Anais Nin Quote

"Living never wore one out so much as the effort not to live." Anais Nin

"A life undocumented is a life unlived."

Monday, October 14, 2013

Where is My Fall Break?

I'm sitting at my desk at my graduate assistantship when in an alternate universe (a universe with a true fall break), I am leisurely sipping my coffee while still in my Star Wars pajama pants. I grew up without a fall break. Back in the stone ages when I was in school, we had spring break, Thanksgiving break, and Christmas break. We were off for Labor Day and the occasional teacher in-service day (which back in those days was very rare). When I came back to college, I was introduced to this wonderful new thing - fall break. A few days in the middle of the fall semester where I could sleep in, relax, and work on my projects at my own pace instead of like a panicked maniac. Enter grad school. I'm working today and shadowing my school psychologist tomorrow. My fall break will consist of Tuesday afternoon because I won't have class. I'm getting the feeling I was robbed somewhere.

That's okay, though. It's still a beautiful Monday morning. I love seeing the University of Memphis waking up, people walking by, workers getting their day started, and I have an awesome window to look out of. And I have my coffee. Good morning!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Estoy Aprendiendo a Hablar Español

The subject line above should translate to "I am learning to speak Spanish". At this point, I have to trust that is telling me the truth and I'm not saying something awful like, I'm a total dunce at speaking Spanish. Which would be true, but a little humiliating to share with folks.

My language of choice in college was German. I spent four semesters learning greetings, phrases, vocabulary, and delving into German literature. My reading comprehension of German is better than my German-speaking skills, but it's a work in progress. It's hard to learn a language fluently when you're not immersed in it daily. Spanish, however, might be a different ballgame. In my days of shadowing my school psychologist, I'm noticing that speaking Spanish would be a benefit to a school psychologist in Memphis so I decided to start trying to learn to speak Spanish. I signed up on Fluencia to start taking lessons, I followed Huffington Post, the Spanish version, on Facebook and Twitter, and I'm hoping between the two I'll start getting a feel for Spanish. In-between going back to college in my late 30s, going to grad school now, learning German and now learning Spanish, my poor brain is just being used and abused.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Out with Summer and in with Fall

In the small gap of time it took me to relax a bit, I realized fall has arrived. The trees are slowly changing colors, I'm seeing pumpkins and mums on people's front porches, and yes, I even decorated my office desk with Halloween paraphernalia. My days are still busy. I'm up at 5am and I'm on the go until well after dark, but they're productive days and I'm starting to get into the swing of being a grad student. Even so, summer went by way too quickly. Although it's temporary, I have enjoyed being out in the country again - seeing deer and turkey wander through the yard, hanging my clothes out on the line, riding four-wheelers with kiddo, and we're gearing up for the nights of weenie and marshmallow roasts.

This week I'm doing my checkouts for the WISC-IV and RIAS and doing my second administration of the WJ-III. Now, I've got to share a bit with the WJ-III. The WJ stands for Woodcock-Johnson. Yes, you read that right. Wipe the Coke off your computer monitor. The really pitiful thing is Mr. Woodcock's first name was Richard. *sigh* I did a search on Woodcock-Johnson on Twitter and got an eyeful. You ought to try it sometime. You'll never be able to say the name of that test battery again without snickering. 

I turned in one lit review paper and two response papers (we read journal articles and write our responses to them), I'm almost caught up on my reading in general for my classes and I'm looking forward to a little bit of R&R this weekend. We're technically on fall break for the next few days although I really won't be. It'll still be kind of nice to slow down a bit before gearing back up for the second half of the semester. 

The joys of smelling laundry that's been air-dried

Our little deer family
Our little bird family

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