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My tumble continued unabated as February drew to a close. But I’m getting back on top in terms of staying productive.
Still procrastinating, but I am also doing more. The no-armor rule has fueled a great deal of that; I must be productive or die more. I slipped up once, but I’m finally back to a [...]

Sunday, March 8th, 2015 at 11:56 | 0 comments
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One of the most difficult-seeming tasks for a teacher is to inspire your students to study the material you’re teaching outside of class. The results of my first unit’s test–delayed because of 2 weeks worth of snow days–reinforces that, because the results are so frustratingly low. I’m not a teacher inclined to curve tests numerically, [...]

Sunday, March 8th, 2015 at 11:38 | 0 comments
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So I headed out to work today, thinking we’d probably be getting early release (most forecasts called for afternoon snow). About two-thirds of the way through my 45-minute commute, i.e., 6am–yes, I leave typically around 5:30am–it began snowing. I checked the county Web site when I got to the parking lot, and my suspicions were [...]

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 at 16:31 | 0 comments
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But it’s not over yet, and I feel like I can get it back. To start, here’s my HabitRPG for February so far:
So, I made it to level 10 and became a Healer by the end of January. I was rocking out, learning how to use “poison” Dailies to good effect. But when the school [...]

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 at 12:51 | 0 comments
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Fear and shame have a feeling of insidious tendrils, twisting and winding their way through the cracks in your wall of identity, forcing it asunder and exposing the inner, small, worthless you to the world. It is these times that I cling to the small beauties of life: rays of light flooding from holes in [...]

Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at 18:43 | 0 comments
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I began using a language study tool, [Duolingo], a few weeks ago, after the burning shame of being unable to call my Spanish-speaking students’ parents directly got to be too much to bear. So far, I’m learning a lot about elefantes y platos, but also about how yo como mientras leo. It’s nice for someone [...]

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 at 22:03 | 0 comments
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The gasp, the rush, the plunge…the cavitating shock of a new medium, carrying you, enveloping you, holding you close. This year has been a wild ride, one of ups and serious downs, but in the span of it I have become a different sort of person, with a deeper understanding of my fundamental goals and [...]

Saturday, January 24th, 2015 at 11:13 | 0 comments
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Here we go again. That creeping feeling, building into a low panic, has bubbled up to the surface. It has been a pleasant few weeks without it, but it’s back with a vengeance. Find a car, get the semester started right, keep living in the present moment, oh and also try to unmuck the remains [...]

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 22:01 | 0 comments
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Speaking Spanish has been one of my minor little tricks that isn’t much to sneeze at. I took a couple years in high school, and let it go at that. But it helped enormously when I went to Latin & Greek much later, and with the massive demographic shifts, even learning a little bit more [...]

Monday, January 19th, 2015 at 22:38 | 0 comments
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I received the news on Friday about my car’s condition. It was determined to be a total loss–the axle damage sent problems all the way up into the transmission. (That’s about what I figured. But it’s still a minor shock to have confirmed such a drastic event from so small a span of time. Seriously, [...]

Sunday, January 18th, 2015 at 16:17 | 0 comments
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