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Jumping into some research projects (well, excited and scared 🙂 )
As a kid who always finished last in the mile run during PE and really abhorred running...that first full marathon made me feel like I could do pretty much anything (well, first it made me feel like sleeping for 83 years, but THEN I felt like I could probably do anything). Relevant Harry Potter quote: "...you start feeling like anything's possible if you've got enough nerve."
extreme pressure and about 1000 degrees celsius makes diamonds...in the right zone.
I'm good at copy editing, but get no intrinsic value out of it (I do get some utility value, I just don't enjoy it). Similarly, I'm a good writer, but have only recently started actively valuing that skill.
I wish I were a better listener. It's something I have gotten better at over the years, but it still requires intentional effort (which is a bummer: I love hearing others' perspectives, but controlling the impulse to start talking as soon as the other person says something interesting is hard!)
I swear by the Pomodoro technique. I also like to set very concrete goals -- if, say, the thing I don't want to do is writing, I amortize it: I don't have to write a whole paper today, I just have to write 500 words (or whatever is appropriate for the total word count goal). I can't trick myself into what counts or doesn't count as a whole page, and I stay motivated to hit the word count because that means I'm done for the day. If I get into a writing groove, even better: I'm officially "overachieving".
Going home! After a few delays with my flight, stepping out of the airport and seeing my husband waiting for me was a definite highlight of the weekend (the enthusiastic greeting from our dog was a close second).
going straight into grad school out of undergrad (in English Lit.) / moving to Vienna for a Fulbright teaching fellowship
Wrote + recorded an album about Harry Potter in lieu of a final paper
The time I successfully navigated a student's "emergency" illness while leading a study abroad trip -- entirely auf Deutsch.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The Big Short
A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy O'Toole
I'm really looking forward to stats. I gained a later-in-life love for mathematics and thus look forward to this. I also have been excited learning who my peers are in the upper classes. I'm connecting with others based on interests and trying to get connected to their projects.
This one time...at bank camp...
I mean this one time in Mexico City I had my ATM card cloned and I had to go to the bank all by myself to sort it out en Espanol. Certain tasks prove extra difficult to do in a different language. Banks, doctors, and talking on the phone (where visual cues are not present) prove especially difficult. I've become comfortable with these!
Pressure is one aspect - https://www.livescience.com/32266-how-are-diamonds-made.html
Tough questions because most things I am good at, I find the value of it, even if I don't really like it. I mean, I can't think of something where I'm like "Yeah, I'm good at this" yet never assimilate it into my self-value. I've though on this answer for 2 days now and I've come up this the above response. Everything I'm good at I value.
Now on the flip-side, I'm not good at MySQL, Express, and Handlebars. It is driving me crazy in programming class since I missed those 3 weeks!
I chunk the task into more manageable tasks. I set rewards for myself to finish said chunks. For some tasks I block work time off with liberal breaks in between. I relocate to new work environments (different cafe or library) and use the travel as mental breaks.
Maybe recovering from a newly formed coffee addiction. I never drink coffee but needed to the last two weeks of class. The withdrawal was headaches and such. Thankfully, I've "kicked the habit"!
Bogota vs. Guaymas
2009 - 2010 academic year:
Football conference championship.
Men's soccer conference championship.
Basketball national championship in Indy.
Student-athlete development conference.
Reaching goals in my 5-year plan.
Learned a lot of tech skills. WebDev stuff and cryptocurrency mining.
Parque Fundidora + Paseo Santa Lucia o Parque Fundidora.
Elon Musk - We goin' to mars! / "Satoshi" - The mythological creator(s) of cryptocurrency. Both take ideas into the real world.
Read a few Tom Clancy book en espanol.
I don't have a favorite teacher.
Learning stats... I know... I know... but I feel this is the biggest gap and I am ready to fill it. 🙂
In process --> Family + Single Income + SoCal + Student Debt. = God's grace
Carbon bonding does. 🙂
I am very good at doing dishes (and stacking them!) but I absolutely dislike the process. I would rather scrub a toilet than wash a sink full of old smelly dishes.
I wish I was a better writer. I can write stuff (lol)... but it is not natural for me. I would love to level up this skill.
I tend to be a bad news guy first, to deal with it, then hope for the better later. Grin and bear it!
Long travel was tiring... but good to be home. 🙂 . Great to see Stef and Micah and Ethan!
Military / Classroom career
Study abroad trip -- Italy -- France -- England.
Becoming an Eagle Scout.
Wife - Stefene
Pre-school! --> Took my family to Hawaii
LOTR = 3 in 1
Bible / LOTR / POA