yesterday's activities

Discussion in 'Dancers Anonymous' started by fascination, May 10, 2009.

  1. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    FRIDAY:
    The dog woke me up at 4:30 AM and then my brain decided it would be fun to go through every single thing on my to-do list that I haven't gotten to and worry about it. Finally drifted back off probably around 5:30 so that I could wake up at 6:30. I had a great dream in that last hour, though, so I'll take it.

    9:10--ENG 1101. Very spotty attendance. It's opening day, which is practically a holiday to some students, so I wonder if that is the issue? We did peer review of the paper that is due Monday.

    10:20--GREAT WORKS II. Freud. Then intro to Virginia Woolf.

    Lunch.

    12-2:30--Advised. Also had a second Senior Sem meeting of the week with my weakest student that made me crazy and which I should not have done for the sake of my sanity. Luckily I managed to retain my sense of humor even though this guy made me fall way behind on my appt schedule.

    2:45-5--Graded.

    5:30--Home. Can we go to the Scholastic Book Fair that ends at 6? Aaaaah, why didn't someone call me??? Drove out to that.

    Husband dragging, so vetoed idea of seeing a movie. Child and I read instead.

    After I put Child to bed, watched USA DANCE NATIONALS live stream! Quality is excellent. I recommend!!! You can also watch events that have already happened as it is archived. :)

    I don't know if this direct link to the livestream will work or if you need to go to usadance.org, but I will try:

    http://www.livestream.com/usadance?utm_source=lsplayer&utm_medium=embed&utm_campaign=footerlinks
     
  2. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    saturday...sit on couch, blow nose, cough, read training manual, consume liquids, nap, cough, read training manual, df, fb, cough, watch dh watch various shows, cough, blow nose, medicate, go to bed...
     
  3. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    Last Sunday:

    Mostly recovered from food poisoning, go to Jade Market, Flower Market, and Artisans Market, then up Taipei 101 for the view
    Home, birthday party for Baby Gabrielle, who is 1 today; party mostly consists of adults having wine and cheese, but there's a cake, also for adults
    Z

    Monday:

    Leave for 3-day trip around Taiwan with cousin, eldest child, two longtime friends of Cousin, and their two kids; thank god cousin has an illegally purchased Honda Odyssey
    Drive through mountains -- literally; tunnel about 30 miles long -- to coast, which is mountain/cliff/shoreline; beautiful; stop in small town for noodles for lunch, then into Taroko Gorge for sightseeing and hiking; beautiful beyond words
    Overnight at palatial hotel/spa in the Gorge; the tub in my bathroom is deep, and the water comes from hot springs and the bath salts are free, it's like heaven

    Tuesday

    Walk to monastery/temple in the gorge overlooking the hotel; I'm gonna stop saying "beautiful" and you can assume it is, b/c it's all beautiful
    Drive mountain road so high and curving, it's the top of the world
    Stop overnight in small town referred to as "Little Switzerland" b/c of terrain and also many chalet-style hotels built there
    Walk to restaurant; a word about the food; Chinese food in Taiwan is not like Chinese food here; I don't bother ordering, I just eat whatever shows up, and some of it is deeply odd, but almost all is delicious and only a little bit is too challenging for me; aside from that, it's all fresh, clean, simply prepared, and even when I have not an idea what I'm eating or it looks like stir fried yard waste with a little chicken, it's delicious
    Back to hotel; no wifi; sit on bed and close my eyes for a few minutes; wake 2 hours later and just go to bed
     
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  4. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    Wednesday:

    Start coming down out of the mountains, and aren't I glad my cousin is an excellent driver; holy cow, those roads are scary curvy mountain roads
    Stop and visit Spirit Tree, 3,000 years old and huge and beautiful
    Finally get to flatlands; go to Sun Moon Lake, take boat trip, visit temple, back on boat, visit restaurant/souvenir shops, back on boat, back to car
    Back to Taipei; traffic is challenging b/c it's the beginning of a 4-day weekend; Thursday is Children's Day and Friday is Grave Sweeping Day; holidays are different in Asia
    To American Club, where kids go off to the playroom and adults consume adult beverages, cousin's wife shows up, everyone's glad to be reunited
    Home; z
     
  5. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    Thursday:

    To small town which is the center of the ceramics industry, and don't I have fun here; omg what beautiful pottery, porcelains, teapots, there's an old town shopping area and I about lose control
    Lunch in art gallery restaurant
    More shopping
    Back to Taipei; cousin takes me to Night Market, which is an outdoor street market with booths and food vendors; it's raining; it's enchanting; we go to teppanyaki restaurant where the owner practically kisses cousin and adopts his daughter, food wonderful, market crowded and chaotic and fun
    Back to apartment, pack suitcase
     
  6. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    Friday:

    Leavin' on a jet plane; fly Taipei to Tokyo, Tokyo to Detroit, Detroit to JFK; when I'm not asleep, I read Cloud Atlas, which I recommend *highly* and the time passes quite easily
    Arrive JFK, pick up car from parking lot, drive home, get stuck in traffic, talk on phone -- I have not had phone service for what, 10 days? I have a lot of catching up to do, and continue phone calls after I get home and settled
    Z
     
  7. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    Yesterday:

    Jet Lag R Us
    Cook and bake in order to try to get back on an even keel; seems to be working
    Cough a little in the evening
    Cough becomes troublesome overnight; am I bringing this year's Asian flu to the States? Apparently... whoopsie
     
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  8. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    JA, sounds unspeakably wonderful!
     
