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RM--so sorry about DH. If it's any consolation, mine stopped taking his St. John's wort in early December. Yeah. Good times, that. banghead.gif Hope the meds kick in soon and there are no further experiments. Also, fwiw, our experience has been that much of my DH's explanations, many of which seem to revolve around him wanting to believe that I'm crazy, are themselves a symptom and not necessarily the reason he decided to stop taking his meds. It doesn't make them any easier to hear. Mine's excuse was that things were going so well he didn't think he needed them. DH's main research topic: medication compliance. Oh, the irony. banghead.gifbanghead.gifbanghead.gifbanghead.gifbanghead.gifbanghead.gif

Nic--loved the segment. On blenders: I have a Blendtec and love it. Ditto to the Dingo who said a Blendtec and Vitamix seem to be essentially the same. You can sometimes find a deal on them at Costco (perhaps at Sam's Club or BJs too?).

tjsmama--sending you energy goodvibes.gif

sparkle--fear is a necessary part of grad school. Embrace it. wink1.gif

MelW and 1jooj--good luck!

RR: 7 today. Was supposed to be yesterday's long run, but I only managed 1.5 before stopping to watch Downton Abbey and argue with DH for two hours. Then I was so frustrated that I got on the TM sometime after midnight and finished out the 4 planned for today. At least I got to run the 7 outside.

NRR: I think I mentioned my parents are moving closer (from 1 hr 15 min to 5 minutes away!), so I helped clean their new house a bunch last week. On Saturday, we drove down to help pack up stuff and move the big stuff (piano, china cabinet, Dad's incredibly heavy toolboxes [he was a diesel mechanic]). That was mostly ok, except that my parents have never sold a house this quickly and spent most of the week in denial, plus their real estate person told them not to empty out the house for reasons I won't go into. Anyhow, they wanted to move next weekend, except that I'm running a 10K on Sunday morning; DH has to present a couple of things at the congregational meeting (which I'll be missing bag.gif) and BIL has to work on Saturday so moving the big stuff would have been impossible. My parents tried to say DH and BIL could just come down Saturday night after BIL got off work, but no, that wasn't a good solution. They were also convinced they'd moved so much already that there wasn't much left. I know my parents and how much stuff they have. I'm pretty sure I packed 20 boxes of kleenx, among other things because they like to be stocked up and take advantage of good sales.

At any rate, after negotiating these things between my parents and my sister & BIL and my husband for the better part of a week, I convinced my parents to rent a truck this weekend. Dad was in a bad mood on Saturday, but he always is when packing, whether for vacation or moving. He was in a much better mood after we emptied the truck on Sunday morning--which we were able to do in just two hours! There's still a bunch of stuff left, but if DH and I go down early on Saturday and my parents rent a smaller U-Haul, we should be able to get it all in the truck that day. They'll drive up on Sunday morning and BIL will start to unload it; we'll join them in the early afternoon to unload the rest. Closing is scheduled for the 31st, so that gives them time to deal with the odds and ends they haven't moved, like the closet full of clothes that my parents aren't wearing and in some cases, haven't worn for two or three decades, but which, for reasons I don't pretend to understand, could not be packed (or donated) quite yet. Closing was originally scheduled for next Monday, but the extra few days will be helpful.

In fun news: I got an iPhone! My old flip phone was on the fritz and I decided it was time. I'm worried about the additional cost because we've never had a data plan and I'm still teaching one class (and was reassigned from a classroom to an online section due to low enrollment), and because it turns out they hired yet another part-time musicology faculty member (son of a current faculty member) but don't seem to have any extra classes where I'm concerned. Is the writing on the wall? Yes. I know what I need to do, but now I need to find the mojo to do it.
post #202 of 338

real, seriously: banghead.gif

 

and also hug2.gif on the work garbage. It does suck, but who knows what doors might open next? I'm cheering for you, anyway.

 

Ran this morning! joy.gifAnd as always, on my way back to the apartment, I said to myself, "Why don't I get out like this every morning again?" I just do feel better afterward.

 

And then the kids and I had a long but very productive school day. They made their bonuses, and tomorrow promises to be a much lighter work day (one more semester exam), and then we have a three-day holiday weekend.

 

We blew the fuse in the oven cord plug again, so had to replace it again mid-cooking of dinner, but the meatballs turned out fine (served with sauce over roasted sliced cabbage, delish). The spaghetti, however, got a questionable response. lol.gif I guess one way to convert everyone off the white starches is to ruin the white starches. Anyway, took the kids out for a run/walk/rollerblade hour before sundown. Tomorrow evening I will meet up with the ladies who walk. Should be nice. Except I already forgot one name.

post #203 of 338
Off to get my epidural injection this morning. I hope it helps.

