Discussion in 'Dancers Anonymous' started by fascination, May 10, 2009.
feel like a zombie for balance of the day
Lesson at last; there is a god
Peace and quiet
Group class in Bolero
More peace and quiet, restful
Another lesson, in which much new stuff happens and some of it sticks, I hope
Reading, cooking, connecting with friends
Lesson, why are you throwing all this new stuff at me?
Theater; a gorgeous evening in NY, and that's good, b/c theater was dreadful
But trip home was easy; I love driving in NY in August, everyone else is out of town
Ikea; 'nuff said
New winebar has opened, run by a friend; this one's in my neighborhood, color me effing happy, no more long drive home from the town where I used to live
Put together Ikea purchase; a shelf for my ancient stereo, which I've unearthed from storage
Connect stereo (tube preamp, tube amp, audiophile stuff, and it's been sitting in storage, so I'm worried) and... it sounds *magnificent* and I am happy beyond words
Lesson, frustration, frustration, frustration, and then... LIGHT BULB!
Evening: blues dancing with DB#4, and holy cow, was that fun; we leave around 11:30, go across the street to a nice Italian place, have a small bite and a glass of wine, and are having a great night
btw, DB#4 and I have planned to try to go to blues every Friday there isn't social dancing, when fall comes. b/c those guys can lead. every. single. one. can LEAD. it's delightful, delicious, delerious. They're all different, and it's an endless mind puzzle for me, combined with the physical responses to the lead. Crack. Color me happy. It's got all the lead/follow/intimacy/connection stuff as AT, but, unlike Argentine Tango, I love the music. Win.
learning WiFi Dell xps, yeah, the one that's been in the box for 7 months.
Need to find out, if anyway possible, can a WiFi device (laptop/notebook, etc) send to print...to an HP PhotoSmart C7280 and the HP will actually print it? This is how I spent yesterday...looking things up after "the guy" who did the cables told me I need the disk to put into my Gateway which he has also, now, made wireless. The hunt for this puzzle is on...before the DORK in me calls the GeekSquad. NEVER SAY DIE! at least not right away. lol.
Received text photos of my 3 Texas GC jumping off the pier at Lake Pflugerville and then fishing, standing in the water in their swimsuits, casting the fishing lines. WOW, that's very different than when I fished. ha!
Cleared out lots and lots and lots of paperwork, staging stuff for the very last and final Yard Sale and doing the hard core "haven't used it in a year, it's gone" as well as home decor and some ballroom stuff that's been sitting taking up space.
I suddenly have a need for minimal items and lots of clear clean space.
Cut out article about SOS out of Vail Colorado. Note to self: call and find out if they need winter ski volunteers,,,sounds like fun.
Went swimming and it was amazing to just float...and languish...pick a few fresh tomatoes...and munch away at the end of the day. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh,
blasted computer/printer. arrggghhhhhh,,,,,the off button was kind to me...and pulling out the plug was just as good! HA,,,TAKE THAT!!!
sat...teach classes...trainee doesn't show up...and tardiness has also been an issue...she has lame excuse...this does not bode well......i cool down and then proceed to give her a stern talking to and notify the boss....grocery shop, practice, and cook for family...family returns from Paris...they eat and tell me about their week...the kids like Belgium better than Paris...go figure...all are exhausted...husband bought me some very snooty perfume with an atomizer and son bought me french box-o...lol...daughter is making me wait till my birthday...so good to have my peeps back
Did math with Child since she was having friends over later.
Went in to work. Finalized FYS syllabus and course policies and turned them in for xeroxing. Put them up on Blackboard (which does not mean an actual blackboard, but the online learning management system for the college).
2--Dog trainer. Child had two of her BFFs over, as one of the things we are trying to do is get the dog not to bark at guests. (Our current approach is to put the dog in a room when Child has friends over. It would be nice not to have to do this.)
3:30--Took Child and friends to pool. There was much joy in the Child universe.
Home. One BFF picked up. Husband took Child and other BFF to book club.
I put in 6 miles on treadmill.
Got an e-mail about upcoming Broadway productions. Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan in "Waiting for Godot"?!? I'm in! (I'm teaching "Waiting for Godot" this fall.)
"Romeo and Juliet" starring Orlando Bloom.
"Twelfth Night" and "Richard III," in repetory.
"Macbeth" starring Ethan Hawke. (?!?)
"A Raisin in the Sun" starring DENZEL WASHINGTON!
