School Is Back In Session

It’s something I’ve mentioned in my monthly wrap-up posts, but I wanted to do a post specifically about it.

I’m back in school!  My goal is get into a health information technology program, and once I graduate from that program, there is a test I can take which, assuming I pass, means I’ll be a registered health information technician.  So I’ll basically be certified to do the job I’m currently doing, plus a few other things.

That’s going to be a long ways off, because I’m doing all of the prerequisite stuff I need to get into the program and to graduate with an associate’s degree.

Let’s talk about summer classes!

Summer school was definitely interesting!  I took three classes, so I was really busy for a couple of months.  I took math (to get it out of the way), English (I needed it to take a lot of other classes) and medical terminology (to even get into the HIT program, and as a pre-req for another class to get into the HIT program).

I don’t think it will come as a surprise to anyone that I ended up with an A in English.  I would have been annoyed with myself if I did.  After book blogging for so long, it was really fun to talk about books.  I felt like that actually made the class easier!  I liked the books we read- Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter And Sweet and The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Society, and the third book was a book we got to choose.  Of course I went with Illuminae, which was a very good decision on my part.

My other A was medical terminology, which wasn’t a surprise because I’ve worked in healthcare for over 8 years now.  Also, if I got anything lower, I would have been really disappointed in myself.  It really was a great class, and with the discussion posts, we got to apply what we were reading to a real life situation.  I learned a lot and I’m actually finding it’s making my job easier!

Math was the one I was worried about, and the first couple of weeks were rough.  I’ve never been a math person, and I’ve always struggled with it.  But I somehow got a B, and it was the one class where I didn’t particularly care what my grade was, as long as it was a grade that meant I didn’t have to take it again.

Math was definitely interesting.  I worked super-hard that first week, only to have a professor change one week in…and all of the homework I did that first week didn’t count for my grade.  It was super-frustrating, but at least I knew that material pretty well.  A different professor meant a completely different grading system and a completely different access code for My Math Lab because he used a different book.

On the plus side, though, we had unlimited attempts for the tests, so I could take it as many times as I wanted until I got the grade I wanted.  And it was the same for the homework- if we got a problem wrong, we could get similar problems until we got it right.  That helped a lot because for the stuff I struggled with, I could do it over and over until I got right and understood it.

I can honestly tell you I have not used trigonometry in over 10 years, when I was last in school.  And I’m pretty sure I will not actually need it in the future, but it was a requirement that is now done, and I will never have to worry about it again.

And now that the fall semester has started, let’s talk about that!

This part is going to be a lot shorter, because I’m only a couple weeks in.

History is really interesting.  I’m taking Native American history, since I’m not really familiar with their history.  It’s a lot of reading and discussion posts with a few tests.  Since I’ve always loved history, so I’m not super-worried about this class.  There is some supplementary material given to us every week, like movies or websites to check out.  But the workload isn’t too bad.

Astronomy is pretty similar to history in that it’s reading and a few participation exercises each week.  There are videos and links to extra material for both astronomy and history, and with both classes, there’s a lot of structure and support from the professors.  It really feels like they want us to do well.

Unfortunately, I don’t get that same feeling with human anatomy and physiology.  The material itself is fine, but a few weeks in, and I’m finding this class to be frustrating.  The tests are really strange- there is some repetition with the questions, in that some of the questions show up several times but with a slightly wording.  Some of the answers are bizarre- you see answers like brain, all of the above, heart, liver.  And some of the questions are worded really weird.

On top of that, with the tests I’ve taken so far, there are always a few questions that have nothing to do with the assigned material for the week.  It’s material that’s not in the book, or referenced anywhere in the class- no links to videos or things we need to read.  It’s frustrating, because it’s hard to study for a test when I don’t know what I need to study!  The workbook the teacher put together that we have to turn in at the end of the semester doesn’t completely match up with the textbook, so it’s hard to do that on a weekly basis.

Overall, my ultimate impression of this class is that the professor isn’t interested in engaging with us or the material.  I feel like we’re on our own, with no guidance from the professor at all.  Other than a few announcements the first day or two, there’s been radio silence from the professor.

This is a weird time to be in school.

I know teaching online is very different than teaching in-person, and that with COVID, a lot of people who aren’t used to teaching online/remotely now have to.  It would just be nice to feel like he’s putting in some effort, or interested in us learning the material.  I’ve gotten that from every other class, but unfortunately, this isn’t one of them.  I really am trying to give him the benefit of the doubt, because it’s been a weird year but I am struggling with being understanding.

Still, I think I have some hope it will get better, but it is what is and in the end, I’m sure I’ll do just fine.

That’s all for today, and I hope today is a good one for you.

See you next time,

Around The Internet #29

Good morning!

I hope you’re having a great week so far!  This is a really long one, but I just had too many cool things to share and I wasn’t willing to leave anything out.    As always, take what you need and I hope you find something cool.

That’s all for today, and I hope you have a good one,

Around The Internet #28

Good morning!

I’m back with another edition of Around The Internet, where I share really cool stuff I find on the internet.  I feel like I have some good ones this week, but as always, take what you need!