BBL....
post #204 of 338
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real, seriously: banghead.gif

 

and also hug2.gif on the work garbage. It does suck, but who knows what doors might open next? I'm cheering for you, anyway.

 

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The spaghetti, however, got a questionable response. lol.gif I guess one way to convert everyone off the white starches is to ruin the white starches. Anyway, took the kids out for a run/walk/rollerblade hour before sundown. Tomorrow evening I will meet up with the ladies who walk. Should be nice. Except I already forgot one name.

Ah sabotage, love it.  And how about "I'm sorry, I'm terrible at names and I was so pleased to meet you the other day I missed your name!"  Or, you could say, "I'm sorry, I'm so bad with names, is it Jane?"  I think it's pretty universal to space out names, especially when you're in such a foreign environment and you're spending so much brain power learning new things.

 

MelW - THinking of you and your marathon schedule today!
 

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And how about "I'm sorry, I'm terrible at names and I was so pleased to meet you the other day I missed your name!"  Or, you could say, "I'm sorry, I'm so bad with names, is it Jane?" 

 

 

...snicker...Jane...ROTFLMAO.gif

 

Good luck, JayGee!

 

And you too, MelW. All downhill from there. thumb.gif

post #206 of 338

Back from our ski trip and glad to be home! I've missed several pages, but will catch up this week. Right now, I'm up to my neck in work - a good thing, and I'm feeling thankful for it. My laptop did die on this vacation, and while it might be salvageable, I think I want to get myself one of those with the solid state drive (is that what it's called?). Anyway, one of those that doesn't wheeze and blow and get hot and run the battery down within minutes. I guess mine was just not meant to be schlepped around.

 

JG, I backtracked to find out what your injection was for, and just wanted to send you some blowkiss.gif and goodvibes.gif. I sure hope that this gives you relief and that there is a plan for how to alleviate the discomfort. Osteoarthritis, right? Do you take glucosamine? I started taking it for my knee, but I don't know if it is helping or not.

 

Mel, how is your shoulder/neck? I'm glad you and your DD are ok.

 

RR: Nada. I need to go out and test whether the week at high altitude has transformed me into a speedy runner lol.gif

post #207 of 338

Good luck, Kristina!!!

 

Had a lovely bootcamp this morning.  I quit the 5am speed work group, as I would always be wondering when I was going to get kicked out.  So, now it is up to me to do it myself.  I'm happy to say that I did.  I'm feeling pretty accomplished exercise wise for today.

 

I also did a breakfast experiment that turned out fantastically.  I was reading in Bon Apetit about Overnight oats/quinoa.  I was skeptical, having not had great experiences with overnight crockpot oatmeal.  Anyway, you mix equal parts oats and quinoa, add water and bring to a boil.  Take off heat, cover, and let sit till morning.  reheat for a few minutes, and perfect breakfast.  I added pine nuts, walnuts, dried fruit (didn't have anything exciting, but some prunes) and some agave to sweeten. Oh, and I put cinnamon in it.  I used some milk to add a little moisture.  Got rave reviews!

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I also did a breakfast experiment that turned out fantastically.  I was reading in Bon Apetit about Overnight oats/quinoa.  I was skeptical, having not had great experiences with overnight crockpot oatmeal.  Anyway, you mix equal parts oats and quinoa, add water and bring to a boil.  Take off heat, cover, and let sit till morning.  reheat for a few minutes, and perfect breakfast.  I added pine nuts, walnuts, dried fruit (didn't have anything exciting, but some prunes) and some agave to sweeten. Oh, and I put cinnamon in it.  I used some milk to add a little moisture.  Got rave reviews!

That sounds yummy!

 

Also, I love your idea of getting a second degree or certification as a trainer. Here's my 2 cents: you are too young to be deciding that you can't afford to invest in your own career. Your kids will get an education, they are not going to go without because you decided to do this. After all, we aren't talking about going on a shopping spree for clothes. You will have many years of working in this new field, and so many unexpected things will come up - both good and bad - between now and when your kids go off to college. So do what is right for you. I always think to myself - practically every time I walk through the door of our local triathlon store - that I am part of a huge, largely untapped market segment. Older, don't look like an athlete, but willing to spend some money on getting and staying fit. We just need more people (like you winky.gif) to recognize us!

post #209 of 338
Well, I got two injections of steroid, one at L5/S1 and one at S1/S2. The second one hit the nerve and I practically jumped off the table! Now I have to wait for 4 or 5 days to see if it's helping and two weeks to feel the full effects. I am cautiously optimistic. I know they injected the right places though, because the injections replicated the pain I feel exactly from my behind, down the side of my thigh, into the side of my calf and around my ankle into the bottom of my foot.

bec - that sounds delish! Glad it was such a hit with your family.

