My 2017 Year-in-Review: Entertainment Edition

Here is a list of (just about) everything I watched or read in the year 2017. The list is in (mostly) chronological order.

TV Series Watched

Schitt’s Creek (abandoned)

The Man in the High Castle (abandoned)

Silicon Valley (seasons 1, 2, 3, 4)

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (finished season 2, season 3 in progress)

Sneaky Pete (season 1)

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Jane the Virgin (finished season 3, season 4 in progress)

Westworld (Abandoned)

The Mindy Project (seasons 5 and 6)

The Middle (finished season 8, season 9 in progress)

Better Call Saul (season 3)

Bill Nye Saves the World (abandoned)

Great News (abandoned)

Catastrophe (season 3)

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (season 3)

Orange is the New Black (season 5)

Glow (season 1)

Boiling the Frog (YouTube)

Atypical (season 1)

Project Runway (season 16 – unfinished because Lifetime’s website locked the content)

The Handmaid’s Tale (abandoned)

Maron (season 1-4)

Will & Grace (Reboot (in progress))

Couple Thinkers (YouTube)

Fresh Off the Boat (whatever season it’s in now, Sonja likes it)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (season 1 in progress)

Tin Star (abandoned)

Psych: The Movie

The Crown (season 2)

Halt and Catch Fire (season 4)

Movies/Documentaries/Comedy Specials Watched

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

Cinco (Jim Gaffigan)

Bridget Jones’ Baby

Rifftrax: Replica

Sausage Party

The Lego Batman Movie

Manchester By the Sea

Dave Chappelle: The Art of Spin

Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas

Gad Gone Wild

The Edge of 17

Jackie

Minimalism: A Documentary

Hidden Figures

Snowden

Cars 3

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Loving

The Founder

Man Up

Save the Date

Wonder Woman

Marc Maron: Too Real

Marc Maron: Thinky Pain

Jerry Before Seinfeld

The Big Sick

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes

Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend

Don’t Think Twice

Sleepwalk with Me

Partly Fiction (fell asleep)

An Inconvenient Sequel (fell asleep)

John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid

John Mulaney: New in Town

Craig Ferguson: Tickle Fight

Dave Chappelle: Equanimity

Dave Chappelle: The Bird Revelation

Books Read

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (abandoned)

What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell

Talking as Fast as I can by Lauren Graham

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time by Brigid Schulte

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Moonglow by Michael Chabon (abandoned)

Sleepless Nights in the Procrustean Bed by Harlan Ellison (abandoned)

A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan

Pink Brain, Blue Brain by Lise Eliot (abandoned)

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night by Jason Zinoman

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Minimalist Parenting by Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest

Emotional Design by Donald A. Norman (unfinished)

Al Franken: Giant of the Senate by Al Franken (unfinished)

Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

100 Days of Real Food by Lisa Leake

Everything that Remains: A Memoir by the Minimalist by Joshua Fields Millburn

The End of Overeating by David A. Kessler

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson

Clutterfree with Kids by Joshua S. Becker

Attempting Normal by Marc Maron

Sleepwalk with Me by Mike Birbiglia

Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi

David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat

Fowl Language: The Struggle is Real by Brian Gordon

I tried with Handmaid’s Tale, I really did. I got up to episode 4, I think. But the future dystopian stuff is just not my genre (see also: Man in the High Castle.)  I said last year I’d try to read more fiction this year, so it’s pretty funny that of the two novels I attempted, I only made it through one, and that one was pretty meh. I still feel like I had a great year in books and make no such silly resolutions for next year. I shall carry on as I have been carrying on, or as my daughter might say, “I read what I want!”

Having never seen Chappelle’s Show, I watched both of Dave Chappelle’s new comedy specials on Netflix and loved them. I also saw him on talk shows promoting the specials, and every time I thought, “hey, I like this guy. He’s very pleasant.” I liked Marc Maron’s Netflix stand-up too, but when I see him on talk shows, he does not have the same calming effect as Chappelle. I’ll be watching the new Chappelle comedy specials when they release on New Year’s Eve.

That was the year that was in entertainment. Not bad, actually. Can’t wait to see what 2018 brings.

