Friday, December 15, 2006

It's Over!!!!!

The fall semester has come to a close, and I aced both of my classes. I can't believe it! My drafting class was easy. I could have done that one in my sleep (and I often did!). In fact, I completed all the coursework 3 weeks early.

My architectural history class was the one I was worried about. I hadn't worked this hard since the philosophy class I took a few years ago. At that time, I told myself that if I got a B in that class, I would be happy. And that's exactly what happened.

This was not the case with AH. I was not willing to accept anything less than an A. I worked hard searching for photos, writing captions for them, compiling notebooks, and writing research papers, studying PowerPoint lectures, and reading assigned chapters from the text that often didn't get covered in class or on tests.

Many weekends, I didn't leave the house. in fact, I would spend entire days in my pajamas, sequesterd to the family room reading, typing, searching, and reading some more. I would only stop when smiling Quinton entered the room carrying a tuna sandwich.

I tried very hard not to fall apart. Often, I begged the boys and their friends to pipe down because "Mom's working in here". If that didn't work, I would lay down the law and make them all go outside. I was met usually with whines of protest, but I persisted. After all, it was usually around 75 degrees outside...too nice to be indoors. I would have traded places with them in a heartbeat.

I also gained a little weight this semester. Whenever I completed a notebook section, I would reward myself by eating my weight in Oreos or chocolate and peanut butter ice cream from Baskin Robbins. Also, when I was overcome with stress, I would eat. Hey, it's better than alcohol!

So in the end, completed AH class with a very hard earned A...despite the numerous occasions I shot daggers at the instructor. Speaking of which, I patiently waited for an opportunity to fill out a performance evaluation. Well, it never came. We weren't afforded that chance. Oh well, if I can't use my words, I can speak with my actions. I simply won't take any class she teaches ever again...if I can avoid it!

5 comments:

Ces said...

CONGRATULATIONS Val! I know that you have been working very hard. Good for you. Now you deserve a wonderful Christmas holiday.

You and Christopher, both did very well.

Denise said...

Dear Val-Congratulations!!!!
I know you worked very hard to deserve this!
You did this and ran a home at the same time too- I know that's hard.
Be proud of yourself and make sure Q gets you something really cute for Christmas,
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Christopher said...

Val, face it...we are super geniuses. Let me know when you're ready to take over the world, because I am sooooo with you. ;-)

Robyn said...

Good work Val! Enjoy a well deserved holiday break and treat yourself to a new purse, shoes, whatever and don't worry about the weight, it will come off. Just be healthy! Best to Q for a happy healthy holiday season.
(It's not snowing in Buffalo yet)

Ms. Val said...

Ces, thank you. It was a hard fought battle, but I emerged victorious.

Denise, I didn't really run the home during that time. At times we were living in squalor with sinks full of unwashed Fiesta and the boys having to get 2 or 3 wearings out of their jeans before I could wash them.

Christopher, today Architectural History, tomorrow the world!

Robyn, thank you. I'll do that. And I'll tell Q that you said hi.