I don’t know which is worst?

I’m not sure which I would have rather done a Coach to 5k New Year Resolution or the writing one.  Here’s why…when one makes a fitness goal it is not uncommon at the onset to experience some discomfort as muscles that have not been used in a long time find their new purpose (sometimes unwillingly).  And to add an extra layer of fun, because it is winter you are likely to get sick.  And then you feel gross.  And one day you decide that your bed is calling to you louder than the gym and you answer.  Once the illness is over, you try going back to the gym but it is without the excitement you had for it just a week ago because of the forced break you took due to illness.

With a writing goal you might also feel some discomfort at the onset because you are trying to get the words that are floating in your head down in someway that will make sense to others.  You are also trying to think of topics that will be interesting to these others who might come across your writing.  And then, because it is winter, you get sick.  And the call from your bed (or coach in front of the TV) is louder than the call from your computer and you answer.  That describes me the end of last week.  2-3 days of just vegging on the coach trying to feel like a person again.  The only real thoughts I had were I need to make sure I drink but if I drink too much I’ll have to get up and go to the bathroom–I don’t really have the energy for that.  I think I’ll go with dehydration.  I think the whole family is thankful I am better now.  But now, like the person in the paragraph above, I’m struggling to find that inner-drive to get back to work.  That I daily spend time to read and write and not waste it.

So as the title suggests, I don’t know which is worst.   I’m just glad to be back in normal health.  Also, I’m glad that while there was a slight dry spell on this blog it is my hope that the rains have returned and that the everything is starting to return to the lushness it was before the drought (or really that it would become more lush).

Happy Monday all!

2-Day Absence

I know I promised to write something here everyday but I think I would like to change that just a bit.  I will try to write something 6 days a week and probably take Sunday as a rest from posting.  So that’s my reason for not writing on Sunday (I won’t talk about the almost three hour nap my kids and I had that afternoon).  Yesterday was an early evening for me as I felt under the weather which equaled going to bed when I put the kids to bed and no post.  Being a sick mother of two young children is no fun but add to that the fact that I also teach 5 and 6 years old–I really need my energy.  The good news–I’m writing tonight and hope to not have another break in posts until Sunday. That’s all for today.

Before I forgot-Congrats to The Ohio State!  National Champs.  O-H-….

How Technology Brought my Family Closer Today

I don’t mean emotionally closer but instead I mean closer, as in feeling in close physical proximity to each other.  I live on the Eastern half of the county and most of my extended family lives in the Midwest and Northern Plains states.  Today was a very big day for one of my cousins as his Alma Mater was in a big football championship game (if they won it was going to be their fourth in a row–they did win).  Somehow my cousin was able to get tickets for the game.  At around 10:00 this morning I received the first text from him sharing that he was at the game, wearing yellow, and to be on the look out for him starting at noon (central time) on ESPN-2. This was followed by a stream of messages from my mother, sister, other cousin, aunt, and uncle.  I do not have cable so I did not watch the game but I know most of the family did as they sent messages back and forth about how they felt the ref made a bad call or how amazing the winning catch and touchdown were.  In a way these messages were our way of leaning over and talking into the ear of the person next to us at the game.  The main difference was my cousin was in Texas at the game and the rest of us were hundreds of miles away and in other time zones.  And yet I felt like we were all in the same room together trying to find my cousin on the TV while watching the game.

I hope NDSU makes it to next year’s championship game and I hope my cousin goes again so we can all experience the game together while being so far part!  Go Bison!

Friday has come

Reader be warn–I am a little tired tonight so I’m just going to write and not go back to revise or edit.  If you find a mistake please keep that information to yourself!

For those of you who have read a post from this blog everyday this week-congrats?  Not sure if that is something to be proud of.  If you are using this blog and its posts for task avoidance than you and I should become friends.  I’m great at task avoidance and have been know to use this blog for that sole reason.   Here’s the good news.  Tonight’s post was written out of task avoidance.  What task am I avoiding?  Oh, there are many so the real question should be what tasks are you avoiding.  Could it be laundry? Nope, but good guess.  Dishes? Already completed those. Lesson plans? Got them mostly finished before coming home tonight.  Chapter 2? Ding, ding!  Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

I have written a few words tonight (no 100 yet but may 25) but am at a standstill.  I know it’s not really writer’s block because here I am writing.  I’m also pretty sure it isn’t an organization problem.  Write Right now I am working on a section that is discussing phonological awareness (PA).  I know a lot about but am having a hard time thinking about what it is I want to say about PA, as it might relate to my study.  This might mean that I need to go back and re-read (and take some more notes on) some of the articles and books I’ve been reading.  So I will leave you for tonight to go and read, before I fall asleep.

My words for Wednesday

Here it is Wednesday already and day three of the Sarah will write everyday campaign.  If it takes 21 days to create and change a routine/habit, I’m just 18 more days away!  So here are my thoughts today.

First let’s discuss the dissertation.  For those who don’t know (but since I know it’s only my family members who read this you probably already know) right now I am working on the first three chapters.  In my program, first you write the first three chapters and usually also complete your IRB application.  Once the first three chapters are finished you meet with your committee for your comprehensive exam over those chapters.   It is usually at this point that the IRB application is also approved to submit to the IRB committee.  So you might be asking how are those first three chapters coming along?  Well I have chapter three finished, minus some editing/revising, chapter 1 has some components that are finished, and chapter 2 feels like a huge mess!  While chapter 1 and 3 have a pretty standard format to follow, chapter 2 is the review of literature and it is really open.  It is up to the researcher to determine what shoulders her research will stand on and then find, read, and synthesis that information.  This researcher has some ideas on what shoulders I will be standing on BUT I think I’m missing a few. That has been today’s struggle.

Here’s how I’ve been attacking chapter 2–treating it like 4-5 little smaller papers.  I am pretending that each subsection is paper.  Once I have the papers written then I will go back and write the transitions between the sections.  Up to this point I’ve written drafted  sections on: working memory, Gestalt and visual perception, and kindergarten/school readiness.  The last section I think I need is one on reading achievement.  To say this last section is a broad topic would be an understatement.  What does “reading achievement mean” is the question I’m trying to answer.  Today while participating in some task avoidance I had a thought: my dissertation is mostly concerned with emergent and early literacy so I should be sure that I discuss the different components of early literacy and how success in those components leads to success in later reading success.  Why I did not think of that before I don’t know.  But now I am excited to write about topics I know really well–phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, letter naming…Now I get to start thinking about those subtopics and remembering all the super-sized shoulders I can stand on.  So reader, beware–in the coming weeks there might be a good many posts about early literacy.

And because above I have “first let’s talk” that means I should have a second or lastly.  So, lastly, I am a teacher with a 2-hr delay tomorrow.  There are so much questions to ask oneself when you have a delay.  Should I sleep in? Should I be a good mother and make good breakfast for my crew (pancakes)?  Should I take my crew for donuts before taking them to daycare (a little later than normal)?  OR do I…wait and see what tomorrow morning feels like?  I’ll let you know.

Something

So yesterday was the first time in over 2 years that I posted something to this blog.  Yesterday’s post also contained my 2015 resolution:  become Dr. Bond by the end of the year.  To help meet that goal I promised to publish something everyday so here’s today’s something.

I learned a wonderful lesson today.  When the medicine you’re taking says take with food, do it.  Even though in the past your younger self could get away with taking the pill without food and not have any adverse reactions your follow directions.  Your current self will thank you.