6of8 (6of8) wrote,

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January 2016

Well, here it is the end of January and I have not done much about improving my record of posting entries. However, I am pleased to report that I have been busy on other things. With respect to my reading based goals, I have read 20 inches of books out the 64 I need to read, 15 of 26 letters of the alphabet in book titles, 2 out of 6 biographies, books set in 8 different countries on 5 different continents for the 6-6-6 challenge, and 2 audiobooks. Plus, I have created a chart for keeping track of these goals, which was another of my goals. Given the weather lately (cold and/or snowy), I postponed the trip to Midlothian and have not made a lot of progress on other goals. But staying indoors has helped me get more reading done.

In other news, in furtherance of the goal I achieved last go-round (have a plan for leaving VA), I have applied to graduate school. After much searching I found a mental health-related program that (a) would lead to licensure/a job instead of more school; (b) allowed for part-time work if necessary; (c) was close enough to allow me to continue working my current job and pay my mortgage; and (d) felt like a good fit for me personally. I only just submitted the application -- to Marymount University in Virginia, for their M.A,. in Licensed Clinical Mental Health -- so no word yet on whether they are willing to admit me. But I am happy nonetheless. And, to get myself in the study habit, I have committed to taking the Maryland Bar Exam for Out-of-State Licensed Attorneys with a friend and colleague, because if nothing else, it will expand my legal career options if grad school doesn't work out.

My newly adopted cat continues to be fractious if I even think of touching her, but is spending at least 1/4 of the time somewhere other than under my bed, which I am taking as a positive sign. Molly spent her first nearly 6 years being treated as, at best, animate furniture, with limited (see also nearly zero) interaction with people. Had I realized the extent of her issues I might not have agreed to take her on, but she is mine now. I am hoping to find a suitable fur sibling for her that will help her to accept that I am not inclined to eat her or beat her or whatever other evil intentions she suspects me of harboring.
Tags: books, cat, school

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