Mel38 - I haven't tried glucosamine, but that is a good idea. It might help my knees and hip too (which also show signs of mild OA).

MelW - Yikes! What a long day!!!! Here's to getting through the whole thing and falling into bed tonight!

RM - ugh..... I'm so sorry. "Experimenting" with meds is never a good idea and your DH should know better.

Real - enjoy your new phone! What a stressful weekend you had.

jooj - way to break the kids' noodle habit... he he he! I like Plady's idea to get the new friend's name again. I'm terrible with stuff like that as well.

lofty - your yoga weekend sounds lovely and refreshing.

Nic - I loved your video segment. I can't imagine what your DH would have objected to in it. I think he just hates having a successful wife, for some reason. Congrats on the award nomination and I really hope you win!

RR - not allowed to do anything for 3 days.
post #210 of 338
David Foster Wallace went off his meds b/c he felt so good and everything was going so well.... That reason always baffles me. When I find a med that works I'm joy.giflol.gif

RR: 90 minutes bike/run. It was a good one. Must have been ...

NRR: ... all the anger! Oh ladies, my 10 y.o. dd1 is starting adolescence. She is sullen, withdrawn, hard to mobilize, and generally difficult greensad.gif I want to help her but I'm also splat.gif It's so hard to keep my cool, and then Im not sure what my role should even be. I think she needs some natural consequences, which I feel I am protecting her from by coaching her all the time instead of just dropping the hammer. I was so frustrated with her this morning that I literally shoved her, several times, out the door. I could catalogue what has been happening, but whatever. I have studying to do

Sorry no personals. Im slammed
post #211 of 338

Welcome to my world, Sparkle!  DD is going to be 12 in about a month and a half.  Read "Yes, Your Teen is Crazy" by Dr. Michael Bradley.  It's life changing.

post #212 of 338
Just had way too much fun teaching DD1 how to throw and catch with a lacrosse stick in our basement! I absolutely loved playing lacrosse in high school and we had a blast just tossing and catching for an hour. Sadly, that is the most workout I've had in way too long. But interestingly, my back, hip, knee and calf are pain free! Looks like that epidural may be working!
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JayGee, hooray for pain-free!!!

I have almost survived the day of insanity. We didn't make it home post-meeting/school before chiro, so were out of the house from 5:55 to 5:25. Now, an hour later, I'm briefly online before fiddle group. My youngest is in desperate need of sleep so will wear pajamas and possibly get a quick drive/nap during fiddle. Then home, bed, making tomorrow's breakfast and lunches and collapse into bed.
post #215 of 338

Almost there, MelW! You rock! jammin.gifviolin.gif

 

Interesting, JayGee...you explain the same path of the pain, only mine stops in the calf (when it's at its worst, and I have been tremendously lucky). Will be so interestedly watching your progress, and I am so happy for you to be feeling relief. What have docs said about running, once you do have a handle on the pain and numbness?

 

Mel38, you're right about the education question. I really dislike that I prioritize over my own, and I do hope to get this figured out soon for myself, too.

 

Got my podcasts for the day loaded, and off I go...

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JayGee, hope you feel better! Fun about the lacrosse stick.

 

I didn't get a run in yesterday since I spent the better part of the afternoon at (FINALLY!) the primary care doc, getting an intake visit so I can get my pulmo referral (which I did get, along with labs and a chest xray). I really like the new doc, actually, and he lives in my neighborhood (awkward, a little). So on scanning my bloodwork from the midwife well-woman visit last spring, he says, "I don't often say I'm jealous of someone's labs, but I'm jealous of your cholesterol numbers." lol.gif redface.gif  One doesn't know quite how to respond to that. Is that a compliment? I just said thank you.

 

It is FREEZING here today. ugh.

 

So, fellow teachers/professors -- on my 10th grade government final, the class average was...gulp...68. I had one 85, one 45, and mostly in the 70s otherwise. In the honors section (same test, extra essay), class average was 73 (one 110, one 68, several in the 70s). I really thought I had made a decent test; they had 3 weeks of class time to outline the chapters (which outline they could bring to the test!), and there were different kinds of questions on the test (Multiple choice, short answer, matching, essay). I don't get it.  My AP class also kind of bombed which I expected (they write beautifully but they are not good about mastering facts or understanding MC strategy; the test was a scaled-down AP reflective of material already covered). Class average in the 70s as well. 

