Sheep pedicures, Planting trees, and...Cocaine for eyeballs?!?
It's been a blur. Flashcards, quizzes, copious amounts of reading and note taking, and a calendar of color-coded nerdiness that has had me grinning from ear to ear. I LOVE SCHOOL. For real. I'm a lifetime student of many things but this...THIS is like being hooked up to an IV drip of endorphins. In about a month or two, I'll be able to tell you the exact calculations for that drip too...
In between all the notebooks, highlighters, and sharpened pencils, life on the farm with Charlie and Jasmine still goes on. Instead of just little Charlie being my sole priority, Jasmine has become a welcome addition to our once party of two and big parts of my day are devoted to making sure they both have everything they need...like entertainment, snacks, juice boxes, packed lunches, adventures. You know..the usual stuff. Jasmine, being the independent girl that she is however, prefers to entertain herself most of the time. Unless, however, I'm studying; then suddenly I'm apparently the most interesting thing she's ever seen and she MUST sit on my lap, laptop or book I'm trying to read in order to investigate further. She's also decided that I'm the perfect place to nap.
Mid-week, Charlie and I took a trip to one of our favorite spots in the Bay Area so he could do his favorite thing. One of the perks about being an adult student in this type of program is that you can study wherever you want and legitimately focus because you're actually excited to be learning. So, while Charlie dug holes to his little heart's content, I learned about drugs. Did you know that cocaine used to be used as an eye analgesic back in the day?!?! AND, it's classified as a CII drug which means technically it can still be prescribed!! Crazy!
As far as the farm kids go, Lucy, one of the sheep, needed a "pedicure" so, I got to help my farmer friend with that. It's definitely a two person job. Turns out that if you sit a sheep upright on her cute little fluffy butt, she doesn't mind the attention as much. Hoof care and maintenance is a critical component to their health as simple things like lodged thorns and stones or diseases such as hoof rot can lead to painful and serious problems.
Learning about ruminants is one of the areas I'm most looking forward to in school. That will come a bit later. For now we're covering the basics of systems and such.
So far, we've taken two anatomy tests and I'm so grateful that the material covered was review for me rather than new. It gave me time to dive in to Pharmacology and Physiology. The first Pharmacology exam is this week and Physiology is at the end of the month. Both of those classes will likely take the bulk of my energy this semester but I'm loving the content.
Being organized is an understatement. Without block scheduling in Google Calendar, I'd be overwhelmed and behind the 8 ball within a day. If you don't know what block scheduling is or how to do it, do a quick search on YouTube for Block Scheduling in Google Calendar and you'll be set. I use it to structure my entire day from studying, errands, workouts, and adventures with Charlie. It's a total life changer for managing time.
The other time management tool I can't live without is my Flora timer. It's basically a pomodora timer with the coolest feature ever. Being the tree hugging hippy that I am, this focus app is PERFECT for me! It's basically the equivalent of growing a virtual forrest and I have the option to actually grow REAL trees through their plant a tree program!! I set the timer for whatever amount of time that I want and as long as I don't touch my phone during my study session, I grow trees! Sound ridiculous, I know. But, check it out for yourself if you need an app that forces you to focus instead of playing with your phone.
Getting back into the swing of being a college student took a minute but, with a program as intense as this you don't have much more than that to figure it out. Week two is in the books. Only 8 more years to go! ;)
Thanks for coming along for the ride with me, Charlie and Jazz. If you have any questions about it all, don't hesitate to ask! See ya next week.