6000 Steps a Day

Last week, our 4-H agent brought my classes new pedometers (they’re all about the health, you know- we pledge our health to better living every time).  I got one, too, and I’ve been wearing it every day at school.  I put it on before I go out the door and then take it off when I get back home.  On a typical day at school, I’ve found I walk around 6,000-7,000 steps from 8:30-3:30, depending on what the kids are doing that day.  On days that need much more guidance or monitoring, it sometimes goes up to 9,000.  Of course, that doesn’t count any of the steps after I come home, change into clothes with no pockets (so I have to take off the pedometer), and proceed to do light cleaning, laundry, dinner, and work out.  Yikes.  I think I’ll try wearing it ALL DAY until bedtime (which means I need to find something to wear in the evening with pockets on it) and see what happens.

We also spent the week discussing my husband’s choices for a literary agent!  Yes, he is agented.  He is now with TriadaUS.  His agent is Uwe Stender.  I’m very proud of him, but not at all surprised.  He’s talented in more ways than is really natural.  This week was also his birthday (he got a magic set and a knitted Viking hat with an attached beard), so what a nice present!

This Week’s Book(s)

I’m done with Galateo!  You think I did something awesome, but that was a seriously short book.  I’m working on the yearbook and I’ve been battling all the myriad diseases the kids have been spreading around, so the reading-for-pleasure went to the wayside.  Sorry about that.  I DID read, though, so the objective was still met.

Last week’s subject was French literature.  Can I count Mastering the Art of French Cooking?  Ok, thanks.

This week’s subject is 14th century literature.  I totally want to to re-read The Canterbury Tales because I was required to read it in twelfth grade and ended up loving it.  Ms. Tilley let us in on all the dirty secrets and jokes and we were hooked.  I miss that woman.

Still working on:

People of the Weeping Eye (North America’s Forgotten Past)

This one’s tailored to what I want to read about-  ancient Mississippian culture.  The 13th century of North America sounded pretty interesting because we study the Mound Builders in 4th grade social studies.

I also wanted some fiction, so I went with

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (Signet Classics)

The tales of Robin Hood started popping up in the 13th century, so what better way to satisfy the topic?  And although I adore the Disney version, I am excited to read the more derring-do version originally created in the way-back-when.

This Week’s Movie

Confession:  I couldn’t order The Third Man on Amazon Prime because my debit card got marked for fraud (nothing happened, I think it was just because I shopped at Kroger or Target).  I now have no access to anything unless I use a check.  Which I think I have one of around here somewhere.

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This needs no explanation.

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I’ve Gone Viral

I mean literally.  I’ve had a virus for a week or so, mostly in the head and nose region.  Now it’s made its way into my chest and I’m breathing through a damp sponge and walking around with about as much energy as the sponge.  Needless to say, my reading is behind.  My cooking is behind.  My behind is pretty behind, too.

This Week’s Book(s)

I’m still working on these.  Galateo is pretty interesting so far and has a really enjoyable voice and a tone of “Just don’t be an ass, ok?”.

Galateo: Or, The Rules of Polite Behavior
It’s a treatise on polite behavior in 16th century Italy.  How can you not read that?

Unfortunately, the bad weather means that I still haven’t received the book.  I love my Kindle apps (and my Kindle) but I really like holding my books, too.  So, we wait.  Politely.

For the coming week, we’re reading 13th century literature.  Now, granted it doesn’t have to be written in the 13th century.  Thank God.  I can’t handle any more Dante right now.

For this week, I chose two books (now I have three to read, eventually):

People of the Weeping Eye (North America’s Forgotten Past)

This one’s tailored to what I want to read about-  ancient Mississippian culture.  The 13th century of North America sounded pretty interesting because we study the Mound Builders in 4th grade social studies.

I also wanted some fiction, so I went with

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (Signet Classics)

The tales of Robin Hood started popping up in the 13th century, so what better way to satisfy the topic?  And although I adore the Disney version, I am excited to read the more derring-do version originally created in the way-back-when.

This Week’s Movie

Synecdoche, NY is an enjoyable enough movie.  That’s all I really have to say about it at this point.  It was a little sad, considering Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s recent death and most of what I was thinking about through the movie is that we’ll never get to see more of him.  He was such an interesting actor, seeming both remarkably intense and incredibly humble from moment to moment- and sometimes in the same moment- that I really didn’t think much beyond him and his life during the movie.  I think this week will be different because we’re watching…

The Third Man (again, Amazon Instant Video, 2.99)

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We made some tarts.  They were very, very good.  The Knave of Hearts did indeed steal and eat the tarts, but I haven’t decapitated him yet.

