December, 2008

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The journal… is about to be wrecked.

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008
No, not this journal (the ‘blog) so don’t worry.  This isn’t that oh-so-typical “I’m taking a break from blogging” post.  The blog like me is very alive and well.

I GOT A WRECK THIS JOURNAL by Kerri Smith and I CANNOT wait.  =)   The project is a perfect one for the holidays; the message is a perfect one as a new year arises.

The jist:  (in her words… not mine)

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Stumbling [as an excuse to live in the present wisely and earnestly…]

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Tonight was African Monday for the second to last time this term.  I’ve signed-up for next term, too.

Am I good yet?  No.  But I’m really liking it.

…and I parallel the whole experience to this blog.

What I don’t get out of African Mondays or blogging is perfection.  Perfection in the former would result in a performance.  Perfection in the latter would look, at least as far as grammar goes, like this [which you really do have to check out].

What I do get, is not unlike Yoga or French… a chance to get out of my brain, at least my usual version, for the better part of an hour, and explore and have fun and groan and laugh and live.

I’ve said it a trillion times before: TAKE A NIGHT CLASS!!  There’s none that works out to be bad, EVER.   So long as you stick with it, don’t beat yourself up, and don’t let it fill your whole entire schedule up past the brim.

Oh, and blog too.  It’s good for your health.

11 Months Later…

Friday, December 12th, 2008

…I walked up the stairs of my condo building, found my keys, opened the door and saw
that my kettle had been transformed into a vase
with 11 roses inside and a note.

Confused, while smiling, I read the note and felt for the first time what it was like to be the recipient of flowers.

A thank-you phone call turned out to be a plan-making phonecall before heading off for sushi and a movie.

The enduring feeling experienced now is the same sentiment felt mostly then:
gratitude.

…a new tangent of gratitude,
worth remembering.

not at all unlike

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

One day
Travis, of TravisJohnRobertson.com,
who had not been thinking deeply about
much for a while, turned to Facebook and exclaimed (via a status-change):
Facebook, I’ve been thinking-
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The ex-worker with whom I had, in actuality, worked with very little replied (via a status-comment):
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“not unlike many of the good things in life!”

So simply and elegantly put! …simple and elegant enough to make me pause and smile… reflect… and now blog.  All the while again, smiling and reflecting.

There’s something to be said for this Facebook phenomenon, and maybe even this whole idea of a Web 2.0.  That wasn’t the only status comment I enjoyed with this one, and the whole Twitter-style blog commenting in general can be a lot of fun.  …and thought-provoking.

This last week has been one where Zen shorts have poked their way into my days in a few neat ways: Facebook being one, a random Caldecott Medal picture-book read-aloud for the students being another [by Jon J. Muth], and a roommate’s HMV DVD purchase being yet another.

So for tonight, two good things to be thankful for: pomegranates and virtual connectivity… all while hoping for many more messy and time-consuming things to come!

Three for Thursday: Hair, There, and Everywhere

Thursday, December 4th, 2008
  • Hair:
    Yes, I had only been to Anne Maria a handful of times but I had grown to like her.  I was told over the phone she no longer worked at the hair place near my house so I was set-up with some random.  Not that the haircut was terrible, but I’m now YET AGAIN on the search for some talent to set my head-of-locks apart from everyone else’s.  If only, if only, my best hair masterpieces were not products of Montreal.  That, even for me, is a bit far to drive for a new ‘doo.
  • There:
    I have to drive to Lethbridge Tuesday for a two hour meeting.  Yikes!  That’s six hours of driving, and the teacher-next-door covering my class for two hours worth of information.  Are you wondering if I’m comitted to this idea of becoming a graduate program?  I am.  (…and it’s not only to get the student discounts either.  So there.)
  • Everywhere:
    I am loving the new Social Studies 6 Program of Studies (Curriculum).  I think I am fairly unique in my interest in teaching/learning about government… but I really like it.  I must be a true Forum for Young Canadians alumni.  Right now, we’re learning about the Iroquois Confederacy, and it’s all very interesting to me (and hopefully them).  haha, I’ve learned so much since I’ve started teaching Grade 6, it’s embarassing.  Imagine if I were teaching a higher grade like Grade 12!