Category Archives: NaBloPoMo

No time to blog, because …


I’ll be one of the facilitators for the OWL course at the Unitarian Centre.  Can’t wait!

Happy Chanukah!


From Twitter: @GladstoneCFRE – Mother was explaining to her son miracle of #Chanukah but kid didn’t understand. So she said, imagine you charge #iphone and it lasts 8 days.

Last night (or: what I wish I was doing again tonight)


Instead of seeing the lovely David Tennant in glorious 3-D, I’m catching up on a neglected house, marking student speeches, and bulldozing my way through a terrifying pile of student research reports.

My students today told me of a way to cheat sleep: a “Nappachino” — slam a coffee, then nap for 15 minutes, wake up AWAKE. It’s 9:30, and I’ve got a long night ahead.

In the meantime, I’ll be listening out for the comforting wheeze of the TARDIS engines, hoping the Doctor will come whisk me away.

(so much for NaBloPoMo, eh?)

Throwback Thursday: I think this hair speaks for itself.



You’re welcome.

A little something for me to remember

Every now and then I come across some wisdom, and I hope I can remember it when the time comes. Today’s two bits of wisdom comes to you from a friend’s Facebook feed and a mailing list I’m a part of.

From a friend’s FB page: “Dr. Carmella’s Guide to Understanding the Introverted.”  Now that I’m fully embracing the “I” in my INFP personality, I’m understanding myself a lot more. The best part of this infographic/illustration is the statement of how introverts gain their energy — rather than becoming energized from people interaction, introverts need time to recharge (mainly because we find interactions to be draining).


I also love the bit that says “interaction is just expensive and they don’t want to spend it on something annoying (read: wasteful).”


I’m starting to give myself more permission to say no to relationships and activities that I find to be annoying and/or wasteful. Maybe it’s because I’m finding myself more and more drained? I chose a career path that forces me to be out there with people for most of the time, so when I’m home (or on the weekends), my battery levels are dangerously low. I guess I don’t want to bother myself with people who aren’t edifying and are difficult to be with.

The other item I want to remember is from last week’s “happiness tip” from Dr. Christine Carter: Quit Something. I think this tip goes pretty much hand in hand with my earlier “avoid annoying, draining people” realization — I’m trying to get better about only being involved with activities that I love and find important. If I don’t have that driving passion or investment, I’m giving myself permission to quit.

Granted, there still tends to be a lot of activities I find worthwhile and want to be a part of — but I am trying to be more selective about where and what I do with my time.

So – quit annoying people and quit annoying activities. Check.

(sounds easy to type, but I’m sure my people-pleasing tendencies will betray me more often than not)

Every-other-day NaBloPoMo

That’s what I’m celebrating here. Yeah, yeah, that’s the ticket.


Gah! So much for NaBloPoMo.

1379605_10153438625720134_469063407_nIt’s inevitable that I can never finish the month! Ah well.

This weekend was a busy one — Friday night youth group sleepover, Saturday morning little one’s ballet class, Saturday afternoon errand running, and then Saturday night we celebrated Jerry’s 43rd birthday with friends (until the wee hours of Sunday morning).

Sunday morning laundry, Sunday afternoon freezing our toes off at the Santa parade, Sunday evening watching the RIDERS! game. Followed up by a round of Sunday late-night marking papers for Monday morning.


(and I wonder why I’m always so tired)

Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have the energy to write something more stimulating! In the mean time, here’s a collection of links I’ve recently shared on social media: