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BTS: Back To Studying August 10, 2009

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Study Skills

Since everyone else got a Summer break from school, I thought I would get a Summer break from studying. And honestly, who can study when the temperature outside can easily reach 100* by Noon and the inside of the bedroom feels like a sauna? Not me!

I understand that it will take me longer to return where I was as I have to go back to a few things and re-study Algebra because I pretty much forgot some of the stuff I learned this past Spring. I know there are some things I will never learn in Algebra. I hate Math and Algebra. I will never use it in my career, so why do I have to learn it? But because it is required for me to know it in order to go college, I will learn it. I won’t like it but I’ll learn it.

I’m actually excited to start studying again. I an only read so much, watch TV so much, and sleep so much before it just becomes boring. Well, sleeping is NEVER boring. In fact, I’d love to sleep in if I could. But now, I am waking up anywhere between 7:30 and 8:30. I’m not happy about it, but my body just won’t let me sleep late. Plus, I felt a sense of accomplishment when I studied. Like I was working on something great. Maybe I was actually learning and didn’t know it.

But as I cracked open the book last night when I started to study again, I found 5 different sections folded down (kind of as my bookmark) and almost started writing in each section because I had forgotten where I was. Eventually I found my notes and the right section. I didn’t do much because it was late at night (almost 10 PM) and I was kinda tired. Am I happy to be studying again? Yes and no. Yes because I might finally be able to take the diagnostic test they have in book without freaking out and no because I suck at Algebra and Geometry. I understand that it’s part of college education, but in my career, I HIGHLY doubt that I’ll be using equations and area in my career.


C’mon, give me a break! April 3, 2009

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Zeus isn’t doing too well. The vet rechecked his blood (since he couldn’t find the exact problem last time) and said he had advanced parvo. And as we all know, in puppies, that’s not a good sign. I’ve tried not to cry the past couple of days but I cried my eyes out this morning. I’m so depressed and it’s so depressing. C’mon, give me a break! I can’t handle everything at once- and losing him would put me over the edge. Like it would just tear me to pieces.

Remember how I said that I didn’t feel bad for no studying when I had that cold? Who knew I could do a 180! I haven’t studied for a week (except for last night) and I felt so lost! I need to get the ball rolling if I want to understand what I struggle with. C’mon Angela (that’s me!), get your head into the game! Just a little mental Post-It note for yours truly.

I need art… March 28, 2009

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Yet another artist started following me on Twitter. Now don’t get me wrong- I love art and paintings. I’m a lot more cultured than I seem to be. I know who painted the Sistine Chapel, what a Van Gogh looks like, and what the “Girl With A Pearl Earring” looks like (though I can’t tell you who painted it.). I love art.

But I realized that I would like some paintings from people all over the world for my house. I can’t keep my University of Texas Longhorns Dancing Bevo up forever. When I actually leave for college, I’m going to need something to actually adorn my apartment with instead of my UT blanket and Bevo. Even though twin is going to University of Texas and those things will come in handy, I’m not. It’s going to seem weird if I invite a friend over and they see all of this Texas stuff (you don’t want a list of what I have; trust me.). Maybe I’ll send some with twin and kept only 1 or 2 items. Bevo stays.

I don’t know if I’m just being a whiny brat today (which is probable) or I’m finally feeling better enough post something with meaning. Who knows. Who cares.

Decisions Decisions… March 26, 2009

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Lately I’ve been hammering on and on about wanting to review products and possibly hold a giveaway. Everyone else is doing it- it sounds like fun! And you know me- I’m all about fun. I’m the epitome of fun. I even have fun when I sleep. Ok, so not really but you get the idea.

As I was going down the list of other blog buttons and reading them, I stopped and wondered- maybe I could have a Texas Banter Reviews blog. But I stopped myself. I just can’t handle another blog. I update this one daily, Frugal Sissy weekly, and TwinTastic whenever I can remember. On top of that, I have to study for college AND find out what kind of business my family can start. Oy!  What was I thinking? You’d figure that after over 200 posts on here, several on the others, and College Algebra that my brain would be fried. But remember- I’m witty!

Of course, I’m still looking for products to review. I have a product from BzzAgent to review but it’s a Clean & Clear Makeup Removal kit so that will have to wait when I paint my pretty face for the boys. Who knows when that will be. Makeup + cold = weird complexion. I learned that the hard way one day. I was sick with a cold and when I’m sick, I’m pale. So I thought putting a darker foundation would help. Boy was I wrong! It looked like my face had tanned while I had on longjohns. But when I review the product (on BzzAgent as well on TB), I’ll get lucky and get more inquiries for a review/giveaway.

