I've only got a week and a half of school left and I think it's safe to say that I have survived my first semester. And by that I mean I've managed to get decent grades and only had two major meltdowns where I wanted to give up completely. That's pretty good, right? I have two assignments to finish and one more discussion forum thing to do next week. I also have to write this cultural anthropology research paper by Wednesday that I haven't even started yet, but I did finally pick a topic so that's good. I'm going to do it on gender roles and biases in China and their population control policy and how all of that has contributed to the problem they're having now where they have significantly more boys than girls. Because that sort of ties into my story in an indirect way and I've always been kind of fascinated by that anyways, so why not?
I'm signed up for three classes for Fall semester, which starts at the end of August. I thought about doing four (I seriously just want to get it done ASAP--the sooner I get my degree, the sooner we can move somewhere else). But one of my classes is biology and that's probably going to kick my butt, so I decided to stick with three for now. If it goes well, I may end up doing four in Winter, which would make me full-time. If work switches us to 12-hour shifts instead of 8 starting in August, I'll actually just have to work 2 shifts instead of 3 and I'll get paid an extra half-hour, so that would be really nice and I might be able to manage full-time school. I'd probably end up moving to day shift though because I don't think my mother-in-law wants the girls all night and all day (so I can sleep) for two days, which I am not excited about. They're talking about 7 to 7, which is better than 5 to 5 or 6 to 6, but 7 AM is still pretty early for me I am so lazy. Plus I just really like my evening and night shift co-workers. They're awesome. The day shift people are kind of difficult and hard to get along with sometimes. Too much drama. Oh well--it's just two days a week. I can handle that. And Lord knows I won't miss having to stay up for almost 24-hours every Friday.
I've been doing a little writing lately, too. Thanks to theant4 sending me the first part of her third book, I decided I really needed to get my butt in gear and just finish my story. I'm so close to the end but it's just a mess and I keep letting that hold me back, even though I desperately want to go back and revise book 1 and won't let myself do that until book 2 is finished. And I know I say this all the time--that I'm making progress and I'm almost done and I'm going to sprint to the end now or whatever. So let's just hope it sticks this time. I seriously want to finish it before Fall semester starts though. I have a few weeks off in between summer and fall so maybe I can finish it then. I have to. I've been working on it for longer than I can even remember (I'm thinking two years?) and that's just an insane amount of time to spend on a draft. I keep going back and looking at my plot outline notes and everything has changed so much that those aren't even helpful anymore because the story doesn't even resemble what I had originally planned. I think what I have now is better, but it's like planning everything out all over again because I made so many changes.
Lexi is getting so big lately! I don't know what happened but it's like in this last week or two she went from being a little newborn baby to being a big grown up baby and I'm not sure how to handle that. Her face just looks all grown-up now and she's a lot more talkative and her clothes are starting to not fit anymore. She can almost sit up on her own and has learned to roll over, but can only roll from her back to her stomach and then gets made because she can't get back over. She lays on the floor and plays while I do my homework sometimes and I always end up having to stop what I'm doing and turn her back over every five minutes because she's stuck.
I guess that's about all the news I have for now. I'm just really excited about being almost done with school. It's nice to have a semester behind me and realize that I actually can do this, even with kids and work and all my other life-craziness. I should probably go work on that paper now though...