I came across a handful of “savory pancake” recipes lately, and found the idea intriguing. It’s like breakfast. For dinner. Or maybe for breakfast. Whatever.
And I don’t have that much time today either, because I’ve got a project to work on and a meeting with someone, but I did say I’d put pictures up from the orchard, so here’s what I’ve got from the weekend (the rest are in my Flickr Photostream)….
I’ve been feeling quite overwhelmed by stuff to do since the semester started. Don’t get me wrong, because I am totally enjoying my classes, and I know that I have also taken on some extra things like that quilting class, and our house is still clean and we eat dinner together regularly, so obviously it hasn’t all gone to heck. In fact, we still have date night on Thursdays, so that’s a homework-free zone (and computer-work-free, and crafting-away-from-your-loved-one-free).
But on the same path, I haven’t had a phone conversation lasting more than 90 seconds with anyone in weeks, haven’t seen my friends since… sometime in August maybe? Or was it (sadly) July? I don’t even know. I haven’t baked cookies in forever. Even if I was motivated to go to the gym, I don’t know when I’d go – I think I’d have to sacrifice sleep, and that is not the way I’m willing to go with that.
There has been a significant amount of homework this semester, mostly reading, some paper-writing, and the big parts aren’t even here yet. Looming on the horizon are 15 volunteer hours at a local school (thanks, RMS, for not responding to my email yet, 3 days later) by October 22, one individual 30-minute presentation, one group 55-minute presentation, and applying to the UTP program by December 1 (though that may just get pushed back to next semester, because there are classes I can take this spring without it, and it requires another 15 volunteer hours). Oh, and a trip out of town for a cousin’s wedding in October.
My already-packed weekend just got another 1/3rd of a book thrown onto it, because time is coming up fast for it to be read and it wasn’t in my planner yet. I started thinking yesterday that this was all just a bit too much, and not really my style (to be overbooked). And then I corrected myself, thinking about when I was in college (the first time around). Oh, yeah, most semesters I took a full or overfull courseload, worked 1-3 jobs, and volunteered with a youth group, as well as numerous other campus activities. But, that was a decade ago, and I could still pull all-nighters then, and had the relief of summer and Spring Break and a month at Christmastime. Not so with Metro State, where I had a weekend between Spring and Summer, and 10 whole days between Summer and Fall. I’m not looking up to see what my break between Fall and Spring is, because it might make me cry. (Have I mentioned I’m taking next summer off, because it’s just too much and I need a break?)
I seem to remember having a whole lot of fun in college, though, so… what’s with that? How did I manage to have fun and have such a full schedule? Especially that summer I worked in San Francisco, when I worked 18 hour days? How did that all go down?
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not asking to relive those days. I’ll definitely take now to then. I just wish I felt like I had things a little more under control.
I now present to you, quite proudly, photographic proof that I have been productive lately.
(Click here to see the full set with close-ups of all the little fruits and veggies)
I also finally got recent fabric purchases photographed, as well as some patterns. Not of interest to you, perhaps, but of interest to me.
I did not take photos of all the reading I’ve done (almost entirely out of “Impossible Subjects,” which you can find in the right sidebar under “currently consuming”) or of vacuuming or anything else that even I wouldn’t find entertaining. There are a few other pictures, only mildly amusing, in my Flickr photostream.
Man, was I productive last night.
Phone calls last night – 0.
I was so good last night! So very productive. It has carried on to this morning, unfortunately, which means that all the very important things I had to do today have all been done, leaving me with nothing. Well, a few things, but I can’t actually do any of them until people email me back the answers to my questions.
It’s practically obscene, my writing 3 posts in one day (well, only if you count Unconscious Mutterings).
Here’s the thing. I’d like to write my paper, really I would. But, you see, my legs are quite jumpy right now (which won’t change whether or not I write the paper), and my pantyhose are dreadfully uncomfortable (what was the chance that out of the 2 clean pair, I’d grab the most uncomfortable one that I’d worn most recently? Pretty good, apparently), and I’m slightly itchy.
There was a major (for me) allergy flare-up this weekend. I ran out of Zyrtec on Thursday, but I figured I could go a few days without it, until I remembered to pick some up (why not? I can go several days without Wellbutrin, and that’s a bigger deal to me, or at least I thought it was, until the soon-to-be-mentioned incident, which has me contemplating which one I’d rather give up, if I had to, and I think I might keep Zyrtec). So, I continued on my merry life Thursday, Friday…. I was having some itching on my legs, but that happens periodically and I didn’t think anything of it (there was an actual rash-like spot that showed up before I ran out of the Z, so it’s unrelated). Saturday morning, I woke up terribly congested, thought that odd, but then continued with my life, totally unaware that I was still without Zyrtec.
