How did I earn my B.A?

I graduated from college in 2012 with a Bachelors degree in English. I am now close to completing a second degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis on New Media Communication. Even though I am loving my classes, I am still plagued by comma problems. I do not know how I earned a B.A. writing so inefficiently as I do.  Is it possible to write but not know how to proofread your own work? I feel like that is where I am now. I’m in a PR writing class and for example, one of my assignments, a feature story on a real life client, was returned with an awful grade and bleeding with red pen. I have tried not to beat myself up over it but it hurts. Not being able to proof effectively or watch out for comma stumbling blocks is truly embarrassing. I can only imagine how grammatically incorrect the posts here are, but it is my blog and I make the rules; however, in the real word grammar errors are not cute. Grammar errors look awful on resumes, cover letters, reports and so on.

So what is the big deal. What is my problem?

Growing, growing, growing.

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Windsor says hello to my iPhon
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Windsor, relaxing

Windsor is now over twelve weeks old and and he is growing, growing, growing! I am so happy to see him when I come home from school. He is the light of my life and so adorable.

I have found too that training and feeding him each present their own challenges, especially with a puppy that is always hungry. Labradors will eat just about everything, and puppy Windsor has indeed proved that. He always has something in his mouth.

During  my reading have discovered the do and dont’s to training a dog. It is a learning process that I am truly enjoying.

He is quickly learning his name, he always greets me with a wildly wagging tail when I walk in the door. He’s also learning simple commands. I love it! – By the way, the pictures above I took with my iPhone last night. =) See, he is so adorable!

I <3 British Jazz

I was on flipboard this morning and I happened across an article about jazz artist, Norma Winstone. According to The Telegraph, Winstone was named “vocalist of the year.” Dame Cleo Laine presented the award at the 2015 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Now, I am unashamedly outspoken in my adoration of Dame Cleo Laine, so I knew immediately that Norma Winstone had to be an impressive vocalist. Thanks to Pandora radio, I now have a new jazz artist whose music I must collect. It’s a pity that Winstone has not recorded a duet of some sort with Dame Cleo, perhaps the award might spark some artist conversation?!

And they call it puppy love..

So after missing nearly an entire week of school because of the snow, spring break has arrived and with it so have warmer temperatures.

I have spent my time, thus far, relaxing and playing with my little puppy, Windsor. Training a new puppy especially a male dog is an education. Fortunately, I have been reading Family Dog by Richard A. Wolters.

Windsor, 4 weeks old
Windsor, 4 weeks old

The book is very enlightening,  helpful and the pictures and descriptions make it worthwhile and easy. I always thought training a puppy would be hard, annoying. Not so, well at this point anyway.

Windsor, or “Windsor puppy” as my partner and I affectionately call him, was born on January 3rd. He’s growing like a weed. Independent, adventurous, with long legs and a a curious need to get into everything, he has scratched and yelped his way into our hearts.

In my previous post, I did promise I would post a few pictures of Windsor. Here he is in all of his cute glory. IMG_0307

He is teething like crazy, loves to bite and play. It is just wonderful. Along the way, I have learned the value of getting a young puppy on a schedule of both going outside and feeding.

He did very well at his first puppy visit at the Vet’s office. The nurses loved him and his veterinarian was most impressed with his weight and his demeanor.  He goes for his second puppy visit on Friday, I’m so excited about that!

Along with being so excited about a new addition to the family, having a new puppy has also changed my attitude and my level of responsibility. Windsor has calmed me and I find his antics so relaxing and joyous.  He is inquisitive, loves to explore and is learning by leaps and bounds.

I have loved watching him grow and I just know I will always adore him! ❤

Personal Logo?

In my intro to visual communication class one of our projects is to come up with a personal logo. At first I thought this would be a fun project; however, I was not prepared to come face-to-face with my horrific drawing ability. My professor asked for twenty-five “thumbnails” of ideas for a person logo. My drawing ability makes even stick figures seem sad, so this task has quickly gone from “so many great ideas” to WTF am I even doing?!

Relearning Adobe Illustrator was one thing, but this second project, which is due next Thursday, seems to be a tall order.

I have even considered paying someone to help me fashion a personal logo; however, that would defeat the purpose of me learning how to do it myself. It would also be cheating..

Thus far..

..I have been snowed in, and I have been covered in ice.

I have a precious new pet, a six week old yellow Labrador puppy, named Windsor. He is definitely a handful, but he is the apple of my eye and I love him so much.

School is going very well, I’ve been so busy with projects and assignments that I have not had a free moment to update my blog. Shame on me!

Pictures of the dog to follow!

Back to School

The first week of school is finished, professors have handed out their syllabi, and all the text books have arrived. Taking fifteen hours isn’t tricky, and I am in love with all my classes. This time around I am determined to get involved. When I graduated with my BA in English two years ago, I lamented the fact I wasn’t involved as much as I probably should have or could have been. No doubt being active in organizations, etc etc looks fantastic on a resume or it should, right?! Hindsight is always 20/20 so this time around, I’m righting a wrong and looking forward to it!

Of all my classes I am enamored with, Visual Communications Applications VCOMM 2950 takes the cake. Learning about layouts, designs and using Adobe In Design, Illustrator and Photoshop I could not be more excited. Now I am very rusty on my Photoshop skills. I remember begging my father for Photoshop when I was in high school. I thought that being able to airbrush out all my acne would boost my self-confidence (not that it did, but I enjoyed manipulating my pictures).

Learning the pen tool in an exercise for class
Learning the pen tool in an exercise for class

Learning CS2 was quite an adventure, now ten years and several software updates later, I’m going to be learning my way around the Creative Suite again – YAY!

Another challenge that I face with tackling another Bachelors is trying to figure out what I truly want to do as a career. I feel pulled in so many directions, “Ooh, that sounds interesting” or “Ooo, I would be great at that” which is why I am getting involved in things on campus. This is also a test to see if I am ready to tackle a Masters in media and what type of program I might want to do. But in all honesty, I am so happy to be back in school and so deeply grateful for the support of my family that are 100% behind me furthering my education.