Doing the Unthinkable

I am keeping up with the work for school, even though, logically, I’m taking more units than I should. I’m ahead in one class. I’m a little behind in a second, but I’m keeping up with the instructor’s assignments. He’s a little behind. In a third class, I’m right on track.

With my fourth class, I’m struggling to get my thoughts together. I’ve been working on an essay for a while. I’ve submitted two drafts and I’ve had it kicked back twice with comments from the professor. The first one required major editing. The second one only requires a little bit of editing for the majority of the paper. It should take me less than an hour to crank out the paper. I have stalled. I can’t get thoughts going the right direction.

Thankfully, the instructor had mentioned that she would give an extension to anyone who needed one. I emailed her, and I got a response back immediately telling me to get some rest and to not think about it for 2 more days. There is a reason that I feel that I really clicked with this instructor. She knew exactly what I needed.

I have never asked for an extension before. This really is uncharted territory for me. I hope I get a decent grade on the paper after this. The goal is to pass!

Punky Brewster Reboot

I was watching the Punky Brewster Reboot on Peacock when it first came out. I found out about Kid 90 on the Drew Barrymore Show one day, so I thought I would check that out, too. I did find Kid 90 interesting, and it was so sad that so many of those talented teenagers died so young.

Punky Brewster was so good, though. It was corny, but I fell in love with the characters and the plot line. I was ready to start season 2, but then I found out that there isn’t one! Why not? Come on, producers! Get it together. I loved that first season. I want more.

I Do ADHD Shopping

On a recent trip to the grocery store, I ran into an older woman and her son who were doing their shopping. Every time I entered a lane, there they were. The woman used her cart to block the majority of the aisle, and then would bend over to look at the bottom shelves, resulting in her rear end blocking the rest of the aisle. Her son, who was aware of what was going on, kept moving the cart so that others could pass. He occasionally asked his mom to move a bit so that others could get through.

After a few of these encounters, I skipped two aisles, hoping that I wouldn’t be in the aisle with them. Nope. They were in these aisles, too. I finished the main aisles and had to travel to produce. I mentioned to the man that I was going aaaaallllll the way over to produce, so I wouldn’t be in their way anymore. He laughed and apologized. He said they weren’t headed there, so I should be safe. The produce aisle was uneventful.

I went to the deli for the last leg of my shopping trip. There they were! In line in front of me. Again, she had the majority of the area blocked with the cart. I started chatting with the man. I told him that I found it funny that I even skipped over aisles and they were still there. He said it was because he does ADHD shopping. He forgets most of what he needed so he has to travel all over the store, covering the aisles multiple times. His mom finished at the deli and it was my turn. I finished and headed to check out.

The same two people were in line in front of me! Oh my goodness. I was waiting to unload my cart onto the belt and I could overhear the conversation in front of me. Her: “I can’t find my credit card. Oh! Here it is. Oh, why isn’t it working?” Him: “Mom, that’s your AAA card. They don’t take that here. Let me use my card.” Her: “Why do they take your AAA card, and not mine? Oh, wait, that’s because it’s not a credit card. Where is my credit card? Oh, in my pocket!” Him: “Mom, that’s your library card. I’ll pay and we’ll find your card later.”

I have done that so many times. They don’t take AAA cards. No library cards. No rewards cards from other stores. There isn’t anyone else standing there waiting to offer to pay, though.

I hope they find her credit card. They certainly entertained me in the grocery store. Entertainment outside of the house is hard to find these days.

Strangest Laws in San Francisco

Strangest laws in San Francisco

The list that is discussed in the above linked article is a little old, but it’s kind of fun to read. Some of them aren’t too strange but they are interesting.

Recycling is a must. There are 3 cans – garbage, recycling and compost. You must use the compost and recycling bins. The garbage one is iffy.

Don’t even think of reusing confetti.

You can’t wipe your car with used underwear, but can you wipe someone else’s car with it?

