Saturday, 9 December 2017

Now Teaching: Week 14

Vaguely wondering if the serotonin balancing drugs are making me too mellow. Unrelated (I think), with essentially having two prep periods at work, I’m finding that my home life is the busier of the two (serial writing, TTNexus writing, comic art, December parody, also mostly doing dinners, daaaamn). I have started to get caught up in recreational reading again though. Christmas is still not on my radar.
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Item counts run Sunday (Dec 3) to Saturday (Dec 9).

Step Count 2016: About 51,200.
STEP COUNT 2017: Over 62,300. 14 stars.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR:
-Trying to finish “Girl + Algebra” while baffled by darkness.

SchoolMail 2016: 63 (0 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2017: 122 New (23 sent)
Still getting flagged on late assignments for CS is part of that. At Day 63, I have taken 19.667 of 11 days of sick leave so far.



TEACHING RELATED ITEMS:
 -“Phantom” on Monday (& brief staff mtg Tues)
 -Marked MDM Quests
 -Marked 3U Tests
 -Dealt with surveys for MDM
 -Pins: Mayu, Stardust, WhoMe, Xin Hua, Miku

WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Sunday Interview with Carleton Students
 -Sunday NaNoWriMo Over Party
 -Wrote “Biff to the Future” review
 -Thursday stArt Faire Comic Chat
 -Wrote closing post on “Time & Tied” for RRL (now done)
 -Wrote an “Epsilon Project” serial entry.

OTHER ITEMS:
 -Sunday family dinner.
 -Tuesday Yoga class.
 -Friday harp concert.
 -Getting too into Lotus Prince’s other playthroughs, including Lollipop Chainsaw.

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -COMA Monday, XMas concert Thurs, Staff party Fri.

STUFF THAT WILL NOW NEVER HAPPEN IN 2017:
 -Recap for ConBravo 2017
 -Recap for CanCon 2017
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk


RH Stress Level: 4 (Accel Shooter)

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Now Teaching: Week 13

Semester two is possibly sorted now, yay for being proactive. Card is sent, my wife is so good with dates. I need to stop procrastinating on grading probability projects. Also, need to get on possible song for the holidays, drawing “commission” and next comic review. Not much else to say; random reminder that events below are flagged because they took at least an hour.
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Item counts run Sunday (Nov 26) to Saturday (Dec 2).

Step Count 2016: About 55,230.
STEP COUNT 2017: Over 67,400. 16 stars.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR:
-Had responses to my lament of posts that no one seemed to notice.

SchoolMail 2016: 83 (2 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2017: 102 New (11 sent)
At Day 63, I have taken 18 of 11 days of sick leave so far.

Somewhat tidier within last couple hours.

TEACHING RELATED ITEMS:
 -“Phantom” on Monday
 -Marked 3U Tasks
 -Created sample for 3U Desmos Summative
 -Updated evaluations for courses
 -Pins: Maika, none, Avanna, Stardust, AC3

WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Write-In on Sunday
 -Write-In on Thursday (more charms!)
 -Thursday stArt Faire Comic Chat.
 -“Time Untied” NaNoWriMo ends at 38,668, words. (Up from 26,141)

OTHER ITEMS:
Finished Fatal Frame View
 -Dinner with friends Monday.
 -Tuesday Yoga class.
 -Saw “The Foreigner” movie with Anne-Lise.
 -Medical appointment Friday.
 -Bus station pickup Friday.
 -Brunch with friends Saturday.

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -Sunday family dinner. That’s it.

STUFF THAT WILL NOW NEVER HAPPEN IN 2017:
 -Recap for ConBravo 2017
 -Recap for CanCon 2017
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk

RH Stress Level: 5 (ACS Standby)

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Now Teaching: Week 12

Not much on the creative side this week. Mostly shoring up the teaching after report cards, dealing with medical things (June will be interesting, also my shoulder’s mostly okay), and getting generally distracted. Though Richard Simard even asked me about a math holiday song. So when NaNo’s done, and my next TTN column’s done, that might be a thing. It’s all looking pretty manageable going forwards, actually. It might last?
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Item counts run Sunday (Nov 19) to Saturday (Nov 25).

Step Count 2016: About 59,800.
STEP COUNT 2017: Over 60,500. 14 stars.
Didn’t reach goal today, was back on the writing side.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR:
-Lamented my regular schedule of posts that no one seemed to notice.

SchoolMail 2016: 64 (1 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2017: 94 New (18 sent)
At Day 58, I have taken 16.33 of 11 days of sick leave so far. Because of a new medical appointment, and the CS IS still Short Term, apparently.


