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October 30, 2016

Happy Halloween......I guess

Okaaay, mushrooms and an elf??  
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I have never been a huge fan of Halloween.  Even as a child, I delighted in the candy, but otherwise could take or leave it.  I don't like scary movies.  I don't like it when someone jumps out from a closet in a scary costume for the sole purpose of making me scream, or pee myself.  Although to be fair, I didn't pee.  However, I did let out an enormous skelloch when one of my co-workers decided to play a prank on a number of us.  When my kids were small, I took them trick-or-treating, but I never enjoyed the experience, which is probably why I have so few photos of them in their costumes.  I have friends that are the opposite of me ~ they have huge Halloween parties....and spend a lot of money for decor, food, drinks and of course ~ costumes.  I was shocked to learn that this year, your fellow Americans will spend approximately $77 per person for the "holiday".  Considering I don't spend a dime, and I'm sure there are many more like me, that's a lot of mulah.
As far as I'm concerned, I prefer to turn off the outdoor lights and hunker down with a movie like "Finding Dori".

I did present my research on Monday.  It went pretty well, considering I was a blubbery mess on the inside.  My classmates were quite complimentary, which surprised me.  I had huge armpit sweat rings I guess the antipersperant wasn't prepared for the onslaught of standing in front of class and talking for half an hour.
It is a small class of 7 students....only one guy in the group (other than the prof).  At first I thought the guy was ok, seems fairly smart, well traveled, speaks Russian and was in the military.  But, I've since revised my opinion, to include obnoxious.  But, whatever, it has to be somewhat intimidating to be in a class with that much estrogen.  ha ha  The women are really interesting though.  We have the quiet one (besides me, lol) who always seems angry about something.  I don't know what her story is, but whenever she speaks, it's worth listening to.  Perhaps she wants to hit us over the head with her brilliance.  There is also the slightly "goth" student who is in the habit of wearing dark purple or black lipstick.  I've never understood goth, and never saw any attractive qualities of goth makeup.  She's a pretty smart cookie though.  Not very talkative, but smart and insightful.  We have what I see as the typical smart college student, part of a sorority, always smiling, just your all around nice person.  She's extremely likeable. Probably has a 4.5 average.  We also have a student who is tall and beautiful....I think I might have mentioned previously that her mentor was the man who was to teach our honors class but was suspended for sexual harassment (and subsequently fired).  She's a very nice woman, with a charming accent that I can't quite place (South American?  Mexican?).  Her research involved immigration, so perhaps its personal for her.  Dunno.  But I like her, when I originally didn't think I would.  Of all of us, she has missed the most classes.  I don't know what our prof feels about missing class, but I think she's taking a big risk.  Lastly, we have a late comer who I know the least about, except that she works at the coffee shop I meet my professor.  Very quiet.  She is due to present this coming Monday.  I'm sure she'll do well, and I need to read the articles she provided so that I have some clue what she's going to talk about.   ~I wonder if anyone is going to wear a costume to class on Monday, and am betting I will see plenty of costumes on campus~

I have been trying to plan my classes for next semester, even though my adviser said the schedule isn't technically set until Nov. 1.  One class is online !hallelujah! but the other choices will require I obtain "permission" from my co -workers.  There are two classes I'd enjoy that are Tues and Thurs from 11-12, so I'd have to be gone a couple of hours from work on those days.  One is from 5:30 to 8 on Wed.  I would normally jump at the chance to take a class in the evening.  However, the topic is US Policy, which is most likely the most boring topic ever in the history of history.   I truly do not want to take that class, but I might be forced to if my co-workers aren't happy about me being out of the office during the aforementioned times.  I guess we'll see.  I will discuss it with our office manager soon, once the finalized schedule is posted.  I shudder at the prospect that I will have to go through this process three or four more times before I'm done with my degree.  Ugh.

Well, have an enjoyable week!
Love, 365


  1. I hope that your coworkers can make it possible for you to take the classes that you want :)

    Have a happy Halloween!! :)

    1. Well, thank you for stopping in and commenting! I still don't know, but one of my co-workers thinks I have approval. Just wish I didn't have to wait two weeks to find out!

  2. I am not big on Halloween either. The school district I used to work in usually fixed it so there was no school on that day.

    I'm sure the kids will be wired tomorrow.

    Good luck being able to take the classes you're interested in.

    I'd be nervous presenting my thoughts to a large group most of the time, the exception being other child care providers, since I know I'm good at it and that helps my confidence.

    1. I have a small advantage over my peers in class, since I've actually written a paper regarding my research. They are just starting. Or, maybe being at the beginning of it is better? I dunno, I'm just glad I'm done with it. My palms are sweaty just thinking about it.... :-)


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