 

Am I not teaching effectively?! I give class time for questions and review; we go over important material; we discuss themes; they have take-home review packets. WHAT AM I MISSING?!

 

Sigh.

 

I hope I get in a run today. It will probably have to be on the treadmill. I don't think the 8* temps are particularly good for running in with my lungs although I detest the mill. Ah, well.

post #217 of 338

Nic,

 

On tests and teaching, it seems as though your teaching is of high quality and the students are learning.  So I'd look at the tests you are constructing.  For a given level of course, what proportion of the tests is fact-regurgitation and how much is higher Bloom-level thinking?  For a general ed class, I tend to aim for 75% of the points to be facts and definitions of the sort that a student memorizing the notes would be able to do with ease.  I then make the next 15 points or so the type of question that requires that they know how the facts they regurgitated for me relate to one another.  The final 10 points is actually "prove to me you can think" type of questions, asking them to draw inference or address something new in the subject area they haven't yet seen.  It feels almost insulting to put together tests like this, but it gives students success, and they can demonstrate their learning (or lack there of). 

 

For higher level courses, I then shift those ratios, but not all that much.  Maybe 50-30-20 for the highest level course I'd give, with 20-40-40 for a PhD exam.

 

If I were in your situation, I would go through each question and classify it as "fact regurgitation", "understanding how the facts relate to each other," and "inference/prediction based on course knowledge."  See what your ratio is.  Then see where your students are falling down.  If they aren't getting the basics, you might be giving them too much information to master per test.  Remember that many 15 year old just plain don't know much.  If they aren't seeing the links, consider spending some class time teaching this skill.  Show them what information maps look like, for instance, and practice in class.  If they are struggling to make inferences and predictions, then spend more time teaching this skill, first by modeling, then in a structured exercise, then as a more free-form exercise.

 

FWIW, in my lowest level gen ed class, it's taken me 8 years to get this down.  I'm still tweaking and fiddling as things seem easier or harder for the class.

post #218 of 338
Nic and Geo, I find your conversation utterly fascinating. No helpful thoughts but staying tuned for more...

JG, glad you're pain-free and the lacrosse sounded like fun!

Mel, almost there...

No exercise, but I have been cooking up a storm. Must be old man winter. So far, I've made chicken soup, Thai coconut soup and carrot soup this week, all with homemade stock. Tonight I'm making Tandoori chicken with couscous and spinach. Oh and I have homemade cereal in the oven. That's right. Homemade cold cereal. This is taking a very long time which is making me think about the process of turning a grain into cereal in a box. It sure smells good but it'll be another day before it's ready and I started yesterday if you don't count soaking/dehydrating/milling the nuts which I started a few days before.
post #219 of 338

Thanks Geo. That is super helpful.

 

This was the midterm (and actually, the final, because the 10th grade curriculum is split by state mandate into 1/2 year American Government and 1/2 year Early American History). Unfortunately I had a lot of stuff I *had* to test (see: state mandate). But, yeah. You're totally right.

 

6 hard-fought miles on the mill today. It was a struggle to stay there.

 

I am having a day when I feel quite unbearably trapped in my own life (read: present location, and, of course, marriage) and unable to make a meaningful change for a variety of good and not-so-good reasons. BLEH.

post #220 of 338
Nic, I give exams that are primarily M/C because I'm eventually preparing students for a completely M/C licensing exam. I spend a lot of of time in class on M/C strategy- we generally do 5-10 practice questions every day (I project them onto the board and have them hold up index card answers so I can see who is generally getting them or not). As a group we "dissect" the questions and strategy. Though my labelling isn't the same as Geo's, I think the process is the same (I group questions into "basic/safety", "application" and "critical thinking" and strive for a balance of the three despite my urges to add more critical thinking questions.

I also struggle with the ego crush of not feeling I failed to teach the material well, but I'm getting over it (kind of. Maybe)

RR- My shoulder is a bit better, but still achy. I'm nervous to try any push-ups still. I think I'll do modified bootcamp again on Friday and hopefully some climbing this weekend.

NRR- I'm waiting to hear about some spring contracts for work. The retirement I've been anticipating for the fall (permanent position finally!) has been postponed for a year. So I applied for a job on another campus a 2 hour drive away. My BIL and SIL live there, so there would be a possibility to travel for a 4 day work week and have husband be a mostly stay at home dad. I could see it working for the short-term, maybe. We'll see...
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