The Decatur Celebration is over and that means that school will soon be beginning again and thoughts of Fall have already crept into my mind. I love Fall in Illinois. Halloween is my favorite holiday and this year, I am going to convince my 9-year-old son to have a Halloween party. My daughter used to have them and I always had a blast arranging them. The kids really enjoyed them too…as a bonus, but honestly I think I have the most fun.
Back to School
I have two 8-week terms left at Columbia College and I’ll be finished with an associate degree in environmental studies in December. I have applied to Oregon State for their bachelor’s program in natural resources, and I have my fingers crossed that I’ll get in. The University of Illinois also has a good online program. The only problem with the U of I is I’d have to take two years of foreign language, and that doesn’t sound too thrilling. Oregon State doesn’t require it for students who graduated high school prior to 1997 which is nice for me. Anyway, right now I’m in a holding pattern until I know what my next step is for certain.
One way or the other, I will be taking statistics and biology in a couple weeks and a couple other classes ending in December. The time at Columbia has gone by fast. Of course, I haven’t begun statistics yet. Time will probably slow considerably then. I’m predicating a high statistical probability of that occurring.
Getting Back In Shape
Other than that, not a whole lot has been going on my life, other than trying to get back into shape. This past year really threw me a lot of curve balls. I’ve been through injuries, several illnesses, heart issues, etc. It’s been one thing after another, beginning last winter. I don’t know what knocked me down so hard but it’s taken several months to get back up. Luckily, I’ve been able to keep up with school through it all.
It’s been very difficult to go through physically — and mentally. I was used to working out every evening and to get bowled over like that was tough. I sure didn’t see it coming. To get back into a normal exercise routine, I purchased a Fitbit device that I wear on my waist. It has motivated me to walk more.
At first I began just walking in my backyard, trying to rehab myself enough to go for longer walks in the neighborhood. It’s been working! I’ve been walking about 4 miles a day now. That is 10,000 steps for me. For taller people (average height people), 10,000 steps are supposed to equal about 5 miles.
The device syncs with an app for your smartphone, computer, or tablet through Bluetooth. For a tech nerd like me, I love it. It’s basically just a pedometer but the app it does much more than just count steps. I just hope I don’t get knocked down again.