  9. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    sunday...as it is nearly over...just like saturday...too sick to do anything, should make for truly unremarkable lessons tomorrow
     
  10. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    Ahhhh, fas,,,,,the creepy crud....BEGONE!
    Yesterday - Up early,
    cancel weighttraining circuit workout - really? sneezing doesn't help me or him.
    Laundry - early
    Dishes - early
    Feed roses that are blooming like mad, and they are really confused,,,80 degrees one day,,,brrrr cold the next...poor plants.
    Look up Jet Blue airfares to Austin, make plans to take GS#2 - to his cousins where all four can reck havoc together. HA!
    Deny DD request to pay for 5, count them 5 as in FIVE round trip airfares for her and family to come to California and go to disneyland, in the summer. uhhhhhh, note to brain,,,does she not remember I retired. We will go to her, in the car. wink.
    Pulll out patterns, iron tissue, getting ideas for new smooth dress. I'm not a blog person when it comes to sewing so don't ask. And Larinda continually has to save me on posting pics because I'm lousy at it.
    Phone call from Pro, Pro(s) wife, and his children,,,"heading home on the road from San Francisco Open - what is with the wind? what is the weather,,,,this is alot slower than we thought it would be" Gotta laugh
    Winds are clocking 80 miles an hour.
    Head up to the high desert to take dad to several appointments.
    Stormy rain down here.
    Sun in the pass
    DUST BOWL storm in high desert. Awful taste to it as well.
    Take dad to several appointments and oxygen evaulation - new machine set-up - we go home with.
    He buys me In-N-Out...YES! love it.
    Small talk at his table.
    Leave him feeling good.
    DH calls,,,"if the tractor trailer trucks are overturned in the pass, just stay up there"...."be careful" etc etc etc.
    Really? He doesn't appear concerned when I was involved in earthquakes, floods, mudslides, fires, blizzzards, etc etc etc but driving in bad weather he's all over me. Seriously? I laugh to myself.
    Stop at large fabric store,,,buy lycra. Ok, so I'm slowly starting to formulate a dress.
    Ideas are popping.
    Home - DH has recorded the NCAA final game! - He doesn't care for basketball but I love the Final Four - as always.
    DH watches game with me, becomes so involved in game - I start to wonder...
    WHO IS THAT MAN? ya'know,,,the one sitting in the living room who doesn't care about basketball....
    Oh THAT's right.....the same guy who is cheering for Louisville and jumping up screaming out of his chair.
    Lol, nighty night...what a great game.
     
  11. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    mon...the usual...teach a fitness class, drive to indy, lessons,etc...
    tues ; drive to Fort Wayne fro Indy and spend entire day in training...drive home and get home in just enough time to catch a group class and a margarita and spend an hour with dh

    sleep as though dead ...could have continued to do so
     
  12. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    teach interval...go back to bed...laundry, cat litter cleaning, feed animals, study for training, chat w/ buddy, cook...vegetate...bed soon
     
  13. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    J_Alex and fascination--Hope you are fully recovered! And J_Alex, it sounds like you had an amazing trip!

    My recent stuff:

    Saturday:
    Shower, then to campus by 9.
    Graded 4 essays.

    11--Nik came and taught me on campus! It really meant a lot to me that he was willing to do that. And it was also one of the best lessons ever. The overarching theme was progressive rotation.

    4-6--Took Child to The Peep Show, a local event where people make art out of peeps. I'm not kidding.

    That evening, we watched a James Bond movie as a family, "Live and Let Die."

    Sunday:
    AM: Read with Naomi.
    PM: Graded essays.

    Admitted Students Day. Attempted to charm and inform 17-18 year olds and their parents such that they will deposit with us.

    Phi Beta Kappa induction and dinner.

    A little more grading, then home around 9:30 PM. Who doesn't like being at work for 7-8 hours on Sunday?
     
  14. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    Monday:
    9:10--ENG 1101. Assigned big research paper. Discussed expectations.

    10:20--GREAT WORKS II. Class outside! Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway.

    Advisee meeting, because she registers tomorrow and hasn't met with me yet. Then lunch and prep time.

    12:40-2:10--Senior Sem individual appts.

    2:30-4--Rather dull meeting, though I did get a couple good suggestions out of it.

    Home.

    6.6 miles on treadmill!

    7:30-10--MODERN WORLD. "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."

