Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Thinking in My Sleep

Or "Hoping to Go to School in the Fall".

So I figured it's getting kind of late in the season not to have heard back from financial aid. It's less than a month until classes start again. So I called them on Monday to find out my status, and was informed that I have a Satisfactory Academic Progress hold that I need to appeal.

I filled out the form and printed out the paper work and created a letter of appeal on Monday...but didn't put it in the mail, even though it will take them 2-3 weeks to process it.

Instead, I let it sit on top of my filing cabinet so I could think about it.

See, I transferred into Troy with about 180 credit hours from my two previous universities. And Financial Aid requirements say you can't take more than 150% of your credit hours to complete your planned degrees.

Most degree programs are 120 hours. Time and a half is 180 hours.

Troy requires completing 2 years worth of courses in order to graduate.

I transferred IN with 180 hours.

That, right there, is why it took me 3 days to sleep on it and think about it. I puzzle things out in my sleep. Hell, I write papers and poetry and make compositions for my art in my sleep!

It has always worked like this: There is something I need to think about and figure out. I gather all of my information (remember all the printouts?) then I sleep on it. And I think.

It was clearer on Tuesday than it had been on Monday, so I revised my letter. But it still wasn't -right-. Something. Something was still off. So it sat on my filing cabinet another night.

And this morning, when I woke up, I'd figured it out.

See, I'm not just completing a single major. I'm double majoring. I already knew that. For a Bachelors of Science in Theatre (120 hours) and a Bachelors of Fine Arts, 3D Concentration (72 hours). Combined, that 192 hours. Time and a half is 288 hours.

I've currently completed 211 hours. I only need 45 to complete my degrees. That's 256. Over 30 hours less than the maximum number of allowed hours.

BUT!!! I realized on my paperwork where the two problems are: 1. My degree programs have me listed accurately for theatre, but only have me down for the -36 hour- bachelor of science. And 2. I still need to submit my substitution forms so that all my 'general education credits' that I transferred in with will be substituted for the Troy acceptable classes-- and will show that I've already completed all of my general requirements and most of my major requirements as well-- and all before I started at Troy to begin with. Right now, they look like fluff classes that don't do anything to complete my degrees. But I've already gotten them filled out, signed by my advisers and 2 of the appropriate Deans. This fall, I'll be getting the rest of the signatures so that I can submit my paperwork to the Registrar's Office before the end of the fall 2010 semester.

So please keep me in your thoughts that they can clearly see this and approve my appeal, so that I CAN go to classes in fall.

Because if it all works out, having started my college education in Fall 1995-- I will finally, FINALLY have my bachelor degrees in Fall of 2011.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, FL

So last Sunday, we got a phone call from my father in law asking us to take his camper trailer to his Florida property. He suggested since we'd be so close that we take the time to see the Blue Angels perform, since they'd be in town. But we figured, while we were there, we'd make a trip to the Aviation Museum on Sunday (avoiding the traffic for the Blue Angels show on Saturday), and go see the Blue Angels in the fall.

First, if you have a Garmin-- it's wise to check the settings. Ours was set to avoid traffic and toll roads... what that -means- is that you pretty much avoid all the major roads and end up on a slew of back roads (lol) Just after we got to Dad's property, I was grumbling about it, and Mark checked, discovering this interesting little setting. We got that fixed and the drive home was almost an hour shorter than the drive there (;

We decided to stop and get gas and have lunch at the DQ at Dad's exit. They were BUSY! Had to wait in line to get to the gas, then had to wait in line to order. But everyone was in a pretty friendly mood, despite the fact that it was awfully warm inside and warmer still outside.

And we learned that DQ kids meals come with -dessert-! The boys loved it! And Mark and I finished up our chicken strips with ice cream cones before time to be heading on our way.

It never ceases to amaze me that with current technology, you can head out the door with the idea of where you want to go and no idea how to get there-- and GET there! How remarkable is that?!?

So following the little electronic voice, we arrived at our destination (: We pulled in, and it looked like there were no parking spots at all-- and we got a good one! Then we walked up.


My boys on the really large anchor outside. Turns out it weighs as much as pretty much ALL the students at my older son's school.

We weren't even inside yet, and the boys were already delighted.


My boys really enjoyed the goggles and the hat. Wanted to know where they could get some (:


We'd hardly got in at all before we decided to take the really cool stairs up:

Once we were upstairs, the first exhibit we came to was some of the NASA related goodies.



And the outer limits of aviation was right beside some of the firsts:

My youngest helping them tow the line is one of my favorite pictures from the entire trip.




I thought seeing the Blue Angels was cool... then I looked -down-.

Above is another of my all time favorite images from the trip.


It seems like around every corner was another new fun portion. The memorabilia section was just so much fun! And my guys played along with me (:

And then! THEN! We came across a section that made me giggle like my kids.

(Okay, I claim my complete and total geekness-- I LOVE Star Trek!!)


I admit it. I completely GEEKED! (:

And so we made our way back to where we'd come upstairs, and finished the last of the space display.

When we first saw this, we all looked in awe. And then my oldest wondered if it was moon dust or land sand. And then I saw the foot prints and laughed. "You know, who ever got to put the foot prints in HAD to have a good time doing it!"


These are the pictures I got to take, while my guys were in here:



Then it was into the section with various planes that people were welcome to get into and an awesome display of minatures.

My youngest -adored- this plane.


He was in it for almost 20 minutes flipping switches and knobs (:

It's Mighty Mouse to save the day!!!

Then we headed downstairs.

While we'd been upstairs, we'd looked over the edge and knew there was a piece we were going to have to visit.



Throughout our walking, Mark was looking for a particular air craft. We finally found it:

Look through the next 3 images and see if you can see the Optical Illusion:


Then we came to the children's section:



We couldn't believe how quickly three hours passed!

We headed into the gift shop, bought each of the boys a toy plane and got Mark a new hat and then it was time to go.

And so we visit the first display in the door last.

But before we left, we needed to visit the last couple of bronze statues outside.