yesterday's activities

ChaChaMama

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Sunday:

Slept until around 9:15! Shocked myself w/that.

Leisurely morning with Husband.

Packed and checked out. Husband got us salads from Chop't again to take on the train. (He wanted the one I had the day before.)
I also got a black and white cookie from Zaro's Bread Basket for the road.

1:14 train back to NJ.

2:25-5:30 or 6--Drove home. Pouring rain in MD.

Uploaded photos.

Finished reading The Tiger's Wife...and go to bed later than I should have, maybe around 11:45.

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Monday--First Day of School!
7--Up. Breakfast, shower, etc.

8:15ish--On campus, getting ready.

9:10-10:10--ENG 1101. Introduction, go over materials.

10:20-11:20--GLC. Go over materials, demo how to use Blackboard.

Lunch break.

12:40-2:10--Victorian Literature. Introduction, go over materials, begin lecture on Victorian period, making many connections to our own time.
--One potential problem child who interrupts a bit. Will keep eye on that.

2:15-4--Office hours. Help out several people.
Friend drops by.

4ish--Talk in hall with colleague for awhile. Am fading.

5ish--Home! Cleaning person is still here...and doesn't finish until almost 7. She had no-showed the previous 3 times she was scheduled to come, and now she shows up quite late in the day. I don't want to sound spoiled and I understand her life is difficult, but this is not great from my perspective. I am hungry and exhausted and would like some peace and quiet before my next event. Heat up frozen dinner, take it upstairs, then accidentally doze off on the sofa in Husband's study.

7--All Parents Night at Child's school.

Feel a little re-energized, so I should run.

8:45--5.53 miles on treadmill in 1 hour. Shower.

Some downtime.

11:30--Bed.
 

j_alexandra

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Due to an overwhelming Life Overload, am now catching up.

Would do Saturday if I could remember more than computer work and going social dancing, but that's all I can recall.

Sunday:
Wake after odd and disturbing dream
Decide against having yard sale, and dumpster-donate everything earmarked for sale, and then some
Collapse
Friends stop by for a drink; we enjoy the gorgeous weather and set the world to rights
Make decisions about decor -- not usually my thing, but this works
Read, din, Z
 

j_alexandra

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Yesterday:

Ballet; no A/C on a hot and humid day, JA has a problem with this
Lesson; things do not go swimmingly, but pull themselves out in the last 15 minutes
To HFKAM, deal with Spouse and some house issues
Assorted banking
Home, read, cook cook cook cook
Z
 

fascination

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mon...coffee..tan ...teach step...glad to have the regular school year crowd back..pack, lunch, drive to indy while chatting w/buddy, practice an hour, 4 lessons (not my best day)...food, tequila, bengay...out

tues/today; df, fb, lunch, practice an hour, 4 lessons (much better), eat, drive home while chatting with buddy, teach toning class, tan, get heat sheets(7 pages)...wine...bed and bengay immanent
 

j_alexandra

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Might as well do today:

Gyro; we start 15 minutes behind (prearranged) and for some reason, teacher says something that hits my funnybone and I laugh like an idiot for about five minutes; good ab workout, but there's more to Gyro than this
Home, eat
Lesson, in which Teach addresses something that's bothered him for a while
Seamstress
Lawyer, in which paperwork is distributed and projections made
Rolfer, color me freakin' happy
Shopping
Din with BFF

And now, it's time for bed
 

ChaChaMama

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J_Alex--You are getting a TON of exercise between all that hauling/dumping AND ballet AND lessons AND gyro. Impressive. "Wake after an odd and disturbing dream" reminds me of the opening line of Kafka's The Metamorphosis...and although I am glad you are not finding yourself transformed into a bug, I know you are going through a more positive metamorphosis of your own, so this seemed fitting.

Tuesday:
9ish--At work.

10:10-11:10--Library/Information Literacy Session w/my first year seminar.
11:15--Meeting with young man from my ENG 1101 who is anxious about the first assignment--which is just a 1-pager, and mostly diagnostic-- and confesses he is not good at writing.

12--Head out, as I have a 2:00 lesson in Towson. Start to back car out and I can immediately tell I have a flat tire. Get out of car. Sure enough. Front left tire.

Call Husband and ask him to pick me up, as I don't have time to deal with this right now if I am going to go to Towson. He says maybe he can do it in 1/2 hr. as he is on a phone meeting. This winds up being 45 mins, and only after another phone call. (We live 7-8 mins away).

