Stray Thoughts Sunday

Stray Thoughts Sunday

Stray Thought Sundays

My first Stray Thoughts Sunday in a while.  I have so many stray thoughts, it is often difficult to corral them!  But, I shall do my best!

First off, the Monday blogs in my Sunday feed make me unnecessarily anxious.  I am behind.  I am not as behind as I was a week ago, but I am still behind.  And every Monday is another Monday I am not caught up.  So, I like Sundays to stretch out before me, limitless in opportunity, but as darkness falls and Monday blog titles start to pop up in my Bloglovin’ feed, I start to lose some of my hope and optimism and panic and dread start to set in.  It was my hope to start out this week caught up and feeling great…I don’t think there are enough hours left in the day to fulfill that goal.  Anyone else feel like this?

So, it seemed slightly prophetic that “7 Ways to Start Your Week Like A Leader” popped up in my inbox review tonight (an old post, but one I had saved to read at a later date).  I’m not sure about #1 right now.  I don’t have the person in mind and thinking of someone makes my brain hurt.  But, I am on top of #2 – I actually have a couple of letters to write and send to people’s bosses complimenting them for their recent tournament hosting and I definitely have a long list of Thanks to be handing out.  And, wow – do I ever need #3 in my life.  Part of my problem this past three or four weeks is that all I’ve been doing is putting out fires.  And unfortunately, more are being lit than I able to put out.  It is hard to prioritize when it seems like everything is needed RIGHT. NOW.  But, realistically, when I don’t focus NOTHING gets done.  So, tomorrow, grading is my focus.  I will feel 100 times better if I can get my grading done.  So, although I don’t usually go to a coffee shop to work because I like to be able to clean my house intermittently, I’m going to do it tomorrow to avoid cleaning my house intermittently.  I’m going to take myself off of social media, email, etc. and just take whatever time I have after helping out at my daughter’s school in the morning (tomorrow is the 50th day of Kindergarten and so it is 50s day) to grade, grade and grade some more.  #4 is taxes.  Definitely an issue I need to deal with, so step one tomorrow.  #5 is student instead of employer – I am going to check in with some under-performing students this week (this will be easier if I can accomplish #3!) and see what is going on with them.  #6 is a little less clear.  Not sure who it would be or why, but something may come to mind a little later.  Finally, #7 is going to be a conscious effort on my part this week – shifting to gratitude!

 A few other stray thoughts before I go…

First, I would really like for it to rain in California for a considerable amount of time.  The drought is starting to become a full-fledged disaster.  And when I read things like this infograph, it is also frustrating beyond belief.

Second, Go Giants!

Third, if you like shows like 48 Hours or 20/20 murder mysteries, do yourself a favor and listen to the Serial Podcast.  It is amazing stuff…

And, last, but certainly not least, I have found my productivity guru thanks to Sorta Crunchy – The Complete Flake’s Guide to Getting Things Done by Sonia Simone.

Oh wait – as an afterthought – this bear was my favorite animal of the week!

Have a great week to come and remember – gratitude!

Stray Thoughts Sunday

Stray Thoughts Sunday

Stray Thought Sundays

This week’s Stray Thoughts Sundays, keeping in mind I was gone to my mom’s with only phone internet access for most of the week.

This week started with a drop in to the medical clinic for my daughter (ear infection on a Sunday – thank goodness for drop-in clinics that are open on Sundays) because we didn’t have enough medical appointments scheduled without that extra one.  So, I may have been looking for some light-hearted reading this week more than seriously compelling stuff.  Keep that in mind!

1.  Do you know who Nate Silver is?  He became a sort of celebrity among debate people when he hit it big predicting election results on his website FiveThirtyEight which has since been acquired by ESPN (he still writes for them).  He was a nationally successful debater in high school, a true nerd, and became this celebrity for doing cerebral things.  So, I, like most debate nerds, became slightly enthralled with him.  So, I thought this article in the Washington Post was funny and cute, but if you aren’t a nerd-obsessed debate person, it may not be as funny to you.

2. My hometown made an impressive list of places to visit via a day trip from Sacramento!  I love my hometown and I’m always happy to see that others recognize a lot of what I enjoy about it as well.  I don’t want to become the next Tahoe (I don’t want the traffic or the crowds), but I’m happy to have people visit intermittently to boost our local economy a bit!

3. So, I’m not really a reader of comic books and never have been.  I remember reading some Archie comics (which is getting national attention for its upcoming story line) and maybe some others at some points, but I didn’t follow any of them.  But, I must say that the big news of the Archie story line has taken a backseat to this OLD (1987) story line from Superman!  I mean…really?  Adult movies?  Weird.

4. On a serious note, a friend of mine who has traveled the world extensively, posted this article reminding us that sometimes food isn’t enough to guarantee proper nutrition.  In India, poor sanitation is causing otherwise properly fed children to suffer from malnutrition.  We worry a lot about feeding people, but sometimes we ignore the more systemic problems of infrastructure and sanitation.

5.  I don’t usually do any of the myriad of “which flavor soda are you?” or “which character from the Golden Girls are you?” (well, okay, I may do that one if I see it).  But, I was feeling nostalgic and did the “Which Original Star Trek Member Are You?”  I was not surprised when I was Spock.  I do have more emotion than he does, but I definitely relate to him pretty well.  I also noticed that the handful of friends who did the same quiz also got Spock.  It may have something to do with #1 on this list.  🙂

6.  In more depressing news, not only is corporate America running politics nowadays, but they are now keeping average Americans from having their day in court.  Read about it here if you don’t mind the depressing news.

7.  And in the learn something new everyday, did you know there are Fairy Fire forests that glow in the dark?  It is a Disney tale turned reality.

8.  This Make-A-Wish kid may be recruited by some MLB teams after this first pitch!

9.  And this husband/wife photo bomb may be the best ever.

And with that, I say good night.

Sleeping Bean