Well, here I am about a thousand miles away from where I was this morning. I’m in Morristown, New Jersey, counting down the days until I’m introduced to crazy dog number two. My instructor says he has several prospects in mind for me, all of whom are female. We’re going to take some long walks downtown tomorrow and talk about my lifestyle and things, and then he’ll make a final decision by Wednesday morning. The room I’m staying in has a window that looks right toward the kennels. It’s both exciting and frustrating to know that my future dog is literally RIGHT THERE and I can’t see her yet.
Believe it or not, though, I’m not going to spend the rest of this post talking about dogs. There’s still a major life decision I made this year that I need to bring up instead.
So when I first started going to college a few years ago, I picked one of my many interests, interpreting and translation, and I ran with it. I was all set to graduate with a major in Spanish after I completed my study abroad requirement, then go on to get my master’s degree out of state. But the trip to Spain kept getting delayed for one reason and another (which I do believe I mention in a blog entry or two). And while I was in a sort of limbo, waiting for everything to straighten itself out so I could move on with my life, I had time to do a lot of thinking. And the conclusion I came to was that I wasn’t all that enthusiastic about my career path anymore. Interpreting is a great field, don’t get me wrong, but it just wasn’t right for me.
And now KD’s supreme nerdiness is about to be revealed. Around the time I was having these realizations (late August last year), I was listening to an episode of MuggleCast in which a court reporter wrote in and described what was involved in her job and why she thought it was the best thing ever. Then I remembered that the field of court reporting was actually on my giant list of interests when I graduated high school, and I’d never chosen to look more deeply into it. Well, thanks to a Harry Potter podcast, I was finally inspired to do the research. Now I’m attending classes full-time at the College of Court Reporting, and I have an enthusiasm for school I’ve never had before. Ever.
I might go into more detail about how my classes work later, but this entry is getting long and I really am exhausted. New Jersey’s time zone is only one hour ahead of the one at home, so I don’t know why the jetlag is hitting me so hard, but it definitely is. ZZZZZZZZ …
In conclusion, life is good.