Thursday, January 12, 2006

Learning a new trick

The highlight of my day yesterday was making it to the coffee shop and being able to sit down for 15 peaceful minutes to drink an iced mocha while Bean played with a new toy I'd bought for the occasion. (Total cost of peace was about $1.30 per minute, by the way--not something we can afford everyday.) This morning, I took a much-needed nap after Bean uncharacteristically woke 3 or 4 times last night. I slept til almost 11:00. Since I pick Sister up from school at 2:30, this leaves me a scant few hours today in which to get out of the house and feel like the day isn't a total waste. Not that spending time at home with my sweet baby is a total waste! I'm grateful and happy to do it. But sometimes my new stay-at-home life feels a little...maybe unchallenging intellectually?

Which is why I'm happy to say that as of next week I'll be enrolled in the Master Gardener program! For those of you who don't know, this is a national program administered through county extension offices, and in our particular county the program is 13 weeks of classes on botany, landscape plants, plant diseases, all that sort of stuff. To me the syllabus looks pretty challenging, and you do have to apply to particpate, so I don't think they accept just any ol' schmuck. I'm feeling both flattered that I've been accepted and excited that I'll be able to leave the house a few hours a week BABY-FREE, plus be learning more about one of my interests on top of that! It's not starting a moment to soon either, let me tell ya. Wish me luck, y'all!

9 comments:

Jess Riley said...

The Master Gardener program rules! Good luck; I wish my yard was bigger than the size of a greeting card so I could do more gardening. (Right now I've got space for a sad little tomato plant in a planter.)

Mommygoth said...

Go, SugarMama! Not that you need new skills in this area, you're pretty darn tootin' good at it already!

Dawn said...

I think you will really enjoy the MG program. I have not done it ~ per se~ but my mother was the Leader of her program in Vermont, and so I got to talk alot of MG smack.

It will get you out with other MG'ers! I am pleased for you!

The Daring One said...

That is awesome. Will you come help me landscape my...um...condo? Nevermind.

cubmommy said...

That sounds fun. I hope you have a great time.

Queen Beth said...

Oh! I am so jealous about your gardening class! I would love it if we had something like that here. I love to garden and find it is a great way to relieve stress. This year I want to learn how to organic garden. Have fun challenging your mind! :)

Moonface said...

sounds wonderful (espcially the getting away from domestic routine part). Go girl!

Laura said...

What a great idea--maybe you'll share some of what you learn with us amateurs?

notyourtypicalsouthernbelle said...

That sounds amazing; I need to try to find something like that around here.

Yay for getting out baby-free!