Summer’s ending soon =(

Well, today’s the big day. Last art class of summer! Okay, okay, I admit it – I’m still not sure what we’re doing today. We’ve been painting the last couple times, and I’d like to find a way to use the mass amounts of construction paper we had donated. I need to get on that.

This morning has been pretty well wasted. I went to a staff meeting where we got yelled at for about 2 1/2 hours – though I’d guess that only about 10-20% applied to any one person. Actually, about half of it wasn’t yelling, and was instead more similar to “disappointed with slightly raised voices”. Our cake decorator, however, actually did yell, pace, gesture angrily, etc. At least they bribed us with juice and donuts and they legally had to pay us to be there.

I came home and intended to work on my art class lesson plan to cheer me up, but I still had tabs up from my quest the night before to find a cake to bake for my birthday party. That led to cooking blogs and…well, it’s been 45 minutes now. I tried to resist, but the second I saw a category for scones, I was gone. With the end of summer looming, my need for quick breakfast foods is going to skyrocket. I really need to work on that this semester – packing lunches and eating good breakfasts –  as well as, as always, my study habits.

Speaking of blogs, Heather introduced me to an interesting one, 30 Bucks a Week, which is about a couple in New York who try to feed themselves with, as the name implies, $30 a week. It’s an interesting and timely concept, and I enjoy reading through their recipes and suggestions. It’s a good reminder that just because I’m short on money, it doesn’t mean I have to resort to junk food, especially since all of their meals are vegetarian. Obviously, a lot of the options at their disposal don’t apply around here, but some of it still carries over.

I just finished The Story We Find Ourselves In this morning, and I think I’ll start the last book, The Last Word, and the Word After That tomorrow. I had originally planned to skip the first book, but I’m glad I didn’t. It held a lot of background information and concepts that were only vaguely fleshed out, but it was what I needed to get the basic ideas. What I liked about the second book was that it dealt much more with application, and it was a conversation starter.

The conversations are what was really important to me; partially because I always feel intimidated and have trouble speaking up and also because it forced me to go further than simply restating an idea. Since I’m going back to school soon, I’ll use the example of Bloom’s Taxonomy (hey, I’m trying to remember what I’ve learned); for a few of the ideas, especially ones that I had read much earlier in the book, I could really only put them into my own words. But, especially as we kept talking about them, we started evaluating, comparing and contrasting, and some of the other higher levels. It boosts my confidence to have some of those higher level conversations 🙂

Anyway, I need to stop procrastinating. Art class lesson plan!

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