kerc, you get first dibs on exercise for the rest of the month. Tell him the dingoes say so!!
lofty, I would love an Adirondack margarita right about now. I hope the ankle heals quickly.
RM, I never understood the concept of bloating until the past year or so. Women would say they were bloated and I was . Recently (in my post-children, post-breastfeeding life), I get a lot of premenstrual bloating. Things that help are kombucha and other pro/pre biotic foods, really limiting dairy and wheat in the final week of my cycle, and some wicked green tea that my husband drinks that seems to help. (I'm not more helpful with the tea name, since it's entirely in Chinese. The most bitter green tea I've ever had.) I hope you find something that works for you...
Today I invigilated two exams, and am about 60% through grading them. I also have a stack of portfolios to grade and then I'm finished for the semester. I had an email at lunch offering me three classes for the fall, for a total of 82% time, all crammed into three full days. I accepted. Two hours after that I had an email from the University offering me a guaranteed scholarship *if I'm willing to take two classes instead of one* in fall and spring. I have until next week to decide. My options are:
A. Do it all (82% work, plus full-time school): Advantages are a good financial situation, disadvantage is that I'm likely to be sick, in the psych ward or dead by December.
B. Take the work contracts and stay at one course: Probably slightly better financially, takes longer to get the degree and in the long run probably more costly (more years of part-timeish and paying tuition)
C. Cut back to 50% at the college and do full-time: Busy, but probably possible. I've always been a time-efficient student, 50% keeps my benefits at the college and qualifies me for professional development money.
D. Cut back even more at the college (22%?) and maybe still pick up some hospital shifts, and do full-time: less reliable, probably my last choice.
I'm leaning toward C. I know it's a bit insane to work half time and go to school full time, but if I cut back on hospital work, etc. I think it should be possible. I could then go back to part-time status in the fall (and take a summer course to keep myself on track to finish faster).
Must run. I'm working a night shift tonight, and am about to walk away from the grading for a quick run in the forest before dinner and the hospital.