I got the kids back to school relatively unscathed, now it’s my turn. We had a little bit of a job scare with Neil so I decided that I probably should have something to fall back on. I decided graphic arts was the way to parlay my love of art into a career. Luckily, the job fear didn’t pan out but it got me thinking that I really needed something else in my life. Not to mention Neil keeps mumbling under his breath something about the ingrates around here pulling their own weight. Not sure if it’s directed at me or the kids but I’m not taking any chances. A little back ground….I have a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in recreational therapy. It never was my first choice of degrees. In fact, I didn’t quite make the cut for the physical therapy program so it seemed like a nice compromise. Truthfully, I don’t think I would have been happy with the PT degree either. I hated all the bs and government intervention in healthcare. I worked in nursing homes for about 6 years before I had Madison. I truly hated it! It regularly, pissed me off, broke my heart and generally left me feeling burned out and drained. The people I was trying to help didn’t want to be helped (some of them rightly so) and the government said I had to or we wouldn’t get paid. I remember having to brow beat a 99 year old man into walking. He was completely lucid, in fact, he’d probably forgotten more than I’ll ever know. He wasn’t depressed. He was just done. Enter me with my 24 year old perkiness insisting that he had to do this and that to regain range of motion. The man very kindly threw me out on my ear. That was it, I had had it. No more……but I digress. Luckily, we were at the point in life were we wanted to start a family. I spent the next nine years playing mommy and wife and loving it. Now the kids are both in school…anyway I finally took the plunge and registered for classes at Valencia. I am told that they have a great Graphic Design program. I am taking 4 classes, intro to Art, Design Basics, Drawing I and a portfolio building class. Tue and Thursdays I have class from 9-12 and then 1-4. Friday I have class from 10-3. One of my classes is online only. it’s kind of a heavy schedule but I figure I’ll get the easy classes out of the way quickly. I can’t wait to be a 37 year old in a sea of 19 year olds but I am excited to get started. Maybe there will even be some cute boys to liven up the scenery. I have all my pens lined up in my backpack and even bought cool skull and heart notebooks. I am going to look ridiculous anyway so I might as well have fun right? Wish me luck!