I have to admit Twitter is so addicting. I seem to go to Twitter more and more often to see what my gardening buddies around the country, and sometimes the world, are tweeting about. It's just so freakin' fast and easy to tweet. I'm neglecting my blog because of the Twitter attraction and because of all my homework! With my two classes at NYBG right now, I have so much homework. I'm taking Landscape Design history and also Graphics 1, and I love them both so much. I am learning more than I ever imagined, but boy, is there a learning curve! Especially in Graphics. We are learning to draft landscape plans, along with drawing symbols and lettering and learning how to measure with architect's and engineer's rulers and compasses (when was the last time you used one of those? for me, it was 10th grade, a few years ago...), none of which have I ever even attempted. I feel like, with the slightest effort, I will just sink like a rock in that class, never to surface. It is a gargantuan effort to just survive and get all the work done, and I feel like my work is sub-par at best. But my teacher says effort is what counts, and boy, can I give him effort. Thank God for effort. Every project we take home, and every one in class, takes me probably 3x the time they should take, I'm sure. Every line has to be measured absolutely correctly, or the whole plan is off, and unlike in my everyday gardening, fudging it a little is not going to fly. My middle child, the ten year old, wants to go rock climbing and to the pottery place today, and I had to tell him I can't go til I get a huge chunk (probably 3-4 hours at least) of my h/w done. He said, "mom, why don't you do that stuff during the week when we're in school?"...good point, however, I told him that mommy did 3 hours yesterday and 4 hours on Thursday and h/w still isn't done. He looked at me like I was nuts. And then there's history...I love my Landscape Design history class, let's start there. It is just incredibly fascinating to learn about landscape design theory all the way back to BCE (Before Common Era, something else new I learned, it's no longer PC to say BC -- who knew?). We've learned about Medieval gardens, Italian, French and English gardens, and Thomas Jefferson (he's my favorite, what a multi-faceted guy), just to highlight some of what we've covered. But we have to write four papers -- we've done three so far. And I love to write, but it's been a long, long time since I have actually researched in the library (and then there's the web of course -- it used to be so much simpler to just hit the library) or written a bibliography. Another huge learning (or remembering) curve. Now we have one more paper and then our final.
I sound like a whiner I know. I'm just venting because I am actually loving my classes. My teachers are so interesting, knowledgeable and passionate, and I'm meeting people from all kinds of backgrounds and who are all ages, from all over the NY/NJ/CT tri-state area. I love it!
I just have to get off this blog and go hit the drafting table. My husband just walked by and saw me on the computer and gave me one of his famous "looks". I know that "look"...he's wondering what the heck I am doing writing when I should be drafting. He knows me so well...so so annoying.