Online Learning- Part Two


Blog Dare Prompt- 1/20/14- So far, so good

While I haven’t exactly been on the up and up with consistently posting, I’m happy at least with some progress that has been made. The blog got a makeover as did the Facebook page. And speaking of Facebook, the Facebook Friday Hop sponsored by Bloggy Moms has been wonderful. I didn’t participate last week but the past two weeks have helped me tremendously. I would definitely recommend checking this out if you haven’t already.

Moving on.

As it relates to the title of the post, online learning, I’m following up from a prior post (read here) regarding my search for college options in the fall. Before my daughter was born, I was considering options online and in person but ultimately decided online. I was, and still remain, quite impressed with St. Leo University in Florida. However, after looking further- I’m adding a few more possibilities. University of Maryland University College, University of Florida and Penn State University. Obviously, I would be paying for out of state tuition with University of Florida while Maryland and Penn State have set tuition rates.. Penn State also has a flat rate for 12 credits or higher.We’ll see what happens after the application process and how many of my prior credits are accepted. I think I’ll apply to all four, if not three. At this point, I’m leaning more towards University of Florida and Penn State. I was also exploring options for Master’s degree work and/or graduate certificate options.

But that’s another post for another day.


Following Christ

Adventures in Church Shopping- Part One

If I could take a screenshot of my internet browser right now- you’d see the following tabs: WordPress Dashboard, The Blog Dare, First Lutheran Church of Albany, First United Methodist Church of Delmar, Presbyterian USA, Delmar Presbyterian Church, Albany Episcopalian & The Cathedral of All Saints. Aside from the first two mentioned, what do these tabs have in common?

A seekers journey back on a not so traveled path. I’m following Christ as best I can.. I’m not perfect & would never claim to be, but before I digress- read on.

If you’ve read my about me, you’ll know that I consider myself a Christian and on my personal Facebook page I’ve proudly declared my religion as Christian (but without a church to guide or hinder).  And I’ll explain that now- I believe in Jesus Christ, I read the Bible (I’ve read the Bible from cover to cover once- and hoping to do it again), I pray, I believe in the trinity.. I could go on.

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Up All Night



Blog Prompt- January 5th- I’ve been here all night…

I find this apropos to my current position in life- mom of a 1 month old, breastfeeding on demand & experimenting with aspects of attachment parenting such as co-sleeping and baby wearing. So far, we’re 50/50 on the idea of baby wearing and pretty much wanting to avoid co-sleeping as far as a family bed.

This bed has been my second home since October. I say this openly and without (much) griping. Bedrest, though maddening at times, I think helped with my pregnancy.That’s not to say that I spend all of my time in bed or in the bedroom. But, it’s where I’m situated and my ‘home-base’ of sorts.

And now that she’s here, her bassinet is in our bedroom within arms reach of our bed. Most nights, she spends at least half the night in our bed (either nursing or sleeping) and during the day- she’s near inseparable from my side. That all being said, when she’s up- I’m up even if that means being up all night. Her schedule pretty much dictates mine and I wouldn’t try to change that for anything. She’s a baby, she’s going to let me know when she needs to be fed, changed or wants to be held. Be that during the day or all hours of the night. Some nights are more challenging than others, but at the same time, I’m okay with that. I realize that she could be awake all night or that she could have colic. There could be a number of things that she could have or could be doing but she doesn’t. And if she was doing those things or if she did have colic, well… I’d take that as it comes and keep on keeping on.

The s/o helps when/where he can. I don’t pump and we made the decision to breastfeed exclusively so he can’t help with feeding her, but he helps otherwise and for that I’m greatly appreciative. Still, I admit, there are times I feel a bit envious that he’s sleeping while I’m awake with her. But, I also keep that in perspective. I’m not working, he is. And until I go back to working outside of the home or otherwise, his income is what we survive on.

Having said all of that, while she’s still napping- I’m going to attempt to finish lunch, sort through some mail and clear my inboxes.


From Past to Present


January 4th- Yeah, yeah, yeah…

As I sit here and rock my daughter’s bassinet with my foot because I just need a few minutes without an armful of baby, half listening/half watching the Chiefs vs Colts on tv… I’m contemplating today’s prompt. I can’t apply this to any point in my life at this present moment; however… many times in the past I can distinctly hear this phrase being uttered (usually under breath) followed by walking away. Whether this was on my end or the ex, the utterance was most often accented with sarcasm and punctuated with an eye roll. On more than one occasion, a brisk walk out of the house also occurred. I don’t write this to paint him in a bad light because goodness knows; I’m not without faults. At times I do have a short temper & one of my biggest problems is not expressing myself when given the opportunity. Granted, that’s usually with family members/close friends… those individuals that I should feel most comfortable with and yet, I still hold back.

But I digress.

The ex and I had our fair share of problems and I’m sure that several of them could have been solved had we just said what we needed to say instead of walking away in a huff. That’s something that I’m hoping to avoid with the s/o and so far, so good. Of course, I’m not naive enough to think that we won’t fight… I’m sure we will. But if I can just keep perspective and the nagging (somewhat sarcastic) ‘yeah, yeah, yeah’ in the back of my mind… I’ll approach those fights differently.


Blog Dare- Writing Prompts * Catch Up


Playing catch-up so I’ll be posting the first three days beneath the cut if you’re so inclined to read on. I would appreciate it :)


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New Life on Earth

I find it hard to believe that Christmas is only five days away, but quite a bit has gone on since this blog was last updated.