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My Procrastination and Perfectionism Problem – Update 10

It’s Christmas Eve and it’s snowing! Incredible. I am also coming to the end of this project, and I don’t have much to report. I’ve definitely had trouble meeting my 11:30 bedtime since I have been on break. I just feel like staying up later, and that’s the night owl in me taking over. I thought I might switch up my hours since I won’t be teaching in the morning next quarter, but then I remembered I have to get up anyway to get the kid off to school, so I’ll leave it. It is nice to be ready to go earlier in the day, even if I don’t do anything. At least there’s a chance I could do something.

Since it is Christmas Eve and I have a few presents left to wrap and other end-of-year blogs I’m working on, I’m going to leave it there for now. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

 

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My Six-and-a-Quarter Year Old

Sonja’s Kindergarten Photo. She still loves green and asked me to pick the green background for this photo.

And now, a post that gets to be all about school. Oh how Sonja loves kindergarten. The days are long, and recovering at home after school usually involves a fair amount of fit throwing, but rarely is there a bad word spoken about school. She wishes for the weekend to be over so she can go back, and hey, she’s not the only one. Ba dum dum dum, crash. She loves her teacher and has made friends with everyone in class, minus two little boys for whom she does not care. She even loves taking the bus. When it comes to school, she doesn’t want to miss a thing.

Waiting for the bus on a cold December morning.

Sonja’s kindergarten class, all dressed up for flannel day.

Some notable school moments from the first quarter of her first year: She is in a reading group by herself because she is reading at a first-grade level and no one in her class has caught up to her. We tested her for placement in the district’s Young Scholar’s program and she was accepted. Just before break, she came home with two awards, one for being dependable, the other for being organized.

She wrote all of her numbers to 100.

She won not just one but two major awards!

She is still a tiny wisp of a thing, and I had several minor heart attacks when she would come home with her school lunch nearly intact. When I spoke with her teacher, I learned that most of the children eat very little at lunch time. We’ve instituted an after school snack, but it’s a very fine line to eat just enough snack to remain hungry enough to eat dinner. And what I’ve found is that hunger works. If we forget the snack, and I can stand the incessant whining about being hungry, then she gobbles up dinner, minus the snooty foodie criticisms of my cooking.

Playing princess.

She still loves doing puzzles and mazes and word games in age-appropriate books, and she’s gotten more into coloring than she was before. She always liked to draw, but now she’ll also spend time with a coloring book. Because we can get some peace out of her when she’s doing these activities, and her homework, we decided to buy her a desk for Christmas. I think she will love it.

Conquering a “mountain” at a local park on a sunny, autumn afternoon.

Several months ago I took her on an outing to Trader Joe’s. She fell in love with it because it had kid-size carts and I let her pick out a few of her own groceries. She’s now a walking commercial for the store. It is absolutely the only place she ever wants to go. Telling her we have to run errands, go grocery shopping, or that we simply want to get out of the house for a while – all of these sentences are met with complete, abject misery. It takes longer to get her out of the house than it would to do the errands. Forget Lamaze, expectant parents should be taking tactical negotiations classes.

The artist’s rendition

We’re reading longer stories now. She loves them all. We’ve read The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me, and Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl, several books in the Judy Moody series, and we’re currently in the middle of an Amelia Bedelia. We’ve also watched a few new movies, most recently and notably, E.T. I was surprised that she loved it so much. I thought it might be too much for a six-year-old. Although, I have to say, I don’t know how many times I’ve actually seen E.T., but I never remember anything outside of the major plot points. And the Reese’s Pieces. I tried to use the movie to get her to try Reese’s Pieces. She picked up a Christmas candy cane filled with them at the store, but then informed me that she would put them in my stocking for me.

Speaking of Christmas: it’s coming, and she’s bouncing off the walls. She is so excited to open presents. A few days ago, she went  upstairs to my office to retrieve the aforementioned Reese’s Pieces candy cane and she wound up, of course, looking for it in my closet. Luckily, most of the presents were wrapped, but she confessed to me that she saw them. A day later, she confessed that she saw the Tsum Tsum box I got her and then broke down and sobbed in my arms. Through her tears, she said, “you should have wrapped it!”

Waiting in line to see Santa.

How adorable is this, with the backwards letters and request for a jump rope?

Santa.

Thumbs up.

So there you have it. From telling me my chicken is too dry to faulting me for her own snooping, there is no point at which I, as a parent, can catch a break. But it’s totally fine, because at the end of the day, Santa gets all the credit for the presents.

