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  1. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    mon...teach step at 8 am...home to heaven knows what...think I wen to the bank and tanned b/c I ave had enough of the Winter...then road trip to lessons...home tired and to bed promptly
  2. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    tues...sigh...where to begin?

    wake at 8
    teach stretch at 9:15
    teach y get moving at 10:30
    teach senior strength at 11
    write check for cookie dough fundraiser
    pick up pizzas from another fundraiser...why do these fundraisers always involve crap?
    dink around with decorator contract for daughter's wedding...check goes out more thing off the list
    navigate stressful moment over god-daughter's student loan which she is late on paying which gets punted to us when that happens because we co-signed...annoying because it is due to a battle between her divorcing parents....this leads to temporary stress btwn dh and I....
    recieve notice that another engaged couple is ready to be seen at job 2
    turn in time sheet, feed animals...ooops...feed cats, still need to feed dog...brief nap because the day has been rough
    teach core, yoga and pilates fusion at 4, dink around for an hour, teach spin at 6 where two young ladies proceed to ignore me the entire time and nearly break their necks in 5 different ways because of it.....
    home to apology from dh, which I try to recieve graciously...currently fighting cat for possession of my laptop...
    looking forward to watching the little indulgence, they are cool people...and there will be skinny margaritas
    but got picture (see above) of my baby and still savoring lesson afterglow...things could be worse
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  3. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    THURSDAY--Grade essays.
    Extra faculty meeting to discuss possible Faculty Handbook changes. If you are a big fan of Robert's Rules of Order, this would be your idea of good times. Regrettably, not one of my fetishes.
    Drive to Towson.
    2--Double Nik lesson!
    Horrendous traffic on the way home. A drive that is typically 45-60 minutes takes 100 minutes, and might have taken even longer except I eventually bailed out and went a backroad route. Barely on time for...
    6--Spray tanning. After that, obviously in for the night since the spray tanning stuff requires one to wear clothes that can get stained.

    Craptastic news: The hair and make-up person FORGOT that she said she would do my hair and make-up and did not put me on her schedule. She says she is sorry and will try to squeeze me in. So now I have to be prepared to do my own. And since the costume I have been wearing is dark pink and my new one is red, I can't wear the lipstick (for example) that goes with that dress. I really do not need one more thing to think about.

    Grade essays.

    9:10--ENG 1101 appts.
    10:20--POSTCOLONIAL--More discussion of Rushdie's Midnight's Children.
    Lunch, prep.
    12:40--WALK ON THE WILDE SIDE. Sarah Water's Tipping the Velvet.
    Did some needful work tasks.

    Home. Packed. Put Child's hair in a bun for tomorrow.
    4:30ish--Left for Philly. Stopped to get gas and buy make-up before leaving town. Obviously hit some traffic in B-more, but better than the totally not moving traffic of the day before.
    Arrived around 8.

    Did a classic CCM move. I decided to treat myself to valet parking. I went up to my room...and then got a phone call from the valet. "Did you leave us a key?" I guess that would help, huh? The Prius is one of those keyless cars--you just need to have a key fob--so I sometimes forget that piece is necessary. It seems like it just starts by magic when I push the button. The valet offered to send someone up to fetch the key, but I said I would come down.

    The hair and make-up person finally gets back to me at maybe 9:30 PM and she will fit me in the next day.
  4. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    Relaxing AM. Write in diary some, watch some TV. I haven't watched this much CNN in years, and at the risk of sounding old...the quality has really gone downhill from the days of Bernard Shaw.

    12:15--Hair and make-up. Except not really, because she is running way behind. But eventually I get my turn.
    Back to my room...and...oh for goodness sake. Let's just say I'm glad I have some tampons with me.

    Get ready for comp.

    Get down to the ballroom and surprise! They are ahead of schedule by quite a bit.

    Single dances sooner than I expected. They felt okay but my teacher said I was rushing the music.
    Championship and scholarship rounds go better, in his view.
    Placements were not good. My expectations had not been super high as I am dancing the open scholarship and the top people in my event were quite good, but I finished behind someone I should have been able to beat.
    Passing temptation is to go mope in my room, but I realize that is ridiculous and that I am old enough to know how to lose graciously. So I eat a pb sandwich quickly and then get back down to the ballroom for the evening session.

