Summer’s End

I am officially finished with the summer term!

To be honest, this term has been the easiest term I’ve had so far, and after the craziness that was last term, I can’t complain. I set out to configure and register for my classes this fall, and am proud to say that task has been accomplished. Furthermore, I have to add that I hope you never have to experience dealing with two Veterans Affairs departments for college and/or the Post 9/11 GI Bill. It is absolutely ridiculous. There isn’t a college within the Vancouver area that meets the needs of my major, so Portland State University (in Oregon vice Washington, for those of you that don’t live near me) is the closest school. Unfortunately, because it’s located out-of-state and the VA will only cover the costs of in-state tuition, I’ve been doing my best to take advantage of the significant price break that occurs if I take fewer than 8 credits at PSU. Anyway, this just leaves me concerned, as the VA has already messed up on my pay last term, waning in my faith in them. Not that there’s much to wane anymore, that is.

In other news, the cooler/colder weather doesn’t have me very enthused, but I believe that this is as good of a time as any to head down to the Gorge for at least one long hike before my classes start back up again. I’d also like to get out to the coast, work on some photography, some canvas art pieces, as well as catch up with some friends and family before I go back. Surely that’s an ambitious list, but goals are my specialty. In addition to that list, I also believe that I need to head down to Salem to see Michelle and Travis’s new baby girl sometime soon, too. But we’ll just have to see about that just yet.

One of these days however, if not more than one day, I will need to dedicate to a day of rest and relaxation. I’m sure this break will rush by me quickly, so I’ve gotta start getting things done. In order to kick start this small break, I believe some sleeping in is in order. Unfortunately, sleeping in conflicts with a very important date that I have with the gym in the wee hours of the morning, so it just might have to wait for a little while. I have to say that I’m thankful to say that as a Clark College Alumni, I was able to purchase a year-long gym membership for just $60. Not too shabby, as most memberships cost about half that, a month; or in the case of cross fit gyms, double that price tag, per month.

That’s all I have for now. Stay safe, everyone!