Husband announces he is going to exercise class. Um...it's my first day of teaching? What about Child? He says he will be home around the time I need to leave and that if not, she can stay by herself for a little while.
Child winds up coming with me. This is fine insofar as that she is very likeable, though I probably am slightly more polished in my opening presentation when she is not around.
11-11:50--First day of GLC 2013. Promising group!
11:50--I ask Child if she wants to go to lunch with GLC in the student dining hall. Yes, she definitely does! She is very impressed by the dining hall, which was refurbished a couple years ago and now has a sort of Panera look to its interior, though with more food variety. She has been to the one at my alma mater, but she likes the one at my work even better.
I was impressed to learn that they have a chips and salsa bar with three different kinds of homemade salsa (e.g., traditional tomato/onion/jalapeno, black bean and corn, etc.), guacamole, etc. They also apparently always have hummus and pita triangles on the salad bar.
Child had cheese pizza, carrots, egg pieces, and a little shredded cheese.
I had a salad with greens, red cabbage, broccoli, bell pepper, chickpeas, egg pieces, and low-cal Italian dressing.
We then checked out the desserts. Child had vanilla fro-yo w/choc sauce and I discovered the fresh baked white chocolate chip and craisin cookies. I'm not sure if learning that they make these pretty much every day is the best or worst discovery of my life!
1-2:30--Back in office. Students are supposed to come by if they need schedule changes. I also use this time to prepare for my other two courses, which will meet for the first time on Monday.
Math with Child.
Laundry and packing.
Watch an episode of "Star Trek: Voyager."
Drive Child to meet up point with parents. They are taking her on a week long trip which will culminate in Niagara Falls.
Husband drives us to Alexandria, VA for Capital Dancesport (just to watch).
I go to work out. There are a few other dancers there.
I am about 35 minutes into my jog on the treadmill when someone sneaks up on me from the side and bumps my speed up from 6.3 mph to 6.9 mph and puts me on an incline! Nik!!! Lol. And while I didn't keep it on 6.9, I decided he was right and that I could jog faster, so I stayed on 6.6 for the rest of the workout. Thanks to him, I jogged 6.42 miles in 1 hr.
Spent some time with Husband in room, including room service dinner.
7:30--Capital Dancesport Championships--Saturday night!
Pro Rhythm, Latin, and Smooth all started from a quarter-final. (Standard was only 8 couples.)
We were here to watch Nik's debut with a new partner in a new style: smooth! Really pleased that they danced well, made it to the final, and placed 5th. Not bad for the first time putting it out there on the competitive floor! The other couples included two OSB and USDSC finalist couples and three OSB and USDSC semi-finalists couples, so they were in good company. Hopefully they can build on this result in the weeks to follow!
General getting ready for Monday behavior.
8:30--At work, checking out my new classroom, right in the heart of the math department. We have had some changes in the Registrar's Office, and they now seem to be assigning classrooms in some sort of odd serendipitous way. Thank goodness it is a small campus, because my back-to-back classes could be closer together.
10:20-11:20--Gender, Literature, Culture. I love this class. I like to start with what students know: the world of 2013. We talk about stereotypical gender roles and stereotypical visual representations of sexy women, e.g., hair partially obscuring the face, coy expression, lips parted. One girl in the class does a hilarious imitation of that. We then go through popular magazines looking for traditional and more progressive representations of men and women in advertisements. I bring in a generous assortment: Details, Esquire, Men's Health, Ebony, Cosmo, Glamour, O (the Oprah magazine), Vanity Fair.
Next time, we go back in time to WWI England.
11:30--Lunch break. Good news: the secretary was able to get my 9:10 class moved to the same building as my 10:20 class!
12:40-1:40--20th Century British Literature.
2-4--Office hours. It would cool if my student who isn't registered for any classes yet came by, but no such luck.
7-8:30--All Parents Night at ChaChaChild's school.
Talk to ChaChaChild, who is on vacation with my parents at a working farm. They also got to tour Howe Caverns today. She is such a sweet and appreciative child.
To campus by 9.
10:10-11:10--CCM's and my peer mentor's tips for college success. My peer mentor is one of the most positive people I've ever met and I feel just great that I chose him.
11:10--Wolf down a little lunch.
11:30-12:50--Meeting with the chair of the Math Department and another Math colleague. I have big plans and hopes that we can change our math placement and math remediation strategies.
