Back to School Part 2

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Going to school now actually is realizing a dream for me, going for something that will allow me to change careers and reach my goals.

I mentioned in my post the other day that looking for a school to attend that is 100% online is not for the faint of heart, it is a jungle out there and you need to bring some equipment on your journey.  More on that in my next post, for now, I will just tell you that I have decided to seek my degree by attending Tiffin University.  Tiffin University is in Ohio; they are a private school that has been around since the late 1800s.  So far Tiffin has been attentive and helpful without acting like telemarketers on the last day of the month that are trying to reach their goal (no offense to folks in that line of work, I have done it).

My daughter received her graduate degree from Tiffin University, and she had a good experience and now has a degree from a reputable school.  My daughter was my best reference, and not that I do not trust her, but I did do some of my own research, more on that at a later date.  Like a suspense novel right?

I am seeking a degree in Healthcare Administration; this may not seem terribly exciting to some, but it is for me as it allows me to make a career change and meet my long-term goals.   In about five years or so I want to move back to the east coast, near a beach.  The area I am considering does not have a lot of large business, which is necessary for my current career.  However, this area does have a large health care presence.  With twenty years of management and my newly earned degree, I am hoping to be able to make this move and earn a good living.  Bonus, I will be living near the beach and not need to move when I retire.  Great plan right?

 

Back to School

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In my ever changing quest to find myself, I have decided to go back to school.  Well, decided, enrolled, and start class tomorrow.  I am going 100% online, so technically I have already begun my work because they load it ahead of time.

The decision to go back to school was not a hard one, deciding what I wanted to do, and where to get my degree, that was the hard part.  Searching for an online university is not for the faint of heart, you have to have a keen sense of bullshit, and a willingness to say no thank you.  Being a Baby Boomer, I am very skeptical about getting an online degree, but with my job and obligations, this is my only choice if I am going to do this.  When I first started looking, I was naive and ended up having to talk to a lot of people, some less scrupulous than others.

For those who do not know if you go out to the great big world of the internet and search what you are looking to do, not every site has the best intentions.  I found a site that seemed good and the site wanted me to tell it what I was looking to study, how I wanted to study, etc.  I filled this out, and mistakenly gave my contact information I am not exaggerating when I say more than seven schools called me within 10 minutes.  Most of these schools were what many like to call diploma mills; others were reputable.  All were too fast, and it was overwhelming.

I took a step back and decided to search without giving anyone any information until I was ready to apply.  After more than a month of weeding out many, it came down to two different colleges.  Both not for profit and both had physical locations that have existed for almost 100 years.  I finally narrowed down my major and made my choice.

Because I do not have enough school work to do (this is a lie) I will come back and tell you all where I am going and what I decided to study and why.  For now, though, class starts tomorrow, and I have about 32,076 hours of school work to do before next Sunday.

Rant Ahead – RSVP

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I do not generally use my blog to rant, but I am so frustrated by the seemingly lack of consideration that I am experiencing right now.

When did it become OK to not RSVP to an invitation?  Did people forget that money is being spent, that plans are being made?  If you do not RSVP to the invitation, I do not know your intent; I do not know what you are doing, I am not psychic!  I am either going to have too much food, or not enough, too much space or not enough.

Have we really convinced ourselves that we are so busy and so important that no one else matters?  I am sorry, but a couple of minutes to make a phone call, send a text, email, anything is not too much to ask; it does not have to be a letter.

If you read this do me a favor never forget to RSVP, I mean never.  It is rude, thoughtless, and stressful for the person who sent the invite.  You are not that busy or important, get over yourself and RSVP.

End of rant.

When cooking is not your thing

 

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Cooking is not my thing, I mean I really dislike doing it.  When I was not watching my weight it was easy, just eat whatever is handy, or order delivery, anything to not have to think about what to eat.  Now that I am trying to eat better and feel better, I have to think about what I eat, I have to put ingredients together in my head that will be healthy and filling.

I am going to share some of the things that I keep in my house, that keep me happy and out of the kitchen, well at least I am not in the kitchen for very long.  By no means is this list meant for everyone, but maybe it will spur you to find a few of your favorite things for your kitchen.  I would also like to state that not all of these things are healthy and natural, but they are not awful either and fit into my eating plan.

So, here goes –

  • White Corn tortillas – these are tasty, not a lot of calories, and keep for a very long time.  You can have them with breakfast, lunch or dinner
  • Jennie-O Turkey sticks – White breast turkey, 25 calories, cut them up in a salad.  Yummy!
  • Reduced fat string cheese – grab and go
  • Spring Mix and baby spinach – hundreds of things you can throw in it for a quick meal
  • A mix of Chard, Kale, and spinach or other greens for smoothies.  (Invest in a smoothie blender, I have a Ninja, totally worth it!)
  • Oscar Mayer Natural Turkey Breast – Tasty, low cal, and easy with just about anything
  • Pico de Gallo – everything already cut up and ready for you!  I do not have to cut onions, or peppers, or tomatoes.  Heaven!
  • Grated Romano Cheese – or Parmesan – whatever you like.  Delicious on salads, over meats, obviously with pasta.
  • Pasta – good go to in a pinch and just about everything I listed here can be added to pasta to make it better!
  • Bananas –  I love bananas 🙂  Pick another fruit if you do not like these, keeping any fruit on hand is good for a quick snack.
  • Rice Cakes
  • PB2 – for my rice cakes.  If you have not tried this powdered PB I recommend that you do.
  • Coffee –  I love coffee, more than I love bananas, it is a necessity.
  • Tuna – I always have a few pouches of tuna on hand.
  • Frozen Berries – they do not go bad and are great for smoothies

I keep a lot of other things also, spices, etc to use when making these, but looking at this list, I could make a weeks worth of meals and spend very little time in the kitchen.  Also, only using my stove top, never having to turn on my oven!

That is it.  Nothing new, or earth shattering here, but if, like me, you are cooking adverse, maybe you could think of some things to do with these ingredients.  I promise, just a few minutes from the kitchen to hiking, or shopping, or watching TV; anything other than cooking.

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