Frenetic morning

First, our dog unplugged my alarm. I usually wake up between 6 and 6:30, but instead April woke me at 6:50.

Then, I immediately took the dog for a walk… and discovered that a cat had been hit by a car last night and was lying at the end of the driveway. I couldn’t be certain, but I thought it was our neighbour’s cat, Mellow, which was heartbreaking. I grew up in the country, and if one of our outside animals was hit by a car, a neighbour always brought it home in a trashbag with condolences, so I figured I ought to do the same. After the walk, I got the cat and knocked on the neighbour’s door.

Then I showered, dressed, grabbed some breakfast, and got to work a few minutes late after dropping April off at OTC. I tried to call people to let them know I would be late, but my phone kept dropping the connection, potentially due to the storm we’ve got in the area right now.

It turns out that it wasn’t Mellow. I’m glad–that makes it better, somehow. But it was still a very sad thing, and I want to go home and sit on the couch with our cats and dog.

My wonderful piece of paper

I graduated from Hillcrest High School in the spring of 2003 with a ton of honours, trophies from speech and debate, a great ACT score, a full-ride scholarship to Missouri State, and a lot of excitement about moving out of my mom’s house in the near future.

And then I discovered that I didn’t know how to study, I didn’t know nearly as much as I thought I did about everything, and in retrospect, I certainly didn’t know how hard it would be to finish. I lost my scholarship, dropped out for a while, and when I came back, it was with the sole goal of finishing up and getting that piece of paper.

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