Day 853 - Weekend visitors
Friday, March 31, 2017
A friend commented that I hadn't posted for a while. I tried a couple times but just couldn't make the words hang together. I guess that's what happens when I have to write so much for my schoolwork. I've just used up all the words and phrases for the day, and there's nothing left...
I've got one class this semester that is kicking my butt. No textbook, but I have to read 4-5 articles a week, answer a bunch of questions from the instructor with discussion board posts, and reply to my other student's comments as well. A minimum of 10 "substantive" posts must be submitted each week. It's a lot of reading and writing. I have three papers to write about a specific speech (I chose the keynote address at the 1984 Democratic National Convention by Mario Cuomo) and then a final paper that is 15-30 pages and is a detailed criticism of the work (the first three papers are text analysis, history, and critical method). In addition to the final I have to make a video presentation on the paper and upload it to Youtube for the rest of the class to view. I'm absolutely terrified about the amount of work for this one course, which is more than all the other classes I've taken, combined.
This weekend my BFF from the 5th grade is coming for a visit. She and her husband live in Michigan, not far from where we all grew up. We've been friends for 50 years, and this weekend is going to be a really fun get-together with them. I'm super excited. There's a long story about our friendship that I'll have to share sometime.
In just a month I will be at two years of maintenance. I will admit that the last few months have been tough. Working full time plus going to grad school means that sometimes my workouts aren't as long or intense as they should be. I also reach for convenience too often with food choices because there is little time for meal planning and preparing. One thing that has worked really well for me is to cook dried beans in the pressure cooker with some leftover meat, plus some frozen kale and sliced carrots. I make enough soup for an entire week's worth of lunches, and it's both easy and healthy. I buy the beans in bulk from my favorite grocery store and keep them in quart-size mason jars in the pantry. I never have to worry about reaching my fiber targets!
Speaking of fiber, here's a video that will give you a chuckle (and a song to be stuck in your head for the day):
Have a great jet-propelled day!