2:45--Work out. Ugh. Treadmill is not working right and is not clocking mileage. Keep jogging a minute, then re-setting. Nope. So I jog and then speed walk without the odometer feature. I love all the hi-tech features of this treadmill, but seriously, clocking mileage is a pretty basic feature and that needs to work. It is a serious incentive, trying to jog more in 1 hour than one did the last time. I know I put in about 8 miles based on how long I worked out at various speeds, but I'm still bummed the thing wasn't working right.
Read and prepped "Pygmalion" for Monday.
sunday...children make up for having been gone all week by demanding a good bit of my time and attention...son more than daughter, who has always been better at amusing herself...husband is beginning to show signs of stress again...glad they are home, but...enough said...
monday; teach three classes, get violently ill on way to lessons...lessons start okay and then tank...drive home and husband proceeds to have an epic financial stress meltdown, starting with my dancing...the timing on this is...not good... for a variety of reasons...but we navigate it and agree to a business meeting with one another after I go to usdc
tues...take husband to train as dtr has his car...go back to bed and sleep a long time due to having gotten very poor sleep...proceed to bring house and comp gear into order...teach two classes and burn dinner...early bedtime almost certain
Fasc - eesh, sorry.
My Sunday, wake very late (8:30 is hugely late for me!) and rush to pick up daughter from friend's house where she slept over. Deal with grumpy teenager. Take grumpy teenager to soccer game, where they are behind 0-5 by half time. Right before half time, daughter and girl from other team try to head the ball at the same time and end up heading each other. Drive to ER. Wait, wait, wait. After multiple scans, doc says no concussion but no soccer for a week. Prescribes Vicodin for her headache, which is major league. Head home.
Monday, daughter decides to go to school, not because she's afraid to miss class, but she can't stand not being around her friends. Drive to work but shortly get call from school to pick her up. Massive headache continues. Since I also have a migraine, leaving work isn't totally a bad thing. Meanwhile, pro calls to cancel lessons, which also isn't totally a bad thing. Home, where daughter, dog, and I all nap until dinner. Dinner, then bed again.
Put in 3 miles on threadmill yesterday morning.
Did absolutely NO house repairs, painting, this or that.
Read a book, YES, in fact, an entire book. FABULOUS.
Inspired to attend my first group Gold level class in ages,,,lost
inspiration when I fell asleep on sofa...wink!
nurdrms; yours doesn't sound so great either...sorry to hear it
Started my TA duties by attending a lecture and then teaching two labs. Students seem okay. I think I talked too fast though... will have to work on that. First pharmacology class, then pilates. Home to make dinner which was delicious. Helped my dad finish assembling my new desk, watched a little of Burn Notice with my family while eating ice-cream, graded papers, did some reading then went to bed! Tuesdays are my crazy days !
interesting how we always speed up when we are nervous when slowing down would be a much better plan
@Nurdrms--Poor daughter!!! That sounds SO painful. And poor you. I know ERs are no fun; neither the waiting part or the worrying part has much to recommend it. I hope your daughter is feeling better today.
@Fascination--Spousal meltdowns of any flavor are never fun either. Having been through some financial re-strategizing this summer--different reasons, but also upsetting--I know you will feel better once you know the new lay of the land and you and your man are on the same page.
9:10--ENG 1101. Thesis statements, titles, opening sentences.
10:20--GLC. Highlight of day!!!
-Talked about what we mean when we say gender is a social construct.
-Brief history of WWI.
-Discussed Siegfried Sassoon's poem "'They'" Class participation was robust and intelligent.
A student ran into me in the hall after class and said "Great class today!"
12:40--20th C BRIT LIT. Modernism.
1:45--Leave note on door, then hustle to an emergency meeting over in the Dean's office about an unhappy camper who wants to switch his first year seminar class. Complicating this are several factors, among them that he wants to switch into the class his girlfriend is in.
2:20--Office hours, cont.
3ish--Home. I am beat, even though I was only at work for 6.5 hours! This first week of school has been taking it out of me.
Rest for awhile.
Write in my diary. A little desultory dance practice...though I find that spins are making me a little dizzy, perhaps because of being tired.
Talk to Child, checking in from Niagara Falls. She is having an amazing time.
Send "Good practicing" vibes to my amazing teacher, who I know is gearing up for Embassy.
Think some more about what to do with the unhappy camper. I think of one possibility that I think is rather clever which we should have suggested today, but did not. Hmm.
!)arrghhh Fas to financial meltdowns...sigh.
My yesterdays....used travelzoo dot com steep discounts and head to the central coast - San Luis Obispo aka SLO county.