Apparently this is my 200th post.

In the weeks and months between the last post and this, not much exciting has happened- at least in terms of my personal life and/or earthquakes in my village.

My best friend got engaged (hooray!), my other best friend made Teacher of the Year, the Tennessee education system continues to be in turmoil, and Brooks and I both got food poisoning (or possibly Norovirus; or possibly both) over winter break.

I’m not going to get philosophical.  I’m just going to walk in here like I’ve never been gone and start posting again.  I’m doing a few challenges- 52 Books in 52 Weeks, A Movie a Week, and a relationship thing that I can’t talk about here because it’s not supposed to be something Brooks is actually aware of, for the most part.

So, without further ado (notice it’s not adieu- why would you be saying goodbye a lot in French?)

This Week’s Book(s)

Last week’s selection was supposed to be about Italian and/or Roman history, so I chose something very carefully.  I love history, but I don’t really enjoy reading sweeping overviews of time periods.  Give me a snapshot of culture or daily life or give me a biography and my sparkler will sizzle just right.  In the week previous, I had delved back into Dante’s Inferno, which, let me tell you, was not as interesting as my college assignment to read The Divine Comedy.  I don’t know why, really.  I guess I just wasn’t in the mood.

The book I ended up with this week was

In the weeks and months between the last post and this, not much exciting has happened- at least in terms of my personal life and/or earthquakes in my village.

My best friend got engaged (hooray!), my other best friend made Teacher of the Year, the Tennessee education system continues to be in turmoil, and Brooks and I both got food poisoning (or possibly Norovirus; or possibly both) over winter break.

I’m not going to get philosophical. I’m just going to walk in here like I’ve never been gone and start posting again. I’m doing a few challenges- 52 Books in 52 Weeks, A Movie a Week, and a relationship thing that I can’t talk about here because it’s not supposed to be something Brooks is actually aware of, for the most part.

So, without further ado (notice it’s not adieu- why would you be saying goodbye a lot in French?)

This Week’s Book(s)

Last week’s selection was supposed to be about Italian and/or Roman history, so I chose something very carefully. I love history, but I don’t really enjoy reading sweeping overviews of time periods. Give me a snapshot of culture or daily life or give me a biography and my sparkler will sizzle just right. In the week previous, I had delved back into Dante’s Inferno, which, let me tell you, was not as interesting as my college assignment to read The Divine Comedy. I don’t know why, really. I guess I just wasn’t in the mood.

The book I ended up with this week was

Galateo: Or, The Rules of Polite Behavior
It’s a treatise on polite behavior in 16th century Italy.  How can you not read that?

Unfortunately, the bad weather means that I still haven’t received the book.  I love my Kindle apps (and my Kindle) but I really like holding my books, too.  So, we wait.  Politely.

For the coming week, we’re reading 13th century literature.  Now, granted it doesn’t have to be written in the 13th century.  Thank God.  I can’t handle any more Dante right now.

For this week, I chose two books (now I have three to read, eventually):

People of the Weeping Eye (North America’s Forgotten Past)

This one’s tailored to what I want to read about-  ancient Mississippian culture.  The 13th century of North America sounded pretty interesting because we study the Mound Builders in 4th grade social studies.

I also wanted some fiction, so I went with

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (Signet Classics)

The tales of Robin Hood started popping up in the 13th century, so what better way to satisfy the topic?  And although I adore the Disney version, I am excited to read the more derring-do version originally created in the way-back-when.

This Week’s Movie

This week’s movie is Synechdoche, NY (Amazon Instant, 2.99- this is the only place I could find it streaming and apparently the monstrous monopoly TimeWarnerXfinityCast doesn’t have it in its catalog right now).

I’ll let you know how it goes.

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Delicious Valentine’s Day dinner and hijinks just before I got sick the very next day.

Maybe I’m luuuuuuuuuuuuurve sick.

Fixing Things

I don’t really have enough posts to do the Daily Post today.  I’m sure I could fix all of them since I’m fairly novice at blogging and balancing musings and thought without navel-gazing too much.

I’m not really in a philosophical mood.  I’m tired.  I spent part of the day at the doctor’s office awaiting tests that came back with nothing.  I drank 2L of water today to try to help the problem, so I really just want to eat dinner, watch Life of Pi, and go to bed.  I will, however, try to be productive.  I cooked a nice meal (pasta, turkey sausage, and broccolini) and drank more water.

Stuff and Sundry

  • Pretty much covered that, didn’t I?

Today’s Pic

Me, a week after surgery in February 2012.  I didn’t feel too well still.

