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Company Girl 1.15

Good Afternoon Company Girls! Today I have a diet Coke next to me and am only going to give myself 15 minutes to sit down and "talk". . .hopefully later this weekend I'll be around to catch up with all of you too :) Thank you, Anna, for helping me get the Company Girl Coffee button up on my post! Now I feel a little better. . .I like to learn something new every day if I can.

The kids FINALLY went back to school today. . .one hour late. I think we were the only county in our state that was still off yesterday. . .it's frustrating for me but more from an educational standpoint. I am lucky enough to have a life right now that is flexible enough to roll with multiple early dismissals/delays and days off. . .I can't imagine being a working mom, trying to fill in all these details each time school is called off unexpectedly or when a child becomes ill. I am truly blessed.

I haven't been able to keep up with the daily challenges this week :( I have read them each day and printed out what I needed to to do them but "life" really got in the way. The kids and I really just ran, ran, ran and when we were home I was doing things with them mainly. So. . .I'm sad that I don't have a schedule to post and be proud of today but *hopefully* this weekend.

I started school again yesterday. I am working on a Master's Degree in Instructional Leadership. This could lead to an administrative position someday but my intent right now is just to get the degree because it's always been a dream of mine. I took three classes last semester and am registered for three this semester too. The start has been a bit rocky. . .I showed up for class last night on campus just to find out that it was a "Monday" night. . .who knew? Then I got home and signed into one of my online classes and I'm a little concerned that it's not graduate-level even though I went back and looked at my registration and I clearly signed up for a graduate-level (and paid for!) a graduate-level class. . .my adviser still hasn't gotten back to me so I'm kind of in limbo there too. And BOOKS! My. . .when I found my one class wasn't meeting last night I walked over to the bookstore to purchase a book I know I need for another class and it was $122!!!!! For ONE book. . .and it was the last one there. Sigh. And then I signed up for a state test yesterday that I need to take in March. . .$130. Man, this is EXPENSIVE. My husband is so good and so supportive of my efforts and I appreciate him beyond measure for allowing me to spend our family's money on this. It has opened our eyes for our children though. . .I know my parents weren't prepared for the expense of college and in the end my sister, brother, and I paid for much of it because they just couldn't afford it. I always thought that it wasn't "too bad" to help out so had fully intended just to "help" the kids. . .but the prices of an education now are out of control. I remember I commuted to school and paid $600+ for a full quarter and books, total, were probably $200 or so. It was difficult because I was probably only making $4-$5/hr but it was still affordable. I don't think you could pay for everything on minimum wage anymore.

Well, that's it for now. I'm sure my 15 minutes are up :) I have a date tonight with Tom. . .the YMCA has Parent's Night Out once a month from 5-9 p.m. so the deal is that I pay for that and he pays for the date. . .yea!!! (O.K., we have "shared" money -- don't start running for Dave Ramsey -- but we have our own "budgets" so-to-speak.) He has told me he's going to take me to Target -- that's a BIG deal around here. . .about an hour away -- yea! So. . .I need to get my minimum maintenance done before the kids get home and then cleaned up. . .I've had a busy morning of tennis, a few hours working at the Y, and my weekly Sam's Club shopping.

I have to add. . .it's 57 degrees here today!!!! As much as I complain about the cold. . .I *love* to brag when it's beautiful like this :)


  1. What a fun post! I love Company Girl Coffee because I feel like I really get to know you girls over the internet!

    It sounds like you lead a busy life. Don't ever feel like you have to explain why you didn't get the small thing done. The greatest thing about small things is you can pick up wherever you want to in the month.

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Good luck with your classes. That is a big step, but I'm glad that you are pursuing your dream. Colleges are incredibly expensive. We have a college fund for our kids, and I know that will help. It depends on the school that they pick, too.
    I hope that you enjoyed your date. :)

  3. Wow, I am so impressed that you are getting your master's. I have considered it but I cannot evern imagine tryin right now!

    Hope you had fun on your date! My husband and I went out last night and ended up at Target ourselves! Ya just gotta love that place!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


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