December, 2012

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Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Done:

Run a half marathon [Melissa’s in Banff!  This last fall!] | Volunteer for a festival/charity event [Wanderlust Whistler!–they asked me for a blog post on that and I still need to do it!] | Attain a Master’s degree [Travis John Robertson B.Ed. M.Ed. *woop woop*] | Perform headstand [I have to think, which one did I mean here?  I can now do elbows and forearms on the ground pretty comfortably; did it again last night… after everyone left in the middle of the room!] | Waterslide at Tropical Islands near Berlin [This one just came together totally last minute!  Was great!  Had a crepe there, too!] | Give a toast [Lee’s Wedding!] |

Arguably done:


Speak on CBC Radio One [They have used a clip of me… but I think that was before I even made this list.  They’ve also used a blog entry I wrote on +15’s] | Order a meal in French in Paris [Did I?  Jay did most of the French]  | Apply to speak at a conference I barely or don’t qualify for [WESTcast 2012?] | Attend a weekend yoga retreat and/or practice yoga for 10 consecutive years with some consistency [Wanderlust Whistler… con’t really count twice can it?] | Finish the novel A Fine Balance [Ya, I did!] | Take a last-minute trip [DC wasn’t tooooo last minute] | Contribute to Wikipedia [haha, I added the West Edmonton Mall Cyclone to the Aqualoop chart] |

Begun: 

Take an undergraduate course connected to no program [Introduction to Social/Behavioural Statistics!] | Visit three new American cities [LOVED DC!] | Research a social science [Again can things count twice?] | [I think I have just the plant to plant and take care of real soon too!]

And what is tugging at me for an addition?

Tokyo DisneySea, a ride on Journey into the Centre of the Earth | while we’re on the topic, Disneyland Shanghai 2015 … it looks so unique! | An M.S.W. or M.Sc/M.A. Psyc | Top of Arc de Triomphe (sp?) at night | A full marathon | A triathalon? | a snowshoe | Listen to Dr. Brene Brown or Thich Nhat Hanh or ________ lecture live | Iceland | Handstand | TEACH a yoga class | take an entrance exam | New Years fireworks comparable to Sydney’s | Surf Bondi or Bronte or Coogee or …. | … … …

Reading. [w]Riting. ‘Rithmetic.

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
  • I’m reading The Outsiders with two of my instructional groups right now, mostly aloud.  That means I’m going through the story twice after going through it umpteen times already in my lifetime.  I read it in Grade 9 (or listened to it on tape; funny I remember that still) but remember so little of what I thought of the story then. [My big memory of Language Arts 9 is contesting a midterm because of question/example disparity and if not that, sending in an assigned letter to the editor to the Red Deer Advocate.]  Just like any movie or play you see over and over, a good novel has different parts you notice every time.  I wonder, though, how many more times I’d have to read this story to have it memorized.  Feels like not too many more.  I’m still liking it, and most kids (er, learners) [really] are too.
  • I made a commitment to have a look at the first draft of my Brave 100 and I really want to stick to that.  I’m learning that things written on lists have this way of becoming things written on blog reflections after having happened.  M.S.W.?  Tokyo Disney Sea? Yoga Teacher Training?  Hmmmmm…
  • Statistics for the Behavioural Sciences. I’m loving it.  I’m highlighting.  I’m laughing when I read most graphs are usually 2/3 to 3/4 as wide as they are tall (seemingly true, but not something I’ve really ever paused to notice in my life so far).  We’ll see if the momentum continues.  I already have the “anticipated completion” on a working copy of my C.V.  Two more chapters and I’m ready to take on my first of five assignments.  If I told you how much I’m loving doing a course (probably just for the sake of doing one) you’d think I was a total, total, to-tal geek.  Maybe because I am?