That’s all for today, and have a great weekend!

Around The Internet #27

Hi there!  I’m back with another long edition of cool stuff I’ve found on the internet.  I hope you find what you need from the links below.

I hope you have a good day!

Around The Internet #26

Happy Monday!

It’s definitely time for another round of around the internet.  It’s been a hard few weeks in the world, and I don’t know what to say.  There’s a lot I need to do to both educate myself and be a more active supporter of #blacklivesmatter.  Being passive is no longer enough, and we all need to be better and do better.  I hope you find what you need below.  Learn, take the time to listen, and stand up for those need it.

Have a good day,

It’s Tea Time: The Republic Of Tea And The Literary Tea Company

Good morning!

Since I’ve been drinking a lot of tea, I thought I’d share some of the tea I’ve been drinking.  If I’m not drinking anything from my Sips By box, I’m either drinking the Republic Of Tea or something from the Literary Tea Company.  Pretty much because that’s what I have, and even though I want to buy all the tea, I have more than enough tea to last a while.

First, I’m going to talk about the Republic Of Tea.

Banana Chocolate: I like this one.  It’s a good combination of banana and chocolate, and as much as I like that combination, the banana was a little overwhelming.

Strawberry Chocolate: The strawberry chocolate didn’t really come through, but it still tastes pretty good.  This one is another one I like, and I’ll drink what I have but I don’t know that I would buy it again once I’m finished.

Peppermint Chocolate: The chocolate didn’t come through but I could taste the mint.  It’s pretty good if my stomach isn’t feeling great, which does happen from time to time.  And it smells really good.

Wild Blueberry: I can smell the blueberries but I cannot taste them.  I still really like it but not as a flavored tea.  I’m assuming it’s supposed to be flavored but maybe not.  Either way, it’s a pretty good tea.

British Breakfast: I really, really like this tea.  It’s especially good in the morning or early afternoon, for some reason.  But I’d drink it any time of day.

As for the Literary Tea Company, here’s what I’ve been drinking:

Hans Christian Anderson: It’s really good.  I love the chocolate in it but I couldn’t taste the orange, and you’d think that would come through.  I mean, I still really like it and all, and I’d definitely get it again.

A.A. Milne: This is very Winnie The Pooh.  It’s fruity but has a zing to it, and is something Tigger would probably like.

J.M. Barrie: Like everything else I’ve mentioned, I really like this tea.  It tastes like chocolate!

Merida: I like the chocolate caramel combination, and it smells really good too.  It really does make me think of Merida, and now I want to watch Brave.  Anyway, this is a really good tea, and I’m glad I gave it a try.

You know what’s weird?  I didn’t even realize until I started writing that I gravitate towards chocolate tea.  Maybe it’s just what I’ve started off with or maybe it’s just what sounded good when I bought it.  Either way, there’s a lot of tea in my my future.

Have a great day,

Around The Internet #25

Hi!  I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy right now.  If you need something to take your mind off things, I hope the links below help.

That’s all for today, and stay safe and healthy out there.

Take care,

It’s Tea Time: April 2020

Hi there!

Today, I’m talking about tea!  I’ve really liked the Sips By boxes, and I feel like each box is getting better and better.  I’m just talking about the April Box today, but I have a lot of tea I want to talk about, and I think I’m going to save those for another time.

Pictured above is the box I got.  I do love that they include tea bags for the loose leaf tea, and that they have a card about each tea that they send.

Pear White Tea from Revolution Tea: I really like this tea!  I, unfortunately, could not taste any pear, and I definitely need to drink another cup or two to see if I can taste the pear.

Tootie Fruity from Tea Please: I really liked this one too!  It tasted just as fruity as it smelled.  That was nice, because sometimes, I feel like a tea will smell great, but you can’t taste any of the awesome…smells?  I’m not sure how else to put it, honestly, but I hope it makes sense.

Dark Chocolate Cookie from Cookie Tea:  I really liked this one as well.  I loved the smell and taste of the chocolate, but I didn’t get the cookie aspect of it.  Unless it’s just a naming thing, and not a taste thing.  Either way, it was really good!

Cinnamon Rose Black Tea From Miss Tea:  I liked this one.  I loved the smell of cinnamon wafting from my mug, and I liked the taste, though the taste of rose wasn’t my favorite.  And I couldn’t taste the cinnamon, which was sad, because it smelled really good.  There was a weird aftertaste, and I think it was because of the rose flavor.  It’s not my favorite one of the box

Overall: I really liked this box, and this was not hit and miss like the other boxes!  February and March were definitely mixed, but with this box, things were more consistent in terms of how I felt about it.  I would definitely get most of them again, but probably not the Cinnamon Rose Black Tea.

That actually wraps it up for today.  I know it’s a short one, but there will be more tea talk soon.

Have a great day,

Around The Internet #24

Hello!  I hope everyone is doing okay and staying healthy.  The last few weeks have been really weird and full of so much change.  Hopefully, you’ll find what you need from the links below.