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My Procrastination and Perfectionism Problem – Update #9

With just two weeks left, I’ll consider this my penultimate update. On New Year’s Eve, I’ll do new resolutions and a recap of what worked and what didn’t from this little experiment.

Now that I am on break from work, I have been having a harder time sticking to my schedule. I’m fudging both sleep and wake times. But not by that much, and it does feel like this is the time to kick back and relish the end of the year. However, after seeing an improvement in my energy from standardized sleep/wake times, I’m wondering if I should be more consistent with Sonja. Typically I let her sleep in on the weekends and stay up a bit later. She’s been awfully cranky lately but truly, that could be anything. I think, for my own sanity, I’ll try to keep her schedule fairly consistent during the break.

I had a very long streak of walking outside, thanks to a streak of cold but sunny weather. It’s turned rainy and windy the past two days, so I’ve moved the workout indoors. Typically, I feel like I get more bang for my workout buck when I’m following a video, but it’s not near as entertaining as wandering around listening to Malcolm Gladwell or Marc Maron. I have thoughts of trying to balance the two types of workout more evenly, but if walking is what makes being active consistent, then walking should not be slighted.

The break is already going by all too quickly. Perhaps its best I didn’t have too much of a list of what I wanted to get done? In any event, I hope in the next posts I as I review the experiment and the year, I can see that there were things that in fact did get accomplished.

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My Procrastination and Perfectionism Problem – Update #8

I was starting to worry that the project updates were getting a little long in the tooth, when I came across the following article in The New York Times – The New York Times people!

Just the subheading made me feel better about myself. The author went on to explain a little about the human psyche:

Habits are powerful. We persist with many of them because we tend to give undue emphasis to the present. Trying something new can be painful: I might not like what I get and must forgo something I already enjoy. That cost is immediate, while any benefits — even if they are large — will be enjoyed in a future that feels abstract and distant. Yes, I want to know what else my favorite restaurant does well, but today I just want my favorite dish.

Overconfidence also holds us back. I am unduly certain in my guesses of what the alternatives will be like, even though I haven’t tried them.

The entire point of my project is to put my proclivities and predispositions of how to live life up against expert advice. To see if there isn’t some payoff to changing my mindset, just for a second, knowing I can go back to doing things the old way for the rest of my life if I want. The story made me and my quotidian blog updates feel validated, as well as deeply annoyed that I can’t figure out how to leverage my bizarre neuroses into a New York Times article. Most days, it feels like my entire life is about changing the way I do things so that I can do them better. That’s why it’s called perfectionism, and that’s why people – probably people like the author of that article – think I’m crazy.

The essay acknowledges the difficulties inherent in setting aside our habits for the sake of experimentation, which made me feel better about the project failures. Surely I’ve not had as many Cokes as I would have, had I not pledged to forgo them until Dec. 31st, but surely the number is nowhere near zero either. And didn’t I say something about cutting back on social media…? Ahem. Some things are destined to be works in progress.

There have been successes though, and I’m excited to recap those in the final update in a few weeks. I hope to get a lot accomplished between now and the end of the year, including a slew of end-of-year blogs. Good luck to all of you who are ramping up for Christmas and the end of the year. Start thinking about those New Year’s Resolutions now. They could be well worth your time.

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My Procrastination and Perfectionism Problem – Update #7

December. I’ve learned some things about migraines but still feel relatively powerless to change my headaches, which seem so different from others. I’ve been panicking because my triptans aren’t working, but it could be that I’m not taking them soon enough, since my headaches are mild enough that I always think they will just go away. I also see a definite correlation between my headaches and the barometric pressure and nothing else. Not caffeine or chocolate or hormones or stress. The prevailing theory is that if you control the things you can control, i.e. food, you can prevent yourself from crossing the migraine threshold despite uncontrollable things like the weather. Mostly you do this by not eating the things on the migraine trigger list, but each person’s triggers are different and difficult to suss out. I read a book this week that suggested a ketogenic diet – no sugar and no carbs – would bring you so far below the threshold you could eat any of the other triggers you want. But every time I hear about this so-called ancestral diet, it feels like a fad. We took fat out of everything in the ’80s and ’90s, and boy were we wrong about that. So taking out carbs just because we can seems like it will someday be revealed as another bad idea. I also really don’t understand the people who do this willingly. I read on the internet constantly how filling eggs are. Every single time I eat an egg, I feel hungrier when I’m finished than when I started. Also, the idea that you can eat as much bacon and sausage and hot dogs as you want so long as you don’t eat any sugar just doesn’t sound right at all. Whatever happened to good old fashioned moderation? It’s a problem I currently have with the culture at large, and certainly it’s reflected in our food choices.

