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Waiting for Rain vlog 

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Thought I’d try something different today and do a video blog (vlog) about my most recent knitting project, the Waiting for Rain shawl. Enjoy!

Some notes:

  • The shawl is designed by Sylvia McFadden
  • I used US 5 needles
  • See my Ravelry project page for this knit here

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A Blog Meme?? Hell, yes!

Apparently Drugmonkey has started a blog meme, and babyattachmode has perpetuated it.

Ah, this takes me back…what a time the early 2000s were for blogging!!

So, I’m supposed to make a list of five TV/Movie characters that I’d like to rescue me from a bad situation. Here’s mine:

  1. Mark Watney from The Martian
  2. Dwight Shrute (I’m re-watching it right now, ok?)
  3. Po the Panda
  4. The dogs from Paw Patrol
  5. Anyone but Trump

So, apparently I don’t watch a lot of TV and movies and when I do, it’s either old, kids stuff, or news. BORING!!

I tag Jenny F. Scientist and Cloud.

Ignoring or Avoiding?

I can’t decide if I’ve been ignoring or avoiding this blog. I miss it, and I am constantly coming up with thing to write about, but never end up doing it. I think this is for 2 reasons: 1) I know it takes time, and there are so many things going on that it drops down the priority list, and 2) I know my readership has dropped off because of lack of posts and writing just reminds me of that.

Anyway, I’m going to keep writing when I can because I enjoy it 🙂

First, an update on things!

I finished at the private high school before the Christmas break, and now I’m teaching at the local university (astronomy) and college (math). I’m quite enjoying these courses, and would like to keep teaching at this level.

This brings me to the most frustrating thing of all: jobs. I am still not in with the local school board (I ignorantly thought my 10+ years work experience in education and my own PhD+BEd education would get me in the door, but I was wrong). The university/college teaching jobs are term-to-term. so no stability there either. It can be super frustrating finally KNOWING what I want to do with my life and not have the options to actually DO it on a regular basis. But, I’ll keep plugging along and hope things continue to crop up, and eventually get a long-term post.

Family-wise, we’re deep into the terrible 2’s with C. And we thought E was bad when he was 2? Oh no…C is showing just what 2 can be to the extreme. His TTs are epic and nothing like I’ve ever seen. Thankfully, he can be really funny, happy, and just plain silly. He’s a huge risk taker too, which is much different than E.

E is amazing us with his intelligence lately. It’s awesome to witness his learning and how he LOVES to learn! He’s going through his own behaviour issues: he’s starting to talk back to us when we need to discipline him. This is very new to us, so we’re trying to get a handle on how to deal with it (most things seem to just make it worse).

Home-wise, we’re still flip-flopping on whether to do renovations or move. We agree our first step should be to get some designs and quotes on renovations to see if we can get what we need for a reasonable price. DH is going to a home show this weekend to connect with some contractors who can come and do this soon.

That’s our life right now – I hope that my posts will become more conversational rather than lists! How are you doing?

Triage Rut

Our life seems like triage lately. We just attend to what’s happening at the time, and not thinking about much else. The added unfortunate thing is that everything that needs attending too seems to be discipline related. I feel like my whole day and (especially) evening is about saying “no” or breaking up a fight/argument, or giving a time out. The in between time is filled with whining, crying, tattling, and high-pitched squealing.

And…summer hasn’t even started yet! E’s last day of school is next Thursday, then I’ll have both kids the majority of the time, except C will go to daycare on Tuesday/Thursdays. This is not something I’m excited about.

I’m also teaching an intensive exam prep-course, which I regret applying for. The prep is taking up a good portion of my very little free time, and then I have to teach during the evenings and weekends. At least I’ll get an iPad out of it.

I have all but stopped exercising, don’t eat well, and sleeping hasn’t been that great lately. I don’t spend much time on my hobbies, and I have a to-do list a million miles long.

I need to change things up before I end up in an anxiety and/or depression downward spiral.

How do you handle these times in life, and how do you turn things around?

Joyous Understanding

I’ve mentioned a few times that I started a new blog to write about my experiences in teaching and education. Now that I have a few posts, I’m ready to start sharing it!


My teaching/education blog is called Joyous Understanding. The title is derived from a Carl Sagan quote:

The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.

Yes, that’s right – two blogs with two titles from two Carl Sagan quotes. What can I say? He’s been a big influence on my career.


In the blog, I’ll write about my experiences as a teacher in the classroom and about my own learning, and I’ll also share resources that can be used at multiple levels of education.


I’m very excited to write about my experiences more fully, and to connect with other math and science educators and bloggers.


Come on over, check it out, and let me know what you think: joyousunderstanding.wordpress.com

Blogger -> WP

I am in the midst of trying to move my blog from Blogger to WordPress – mostly because I like all the options of WordPress. I think I’ve managed to redirect the main page, but am still working on other things.

So, I apologize if things get messed up, because this is not as easy as I thought it would be!

If you have done this move successfully by yourself (to a “example.wordpress.com” blog — not one on another host), please let me know any tips!

Curating Notes

I spent last week curating the @PeopleOfLdnOnt twitter account, and I pulled away from other social media so I could focus on the task.

The process of curating an account was really busy but rewarding. I got to “meet” people I normally wouldn’t have, and I got to learn a lot about our city and the people in it! If you get the chance to do something like that, try it out!

I learned that I enjoy twitter much more than Facebook. I find it’s a much better way to connect with different communities – scientists, writers, locals, etc.. I also find the info posted to be more useful and definitely more interesting, and I find it much easier to keep up with current events. As I switch career paths into education, I’ll need to seek out that community on Twitter now too.

Facebook used to be a great place to keep up with friends, old and new, but I’ve been finding it tedious lately. People are using it more and more as a political/sounding board/annoying quote archive rather than sharing personal updates, and the latter is how I prefer to use FB. My activity there has decreased substantially over the past while, with some “likes”, and a comment here and there, and maybe a post a two a week. 

I also backed away from writing/reading blog posts, and I gotta say it was a nice break. I think it shows me that I follow way too many blogs for me to keep up with, so I need to decide what to do there (just follow some on twitter? cut some from Feedly? Only choose a set number per day to comment on?) — any ideas? 
I still like writing blog posts though, but not sure what I want to aim for in terms of frequency. I’ll probably just do what I’ve always done – write and post when something strikes me, and there will be busy times and more quiet times. Regardless, I will post all of them to my Twitter account, so follow me there too.

How do you use each social media tool differently? Do you take breaks to re-evaluate, or just to “get away”?

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