life is random

May 12, 2016

On May 3, I got excellent news, I received a job offer to stay on permanently with the company I’ve been temping at since last June. Yay! More money, benefits, all that.

Then Saturday I took my husband to the ER suspecting another stroke. Nope. Brain tumors, multiple. A mass in his lung. Looks like stage 4 lung cancer metastasized to his brain but they won’t say that definitively until after the biopsy on the 20th. Life is cruel.

2015 obligatory nostalgia post

December 31, 2015

The events that shaped the changes of 2015 started well before the beginning of 2015 but that’s when everything came to a head.

December, 2014, right before Christmas … one of the parents of a student that lived in the dorm at the school I worked at called me screaming.  Her daughter arrived home for the Christmas holiday and said she hated our school and wasn’t coming back after New Year’s (a commonly expressed feeling by our students since they all had severe behavioral and mental health issues and hate that they ended up at that school.) Anyway,  the reason the mother was screaming at me? Because I allowed the child to come spend Christmas with her family without telling the mother that her daughter didn’t want to come back and if she’d have known that she would have never have allowed her to come home for Christmas.  I listened,  apologized profusely,  and offered to come get the girl. Luckily the mother agreed that the girl could stay through New Year’s as originally planned… I promised that I would be there to bring the student back after that if she refused to get on the van.

January 6, 2015. The last straw. An IEP meeting for the same student.  The mother, who never took any responsibility for the student, joined on the phone with a list of demands. The county joined the phone conference as well and informed me that none of the paperwork was being accepted.  I snapped at the mother.  Afterward,  my boss (who I normally really adored) reprimanded me for my obvious attitude.  Essentially I should have fawned all over the mother for trying and doing the best that she could.

At this same time I was participating in counseling through the Employee Assistance Program  (6 sessions is more than enough for the stress that came with that job — sarcasm dripping) where the counselor was shocked at the situations at work I described… I started to examine what I wanted from my job and these were the two instances that really stand out as examples of what I didn’t want.

So I went back to school.  I decided to get the Masters in Accounting that I had started but not finished in 1998/99.  I chose WGU for a number of reasons… I could start within a month, I could work at my own pace, it is regionally accredited, and nonprofit.

In June I got a placement through Accountemps with a large, successful company as a cost accountant.  It was scary leaving a full-time job for a temp position but as unhappy as I’d become at the job, the chance to change my future made it an easy choice.  Six months later,  I’m still there and loving it.

I finished my degree this month so now I have two Masters degrees… (I think I’m done with school for a bit)

So, after leaving accounting in 1999, working as a network engineer from 1999 to 2006, then going to school and working in education from 2006 to 2015, I’ve come full circle. 

TL;DR:  2015 was a pretty awesome year. I’m back working as an accountant after 16 years of other careers, some good, some bad…

Christmas hair

December 31, 2015

I was going to do a reindeer but the hair and the earrings matched my ugly sweater…


Doing a happy dance

March 26, 2015

Once I got past bonds, the rest of my Advanced Financial Accounting class fell into place. Passed my final, no  problem.  Took that with online proctoring. My next class, Management Communication, is relatively easy if you have a few years composing mature business communications. I did resent the portion of the book that said, essentially,  “this will really help you to communicate with the older people in your office… those over 30.” Really? And this following a chapter about not using discriminatory language. Scream. I did the two performance tasks for that class, finishing Monday. 

Now I am in Advanced Managerial Accounting which has a reputation for being very difficult.  Luckily cost accounting is really one of my favorite areas.

Off to walk a bit before getting ready for work.

More randomness

March 14, 2015

School is going well. I really like being in charge of my progress and not being required to “post three times to the message board each week for a participation grade.”  I read the chapter, watch the course mentor’s video where he explains problems, do practice problems from the text book, then take the practice quiz.  I have supplemented some topics with videos from YouTube including a great video explaining derivatives involving rupees, cows, and mad cow disease.

I started studying my first class mid February. As soon as orientation opens you can see all your classes and access the books, see the requirements, etc. You just can’t submit anything officially. So here at mid March I am almost finished with 12 of 14 chapters in my first course, Advanced Financial Accounting . I plan to work through the last chapters today then review back through the chapters again, take the pre-assessment and see where I’m truly at with being ready to take the assessment.  That is where WGU is different and in some ways harder than traditional classes at a in-person college or other online colleges. There is no padding of your grade with participation points or extra credit or points for doing homework.  You either know it and prove it or you don’t.

I guess I was wrong!

February 16, 2015

So, in case you hadn’t noticed, I disappeared again.

As part of my random kind of life: I’m going back to school.  I am getting a Masters in Accounting. From Western Governors University.  Orientation starts tomorrow.  I can’t promise routine check-ins but I’ll try to give my impressions, experience, etc every once in a while.

So far, a couple little hiccups.  For example, the enrollment counselor said orientation would be available the 15th. Sunday morning I logged in, nothing.  I waited until noon, 10 am MT, and called student services only to find out that since the 15th was a Sunday and today a holiday, orientation would not be available until Tuesday.

As long as tomorrow goes as planned!

I think I’m back…

November 30, 2014

Wow, the weight comes back really quickly if you slack off…

Sadly, I am almost completely back to where I was two years ago… almost 220.

No excuses. It’s from eating too much and exercising too little… too many drive thru breakfasts instead of a protein shake with a banana, too many cafeteria lunches instead of soup& veggies, too many take out & convenience dinners instead of chicken & veggies or other homemade portion controlled choices, and lastly, too much ice cream after a day of poor choices…

Back at it, tomorrow is a Monday and it’s the 1st of a month… what could be a better day to start over?

First goal: 199
Reward: manicure (and relief from daily heartburn I am sure!)

happy halloween hair

October 31, 2014

My hair was a big hit today!

Wait ’til they see the turkey at Thanksgiving!

running! turns out it’s fun!

October 5, 2014


Finished the Pittsburgh Great Race 5K last Sunday with my friend.
Time: 55:12
Overall, #3,931 of 4,240
Females: #2,414 of 2,651
Females, aged 40-44: #257 of 272

Decided to do another 5K today (just a small local charity one, the Bryon Martini Jr Memorial 5K), by myself, to get a better idea of what I could do and where I’m starting from.
Time: 47:30
Overall, #72 of 149
Females: #37 of 95
Females, aged 40-44: #5 of 9
(32 women of 95 didn’t list their age… so it makes the age division difficult to judge)

I had soooo much fun both weeks! I want to do more and get better! I’ve gotten back on track with lots of walking but I need to add some running into the mix if I want to see that time improve!

my 1st real 5k

September 27, 2014

Sooooooo… it’s been forever since I posted.  Which means I likely have zero readers at this point.

Will that stop me from random posting? Uh, no.

Tomorrow I am doing the Pittsburgh Great Race.  It will be my third 5k but my first that is timed.  I will be walking more that running as the friend I’m doing it with has had various injuries every week since June and we haven’t been running so I don’t expect the time will be anything spectacular.



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