I did have a headache this weekend and slept a little more than I normally would. We had a couple of days where the weather went from sunny and bright to dark and rainy, so I’m sure that brought it on, but I also started to wonder if my sleep schedule had anything to do with it. In general, I’m really liking my schedule but notice there are nights where I don’t fall asleep as quickly as others, or I get into bed a few minutes late, and I wonder if that reduces my time asleep too much. But I don’t feel particularly tired so I would think that means I’m ok. I’m just looking for something that’s not food related because let’s face it, I’m not giving up carbs.

The one empty carb that I want to stop gorging on is social media. I’m still using it to fill in the gaps, but it does feel hollow at best and nauseating at worst, and with the current state of politics in this country, that’s a whole lot of nauseating. To add to that, I’ve been testing out some potential new shows to watch during my upcoming break. None have had a single light-hearted moment in them. They sink to the bottom of your soul like a stone. Luckily The Crown returns to Netflix next week, so I can watch something about another country’s politics.

The bottom line here is I feel like I already know which of these habits will stick around and which have been unsuccessful, but I still want to continue with what I am doing and remember why I am doing it. With the last week of the quarter next week, I’ve been a wee bit stressed, but I hope to get a lot accomplished over my break and finish this project strong.

 

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My Procrastination and Perfectionism Problem – Update #6

I spent most of this week in a headache fog, obsessing over food and migraine triggers, eventually coming to the conclusion that I might have OCD. (Okay, you can all stop laughing now.) I definitely feel that my headaches have evolved over the years. They are mild yet persistent, and this week I was exhausted, my sinuses hurt, and, as stated above, I felt rather foggy.

Feeling foggy and murky always drives me to frantically flail around in search of solutions. This week, I did what I said I might in the last update. I gave up caffeine. I gave up chocolate. I tried not to eat any of the other foods on the list that are triggers but that I don’t eat that often anyway. (Except onions. Onions is on the list but they are ubiquitous. How do you eat and not consume onions?) I bought caffeine-free coca-cola because even though I gave up Coke for this experiment, I don’t know what to drink when I’m not drinking tea and I want something more than water. I decided this was an extreme circumstance that allowed for deviation in the experiment. However, I’ve been through this charade of giving up caffeine, thus tea, before, and each time I replace regular tea with un-caffeinated sodas. This is when the voices in my head get very loud. The voices in my head think this is a terrible idea, replacing a non-caloric beverages with proven health benefits that’s been around for millennia with a product of the modern, evil food industry. Beyond that, iced tea is a part of my identity now. It took the place that Coca-Cola once inhabited. What the hell am I supposed to do if I’m not drinking tea? Decaf is inferior and I don’t know what the hell herbal tea is supposed to be. Is it supposed to be good? Because it’s not. Herbal tea is to tea what white chocolate is to chocolate. It may have the same name but it’s not the same thing. And even if caffeine is the culprit behind my headaches and I switch to caffeine-free Coke, drinking liquid sucrose is not exactly going to make me feel good, is it?

So what did I do? After a week of not drinking caffeine and still not feeling good, I went to Starbucks and got myself an iced tea. It was a good decision. I didn’t regret it, I didn’t question it. I drank the tea. I felt good. Normally I drink jasmine green tea, which is low in caffeine. Only tea that’s lower than green is white. I drink in the neighborhood of 3 cups a day. I sometimes mix it with oolong tea, in a 3-1 ratio, which raises the caffeine content from mild to moderately mild. I think, as anything food related, the solution is to cut back, not out. I was probably on to something when I laid out my rules to replace one cup of tea with water, so as not to overdo it.

So I’m still reading some headache books and making decisions. I haven’t eaten chocolate yet, and the moratorium was a good one because with all the leftover Halloween candy, I was over consuming. The obsession over my headache ate up most of my brain power for the week, which is why when I started this experiment, I didn’t lay down too many ground rules for food. Thinking about food consumes me in a way that I am not sure is healthy, and it leaves little room for any other thoughts. I really need a better hobby.

