Okay, I'll try to spare you the exposition. Here are the facts: 1. I did okay as an undergrad. Overall GPA: ~3.5, Upper Division GPA 3.7+. 2. I did research, but excelled at only one of them, an REU. However, it was 4 years ago and who knows if I can get a decent letter of rec from it--it's just been too long. I did another project with a professor who later retired. Again, who knows if I can get a letter. Third project was pretty good, but professor relocated to a university in UK! Again, I have no idea if I'm going to be able to get a letter from him. 3. It's been 2 years since I graduated with my physics degree and it will be at least a couple more years before I can apply to grad school. With so much time between, I'm afraid I won't get great letters from my undergrad profs. After all, who will remember how awesome I was years later? 4. I took the physics GRE, but didn't score nearly as well as I should have (it didn't help that I got married a week before the test...whoops!). So here's what I'm thinking: I'd like to take some classes at one of the gazillion schools in the area (to keep my mind active, to keep my physics skills strong, and to possibly get in good with professors who can write me letters), but I don't have much money to pay for tuition; we're trying very hard to save for a down payment for a house. Also, I'm not working right now since I'm staying home to raise our 8.5 month old daughter. Any thoughts?