yesterday's activities

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

  1. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member, unpack, eat sleep, back to work, staff meeting, sleep, buy anniversary gift,make phone calls...write up dance budget for upcoming spousal meeting...crabby...bed
    sat...our anniversary...but I have to work...then we exchange cards, he gets gifts, I get to dance a lot so that is part of no gifts for me...dreading tomorrow's dance budget meeting...we go to see "the Butler"...enjoyable...and have a few drinks...but I am mostly stressed about budget meeting...anticipate early to bed
  2. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    slowly up in a most comfy bed in Lettbridge Canada. DH laughs at me.
    We swim, workout in fitness center and have breakfast.
    Head out for Waterton National Park - stop at Fort MacLeod - spend most of day there and historic main street.
    Beautiful drive into Waterton, stop and take oodles of pics of Prince of Wales Historic Hotel,
    head into the village. Love it, everything is walkable and it is gorgeous beautiful outside.
    head back up to Historic Hotel - sit in large living room with a most spectacular view and watch the sun go down.
    Run into other visitors - general chit chat...and notice,,,,no one, not even the youngsters, are looking at devices, ipads, computers,
    nothin' - and yet they completely refreshing we note to each other.
    Walk out to the point and watch several deer try to swim from shore to shore.
    Note all the bear warnings.
    Decide to rent bikes and map out hiking trails - receive ranger warning about mud slide damage to roads...uhhhhhh,,,ok...u turn on plans then.
    Enjoy watching night sky, no schedule to keep, and surrounded by a herd of doe with their cool is that!!!!!
    And the bakery,,,oh my,,,,,across the street from our cottage...starts baking in the early morning hours...and the wonderful smell of
    fresh music,,,,to my brain cells!!! MUST HIT UP BAKERY - as soon as it opens....then nighty night!
  3. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    @j_alexandra--That sounds like just about the coolest trip ever. I'm so glad your father is being truly honored for his service, and that you were able to escort him on the trip. You are a great daughter.

    @fascination--Try not to stress out about said budget meeting. I know meetings in which spouses could potentially have differences of opinion are never fun, but you have such a solid and mutually respectful marriage. With regard to the content, let's even say the worst happens and you have to make some concessions and dance less than you would ideally want to. I'll tell you what I told myself when I was looking at taking a dance hiatus altogether, before I knew my spouse would get a replacement job. Perhaps some of what I told myself may apply here:
    -This has been a fantastic season in my life. I have loved being able to study and dance with one of the best, and I will treasure every memory.
    -So many people never have the opportunity to do what I have been able to do, to discover a passion when they are an adult and pursue it. They either don't have the time or don't have the money.
    -I am very lucky to have had this, and very lucky that what might take me out of the game for this next season of my life is "only money," not my health, not the health of a parent/spouse/child, not the health of my dance teacher, not my dance teacher moving permanently to another state or country, etc.

    @3wishes--Your getaway sounds so cool! Baby deer--cute! I hope the bakery lived up to its olfactory advertisement!

    ENG 1101 appts
    GLC--Marie Stopes' Married Love
    20th C Brit Lit--War poetry
    Rushed home, got Child ready for dance, took her to her 4.5 hr Wednesday.
    Put in 8 miles on treadmill.
    Picked Child up.

    Largely a day off work. I did go in for about 3 hours because I had forgotten to turn in some things I needed xeroxed for Friday, and then I decided to deal with Choice cards.
    8 miles on treadmill again.
    Worked on arrangements for NYC trip.
    Read a Neil Gaiman book.
    Wrote in diary.
    Received a new top and a new dress from Boston Proper, both leopard print.

    ENG 1101--argumentative strategies.
    GLC--Began 1950s unit. Discussed James Bond's Goldfinger.
    20th C Brit Lit--peer review of essays.
    Office hrs.
    Ice cream social at Child's school.
    Got into bit of argument with family, who were not being particularly cooperative about getting ready in a timely fashion for a party at a colleague's house/farm in Pennsylvania...and since it's a sizable drive, yeah, it annoys me that we aren't even out the door until almost an hour after the party started. I also feel like I am always dropping everything when it is something either Child or Husband wants me to do. Grr. Words were exchanged.
    Finally go, and of course we have a fun time. Get to talk a little bit with some new Biology colleagues. Get to see colleague's ram lambs (the girls are out in the pasture doing sheep things) and turkeys. Child plays with their border collie.
    Wore new leopard print top today and got several compliments. :) One colleague also says I'm looking particularly svelte and asks about my workout routine. Always nice to hear.

