20 minutes in my head – random, rapid-fire style…

for Scott…you asked for it…

It is a BEAUTIFUL day out, and I wish I could go for a run, but I have not been able to run for the last 21 weeks. The fact that it’s been so long surprises me. The time has flown, but yet it hasn’t been fun.

Runner’s World interviewed Julie Bowen, Claire from Modern Family, and she said she is a “recreational” runner because she suffered a major injury when training for a marathon. Her doctor sister told her she could be a runner who finished a marathon but never ran another step, or a casual runner for the rest of her life. She chose the latter. When – or, G-d forbid, IF – I can run again, I will need to make a similar choice, I am afraid.

I am a lot like Claire from Modern Family. Brendan is a lot like Phil. We both see the similarities in each other’s character counterparts, but we don’t want to admit that we also see it in ourselves. But they’re funny and it’s working out well for them, so we’re good, right? Life is a big sitcom, no?

Where is my laugh track, then? What would be my soundtrack? Hmm. Right now, I am listening to “Wild Ones” by Flo-Rida featuring Sia. I heard it at my barre class, which is where I get most of my information on current, popular music that the younger folk like. I like it, too, though, so that must mean I am young.

But I am 33. How did that happen? Shit.

Why is it that Australia is the only country to enact a national gender equity policy as it pertains to education (to my knowledge, which, I will toot my own horn here, on this subject is pretty vast), but yet the girls there still significantly outscore the boys in literacy? I can see, developmentally, that girls might outperform boys regardless of country or policy, but one might hypothesize that a country with a concerted effort to achieve gender equity in educational achievement would have a less eye-opening gap between the two groups. Hmm. I am not sure what this means.

And females in Australia, as in most other countries (maybe all? I don’t know – my knowledge here is NOT as vast) outlive the men by 5 years or so. I wonder if reading is related to longevity. That would be an English teacher’s dream! How’s that for a selling point – read: you’ll live longer.

What is this movie, Sanctum, about? I have now heard two students in two different classes in two different grades talk about it on two separate days. This intrigues me. The one kid stayed up so late watching it that he was quite bleary-eyed the next morning. This does not intrigue me. Why are we so sleep-deprived? Do you notice how frequently people talk about their sleeping patterns – the quality, the length, the resulting feelings from the quality and the length? This intrigues me. Why do we talk about it so much?

I have been making a concerted effort to get 7 hours of sleep. I wonder if it really would positively affect my productivity. I have yet to attain this during the work week, though I have come close. I am trying to be in my bed by 10 so that I can read a little and then fall asleep. I get up around 5:30, though, so this does not leave me much reading time or wiggle room to achieve 7 hours. I am working on it.

I am also working on NO coffee! One upshot of my stomach bug on Monday – that still lingers just a bit – is that I went a full 24 hours without coffee on that terrible day. So, on Tuesday, when I was feeling well-rested given Monday’s couch time and still queasy given the bug, I skipped the 2 cups (okay, sometimes 3) of coffee I have in the morning. It didn’t kill me, so I did it again on Wednesday. And again today. How many days do I have to do this before I think, “Coffee?! Ugh! How do you drink that stuff?” I wonder how long I have to go before I also notice a difference in my sleep patterns and energy levels. Will I get to a point when, if I have a cup of coffee, I actually notice the caffeine coursing through my veins? I will keep you posted.

Speaking of posted, a grade from one of my independent studies in 2009 never did, and it has now turned to an F. *Sigh* This does not faze me too much. This shows me I have made progress. Progress in what area, I am not sure, but I like to believe it shows I have evolved. I wrote to the professors, to whom I submitted a paper 2 years ago, and they vaguely remembered it, but of course, none of us can find the paper now, nevermind remember what grade did not get submitted. So I have to rewrite the paper. This is fair, albeit a bit silly, because I am not sure the first paper was that good anyway…or even finished, for that matter. It was 2 years ago – how do I know? It was on Australian educational policy and how its focus on gender equity has affected the educational research in that country. I have done the work. I know I have because, otherwise, how would I know that I want to be just like Dr. Amanda Keddie, a researcher who has conducted studies and commented on gender extensively in articles I’d love to call my own.

I know a surprisingly large number of people named Amanda. It used to be my middle name before I changed it to my maiden name. Why did I do that? Probably because it was obnoxious to have four names: Kirstin Amanda Pesola McEachern. That does not roll off the tongue. Amanda is not an unusual name, but I do think it is on the uncommon side.

I named my children uncommon names – at least, at the time of their births they were uncommon. Now, Avery is in the top 30 in the country. When my Avery was born in 2002, the name was in the 200s! I like to think of myself as a trendsetter. And, yes, I realize there is a certain delusion of grandeur in that statement – as if I named my daughter this fabulous name and the rest of the country took notice and followed my lead. But it’s a nice thought.

I don’t think I’d like to lead the country. Think of the stress. There must be a lot of fecal matter on the wall at the White House, that’s all I gotta say.

One thought on “20 minutes in my head – random, rapid-fire style…

  1. Scott Booth says:

    First of all, that was great. I’ve had very similar thoughts on people living their lives as though it were a movie. I have a quote I think you might enjoy: ,”everyone has a box that they put their problems in and no matter where they are in life, that box always needs to be full.” I don’t know if you’re familiar with the concept of the hedonic treadmill but it seems like we generally always have a consistent level of happiness and a consistent number of “problems.”

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