Sunday, October 26, 2014

TToT49: Haikus are Getting Hard

I'm just not feelin' the TToT this week, you know? Not that it was a bad week; it was just an exhausting one. To borrow the word Christine borrowed, I was clobbered. Which makes me think of this:

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Which, in turn, makes me think of a bruised and bloodied face. Which brings us back to clobbered.

But rest assured, no one bruised and bloodied me this week (at least, not literally). On the contrary, a strange change is taking place inside me. I seem to be burnishing up an seldom-used candlestick so I can let my scottian (see Clark's Doctrine) light shine.

In other words, I've been volunteering for things. Lots of things. And, as I understand these things have gone for time immemorial, if you send out the message to the universe that you're a willing volunteer, you'll be asked to do more and more and more.

And then you find yourself having to organize hoards of people you don't know, and host meetings at your house, and run around a hotel for 14 hours in high heels.

Let's just say these are not my natural inclinations, and I am finding myself in need of a significant resting-up period. And my feet still hurt.

Nevertheless, I'll stick with my haiku, and though they may end up difficult to interpret, they reflect the positives of my week.

To be a part of
something worthy, serving many--
I'm grateful for that.

A whole lot depends
on a worthy committee--
B, R, S, and A

Meetings, feedback forms,
Frantic trips to the PO.
My boy is patient.

Surprised and intrigued,
I hear leadership announce
temple inclusion

Annual Review
came and went without fanfare
That is a good thing

What's new is suspect
I don't hate the Common Core
Kids can subitize!

Varying sizes
Our thirty toenails adorned
in autumnal hue



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30 comments :

  1. Well I like the cobbler more than you feeling clobbered.

    Love the little toesies!

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  2. Whoever invented high heels anyway? I love the Haiku. I actually know what it means to subitize. Keep rolling the dice. We called those toes 'Party Toes" - we still do. Dance to the music.

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    1. I know! But I had these new dress pants that hadn't been hemmed, and I had to wear heels to keep them off the ground. You know subitize! I love that this is being taught. Such an important skill.

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  3. You've been Cobbled! I think I see a tie dyed big toe in there! Perhaps a little blue mixing in? Very creative!

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  4. Yes, there is one of our number who spends a good bit of his marker time marking up his own body. Quite colorful falanges, he has.

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  5. I dont 'get poetry' but I do loves that haiku stuff… nice 'un

    you have hit on the angle that the Doctrine has for self-development, i.e. it's not about learning things that are new and alien, it's about bringing out the potential within… still makes one tired and (at times) a bit crazed… but it's all within us, just a matter of practice…
    nice!

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    1. I get some poetry. I especially like the poetry written by friends.

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  6. So you've settled on Scott? Or are you just tapping into your Scott? I think we both had sort of a frustrating perspective on the WD stuff. I'm still not entirely positive where I fall - some days I think I know, others I contradict myself.
    The toes and the autumn hues are so cute - and you're doing a bang-up job on the Haiku!
    I do love the cobbler. I do hate Common Core.
    Sounds like your workshop went well, even if it did involve fourteen hours in heels followed by exhaustion. That's par for the course with those things, though, right?
    A non-eventful annual review is pretty good news - I'd take it!

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    1. Oh, not at all. I am so very little Scott! I was surprised to find myself doing some scottian (as he says) things of late, though. But I think it says something that they exhaust me.
      Yeah, I find the whole WD anywhere interesting and annoying, depending on my mood. A big part of me hates being classified, especially by those who don't really know me, so that's a good part of my reaction. But oddly, it sticks in my head.
      You hate the Common Core, huh? I thinking along the lines of "there's nothing new under the sun," as a former coworker was wont to say. I can't pretend to know a whole lot about it, but I tend to have faith that a good teacher picks and chooses what he/she knows is best once she's in his/her classroom doing his/her own thing. And I absolutely love the emphasis on number concepts over rote algorithms in math.
      Yes, the conference went well! I slept 10 or 11 hours every night this weekend, and I think I am coming out of my exhaustion.