    Very peaceful and reflective day.
    Wrote in diary.
    8 miles on treadmill.
    Made Child the bean salad she loves. I did this last week and have resolved I will do so every Saturday if possible so that she can have one of her favorites when she comes home from her long day of dance classes and rehearsals. It's pretty healthy, too: egg whites, kidney beans, bell pepper, onion, olive oil, apple cider vinegar. She ate the whole bowlful!

    Played Stratego with Child. She whupped me.

    Talked to pregnant sister, who is due in early November and just recently moved into a new house. Yay sister!
  4. SwayWithMe

    SwayWithMe Well-Known Member

    Thank you for this! DH wants to work less, and we're looking at the budget carefully, and it makes me nervous...

    7ish: Up, breakfast, etc
    9:30-11: "Conditioning for Dancers"
    Grocery shopping on my way home, lunch
    2:30: Mother's helper arrives, DH and I head off to a wedding. Great people, fun time, DH even danced with me!
    10ish: home, to sleep.
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  5. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    thanks ccm...I do totally agree with's all a tad more complicated than I want to share here, but it will be fine...I know that...and for my past good fortune, I am deeply grateful....
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  6. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    wake up late, screaming in my brain, no no nooooooooooooooooooo the bakery will be out of Grandma Low Cinnamon Knots by the time I run across the street. ahhhh, good fortune, I got 4 hot ones and 2 scones...way too good to pass up.
    Pack up car, go for long walk with DH.
    Out of Waterton and stop at Bison feeding grounds. Note a full herd at the watering hold and take pics.
    Drive to Canmore, check in at Falcon Crest - WOW,,,this could be my new home - washer, dryer, dishwasher,,,and a front desk who will do just about anything with even a car wash in the parking lot! So glad we are planted for the next 5 nights. you have no idea, one night/hotels and road gets old after awhile.
    Go to grocery store, make dinner, so good! DH tosses laundry into washer, rest, read,,,and gets out our Banff what do we want to do phamplets.
    Gonna be some long days but there is a promise of mineral springs in upper Banff. Looking forward to it because the massage we got in Waterton...was the best ever,,,,truly....I wish I could move that lady near me. HAHAHAHA.
    And thanks CCMM, the bakery was worth it! so was the 6.5 miles of walking we did to work it off....wink!
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  7. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    I already miss Waterton National Park, note to self "must get hiking shoes" since the hiking trails are clearly marked and noted what level of hike as well as how long, they all loop back. Magnificent. Talked to gal at desk after calling back there, "yes, summer is like an ant hill, September is more peaceful" ok, got it.
    Must find GMC dealership in Canmore - my sensor for all wheel drive keeps turning off,,,,on-star confirmed instructions of what to do. THANK YOU on star.
    Discover this Falcon Crest Condo/Hotel is also a time-share - must find out more....truly like this and the view of the Three Sisters Mountain Range in front of our balcony is..well....again, at sunset magnificent.
    DH voices "gee it's great to not battle for one washer and dryer with other guests" as well, our condo was less than the medium hotel we normally stay at. Wow,,,must note this as well.
    Plans include driving the IceFields Parkway - lots of rangers inform us that soon there will be no glaciers to view,,,so view them now. CHARGED BATTERY in high definition camera, packed the two pairs of long hiking pants and swim suits (for mineral springs) into car. So glad we made these purchases. Jeans are not cutting it on the windy hikes.
    Strange, normally second language is Spanish up here it's French. AHHHH childhood memories start popping up. Find myself taking to my departed mother "mom, remember these berries? and look...they are packing groceries with French on'd be so happy" wish you were here.
    Husband decides we will drive Hwy 93 south through Montana, Idaho into Salt Lake instead of backtracking. Actually researched hwy 93, find there is lots to see and beauty,,,end the evening pray that the rain that has missed up and the sun that keeps shining, keeps going as everyone we meet continues to say "this is really unusual weather, normally it's snowing"...wink.
  8. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    sunday...actually late saturday into early spousal exchange of a more heated level than is the norm...but we survived it...and continued on with a nice quiet a bit tired today and, as I am still not fully recovered from the last two comps, I am going to lay low for a few days...nap immanent...kitties are already our cold
  9. raindance

    raindance Well-Known Member

    Sorry for the hijack, but would you be willing to share the recipe? I think we have a recipes thread around here somewhere. Thanks!
  10. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    Graded 15 1-2 page essays and 1 3-4 page essay.

    Went on an almost 3 mile walk with Child and our dog Arctic. Not far from where we live, the roads stop being paved and things get very rural. We went on a walk Child likes down that way and I was really struck with how beautiful this area is. Walking with the leash in one hand and Child's hand in my other hand felt really right.

    Made some of the bean salad Child likes and put a little in rubbermaid containers for Child's Monday and Tuesday lunch. I heard a little shriek of happiness when Child discovered the rest of the bowl. Love that kid.

