Discussion in 'Dancers Anonymous' started by fascination, May 10, 2009.
I am hoping two days of no physical activity other than practice might be enough...but thanks....
Tuesday and Wednesday:
Caught up on work e-mail, had a first year team meeting, sent several work e-mails. Realize that I am somehow in charge of too many initiatives at work. How did this happen?
Worked out on Tuesday, trying to make up for Vegas. Woke up Wednesday and weighed in at 130, which is pretty much my ideal weight, so I felt good about that. On a less positive note, my allergies got kicked up in Vegas and have decided to keep going, so I have itchy eyes.
Lots of other little things too: unpacking, waxing appt. Messed up and thought I had a dermatologist appt Tuesday at 2:15 when it was actually 10:15. Oops. Re-scheduled. Finished reading my plane book, The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (actually J.K. Rowling).
P.S. I would like to announce that at the bottom of this page is an advert for a "July Summer Sizzler Sale." That kind of reflects how I feel right now. How can it be August with school about to start? Isn't it still July?
synopsis of past few days; fri= family heads to Paris...I stay home...no lectures please...I'm sick of it...spend some time at the beach with friends and go for a boat ride....sleep 10 hours that night...next day clean house and grocery shop, spend some time helping friends polish their dance moves for their wedding, then head to friends house to sip mojitos on a raft made for 3....sleep 12 hours that night...today; thusfar, some shopping for grandbaby and practice, then cooking a meal for myself...which feels odd...homemade mushrooms, onions and peppers in marinara au gratin, bbq porkchops with roasted julienned carrots, and a mixed berry (peaches, blueberries and cherries) cobbler, also still have the Asian broccoli slaw from last week...what was I thinking?...oh well...won't have to cook for the rest of the week
You'll hear no lectures from me. You are dancing at USDSC, right? Very understandable to me that you would not want a big trip right now with only about three weeks to go! In general if you don't want to go on an expensive vacation, why not save the money?
I will admit, if your son had done the full two (?) year stint in the Peace Corps and you had any interest in visiting Lesotho and/or South Africa, then yes, I would have (and probably did!) encourage you to face the flying thing, just because getting to see Lesotho through the eyes of someone who has been in country is not an opportunity you will have all that often. Touring Paris, on the other hand, can wait.
and, of the two, that was the area of more interest to me...if I ever decide to deal with it...and yes, I am going to usdc as well as doing the local comp two days prior
Putzed around, read.
Allowed myself to be guilt tripped by my Dad into driving up to NJ to visit. They do this whole "We haven't seen you in so long" thing. (We were at the beach with them up until July 18th, and they are taking Naomi on a trip with them from August 24-29, but okay....)
Despite the fact that I was very aware of the guilt trip, though, we had a great time. My parents were very grateful we came, and it does make me happy that Child has such a great relationship with her grandparents. Child swam while we sat by the pool, we ate Chinese hors d'oeuvres, and we ended the evening with a game of Klingon Monopoly.
A little more time with the grandparents, then drove home so Child could go to a sleepover party. There were some annoying slowdowns on the way home due to road construction, but we made it. I'm not 100% crazy about Child going to sleepover parties at this particular BFF's house, even though I like the friend and have had good convos with the friend's dad. The parents let the kids stay up pretty much all night if they want, which is just not my style. The kids are crabby and tired the next day. Child can be a real pill when she is that tired. She has in the past insisted on going to sleep in another room around midnight when the other kids stay up until 4 AM, etc, because she knows I disapprove...but still, not nearly enough sleep. Don't get me wrong: I am grateful that Child has BFFs who LOVE her and whom she loves. That part is great. I'm glad she gets invited to parties. I just have a different standard of what counts as "reasonable."
I believe parents need to be parents, and that some things, like brushing your teeth, baths, bedtime, and reasonable behavior in public spaces need to be parental mandates when a kid is 10. A little flexibility for a sleepover party, fine, but they aren't college kids and I don't think they need a social all-nighter! Rant over.
