We're only 6 weeks into the semester and students are already ghosting me on scheduled appointments. While I enjoy having the time back, I desperately miss helping students in person. It's just so much easier to do reference when you can read someone's facial expressions (even with a mask on). At least my most recent ghosted appointment rescheduled. We shall try again!
Here's what else has my attention.
Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam
My reading pace with non-fiction is a glacial crawl. I try so hard to read every detail and remember every fact that my pace is about 15 pages an hour. Luckily, Mark Bowden has a way with writing non-fiction like it's cinematic fiction so my page per hour count jumps up a little bit.
Bowden is my favorite non-fiction writer and I’m (slowly) working on his entire bibliography. A book about the Vietnam War is not exactly light reading, but fall feels like a good time to finally start this 600 plus page doorstopper which has been sitting on my bookcase for several years.
Also, complete forgot to post that I started (and finished reading) Well Played by Jen DeLuca last week. It was a delightful rompy romance.
It was a good week for book recommendation emails.
You can see my complete TBR list on Pinterest.
If the weather pattern is any indication, fall is (finally!) here.
Let's ignore the fact that global warming is lengthening summer to the detriment of all other seasons, and just relish this cooling time of year. It may be "basic" but I don't care. I love fall. I am that woman wearing a scarf, carrying a pumpkin spice coffee (not a latte - never lattes), and shuffling her feet happily though the fallen leaves.
Here is why I love fall:
What do you love (or hate) about fall.
Capital Weather Gang officially declared summer over. I am here for it. We've got the windows wide open and cool (dare I say cold) breezes is flowing in. Bring me fall foliage, apple cider donuts, and the chance to wear a jacket!
Here's what else was good this week.
There is one thing that is dominating my time more than any other right now... pandemic parenting logistics.
I cannot begin to tell you how mentally exhausting it is to figure everything out. This week, we had to shuffle two full-time working schedules while trying to get an appointment for our kiddo for a runny nose. A RUNNY NOSE! Our daycare - who we love and do not fault - has to follow the guidance set down by the oversight/licensing department. That means any runny nose leads to a kick out, which leads to needing medical clearance before our kid can return. FOR A RUNNY NOSE! This became even more difficult with the K-12 schools being back in session because it applies to everyone. So, getting an appointment is exponential harder. Even our pediatrician's office agrees it needs to change. They're seeing kids who don't need to be seen. It's also a slow financial death - one co-pay at a time.
I could vent about this for ages because the regulations need to change to a runny nose PLUS one other symptom. But I digress... here's what else has my attention.
I'm trying not to laugh/cry that the book I added to my TBR this week exemplifies my Monday.
You can see my complete TBR list on Pinterest.
It looks like our office is going to stay open for the long haul. (I had serious doubts with the delta variant floating about.) So, I decided, it was time to replenish my desk snacks.
During a lunch break, I walked to the grocery store across the street, grabbed a basket, and started wandering the aisles.
I grabbed my favorite first - Cheez-Its. (Yum!) Then I added a pack of mixed flavor sandwich crackers that was on the shelf nearby. Next, a can of original Pringles went in to the basket. I also added some soft baked belVita bars (banana bread and oats & chocolate) to serve as backup breakfasts and emergency cookies. Then, two small boxes of Rip Van Wafels (snickerdoodle and chocolate brownie).
I wanted to add a bag of candy for the dish on my desk, but we all need to eat those mints that are still in there. (Seriously, come visit me and get some of those butter mints. Just ignore that they're in pink baby shower packages...)
This haul of (mostly) carbs and sugar joined the granola bars and trail mix packs that I already brought from home.
As I was filling my desk drawer, I realized that my preferred desk snacks all have a few things in common. They are shelf stable, one-handed food, that can be eaten without any dishes, and leave minimal mess. Maybe just a few crumbs or salty fingers.
Hopefully, I won't have to haul all of these snacks home again. For now, I'll be happy that I don't have to dart away from my computer to satisfy that singular crunchy/sweet craving that tends to befall me around 3pm each day.
What's your favorite desk snack?
Our kiddo skipped some naps at daycare this week. This made her cranky. It made us cranky because we are not ready for her to give up naps just yet. Then, later in the week, she took a nice long nap. That evening was an enjoyable frolic for everyone.
Here are my other good things from the week.
I stared at the blank section of this screen for the past five minutes trying to figure out what to write. I've got nothing. That should tell you where my head is at this week.
Here's what is holding my attention at the moment.