Dusty, I’m Locked Out of The House

House-sit, it will be good they say.

House-sit, the puppy is cute they say.

So, off I go to my first house-sitting gig…

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I’m currently sitting on the front porch of an almost stranger’s home (I still have not met these people….I was recommended and came after they left for the trip). Currently, conniving about the ways I may break into the house.

1.Jump Through the Kitchen Window

2.Call a Locksmith

3.Cry

I run to the back door. “Aha!”

Nope. No luck. I locked that one too. 

Dusty, the sweetest golden retriever, meets me at the locked glass door. Her puppy dog eyes stare at me with a quizzical look. She puts a paw upon the glass, I meet it with my palm… Sorry, buddy.

Ok, maybe that’s too dramatic— she does have practically a mansion to run around in there— but still— she must have been thinking, “Why you so dumb, housesitter?”

(Just if you were wondering, puppy went on a walk, had breakfast and lots of outside time before author inadvertently locked her in)

I swallow my pride.

I email the owners— spare key, anyone?

They’re probably up over some continent I’ve never even been too… Their last concern, would be me–currently panicking.

I email my stats professor— 

I’m not going to class today, Prof. 

P.S. Do you know how to pick a lock?

Panicked, 

Deborah

5 hours later:

I put down my bobby pins, paper clips and step away from the door.

(I actually did end up going to class; with the hopes of someone teaching me how to pick a lock— but to no avail)

The family’s family friend (how’s that for confusing?) becomes my new favorite person and shows up with a spare. 

And within minutes, my whole day’s worry disappears. 

Dusty comes up and greets me, probably wanting to say, “What took you so long?”

Whatever, dog. You stick to your puppy dog looks, and I’ll stick to… not locking myself out of strangers’ homes.

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Statistics over the Summer…

So Intro to Statistics is my last class (and only summer course)  at Mira Costa College (before heading to Grand Canyon University– it also counts as a requisite for their Nursing Program, so I hit 2 birds with one stone.

I have about a week and half left ’til Stats ends (2 more tests and a final).. other than it being a M-Th class during summer– it has been– I never thought I’d be saying this– but actually pretty fun. That is in large part due to the Professor– he uses thinks out of the box to apply stats to the world around us (think: dating relationships, amount of money earned with every degree you earn, IQ scores, recent presidential elections polling) Reading the book is a must, but we use Statistics for Psychology, 6th Edition 6th Edition by Arthur Aron Ph.D., Elaine N. Aron Ph.D., Elliot Coups Ph.D. and it’s not bad at all— I feel like the book is understandable and uses”normal-speak” (which according to our Prof is used at UC Berkeley and Cal State San Marcos… he also on occasion uses tests from those institutions… and the whole class does really well on those. In fact, those are the “easy tests” his own tests are much more difficult– this means we really know our stuff).

Yes it is a math class, but not more math than you’d encounter in Algebra 2 (so square roots, multiplication, rounding to 10ths and 100ths, division). Not scary at all.

The challenge is learning the concepts (so critical thinking) and drawing conclusions by doing the Math. Definitions and understanding the concepts is key. A lot of the math so far has been bookkeeping…

Stats will definitely change the way you view the world (not an exaggeration) and my little knowledge of it has actually made me very interested in world of nursing research!