Stray Thoughts Sunday

Stray Thoughts Sunday

Well, another week is gone.  My DD made it through her first week of First Grade and I start back to teaching tomorrow.  We had 18 people over to our house last night for a work event (regional coaches of Speech and Debate) and my house is already pretty much back to clean (amazing, considering what it looked like when I went to bed last night as the last guests left).  I am not totally where I want to be with my classes, but I have the major things done for them and I’m feeling like I have a good plan for each class.  So, overall, I’m feeling pretty good about Fall 2015.

Stray Thought Sundays

First Grade is now a thing in our lives.  And so far, its good.  My DD’s teacher mailed this to each of her students before school started.  Definitely an anxiety reliever…

Jitter Glitter

Second stray thought:  I have to admit that I’ve been more than a little disappointed in America’s reaction to some of Donald Trump’s (what I would consider to be) hateful comments, I found this to be an appropriate sum up of my feelings on the importance of considering not just WHAT you say, but also HOW you say it:

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 Next, I used to see this commercial for psoriasis medication and think that it was somewhat just a plea to vanity, like the Botox commercials used to be.  But, now that I have been suffering from this guttate psoriasis for almost a month, I get it.  It isn’t vanity.  It is the need to feel normal – like you won’t offend people with your appearance.  Luckily, most of mine is in places that are covered up by everyday clothes and I have no need to don a swimsuit for any reason.  I am sure that most people would think I was contagious.  And it just looks, well, unsightly.  I am going to go back to the dermatologist and I guess we’ll try the light box treatment, since the topical ointment hasn’t worked at all.  And if the light box fails (which it might because my lower legs have been exposed to sunlight quite a bit and it hasn’t gotten rid of the psoriasis there, which is much less than on my thighs, back and stomach area), I will have to take some immune-suppressing medication.  So, Bean and I will be suppressing our immune systems together…  great…

And this week, I will leave you with what may be my favorite article online…ever.  Murder She Wrote’s Primetime Feminism, from which my favorite line is (warning, bad language):  “But the reason the show works is because of what Lansbury brings to it: she plays the widow with equal parts charming comedic airs and take-no-bullshit feminism.”  I am going to be getting the Peter Fischer biography the article talks about posthaste.

What’s straying your thoughts this Sunday?

Hope you have a great week!

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Stray Thoughts Sunday

Stray Thoughts Sunday

Today has been a relatively good day, but I am struggling with the amount of clutter around my house.  I unloaded a HUGE bag of stuff and another smaller bag of stuff at the thrift store this morning, but it seems a little overwhelming every time I start to think about the volumes of stuff I have to get rid of.  I am selling a few things on Ebay.  We’ll see how that goes.  Ebay is sometimes good for me and sometimes a waste of time.  And I don’t predict very well what is one or the other.  So, it is like rolling dice in a craps game for me.  But, at least I have five more weeks of summer (!) before I have to be totally ready to go for Fall.  But, that seems like a really short amount of time!

Stray Thought Sundays

Childhood Anxiety:  My daughter is starting to show some signs of her anxiety coming back.  I’m really hoping that first grade is not going to be miserable.  She cried before Sunday School today and she LOVES Sunday School.  But, she’s had some fevers and been feeling bad because she is getting her sixth molar.  In addition, her favorite Sunday School teacher was not there this morning.  She ended up going after a good cry and was fine, but it is symptomatic of her anxiety coming back.  So, I’ll have to look into some strategies for dealing with it before her first day of first grade hits.

Race in America:  I have an interest in race issues and diversity since doing a few workshops dealing with the issue at my University.  I’ve come across a couple of really great articles this week that do a good job of explaining the complexity of issues from a personal viewpoint, so I will share them here in case anyone is interested.  The first, Black Exhaustion by Pilot Viruet.  The second, I, Racist by John Metta.

Gratitude is an attitude:  And I feel like my daughter is lacking it a bit these days.  She has had a SEVERE case of the Gimmes lately and despite the diagnosis being clear, the treatment is little less obvious.  She also was not incredibly nice to my mom when we spent the 10 days with her.  I realize that my mom’s emotional instability and hard time hearing is confusing to my daughter, so I often give her the benefit of the doubt.  But, I had to talk to her a couple of times about being nicer to her Grandma.  It was really eye opening for me and I feel like I need to do some serious changes based on these two things (Gimmes and lack of concern/love for others).  So, I plan to do some research and talk to others because in all honesty, I just don’t think I know what to do.  My talks get through in the short term, but the impact doesn’t seem to last long.