After report cards...

TEACHING RELATED ITEMS:
 -Completed last 1/3rd of Gr 11 Tests
 -Completed Gr 12 Tests
 -Back in theatre! Created character files for “Phantom”.
 -Got MDM (+3U) Summative files updated
 -Professional Development Friday, woo
 -Pins: Xin Hua, WhoMe, none, Mayu, none

WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Wrote an “Epsilon Project” serial entry.
 -“Time Untied” NaNoWriMo at 26,141 words. (Up from 23,051)

OTHER ITEMS:
 -Saw Poirot movie with Anne-Lise.
 -Dinner with friends Monday.
 -Tuesday Yoga class.
 -Watched Fatal Frame (Project Zero): Black Water play-through.
 -Saturday RP (Pandemic).

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -Shadpub & Medical Friday.

STUFF THAT WILL NOW NEVER HAPPEN IN 2017:
 -Recap for ConBravo 2017
 -Recap for CanCon 2017
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk


RH Stress Level: 5 (ACS Standby)

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Now Teaching: Week 11

First full week back. Report cards got done. I think the drugs must be working, because I was fairly zen about it? Though it also helps that I effectively had another prep period that could be used for doing stuff. My first article for TTNexus also went live, my last shot was delivered, and I attended a Saturday write-in. Captain Marvel, woot, got a journal, a charm and more. (On the down side, on Monday I self diagnosed a strained rotator cuff, ouch, sigh. Oh, also put away the BBQ and AC.)
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Item counts run Sunday (Nov 12) to Saturday (Nov 18).

Step Count 2016: About 57,300.
STEP COUNT 2017: Over 61,400. 14 stars.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR:
-Went to a staff gathering. Started putting NaNo work on Wattpad.

SchoolMail 2016: 52 (1 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2017: 86 New (28 sent)
At Day 53, I have taken 14.33 of 11 days of sick leave so far. I think.
Certainly I’m in Short Term Disability for all medical leave now (like this coming week’s appointment) but my CS is now on Long Term Disability (as of Friday). So does that count...? I didn’t count it.



TEACHING RELATED ITEMS:
 -Completed other 1/3rd of media tasks
 -Completed set of Gr 11 Tests
 -Marked entire set of CS Society assignments
 -Set of marks, learning strategies, comments for Class1
 -Set of marks, learning strategies, comments for Class2
 -Set of marks, learning strategies, comments for Class3
 -Arts Night at School
 -Through 2/3rds of New Gr 11 Tests
 -Pins: none, Avana, Miku, Stardust, AC3

WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Saturday All Day Write-In.
 -“Time Untied” NaNoWriMo at 23,051 words. (Up from 12,808)

OTHER ITEMS:
 -Tuesday Yoga class.

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -Shadpub & Medical Friday.

STUFF THAT WILL NOW NEVER HAPPEN IN 2017:
 -Recap for ConBravo 2017
 -Recap for CanCon 2017
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk


RH Stress Level: 6 (Break Shoot)

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Now Teaching: Week 10

Finished the relevant chapters in the “Mind Gym” book. Was feeling better about things until a call messed with me on Monday. Still returned Wednesday, got things sorted Thursday. Now it’s all about report cards. x.x (Including for CS. Kinda figured based on the emails I’d been seeing.) So stress is high, but it’s at least a familiar stress. For the record, also put away the hose, swept and replaced lightbulbs.
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Item counts run Sunday (Nov 5) to Saturday (Nov 11).

Step Count 2016: About 52,000
STEP COUNT 2017: Over 60,250. 15 stars.
Last couple days have been over 10k.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR:
-ALL the writing, including considerations for restored math comic.

SchoolMail 2016: 56 (0 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2017: 96 New (11 sent)
At Day 48, I have taken 13 of 11 days of sick leave so far.
Basically 12 sick days, then the 13th is missing one period over 3 days; this total will keep increasing so long as I have my sanity (ie- not teaching CS).
Since I’m over the allotted sick leave, it’s Short Term Disability, a % of salary.


TEACHING RELATED ITEMS:
 -Talked to Board, Union & Principal
 -Got 2/3rd of media tasks marked
 -Got set of Data Tests marked
 -Started in on Gr 11 Tests

WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Screencaps for Citizen Brown recap.
 -Thursday stArt Faire Comic Chat.
 -“Time Untied” NaNoWriMo at 12,808 words. (Up from 7,480)

OTHER ITEMS:
 -Monday Math Meeting & Minutes.
 -Tuesday Yoga class.
 -Saturday Remembrance Day with friends.
 -Saturday RP. (Lords of Waterdeep)

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -REPORT CARDS.

