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January 8, 2016 Leave a comment

 

Realization

Me, realizing that school starts up again on Monday. And it’s the 3rd Quarter of School

Okay, so consistency has never been something I’ve done on this site for, well, a consistent period of time.  But that doesn’t mean I give up on it!

Anyway, here’s a few new photos to keep you interested (at least I hope) in the site.  I may, or may not be doing something more with photography soon.  I’m also still going to use this site to talk education as well, especially here in Nevada . . . and especially in light of all the recent news that has been happening.  News like “rankings” and Bills for spending more on education and the like.

Sand Harbor 1.1.16

Sand Harbor on New Year’s Day

Winter at Mayberry Park

A recent picture of Winter at Mayberry Park

Again, I’m on Instagram if you’d like to see more or on 500px.  Again, I may just keep this blog for education and general information while I may start another primarily for photography.  We’ll see though!

An Experiment . . .

August 14, 2012 Leave a comment

After coming home from work today, I noticed a few things were “off” in the house.  The clock on the microwave flashed it’s green LEDs telling me to input the time.  So did the oven display.  At that point, it seemed pretty obvious to me.

Power outage.

No big deal, I thought.  Luckily I was at work all day and didn’t have to sit at home when this happened.  Everything seemed to be in working order.

Then I tried to turn on my television.

*     *     *

So . . . long story short, my beautiful 47″ LED television didn’t work.  I unplugged it.  Then re-plugged it. Nothing.  I was about to take the back panel off when I thought to see if my warranty still applied.  Again, nothing.

At that point, I thought that this would happen to me:

Luckily, I still had some beer.

Anyway, instead of really diving into some frustration over this event, I thought to myself “Hey Self!  Why don’ t you use this time away from the television to do some other things.  Like helping a friend out with some writing.  Maybe do more writing yourself?  Pick up the guitar again?  Go running?  Drawing?  Painting?  Underwater Basket Weaving?”

Yes, one of those things I made up.

Anyway, so this is my experiment.  I’m going to continue trying to repair my television, but I’m not going to get a new one, or transfer my bedroom television downstairs.  I’m going to leave it off.  At least until school starts.  I’m going to see what I can do during the day without the distraction of the television.  The Olympics are over and I definitely sat around a few more “hours” than I had intended.  So let’s see what I can do.  I’m sure I’ll be online more, especially now that I’m addicted to that silly Simcity Social Game, but I’m hoping I won’t increase my “online” time just because I can’t find another media avenue to explore.

Anyway, I’m going to do my best to keep writing about this experiment as it continues.  It’s been done before, but not by me.  So it’ll be interesting to see the results in a few week’s time.

Wish me luck and focus people.  The experiment begins now.

Quick Post on Teaching :)

I figured something out very quickly.

In a conversation I once had, someone had mentioned “must be nice having the summers off!” And yes, I could sense a little jealousy and contempt rising from his voice. Which is fine. I’m sort of used to it by now.

However, I usually respond with “I make sure to earn my break during the year.”

And I truly mean that.

Teachers usually teach 180 days in the year (at least in my district), not counting any ESY (Summer School), classes, or further training you might attend. This doesn’t include the teachers who work moonlight jobs as well (which I don’t).  Anyway, with the hours I worked during the school year, which includes school functions, tutoring, academic camps and whatnot, I extrapolated the time across the whole year (without any breaks) and still manage to work over 40 hours a week (41.5 to be exact).

Just a little something I thought about.  Which also made me think, “seriously, I need a wee bit of a life during the school year.”

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