Wednesday, August 28, 2013



August brings the end of summer and the beginning of fall. For many it is the start of exciting new adventures as they head off to school. The first day of school holds so many promises and opportunities. It is full of excitement and wonder as students embark on this new chapter in their lives.

I love it when the students return to classes. Suddenly the campus is alive again. You see the excitement in the student’s faces. You hear the excited chatter as they walk down the halls. And you are reminded of why you do what you do. In that moment you get caught up in the thrill of the first day of class and it suddenly makes everything worth it.

I know that I have admitted that I love the silence of the halls when the students are gone and that at times I love the break from the insanity. But it does not compare to the feeling that you get when you see the students on the first day of class. It feels you with hope and promise that they are embarking on a new adventure and taking a step toward creating a better future for themselves.

August marks the start of new beginnings.

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Winds of Change

I saw this on the web today and loved the meaning it has. Perhaps change is not so bad after all.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The World Is Conspiring Against Me



Just recently I made a decision that to help my thyroid work more effectively and for my overall health I would cut out sweets and soft drinks. I decided that I would make a conscious effort to eat more fruits and vegetables. And I decided that I am going to drink more water and less drinks that are bad for me.

So my plan was going so well until today. At work today they were having a going away party for a couple of the student workers who are going off to another college. So everyone brought in stuff for lunch and none of it was healthy stuff. It was basically your normal pot luck food. In addition they had so many delicious sounding deserts. I so badly wanted to try some of the desert. But I held my ground and did not even go in the break room to take a look at the food. The worst part about the whole thing is that the break room is close to my office so while I was eating my measly boring salad, I sat in my office smelling the yummy food.

But I am very proud of myself. I stuck to my promise I made to myself and I did not cave under pressure. I did not give in and try the yummy good that smelled so much better than my salad. I know that while I do not feel like it now, my body will thank me later for not indulging and eating the food.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

A Lament to My Thyroid

Dear Thyroid,

      I have tried so hard over the years to be good to you. I have worked at trying to eat healthy and to exercise, but you have rebelled against me and decided to do your own thing. Because of you I have had to endure months of being exhausted, weight gain, being cold, fertility issues and emotional ups and downs. These are just a few of the things that I have lived through for a long time now. It is hard to believe that such a tiny organ can cause so much unbalance.

      Life has changed since my diagnosis. I have spent more time at the doctor than I probably ever have in my life. I have been inconvenienced with frequent visits to the doctor to have my levels checked. I have become a pro at giving blood and I hate needles! But I am fighting back now. I am not going to let you have the last word. I will not let you win this battle. I will not let you dictate how I feel anymore.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Friday's Letters

Dear Friday, boy am I glad you are here! It has been a really long busy week, and I am ready for the weekend! Dear Blog, sorry for neglecting you. I promise to try and spend more time with you. Dear August, wow I cannot believe you are here! It seems like this year has flown by. It is hard to believe it. Dear Self, just 12 more weeks of graduate school and you are done! You can do it!