Husband and I took advantage of our child-free evening and saw the movie "Elysium." I thought it was pretty good!
mon///teach three classes 8=11...eat, feed animals, pack and leave for lessons....drivedrivedrive...lessons...an improvement from last week...tequila and half of dinner sleep immanant
went to an appointment for a new clinical trial I'm doing (gotta fund this new dress somehow), went to work, then bikram yoga. Back home to my new apartment for a much needed shower then off to my parents for a dinner since I haven't done any grocery shopping since I"ve moved. Spent the evening working on my budget (gotta figure out how to save for medical school and a new standard dress), lurking on DF, figuring out when I'm going to take the MCAT prep course and converting my lesson videos to a format usable on my nexus.
Slept in a bit b/c Child not home.
Read a lot of Kate Atkinson's Life After Life.
8:45-12:30--At work. Program for faculty mentors and mentees. I have been assigned someone from the French Department who was a visiting assistant professor here last year and is now tenure-track.
12:30-1--Caught the tail end of the living-learning community peer mentor/resident assistant lunch. (Yes, I am already double booked for things and the school year hasn't even started. Hopefully not a sign of things to come, though I suspect it is.)
1-2:30ish--Worked on a syllabus in my office. A student dropped by. Also got an e-mail back from the chair of the Math Department. I'm taking the initiative on what I hope will be a major change in an area that has historically been resistant to change. I think the time and personnel may be right...but we shall see. Dicey political waters ahead, but this matters to me and will improve life for our students if I succeed. So we'll see.
Home. Read and relaxed, surfed the web. Did math with Child.
8 miles on treadmill. I'm reading Lawrence Wright's Going Clear as a treadmill book.
take loans for the med school tuition... we all do/did.. the dress however may take a little working to earn
Yup, planning on it but would like to minimize Fortunately I have no debts right now and am currently a master's student with a TA position so I won't be in debt when I start either. I find that prostituting my body for science/clinical trials is a highly effective way of making some spare pocket change . Hopefully I'll have enough to buy a new dress by december!
Flight to Houston; pick up car; check into b&b
Music on the plaza at the Rothko Chapel, Cuban band, wonderful
Blues dancing, more wonderfulness
Brekkie @ b&b
James Turrell exhibit at MFAH; magnificent
Coffee @ museum cafe
Wander through the rest of the museum, then back to the Turrell exhibit; am lucky there were no lines
Stop at shop of one of my former colleagues, and have a nice conversation with him; am surprised, as I swore I'd never willingly enter a gun shop again, but I needed to say thanks for some help he recently offered, and did so
Dinner with a friend with whom I'd kind of lost touch, wonderful
10--Opening Faculty Meeting. Surprised and delighted that the first half only takes 1 1/4 hours. (In the past, it has often been more like 2 hours.) Yay for our new provost!!!
President speaks to me afterwards and says he is pleased with the LLCs. I also tell him that I am taking a run at the math placement exam situation and he is supportive.
We are offered a free lunch in the cafeteria, but are instructed not to show up before 12:15 because the students who are on campus early to help with orientation and student athletes need to be fed first to get back to their activities. I decide to huddle up in my office, work on getting key dates in my calendar, and finish reading Kate Atkinson's Life After Life. I manage to finish it. GREAT BOOK! I keep a list of the best books I read every year, and this one is clearly in the top 5. It tells the story of someone's life who dies while being born...but also survives that, only to die as a child by drowning...or survives that, only to die of the Spanish flu epidemic that followed WWI. There are many more variations where she survives childhood, some of them quite interesting. It uses the novel format to illustrate how even small choices we make may influence the course of our lives and maybe even of history. Your housemaid does or does not go to celebrate Armistice Day and does or does not get exposed to Spanish flu. You walk home this way rather than that way and an opportunistic crime does or does not happen. You do or do not meet someone and make an unfortunate marriage choice. You do or do not have a baby. You do or do not shoot Hitler. Atkinson writes very well, creates a very believable emotional landscape (e.g., does not overly sentimentalize the family--the oldest brother is an knat and all his siblings resent him, the mother can be judgmental and hurtful), and makes this alternate lives scenario all the more interesting by having the main character half but never fully "remember" her alternate lives.
