Besides having to complete lab and workbook assignments, I need to do a lot of on-line reading. I would much rather have a textbook than an on-line curriculum. Luckily, I have the text for the A+ class and from what I have seen so far, the text and the on-line curriculum are almost identical. A couple of word changes here and there, but over all, things I can deal with. Even the flash animations are included on a CD that came with the textbook.
The bookstore ordered the wrong edition of the Cisco books and lab manuals. The lab manual is available for download from the College's Networking Dept website, but the only PDF edition available online is the DRAFT of the 3rd edition. Mrs. Coon has the 3rd edition lab manual and we quickly skimmed both and they are NOT the same. I guess a lot of changes were made between the draft and final published editions. So for now, our labs are in the air. She wants us to go ahead and download and print out the PDF lab manual. PRINT OUT! That lab manual is well over 300 pages long! There goes another print cartridge at around $25 a pop. I 'm just going to print out the labs for the chapters we are on, until the 3rd edition lab manuals arrive in the bookstore. At that time, I will purchase the Text, Lab Manual, and the Engineering Journal.
Anyways, today looks good. Homework for both of my classes will be finished today and all I will have to do is read. I don't have to go anywhere, babysit, or attend any events. My stress level has returned back to a manageable level. I also don't feel manic. That is possibly why I am able to concentrate on the tasks at hand.
It feels good to be able to write actual journal entries again, both good and bad. For a while, when I just looked at the journal entry box, it seemed like such a chore, now I can write both good and bad entries again without cringing before I begin.