The rest of the list is interesting, too. It’s worth looking into.

Texting the younger generation

It seems that we just have to text kids in order to annoy them. I know that my kids complain that I text in full sentences. I sometimes have to hand over my phone to a younger person in order to have them translate. I see no reason to shortcut texts now that we have full keyboards on the phones, not the one where you have to hit the number multiple times to get the letters you want.

A 2 page paper

For one of my classes, I had to attend a public government meeting. I found one with a topic that I felt strongly about, and took notes at the meeting. The meeting was supposed to be an hour long, but, because I wasn’t the only one feeling strongly about the topic, the meeting went on for 3 and a half hours. I had a lot of notes.

I started writing the assigned 2-3 page paper, without the notes, just answering the prompt questions that were assigned. An hour later, I realized that I had 7 pages written! Oh my goodness. I had better start cutting.

I ended up spending an hour cutting and found myself with 8 pages. So much for cutting out pages. I spent another 6 hours cutting out paragraphs and descriptions and my own opinions to get down to 4.5 pages. Cut some more.

I ended up with a 3 page paper with 2 lines on the 4th page with the bibliography. Not bad for a rambler like me.

I turned it in, then realized I didn’t quite answer one of the questions, but I hope it’s good enough to pass the assignment.

Starting the Training

I went away to a place with an open pool to begin my swim training. I’m glad I did it in a no pressure place.

Day one, my swim watch decided that it was out of batteries. Part of that, maybe, was that the pool water was at 90 degrees. The maintenance guy told me that he turned it down, but it hadn’t cooled off yet.

Day two, several children needed to be in the same place that I was, and their parents decided to put all of their setup within two feet of mine, so I left.

Day three, I pulled my earplugs out of my ear to hear what someone was saying. The plug part stayed in the ear. We almost went to the emergency room, but I got it out before the tweezers arrived.

I learned that I need a bone conducting mp3 player so that I can use real earplugs. I also learned that my swim watch was lying to me since it worked fine once we got home. Also, I need to go to a pool with lanes and no kids in the way. Thankfully, my gym’s pool has recently opened. Now, to fit it into my schedule!

Audible Originals

Audible originals

The above article tells about Audible Originals. These audiobooks are only available through Audible, with a subscription. I have several of them, but haven’t read them yet. I always only get about halfway through Pride and Prejudice. Maybe this one might be the one that I actually get through? Below is the list from the article.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE BY JANE AUSTEN, PERFORMED BY ROSAMUND PIKE

HALF LIGHT BY TAYARI JONES, PERFORMED BY BAHNI TURPI

THE BODY, WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY BILL BRYSON

MALCOLM AND ME, WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY ISHMAEL REED

WANDERLUST BY LAUREN BLAKELY, PERFORMED BY GRACE GRANT AND RICHARD ARMITAGE

CAFFEINE, WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY MICHAEL POLLAN

THE A.I. WHO LOVED ME BY ALYSSA COLE, PERFORMED BY REGINA HALL, FEODOR CHIN, MINDY KALING, THERESE PLUMMER, DINA PEARLMAN, NEIL HELLEGERS, ADENRELE OJO, AND KYLA GARCIA

BREAK SHOT: MY FIRST 21 YEARS, WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY JAMES TAYLOR

THE SET UP BY FALGUNI KOTHARI, PERFORMED BY SONEELA NANKANI AND VIKAS ADAM

Kid 90

I watched Kid 90 which is a documentary about the teen stars of the 90s. Soliel Moon Frye had footage of her friends when they were at the height of their stardom. It was a very interesting look at this time in her life. The majority of the story was her story, and not necessarily the story of the other child stars, but it was amazing how many of them hung out.

I was very sad to see how many of these young stars took their lives when they were so young. In some ways, the film was not only the story of her teen years, but it was a tribute to those who passed away way too young. The movie was good, but it was rather sad.