As usual, Inky was helping me with my homework. Her help usually comes in the form of a nap on my lap, or an attempt to sit on my keyboard. This day, Inky decided that she’d help by watching with me. She did an excellent job. She didn’t take many notes, but I was taking them for both of us. I haven’t yet been graded on the paper, so I don’t know how we did.
The above linked article tells about being isolated, but not alone. It mentions how overwhelming it is to be online for hours every week, even if it is just doing nonsense, like watching TV together.
I truly understand how the author feels. I have Zoom meetings almost every night. I try to limit them, but with school, it’s nearly impossible. Some days, I have had 5 meetings, back to back. It’s too much.
Unfortunately, I have had to cancel the social ones, since the school meetings affect my grades. I have told my friends “I just don’t have enough social in me this week.” I can’t think of another way to explain it.
A very sleepy Molly decided to help me with homework. She climbs onto the back of the chair and lies down behind me with her head on the armrest. Thankfully, it’s a little chilly right now, so her heat doesn’t bother me much.
Molly plays hard, makes a mess, and then lies down at my feet in the mess she made. She loves to tear apart cardboard boxes and leave the pieces everywhere.
She usually is a good homework helper. She has a few issues if the film that I am watching has a dog in it. Yesterday, she decided to find a very noisy toy to play with during my Zoom meeting. No one could hear anything, but we got through it.
A friend of mine has a similar personality to me when it comes to getting things done. When my homework is due on Sunday at midnight, I want to have it done by Thursday or Friday, to give me time to resubmit if I need to and to give me some time to have something unexpected come up. It also gives me a little free time on the weekends for family, bookclub, and other non school things.
I was running behind a little this week, and I had complained to my friend. I posted my last assignment that was due this week at 930 pm on Saturday. I messaged her and she said “congratulations! Now go to sleep.” I asked if it was an age crack. She assured me it wasn’t. I still kind of suspect that it was because that’s what was next on my agenda.
I was multitasking as usual. I had stripped my sheets off the bed and was starting to gather my school stuff together. I came back and found that my seat had been taken by my backup helper. She peeked over the top of the blankets to check to see if I was going to make her move. Yes, I did, because she usually won’t sit with me, unless she’s on the opposite side of the room. She moved when she realized that I wasn’t giving in.
Inky is my usual helper when it comes to homework and nap time. Today, I guess that Inky had other plans. Mini decided to join me. She isn’t as close of a helper as Inky, but she keeps the blankets from flying up in the air. I suppose that’s a help. She normally won’t sit anywhere near me, so having her help was a special treat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- California is home to the “Avocado Capital of the World.” Every year, Fallbrook holds an avocado festival to celebrate.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Bet you know someone who lives in California! As the most populous state in the U.S., 1 in 8 residents live there!
- 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.)
- 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!
- 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!)