Nik calls--coincidentally--during all this and we wind up re-scheduling lesson. The only bad part is that we put it on Wednesday, a much busier day for me when I will be much more tired.

Home. Lunch.

Back to parking lot.
2:45ish--AAA guy puts my spare on for me. He also tells me he has Asperger's and we chat about that.

3:15ish-6:45--Sears Auto Center. First they diagnose what is wrong, then we talk about what to do, then there is a long wait while he tries to find out how much money I can get back from Goodyear, then the work takes time, then he has so many customers he can't ring me up. The upshot is that dealing with this tire situation winds up eating up pretty much my whole day. Almost 4 hours and $600 later, I finally get to leave Sears.
I did get a lot of Martin Amis's Lionel Asbo read. That's the only positive thing I can really say.

Home, tired and hungry. Dinner.

We drive back to campus, as I left Husband's car there when I drove back to meet AAA guy. (I couldn't drive both cars to Sears!)

Read some more and tried to diffuse my somewhat foul mood.

Slightly amusing side note: Husband and I have been doing our blood pressure every night, as his was a bit elevated at his last physical. I thought mine might be higher than usual last night given what an irritating day I had, but he measured it as 100/66...which is pretty normal for me. I'll bet it wasn't 100/66 when I realized that my car was done, but the ONE guy working the whole automotive desk didn't have time to ring me up for around another 30 minutes!
 

3wishes

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Birthday day. Thank you all DF-ers for the feel good wishes.
DH hands me card after I wake up with 90 minute massage/facial - YES - just for me!
Train it to work.
Brain,,,your a short timer now...no more train pass after September,,,I look around at familiar faces...and smile to myself.
Work - find empty boxes - stack empty boxes in office
Work - People stop by and send e-mails about the Great Airline Adventure birthday party my group threw for the office last week. I'm stunned - although it was really fun and very comical about jet travel.
Work - Arrival of new computer and keyboard. YES!!!!
Homeward - call from DH - DS received keys to new first home - moving Labor Day weekend....uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Congrats? BTW, I still cannot lift anything.
I'm so excited for DS and his GF - lovely first home - that could potentially be their forever home. Cannot wait to see it.
DD calls - Birthday wishes from "amazing daughter" makes me laugh, receive cupcake flower arrangement.
Calls from family - SURPRISE - little sister has moved back to states from Austria after 8 years away - with family in tow - landed -hours before Florida closed their airport....Ahhhhhh welcome home Sister oh Sister.
Last lesson before Embassy - tons of fun - work more on Grand Opening showcase event -
Conclusion - I'm so stoked about leaving work - that the smile has not left my face and dance pro asked "what happened today? you haven't stopped smiling the whole time".....
lol.
 

ChaChaMama

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Wednesday:
8:20--At work.

9:10-10:10--ENG 1101. 9 Rules for Essays, with emphasis on introduction and thesis statement.
*Side note: In this class of 18, I have 4 students whose learning disabilities entitle them to a notetaker. The volunteer notetaker will be compensated $100 for sending copies of her notes to the office that handles such things.

10:20-11:20--GENDER, LITERATURE, CULTURE. Quick (30 min) lecture on World War I, then a discussion of two WWI poems, Siegfried Sassoon's "'They'" and "Glory of Women." Really enjoy this group.

Lunch and prep.

12:40-1:40--VICTORIAN LITERATURE. Finish brief historical overview of Victorian period (~1 hr), then begin discussion of Jane Eyre.

2:15--Office Hours. Meet with a student adding my class. Meet with an advisee who is planning to take 5 academic classes, something I generally consider ill-advised. We discuss options.

3:30--Leave. Home, quick snack, change.

3:54--Leave. Hit horrible traffic on way to Towson. Ugh. This is why I hate having lessons anywhere near commuting hours. Text that I'm not going to make it by 5. :( Get there around 5:10.

5:15--Double Nik lesson. Cha-cha went well! Some corrections from last week really clicked. Rumba needed work.

Home.
One of Husband's colleagues died today. (Not unexpected, as he has been very sick, but still sad.)

8:30--5.25 miles on tm.

