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Festival Season Continues - trinalin thinks things through
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Festival Season Continues
Autumn is my favorite season. I love the cooler weather, the changing leaves, the holidays, and the festivals. The past several weekends have seen me out with the parental units going to various festivals. The Fort Loramie Lake Festival, Minster's Oktoberfest, the farm festival which was just across the street from the Lost Creek Garden & Antique Show (which was where we were today). Lots of fun and often yummy food. (Mmmm, brats mit kraut from Oktoberfest!)

The weather's been absolutely lovely the past several weeks. Apart from a couple of days of rain, the majority of the weather has been Open Window Weather. Today was downright hot with temps in the mid 80s F. Tomorrow will be too. Mom's taken to saying "Another day in paradise!" which she's been saying pretty regularly since May. Anyhoo, the kitties and I love Open Window Weather. Especially when the morning is chilly and the comforter is comfy and the cats are draped over me AND we get to sleep in. (Like, say, this morning.)

I've had a pleasant time of late with my reading. Thanks to recommendations from friends on LJ and Twitter, I discovered the Hunger Games trilogy. I finished the final book last weekend. When the series goes to paperback, I'll probably buy it for keeps. (Yay for libraries!)

The New Building Issues at work have been getting solved. My projector finally shows all of the colors (which it had never done) when projecting the computer image. Considering I do my classroom notes using the interactive whiteboard, this lack of complete colors was annoying. But I finally have Red and Green to go along with black, blue, and yellow.

I'm still arguing with the interactive whiteboard software. It's not what I'd been using last year (in order to equip everyone with interactive smartboards, the school had to go the more economical route of Eno boards instead of Smart boards. But Smart's software is a hell of a lot better than Eno's or the RM Easiteach which we have), but I'm making it work. Easiteach, which is closest to Smart's Notebook software, does have a new version, but it went about 10 steps backward and 2 steps forward. Looks like the upcoming patch will help some of it, but I'm using the older version until it works. (And thankfully we found out the problem which was causing my handwritten notes to turn to gibberish if I switched to another page of notes...)

If I could just get over the inertia I seem to have acquired - I just can't seem to start any new projects or finish any current projects. I'm sure it's a mild bout of depression, but I'm trying to battle it out. I was quite pleased with myself when I actually bought ingredients to make chicken noodle soup today (my first attempt) AND actually cooked the soup! Tastes pretty yummy too! Got 8 more servings left, five are freezing, the other 3 in the fridge. Who knows - maybe tomorrow I'll sand my front door (which has been on my To Do list for months now).

Hope y'all are having some good weather and nice times! Viva Autumn! (Or for you upside-down continents, Viva Spring!)

(PS, I accomplished another task! I wrote an LJ entry! Woot!)

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kalibex From: kalibex Date: October 10th, 2010 10:31 am (UTC) (Link)
"I'm sure it's a mild bout of depression, but I'm trying to battle it out."

Light SAD case? Would a light lamp help?
trinalin From: trinalin Date: October 11th, 2010 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)
No idea. If I ever went to a doctor, I might find out if I've got depression or SAD or ADD (though I'm pretty sure I'm ODD. Heh.) Still, there's been a lot of sunny days lately, so maybe that's not the case.
kalibex From: kalibex Date: October 11th, 2010 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)
"Still, there's been a lot of sunny days lately, so maybe that's not the case."

Doesn't matter - the quality of the sunlight this time of year is different - it's weaker.
dark_pheonix From: dark_pheonix Date: October 11th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Having soup in the fridge is a very comforting feeling. I've yet to try a soup that involved chicken that I didn't like.

Out of curiosity, do you save your smartboard writings and distribute them to students for later reference (online/email)? The smartboards installed in my college went to waste as nobody knew now to use/upkeep them, and I've yet to see one at uni.
trinalin From: trinalin Date: October 11th, 2010 10:58 am (UTC) (Link)
When I have absent students, I've printed off notes from the interactive whiteboard for them. Quite handy. (Though when the software was converting those notes to gibberish, this wasn't useful at all. Heh.)

I can't wait until the portable unit arrives. I was using an Airliner the past couple of years, which is portable (basically a wacom tablet), so being tied to the whiteboard this year has been a drag. The school thought they'd ordered one per teacher, but the salesman said they only ordered 10. And then later said he didn't think they ordered any. (We've not been happy with this company's performance.)
drake57 From: drake57 Date: October 11th, 2010 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Hug Kitties to fight mild depression!
trinalin From: trinalin Date: October 11th, 2010 10:58 am (UTC) (Link)
But of course! :-)
rembrandt13 From: rembrandt13 Date: October 13th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
It seems like just about everyone on my flist has some level of depression--like attracts like?--but one more thing I really appreciate about you is the fact that you don't refuse to acknowledge it like I've noticed sooo many folks doing. As well, you still find so many other positive aspects in your life--weather, kitties, yummy food--that unlike those other peeps, I'm not particularly concerned about your ability to contend with it.

Translation: this is yet another way that THE TREEN TOTALLY ROCKS. :D
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