Family outing to Sand Hills on PEI

The Summer continues with Action Packed Fun!

We just came back from a family reunion on Prince Edward Island (PEI). We packed about 5 days activities into 3 & I need some sleep!! Early mornings & late nights.

Today I’m doing laundry & we’re packing for a 5 day trip to a friend’s camp on a small Island off of the coast of Maine. Our family will stay in our guides tent so that means packing for a camping trip – but sparsely & dry bagging everything as we need to boat out. I just checked the weather & it looks fantastic; sunny, warm & light winds. The wind part is  important as the Island is about 2 miles out & some of the family will be kayaking.

The weather has been truly amazing this summer & has cooperated fully with our outings. I give daily thanks but wonder can it last into fall?

Speaking of Fall.

I’m contemplating going back to school to do a Graduate degreeSeriously contemplating it. I need to take a few remedial classes this fall & do a ton of self study to try & remember everything I learned when I was last in University. (I just did the math in my head & I’m not putting that number in print).

I just went on Amazon & bought 3 Calculus books for some Light end of summer reading. Calculus was my least favorite subject in school. In my defense though my Prof was not very good… Okay he might have been good if I could have understood him & by understand him I mean he did not have a handle on the English language & his foreign accent was so strong my ears just kind of shut down in class though he could fill a chalk board faster that the eye could read!

BUT! with books called,

  • Calculus made Easy
  • The Humongous Book of Calculus Problems: For People Who Don’t Speak Math
  • How to Ace Calculus: The Streetwise Guide

I should be caught up in no time.

So… I was feeling pretty good about things until my kids said, ” Mom, math isn’t the same as when you went to school in the old days. This is dating myself but I had a slide rule for my engineering classes & the first computer I used took up a room. We wrote code,  which got copied onto punch cards, we took out punch cards down 1 floor to the computer room & ran them. If there was a mistake, then back up stairs to redo the code & re-punch the cards.

School should be a zillion times easier now, with the time savers kids these days have:

  • Fancy calculators – no more slide rule
  • Computers
    • No more digging through tons of reference books at the library for an answer.
    • Google – need I say more.
    • No more handwriting papers. (Hello cut, copy & paste)
    • Classes can be taken online.

I’ll sign off for now. I have to fill out my online application now (oh the modern conveniences).

Let me know if you have any tidbits of advice & by the way, what’s the fastest way to get rid of brain rust?

6 Comments on Summer fun continues but comtemplating Grad School for the Fall

  1. Dave says:


  2. Matt says:

    “No more handwriting papers. (Hello cut, copy & paste)”…

    That’s called plagiarism Mom lol

  3. Heather says:

    me, the Burleigh girl from PEI? I don’t think so! I was thinking more of the manipulation of the material on the pages.

  4. Laura says:

    cut, copy, paste. GASP! Mom!!!

  5. Sande says:

    I’ll have to get caught up on this blog thing you have going, and this might take a while, as I am sooo not computer website savy.
    You are doing math for fun!!! Are you nuts? I was very comfortable with getting older and the kids leaving the nest, but the thought of math again…I can’t wrap my brain around this one….I’ll be in touch soon! Cheers, sande

  6. Heather says:

    Okay – I’m a little nuts but you knew that already! I’ve decided to go back to school, apparently I’m a sucker for punishment & can’t settle in & enjoy the quiet of the empty nest. I applied for a PhD in Civil Engineering & I need to “refresh” in a few classes: Calculus 2 & Strength of Materials. Only “refreshing” does not seem to apply to calculus, it is like learning it for the first time! How can this be? (& don’t get me going on these new fangled calculators..)

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