July 14, 2006

EXITE and the quest for hot chocolate

July 14, 2006 - Categories: teaching

Yesterday I re-learned that I can teach even when everything’s going
blah.

I’d been running on far too little sleep for the past few days – some
five hours a day, I think. Nonetheless I managed to drag myself out of
bed by 6:30, catching a few blinks on the commute and making it into
IBM by 8:00. I just wanted to go back to sleep, but I was stressing
out about the activity – and the fact that by 9:30, I needed to be
vibrantly alive and enthusiastic.

Sometimes it’s just not one of those days.

A spot of hot chocolate would’ve done me well, I think. However, there
was not a single sachet of hot chocolate mix anywhere in the coffee
area for my lab, not even in my apparently-no-longer-secret stash
behind the tea boxes in the cabinet. No Hershey’s Kisses in Stephen
Perelgut’s cubicle, either. In my distraction I’d forgotten about the
Tim Horton’s cafe at the end of the building. Instead, I went back to
my computer and went through a few blogs in order to learn new things
and thus stimulate my mind.

The class went okay, although it was unexceptional. The words felt
thick and unwieldy in my mouth, unclearly explained. However, the kids
did what they needed to, and I was pleasantly surprised to see how
much they recalled from the activity two days ago.

As for me – I learned, yet again, that I need to take better care of
myself in order to be at top form. =) I hate being blah. I hate fuzzy
days. I’d rather wake up with a smile on my face and plenty of
energy…

Note to self: don’t volunteer for anything in the morning!

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Random Japanese sentence: テーブルに猫の足跡が付いている。 There are footprints of a cat on the table.