Doing homework

Here’s a photo of my homework helper. She’s doing her job as a paperweight very well in this case.

She has various ways to help. This morning, it was knocking the books next to my bed over to make sure I was awake enough to start my homework.

My favorite is when she’s attempting to sleep on the keyboard of the laptop while I’m in a Zoom meeting or trying to type a paper. She’s really helpful.

My birthday gift

I had a nice lunch of fish tacos courtesy of my coworkers for my birthday. The plant and a card came with it.

Molly decided that she’d had enough, so she got into the wine early. Thankfully, it was cleaned up before I got home from work.

I had several homework assignments due that day, so, while I was working on them, my daughter was busy in my room hanging new bookshelves. I haven’t had time yet to arrange the books on them, but she gave me a good start.

I also got a mug and some bookmarks. They were great. I just didn’t get photos of them.

I was asked what I wanted for my birthday. I requested shrimp scampi.

My history teacher gave me multiple assignments to be due on my birthday.

My daughters made sure that I got my scampi by sending me to the grocery store.

It was a reasonably good birthday. Just a lot going on.

Keeping me company

Part of the reason to have a pet is so that they will keep you company. Mine is also for entertainment. I was working on homework, sitting on my bed, and I got up to use the bathroom. I came back to Inky sitting in my spot.

Then, after I got settled back onto the bed to do more homework, Inky decided to settle in next to me. She keeps track of my books and notes. We also have an argument every time the laptop comes out, because she seems to think that the laptop is a cat bed. I continually move her. She tells me that she is a lap cat and that the computer is on my lap, so it’s in her space. I try hard to tell her otherwise. She also interrupts Zoom meetings. I think that’s partly the computer on the lap issue. Discussions continue nightly.

Fun Facts About California

Fun facts about California

For my California history class, I had to come up with some facts about California that I didn’t know. The above linked article tells the facts that I have listed below. Some of these I knew, but most I didn’t know. I had no idea that the Windows wallpaper was a real photo! It looks too perfect.

  1. California is home to the “Avocado Capital of the World.” Every year, Fallbrook holds an avocado festival to celebrate.
  2. The Hollywood Bowl is the largest outdoor amphitheater in the United States. When it opened in 1922, it was merely a simple wooden platform with a canvas top!
  3. In 1964, San Francisco’s cable cars were named the first moving National Historic Landmark. The San Francisco cable cars are the only ones still operating in a U.S city.
  4. Wondering what the name of the world’s largest tree is? It’s General Sherman, and it lives in Sequoia National Park! At nearly 275 feet tall and a circumference of 102 feet, it’s certainly a large tree!
  5. Death Valley is the hottest, driest AND lowest National Park in the country! Despite its morbid name, due to these extremes, a great diversity of life lives within this park.
  6. Bet you know someone who lives in California! As the most populous state in the U.S., 1 in 8 residents live there!
  7. California is the birthplace of the internet. In 1969, the first ARPANET message was sent from a UCLA site. (That first message? “Lo”. He meant to say “Login” but….then the system crashed.)
  8. Thousands of visitors flock to the Golden Gate Bridge every year, but it wasn’t always so beloved. Many originally derided the design as ugly!
  9. Everyone knows the famous Windows wallpaper of rolling green hills on bright blue sky – but did you know it was taken in Napa Valley? (And is unedited!)

I can’t get my homework done

For my class this summer, there is a lot of reading. I hate the textbook, so it makes it more difficult.

We were told that no assignment could be retaken without a valid excuse. Family, work, etc are not excuses. Medical excuses with a note will be considered.

The instructor did not mention cats sitting on your textbook as an excuse. Maybe the photo below will help convince her?

Inky climbed over me to sit on my book as I was reading it. I guess I could get 3/4 of the page read, but that would give me a 75% grade at best on the test.

I eventually moved so I could look at the power point on my laptop at the same time as I was reading the text book. Inky came back to help warm up the keyboard on the laptop. I struggled with her a bit until I convinced her to sit next to me, not on me. We’re both much happier that way.