Say it with me now

“Cau-cus” “Caucus!”

Tonight, there are no classes at Metro. Why? Because it’s caucus time here in Minnesota. Don’t know what that means? Don’t worry – none of my classmates did either (many of whom are also future Social Studies teachers). So, as a little present to them, next week when I present on strategies to use during reading (strategies to teach your students how to use), one of our readings will be on caucuses, assuming that I can find something worth reading on them. Oh, still want the definition? It’s like a primary, but different. Go see Wikipedia for the whole schtick [link removed]. And if you’re in Minnesota, here’s where to find your local caucus [link removed].

That said, I’m not actually exercising my citizenship rights tonight. Why? Well, besides the fact that I am not really interested in politics at all, I don’t really want to claim a party affiliation. I test mostly democratic, but that doesn’t really mean anything. It all depends on the candidates themselves, and to be perfectly honest, I’d rather let other people do the whittling away of all those people who think they want to be governor. Nevertheless, I’m quite grateful for the night off from school (class, that is – lots of homework to do). Grad classes seem to be exhausting me far more than undergrad classes ever did.

But, I’m still trying to have it all. told me that when she did grad school (I was in junior high, or thereabouts), she didn’t do anything extra. No extra church activities, no reading, no sewing, nothing. Of course, she did have two kids, a husband, and a house to take care of (and 2 cats) at the time. Originally (four-ish years ago when I was seriously thinking about going back to school), I was totally on board with that. Sacrifices have to be made, for sure (and more than just that tuition check and money spent on textbooks). But now that I’m in my… 9th semester, that’s getting old. I would like to be able to do things I enjoy all the time, not just the few weeks between semesters.

To that end, this weekend I didn’t do any homework on Saturday. I don’t really remember what I did, to be honest, but it wasn’t homework. There was some cleaning. I went to JoAnn. Sunday, I attempted to get laundry done, bake, do homework, watch entertaining television, and craft, all in the same day. I was fairly successful (no crafting done, but a bit of ironing in the attempt to get my office organized enough to craft in), and probably could have gotten more done had I not spent 2 hours on the phone.

Last night when I got home from class, I made up the starter for Scali Bread [link removed]. It’s sitting on the counter at home, waiting for me to get there and turn it into bread (with the KitchenAid mixer, of course – I’m not all that interested in learning how to perfectly knead bread by hand). I’d really like to make up some lemon bars, but that might just have to wait for tomorrow night. I do have a homework schedule that I need to stay on top of.

Friday night is ‘s annual work party. I think I’ll wear the dress I just bought for s wedding. It needs a trial run, don’t you think? OK, what it really needs is some new shoes, but I don’t really have time to go shopping for those (and, unfortunately, you can’t really send anyone else out to do that task, or, at least, I can’t). and I, as the bridesmaids (bridesmatrons? what a horrible word!), were instructed to get little black dresses, knee-length (that was it for restrictions). I finally found an acceptable one Sunday at Herbergers, and it was on sale for a ridiculously cheap amount ($128 originally, marked down to $79, rang up at $24 = I paid 19% of the original cost!). I plan on taking a picture of me in it tonight to send to and (or, rather, have take a picture), and maybe I’ll get that up here too. Who knows.

For now, I need to find another project to work on, because I’ve spent most of the last two weeks here working in Access, and I’m starting to hit the proverbial wall earlier and earlier in the day. Sadly, I’m bringing home some SQL for to look at and help me fix, because I understand why it’s not working but have no idea how to fix it.

Oh, as a side note, is recovering very well from her appendectomy last weekend. The boys stayed with their grandparents for a few days, so she’s had some rest, and sounded great when I talked with her on Sunday. Just thought I should put that out there, in case I’d left it hanging.

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