I still wish I could get rid of this cold and wish the dog would take a nap. He’s grumpy and needs one. So do I.

I don’t feel bad… March 25, 2009

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I take that back. I do feel bad- I have a cold, remember?

But usually every day for several hours, I bury myself in trying to figure the hell out of College Algebra in which I could easily spend 2-3 hours writing and rewriting this junk. Why they expect us to know what x(squared) + y (squared)= (x+y)(x+y) I don’t know. It usually drives me crazy and after a hand cramp, I give it up. It can wait another day.

Today, I didn’t study at all. I read a little bit of  No Dominion by Charlie Huston and took a nice nap. I didn’t even think about studying. True, I only have until this fall (when they list new test dates) to get everything memorized so I can at least a good showing that I am ready for college. I know I have the Writing, Reading, and Essay part ready. I am extremely dreading the Math with a vengence. But I didn’t feel bad for not studying and still don’t feel bad.

It can wait. I still hate Algebra. Evil. Pure evil.

Damnit, I missed it! March 18, 2009

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Yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day and I am so mad at myself!

I have Irish in me and I damn proud of it! I have several Irish t-shirts and plan to decorate my room (once I go away to college) in Irish stuff. And not the stuff you can get at the mall- I mean true blue Irish decor!

But I can’t believe I missed it! I just rolled on by as if it was another. True, yesterday was hectic as hell and I still wore an Irish t-shirt (without thinking anything of it), but I didn’t get to have my own personal celebration for being a proud Irish lass.

Damnit, I always miss the good stuff.

I am a math goddess! March 18, 2009

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Okay, so I’m not really a math goddess. I’ve been studying the math section of the THEA book and decided to do one of those easy-peasy and it was 20 questions in all. It was one that dealt with fractions (granted, I stayed away from Least Common Denominator because I still have NO clue) and I only missed 1! That gave me a confidence boost as I reach my least-favorite section of math- Algebra. I suck at Algebra. I hate Algebra.

On the bright side, we might have the computer fixed by the weekend. We were able to move things around to where we could get it done. We’re getting the part probably Friday and it might fix the problem. Let’s hope that’s the problem or we’re screwed!

Everyone is doing… okay. Of course, Mom is stressed but what Mother isn’t. Hell, even I’m stressed! Manders is doing okay. She fell yesterday and kinda hurt her shoulder but she’s a-okay. Daddy is doing well. Nothing new there! As for Zeus, Patches, Princess, and Smokie? Still chasing each other and still furry.

Hello friends! March 8, 2009

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I just wanted to let everyone know that I’m still alive. LOL The computer, unfortunately, is still somewhat incapacitated. It feels so weird having a $900 paper weight when you are so used to getting on several times a day. I feel so out of the loop without it!

But I am still studying for the THEA. I finished the writing so now all I have left is the math and writing sample section. That might take a while. LOL

Zeus is doing well (since someone asked about him.). After the accident, he reverted back to his puppy stage since he never truly had a puppy “stage”. He went from little to “not-even-a-year-old adult”. Scary to think about. But we’re going to start training him to not bite, chew on his leash, pull WHILE ON his leash, and a few other things. Maybe we can actually train him to do a few tricks as well. He’s still in that learning window so who knows!

Smokie is back to her regular self. She sleeps all day, wants attention all day, and thinks she’s royalty. Nothing new there!

I know this seem redundant and maybe it is, but I feel so lost not being able to post everyday. True, I could come to the library everyday but there are times I really don’t feel like it. I feel so lost and disconnected with everyone.

Hopefully we get it fixed real soon- I can only take so much math and TV!

I’m so proud of her! March 1, 2009

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I know it sounds really weird right now for me to say that, especially after my last post about Smokie. I’ll get to her in a little bit. But I am proud of Manders!

Why am I proud of my twin sister? She just told me she wanted to learn Irish Gaelic! Now remember, I know a little Scottish Gaelic. These 2 languages ARE EXTREMELY DIFFERENT and are practically “dead” languages (meaning that anyone hardly speaks them anymore). They are are extremely difficult languages to learn. I gave up on Scottish Gaelic because I found it was too hard for me to learn. I didn’t believe in myself and was confident enough that I could actually speak it fluently. But since Manders was the first one out of the both of us to mention college, I know she’ll be able to handle something as small as Irish Gaelic.

