I knew early in the week, that today's run was going to get stuck on the treadmill. Thunderstorms etc. are just not ideal for Jerbear to run in. When I checked the weather report this afternoon to find 30-45 mph winds, that further solidified the deal. Gym bound am I. I had 6 easy miles to take care of and thought I would get some good magazine reading in.
Unfortunately, the magazines were the type with super stiff bindings to them that would not lay flat on the monitor for my reading pleasure. That coupled with the fact that I was dying of heat stroke (aka sweating like a banchee) made for a not so fun run. It could've been much much worse, but give me the great outdoors (in great weather conditions, mind you) over the treadmill any day (except when the conditions are not great, as previously mentioned :p). To keep myself from going completely looney tunes, I bumped up the speed on the final mile to help the time pass. Seriously, it is such a good thing that I'm not trying to be that cutesy girl picking up guys at the gym, because I looked rugged after a run. No one should sweat that much during an "easy paced" run. Also, can we discuss how super painful sweat in the eyeball is? Um...yeouch.
I did 6 miles in 56:51 for a pace of 9:29. Last mile clocked in at 9:01.
So in somewhat exciting news, I'm contemplating going back to school to get my masters. Whoot whoot! For as long as I can remember I've been obsessed with being a librarian. Growing up, going to the library was the equivalent of getting a "treat" for being good. I love books. I love children's books. To this day if I'm in a crummy mood, I know that a visit to the library will cheer me right up. I've always had it in the back of my mind that I would work after college at paying down my undergrad debt (oy!) and shoot for 30 to go back to school.
Now I'm concerned that I have no idea where I'll be at in my life at 30, and why wait? Why not be finishing up at 30? Right now I have the most free time that I will ever have. Potentially down the road, I could have a sexy hubby and adorable little bambinos (b/c cute me + sexy hubby would = adorable bambinos, obv). Other than running and working, I don't have a whole lot on my plate. Thus the researching started.
Originally I was convinced I should move to Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN and get my Masters in Library Science at St. Kate's. The fact that I kept putting that idea to the back of my mind had me thinking that maybe wasn't the best solution. Rent is sooooooo much more expensive there, and I don't want the added stress of finding a new job, getting a new job, training at a new job, moving, blaaaaaaaaaaah on top of a heavy school load. Then I started looking into online programs that are part-time, and I think we have a winner. I have a massive spreadsheet with a ridiculous amount of details that I've filled out about every school in the US that has the program online (yes, seriously), and have the search narrowed down to about 5-6 schools.
The schools that I have narrowed it down to are as follows: University of Alabama, Wayne State University (Detroit, MI), North Carolina Central University, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, University of South Carolina, and University of Washington. Any insight on any of these programs (hear that lib lads and ladisses?) is greatly appreciated. Also, any insight on online programs in general would be great. I've never taken online classes, so I'm a bit nervous. Advice would be appreciated.
So now it's time for me to put my nose in the books to study up for the GRE and spend the next 6 months narrowing down my choices for applications due in the spring for Fall 2011. Um...heck yes? And just like that my dream is closer and closer. :)
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