    Had a good time. Was able to do a married couple a good turn. (There were very few general admission seats, and I nabbed one. The wife of this couple nabbed the last available seat next to me. I said I would go try to upgrade my seat and that if I succeeded, the husband could have my seat. I succeeded).

    Btw, Fascination: do you realize we are only like "two degrees of separation" now? I'll PM you if you don't know what I'm talking about.
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  5. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    Had a bagel for breakfast. I very rarely have stuff like this, so a real treat.
    Walked around Philly some.
    Had lunch in the restaurant, a cobb salad. Very pretty presentation in a long thin boat rather than a traditional round bowl.
    Read and graded.
    Dance workshops! With Colin James, Beata, and Bryan Watson!
    It took forever to get my car out of the parking lot after the workshops, but that's okay.
    Drove back to MD, arriving home around 10.
  6. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    9, 9:20, 9:40--ENG 1101 appts.
    10:20--POSTCOLONIAL. More Rushdie.
    11:20--Meeting with student about her last paper.
    Meeting with student about registration.
    Try to straighten out registration problems of two students with regard to ASL III scheduling.

    Go get lunchbox which I accidentally left in the car.

    Student already waiting for me. I am little Ms. Popularity today, huh? I tell her I need 10 mins to eat, then we meet.

    12:40--WALK ON THE WILDE SIDE. Sarah Waters.

    2, 2:20, 2:40, 3--ENG 1101 appts.

    3:30--Meet w/junior colleague to review a class of hers which I observed.
    4--Meet w/colleague to discuss summer advising issues.

    Home. First night of Passover.

    Upload photos from the weekend.
    Watch DWTS with Child.
  7. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    I have a very clear inkling :), but we are more separated than you are probably aware, nonetheless...and I will pm you on that at some point in the future ....chin up on the aggravating result....
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  8. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Fascination!

    AM--Stare at closet trying to come up with solution to "What to wear?" that encompasses a day where the temperature will go from the 60s to the 20s. Finally decide there is no great solution to this other than the obvious point to have layers.

    9, 9:20...10:40--ENG 1101 appts.
    In between, get ready for big 11:30 meeting, which requires reading some documents.

    11:30-1--Academic Planning Committee. We get a lot done. Hooray.

    Grade some stuff.

    Home early, around 3. Often I have my lesson on Tuesday, but we never made a plan and I wasn't eager to sign myself up for this day because the weather is just awful and the beltway would be a mess.

    Read, then read and snuggle with Child.
    Wind up having a total laughfest reading old family journals. We find many things from our past hilarious. I will tell you about a couple of them, while recognizing that this might be one of those "You had to be there" situations. One day, after a whole list of favorites, then 8-year-old Child wrote that her least favorite was "Dad smells like stinky armpits." Of course we had to share that with him. He had recently come back from spin class and said "If you think my armpits smelled then, you should smell them now!"
    I also had written something like "Child and I made up our own version of Monopoly, only it was a social welfare version and the rent on every property was $10 no matter what the purchase price." I laughed so hard at that that it looked like the dog was considering biting me. (I don't think my laugh even sounds like laughter when I am laughing that hard.)
  9. Purr

    Purr Well-Known Member

    Keep your chin up.

    I saw your picture on FB, and I like your new dress.
  10. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    crashed and burned today...slept poorly so, after teaching step, instead of staying for spin and/or going to hot yoga in the afternoon, I took a nap, cleaned the house and prepped for easter ...also took a very difficult grief call from one of my hardest families from when I worked for hospice (5 year old luekemia pt)...they have suffered another sudden and out of the ordinary loss (the dad died in a sudden industrial accident) is going to be a very difficult road for them, watched a bunch of utube to prep for tomorrow's classes.....
  11. dancelvr

    dancelvr Well-Known Member

    That is so very sad. Why is it that some families seem to get so much more than their share of heart breaking loss?
  12. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

  13. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    Let's see if I can remember back far enough:
    9, 9:20, 9:40--ENG 1101 appts.
    10:20--Postcolonial. Rushdie.
    Lunch break. (May have had to do stuff during this, but not remembering what.)
    12:40--Walk on the Wilde Side. Individual conferences with students on research projects while the class watched the movie version of "Maurice."
    1:45, 2:05--ENG 1101 appts.
    3--Picked up Child from school.
    Spent some quality time with Child.
    Worked out.

