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1. EXITE and the quest for hot chocolate: 10:54

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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