Until Saturday night, when I was upstairs trying to fix that pair of pajama pants for . I was standing at the ironing board, trying to measure things, and kept getting interrupted by the constant need to scratch my eyes. They were watering, and then I realized that I’d been sniffly for quite a while, and then I realized I was out of Zyrtec and quite possibly could I be having an allergy attack? Quickly looking at the clock, I determined CVS was open, popped on shoes, pulled out the door (OK, not so much), and skedaddled down the street to get me some drugs. Also, I found some wonderful eye drops for allergies that put the kabosh on my itchy eyes right away (after much tearing up, of course). I am so thankful that the OTC allergy medication that happens to work for me also happens to be the one that is fast-acting (according to their commercials, 2 hours faster than Claritin, which did absolutely nothing for my itchiness). I finally stopped needing to blow my nose and randomly scratch by bedtime.
Well, that was a shocker, that since I’ve been taking Zyrtec for 4 months straight now, that I practically need it at least every other day to exist peacefully within my own body.
Man, I need to get my paper-writing groove on. I do not want to spend the entire night doing homework.
Here’s the list of 25 books I came up with for Multicultural Education. If you remember, the assignment was to pick 25 books that focus on traditionally under-represented populations, and were appropriate for ages 10-18. It gets turned in tonight, so I should know by next week what my professor thinks of the list, but I think I did a good job, considering the breadth of “Social Studies” (ancient history, world history, current events, economics, politics and government, psychology, sociology, anthropology, archaeology – several of those I skipped, or at least didn’t intentionally pick books that focused on them).
I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on this list. What did I forget? (Remembering that we weren’t supposed to include traditionally taught or focused on, so yes there’s nothing on Europe or the Cold War, etc. This is meant to be a supplemental list, and just a starting point.) What would you add? Have you read any of the above? Other thoughts?
I remembered to bring the memory card for the camera to work today, so I can present you with pictures from this weekend. Oh my goodness, I nearly died from the cuteness in some of these pictures. There’s more in the Flickr photostream, but quite a few turned out not very well, due to the awkward lighting in the RV. That’s right, we spent 3 hours in the car (round trip) to spend an hour and a half in an RV with and . We sure must like them.
is definitely starting to show his own will and defiance, as all nearly two-year-olds should.
And then, discovered the most excellent game of hide-and-seek, with Grandpa (it is only slightly weird to call my parents Grandpa and Grandma).
Did you catch that sweet face?
is definitely showing, much earlier than she did while pregnant with . We did have an excellent, albeit short, time. Much better than the rest of the weekend that I spent doing homework.
I did, however, finally finish my annotated bibliography last night. Those things are a beast to do, especially when you haven’t actually read the books (nor were we expected to in this case, but still). 25 books on social studies that focus on traditionally underrepresented groups, that are appropriate for ages 10-18. I’m quite proud with my end result, in that I included every people group I wanted to, and managed to fit in anthropology, economics, ancient history, world history, current events, fictional stories, autobiographical memoirs, and primary source books. It’s a tall order for a short list, but I had to keep in mind that this was not a list of “the only books I’ll ever use teaching,” but rather a beginning exploration into oft-missed subjects. Just getting our feet wet, we are. Some of my classmates didn’t understand that and tried to argue to include traditional sources on their lists, like Shakespeare and stuff.
I actually would love to read every single book on my list, which I think is a good starting point. I have refrained from purchasing even one of them, which is also good. We have a lot of books already, and I don’t have enough time to read the ones I want to. Especially when I have to stand on the bus ride to work and so I can’t read.
My new craft project arrived in the mail yesterday, and I bribed myself to finish the bibliography with its opening. So, at 9:45, I finally got to open it, and it looks wonderful.
The only problem I’ve run into so far is that I neglected to think about the need to pre-wash my fabric (the apron), and so I couldn’t actually start today. Hand stitching is not really my thing, since I seem to be no good usually and my hands tend to cramp up. But, I was looking for a portable craft (i.e. small, which knitting baby blankets is not, and requiring minimal tools, which quilting and sewing clothing is not), and this fit the bill. Also, they have this cool starter kit (which I ordered) that provides you with everything you need to get started, which means you have only a small investment (if you end up hating it or just being no good or whatever). Here’s what’s been tagged “sublime stitching” in Flickr, if you’re interested (the SS website seems to be having issues at the moment).
Enjoy your Tuesday!