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Posted on Monday 25 August 2008 at 9:06 am

I is done!!

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After the stressful start when I locked the keys in the trunk and needed a locksmith, my last week teaching for IRD this summer went surprisingly well. Lots of people have a tendency to skip the last week (don't ask me why), so that made every class easier but one. The exception was my Friday morning kindergarten class. Only one student showed up and it was tough adjusting some of the activities to fit one. But I made it work and that is what matters.

I enjoyed my time off this week immensely. On Thursday, I hung out at Barnes and Noble with Lucie. I had to meet Andrew at the bank at 3:30 to do some business regarding the History Grad Student Association account (I'm the outgoing treasurer, or would be if we'd ever had elections and therefore had an incoming treasurer) so the three of us agreed to meet at an Italian Ice and custard stand after Andrew and I were done at the bank. While we were eating our treats, we decided it was too nice out to do anything inside. So we called another friend, Jack, and the four of us went to play mini golf. Then we decided we were hungry. So we went to the grocery store, got chips, meat, veggies, and pineapple, went back to Andrew and Lucie's apartment, fired up the grill, and made teriyaki shish-ka-bobs. They were yummy and we had so much fun making them and hanging out. Then on Saturday after I got home from teaching in Richmond, the same four got together at Lucie and Andrew's again and we played video games (Mario Kart on the Game Cube) and board games (Oodles and Scattegories, neither one of which has an actual board but I don't know what else to call them) until like 10:00.

While hanging out, I decided that I really love Lucie and Andrew's living room. This drove home the fact that I hate my living room. I kind of knew this anyway because I don't spend any time in the living room, but I'd not really consciously verbalized that this is because I'm not comfortable there and just hate it. I don't like the furniture and I really don't like the way it is set up. It feels like a big, empty, cavern to me, which isn't at all warm and inviting. I mentioned this to my roommate and she agreed. Now the question becomes what to do about it. We are thinking about visiting thrift stores to see what they have to offer. We're not picky on looks, I just want some furniture that will make the place comfortable. Hopefully we'll find something.

Other than fussing over my living room, my plans for the next week are to do all the crap that I've been needing to do. This includes cleaning the apartment, taking care of my car registry, probably switching to a Virginia driver license, and getting a haircut. I really want to get all that out of the way and then next week switch to full time work on Dutch and my dissertation. I really need and want to get going on that!


labellerose at 6:21 pm on 25 August 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Are these the IRD people who teach summer reading? My son went to the program a couple summers ago. Whatever they pay you, it's not enough. ;)
bratty_jedi at 7:05 pm on 25 August 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Yeppers, it is summer reading classes. This is my third summer working for IRD so what they pay may not be what I think I'm worth (lol), but it's been enough to keep me coming back. I'm glad to hear you've had a good experience with the program. I love it for certain levels and certain kids and am skeptical on the benefits for other levels/kids, but that's the way it always goes with this kind of thing I suppose.
Wild Magelet
wildmagelet at 2:32 am on 26 August 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Playing mini golf and eating cold treats and BBQ food is really, really making me crave summer right now. One week of official winter left. Probably at least two months of winter weather left. Sigh. :)
bratty_jedi at 12:15 pm on 26 August 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Sorry! I guess in a few months you can return the favor and tell me all about your lovely weather while I'm stuck in cold and rain.

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