Dec 2 – 2nd Open Water Dive

So, tomorrow I complete my second open water dive and become a Certified Open Water Diver. YAY! My first open water dive was exciting, amazing and a bit frustrating. Why frustrating? Well, there was so much continual pressure in my ears that it was so uncomfortable. I actually thought about just stopping after trying twice to descend but I managed to equalize. Then, saltwater kept getting in my mask. I don’t know about you, but saltwater stings my eyes. Tomorrow, I will overcome because I’m so excited about getting another opportunity to dive. Here are some photos from my first dive. Enjoy!

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Masters of Education

So, I have finally applied for my Masters. Exciting!!! I’ve decided not to do it in TESOL, because I don’t think that it would benefit me much in the USA. That’s right! At some point soon, I’m going to return home, preferably after obtaining a M.Ed in Instructional Design and Technology. It’s a well paid field that will be beneficial to my teaching experience. I look so forward to starting classes in January. American College of Education, here I come.

Brunch Day

Today, I’ve organized an afternoon brunch for group of 27 at the Doubletree Hotel on Al Marjah Island. Why have I done this? Well, frankly speaking, because people are freaking stressed and we need a break from work. So, we have three hours to partake in an Islanders Brunch with all the seafood (lobster, oysters, etc.) you can eat and all the drinks you can consume. And no one is suppose to talk or complain about their job. Hopefully, this will be a success because I have an idea about renting a luxury yacht for a few hours. Just something to do to relax and enjoy life in the mist of a sometimes chaotic work life.

Scuba Diving Tomorrow

So tomorrow morning, I do my 1st confined water dive in my attempt to get certified as an open water diver. Exciting!! 

For the last two weeks, I’ve  been studying my open water scuba diving book. It’s teaching me so much and I’m just so excited. I look forward to tomorrow. 

Scuba Dive and Learn

So tomorrow morning, I will finally do the Scuba Diving course. It’s just a one day 3-5 hour intro course but I am so excited. If I like it, then I will definitely get certified. I got my underwater camcorder which I’m excited to use. I’ve been waiting for this course for months. And my scuba teacher will be my swim teacher, which is cool because she’s such a nice person and a good teacher. She’s like a ballerina in the water.

Leaving Tampa for Atlanta

Well, it was really nice being home for part of my summer break. The two weeks went by quickly but I enjoyed them. Yesterday morning, I took my mother and my hairdresser, a good family friend, out to breakfast. A little later after that, I visited an old high school friend in Brandon. I had such a great time yesterday. 

All this visiting friends and family has got me so emotional. I’m fighting just to hold back tears everytime I see or think of someone. I’m a mess. LOL! But I’m really glad I had the opportunity to see everyone. Things happen in life. People retire. People change careers. Marriages begin. Marriages end. Children grow up and even at my age, children are born. I guess what I’m trying to say is life goes on when I’m away and things keep changing. I’m so glad that the people that I love and care about are still here.