Speaking of college, I have started studying for the THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment), which is a test new student are applying for even a 2 year college must take. It evaluates the readiness of students for college-level coursework in Texas. There are only 3 sections: Reading, Math, and Writing. I need the most help in Math and Writing so I am starting on the Writing before I start on the Math so I can dedicate a lot of my time to the Math section- since that’s where I need the most help. Well, also on the impromtu essay but that I can work on while I’m working on the math.

Ok, now I know you’re anxious to know how Smokie is doing. She is doing a lot better than she was when she had the kittens and the following day after. She still wants a lot of attention and still continues to sleep almost all day long but she is getting better. Her and Princess (Manders’ kitty) play fought a little earlier. We had Subway the other day and she wanted some of my Philly Steak & Cheese so that’s a good sign. I think she’ll be depressed for  awhile but we have learned (and I’m sure Smokie has learned this as well) that it was the last time she was pregnant. It’s kind of sad when you think about it. I guess it’s like going into menopause, knowing you can’t have any more children. I wouldn’t know. I haven’t hit menopause yet. I’m only 24!

As far as my health goes, I am getting A LOT better. I am starting to regain my energy and don’t have as many heart palpitations like I used to. I’m eating 1-2 bananas a day along with carrots and celery. When I take Zeus outside, I will actually run with him so that we both get exercise. I have my good days and bad days, like we all do. What can I say- One day at a time.

Oh yea, before I forget, I have something to tell ya! I possibly have a sponsor for the giveaway. I know, it’s taking forever. I just have to hear back from them as a confirmation, review the product, then we can hold the giveaway. Geez, I think it would be easier to hold a giveaway on TwinTastic (since our readers are of different demographics) with our own money than wait on a sponsor! Speaking of which, we will be holding a giveaway on TwinTastic soon, as well. So head over to TwinTastic for more information!

Aha! February 23, 2009

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Remember a couple of weeks ago when I complained that I didn’t know what to do with my life and felt like a disappointment? I have some good news!

Right when the old computer decided to go kaput on us, I have a revelation. No, it wasn’t about the computer or computers in general. It was about my “soon-to-be” career. I was watching The Dog Whisperer on TV when I realized that I loved animals. A lot. I wanted to be an animal behaviorist right then and there. In other words, an animal trainer. Sure, I would be able to train dogs to sit, beg, and dance. But I didn’t want to just stop at tricks. I wanted to actually be able to make them behave without having to say “calm assertive energy” because while Ceaser is great, I have other ways of making the animal behave as they should. Now in no way am I saying that I am better than Ceaser. Absolutely not! But I won’t stop to training just dogs. I have a lot of experience with cats (I’ve litter trained atleast 6 cats in my life- maybe more) so if they won’t use the litter, I know exactly how to deter that. I also want to have the experience of training other pets and animals as well. Make myself more versatile so it’s not just a cat or a dog, ya know?

But I’m pretty excited. I’m studying the THEA so I can apply to go to college to study zoology as well as animal behavior and everything else that goes along with it. I finally get to say that “Yes, I’m going to school” when someone asks me. It’s a great feeling. And knowing that both Manders and I will be going to the same school together just makes it that much more exciting. Oooh, college life!

So in a few years look for Angela Kinder- animal behaviorist on Animal Planet! Haha!

Texas wins! Texas wins! January 6, 2009

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If you can’t tell, I am extremely happy.

If I’m correct, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl was the last college Bowl of the season. It was against the Ohio State University Buckeyes and the University of Texas Longhorns. Now, I didn’t watch the whole thing because I was switching between the movie “Hook” (with Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman) and “You’ve Got Mail” (no need to say who is in this!) so I kept turning it over to the game to see the score. Everytime I did, OSU was still ahead. So at the 4th quarter, I turned it to the game since “Family Guy” wasn’t on yet and I wanted to see UT beat the snot out of OSU.

Well, the 4th quarter was interestly to say the least! OSU got a couple of penalties, UT got one. The score was 21 to 17 with OSU leading. UT makes the snap and is taken down at the 1st down mark, and even though it had already been reviewed, OSU wanted to review it again. UT ended up keeping their first down. With less than 40 seconds on the clock, Colt McCoy throws the ball to Krosby and he drives it in for a touchdown!! They make the extra point and it’s OSU’s ball. UT wouldn’t even let them get a 1st down. 5 seconds left….