Bons mots

  • "We live as though the world were what it should be, to show it what it can be."
    ~ Angel, "Deep Down," Season 4

  • It is difficult
    to get the news from poems
    yet men die miserably every day
    for lack
    of what is found there.
    ~ William Carlos Williams, from “Asphodel, That Greeny Flower”

Stuff to do before school starts

  • Write rec letter for former advisee
  • Set up a LibGuide for student writing workshops/publications/etc.
  • Finish reading Ron Ritchhart's Creating Cultures of Thinking
  • Request a new whiteboard for side wall of classroom
  • Clear off desk at home so that it's a good workspace
  • Decide on "essential questions and skills" for AP Lit
  • Decide on "essential questions and skills" for 10th grade
  • Decide on "essential questions and skills" for 9th grade
  • Revamp 9th-grade final project & set up start of school to reflect that change
  • Set up Schoology page for AP Lit
  • Set up Schoology page for 10th grade
  • Set up Schoology page for 9th grade
  • Reread The Joy Luck Club
  • Reread Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Reread Tess of the d'Urbervilles

House and home projects

  • Touch up hallway paint & add lightswitch plate
  • Paint foyer door and replace door handles
  • File down top of coat closet door & repaint it
  • Stain the wooden floor strip (part of our new door installation)
  • Get sump pump serviced
  • Get doorbell fixed -- fixed by our neighbor! I do still want to figure out how to turn up the volume
  • Paint the bulkhead doors
  • Mow the lawn & place the mosaic tiles by the front steps
  • Replace the smoke alarms

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October 21, 2012

Comments

What amazing progress you've made, and what a testimony to the productivity of limited time! You're an inspiration. I like your little meter over there on the left, too.

I have a lumie wake-up clock and I have to agree it's worth every penny for wintery mornings

Great progress! I, too, love writing in the early morning (and use a similar alarm clock -- a Sunrizr, which is a control unit into which you plug a dimmable light fixture of your choice), though I'm having trouble getting on a schedule that makes it possible due to evening teaching and a lot of late-night church meetings. I think the key to using small units of time effectively (though I'm still experimenting with this myself) is to also have regular longer periods available for looking at the big picture and planning ahead to use the additional small blocks).

I love early morning quiet times for writing. Getting into the habit is the key. Even when I'm traveling, I am still up before DH and the dogs to get my work and/or writing done.

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