from her bewb and should be just fine. Prayers, good wishes and a hope for an excellent cancer-free future goes with her.

This one was made more of a throw than a shawl. It was made for a guy and I didn't want to make it seem girly. Made from the usual Hobby Lobby "I Love This Yarn." in burnt pumpkin. The recipient is a huge Bears fan. I had to suck it up for this one: I'm a huge Packers fan. But we do what we do for the love of the human, and not the team.

Um, It's 12 stitch cables, all with a right twist to them which means 6 stitches held in back then knit the 6 on the needle, then the ones on the cable needle. With 6 stitches, you really need a cable needle.  The rest of it was 10-stitch garter stitch background.  So if I was not knitting a cable row, it was knit all the way across, then k10, p12..wash, rinse  repeat on the way back. 14 rows in between cable rows. All my shawls/throws are started with a 6 row garter stitch to keep them from rolling.

Knitted on size 10 1/2 needles, it took me 2 weeks. My toes are at the end there, and it reached up to my chest. I've not had real intimate knowledge of what goes one during chemotherapy, but logic says there's an IV line in this somewhere. If there's an IV, there's a need to get at an arm. If this throw is used for 1/2 of the body and another blanket used for the remaining 1/2, nurses should be able to get to that IV line pretty easily without getting the patient too cold, right?  We will see.

The recipient has a bleak prognosis of less than a year. Pancreatic cancer is one of those less survivable cancers. The recipients' friends are rallying to help any way we can and mine talent is knitting. Prayers for as best of a result from  this sucky-soul-sucking diagnosis as possible went with it.

The third one is one the needles. A ripple throw in the pattern called The Jackson Blanket created with Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn - again but this time in the colors of WIN! - The Packers.
Now I had some Red Heart in Packer colors and started the blanket, but I cannot in good conscience make a blanket with that crap. It's harsh, scratchy, unforgiving yarn. I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby is SO much softer and easier to work with. These throws/shawls need to be machine washable.

ok, back to studies...