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What Have You Done?

The Daily Post today is about drafting a speech about the path of life for a speech at your high school alma mater.

Yikes.

First of all, my high school more than likely wouldn’t be interested.  I didn’t grow into the right religion, political party, or view of the world.

I’m proud of who I am.  I’m happy.  I’m happily married, I have great friends all across the country, I’m comfortable with myself and my beliefs, and I have spent enough time living to understand that you have to live your life in a way that makes sense to you and not (necessarily) for other people.  

Here, how’s this:

Things I’m Proud Of:

  • I’m a good cook and I enjoy it.
  • I’m a good teacher.
  • I’m a good wife and I try very hard to make sure we’re doing things to ensure we stay in it for the long haul.
  • I’m a good friend.  I listen and I’m sympathetic and I love people the way they are.
  • I’m a proud LGBT ally.
  • I’m a proud supporter of the real food movement and try to eat organic food as much as possible.  We no longer eat high fructose corn syrup at all and we’ve given up white flour and sugar as much as possible.  
  • I’m also not a pretentious ass about the above.  I cave in to the occasional soda or cookie.  It’s life, not a test.
  • I’ve defined my own belief system that feels right to me.  I have stopped caring if it feels right to other people.
  • I understand that people don’t have to like me.  I can expect them to treat me with respect, though, if I act in a way that warrants it.
  • I’m not afraid to ask for medication and/or help with my emotional issues.
  • I’m learning that sometimes things are not ideal and that’s okay.  You just continue to do what you know is right and the world and karma will take care of the rest.
  • I have believed in karma for a long time now and I’ve seen it work.  It scares me enough to make me protect my own as much as I can.
  • I try.  Every day.  Even on the days the medication doesn’t work.  I still try.
  • I can type without looking.  FEAR ME.

And that’s about it.  No flowery prose would sway my alma mater.  No testimony to a way of life would make a difference.  There’s a slim chance there would be a protest.  So I’m offering this.

 

Stuff and Sundry

  • Workout today was fine.  Squat cleans and sit-ups for the buttercups.  My barbell should be here tomorrow.
  • I have two early meetings this week and one long day with after-work stuff.  Thankfully I have less of a load during my actual days this week.  Also, I don’t even care about the morning stuff because it just means I can order a larger coffee without feeling guilty.
  • I’m restless.  

Stuff I Found on the Internet Being Lazy

  • Again, not a thing.  Haven’t been on the Internet much today unless you want to hear about the season finale of Shameless (you don’t, it’ll tear your heart out).

Today’s Pic

This chicken trying to be a seductress.  I cooked it anyway.

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Third from the Top

Third blog down on the reader, third line in:

 It is freaking amazing, my head still hurts!!!

I’m not even going to be creative.  I’m applying this to Evil Dead.

After much apathy, I agreed to go see this with my husband.  We see movies pretty much every weekend.  It’s our thing.  I was apathetic about it because it’s a remake of a classic film that’s precious to many.  From what I’d seen and read, it wasn’t an exact remake, not committed to the original’s brand of snark.  Yawn.  But it’s a horror movie, so I was okay with seeing it.  Wasn’t expecting much.

Although it definitely wasn’t a dedicated copy, Evil Dead paid its respects to its original.  There were moments that were genuinely humorous in a horrible way.  The iconic props from the original made their appearances.

The last fifteen minutes are amazing.

I haven’t been really enthusiastic about the ending of a movie for a long, long time.  This one had me throwing hand signs and yelling.  Worth it.

Stuff and Sundry

  • Workout went fine as it was cardio and easy enough.  Two miles.  NBD.
  • Shameless season 3 ends tomorrow.  This is horrible, but also for the best for my sanity.
  • We went to a pizza joint that was rated 93% on Urbanspoon.  It was mediocre at best- and I’m not a food snob and definitely not a pizza snob.  I felt sorry for Brooks, who is kind of a pizza snob (or at least knows a good pie from a bad one).
  • I am nothing like my zodiac sign.  Somebody told me I needed to do my “whole chart”, so I did that and it was even more off.  There is literally a fault in my stars!
  • We randomly ran into friends at the movie theater seeing the same movie, so we all just sat together.  Situations like that make me glad to be alive.  The universe was all, “Here, have a nice surprise.”  Usually it’s kind of a bitch, so it was nice to see the universe not being such a douche today.

Things I Found Being Lazy

  • Nothing.  You get nothing.  I was out all day seeing movies and eating bad pizza and buying groceries.  The best I could give you would be an angry feline or a dancing Korean and I’m sure you’re way past that.

Today’s Pic

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