Speaking of hobbies, I lost a couple of ideas this week because I didn’t write them down. I was out walking or otherwise occupied and didn’t write them down, thinking they were so good and so powerful that they would be semi-permanent fixtures in my brain. They weren’t. They never are, and I don’t know why in those instances I don’t lean on my phone more. I use it for stupid stuff but taking a note when I don’t have paper would be a good use of that technology, don’t you think? Here’s hoping those thoughts come back to me, and that I’ll have something to say next week that isn’t about headaches.

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My Procrastination and Perfectionism Problem – Update #5

One advantage to paying with a card, in terms of keeping track of spending, is that you can look at your bank statement to see what you spent. I have been running into trouble when paying with cash because I don’t always receive a receipt. Which on the one hand is great – less for me to throw away. But last week I supposedly spent $0 on groceries, which is possible because I had a good size rewards rebate from my credit card, and we ate out for several meals, but still, I can’t help feel like I forgot something.

I went to bed early last night. I had taken a migraine pill two days in a row because the first day it didn’t seem to do anything. The second day it worked and it turned me out like a light. I can’t quite decide if this is cheating or not. I feel like if there is extra sleep needed, getting it at night instead of the morning is the way to go. Since I feel like I’ve made some progress with fatigue during this experiment, the migraine/exhaustion combination has become clearer and more disappointing. It gets me thinking about diet, a subject with which I (and the rest of the culture) am unnaturally obsessed. There are millions of ways to eat for millions of things, including headaches. Eating for headaches isn’t at odds with eating real food, which is what I’ve otherwise been trying to do, but it does limit or eliminate some foods that are otherwise healthy as you try to discover if they are personal migraine triggers. I’ve looked at some triggers like caffeine and msg, but I’ve never tried eliminating them all. I suppose I didn’t think I needed to, and now I do. I want my energy, I want my life. So I’m considering giving it a try. Another experiment, another trial period.

Of course, here’s one thing that has never happened in all of the experimental or elimination diets I have tried over the years. I have never, ever, not once ever, never ever ever, eliminated chocolate (which is very high on the list of migraine triggers.) There is not a candy, pie, cake, turnover or doughnut I want unless it has chocolate in it. I am openly hostile to desserts that are not chocolate. A sugar cookie? Why bother? Vanilla milkshake? Barf. A snickerdoodle? F— that. So…should I decide to tackle this, some serious self-control would be required. If I give it a go, I’ll let you know.

As always with anything food related, I reserve the right to change my mind when I get hungry.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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My Procrastination and Perfectionism Problem – Update #4

I had some trouble with exhaustion this week. That’s okay though, because it means I’ve otherwise achieved a recognizable state of non-exhaustion, which is what I was hoping for with this experiment. Previously, I was frequently too tired to move, and I haven’t felt like that much since I standardized my sleep and wake times. Now, instead of just saying, I’m tired, I guess I didn’t sleep enough, I’ll sleep more tonight, and then never feeling like I slept enough, I know something else is going on. This week I’m pretty sure it was the return to standard time. I wouldn’t think that changing the clocks, especially in winter when we get that extra hour, would have such an effect, but man-o-nam did I feel it.

I didn’t meditate this week. I did not prioritize it like I said I would, so naturally I ran into an article that talked about how even if you only do five minutes and you do it badly (check!), it is still good for you. I’m hoping to do better next week.

I’ve bought hardly anything except food. Mostly that’s groceries, but this week was heavy on dining out, maybe because I was tired? I bought some tank tops for Sonja for layering, a gift for a baby shower, and some parchment paper because I don’t know how to live without it. After some fantastic successes with making homemade hand soap, body wash and the like, I’ve decided to give up on toner. I’ve tried several different recipes that all stink to high hell, and I want to cut my losses.

I’m starting to wonder if I should’ve severed ties with social media for this experiment. I put an app on my phone to track my phone’s use, and while I use it less than I thought, it doesn’t tell me what I did that was social media and what I did that was something I haven’t put a limit on, like texting or navigating. It also doesn’t take into account what I do on my computer. I’m reading a book about our addiction to cell phones and while I can see myself in some of it, I certainly don’t fall into the worst offenders category. So once again, maybe there was nothing really wrong? Or maybe it was enough to ask myself to observe the behavior for an extended period of time. We will see how this progresses, but I’m still attempting to back off of social media.