STUFF THAT WILL NOW NEVER HAPPEN IN 2017:
 -Recap for ConBravo 2017
 -Recap for CanCon 2017
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk

RH Stress Level: 7 (Starlight Breaker)

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Now Teaching: Week 9

Through chapters 2, 3, 12, 13 and 14 in my Doctor recommended book (reading the sections for “Overcoming Adversity”). Scheduled to return the middle of the coming week. Have had a couple phone calls, and an edible arrangement delivered. On the non-professional side, surprising news with Anne-Lise, who’s incidentally away this weekend. Also, SOAP reunion was fun, I brought memorabilia (and microwave).
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On the writing side, signed up for NaNoWriMo, because what the hell. Also, Halloween was light this year; lit pumpkin a bit before 6pm. Put pumpkin outside a little after 7pm. First arrival a little after 8pm. Last arrival at 8:55pm. Only 8 people in total (4 groups). Far cry from last year’s 29. I need to eat less mini-cheesy bags.

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Item counts run Sunday (Oct 29) to Saturday (Nov 4).

Step Count 2016: About 56,900
STEP COUNT 2017: Over 54,800. 15 stars.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR:
-Felt good about writing, perused NaNo forums, sent zero emails.

SchoolMail 2016: 57 (0 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2017: 69 New (1 sent)
At Day 43, I have taken 10 of 11 days of sick leave so far.



TEACHING RELATED ITEMS:
 -Some phone calls. Basically put it out of my mind.

WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Wrote a recap for Citizen Brown comic.
 -Drew a Halloween update for Math Comic.
 -Thursday stArt Faire Comic Chat.
 -Wrote an “Epsilon Project” serial entry.
 -“Time Untied” NaNoWriMo at 7,480 words (some re-used, balancing “Epsilon”).

OTHER ITEMS:
 -Tuesday medical appointment.
 -Tuesday Yoga class.
 -Wednesday dinner with friend who came to town.
 -Friday Breakfast with Anne-Lise.
 -Saturday SOAP/AC-Cubed 10 Year Reunion.

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -Math Meeting Monday. Return to work.

STUFF THAT WILL NOW NEVER HAPPEN IN 2017:
 -Recap for ConBravo 2017
 -Recap for CanCon 2017
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk


RH Stress Level: 3 (Divine Buster, Extension)

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Now Teaching: Week 8

On medical leave through to at least Nov 7th. Taking anti-anxiety/anti-depression pills. Started reading the book “Mind Gym: Achieve more by thinking differently”, recommended by my doctor (Chapter 1).
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Item counts run Sunday (Oct 22) to Saturday (Oct 28).

Step Count 2016: About 48,300.
STEP COUNT 2017: Over 61,600. 14 stars.
Wednesday clawed its way to 5500, balanced by two 10k+ days.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR:
-Finished T&T mostly. Put away hose, etc.

SchoolMail 2016: 63 (3 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2017: 118 New (7 sent)
Over 30 of those are automated EasyConnect messages about my absences.
At Day 38, I have taken 5 of 11 days of sick leave so far.



TEACHING RELATED ITEMS:
 -Marked all Sunday, returned stuff Monday, doctor on Tuesday.
 -Dealing with form for doctor to complete, and payment, and misprinted dates.

WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Wrote a summary for the doctor entitled “Panic”.
 -Thursday stArt Faire Comic Chat.
 -Wrote a recap for Steins;Gate anime.
 -Wrote a recap for Sandglass of Summer anime.

OTHER ITEMS:
 -Brownies for my wife’s birthday. (I used raspberries again.)
 -Monday with friends for Anne-Lise birthday.
 -Tuesday Yoga class.
 -Car: Oil change, winter tires, rustproofing.
 -Play at NAC on Friday.
 -Brunch with friends on Saturday.
 -Mowed lawn/leaves, cleared eavestroughs, swept.
 -Harp concert for niece on Saturday.
 -Roleplay session on Saturday.

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -Medical appointment (not for my thing, back to the other thing). Meeting a friend coming into town. AC Cubed reunion tour.

STUFF THAT WILL NOW NEVER HAPPEN IN 2017:
 -Recap for ConBravo 2017
 -Recap for CanCon 2017
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk


RH Stress Level: 6 (Break Shoot)