It’s Still Not Over

This was a terrible weekend for me re: food. I almost had a meltdown twice–once on Saturday in the grocery story and then again on Sunday when I was just doing stuff around my house. I think what happened is that I finally realized that my elimination diet was not a temporary thing as I thought it would be and is pretty much it for me from now on. As I have mentioned before, there was only one FODMAP group I tried that had zero negative effect on me, so the rest are pretty much out unless I want to risk having a flare-up. And these are basically all the foods I ate before.

It’s also frustrating because it’s not like it’s a super straightforward restriction. I can’t even go into the store and buy something that’s gluten-free off the shelf because many things made without gluten include apple or pear, which are also off limits (and are worse for me than wheat). So that means, really, that I need to make almost everything I eat at home so I can make sure that it doesn’t upset my stomach. GUESS WHAT I HATE DOING? Cooking. It stresses me out, ugh. I had even tried meal planning earlier in the day and exactly zero of the recipes I looked at appealed to me. And I am not a creative kitchen person who can just make stuff up. Also, all of my go to recipes are full of foods I can’t eat. Then, I started thinking about what I’m going to eat for lunch when school starts back up (I HAVE NO IDEA) and it all just quickly spiraled from there.

So yeah. Not a good weekend.

Anyway, I’m better today and am just taking it one day at a time since that’s all I can do, really.

Also, I finished some books:

Dramacon, Vol. 1Dramacon, Vol. 1 by Svetlana Chmakova

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this because I’m familiar with the author’s middle grade novels, and I enjoyed them. This is most decidedly NOT middle grade. The main character is a senior in high school and is involved in some sexy situations and there is some violence ((view spoiler)).

I don’t typically read manga, but I am familiar with the style from watching some anime with my daughter. This well-drawn, and I liked the story. I would be interested in reading the next book in the series. (Will I? Who knows?)

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Captain Marvel, Volume 1: In Pursuit of FlightCaptain Marvel, Volume 1: In Pursuit of Flight by Kelly Sue DeConnick

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This was fine. I mean, I love badass ladies and there are plenty here. The main storyline involves time travel, which isn’t my favorite, but it did have some interesting things to say about choice and, of course, historical sexism.

My biggest issue with this was the art. The beginning was clearly drawn by a man (all the weird close ups of Carol’s butt gave it away) and at the end, I could barely tell Helen and Carol apart.

I did love the dialogue, though, so there’s that.

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If you’re looking for something delightful to watch, may I suggest Making It on NBC/Hulu? It’s like The Great British Baking Show but with crafts.

 

 

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A post!

It’s getting to the point where if I don’t post, I never will, so. A post!

1. Today is the one-year anniversary of my move to California. No regrets so far.

2. Okay, so here is a weird thing that has happened to me. My alarm is set to go off every weekday at 7 a.m. and is set to play “Order My Steps” by the GMWA Women of Worship.

However, around 5:30 or so each morning, I kept thinking I heard my alarm go off. I would check my phone, nothing. So I decided it was just the fan making a whistling sound and/or my circadian rhythm taunting me with my normal (i.e., during the school year) wake up time.

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#ReverseReadathon Wrap Up

This weekend, I participated in my first ever readathon, Dewey’s reverse read-a-thon. As a wrap up, I’m going to answer the questions from the Hour 24 Closing Survey.

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

I have a regularly scheduled appointment on Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m., which is fine, but after that, instead of going straight home, I decided to run some errands which both ate into my reading time (though I did listen to an audiobook in the car) and also exhausted me, which led to me falling asleep for the last three hours of the read-a-thon when I intended to take a 10-minute nap.

2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!

Okay, as a reminder, I planned to read the following books:

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My first readathon! #ReverseReadathon

Since this is the first time in EVER that my schedule has even an iota of room for me to read when one of these is going on, I just signed up for the Dewey Summer Reverse Readathon. I have only my regularly scheduled 10 a.m. commitment tomorrow and then an event at 5:30 (8:30 Eastern time–I’m on the west coast), so it’s like the stars aligned just so I could participate. It’s a readathon miracle! (Also a calendar miracle, tbh. Whew.)

Books on deck:

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11 Random Things

1. I’m listening to my daughter and her friend talk about building their Dungeons & Dragons game and is the nerdiest thing ever. However, super props for the level of planning and storytelling that goes into being the Dungeon Master (which her friend is).

2. Last week was full of car adventures. First, I ran over the curb entering the parking lot before we went to see the Mr. Rogers’ documentary (which is awesome–go see it). Then, I hit a parked car when I went to therapy. The good news is that both sounded way worse than they wound up being, I didn’t blow out my tire when I ran over the curb (which has definitely happened before), and I didn’t do any damage to the parked car (it was actually a van with a huge rubber bumper). The bad news is that now I have a scratch and small dent on the passenger side of my car.

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It’s Monday & Syllabus has eaten my brain

I’ve finished a couple of books these past two weeks (more on that below), but the one that’s had the most impact so far is Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor by Lynda Barry. In fact, the book has inspired two activities I did in my class the past two weeks.

Syllabus by Lynda Barry

Activity 1: We’re working on poetry and some of my students submitted their pieces for feedback. I found myself making the same comment over and over (needs more imagery!), so inspired by Syllabus and “Variations on a Summer Day” by Wallace Stevens (snippet here), I came up with the following activity.

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#SummerSoLit Recommendations: Graphic Novel with a POC

Are you participating in the #SummerSoLit Book Bingo challenge and looking for some books to mark off the Graphic Novel with a POC in it square? Here are some books you may want to read to fill that square (all descriptions from Goodreads):

Ms. Marvel Vol 1 by G. Willow Wilson

Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson (also fulfills Muslim Female Author square): Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, Jersey!

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Spring 2018 Semester Reflection

For their final exam, I usually have my students complete a reflection. It’s time for me to do the same now that the spring semester has officially wrapped, and my brain has calmed down enough for me to focus on these things.

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So, first, what went well:

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June 2018 Wrap-Up

I started this post yesterday and was all excited I would get my Monday post done on a Monday, but I got sleepy before I finished it and went to bed. Oh well.

Anyway, this month has been a month. End of the semester, beginning of the summer session, my birthday, a work conference. I mean, it’s been a lot. But I am here and it’s all good.

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Days 29 & 30 #BlackMusicMonth #30DayMusicChallenge

I didn’t post yesterday because I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to pick for the prompt. A song you HAVE to play loud? I mean, I get it, but I feel like I don’t really blast music anymore, so I would have to go way back. And when I did blast music, what would I blast? Also, honestly, it’s less that I play an entire song last and more that there are specific verses–especially with rap–that I have to play loud.

Day 29: A song you have to play loud

So the first song that popped into my head for this was “It’s All About the Benjamins” by Puff Daddy and the Family, especially Li’l Kim’s and Biggie’s verses (so you know, the end).

I am also a fan of the rock remix. Same volume rules apply.

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