Stay safe and wash your hands,

It’s Tea Time: March 2020

I didn’t think I’d be writing this post so soon, but I’ve been drinking copious amounts of tea (and coffee, of course) the last couple of weeks.  So much has changed, and tea has been really soothing, especially right before I go to bed.  I just really need something to distract from everything going on right now.

Today, I have three boxes of tea I want to talk about, so let’s get started!

I’m going to start off by talking about my March 2020 Sips by Box. 

I’m actually impressed that I remembered to take a picture of it, which you can see below.

 

I also love that they include a sheet about each tea, complete with how to brew each one.  It makes it feel more personalized, like it’s just for me.  In a way, it is, but it’s a really nice touch.

Here’s what I thought of the teas:

Harney And Sons Paris: I liked this one.  It’s branded as a flavored black tea, but what the flavor is, I’m not completely sure.  As a plain black tea, it was great, but as a flavored black tea, it was not that great.  Personally, no flavor came through the whole cup.  Maybe I need to make another cup to see if any flavor does come through.  It could be just a fluke.

Love Some Tea’s Dark Coconut: I really liked it!  I was slightly disappointed I could smell the coconut but not taste it.  It still tasted really good, don’t get me wrong.  I just wish it tasted a little more like coconut.

Soul Mate Yerba Co’s Apple Organic Yerba Mate Blend: I liked this one but not as much as the mocha blend I tried in one of their Valentine’s day boxes.  I haven’t talked about those boxes, so I was excited to see their apple blend.  There are supposed to be hints of cinnamon and apple, but I couldn’t taste them.  The tea is good, and the best way to describe it is bright.  I like how this tea tastes, but I wish the apple cinnamon flavor came through.

Smith Teamaker’s Red Nectar: I really liked this tea.  It was a little sweet but not too sweet, and it was really pleasant.  It tasted a little bit like honey to me, but I can’t figure out why.

Overall Thoughts: I really liked this box.  In comparison to my first box, I liked all of the teas, and would consider purchasing all 4 teas on my own.  Since my first tea time post, I have rated all of the teas from all 3 themed boxes and my first subscription box…I don’t know if that had something to do with it, or I just got lucky, but hopefully, I’ll continue to get boxes like this one.

Speaking of themed boxes, I’m going to share what I thought of the two Valentine’s Day boxes I got.

First is the Galentine’s Tea Party Box.

Teeccino’s Chocolate Raspberry: This tea was okay.  It smelled really good, and I could taste the chocolate raspberry.  It just didn’t taste as good as it smelled.

Soul Mate Yerba Co’s Mocha Organic Yerba Mate Blend: I really liked it!  The taste reminded me of black tea, so if you like black tea, I think you’ll like this one.  This tea is why I was so excited to try their Apple blend.

Tealightful’s Chocolate Chai: I liked this tea.  There were hints of chocolate, but I couldn’t anything remotely like Chai.  I’m still not sure what I think about Chai, but as a regular tea, this was pretty good.

Loose Leaf Women Cupidtea’s Somebody Loves Me Tea: This tea was another okay tea.  It didn’t taste as good as it smelled- which seems to be a common theme for me- and I thought it would taste a lot fruitier than it actually did.

Overall Thoughts: This box was a mixed bag.  I didn’t hate anything, but I didn’t love anything either.

The other Valentine’s Day box is the Love Potions Tea Box.

Organic India Tulsi Ashuagandha: I’m not sure how I feel about this tea.  It was pleasant and comforting, but I’m not sure if I liked it.  At the very least, it was okay, but…I just don’t know what to think.

Mi Cacao’s Cacao Tea: I did not like this tea at all.  Honest to god, it tasted like water with dissolved cocoa powder in it.  This is the only cup of tea that I dumped out after a few sips.  It’s definitely not for me.

Aesthete’s Love Potion: Yet another okay tea.  I did finish the tea I had but I don’t think I’d buy it on my own.

Tea Drops Chocolate Earl Grey: I really liked this tea!  I was not sure about this tea at first, because the tea comes in a cube that dissolves in hot water.  You do end up with a lot of sediment at the bottom, but it was completely drinkable, and it eliminates the need for a tea bag/infuser.  The chocolate came through and it was a pretty balanced tea.

Overall Thoughts: I wasn’t in love with this box, but the Chocolate Early was worth it!

Here’s the thing, though.

I don’t know that I would buy one of their seasonal/themed boxes.  They have mostly been misses for me, though I’ve really liked one tea in the boxes I’ve tried.  For the most part, though, the teas have been okay (for me) or teas that I haven’t liked.  I’m curious to see what other seasonal boxes they have, though I’m definitely a lot more cautious when it comes to purchasing them.

It’s not to say that they’re bad, because they’re not.  I actually love the idea of boxes around a certain theme or time of year.  I, personally, haven’t like a lot of the teas included in said boxes, so I think it’s a preference thing.  And I have learned a little bit more about what I like or don’t like tea wise.

I’ll definitely be drinking a lot more tea in the days to come.  I have quite a bit of tea, so I’ll definitely be talking about what I’m drinking.

Stay safe out there,