Here are my notes from the week:

Day 22: Feeling particularly wiped out this evening. I don’t know why. Is it just the return to standard time? It seems feelings of jet lag would be more prominent in spring when you lose sleep, but perhaps I had so adjusted to my 11:30-7:00 schedule that this is throwing me off. Maybe I didn’t get enough sleep last night? The dog did go bananas at 5:30 this morning, causing me to have to get up and let her out. Or maybe it was the slam into darkness at 4:30 in the afternoon? I don’t know, but I hope things return to normal so I can consider this part of the plan successful again.

Day 23: What a crazy day. It was Shaun’s birthday. I had to pick up the fundraising cookie dough from the school, and since it was all frozen and I had no space in my freezer, I had to run around trying to deliver it at 3:30 in the afternoon when no one was home. I also had to grade rough drafts for my classes and lesson plan. Things are not going to get better as the week goes on. Yeesh.

Day 27: Feeling tired again. My whole face is tense and I’m grinding my teeth. Are these warning signs of a migraine?

And that was the week that was.

 

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My Procrastination and Perfectionism Problem – Update #3

I’m not going to lie to you, week 3 has been problematic. I missed a couple of meditation sessions because I left it for the evening and then forgot. My solution for next week is to do those in the morning or afternoon. I ran out of cash and had to pay with my card for something one day. And yesterday, as I was paying with my card for Redbox, which does not accept cash, I realized something. I have not faltered in writing down every dime I spend, and I think the act of writing it down is tantamout to spending cash. Cash may be hard to part with, but knowing I’m going to have to write down that Starbucks tea is enough to get me to think twice about it. I will also say that actually having cash on hand is nice. Paying for things with cash is quick. So while I plan to keep cash on hand, and I plan to keep things off the credit card, I’m hereby eliminating the requirement to pay for everything with cash. I made one other mistake and I don’t even want to admit it. One day, after work, particularly hungry, I went through my favorite little drive-thru hamburger stand (Frugal’s) and, after contemplating the iced tea, which I assumed would come from the fountain and not be fresh brewed, I ordered a coke. No regrets! The entire lunch was delicious. I didn’t take a lot of notes this week, but here’s what I have.

Day 16 – Feeling particularly exhausted today, even though I went to bed a few minutes early last night. It might have something to do with the fact I’ve been subsisting on Halloween candy the past two days. It might also be because I feel a migraine coming on. Teaching a class that starts at 6 and ends after 8 makes it nearly impossible to eat a reasonable dinner at a reasonable time, and I just haven’t found a good alternative. I used to be better at preparing dinner before my class, but since summer, I’ve been working in the mornings too, which doesn’t leave me time at home to prepare anything but lunch and a lesson. All things being equal, it’s a minor inconvenience, but one that’s a little long in the tooth. I’m open to suggestions of what to do here to save my sanity and my stomach. A student suggested protein shakes. This sounds terrible, but I might have to look into it.

Day 21 – Daylight savings. I was wondering how I would handle this with my bedtime. Would I stay up later? Would I take the extra hour of sleep? It turned out differently than I expected. It’s been a slow, sleepy week all around, with everybody I have seen complaining of being tired. It may have something to with the weather. Last Friday, we hit 70 degrees on a beautiful, sunny afternoon, and this Friday, it snowed. So it’s no longer, “winter is coming,” but “winter is here.” Thus, last night, I found myself asleep during a viewing of Fantastic Mr. Fox with my daughter, and asleep again later, halfway through my movie, An Inconvenient Sequel. After my husband had said that he might watch it with me just so he could go to sleep, I protested. It’s not boring, it’s terrifying! It is, and the movie was fine, I just think I’d been in front of the big screen too long, and eventually that induces a coma. So I woke up at 11:30 and went to bed, and took the extra hour of sleep, plus whatever extra time I got during the evening. I feel refreshed, but I can’t help but wonder what happened. Did I get overtired? Was it the weather? Was it this lingering cough? Was I just that bored? The world may never know.

I am, thanks to days 16 & 21, now contemplating my diet (again) and my screen time, and also trying to handle some of the stress work has thrown my way. I realize that stress, too, impacted me this week, and that I could see that how I was feeling was more directly related to the stress than I’d been able to pinpoint previously. I don’t know. At least that sounds good. Here’s to more successes in week 4.

 

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