Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Posted by Helen at 1:16 pm
Thursday, February 18, 2010
*This is one of the ‘secret’ posts I wrote a few months ago, that I am resurrecting in order tog et some actual work done. And to clear out the giant pile of drafts a little bit.
I. Hate. Facebook.
I hate that it only shows the smiles.
I hate the silly smushy statuses “I love my snookums so much mwah mwah”, “my angel I miss you so much I haven’t seen you in two WHOLE hours!” or the mom-stuff (why do you feel the need to update the world that you just changed a nappy?).
I hate the attention grabbing type “Is sad today :’(" because apparently a bunch of relative stranger commenting with “*hugs* makes it al better? (and yes, I have been guilty of similar updates, and I hate myself for it).
I hate the way people put up pictures of events where they had a great time, while knowing that that person they didn’t invite (for whatever reason) will see them and feel unwanted.
I hate the way nobody ever writes anything but then random relative strangers (I don’t keep track of who I’m ‘friends’ with) stop you on the street to comment on something you wrote 6 months ago.
I hate feeling compelled to watch people living their lives in all the gory detail while feeling that mine may be somehow inadequate.
I hate the social uproar that can be created by the click of the “remove friend” button.
I hate seeing photos of the kids I used to babysit getting drunk and puking. It makes me feel old. And kind of freaked out.
And yet I still keep my account open.
Posted by Helen at 10:22 am
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
A scary few weeks of hyperventilating followed by a crying session and panic-attack later, I seem to be getting my priorities straight. Long live the getting-work-done mojo!
I will blog more when I have less work threatening to topple over and bury me!
Posted by Helen at 3:52 pm
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Leia: it's like a vicious circle
Me: of custard!
me: what? Custard is scary!
Leia 7 me (unrehearsed): run awaaaay!
cue helpless giggles
Posted by Helen at 11:13 am
Thursday, February 11, 2010
It's been a mixed week, starting with enjoying the horrendous sight of the bruises and ended with being really annoyed by the fact that the giant purple blotches are actually a little bit sore. Seriously, I haven't been for a run in a week (busy weekend and then falling off bikes), I can barely manage tai chi and ice-skating with swollen bruises on lower-shins meant that my skates actually gave me beautiful purple bruises-upon-bruises around my ankles. that's a lot of bruises.
- I can't run. I need to think. I get my thinking done while I run.
- This weekend could be fun, but could be unbelievably awkward (you know when you know that 3 people are going to the same even and none of them get along and someone will end up freaking out and running off crying while the others sit and listen to the awkward-crickets?)
- It's hard to skate when you can't really bend your left knee. The cold was a fantastic numbing agent though!
- Marking. Markingmarkingmarkingmarking
- Teaching undergradlings to use a computer. Fun times.
- General lack of sleep made me a bit sick. the fever has gone, so I'm hopng it's over now.
- I learned a new technique for helping my balance in skating and it made a HUGE difference!
- an awesome half-hour chat with my tai chi class. I never would have thought that I'd feel so close to a random bunch of people so quickly, particularly since I'm a lot younger than most of them (there are about two people my age and they aren't always there, the rest are my parents' age).
- I spent the morning with my mom and we didn't fight. To be fair she DID decide to try and set me up with my optometrist (she went as far as saying he had displayed 'mating behaviour' towards me) and I let it slide.
- Leia is ok, which is a relief as I was very worried about her, and will be reassuring myself of her okay-ness by feeding her copious amounts of chocolate cake over the next few days.
- my team won at Trivia-night last night! who knew that one team member's knowleddge of obscure geography, another's interest in weird medical conditions and my reading random books on science would be so handy?
- The students aren't as bad as they were. Annoying and a bit dumb, sure, but they're beginning to show some personality!
All in all not entirely a bad week!
How is everybody else doing?
Monday, February 08, 2010
Posted by Helen at 9:28 pm
Friday, February 05, 2010
While recovering from Sunday night’s introduction to coffee-tequila (not so much the tequila part as the twitching and bouncing around until 4am… thanks caffeine) I discovered I can no longer drink coke. Did they add extra sugar recently? It’s like drinking syrup.
Epically bad traffic meant that it took me over an hour and a half to drive 10 km, so although I left home early I was very VERY late to teach my kiddies. They’re a fantastic group though and I had a lot of fun with them (they think I’m crazy because I won’t let them call me ma’am, asked their permission to use bad language in front of them, and I told them to try and balance things so that they can pass their studies and also have some kind of life. Cue terrified undergrads!).
And hour later I met my second-years who are officially the dumbest and most annoying students I’ve ever had to deal with. Oh. My. Word.
Student (holding up a leafy twig): “Does this have leaves in Summer?”
Helen: Well what season is it?
Student: Uh… Summer (one of them thought it was Spring)
Helen: and does it have leaves?
Student: uh… I think so…?
Helen: So does it have leaves in Summer?
Student: I don’t know! How am I supposed to know that? That’s why I asked you!
After a delightful morning of getting actual work done, had to give a safety announcement to the second years – guess what, blades are sharp! It might hurt if you cut yourself. And you may bleed… Shock! Horror! Several students decided the best way to look for stinging hairs on leaves (like nettles and that sort of stinging) was to whip themselves with them.
They decided that the leaves must have stinging hairs because being hit by them (and I quote) “Really hurts”
At least I got to drive out in epic traffic and spend several hours ice-skating backwards (I got put up a class *happy dance*)
Had the BEST tai-chi class ever, going over the form I’m working on bit by tiny bit and nitpicking everything. Left there feeling invincible and went for a run.
Ended up not feeling so invincible. And now I can’t climb stairs.
Got to start my day with the delightful students, some of whom were unable to figure out what a petal was. One of them obviously eats garlic for breakfast (and always needs help that involves you standing nearby), another has the SCARIEST eyebrows I’ve ever seen (she’s waxed them off and drawn them in from the inside corner of her eyes (almost straight) up to her hairline). I am unable to talk to her without my eyes watering. Someone else has glowing eyeshadow (seriously). I hadn’t had coffee, and although some lecturers are quite relaxed, this one will NOT let me take coffee into a lab. grumblegrumblegrumble.
Have a great weekend!
(Courtesy of A Beautiful Revolution of course)
Posted by Helen at 2:15 pm
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Posted by Helen at 1:45 pm