    11:30-1--Academic Planning Committee meeting.
    More grading.
    More quality time with Child.

    9, 9:20, 9:40--ENG 1101 appts.
    10:20--Postcolonial Literature. Lighter turnout than usual due to impending Easter holiday. (No days off from school, but students take it anyway.) Finish Rushdie.
    Lunch break.
    12:40--Walk on the Wilde Side. Individual conferences with students on research projects while the class watched the movie version of "Maurice."
    HUGE SURPRISE! A special person I haven't gotten to see in a long time was waiting for me outside class with a current student! Hugging and "Oh my gosh, how have you been?!?" and all that good stuff. The only thing that is a little problematic is that Nik is also coming to campus to teach me. (I think this is maybe the 3rd time we've done this, where he comes to me instead of vice versa, and obviously this is a pretty big treat for me since it saves me A LOT of driving.) So talk with the students for awhile, and they walk me to the gym...and very obviously check out Nik.
    Double Nik lesson. An analysis of what went wrong at the comp and how I need to do better. Some drills to work on.

    Home. Cleaning person is at our house until after 7 PM. I really wish she would get here earlier and leave earlier. She also hasn't been here in over a month. (It's supposed to be every 2 weeks.) She does a nice job and I know she has a lot of struggles, but the scheduling piece is really challenging. Even when she says she is coming, it is at best a 50-50 proposition. But the house does look nicer after she has been here!
    Get ready to go out of town.

    Early AM grocery shop.
    Out the door by 8:30 AM!
    11:30-on--Pre-Easter Family Get Together at my parents!!!
    Mom, Dad, sister, brother-in-law, nephew, one aunt, one uncle, two cousins, and us = 12 people.
    My nephew is 5 months and I bought him a cute little Easter bunny suit (even though he is being brought up Jewish) because it was so cute.
    Child had lots of fun playing with her baby cousin.
    Very, very fun family day!

    One bad thing: my Mom had been taking care of baby cousin down in Maryland on Thursday-Friday. She was trying to give my sister and her husband a break. Baby nephew had a rough night, and when my Mom was up with him at 4 AM and went to push the on button on his bouncy chair, she missed and fell awkwardly and it looks like her wrist might be broken. It is SO swollen and bruised. But here is the outrageous thing: This happened Friday around 4 AM. Did my Mom go to the emergency room in Maryland? No. In New Jersey? No. Will she go today? No. She wants to spend time with family. How about going to an urgent care? No. My dad said "I tried"...but he also seems to think that if it is broken, you probably wouldn't want the urgent care setting it. (Why?! That's still a doctor!) Her plan is to go on Monday. OMG. If I could make her go against her will, I would. Her philosophy seemed to be "Yeah, it's probably broken, and it hurts a lot, but it won't be any more broken by Monday." She did have to take some Advil and go lie down for awhile. Yeah, because your wrist is purple and looks like an eggplant! Too stoical for her own good. [End of rant.]

    8:30--Out of the house!
    10:30--Brunch with friends in NYC! 8 at table--me, Husband, Child, my BFF, my Husband's junior year roommate who is also one of my BFFs and his daughter, two alumni of my college. Fantastic fun. Looked forward to this all week!
    1--"All About Ann" at Tribeca Film Festival!!! This was great. It has been purchased by HBO and is going to debut soon--I think they said April 28th--and I recommend it. Chat with the directors aftewards.
    Back to MD. Traffic surprisingly not that bad.
  14. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    DH felt incredibly good after a morning nap from his A-Fib meds.
    He motored around the house, drove the car (first time since early March), did errands, etc etc.
    And snored. Sometimes during his sleep.
    ok, this is music to my ears, seriously.
    We're thinkin, his heart may be back in perfect rhythm and not doing the thoroughbred race track beat. Fingers crossed.
    Watched Game of Thrones (total addict).
    Answered text msgs with BIL.
    Stuck by DH side 95% of the time yesterday, waiting for the other shoe to drop...and it didn't! YEA!
  15. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    last thursday...taught a full day of the same old stuff...6 classes, but three of them were only half an hour.....probably tended to some easter prep ....son was home so he and dh talked about law school and I listened...oh, and break tooth....lovely