Baby A decided that she didn’t want to wait until the 23rd to make her debut- born at home, in approximately 30 minutes, on December 5th. I was watching Thursday Night Football & actually participating in a Twitter Party when contractions came about quickly and strong. S/o had just managed to help me with my shoes when I realized we wouldn’t have time to get to the hospital. He had just called 911 about five minutes before my water broke. We’re fortunate enough to live close to a fire department & they got there before the ambulance did. Not long after the fire department arrived, so did Baby A. Ironically, I had joked with the s/o about wanting to have an epidural free delivery; but I hadn’t anticipated a completely drug free delivery. Ah well, I suppose I’ll always have an interesting story to tell Baby A every year. For being just on the cusp of full-term, she matched me in height at 19 1/2 inches & nearly in weight at 6lb2oz.

In unrelated, but slightly related news, we finally got our tree yesterday. I suppose it’s not too bad though- all the trees are 50% off at this time and for a family on a tight budget; that certainly helps. S/o & I started decorating the tree last night, waiting for T&J to get here later to finish up. Hoping to make cookies this weekend- sugar cookies, peanut butter cup cookies & snickerdoodles. But we’ll see what happens.

Yesterday, aside from scheduling doctor’s appointments for myself & Baby A; I also looked into a few options to supplement the family income. I’ll have to wait until I have a better computer so probably not until next year, after the tax returns arrive. I’m not sure how successful I’ll be with this endeavor but it can’t hurt to try, right? More news on this when I have a better idea in my head.

Right, going to finish checking e-mail, organizing website files & debating over website content.

Until we blog again,



Learning Online

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Learning and college are important to me. I do have my Associates degree and I’m hoping to work towards my bachelor’s degree after the baby is born. At first, I had considered local schools with options for evening/weekend/online classes. But then, after speaking with the s/o, I branched out further to online only options. I already knew that I wanted to find a college that was fully accredited so I wouldn’t have issues when I applied to graduate school, but beginning the process was a little bit daunting. Even still, I didn’t let that stop me and I was determined to find something, somewhere that would meet my needs. After several google searches, and almost giving up in frustration, I finally happened upon Accredited Online Schools.

With several options for filtering schools, I only had one to go by and that was looking for bachelor degree options. From there, I was presented with pages upon pages of options. But, instead of getting overwhelmed, I pressed on and looked through the choices presented. After looking at school profiles and programs offered in the bachelors degree (and specifically for psychology), I made a list of colleges to further explore.


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My initial impression with St. Leo was that it reminded me of Maria College, which is where I got my associates degree. Catholic background aside, I just had the same sense of welcoming & community after briefly looking through St. Leo’s website. With that in mind, I sent an inquiry and waited. The woman that I first spoke with was incredibly helpful and I didn’t just feel like I was another body on the street. Rather, I felt like I was being treated like a true individual and that my interests were being looked out for. I wasn’t expecting such a personalized experience and, once again, I was reminded of my two years with Maria. I look forward to beginning the application process for St. Leo and to taking courses with the college.

Obviously, I know that taking classes completely online and finishing my degree online might take me awhile. But I’m prepared to stick with this for as long as it’s going to take. Having my bachelors degree sets me up for the rest of my career goals (Masters and then eventually my PhD or PsyD) and eventually for my chosen profession. By choosing to go completely online, I can also spend time with my children and, if necessary, balance a part-time job as well. This isn’t a decision that I came to lightly and wasn’t one that I would have made without speaking with the s/o. We both know it won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.

Until we blog again,



Publishing Online- Social Networks and Websites


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I don’t particularly mean ebooks though, I’m considering that option at a later time (years later, hopefully after I have my Master’s degree & definitely after I have my PhD), but rather blogging, websites & other such electronic means. Obviously, I have this blog as my main stay and for the near future, I’ve set up two sub-domains for unrelated/static content. I’ve also recently created an account with HubPages and will post selected content from this blog, the website & secondary blog.

Before I go further with the actual content of this entry- the purpose of the secondary blog is to create a mostly static website (by utilizing WordPress) to further talk about Autism, present occasional related product reviews, to share a little bit of our personal story & to occasionally provide peeks into our daily life on the spectrum. The website is also static, though not with WordPress at this time, to promote learning at home in the early years- including activities, crafts & articles. So what does that leave for this blog? Pretty much everything else. I have everything planned out in my head as far as organization- hopefully that all goes to plan.

Back to online publishing- I find that blogging, for me, is the most convenient method. I feel comfortable writing, in any form, and enjoy free form writing (like this entry, where I can just let my thoughts flow) almost as much as writing a research paper or article. I think there’s benefits to each- ease of writing with free form & organized, thought out, scholarly with research papers/articles.

To go hand in hand with online publishing, I can’t disregard the effectiveness of Social Networks.

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From Week 23 to Week 36, not every week is included but still. This pregnancy has been different for me. And I look forward to the day Baby A makes her debut.


Deck the Blog

Listening to Christmas music & already have a few decorations up. Will hopefully be getting our tree this weekend if not early next week. That all being said, I picked a new theme for the holidays. After the holidays are over, I’ll be looking into getting a new theme so twitter/wordpress/facebook are all matching. We’ll see what happens as far as that goes though, but that will hopefully be done by the middle of January. [Read more...]


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