2019.01 minutiae

  • Wikipedia: In South America alfajores are found most notably in Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Paraguay, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, and Brazil.  So… not too popular in Guyana or Suriname, then.  Got it.

  • I got an announcement that registration for an upcoming job fair would be open from February 5rd to March 9st.

  • I took her to Disneyland for her birthday—​the first time I’d been there since 1985.  Did you know that Space Mountain has music now?

  • As I was walking to school one morning I caught a glimpse of something moving out of the corner of my eye.  It turned out to be a chicken in a tree.  Unaccustomed to finding chickens in trees on urban street corners, I tried to get my camera out of my bag, but the chicken responded by making that stereotypical “buck‐buck‐buck‐ba‐GAHHH!” noise and hopping down the branch and out of sight, hiding behind a bunch of leaves. 

    The next day I was walking down that same street when I heard someone cry out, “Oh my god! There’s a chicken in a tree!

  • I completed the first half of my teacher credentialing program and have begun the second half, in which I teach two classes myself full time.  I spent the break between semesters planning out each day up to March 8th (or, as the job fair announcement would undoubtedly have it, March 8nd).  Before my first day, I put together my presentation for the projector, printed up an outline, ordered a week’s worth of handouts of my own devising, handwrote 58 labels for the students’ binders, etc., etc.  At long last, day one arrived.  It went pretty well!  I didn’t get a standing ovation but all in all I’d put it on the high side of reasonable expectations.  As the bell rang at the end of my second class, I let out a breath and reflected that, hey, all that work had paid off.

    Half a minute later it dawned on me that I had to do it all over again the next day.

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