Friday, May 18, 2018
Very funny, Chum.
We paired up to look through our notebooks and reflect on the glories of our school year. They loved looking back on the first day of school. "Look what I wrote!" a Thirdlander said, laughing. To my mind the entry didn't look that different from his typical written performance, but he was quite struck by how much he had changed. Others kept running over to me with "Remember when we did...." and "Look at this monster I drew in October..." It was all good fun and I should probably remember to do more notebook reflecting as school years draw nigh. I told a Thirdlander next to me as we were wrapping it up, "I just love my notebook."
He smugly replied, "Who doesn't? It holds all our most precious memories."
at May 18, 2018
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
picked at it all day long, trying to rip her skin open. I tried every strategy in the book to get her to stop but she wouldn't. She finally split it open, got some care in the office, and then removed the bandaid so she could continue to pick at it. I know she's going to pick at it all day today so I'm going to try to ignore it. Because paying attention to it didn't work out.
So, I'm not looking forward to work today.
So, I'm not looking forward to work today.
at May 16, 2018
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Today's Mother's Day. 2 days ago was my dad's 89th birthday. My parents are a lot of fun. We're thinking about taking a trip down to Florida this summer. Hit the beach. Swim with the manatees. Paraglide. Head out to the strawberry farms to pick the strawberries and make some strawberry shortcake. I'm not kidding. These people are up for anything. They're totally nuts.
at May 13, 2018
Saturday, May 12, 2018
We've been studying Bloomington history. The Thirdlanders made posters about outdoor sites in our town that kids can enjoy during the summer. They had to focus on areas of our town that were public and free and that connected to our study of important Bloomington resources.
I had a cool Fifthster cut out big letters for the words GET OUTSIDE! for the top of the bulletin board. As I was up on a ladder stapling the words on Friday afternoon, I decided to be more concise. I just stapled the words GET OUT! across the top. It's more in line with my feelings right now. And I think everyone will get a kick out of it. I myself think it's hilarious.
at May 12, 2018
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
|Photo Credit: W VdS|
- Back and Forth editor suggestions for stories written by the Thirdlanders
- Revise an article I'm cowriting with Mitzker and Zawan
- Publish an enticing and creative blog entry
As I previously explained in an earlier blog post, I'm not feeling super energized right now. Luckily, and perhaps miraculously, today's newspaper included a great piece about combatting low motivation.
Basically, there are three steps. First take some time off for yourself. I did this last night by going to bed early and watching three hours of Teen Mom 2. Next, divide tasks into tiny increments and chip away little by little. I'm doing this by setting my timer for 5 minutes at a time and rotating through my three goals. I've completed editing 1.5 stories, revised 4 pages of the article and might just finish this blog entry. The final bit of advice was, "Connect with others." I ignored this piece of advice. I wouldn't have gotten anything at all done if I had connected with others. Sure I sent off the occasional text or two, but mostly I just whittled away at my tasks.
The problem with my motivation is that everything takes a long time to do, but in the end, you just do what you can. Do your best and forget the rest.
PS: Here's a picture of Back and Forth because it looks so great with those sunflowers. And also because I referred to the editor mindset in goal #1 above.
at May 08, 2018
Sunday, May 06, 2018
|Foto Credit: MITZI LEWISON|
The Baltimore Orioles are flying through this week. Mitzker took this great photograph. She invited me over to have wine and cheese and watch the orioles from Baltimore flying about outside, but I told her I had work to do.
I do have work to do. Quite a lot of work. But come to find out, I'm just noodling away my day. Some would say that it's important to add to daily anxiety, tension and stress with procrastination and avoidance. As Peter Levitt says, "The riskiest thing a writer can do is try to be safe."
I'm pushing May 6 to the limit, seeing how risky life can get on this gorgeous Sunday. Living on the edge, so to speak. Watching the sands of my day slip through the hourglass of folderol.
at May 06, 2018
Friday, May 04, 2018
It's carnival day. I'm signed up for a shift at the cake walk. In all my born days, I've never won a cake at a cake walk. My older sister won cakes galore. Every single year. She'd wander around the Holy Rosary school carnival passing out cupcakes and slices of cakes to her pals. Every single year. I personally thought she should bring the cakes home to share with the family, but my sister is and always has been an in the moment kind of gal. Regardless, it's always seemed strange to me that two people in the same family can have such different experiences at carnival cake walks.
at May 04, 2018
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