Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Journey of a Thousand Miles…

(this is a mirror post to one over at A Teacher’s Education)

So, I started my first post-graduate class today.

Aside from the professor, who is a few years older than I, I am by far the oldest person in the room, and by a good 20 years.  The professor and I are also the only ones who are married (though she introduced herself as “partnered”), the only ones who have children (she has a 9-year-old daughter), and the only ones with any work experience.  I am also the only student taking the course for graduate-level credit.

I’m going to be interested to see how this plays out.

The first class of pretty much any class (excepting those taught by teachers who are either really super put-together or really super anxious) is often an exercise in reading the syllabus and not much else.  We read the syllabus, the professor talked about herself for a bit, and then we split into reading and presentation groups (which are two separate things, though the other girls in my presentation group are also in my reading group).

I ended up dropping about $145 on two books (what a fucking racket!) and I’ll start my reading when I get home from our weekend at the lake.

I think it’s going to be good.  I’ll document the experience at Teacher’s Education, if you’re interested.

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Happy Challenge: Day 30; a Month of Happy

I’m really, really glad I joined Kwizgiver in the Happiness Challenge this month.  Stopping to take the time to look at all of the little things that add happiness – both great and small – to my life has been a very worthwhile exercise.

I’m closing out the Happiness Challenge with the first day of my first post-graduate class.  Aside from the professor, I’m easily the oldest person in the class (by a good 20 years), I had to drop $144 on textbooks (what a fucking racket!), and I couldn’t get my computer to play nicely with the University’s wifi, but I’m on the roster, I can keep up with the work (in fact, I think I can nail the work), and I’ve well and truly started the next chapter of my own little adventure.

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Happy Challenge: Day 30

We’re heading over to Sweet Pea’s family’s house this evening to share in a viewing of The Newsroom.  Today, while I’m happy for their On Demand (which allows us to share a viewing of The Newsroom), I’m much more happy about their steadfast friendship; we are working on a strong and significant bond between our two families, and I’m profoundly grateful for that.

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Happy Challenge; Day 29, x3

Today was the first day of school, and I’m happy for three things:

1.  Both of my daughters were up and out of bed and dressed and ready to go with a minimum of fuss and bother (they were actually excited).

2.  Both of my daughters (and my husband) consented to have their annual first day of school pictures taken (it was MR. Chili who posed this shot, specifically so that I could post it on my blog.  I love that he does that).

3.  Both of my daughters came home from their first day of school happy and excited for the coming year.  It was a very, very good day.

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Happy Challenge: Day 28

These made me laugh.  I know I posted the ecard people as a happy challenge already, but I mean, come on; these are funny!

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Happy Challenge: Day 27, x2

1.  Punk texted us last night to say that she wasn’t having a very good time at band camp, but revised her position this afternoon to say that it wasn’t “that bad.”  I’m glad for that, and I’m also excited for her to come home tonight.  There’s celebratory ice cream in the freezer.

2.  Sweet Pea started at her new school today and, from the tone of her texts, she had a fantastic day!

I like it when my babies are happy.

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Happy Challenge; Day 26

The people over at e-cards crack me up.

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