Friday, October 02, 2009

Friday Five: Rainy Day Edition

I'm at the library and supposed to be reading for class. Instead, I thought I'd post a Friday Five.

I finally---finally!---got my netbook. I'm still getting used to the smaller format of everything. The keyboard is close to standard size, but the touchpad is tiny. And supersensitive. Also, I keep inadvertently resizing the screen. I'm not sure what action causes the screen to resize, so I can't not do it.

But the computer can actually keep up with the speed of my typing; my high-speed Internet connection is really high speed (and not rivaling dial-up); and I can type the number 4. So, yay.

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TAing has been a mixed bag this week. We didn't have any readings to discuss, and I was struggling to come up with substantive discussion questions so that I wouldn't just be quizzing the students on the lecture material. So I decided to put together a game. In an effort to do something a little creative, I put together Trivial Pursuit: 277 Edition.

It failed. So very badly. More than half the students had never played Trivial Pursuit, so they didn't understand the point of the game. And going team-by-team was rather dull.

Today, I set the game up as Jeopardy! and had much better success. The students were really energetic and fun. Even in my 8.50 a.m. section.

I was feeling much better about my TA abilities, until an incident during office hours. I won't go into detail here other than to say that I showed some very poor judgment and am now beating myself up for it.

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My nephew is crawling. Crawling! When I last saw him, he was just starting to be able to support his head on his own. Now, he's mobile. Ridiculous.

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I have finally turned the corner on my back. The acupuncture is helping tremendously. Doing yoga and the PT exercises also helps a lot; I'm just struggling to find the time and energy to exercise. But I'm starting to back off the pain meds. I'm down to one heavy-duty dose of ibuprofen in the morning and one Vicodin at night. Yay!

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This coming weekend is supposed to be cold and rainy, so I'm planning to get caught up on a bunch of work: revising my grant proposal (again), reading for prelims, and working through the pile of paperwork for my publications job.

In reality, I will probably watch the approximately 4,000 hours of the Ken Burns' documentary on National Parks; page through a pile of magazines; and eat my weight in comfort food.

I also still want to go see The September Issue, and now Whip It! is out.

3 Comments:

At 1:58 PM , Blogger artemisia said...

I saw my nephew briefly a month ago and the kid is walking LIKE A LITTLE MAN! Gah! Killed me with cuteness. He totally struts like MY DAD. Died.

Oh, now I get it when people say they wish little ones wouldn't grow up so fast. I totally get it.

Glad to hear your back is feeling better!

 
At 8:40 PM , Blogger Charitie said...

Congrats on the new computer, finally!

What on earth happened in the TA office?!!

And, people who don't know how to play Trivial Pursuit aren't really human.

 
At 11:16 AM , Blogger Bearette24 said...

I can't believe they never played Trivial Pursuit before. Crazy...

 

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