Read more of Martin Amis's Lionel Asbo before bed.
 

fascination

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wed...teach a fitness class, tan, buy last minute comp items, verify that my tires are fine, feed pets, do laundry and dishes....pretty much spend the rest of the day eating and remaining horizontal...9 hours of sleep...thank heavens
 

fascination

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thurs...breakfast, gas station, cash station, tan, starbucks, drive to indy for last lessons before comp and all is well with my soul :), home to find my new pictures in mail (yay), pre- b-day dinner with dad and his wife w/no casualties...df, fb, project runway...sleep like death til 3...pre-compsia (and dtr turned off the air...she needs to go back to school)...back to bed as soon as second application of bengay and box-o kicks in
 

pygmalion

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What the heck is it with kids and thermostats? I woke up with icicles forming on my toes early yesterday morning. DS decided that the AC should be set to 65, 'cause he likes it like that. He decided this when I was already asleep, btw. Stealth temperature torture. He already is back to school, btw. *sigh*

I need to check in. Life has been super chaotic lately, so I just haven't had time to write a thoughtful post. *sigh again*
 

pygmalion

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Don't know when I last checked in. Two weeks? One week? It's a blur.

Highlights only, I suppose.

Biggest news : DS starts high school! He is so cute! After just one day, he talks authoritatively about all sorts of things he never knew before -- bell schedules and school rules and cabbages and kings. I don't have the heart to tell him that I went to high school, too, and that this doesn't seem all that different, to me. I just watch my only baby go through this rite of passage. It's joy and something poignant that I can't name.

Down side: DS's BFF's sixteen year old sister is now driving the boys places. This scares me poopless, but hey. It is what it is. Besides I know the BFF's Mom. She wouldn't knowingly let a hazardous driver loose ... I hope. :lol:

Other down side: High school supplies are expensive! Art supplies $77. Personal fitness uniforms: $72. Camera: $500. Activities fees:$100. Calculator: $99. And so on. This is a long way from middle school, where I complained about the cost of colored pencils. Yeesh! Not to mention the fact that, in high school. you don't get a supply list. The teachers just assign stuff and assume you have a fully-stocked office supply store in your attic. Meaning? You get to buy all of the above and STILL have to buy colored pencils. TDNWMH.

In other news, I find out that my GF with the same first name and one of my older sisters have both lost their jobs within about a week of each other. This freaks me out. Both of them seem blase about this development. Myeh.

In other other news: Lease on temp housing is up, so A Decision Must Be Made even though I don't have all the info I need to make a decision. Decide not to decide. (Hey. At least it's a conscious non-decision, right? :lol:) DS and I are currently in temporary-temporary housing (re: very nice hotel) while waiting for the townhouse we've slightly-longer short-term leased. DS is ecstatic because he hasn't had to leave his friends. Me? Not so much, although I could easily get used to daily maid service, "free" Continental breakfast, an indoor pool and sauna. :lol:


GF leaves for her ministry in Africa. My gut tells me I'll never see her again.

Long and hilarious conversations with my youngest nephew (He's 21.) who is so much like my sister that it brings me joy. This is a first. I've never connected with him in this way before. I decide to try to develop closer relationships with all of my nieces and nephews. All 13 of them. This will be a challenge, but hey. I think it will be worth it. Side Info: My eldest niece is 34. My youngest niece is seven. All my nephews are in the middle, somewhere.

Beau and I are still in limbo, at my behest. *sigh*

Ex and I speak for the first time in months, about the fact that DS has already been offered an internship for next year but has no intention of accepting it. I beg the ex to work on his relationship with DS, so that DS will feel comfortable with him. No idea whether the ex is listening or not. I've done what I can. The rest is up to them. (Yes. Beg. When it comes to DS, I would make a deal with the devil himself, if I had to. This is something I'm sure most Moms would understand.)

Other than that, not much. Playing around in the kitchen. Socializing a bit. Trying to be gentle with myself, because life is really hard, right now.
 

j_alexandra

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Yesterday:

More hauling crap into dumpster; this is starting to get shortstopped by family members, who value Stuff more than I do, and if I keep throwing their crap away, I may harm some relationships; however, getting rid of crap is so therapeutic...
Lawyer
Seamstress
Takeout lunch
Nap; why am I exhausted?
Back to lawyer; feeling like a jack-in-the-box, good thing he's about five minutes away
Go play with dance friends; this does not go as well as usual
Someone comes to pick up some freecycle items
Din on porch, watching the most beautiful day in weeks ease into a beautiful evening, and then the moon comes out over the river, long, contented sigh
Bed
 