    TOTAL HOURS ON CAMPUS TODAY: ~10.5.

    Tuesday:
    9-11--Individual advisee registration appointments. Lots.
    11:30-1--Department meeting.
    1-2:30--First year team meeting.
    3--Pick up Child.

    (See what I just did there? Total hours on campus: ~6. Trying to average it out a bit.)

    4:30--Got Child ready for dance.
    5-8:30--Child danced. I went to Panera, ate dinner, and graded ENG 1101 papers, then read a Senior Sem draft.
    *My parents gave me a huge Panera gift card for Christmas. I've used it twice so far and still have over $100 on it! :)
     
  15. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    Wednesday:
    7--Work over breakfast on a course proposal for a transfer student class.

    9, 9:15, 9:30, 9:45--Research paper abstract conferences. Oh, and very sick girl apparently has recuperated enough to surface! Yay. One more worry semi-off my list.

    10:20--GREAT WORKS. Class outside again. Existentialism--Sartre's "No Exit."

    11:30--Lunch and prep for Senior Sem.

    12:40--Individual Senior Sem appts.

    2:15--Meet with an advisee.

    3--Pick up Child.

    Work some more on this course proposal.

    4:42--Course proposal sent! Weight off shoulders. (For now.)

    Read with Child.

    Take Child to dance. Phone mom from car to confirm plans for weekend. Grade truly awful paper. This paper is so bad that I consider whether this could be a psychological experiment where the student is seeing how badly they have to perform before they will actually just flat out fail. (You actually have to get a C in this course or take it again. This student could wind up earning a C-, D+, or D in the course...and that is going to stink on so many levels.)

    Play Harry on the way home.

    Condition Child's hair with special salon conditioner because it is getting knotty and brush it out. Let us just say that this is not the high point in Mother-Daughter Relations.

    Grade. Surf web on break from that and somehow manage to contract a computer virus...even though I was on one of my regular forum sites! (Not this one.) Ugh. Cross fingers for no lost work.
     
  16. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    Did three miles on threadmill, and now...now...why now...blisters. sigh.
    Listened to a roofing contractor about our ridgecap replacement, then he started shoveling numbers, discounts, etc.
    DH threw him out of the house. Not literally, but told him to leave. Interesting to watch from the sidelines.
    Neighbors hung out with me on the front yard block wall, a natural gathering place.
    Started planning our travels.
    Oregon , immediately after Emerald Ball. This drive I really don't mind.
    Watched the CMA awards that we recorded. Promised each other we would go next year Vegas to see this!
     
  17. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    ccm...loved the peep show pics on fb...also, very impressed that nik made the trip for you...nice...lastly, I still remember with horror, how unpleasant some of my hair combing experiences as a child were...am very grateful that my own daughter had naturally tangle free hair

    3w...driving in oregon is certainly lovely
     
  18. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    thurs...teach blast, pack,drive back to fort wayne for training...bed soon...
     
  19. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    Played/browsing on computer all morning. Haven't done that in a LONG time.
    Started reading reviews on ovens. This is killin' me.
    Work called. Yes, the City,,,ya'know,,,the employer I retired from in September. "We need you,,,,pls consider a contract"
    I'm soooooo not into considering anything right now, except a new oven. HA!
    Pro calls - reminds me of lessons in the evening and coaching. ARRGHHH - that means I need my Yoga time.
    DD - texts - excited about her teacher exam, has new full time job with school, does not miss Target. (-:
    DS - texts - askes if DH can come and help him remove dirt for new driveway,,,uhhhhhh, that's a big negative, your young, you do it. lol.
    Step-dad calls,,,,it goes like this....."the calendar you left me of your obligated days, only leaves me 3 days for me to have my carble tunnel surgery, I'm calling 'other daughter in West Virginia to come out and nurse me until I'm well"
    My response, "why are you going to do that, she is her only support and has a mortgage payment, I'm right here"
    His response, "because there is only three days open on your calendar".
    My response, "are you wearing your glasses? because the onlly days blocked out are May 1-May 12. between now and July"
    His response, "ohhhhhhhh but there is writing in the other days,,,"
    YES DAD - but that stuff can be changed around...do you know your surgery date
    "no"
    Have you been approved?
    "maybe"
    Do you have any tests you have to do?
    "I don't know"
    So, dad, in other words....you don't know the schedule and the surgery supervisor hasn't called you to set a plan.
    "right"
    But, your concerned about my calendar....JUST TELL THEM WHEN YOU ARE AVAILABLE.
    His response..."oh? I can do that? I thought they give you a date and that's it"
    WHEW...sigh....arrgggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    Went for a run for three miles after that dialog.
     
  20. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    fri...what a great day....spent the entire day training to become a trainer..and that was successful...then had a wonderful dinner with a new friend and some great dancing at a very friendly studio in her town where there are some lovely men who can dance....going to have to find excuses to go there more often :)
     
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