Saturday, November 13, 2021
Friday, November 12, 2021
It was a mouthy day at work for me.
The screenshot is a colleague gently teasing me for being pushy about the "ethical action" bit in our General Ed reform saga in an online meeting this afternoon.
This morning at a breakfast meeting with the President (of my college), I got on a soapbox about how our facilities staff who were recently subcontracted should also benefit from free tuition for themselves and their family members (as those of us employed by the college do). I went on for a while and when I stopped Prez A shared that they had made arrangements to offer free tuition to subcontracted staff earlier this year. That's terrific, but I was a bit mortified because I can get kind of preachy when I get all worked up about stuff.
I made everyone at the meeting chuckle when I asked why he hadn't stopped me while I was going off? And he said--very kindly--well, it's an important subject and I didn't want to interrupt.
I guess I'm at least supplying opportunities for some laughs here and there?
Thursday, November 11, 2021
The class was standing around, feeling a little out of depth, and Mr. Roy reminded us that the people were Anishnaabe and the language Anishnaabemowin and showed us how everything was titled in Anishnaabemowin and also in English. And then... he taught us to pronounce a word, making us repeat after him: "eh ggzhi bit... now say it all together." And everyone dutifully pronounced it: "exhibit." Ha. It wasn't possible to be stiff after that.
I noted how people fell silent around the boarding schools exhibit and were startled by the clay people... and then we had some great conversations on our way back to the college. And we got our basketballer to their game on time too.
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
* When my students don't have parents/good relationships with parents/are going through a particularly hard time, it takes everything not to jump in and be their parent. Big A mentioned that I have gotten so much better at maintaining a professional boundary. Yes... and I know how much of an effort I have to put into it.
* Celebrated SH's impending parenthood and I'm so excited to hold her newborn and generally be a new mom helper soon.
* I accepted a new CASA case--a child who has been subjected to parental incest-abuse for years. They are surrounded with support and services right now, and I hope I can be another useful tool in their journey.
*My time with the one human kid and two puppy kids living at home is the highlight of every day. But I don't get very much time with them on weekdays (especially on teaching days) and need to find ways to make them meaningful. Usually it's: a cuddle and then breakfast--we start at 5:45 am! At the end of the day it's: dinner together > a show/game > me conking out with the puppies. It's pleasant and cozy but fairly humdrum.
Pic: My NuNu sneaking a treat from the tray I made for SH's visit.
Tuesday, November 09, 2021
Haven't vetted the veracity of this, but apparently there's a dog school "in Canada" so dogs don't have to stay home alone, and this appears to be their school bus.
BRB. Going to check if Scoutie and Huckie feel like running away with me.
Monday, November 08, 2021
Sunday, November 07, 2021
Saturday, November 06, 2021
examine one reed then
Friday, November 05, 2021
With my beautiful, brilliant babies. (Huck is in that first picture too... somewhere!)
We had dinner after pooja, lingering at the table forever, and then we took a starlight walk to help Nu put the chickies to bed.
I made a payasam (with oats, raisins, coconut, and almonds) that was delicious... but also the laziest sweet one can make (it took ten minutes from start to finish). It has, after all, been a long week. 😇
(Did Diwali go mainstream this year somehow? We received a record number of Diwali greetings from non-Indian friends this year...)
Thursday, November 04, 2021
A lovely and successful honorary induction and such a thrill to celebrate in person with a community of like-minded book nerds again.
Lots of pictures with students and their families for my imminent Goodbye Mr. Chips years, and lots of ziplock bags so students could take the extra hors d'oeuvres with them.
But it leaves me with less than ten hours to commute home and get back to campus for my 8 am meeting in the morning... zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Wednesday, November 03, 2021
* I said a couple of hurried slokas, but we're celebrating on Friday
as today we have parent-teacher conferences for Nu all evening...
and tomorrow I'll be home late as honorary inductions will run late into the evening...
but At will stop by on Friday and we'll celebrate together then!!
Friends and old neighbors shutting it down in honor of John Crawford. _
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