YouTube “unboxing” videos are evil:  Have you seen these videos?  There are entire channels that do nothing but open up toys on them.  Continuously.  New toy after new toy after new toy.  Some feature kids, but others are actually JUST adults.  Adults.  Opening toys.  Over and over again.  And they are on the YouTube for kids.  I am seriously thinking about pulling the cord on the iPad for my DD specifically because she can not get enough of these “unboxing” videos and I think it gives her a false expectation that there should always be something NEW to OPEN.  Sigh… I finally told her today that she could play with the iPad but could not watch YouTube because of this.  She was reluctant and it did cut the iPad session short.  Which was fine.  But, it is tough.  Anyone else have kids that love these channels?  I feel like Pandora’s box has been opened and I can’t close it up again.

Stray Thoughts Sunday

Stray Thoughts Sunday

Today’s thoughts are straying toward sadness, so I’m going to try to focus on positive, hopeful and fun things.  Why sad?  Well, there is the world at large where a bitter and evil person chose to take the lives of nine people at a prayer meeting because of some deranged hatred.  There is my smaller world where my husband will be gone for seven weeks and we’ll miss being with him on Father’s Day (and I didn’t plan ahead to have something where he will be) as well as missing my dad who passed away a little over a year ago.  I am also still feeling a bit overwhelmed with my life in general…trying to clean up and declutter seems more like a cycle of clean, pile up, clean, pile up, clean, pile up, take some stuff away.  Repeat.  I don’t feel much progress right now, but I’m sure I will get there.  Bit by bit.  Anyways – on to my stray thoughts this Sunday:

Stray Thought Sundays

First off, I have not been overly invested in the Rachel Dolezal story and I have various opinions about the situation and I’m sure none of us who are outside her personal social circle and personal history have a complete understanding, but I can definitely get behind this perspective shared in the Boston Globe’s “Rachel Dolezal a lesson in how racism works,” :

Finally, it is troubling that so many of us now know the name and story of Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who passed as black advocate, rather than the names of countless black women who occupy the front lines in the war against racism. Dolezal is a national phenomenon, but Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, the activists who started the Black Lives Matter campaign, are scarcely recognized. Dolezal’s peculiar and sensational fall from grace have made her more recognizable than Rekia Boyd and Natasha McKenna, two black women among many who were killed by police with little national attention. Uncovering the truth about Dolezal is no substitute for speaking the names and telling the stories of true martyrs and warriors in the battle for social justice.

As a debate coach and appreciator of argument, I am loving the articles focused on argument, like this one: “This is why you will lose your argument.”  Unfortunately, I don’t think most people will go to the trouble to really force the issue of relevance and “point at issue,” and will instead settle for poorly focused discussions that get us no closer to truth or conclusive claims.  Sad, but true.

I am (still) loving Modern Mrs. Darcy  I started reading this blog quite a while ago when in one of my “I’m a reader.” phases where I figure if I follow blogs of people who read a lot perhaps I will be encouraged to read more.  I’ve given up on a lot of those blogs since then, but this is one that survived even once I realized that reading a bunch of book reviews did not actually make me read more myself (maybe I should have spent that time reading actual books).  She is funny, a great and honest critic and writes about so much more than just books.  Plus, I love the name of her blog and all the design work on the blog.  If you are a reader, lover of books or just like to read posts from someone who is a reader and lover of books, this blog is for you.

Those are some of my stray thoughts for this Sunday.  What about you?

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Stray Thoughts Sunday

Stray Thought Sundays

As usual, I have a ton of stray thoughts running through my mind.  I’ll try to capture some of them in this post for you!

First off, I am BUSY.  I feel like the last month has been a whirlwind of activity with both of my schools ending and all of the events and grading that comes with that, then my DD’s school ending and all of the events that come with that.  She has had birthday parties for two classmates as well and a sleepover and a house guest and then my in-laws visited and we went fishing with the boat a couple of times.  We’re pressured to fit in as much as possible as my husband leaves for his seven weeks of working in Michigan in 13 days.  Tomorrow I have jury duty and then we’re trying to go down to my in-laws house for a few days before he leaves and we wanted to do Monterey for a few days (but they may have to wait until he comes back from Michigan at the end of summer) and our anniversary is tomorrow and I need to take care of my mom next weekend and then we go to Reno for his flight out and then drive back that day for another wedding.  Whew…I feel like such a social butterfly right now…I like being busy and having things to do with friends and family, but wow.

Second, I am excited about having a new freezer in our garage and I want to go shopping for stuff to fill it (it is literally sitting empty because we haven’t gone shopping since we got it last week), but I don’t want to buy stuff just because I have a freezer.  Our in-laws got it for us for Christmas and we finally cleared space for it in the garage.  So, its sitting out there, pristine, ready to be filled with tasty morsels to simplify my cooking life!  🙂  If anyone has good freezer meal suggestions, let me know.  I have a ton in my Pinterest and even started a new board specifically for freezer use!

