Lists people are happier #SOL18

Sometimes I just don’t know what to do with myself at night, so I just go to bed. I think tonight is one of those nights. I did a lot today, so I’m going to post my to-do list of items completed, but I’m sure I’m going to leave some stuff off.

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I hate driving on the highway in LA #SOL18

Okay, so I got my car in January, which means I have officially been driving the mean streets of LA for two solid months, so clearly I have opinions.

Driving in LA is terrible, btw. I mean, yeah, sure, traffic but that’s not even the worst of it (it might be the worst of it–I don’t have to commute to work), but I have some ideas why the traffic is so bad, and it’s not just the volume of people/cars on the roads.

So, yes, I hate driving in LA. Here’s why:

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Horf, or how to maturely handle eating a food item you hate #SOL18

We were provided with a box lunch today at work. When I bit into my turkey sandwich (bread removed, of course), I stood up and frantically kind of walked in circles before spitting the bite out into the box.


There was MAYONNAISE ON MY SANDWICH. I horfed. And then felt bad for not spitting into a napkin, but I couldn’t find one and I needed that nastiness out of my mouth right away.


I really tried to be an adult about it is what I’m saying.

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Adventures in Grocery Shopping #SOL18

Okay, in an effort to get back on my slice of life blogging schedule (and to procrastinate from grading), I am going to talk about my grocery shopping trip on Monday.

Regular readers will know that I’m on an elimination diet to figure out the cause of my stomach issues. Part of my overall crabbiness and meh days has also been linked to my diet–mostly because I have had to pretty much overhaul the entire thing, and every single food I usually eat (including most fruits and vegetables) is on the no-no list. So it has been a big adjustment.

Right, so, the other day I almost had a meltdown because I wanted toast and the grocery store I usually go to never has the bread on my yes list in stock. On Monday, I decided to be proactive instead of reactive and to look up the bread online because I know that most of those specialty foods/products have a “where to buy” link on their website. My hunch was right, so I discovered that the bigger Target had the bread in stock. So off to Target I went.

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Good morning! #SOL18

Except it’s not morning. I know that. See, what had happened was I got home from work around 2:45 p.m. and promptly fell out and didn’t wake up until 8 p.m.

Your girl was exhausted is what I’m saying.

Or, as I told my students today, I only got about 3 1/2 hours of sleep last night because I make terrible choices.

But! Not that many terrible choices. For example, after the experience with the extreme loudness of the welding class, I asked my boss for a room change. Turns out there’s only one other room available at the time AND it can fit my class, so on Monday, we’re out of loud town and into a room with computers, which will be great for the days I couldn’t book the lab for that class. So that’s pretty great.

Tomorrow, we’re having a flex day, which is a fancy way of saying a professional development day so no classes but plenty of work. Will I wind up pretending to take notes yet actually writing a blog post? We shall see!

I feel boring right now. Probably because of the sleep fog.

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Slice of Life is a writing challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers.

Water aerobics got me out here jammin’ #SOL18

In my last post, I said I didn’t know why I was in a meh mood, but that wasn’t entirely true. It was mostly because my daughter called me earlier that day and said she wasn’t coming to visit during spring break, and I was disappointed. And it definitely wasn’t Daylight Saving Time. I love DST! THIS IS MY TIME.

Anyway, I’m obviously in a better mood today.

I finally went back to the gym after missing for travel and being sick, and I just want to say how much I enjoy the Tuesday night water aerobics class. First of all, it has music. Second of all, the instructor matches the music to the exercise. Third of all, all of the music is fun, so it’s just a magical time all around.

water aerobics
I look nothing like this while doing water aerobics (source)

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California Acceleration Project, Day 3 #SOL18

So the key takeaway from the conference was this:

hard things are hard

I suggested we just put those words up on a PowerPoint slide when we talk to the department about the changes ahead.

Hard things are hard.

Just those words and nothing else. Do you think it would work? I don’t know.

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California Acceleration Project, Day 2 #SOL18

Panel discussion with people from the chancellor’s office to talk policy, so the running commentary is back.

1. Right after the introductions of the panel members, the woman at my table said, incredulously, “They’re all white.”
Her companion: “Yeah that’s disappointing.”

2. The contract grading session was good, btw. I learned a lot about different ways to implement contract grading, especially ways I can ease into it.

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Nineteen #SOL18

My daughter is nineteen today and because we’re living in the future, and she’s on the other side of the country, I FaceTimed with her to wish her a happy birthday and watch her open her gift. I got us tickets to see Hamilton, and she (a) guessed that’s what the gift was and (b) had a lukewarm reaction.


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California Acceleration Project, Day 1 #SOL18

So I’m sitting in this training today, and it is interesting and important but also kind of boring because I hate meetings where we sit and listen to lectures, so I need to have something else to do (this is where my best friend says, “mmhmm and you DON’T have ADHD?”). Hence, I will make a list of random things that occur to me during this session. It’s all day. (Did I mention it’s all day?)


For background, the law in California is changing for student completion of transfer-level (aka 101) English, so the conference is all about acceleration to get students who would typically place below transfer to complete transfer-level courses within in one academic year.


1. We just found out that the community college in Baltimore County caps their comp classes at 20, and we all just died a little bit inside.


2. Also, shout-out to my alma mater, University of Maryland Baltimore County.


3. I was wide awake when I came in this room, btw. Now I just want a nap.


4. My coworker who definitely has ADHD is doing a better job paying attention and taking notes than I am. (I know because I am looking at his notes.)
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