Random Tuesday – Sorry for complaining but I’m going introspective here and then fun times


  • OK so a colleague sent us an article about how to bring “play” back into the college classroom and especially on Zoom. I opened it because one of my classes is proving difficult. They’re smart but they do not interact so I am looking for ways to talk to them. Now this author, instead of simply talking about how students at that age have gotten past the “fun” part of school, began by saying that students have stress now – due to the news – and then blamed it on Trump. Good lord, where do we start here? Ok so there are multiple layers. Firstly, the assumption that news is draining BECAUSE of Trump is a fallacy. News media’s reactions and bias against the president is why the news drains people. Think about this: are mainstream outlets treating Biden the same? No, they ask what socks he has on, what ice cream he ate today. So there’s one. The other layer here, both from my colleague and the author, is the assumption that ANYONE that this article speaks to – any college instructor – stands upon the shared idea that ORANGE MAN BAD so let’s use him as a catalyst to discuss how we can’t handle our feelings. Look, I am analyzing this from a neutral standpoint because I literally teach that in my classes. But my colleague assumed we all identify with this and so did the author. Which, to me, begins the way they think about the topic in a very biased way. It shouldn’t bother me but it does.
  • OK with the politics out of the way, we can start discussing the randomness of the day, which are these questions that I stole from Songbird, who stole them from elsewhere.
  • Coronavirus  questions:
     
     
     
     
     
    In the past year have you–

     

    1. Gone without a bra 

     
    I mean, at home I’m free to do as I please. In public? Heck no.

     

    2. Skipped making your bed.

     
    I only make it when I am feeling overly OCD anyway

     

    3. Ordered groceries to be delivered

     
    Nope. I braved the store.

     

    4. Cooked a real meal

     
    Yes, I cook quite often

     

    5. Spent the day in pajamas?

     
    I would always start the day in comfy clothes but I showered and dressed every day

     

    6. Skipped shaving your legs

     
    Yes.

     

    7. Spent hours on Instagram or Pinterest

     
    Maybe, but not a lot of them, to be honest

     

    8. Eaten in a restaurant

     
    Yes, as soon as they reopened we started going.

     

    9. Skipped washing your hair.

     
    Yes, but that’s normal. I don’t wash it every day

     

    10. Not folded the laundry

     
    I don’t; my kids do!

     

    11. Worked a puzzle

     
    Yes, we did a couple

     

    12. Had Zoom calls

     
    Zoom, yes. For my job. But also with family

     

    13. Written letters.

    Nope. 

    14. Binge watched a TV show
     
    Of course.  But again, not like a lot of people do. I feel like bingeing implies always watching. And we focus on balance.

     

    15. Gone barefoot

      I live in Florida so I mean, always? LOL

I am working my way through catching up on this one school I teach for, which includes one college course for their main campus and two high school courses. I feel like I am pretty ahead but I also can see where I might begin to slip; I feel a little exasperated by it all. I will say, the one thing keeping me afloat (besides food; that sounds lame but when you do this schedule: one day, one meal, next day, two meals, etc it helps) is the sun coming out and slightly warmer temps. I even laid on the deck in full sun the other day and as my skin warmed and I could feel the healing effects, my entire life seemed better.

Stacy Uncorked

6 thoughts on “Random Tuesday – Sorry for complaining but I’m going introspective here and then fun times

    1. Ran into an old “friend” last week (we’ve sort of cut ties after he body-slammed my husband at my birthday party) but he was hell-bent on the whole impeachment thing, just in case he decides to run again. So yes, get a life! Get a hobby or something.

  1. FYI, I posted a response in which I wrote Orange Man’s name and it would not let me post. I tried three times. I changed the name to simply “he” (as in, won’t run again) and it magically posted.

  2. It’s amazing how biased so many people are – and either side, how they insist *their* bias is the ‘right’ one. Crazy.

    Just for fun, I’m going to post my answers to your stolen Coronavirus questions here:

    In the past year have you–

    1. Gone without a bra – only at night when I change into my jammies. 🙂
    2. Skipped making your bed. – Not very often, but the giant puppy ends up messing it up again, so then I have to ‘fix’ it before I get into bed at night, as I can’t stand crawling into a messy bed.
    3. Ordered groceries to be delivered – No, not available in our area (caveat of moving to a tiny town). Grocery pick-up, sure, but there are a couple of grocery stores that don’t have that, so it’s been 50/50.
    4. Cooked a real meal – of course! I love to cook, so I make sure to stop my work day early enough to do the prep and cooking.
    5. Spent the day in pajamas? No, I always get dressed before heading downstairs.
    6. Skipped shaving your legs – absolutely! 🙂
    7. Spent hours on Instagram or Pinterest – not really, since I work from home, I’ve been working too much, and not doing enough online playing (hence being behind on my blog visits, too!)
    8. Eaten in a restaurant – yes, as soon as our favorite reopened, we were there!
    9. Skipped washing your hair. – Of course – I don’t wash my hair every day, either – keeps it healthier that way!
    10. Not folded the laundry – yes, a couple times I’ve left Little Dude’s clothes in the dryer, and just turned it on for a few minutes to get the wrinkles out and warm them up before grabbing what he’ll wear for school. 🙂
    11. Worked a puzzle – no, haven’t had time, I’ve been working too much!
    12. Had Zoom calls – oh yes, many many zoom calls.
    13. Written letters. – Handwritten birthday cards, yes – letters, no.
    14. Binge watched a TV show – but of course! When I’ve had the time.
    15. Gone barefoot – no, not prominent here in the Pacific Northwest.

    Thanks for the fun! 🙂

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