Finally, old friends are like songs or smells from your younger years.  They can immediately take you back to a different time, no matter how long you’ve been apart.  Our friends’ wedding allowed us to spend some quality time with a couple we used to hang out with a lot about 15 years ago and it felt good.  Sometimes you have those friends who, no matter how long you’ve gone without talking or seeing each other, just feel like an old shoe that fits just right.  It may be something that you don’t wear all the time, but when you slip your foot into it, you know it has been shaped by your foot.  That is what these old friends felt like to me.  And I told them I wanted to do at least a weekend together every year and I meant it.  It reminds me of who I was and who I am and who I should be.  So, no matter how long it has been since you spoke to or saw that old friend of yours, I strongly encourage you to call them or see them.  It may be a little strange at first, but soon enough, it will fit.  Just right.

Those are my stray thoughts from this week.  Not as much in the way of links because I’ve been pretty busy.  But, a little more personal.

What about you?  What are you stray thoughts on this Sunday?  Or Monday, if that is when you’re reading this…

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Stray Thoughts Sunday

Stray Thought Sundays

How is it Sunday night already?  Seriously.  I feel like it was just Thursday and although we’ve done a million things since then, I still feel like I’ve lost a day somewhere in there.

Grades are due today.  As usual, I am pushing it to the end of the line, literally.  Grading is the worst part of my job by far and the end-of-term grades are the worst of the worst.  Some students work so hard and have very little to show for it.  Others have hardly worked at all and still come out okay.  And it is hard as an instructor to not want to show that in some way.  But, all we get is a letter grade.  A single letter.  No comments.  No real way of showing what’s been done.  But, it is what it is and I have to enter them and let it be.  I get very few complaints about grades, so I feel like I’m pretty fair (other instructors complain about their students complaining and groveling all the time, but I don’t really get much of that), but it still isn’t pleasant.  And it seems so permanent.  It is a psychological thing.  But, once it is done…it is summer!  🙂

Regina Brett Summer Quote

Stray Thoughts Sunday

Stray Thoughts Sunday

Stray Thought Sundays

My first stray thought for this Sunday is…puppies are exhausting.  Just plain exhausting.  And so are six year olds.  So, the combo of a six year old and a puppy is over the top.  This time of night is really the only time there is relative quiet in our house.  And I’m taking advantage of it, even if it does mean staying up later than I probably should.

I love Fat Mum Slim If you’ve spent much time on social media you’ve probably seen some of her follower’s pictures of the day posts.  I feel like if we didn’t live a world apart, we may be friends.  And this post is one of those that makes me think we would see eye to eye on a lot of things:  The Real Reality  Motherhood is messy.  And its okay.

This skort seems both ridiculous and totally ingenious.  I know that I hate not having pockets in my clothing, but I’m not sure I want to have to hike up my skirt to get to them.  I also can’t imagine paying $79 for a skort…even with a hidden pocket.  Unless that hidden pocket comes with hidden treasure.

This status happened for me on Facebook:

Diagnosis Murder just had the line, “This isn’t a drawing room and you’re not Jessica Fletcher, so what’s keeping you from shooting him.” Best line EVER! smile emoticon And yes, I’m watching Diagnosis Murder…

 

Stray Thoughts Sunday

Stray Thoughts Sunday

Stray Thought Sundays

Well, tonight’s thoughts are mostly on the coming week ahead.  I’m going back to work, my DD is going back to school and I’m wishing we had another week.  But, I’ve had some other thoughts as well…

First off, parenting is hard work, even with only one child.  I see parents with multiple children and think they must be crazy.  I mean, who would go through it with one and rationally decide and even PLAN to have another, let alone go through it again with a second and do it yet again.  But, there are many out there who not only make that choice, but then seem to handle it with grace and a professionalism that can only come with experience.  I’m impressed by them.  I’m inspired to do better by them.  I’m sometimes intimidated by them.  But, more often than not, I’m just confused by them.  So, hat’s off to those of you with more than one child!  You deserve some recognition!

Second, Mister Rogers is my hero.  Seriously.  The guy was perfection.  I miss him.  I get to revisit some of him in Daniel Tiger with my DD (and she loves Daniel Tiger and has learned a ton from it), but I sometimes make her watch the old episodes with the real Mister Rogers.  The 70s lighting and such does not interest her like the cartoon, but it makes me wistful, and thankful.

And speaking of the 1970s, was Mister Rogers the only person being a good parent back then, or are we all just crazy now.  Read this from Mamapedia and let me know what YOU think…

I really, really wish we had named our puppy Snakefinder because of the PetSmart commercial.  I just love the way it rolls of the tongue and it sounds tough, but ridiculous, all at the same time.

The Heart and Sole Walk on Saturday was a pretty good time.  They had these little “Selfie” signs for pictures, but I think we may have been the only one using them for such purposes.  The heart specific ones were particularly poignant for us:

Heart and Sole Walk 2015

Well, those are some of my Stray Thoughts for this Sunday.  Where are your stray thoughts going?