Wash Weekend and Convocation 2013


Since graduating and beginning work, my weekends look different.
With my weekdays filled with social work, my weekends are filled with many other things, including laundry.
Other social workers and working parents will sympathize, including my husband, who helps put the loads through. Our kids help, too. We try to keep it a family event.
Bins and baskets are toted down by our children. Baskets line up by the washing machine like train cars with bulging loads.
I used to manage laundry in between working on BSW assignments.
But now, the laundry waits for weekends.
By Sunday night, we’re almost caught up. The washer has swished it’s through the weekend.
Sunday night, we voice intentions to (in a well-organized manner) put loads through mid-week, during the evenings, to prevent the weekend laundry rush.
I suppose it’s a sign of healthy priorities when this pledge gets booted aside in favour of spending time together after a long day.
Laundry bedamned! Family and self-care come first.


BSW Grad: When and Where
Where I used to log in to U-Source several times a day when working on my degree, I now only log on once in a blue moon, it seems.
The other day, I took a few moments and checked in to dear old UVic Usource again. I caught up on UVic news and sorted through UVic email messages which included Fall Convocation info.
I completed my degree in late August and began full time work in early October. For many reasons, including work, attending fall grad in Victoria with my family was impractical. I considered many options, including a quick trip on my own to attend the ceremony, but that held little appeal. My husband (what a dear) advised me to do what my heart told me.
It was a bit of a process, but my request to defer my graduation until Spring 2013 was granted.
I want to show my family, including my three children, the UVic campus, as well as reacquaint myself with it.
Until then, I’ll be working away (at Social Work!), and I have a dress to pick out.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Colin James Morrison
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 02:59:45

    Hi Tammy! Congrats on completing your degree! I wanted to thank you for your blog – been following it for some time now and just getting around to leaving a comment. I’ve actually applied to U of Vic for spring admission and am anxiously awaiting a reply (I don’t hold out much hope, as my first time around at university wasn’t a great experience with a less then stellar GPA, but one can dream!) I live in Nova Scotia, work in mental health, and after 20 years I’m currently back taking some social work classes via distance ed through the University of Manitoba (I’ve applied there for the fall as well, but fingers crossed about U of Vic) Anyway, even though you’ve reached your goal, I hope the blogging continues….I’m sure your story has been inspirational to many people out there – me included! 🙂


    • learnfromafar
      May 06, 2013 @ 18:07:10

      Hi there: thank you so much for your very kind comments. I sincerely wish you all the best in your social work journey! I’m sure you’ll find that you are learning all the time, in many different ways, at many different levels. Wherever you find yourself for your degree, I think you’ll find all of the work well worth the effort. Kind regards and thanks so much for taking the time to read my blog, Tammy


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