3wishes

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Ok, so a couple of yesterdays,
Checked in early at Hyatt Irvine, one of my most favorite hotels in region. LOVE the service, the pool, restaurant and work-out center.
DH suggests, let's walk, conversations run every which way during walk.
Dinner, ahhhhhh, the same waiter 6 years in a row...have gotten to know him.
Loved the sitting outside eating in the evening air.
Jacuzzi and pool at 9 p.m. YES! no one around on this Thursday night.
DH - concerned I'm pushing too hard to dance again and I'm going to 86 surgery results. hmmmmmmmmm.
Promise DH, I'll tell pro, small steps when I hit that uh-oh moment on the floor.
Wonderful 11 a.m. start time. WOW, really? most excellent.
Breakfast, light work out, with a bunch of others in a great hotel work out center.
DH goes for another walk, it's beautiful outside.
WHY OH WHY do I continually have issues with placing the flash eyelashes? scream.
Head down to ballroom. I love the relaxed atmosphere...
Run into lots of friends.
First round, ok, VWaltz gotta take smaller steps - stitches are alerting me.
Second round, tell pro...look....this is sorta kinda hurting...so...here's the plan.
Third round, YES! nailed it.
Meet dear ballroom sister and DH is just having the time of his life chatting with her.
Go look at dresses before Scholarship starts.
Try on two, while ballroom sister tries on new dresses with different colors.
Watch DH blood drain from face, NOW that was funny...snicker.
Lunch, WOW, I want the chopped chicken salad recipe...amazing.
Scholarship. "B" group. Yeah, like I have chance. wait, what?
PRO and I watch the final line up placement called out...he starts squeezing my hand.
2nd!!! YES!!! Oh My, did that just happen?
Danced "C" scholarship....tell pro...really small steps VWaltz - I'm not kidding...my body is hating me right now.
Placement line up awards....watch others get called up....OMG as the kids would say...Pro hugs me, ballroom sisters huge hug on the floor....
FIRST, 1st, FIRST - an unreal moment...seriously? me? wait? really? brain still cannot comprehend.
Meet Tibor in line-up, funny fellow. And a few others.
Change, slam stuff into bags before 5 p.m. while others are in "lecture".
DH looks at northbound fwy traffic from hotel window...NOPPPPEEEEEEE.
DH announces - we're eating dinner here and hanging out until that traffic dies down.
Order an amazing fun drink, Dancing Cranberry - the cranberry fruit actually dances around in the glass from the Champagne and Cranberry juice.
End up sitting and eating with everyone else including Pro's mother who is returning
to her homeland in 10 days.
A really good time at the outside dinner table, everyone watches my drink - and orders their own Dancing Cranberry. Very fun.
Conversations abound, the release of the day is evident, a toast...just because.
Homeward bound, at least traffic is moving and we're in the carpool lane.
Into the house we go, it was a really good few yesterdays.
 

fascination

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fri (doing today now as I am not long for it)

up (or shall I say "give up" and rise) at 7....headache, coffee and egg sammich

20 minutes of zumba and teach bike and bench (alternating btwn spin and step)

switch cars, drive dtr back to school were we hit World Market for beignet mix for dh and have Ethiopian food for lunch...so nice to get to civilization from time to time...kiss and hug my dtr...we had a wonderful Summer together ...

tan, switch cars again pick up subway for dinner because I've had my nails done for comp and don't want to do dishes....pretty much assume vegetative state ...

tomorrow will likely be all packing and practicing...but home alone with dh so that will be nice
 