    friday I taught in the morning, made tacos for son, he wasn't feeling the whole good Friday thing at all, staff meeting in the evening....dtr comes home with dh....everyone now home for easter a big open houre at the other instructor described it as a "cluster"....I will leave it at that....home around one...and sleep...I have been so tired lately...the guys are golfing and dtr is doing homework anyhow...not much of consequence other than doing some pre-holiday cooking

    sunday; up at 6 am to continue cooking...spend the next 6 hours in the kitchen....kisd hunt for baskets and family falls asleepafter dinner, dh and nephew go out in woods to play indian....dtr say insensitive thing to me which causes an significant amount of hurt...we play cards anyhow with son and sister in-law...since the others are outside or sleeping....then son goes and joins wakes and is ready to leave...okay...boys come back....loaded with ticks....more drama...nephew is convinced that he is going to die....

    there have been more heartwarming holidays :) daughter back to Northwestern....spend literally the rest of the afternoon and early evening in the dentist chair...suffice it to say that I have had better bed by 8
  16. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    Take DH to work.
    Praise the Lord we didn't get up at 4 a.m. again.
    Meet with contractor who is walking on the roof.
    Q&A with employees.
    Resist the urge to mom-smack our DS after his way with words with me. ARGGHHHHH, resist resist resist.
    Entertain the thought of a 6 month lease in Hawaii next year, when DH is healthy and completely retired
    from everything.
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  17. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    @3wishes--Wow! That sounds like a great kick off to retirement!

    @fascination--Yeah, I can see how that would be less than the #1 holiday weekend of your lifetime. I hope your tooth is feeling better now. I have put in some serious mileage in the dentist chair, so I feel you on the tooth situation. I'm sure your daughter regrets hurting your feelings. This parenting thing is challenging sometimes!
  18. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    thx ccm...dtr did apologize...but we are at about 4 incidents in the past 4 months so I need something a bit more substantial than an apology...getting the feeling that this whole wedding thing is a bit like a very precarious high beam event...

    the tooth thing is always bad...I handle nerve pain as poorly as I handle other pain well...

    the holiday is not a surprise, just depleting combined with other things....but thank you
  19. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    I actually said to my BFF once that really bad tooth pain is a major argument against gun possession. In my opinion, it can be as bad as the pain of childbirth...but unlike childbirth, which is limited in duration, tooth pain can go on and on. It is the worst. My upper wisdom teeth were impacted and got infected before I got them extracted and the pain was absolutely excruciating until the antibiotic kicked in. Ugh. Stupid vestigial body features.
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  20. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    9, 9:30--ENG 1101 full draft appointments. First person just e-mails me her draft, which is only 4 pages (instead of 8-10). Second paper is not at all where it needs to be content-wise and is only 6 pages. So I'm writing a lot of comments.
    10:20--POSTCOLONIAL. Start Monica Ali's Brick Lane.
    Lunch break. Knock an item or two off the to-do list.
    12:40--WALK ON THE WILDE SIDE. They watch the end of "Maurice," then start "Tipping the Velvet," while I individually conference with people about their research projects. Interlibrary loan is going to be wondering why there is this huge rush on books about Christopher Isherwood and Sarah Waters.
    2, 2:30, 3--ENG 1101 paper conference. First one not good, second one the best of the day, third person no shows.
    Home. Get Child ready for dance. Drive her to the studio...and realize dance is still on "Easter break" as we are the only ones there. Whoops.
    Home again. Argument with Child who needs to finish her science fair project write-up before we can watch "Dancing with the Stars." Apparently this is quite an unreasonable thing for us, her parents, to demand, and we have to realize she always gets her work done on time and that she is a tween now, etc. Unnecessary drama.

    9, 9:30--ENG 1101 full draft conferences. One needs a lot of work but at least represents a serious effort, and the other is in GREAT shape and I could probably already give it an A- or B+.
    10--First year team meeting.
    11:30--Meeting with the head of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. I walk her through the course proposal process.
    Leave for Towson.
    2:30--Double Nik lesson. Drill heavy.
    Awful drive home. I think there was a horrible accident. When I finally passed the choke point, there was a smear on the pavement that I hope was not a person's blood.
    Very quick turn around.
    6-7:30--Hip-hop rehearsal. This is nuts, but we are going to do that number IN COMPETITION at the kids' next competition!
    Home. Watched the rest of DWTS.
    End of Passover! Had some leavened foods.
    Planned my birthday.

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