Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I'm Not Dead! I Feel Fine!

I'm not posting much these days, and I'm certainly not reading much, either.  I'm sorry to those of you that think I should be doing other wise.  It's just that I can't seem to find a moment to breathe.  Work has been intense lately.  I'm still trying to figure out how to do twice the work with half the workers.  That seems to be common in today's economy.  Of course, there's been plenty to do at home, as well.  This past weekend we moved Bucky and China to a larger coop.  Our nieghbor Dustin tried grabbing Bucky first.  Then I gave it a shot.  Finally Mike managed to grab the little bugger.  He is the absolute meanest rooster I have ever seen!  And the smallest!  I guess he tried to make up for his size!  He's put marks on both Mike and I before, and has even drawn blood!  He's a pretty rooster. (see his pic in my last post) But I just assume not go near him if I can help it.  Our swimming pool has been green for a month now.  We've attempted to clean it, but each time we get close we get more rain, or get busy and skip a few days.  So out of frustration, Mike has emptied it out.  I guess it will go unused till next summer. 

I still haven't put those chickens in the Bargain Trader.  I don't think they are going to be so easy to sell this time of year, really.  And all these little ones are certainly too small to eat. 
 Okay, so this pic is a couple of weeks old.  But really, they aren't much bigger than that.  It's funny, when I go out to feed them in the evening time, I always feed the chickens under the lean-to first.  But all these little chicks are running around, so they come running to me to get some dinner.  They are quite skiddish, though.  For every time I take a step towards them they turn and run like I was a fox.  It's the funniest thing, really.  I have to let out a giggle when I see them do it, even when I am alone. 
I am thinking of going back to school.  Really, I'd like to go to nursing school.  When I first went off to college I was a biology pre-med major.  I wanted to be a doctor.  But I thought it was more important to play volleyball in the sand pits than attend boring labs and lectures on microbiology and cellular morphology.  They even sound boring!  My grades starting slipping, so I ran off to Texas, finished my degree in ministry, then ran off into the army to pay off the sacks of loans I had taken out to pay for six years of college.  Now, nursing school would be too hard to pull off, methinks.  I'd have to attend labs and clinicals during the day time, and I'm not sure how I could work a job to pay my bills and go to classes like that at the same time.  But lately, I have been thinking, maybe I should persue a Masters in Business Management.  I like my current job, it pays fairly well, especially for this area, and a Masters degree could potentially open doors for major advancements.  But of course, I've not really done any research.  It's such an ambitious goal.  Most of the time it seems unobtainable.  Sometimes I think I really just need to simplify my life.  But I can't think of too many things that I'd want to go. 
Well, there's no rhyme or reason to today's post.  I'm just typing as I think.  Hope everyone is doing well.  I apologize for not visiting much lately.  I will be back to normal soon.

16 comments:

Edith Hope said...

Dear Randy, As they say, "if you want a job done, ask a busy person". This certainly seems to apply well to your situation at present. You are fitting so many things in that it is not surprising that at times you feel overwhelmed.

I do think that if your dream is to persue some form of higher education, you should really do some serious research about how this could be done. But, it could be that some form of rationalisation will be needed. There are, after all, only 24 hours in a day.What I am certain of is that once your mind is made up, there will be no stopping you!!

LindaG said...

I certainly don't expect anything out of you. You have a life! Glad to hear work is keeping you busy, my middle boy can't find work right now. I do what I can to keep his spirits up.
I wish we were close to retiring. I'd be happy to take some of your chickens, but Havelock won't let us have chickens. Even told a teacher no when she tried to get it changed.

Take care!

Cat said...

Well, time being a constraint, I suppose this might not be the best suggestion, but have you thought about going to a local college and asking a councilor? They can give you the info on what you need, and perhaps a bit on what and where it's available...

But yes, sometimes it seems like 24 hours in a day just is laughable for getting things finished...

You just write when you can, we'll be here!

Cat

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

as a nurse since 1983 ( I was a psychiatric nurse before I was a general nurse)

my only advice is DO IT!

give it a try Randy! for most of my 27 years as a nurse I have loved the experience....

mind you ......after doing all of the management, charge nurse responsibility....I now only work 11 hours a week!!!!!!!

Phillip said...

Are you watching The Fabulous Beekman Boys?

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I have several friends who are nurses and they are overworked, underpaid, and not appreciated--But it's that way in any job! :-) But nursing is a job that I know has many rewards and takes a special person to do it--I admire you for considering this challenging job Randy!!

jojo said...

you would make a fabulous nurse. My son in s hospice nurse and as tough as it is it is also very rewarding. Go for it.

p.s. so glad you're not dead or that whole nurse thing would be much harder...;p

Aaerelon said...

Congrats on the living! I also like the "What up's" thing.

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

could ya get a school loan through the military?

Little Messy Missy said...

My husband is a nurse. ;0)

Becca's Dirt said...

Randy - what is normal? I don't know. Anyway, I've been missing you. I've also been thinking the same thing but really don't know what I'd do. Take some more classes and see where it may lead. I tried the nursing thing - I couldn't pass the entrance exam and I knew all the answers. I do not do tests well.

Nancy K. said...

I am most certainly glad that you're not dead!

I envy you being young enough to have the option of going back to school and changing the direction of your life. I'll be 58 in February and can't really see a lot of benefit to continuing my education at this point in my life. I've been unemployed since November and the job prospect is not looking good. I'd say: go to school while you still can!

bad penny said...

lots of decisions ... hope it all becomes cleared for you & things calm down a bit xx

Donna said...

As a retired LVN, I think you'd be Perfect in nursing! You have a wonderful and caring heart and that is a MUST in nursing!
Sad but so many of the nurses these days get into the profession for the money...bad choice.
hughugs

Chickens in the Basement said...

Hey Randy!

I'm in the same busy boat you're in! For the first time in months, I have a few minutes to cruise blogs. I sure have missed keeping up with everyone! I figure I can only do a limited amount of things in a day and, while I would love to have blogging as a priority, I don't think social services would think it's more important than, say, feeding the kids! Be nice to yourself!

LemonyRenee' said...

I stopped by to wish you well with Earl, and see I missed a post.

As someone who went to school at night while working full-time by day and then later found a part time job around my full time day course load (because, as you know, not all classes can be taken at night), I know it can be done. If I could do it, you can do it. I know you have spoken of the medical field since I've "known" you. IMHO, you are too young to have many "should have's" . . . they will ferment all your life and, because you are so young, they will become pretty stinking. I say go for it. You have a lot of working years ahead of you, work to get into something that will fulfill you. You have such a warm and kindness about you, Randy, I can totally see you as a great nurse. Go for it!

Now, I hope H. Earl isn't going to give you much trouble.

Have a great weekend.