Check in at the Apple Farm Hotel which is my most favorite place to stay when up there.
Use all the vouchers, attend wine tasting and beer tasting (bleh) in the courtyard and dive right into the chilly pool and the hot spa. EXCELLENT.
Wake up, head to breakfast and a nice long walk to downtown SLO.
Pack up car, head out for the day, start out in Cayucos just north of town.
Check out the quiet beach, the stroll, the locals and of course,,,,the brownbuttercookies - made with sea salt. OMG! I love these things, took pics of the high school and college students hand rolling the cookies before our eyes and watch DH sample more than his fair share of bite sized cookies.
Walk away with two bags...lol.
Head south to Gopher Glen Apple Farm in See Canyon and Avila Beach Farms. YEA!
Sample apples I've never heard of, walk from farm after lunch with 5 pounds of Jonagolds and Murray apples.Way Yummy. and
Stroll Avila Beach, hit up Wood Winery where the waves break on the beach for excellent outdoor samples, conversation, purchase
White Wine Vonginer and walk up the street to the Customs House (now seaside outdoor/indoor restaurant) and have the most
excellent steamers, chowder, salmon while DH downed the best 1/2 pound cheeseburger after a day of mild hikes, apple picking and general all around tourist things that now seem second nature.
Put away windbreakers as the sun is warming up and it's a ,sunset over the ocean.
Head back to hotel - collect on birthday massage...YES! ahhhhh
Reading, reading and more reading...I could learn to like this! lol
Wake up - head to Morro Bay, look out for Whales, they've been spotted, about 30 of them in the bay...oh boy! I'm excited to see this...and of course...no whales for me! There is a sea Lion that seems to spy DH and he decides to climb up the rocks towards DH,,,as we back away (we are not at a zoo this is open space) Mr. Sea Lion decides to lay down and sun himself...THANK GOODNESS he was a big boy!
Hang out at beach with a group of falcon watchers, counting the birds and taking photos,,,,they are an actual official group. Found this interesting.
More mild hikes and headed back to hotel to get ready for the Farmers Market Street Fair, now, we decide we are NOT buying the wonderful farm fresh veges and fruit since we are leaving for Canada in a few days,,but hey we have killer Apples right?
We both note that within two miles the weather changes drastically from foggy cool to warm and sunny,,,
Sample the food of the street fair and marvel at the everchanging products, the live music played and the various performing groups,
We take one more look down Gum Alley (yes, it is what it is) and enjoy the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Dancers, as we get on the trolley and head back to Enter our magnificent room and at the same time we both voice,,,let's not leave.....and yet we put off packing,,,,savoring every moment outdoors that we can in the wonderful weather before we hit the 111 degrees at home. THIS is relaxation at it's best! I could become a pro at this! lol, wink.
In the clear light of day, the Solomonic solution to the student problem I thought of late on Wednesday sounds even better to me. E-mail First Year Team and get agreement. E-mail student.
Prep lesson plan on George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion."
8 miles on treadmill...which still isn't tracking mileage, but it is showing speed and I can do the math.
Finish reading Lawrence Wright's Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief. Very interesting expose.
One weird thing about reading on the Kindle: I did not realize I was almost done until I got to "Epilogue." It shows you the percentage of the text you have finished, but a book like this has a ton of back matter: endnotes, bibliography, etc. So the text ended at around 72%.
Prepared flyer for neighborhood picnic. Oddly, I am now the neighborhood association president. Thankfully, this does not seem to involve a lot of responsibilities.
Drive to a theater still playing "Fruitvale Station."
"Fruitvale Station." Fantastic movie. You must see it if you haven't already!
Afterwards, a guy who had been sitting in my row in the theater saw me checking out the mall map and tried to pick me up!
Went out to my car and turned on my phone. A couple texts from Husband that said things like "They will decide whether to come home based on how she is feeling tomorrow." So I take it that my parents called and Child is sick? Why can't he write a text that actually makes sense?
Call Husband. Not home.
Call parents. Not picking up phone.
Drive home. Husband seems to be out at exercise class. Did not leave a note. So I guess Child isn't super sick.
Parents call back! Child has no appetite and a cold, but no fever or vomiting. They decided to stay in NY state for the night. Whew! Good to hear her voice.
E-mail back from student. Did not accept any of the options offered to him. Disappointed, but not at all surprised.
Wrote in diary a little before bed.
Separate names with a comma.