    8:20--Drop off.
    8:30--At office, prepping.
    Topic 1--Is college worth the cost?
    Topic 2--Do honor codes work?
    10:20--GLC. Goldfinger. A big discussion of the "lesbian conversion" scene.
    Called group ticket line to book tickets for "Romeo and Juliet" on Broadway, lunch, prep.
    12:40--20th C Brit Lit. Yeats.
    2--Math placement test meeting.
    3:15-4--Office hours.
    Home for a whopping 15 mins. Get Child ready for dance.
    5:15-6:15--Child rehearses. I grade.
    Home. Put Child to bed and grade a little more.
  11. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member classes 8-11...couples counseling 12-2 (my job, not my own counseling :)).....df....cook dinner, continue to unpack from comps

    tues...stain deck, clean house, teach spin, nuzzle dh.....bed soon
  12. Ice Bucket

    Ice Bucket Member

    Those sound interesting. Was the second one about codes of honour in general or is there something college-specific by that name?
  13. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    This debate was on college specific honor codes, though I agree that the concept as a whole is interesting. Some colleges--including the one where I work--have an Honor Code where students pledge not to cheat on work and attest that they have not cheated each time they take a test or hand in a major paper. Professors therefore may choose not to proctor tests, or may give take-home tests on which they do not want collaboration. The school may give an online math test and say "don't use calculators," and students will be on their honor not to do so. When students are assigned a paper, they are on their honor to write this paper themselves and not buy it from a paper mill, have a smarter classmate write it, etc.

    The question: Do students cheat rampantly with or without an honor code?
    On the other hand, in a day where so many students have smartphones, tablet computers, etc., don't we almost have to count on students to behave honorably, because there is no way a professor could keep an eagle eye on every student in the classroom, the bathroom, etc.?

    Many other institutions are in similar situations. The IRS largely has to rely on people who are self-employed to exercise honor in reporting their wages, for example, especially if it is a job where payments are often in cash.

    For example, if I get my hair and make-up done at a dance competition and pay the person in cash, there is no record of that transaction...and yet if someone does 30 hairstyles and 20 make-up applications in a long weekend at, say, $70 per service plus tips, that is not an insubstantial amount of money. Craft fairs, collectible fairs, home cleaning services, etc...lots of cash transactions. There is definitely an element of honorable self-reporting.
  14. Ice Bucket

    Ice Bucket Member

    Good point. When I was an undergraduate we received dire warnings about cheating and I only remember one instance of anybody being caught doing so - two of my friends had colluded on an assignment. That was in about 2003, so well into the internet era but still pre-smartphone, pre-Facebook and probably before the internet became the source of aids to plagiarism it now seems to be. Do you find it a harder battle now than it used to be, or is t only as bad as it's always been?
  15. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    wed...teach three classes, eat lunch which doesn't sit well, brief nap, off to counseling job...lovely bed early...
  16. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    I don't necessarily find it a harder battle now, but

    A) I am not in a discipline that gives many tests, and my pedagogical method is to give as few tests as possible, as I feel essays are a better opportunity for students to demonstrate their ability to analyze and develop their ideas,
    B) Of course, it is possible that students are buying these essays, but I would probably never be the wiser,
    C) If they are buying these essays, some of them are not getting great value for the money. (In other words, why am I not grading all A essays?)

    Of course, I guess you could counter point C by noting that ballroom dancers often pay 3K-5K for dresses, and yet one sometimes sees ugly dresses on the floor that make a poor argument for marking the dancer first, so maybe ugly prose and weak analysis that makes a poor argument for giving a paper a straight A isn't all that different. ;)
  17. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    converted fitness training to muscular hypertrophy

    goal to put back on 10 lbs or more of muscle after having lost 17 in fat and reducing body fat to 12.8%

    diet has mad amounts of protein.. lotsa water!!

    oh and I can do this....

  18. Ice Bucket

    Ice Bucket Member

    I see what you mean, ChaChaMama. I imagine it made for an interesting debate.

    What, all of it? :eek:


    Set up computer account for new staff member and spend longer than is good for me trying to persuade her Blackberry to talk to the server. Fail. Get annoyed and stuff phone into top drawer for another day.

    Office is visited by man selling mattresses. Colleague buys one. Man hands out Christian pamphlets of the EDUCATE-THE-INFIDEL variety on his way out. Rather surprised. :bookworm:

    Go to dance lesson with a friend whose partner has had a bad day and is too tired to samba. Realise how much our two classes have diverged since I last did this. Get horribly lost in the waltz. Not sure I've really done her much good. Hope she's benefited from it in some way.
  19. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    two dragon flags in a row its verrrrrrrrrrrrry hard
  20. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    dear god, a dragon flag. haven't done one in years. can't, any more. go you!

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