I have a test tomorrow, and I probably should be studying...but the open book/open notes stipulation is making it hard to be motivated. Before I say any more, I have to do this...
Ok. Now that that's out of my system, I'll get on with the updates.
When I was in Japan, my private lesson teacher gave me a calendar that had a woodblock type print of fuji on the top, and the days of the year on the bottom. I've kept it rolled up since I got home, and finally decided to have it framed. I cannot believe how much it costs to frame things...but I guess the picture *is* really big, and they do a preservation thing to keep it looking nice for forever, so I guess it's worth it. It's straight on my wall, so I must not be very good at taking a straight picture. It's got a green suede mat under it, so you can see the papery edges. The frame is a reddish wood, and really fits with the theme of the picture. I'm really happy with it.
I've been doing as much knitting as possible lately, because it helps my introvert issues. I really don't feel recharged after the weekend unless I have time to just sit and chill. Knitting helps with the chill time. I've been working on the kimono for my cousin's baby boy, who's due in January. I really like the cute baseball buttons that I found to put on it. I think the kimono's looking a little weird (at least not like all the others I've seen) but I think I can make it work. I may put the buttons a little further over so there's more room in the neck. I also started working on the "matching" scarf for Scott's mom. I say "matching" because it's the same colors, but I'm using a different stitch and using longer sections of each color. I really didn't want to change colors every two inches because of all the ends that I'd have to weave in. The scarf should go quickly, so I should be able to get on with other projects.
Riley is just as precious as ever. As a matter of fact, I'm not totally sure where he is right now. I should probably go find him and make sure he's not causing trouble.
Ok, he's been located. He was chilling out by the door, and being a good boy. This pic is a self-portrait I took a few weeks ago. Riley looks better than I do, but I was really surprised that I was able to get one with him looking at the camera.
Ok, so here's where I need reader input. I have a decision to make about school, and I'm not totally sure where I want to go. I'll try to make it as clear as possible.
This is the option that I am currently on. This option would mean that I would graduate with a community counseling degree in May. My third year of the program would be completing the one remaining class for the school counseling program, as well as doing a school internship. If everything works out, this internship would be an Interim-A position, which means that I'm actually working and getting a paycheck even though I'm in the process of finishing up requirements for licensure. I would finish the school track in May of 2008 with my school counseling license. This would also give me the 60 hours required to get my LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) in the future if I so desire.
This is the new option that was suggested today. This option would allow me to switch from my current community track to the school track, and take the school internship class (as opposed to the community one I'm in now) next semester. I would "graduate" in May with a school counseling degree, then take the final required class in the summer. I would be certified when I completed the requirements in the summer and pass the Praxis (I'd have to take the Praxis in both scenarios, it's just a matter of when I take it). On this track I could possibly get an Interim-A position (if I haven't gotten my license), or be ready to have a real school counseling position next fall. I would not have a community degree, but all that would be required to finish (should I desire to do so) would be the year-long internship (and maybe 1 class).
So, one option will have me in school until 2008. One will have me done in Mayish. One will give me two options for licensure/job opportunities. I basically have to decide if I want to spend the 3 years now and get two options, or spend two years for one option and maybe go back for the 3rd year later if I want to. The hold up is that I don't know if I want to give up the possibility of working in an agency. And, with an interim position, I'd basically have a job. The only bad thing is that I would still have to do tapes and work and give money to Vanderbilt. Thoughts? Or was that way too confusing?
This past weekend was pretty fun. Friday Scott and I went out to eat with Julie and Jana, which was fun. Saturday Scott and I spent the morning cleaning, which is never fun. My house looks lots better though, which is always nice. I got one of those Swiffer picker-upper things, and I'm actually really impressed with it. Riley brings in a lot of leaves and such on his legs, and I really don't want to vacuum everyday. This is a nice way to pick up the leaves without hauling out the vacuum. Saturday night Scott and I went to the Vandy vs. TSU game. The ended up delaying kickoff for 45 minutes due to rain. By the time the game actually started the rain had stopped, but by then Scott and I had already sat in it for about 30 min. It actually ended up not being too bad, especially because it stopped. It was a fun game, and Vandy won. I also found a fleece jacket that I want, if I can get them to order my size. Sunday Scott and I went to Julie's house for the PPV and the huge TNA announcement. We were all excited, and we'll see what happens with all that stuff.
So I think that's about all that I have for now. I really want to update more often, but it's so hard with classes and being busy. I'm really enjoying my internship and everything I'm doing, but a little slower schedule would be nice. But then, that'll come next semester. =)