Category: Blogging A to Z

X is for x #AtoZChallenge

aka xxxxx

aka crossing things off the to-do list

aka I am officially done grading because I entered ALL the grades for ALL my classes

aka no more grading until fall

It’s handled.

aka I just turned off/deleted all the various alarms on my phone (get up for work, go to class, end class, stop working, go to bed)

HUZZAH!

Blogging from A to Z is a challenge that runs through the month of April.

For the Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year, my theme is gratitude. Every day, I am going to post about something I am grateful for. Tune in tomorrow to see what I pick for Y.

W is for When Past Me Makes Good Choices #AtoZChallenge

When I was looking to buy a new car a few years ago, one of the the salesmen at the Toyota dealership was telling me how great keyless entry is and how you only need the key fob and blah blah blah. I told him that I wanted a car with an actual key to open the door. “But you won’t need it,” he insisted. “That’s what the key fob is for.”

Guess whose key fob has been sometime-y about unlocking and locking when I push the button?

Guess who has had to use the actual key to open the door several times in the past week or so?

Guess who would have been really pissed if she were locked out of her car because the key fob didn’t work and there were no other way to get in?

So yes. Good job, past me.

 

 

Blogging from A to Z is a challenge that runs through the month of April.

For the Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year, my theme is gratitude. Every day, I am going to post about something I am grateful for. Tune in tomorrow to see what I pick for X.

V is for Vacation #AtoZChallenge

 

It’s so close, guys. I can almost taste/touch it. One more week to go.

For the Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year, my theme is gratitude. Every day, I am going to post about something I am grateful for. Tune in tomorrow to see what I pick for W.

U is for Undergoing the Natural Hair Journey #AtoZChallenge

Today’s topic was given to me by my friend, TNT, who shared that she’s been natural almost 20 years, which reminded me that it’s been almost 20 years for me, too. When I told her that, she asked, “What’s your hair story?”

I got my first relaxer when I was 9 or 10, and I remember the stylist marveling that it was “bone straight.” And so it went until after I went to college and especially after I had my daughter. Then, I started waiting longer and longer between touch ups. I waffled quite a while between making the big chop and transitioning while wearing extensions.

Me being me and because this was before the natural hair care explosion on the internet, I used Let’s Talk Hair by Pamela Farrell and Good Hair by Lonnice Brittenum Bonner as my guides. (I found them by, of course, going to the library.)

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T is for Taking a Break #AtoZChallenge

So, yes, I went on my church retreat and it was quite relaxing and delightful. I took several naps and even got to play Catan, which I now want to play again. Don’t worry. I have pretty much already set up a game night to make that happen.

Ah, the beauty of retreat.

Speaking of the beauty of retreat, here is a picture of my view from the dock on Saturday morning.

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S is for Scheduling Posts #AtoZChallenge

As I said in my last post, I’m on my all-church retreat. However! Through the wonders of technology, I am still able to do my S post and not miss a day of the challenge. Huzzah!

Or in the words of erstwhile poet Jay-Z: I will not lose, ever.

Blogging from A to Z is a challenge that runs through the month of April.

For the Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year, my theme is gratitude. Every day, I am going to post about something I am grateful for. Tune in Monday to see what I pick for T.

R is for Retreat #AtoZChallenge

This weekend is my church’s annual all-church retreat, and I have been looking forward to it since missing last year’s.

It’s super chill and a  great way to catch up with people I don’t normally get to see because of our busy, busy lives. My plan is to do nothing even though I have been specifically invited to one workshop.

I mean, I did sign up to host a workshop, but I tried to make it as low-key as possible. (I’m hosting a game hour. Bring your games, sit at tables, play. Simple.)

Here’s to hoping I get all my grading done before I go since work is strictly verboten. I have declared it so.

Blogging from A to Z is a challenge that runs through the month of April.

For the Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year, my theme is gratitude. Every day, I am going to post about something I am grateful for. Tune in tomorrow to see what I pick for S.

Q is for Quaint #AtoZChallenge

Okay, so I already posted about this on Facebook, but it fits perfectly with the letter for today, so I’m going for it again.

Warning! Excitingly nerdy news ahead! (source)

 

I got to use a transparency today for the first time in years! YEARS, I tell you.

 

 

See, we have doc cams in almost every classroom here, which makes transparencies unnecessary and obsolete. But the classroom I was teaching in today doesn’t, and I needed to go over a student draft. What was I to do? AND THEN I REMEMBERED.

I got to use the bypass tray on the copier and everything.

Also, my transparency marker still worked. It was awesome.

Blogging from A to Z is a challenge that runs through the month of April.

For the Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year, my theme is gratitude. Every day, I am going to post about something I am grateful for. Tune in tomorrow to see what I pick for R.

P is for Positive Feedback #AtoZChallenge

I met with two of my classes for the last time today.

In the first class (creative writing), I had more than one student tell me that they enjoyed the class. Creative writing is a fun class, right? So I think the bar was set pretty low. But then! A student tells me that she loved the class and she wants to be a professor and I am her favorite teacher and just cemented her desire to become a professor.

Then, on my way to my last class of the day, I ran into a former student. And he told me he had just this week looked back at the blog he created for the class. “I put so much work into your class, and I don’t even like English. I want to thank you.”

And then in my last class, one of my students said, “I would get so mad at you for being so picky about the missed periods and stuff in MLA, but now I pay more attention when I proofread to make sure I haven’t missed anything.”

I have no idea what this GIF is from, but it works. source

So, yes, I teach my students and sometimes they learn things. And sometimes I even get a chance to find out about it.

Blogging from A to Z is a challenge that runs through the month of April.

For the Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year, my theme is gratitude. Every day, I am going to post about something I am grateful for. Tune in tomorrow to see what I pick for Q.

 

 

O is for Other TV Options #AtoZChallenge

My daughter has been watching Criminal Minds pretty much every day (it’s streaming on Netflix), which is fine if you want to hate humanity. (If you don’t know, Criminal Minds is about a branch of the FBI that profiles and catches serial killers.) Or if you, like my daughter, are into forensic science and psychology. It’s depressing as all get out, though.

On the plus side, there is Shemar Moore, and he’s fun to look at, so.

So I was beyond pleased yesterday when she decided to watch the pilot of Grey’s Anatomy. First of all, I used to watch that show pretty religiously so it was nice to revisit the characters. Second of all, it was nice to watch something fun and about people trying to save lives in a well-lit, happy environment.

Plus, Bailey still owns my whole heart.

“Don’t bother sucking up. I already hate you. That’s not going to change.” BAILEY. 😍

Blogging from A to Z is a challenge that runs through the month of April.

For the Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year, my theme is gratitude. Every day, I am going to post about something I am grateful for. Tune in tomorrow to see what I pick for P.