Saturday, April 17, 2010

Insanity on steroids

Because my calendar magically cleared itself (and my laundry washed itself, too!), I decided to take a couple of college classes this spring.

NOT.

No, actually, my calendar is fuller than ever (and my laundry is piled up higher than ever), and I am just a crazy woman.

One day last fall I came to the realization that our extended excursion into poverty last year just might have positive implications when it came to financial aid.

So, armed with a bucket load of grants and scholarships, I am completing the remaining six classes I need to finish my bachelor's degree in nursing (I have my associate's - it's a long, complicated story and I won't bore you). Yes, it's those same six classes I have needed since I decided I was too busy and overwhelmed, and quit when Allie-16 was born, well, 16 years ago. And again that time when I tried to start when Libby-12 was born. And again when I registered but withdrew when Annie-8 was born....You get the idea.

ANYWAY, I thought it would put me over the edge of the stress scale (I was at 330 at last check, which is probably why I finally had to go to the doctor for - you guessed it - a steroid shot for my allergies, which have been out of control lately).

But surprisingly, I have thoroughly ENJOYED my new venture. The kids are cracking up when I say I have to do homework. They are already used to stepping over my piles of paper, so that wasn't any adjustment. We held a family meeting and they agreed to pitch in (at least in theory). I cleared out a space in the garage and set up tables for sorting laundry (it's amazing how those piles don't bother me, as long as they are not on my bed). I have already written four papers in APA format (who knew all that blogging would come in handy when it came to writing?) and read dozens of scholarly articles. My mind is brimming, which is probably why I can't come up with something to blog. Just email me instead, okay?

So here I am. A forty-four-year-old working mother of five going back to school. It's just so crazy it might work.

22 comments:

Mindy said...

You are an inspiration to us all! Keep up the good work :)

joyceandnorm said...

Oh my! What an adventure! Writing is not so bad, but I think I would have trouble just sitting still in class.

I'm glad everyone is willing to pitch in around the house. That's great!

I had a BS in Business already, but changed career paths after graduating, and was on my way to getting a Early Childhood Education (Child Dev.) degree. I was 1 class(!!!) away from an AA when I was pregnant with my older daughter. I don't even think I'm going to go back in that direction when the kids are off to school, but 1 class! It's killin' me here. =p Should I take it one day just to complete it? hehe

Good luck with your homework. =p

mholgate said...

Katherine, you continue to amaze me! :) I don't know what I want to be when I grow up, but with one still left at home next year, I've got a couple of years to figure it out!

Hugs,
Melissa

Margaret said...

I went back to college at 40. I had a ball and I am thrilled for you.

bass family said...

That is amazing! Good for you!!

MamaZ said...

Yep, been there, done that. 3 kids, hobby farm, working shift work on call as an RN, took one course at a time and 6 years later, got my degree in nursing - and we all survived! It meant that I got a daytime job in the community that I love, and that was 20 years ago. I am now 63 yrs. old, still working and still loving it. Don't be too hard on yourself, just get through. I worked hard to get good marks, but noone ever asked what marks I got, only if I had my degree.

Jenn said...

I am so proud of you! If anyone can do it, I KNOW it is you. You have always had that drive and strength to do anything you set your mind to! I would love to go back to school! I don't see it in the cards for me right now but, hey, I still have time. Maybe I will cut back on volunteering and go get that degree finished instead. That would cross a HUGE thing off of my bucket list.

You're an inspiration to even get me to consider that! ;-)

Andrea said...

you're DOING it! I love you!

Anonymous said...

Ditto!!!!

Mel

MamaBear said...

Good for you! I'm 42 and going back to school to get a nursing degree. It's the hardest thing I've ever done, but my family is on board and trying to do all they can to help out. So glad to know there are others out there like me ... just making it a day at a time!

JJ said...

That's wonderful! You will do great!

Michelle said...

Katherine, I'm so proud for you!! I've been trying to ignore that longing in me to do exactly that. You inspire me and who knows...maybe I just might work up the courage too.

Crazy Lady Cheryl said...

What an inspiration!

Joyfulness said...

I think that's fabulous! So glad you are enjoying it too. What a blessing!

Val said...

Good luck with your studies! Not sure if you remember, but you emailed me the most inspirational email when I had to return to work after being home for 3 years with my kids. I had to leave my youngest who at the time was only 9wks. old and I was a wreck! I just want you to know how much your email meant to me, and I wanted to thank you. I wish you the best with all your new challenges. I've now been working for 1 year and although it's been difficult, I can see how I should be thankful to have a job for my family. Sometimes the best things come when we're pushed! God bless you!
Val

Debbie said...

Katherine, good for you. You can do it! You inspire me to go for those things I've put on the back burner since having kids, too.

I wish you God's blessings on finishing that degree. You have a great attitude about life's challenges, one that I surely can learn from.

Thanks gal!

Susan said...

I absolutely love your blog and we have such amazingly similar stories it's freightening. I'm a 43 year old, mother of 5 oldest 16 and youngest 7 and I'm also a nurse. Well, was a nurse, retired to motherhood for now.
I don't remember where I found your blog, but I'm glad I did.
Best wishes with school, I know you can do it.

Cassandra said...

FOLDING LAUNDRY IN THE GARAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU ARE A GENIUS!!!!!!! I have a horribly small laundry room and I get tired of putting everything on my bed, just to rake it to the floor at bedtime, to simply put it back on the bed in the morning...(did I just admit to doing that?!?! lol)

Blond Girl said...

So you fell victim to those dancing ads that say "Obama wants moms to go back to school". Haha! Good luck on all your tests and exams. You seem like a woman who will make it work. Hmmm... maybe I should do this, too.

Code Yellow Mom said...

My mother-in-law went back to school at about the same age, with four children. My husband's face lights up when he talks about it - he is so proud of her! Keep plugging away at it - it will be something you will never regret!

Code Yellow Mom said...

p.s. mt word verification was "emesses." :)

AussieSaver said...

Am missing your updates!