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Is it fair to say that I'm not super stoked for stats? I mean, on the one hand, I'm happy to learn, but it feels like a mountain I have to climb as opposed to one that I want to climb. I thought these classes allowed some flexibility to my interests. I'm not sure the fall classes will permit that.
I'm happy to do more with my research group though...that is fascinating to me...
Sorry this came so late. I had intended to do more work online in NY, but my parents asked me to stay in my grandmother's house, which, as you might imagine, had no wifi. Also, my hometown doesn't believe in Starbucks (Dunkin' Donuts stronghold) or sitting at coffee shops. I also had no car (long story). In sum, I'm checking in on Sunday.
Sure, pressure makes diamonds. I think pressure though can also get people to a point where they can say "good enough to be a garnet" as opposed to a ruby, because simply, as humans, we cannot spend every moment of every day at work. We might be able to pull it off for a short period, but I think there is a time where the cup runneth over. My prep score is entirely predicated on the fact that I was not prepared to face a death in the family with what I have on my plate.
I've got a pretty good memory when it comes to things other people tell me (such as facts about their lives, birthdays) - I strangely find that more of a curse than a benefit. I'm an awful (team) athlete. I loved basketball as a kid but am terrible at it. Like, really, historically bad.
Typically I try to break the task into chunks and put "fun" things between the chunks to keep me moving. Often times, I think a short "game" break helps, or a quick visit to social media sparks my imagination enough. Admittedly, I can be a procrastinator on this front, so there are some things from 1996 that probably should still be done...
We had a really nice July 4th party at our house. First time we really rolled out the carpet for more than one family to drop in since we moved here last September, so I was glad for the relative ease of the event.
The plan after college was to go teach in Thailand, continue to learn Mandarin, go to U. Hawaii for MA/PhD in Asian History. I had an entire 10 year plan worked out until I hurt my knees (I had found this plan last spring when we moved).
Traveling to Vietnam by myself.
My daughter gave the commencement speech at her 8th grade graduation this year and she nailed it. Probably happiest I've ever been, too.
My brother, Adam. Only one that I can talk honestly to. My 93-year old grandmother is second.
My students ran a very successful "Ignite" speech competition. Very creative on their part and really pushed our campus community.
I am going to the gym today; since it's not open tomorrow/Sunday I'm going to try to be outdoors and taking photos for my daughter.
David Johnson, Portland State University
Up (Pixar) -- only animated film that made me cry, and makes me cry, over and over (in the first ten minute silent vignette).
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell -- I enjoyed the blend of rich detail about the historical period as well as the imagination to include magicians...
Bro. Joe Genovese was an awesome guy and great human being.
I'm looking forward to statistics! I'm excited to get some review of concepts I need review on, and to feel good about the things that I already know.
natural (no pain killers) childbirth, with pitocin, and in a high-risk room with all of the monitors...and doing that twice.
Good question!! Maybe. I definitely need some pressure to get work done, but I think that authentic interest in filling a need makes diamonds. There is pressure in that, but it's good pressure.
Last week's work load wasn't the best kind of pressure...
I'm good at calligraphy, but I don't value it--mostly, because it makes me mad because I'm not PERFECT at it. It's impossibly hard, but I'm pretty darn good at it (but currently out of practice).
I wish I was better at team sports. I really like them, but my sense of things on the field is not great. I'm good at swinging a golf club, shooting an arrow, and doing yoga, so I definitely have athleticism, but the three-dimensionality of a soccer field is a little much for me.
I either choose to do something else that needs to get done (because there is always more than one thing that needs to get done), and then let that positive energy drive me into the other task, or I use some sort of reward to bait me through it. The best reward is usually spending time with friends or family.
Seeing my kids after two weeks away. Going to the CT shoreline and hanging with my cousin with my kids was wonderful.
I did not go to acting school and become an actor.
Exciting? Not sure. Interesting? I worked on the line at a very busy sushi restaurant and learned how to make sushi rolls, etc.
The puppets I made for Metamorphoses production.
My favorite relative is probably my cousin Caitlin. Having two sisters that are much older than me, Caitlin has been like a sister, who I relate to in many many ways. I also have another favorite--my cousin Jamil. He and I are also very similar.
The best thing that happened was finding out that I was given a new house on campus that is almost twice as big as the one I'm in now! Hooray!
My rejuvenation place will be at my aunt's house in Brighton. She is going to take me out on a pontoon boat on the lake, we will hang out by the pool, and go out to dinner. On Tuesday night, when I was in the midst of experiencing some tears in my existential fabric, her invitation helped me get through the night.
My intellectual hero might be Alfred North Whitehead. His process philosophy was way ahead of his time, his historical knowledge is deep and profound, he has an extensive understanding of mathematics. He wrote about the nature of being, from the instantaneous level to the nature of importance and adventure and peace. His phenomenology includes the nature of the aesthetic experience, which I think other philosophers ignored.
I heart Huckabees
I like existential movies 🙂
I enjoy reading math ed articles, The World According to Garp, Franny and Zooey.
Dr. Devlin - very charismatic and brilliant....
I definitely look forward to gaining a solid stats foundation with my amazing cohort. I am also excited about the possibility to carry out my RDP study.
I am lucky (or unlucky?) enough that I haven't yet met any obstacles that I thought I would be especially proud to conquer. Every tough moment I had, when looking back at them, I feel calm inside although I might not think so at that time. With that said though, I am happy that I overcame a few challenges in life such as moving to a new city where I knew nobody and established my life and career there.
Proper level of pressure makes diamonds. Too much pressure crushes diamonds.
I am pretty good at cooking, but I am not often motivated to cook. I wish I were good at singing.
Stick a deadline list/to do list right in front of my desk; Talk to people about why it has to be done, and then get it done; Promise myself a small reward (e.g. nice dinner, some relaxing time, etc.) for task completion; Put on some nice music when doing it.
Missed the flight back to Burlington (first time ever...) but still made it back on the same day, right in time for my friend's wedding.
Be a professional Chinese lute musician.
Studying abroad in the States.
I started painting.
My cousin. Cheerful, bright, caring.
I was nominated for the teaching excellence award of the year.
By the river, ocean, anywhere with water and breeze.
Jiang Yang, a female writer in China.
Lord of the Rings. Love the story lines and characters.
Recent favorite: Howard Zinn's "People's History of the United States". Appreciate the angle and perspectives.
Mr. Chen in high school. Patient, observant, understanding, showing me a bigger world.