Graduation

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This past Saturday, I walked the stage for my Associates Degree.  I actually graduated on the 27th of January (my last class date), but the ceremony was held Saturday.

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11051846_10205421360907293_4351889024707658723_nMy husband and I right before the ceremony.  My daughter is taking the photo so that is why the weird angle.  I didn’t even think of taking photos with my kids until just now that is how nervous I was.

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Purple:  Program Mentor
Silver:   Suma Cum Laude  (3.99 – 3.77 GPA) Magna Cum Laude was 4.0 only) I had a 3.98 GPA
Red & Navy:  Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society.

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Here is most of my graduating class that was in the ceremony.  There was one other that was on stage because she was giving the speech.  Yes.  There was only 5 of us total walking the stage.

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My husband bought me the little graduation owl for my charm bracelet.

So I officially have an Associates in Applied Science in Medical Practice Management.  

So what is next for me?  I am actually back in school.  I started back the week after I completed the MPM degree.   I am going for an Associates in Applied Science in Health Information Technology.

Why another associates instead of a bachelors you ask?  Because this one I can get in only 33 weeks (including breaks) since 70 of the 105 credits needed transferred from my MPM degree.  This degree also offers an externship and the ability to sit for a certificate exam at the end.

The first 10 weeks is almost up already – we are in week 7 – so this degree will be fast and furious and I should hold this degree by September 15th.

I’m A Graduate!!

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I am now officially a graduate and hold an Associates in Medical Practice Management.

I have a 3.98 CGPA.  The ceremony will be March 21st.  The school only holds two ceremonies a year; one in the fall and one in the spring.  I will have three cords:  Program Mentor, National Honor Society, and Summa Cum Laude.

The last 18 months have been grueling and I have not had a whole lot of time to do much crafting, and what little bit I have done, I had forgot to take photos of before I gave them away.

This next week I plan on getting my sewing room (what I used for an office while I was in school) cleaned and organized.

 

A Few Finishes

While I was out of school on winter break a few weeks ago, I managed to get a little sewing done.  I made some gifts for family that lives near me for Valentine’s Day.  Now that they have their gifts, I can post about them.

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This one was for my niece L. She loves the dolls of LaLa Loopsy.  I found the fabric on spoonflower and ordered it.  I had the blue and the yellow.  Yellow is her favorite color, but I didn’t have enough of any yellow fabric to make the ruffled parts, so I opted for just a contrasting band.

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Here is the one I made for my other niece, M.  She absolutely loves anything with mustaches on it.  The new fabric “Honky Tonk” by Moda,  fit the bill.  I added a brown Moda “solid” to it.

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I made this little runner for my SIL and BIL for V-day.  It is from Northcott’s Stonehenge Line.

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Last, but not least, I made some napkins for my MIL and FIL.  Again, “Honky Tonk” by Moda fit the bill, paired with the same “Solid” by Moda that I used in the pillowcase above. 

I had a wonderful time making these gifts.  They were small enough projects that I didn’t feel overwhelmed (well, I would have preferred to have had a ruffling attachment for my sewing machine for the pillowcases).  I was elated to get to spend time sewing in my sewing room instead of working on homework, longingly looking towards the fabric side of the room.

I am still alive

I am still alive.  Just extremely busy.

All of my things made it to San Antonio.  I still have four boxes to unpack and put away for my sewing room. All but three boxes for the rest of the house have been gone through and either put away or stored.

I started college again three weeks ago.  It has been insane!  17 hours in four classes.  I go at night from 6-11pm; one class a night.  I have not even unpacked my sewing machines and tested them.

I am hoping once my kids start school in about a  week and a half, things will calm down a bit more because I can do homework while they are at school in a quiet house and enjoy my weekends. 

The one good thing about taking so many classes at a time is that I will graduate with an Associates in Applied Science in 15 months.  So if you only hear from me sporadically in the next few months, you know why now.

The Scrappy Quilter

Things are slowly getting back to normal after our move to Texas.  We found a place to live – that was the main obstacle in our path when we first got here.

Since January we had decided that we were going to rent a friend’s house for at least a year and stopped looking for anything.  The timeframe was perfect; the current renter’s lease was up when we needed to be in it seemed to be kismet.  Unfortunately, the current renters didn’t like the idea of leaving and decided to stay in the house.  My friend is in a legal battle to get them kicked out.  With not knowing how long that would take and the hotel bill eating any savings we had we had to look for somewhere new to live fast.  We found a place and have been living in the house for almost a week.  Another unfortunate event, all of our household goods are still not here – though in the area, the company couldn’t deliver them until this coming Monday.  I really can’t wait to get all of my things.

In many of our errands around town to get items for the house that we don’t have or couldn’t wait for, we noticed that almost down the street (less than 5 miles away) is a new little quilt shop called “The Scrappy Quilter”. 

This little shop has been open for just over a year and has the most wonderful ladies (at least the ones I have met so far) working there.  They were so friendly and inviting!  Once they realized that I was new to the area, and my husband was just about to retire from the military, the tips and suggestions to local restaurants, shops, etc. started to flow!

They have a little class area and I can’t wait to take a class there (there is one on the 30th that I want to take, but I really need to see how my machine and stuff fair before I sign up for it.  Also, I have classes that start on the 31st.  I am in an 18month associates degree program for Medical Practice Management.

But I am sure you want to see what I bought from my new LQS, right?

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I bought a kit that is the above fabric to go with this pattern included:

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I also bought the below fabric to work on a quilt for my husband soon

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I will see what I have for a black and a black in my stash to go with them.

Boy, my sewing machine can’t get here fast enough!!