woensdag 11 augustus 2010

An explanation for my absence and the $70 CSN Gift Card Winner

Yes, I do realize that this is the second post in a row I've started with an apology but bear with me! Sorry for not posting on a regular basis lately. I've had a lot on my mind the last few weeks and somehow the baking and cooking groups feel like a chore, so I decided to take some time off and post whenever I feel like posting.

Things that have been on my mind the last weeks were my trip to Paris, the operation my mother is facing for her neck hernia and going back to college to get a bachelor degree.

I feel now is the time to go back to college, however part of my problem is that I do have a mortgage to pay, so I must study part-time. The study that I find most interesting (International Business & Languages) is only taught part-time in Rotterdam, which is about 2 hours away from here. I'm afraid I won't be able to handle the travel twice a week 4 years long since I would have to attend classes two nights per week and study, do homework and go to work 36 hours per week... The sucky part is that this study is actually taught here in Zwolle too, but only the full-time version....

Other studies that I find interesting are Communication, HRM or Law. I would love to do something with languages, only option in college is Teacher English, German or French. Another great option was European Studies, since this is quite similar to International Business & Languages, but for a part-time student this is only possible as an online study, which I don't think is very suitable for me personally: I feel need the structure and commitment of having to attend classes.

So now that you know what I've been contemplating lately, let's get on to announcing the winner of that $70 CSN gift card!! Again I used the Random Integer Generator to pick a winner from the 20 comments on this post.

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random integers, generated without replacement:


Timestamp: 2010-08-11 09:32:38 UTC

This means the winning comment was made by:

En ik volg inmiddels je blog (wat ik sowieso wou doen) :o) Ik Tweet van het weekend wel over je giveaway en dan kom ik wel terug op nog een comment te plaatsen hier.

Congrats Hanaâ!!!

Update on the college plans

Today I found out that there will be no part-time study International Business and Languages in Rotterdam... So I guess that option is definitely out. Going to an information evening at my local college on August 25th....

5 opmerkingen:

Peggy zei

I think you are thinking smart and doing the right thing for you! It is never a mistake to finish your education. You know we all go through times when blogging just seems like a chore, but you will get past that. Remember when you encouraged me! I will never forget your kind words to me. Hugs to you!!

Hanaâ zei

No way!!! I never win, ha ha. This is awesome. Thanks Marthe!!! Let me know what kind of info you need me to send you.

Good luck with the challenges ahead. It might seem overwhelming right now but I know you'll get it all figured out. Just take your time :o)

Nancy/n.o.e zei

You HAVE had a lot on your mind! I'll have to say that the international languages degree sounds perfect for you and your interests, but the commute presents some logistical problems. I'm sure that as you keep thinking about it, the best strategy will become clear.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella zei

Good thinking Marthe! I think you made a good decision. I hope your mother is ok and have a great time in Paris!

Kayte zei

It's an adventure...we all love adventure...think of it as your Extraordinary Adventure!! (Did that work? I hope so.) It's perfect timing, because if you wait a couple of years you would be thinking that you should have started now and you would be half-way finished! Go Go Go!

And, best wishes for Mom on her impending neck surgery...thoughts and prayers for her.