Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Summer 2010 Newsletter

Summer 2010 Newsletter
Dear Readers,

Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July. I have my grandson for a month, and we caught the movie matinee of Eclipse the third movie of the Twilight Saga. We all loved it and can't wait until the next movie comes out. The new Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows trailer was shown during the previews--definitely a more grown-up movie. After the movie, we came home cooked hamburgers on the grill. After buying milk shakes at Cookout, we drove onto the Blue Ridge Parkway to watch the fireworks. A good time was had by all.

As for college, I now have a diploma in Medical Office Administration to add to the Office Systems Technology degree from last year. I started my first full semester of Web Technologies, taking only two classes since it's a short semester: Security Concepts and Introduction to Programming Logic (basic PHP programming). I think I love programming, and have decided to go all the way with Web Technologies, but I hope to finish it quickly if I can get all the classes online. For instance, I plan to take four courses this fall semester, which would be twelve credit hours, and considered full-time. Keep in mind I'll also work full-time. Pray for me. If I continue to like programming, I may try for a bachelors degree. That's way down the road and after a couple of years of no school.

On the writing front, still nothing to report except for school assignments. I hope to change that soon too. Reading: I completed all that has been written in the House of Night series. See an interview the authors (P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast) did with Rachel Ray. Loved the books but they move through time pretty slow. I've read like 7 books to date, and it is still in month three in time. I'll most likely read my next book when the third book of The Hunger Games, MockingJay is released or when book 8 of the House of Night is released. Although, I may read the Mary Higgins Clark book I purchased before that time. Not sure yet because all my time is spent on my family and the two classes I'm taking now. I've also started a new side job for only one business right now, but it could turn into more. I format Microsoft Word documents to ready them for publication.

By the way, the MIS Specialist position(almost six months now)is still going well, and I'm loving it. That's all for me right now. I'd love to hear from you, so send me a comment. Avoid the heat wave--stay cool and kewl.

Sincerely,
Kim Cox

Spring 2010 Newsletter

Dear Readers,

Sorry, I'm a little late posting this. I will also post the update in a few minutes, Summer 2010 Newsletter.

I'm still in college, one more class to go to complete Medical Office and many for a Web Technologies degree. However, two more classes to get a Web Design certificate. I'm leaning toward the Web Design certicate, and then just take a few classes here and there until I can complete the Web Technologies Assosicate's Degree Program.

On the work front, I'm no longer day-job hunting. As luck has it, I was able to obtain a position as MIS (Management Information Systems) Specialist position with WDB (Workforce Development office) where I was the Assistant Coordinator during the 2009 Summer Youth Employment. The person in the MIS position before me retired January 1, 2010 and I officially started the position at that time, but I began training for it in September 2009. I am loving this position and look forward to learning all I can.

On the writing/reading front, again nothing to report except a few essays, articles and reports written for school. A collaboration project I had in mind has stalled as many of our home lives have gotten much too busy. I have been reading a lot. I read the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyers in about a month and loved them. I've read a couple of Sandra Brown mysteries and a book titled The Cure by Sonia Levitin. I just finished reading two books of The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. The third, Mockingjay is coming out in August 2010 and I can't wait. I've started reading the House of Night series and I'm on the second book, Betrayed by P.C. and Katrina Cast right now. All of these books are excellent and hard to put down.

Well that's it. Hope everyone is living their dream and doing what it takes to excel.

Sincerely,
Kim Cox
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