fascination

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Ok, so a couple of yesterdays,
Checked in early at Hyatt Irvine, one of my most favorite hotels in region. LOVE the service, the pool, restaurant and work-out center.
DH suggests, let's walk, conversations run every which way during walk.
Dinner, ahhhhhh, the same waiter 6 years in a row...have gotten to know him.
Loved the sitting outside eating in the evening air.
Jacuzzi and pool at 9 p.m. YES! no one around on this Thursday night.
DH - concerned I'm pushing too hard to dance again and I'm going to 86 surgery results. hmmmmmmmmm.
Promise DH, I'll tell pro, small steps when I hit that uh-oh moment on the floor.
Wonderful 11 a.m. start time. WOW, really? most excellent.
Breakfast, light work out, with a bunch of others in a great hotel work out center.
DH goes for another walk, it's beautiful outside.
WHY OH WHY do I continually have issues with placing the flash eyelashes? scream.
Head down to ballroom. I love the relaxed atmosphere...
Run into lots of friends.
First round, ok, VWaltz gotta take smaller steps - stitches are alerting me.
Second round, tell pro...look....this is sorta kinda hurting...so...here's the plan.
Third round, YES! nailed it.
Meet dear ballroom sister and DH is just having the time of his life chatting with her.
Go look at dresses before Scholarship starts.
Try on two, while ballroom sister tries on new dresses with different colors.
Watch DH blood drain from face, NOW that was funny...snicker.
Lunch, WOW, I want the chopped chicken salad recipe...amazing.
Scholarship. "B" group. Yeah, like I have chance. wait, what?
PRO and I watch the final line up placement called out...he starts squeezing my hand.
2nd!!! YES!!! Oh My, did that just happen?
Danced "C" scholarship....tell pro...really small steps VWaltz - I'm not kidding...my body is hating me right now.
Placement line up awards....watch others get called up....OMG as the kids would say...Pro hugs me, ballroom sisters huge hug on the floor....
FIRST, 1st, FIRST - an unreal moment...seriously? me? wait? really? brain still cannot comprehend.
Meet Tibor in line-up, funny fellow. And a few others.
Change, slam stuff into bags before 5 p.m. while others are in "lecture".
DH looks at northbound fwy traffic from hotel window...NOPPPPEEEEEEE.
DH announces - we're eating dinner here and hanging out until that traffic dies down.
Order an amazing fun drink, Dancing Cranberry - the cranberry fruit actually dances around in the glass from the Champagne and Cranberry juice.
End up sitting and eating with everyone else including Pro's mother who is returning
to her homeland in 10 days.
A really good time at the outside dinner table, everyone watches my drink - and orders their own Dancing Cranberry. Very fun.
Conversations abound, the release of the day is evident, a toast...just because.
Homeward bound, at least traffic is moving and we're in the carpool lane.
Into the house we go, it was a really good few yesterdays.
congrats !!!!!!
 

ChaChaMama

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3w--Congratulations!

Fascination--Good luck!

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Thursday:
Cats start nose kissing and then pouncing on feet all too early.

11:30-12:45--Library meeting which was mostly an information session rather than an actual "meeting." I did learn some things, though. The library renovation is allegedly going to happen between October-mid-February. That seems very ambitious to me. We're having half of our basement finished and that is going to take 6 weeks, but a major library renovation will take only around twice that amount of time? We shall see.

1-5:30--Drive to Chesapeake House on I-95. Pick up Child, who has just returned from a 5 night Royal Carribbean cruise with my parents. See their photos. Drive home.

Dinner.

Somehow, wind up on bedtime duty for Child as well...and Husband is in a surprisingly Maryland crabcake-ish mood. Whatever. It's not like he's the one who just did a 4 hour roundtrip drive!

Finished reading Martin Amis's Lionel Asbo.

Friday:
9:10--ENG 1101. Debates on Westboro Baptist Church/free speech issue.

10:20--GLC. Discuss Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est." Begin discussion of Baden-Powell's Scouting for Boys.

Lunch.

12-2--Office hours. These actually run late, because several folks stop by and sometimes people do not like to leave.

Grade stuff.

3:30ish--Hungry and decide I need to have a healthy snack, so go home.

Snack.

Time w/Child.

Dinner.

Family meeting. Hash out major plans for fall, including Thanksgiving, OSB, etc.

Read Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey w/Child.
Put her to bed.

Read Manning Marable's Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention.
ATTN: Pygmalion. I think you would really find this interesting. (Others of you might as well.) I'm definitely learning stuff already. Very different experience than reading The Autobiography.
 

pygmalion

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Thanks ccm. I'll check it out. I've been meaning to since I heard the interview with the author on NPR. Just haven't gotten around to it, but I shall. :-D I foresee a Barnes and Noble trip in my near future. :wink:
 

Peaches

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Spent day with parents, visited briefly with grandmother, hung out in the evening with DH and friends to watch a movie.

Also finally got my hair cut for Locks of Love. :). 10" gone for that, plus a bit more for styling and whatnot. LOVE my new haircut. Feel pretty again for the first time in years.
 

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