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    2. You know, I"ve been doing the volunteering thing at Kidzilla's school now that I am gainfully unemployed - er, I mean, self-employed - and while I love doing it, it is sooo draining. I think I feel about the same as you on the WD stuff - it's fascinating but frustrating for me. I think that's because I want a clear-cut answer and I want it right away and I want to be able to categorize the whole thing. Pretty sure that screams Roger, no? I thought Clark for a while, but the more I read the more I don't think it's the predominant one. I think Roger with a side of Clark is probably more accurate.
      Here is probably not the place we want to dig into my thoughts on Common Core and teacher autonomy. That's a long and crazy conversation. I'm probably going to have to add education to my list of topics that are best not discussed at the extended family holiday table...

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    3. I always feel like I'm predominantly clark, but I get feedback that that can't be true, and that's where the source of my frustration lies. I do not deny I've got a lot of roger in me, but when I read his descriptions, it's the clark that seems the most familiar. Wherever we lie, I know our clark/roger pieces are similar!
      Someday let's do talk CC. You won't offend me. I don't hate what I know about it, but I am far, far from knowing all that much about it.

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  7. Cute toes!
    I'm sorry you had one of those weeks and that you had to run around for hours in high heels. I think the last time I wore heels was back in May and that was for a couple of hours. I can't imagine.
    A Scott? Really? I thought I had settled on Clark but then the Clark said something interesting that made me think on it. I still don't really know. I need to go back and find that conversation....

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    1. I generally try to avoid them if it will be more than a couple of hours, but my pants were on the long side so...
      No, I'm not predominant Scott. I'd say that's my least obvious personality. But I do seem to be exercising it of late.

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  8. Love the toes! Love when little guys want theirs done, too. Why should girls get all the fun?
    You are so right about volunteering. It's like you emit a beacon that says "I'll do it!" I think the volunteer thing is at its worst when your kids are small, and it tapers off as they get to high school. In other words, there's a light at the end of the tunnel!

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    1. I know! I'd paint Brian's too, if he'd let me! They're so big and flat unlike my weird ones.
      Yeah, right now my beacon seems to be flashing big and bright.

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  9. I especially love the last haiku.

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  10. Volunteering is good, but it is also OK to say no when necessary. Hope your feet feel better soon! :-)

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    1. Yeah, I think I need to practice that skill.

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  11. I think now I want to know who was the blogger who originally used clobbered haha! Christine felt like she was taking it from someone's title and now you're using it too. I think I might have to use it one day myself. I totally know the feeling. We're about to be moving in about a week and a half, though we don't have a million things to move, moving always seems like a lot so I'm sure that feeling with be underway. Good for you being able to volunteer so much. I so want to do something like this soon. I was waiting for JR to get a little bit older so he would understand. Perhaps now I will have to wait until the baby is not nursing all the time if we don't go before he or she makes its grand appearance. That way I can let baby stay home with hubby for a minute while me and JR have some time away volunteering! I hope you get your rest so that you can still stay excited and wanting to help out so much! I hope you have a perfect week!

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    1. I didn't realize you were moving soon! And so pregnant! That's stressful. I hope it's quick and as painless as possible. That's sounds like a labor and delivery wish, too.

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  12. Loved the "clobbered" remark. It's perfect for how I feel every now and then as I fall asleep trying to watch some television before bed. I'll have to remember to say that to my husband, "I feel clobbered!"

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  13. Aw, I love that. And sorry you got clobbered this week. :/ And super-sweet photo! (My husband painted all of our toenails-- mine and both of our girls-- this weekend. :) :) And hey, thank you to infinity and beyond for your amazing comment on my post. I replied. :)

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    1. That's cute. I wouldn't trust my husband with nail polish, I'm afraid.
      So glad my comment was welcome and not crazy-sounding!

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  14. Hmmm. Subitize. A word I most definitely want to spell with an 's', and one which I knew the meaning of but didn't know the name of. Cool that they teach it.

    Well done you for volunteering, even though it's left you feeling all drained and worn out. I hope you recoup your energy levels soon.

    The autumn tootsies are gorgeous, and I hope that yours don't have to wear any more high heels for a while - stick with the Chucks :) (did I do that right?)

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    1. Yes, you did that perfectly! My chucks are among my most comfortable!

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  15. while I hate that you've felt clobbered, if there was cobbler and sweet fall toenails painted on board, in HAIKU even, well, there's much to be said about that. Plus, I know. the volunteering. BUT HOW CAN WE NOT? That's like almost a haiku right there, right? And yeah, I hear you except I didn't when you laughed about that almost being a haiku because it really almost. Was.

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    1. No, no, I thought, isn't she so clever? I always give the people I like the benefit of the doubt.

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