1:30--President's State of the College. Among other things, he makes a strong commitment to increasing staff satisfaction and sense of ownership. Interesting. I sit in a row comprised primarily of housekeeping staff, along with a Psychology professor. I wonder what they think of what the Prez is saying.
Home. Do math review with Child. (We're up to dividing fractions.)
Watch an episode of Star Trek: Voyager with Child as her reward.
Later that evening, she reads me an essay from Star Trek and Philosophy: The Wrath of Kant out loud. This particular piece discusses similarities between Vulcan ideology, eastern philosophies, and yogic concepts. It has a lot of complex vocabulary and I'm sure she doesn't get every word (I don't even think I do!), but I'm impressed that she keeps reading and seems to get the gist. (This was her idea, not mine.)
Write in my diary.
For the last few yesterdays,,,,prepping, fixing, repairing and painting.
The wayward child's room/workout room. DARN that bold blue stripe he painted in there while in high school!~!!!
It's beautiful now! Texted out to children...picture of wayward childs room....
Had FaceTime conversation with Daughter - that was fun!
Planning Alberta Canada Trip...with finish in Salt Lake City,,,,gotta go to family records...especially after discovering 1890 pictures of 1x great grandmother and grandfather. This is quite the hunt...but discover is amazing.
Spent time with Son...who reaches his 27th birthday this weekend. how time flies...
Attempting to plan massive family ski vacation and taking all grandkids to ski school...now this is going to take an army! lol. Was asked "why don't you and Son just teach them"...uhhhhhh,,,,because that's just it...we're family and we know,,,on the hill,,,,the last person(s) to listen to you....is a family member.
Watched Grandson #1 get picked up by a 9/10 year old self-pitch all star team....he's 7. They had him pitch. He's never pitched. He struck out everyone!!!! Oh My LORD! Baseball Pro in the making?
And he's a lefty at that who switch hits.
Watch Grandson #2,,,attempt Jive. THAT was funny. He nailed Samba though....woweeeee.
Listened to GDs - 3 and 3 (twins)....have their first outing in Softball, they gave up gymnastics to do Softball. They were the only ones who really whacked the pitched ball.
Reflective moments while painting room and doors,,,,it's truly fun to sit in stands and cheer on the kids.
Much better than when Husband and I were coaches for our own children. No pressure, no pressure. HA!
I'm in Austin 2.5 to 3 hours away - we've got the Blanton Museum and the flagship whole foods store among other things (although not nearly as large or cosmopolitan as Houston) and there's a good social this weekend - pm me if you are ever interested in visiting!
Pretty low-key morning...although handyman was doing some work on the house and the dog was going nuts, so that made it a little harder to relax. Wrote in my diary.
President gives another great opening speech, in my view. He gives tongue in cheek explanations of the profundity of lyrics by Daft Punk, Macklemore, and Will.i.am. He claims that the lyrics to "Get Lucky" that go "I'm up all night to get some" refer to the time honored college tradition of the all-nighter and should be understood as "I'm up all night to get some...education." Lol.
4--Reception. Find my own peer mentor and my first years. Feel pretty excited. This job really is an immense privilege in some respects.
5--Back home. Put out some fires via e-mail with regard to some minor first year issues. Really, I would call them only minor conflagrations, but the person I work with is pretty stressed, so I'm glad to take a burden or two off her hands.
Had pretty bad heartburn, so decided to postpone my workout.
wed; three fitness classes, nap...clean car, errands ...tan and nails, highlights, laundry, pet care....
thurs...one class...the rest is a blur...pretty sure it was mostly errands and pre-comp prep...trip to fabric store for some ribbon that I like to use in my hair, and some early holiday purchases for relatives who head south in the Fall
fri...teach three classes, eat, sleep...nothing else of any great import...
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