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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
14th-Jun-2010 07:23 am
Happy birthday to rubberella!

Decent sleep last night; hopefully I can start pulling out of the weariness cycle. I have too much to do.

I go back to my regular office today, and anticipate at least one full day - probably two - of just going through volunteer training stuff from last week and closing it all out.

And then? Doing the first draft schedule for the August training, and an e-mail blitz to everyone who's registered interest in volunteering this year.

The road goes on forever, my dears.

I am quite thrilled with how well this training went, though. My first class! Professional success FTW!

Looking back through Jessa's story, I'm amazed at how much I totally know happens, that is ridiculously clear in my head, that I seem to have just not written down yet. So last night? An offer she had to refuse.

The Third Vegas Story
After "The Angel of Fremont Street" and "Fortune". I kept trying to write it, thinking I knew what it was. Turns out it's about something completely different. Most vexing, I don't know how it ends yet. But I certainly know how it begins.

Link Soup
* A great takedown of Megan Lindholm's fail.
* Hey, you can buy prints by haikujaguar!
* Ankh-Morpork subway map.
* New DJ Earworm.

Daily Science
Comets are usually thought of as icy, dusty emissaries from the deepest reaches of the solar system. But according to a new simulation, many of them could have originated somewhere even more exotic—in budding planetary systems around other stars.

Work, peer supe tonight - and I'm still not certain if I'm coming home between. We'll see.
14th-Jun-2010 12:23 pm (UTC)
I kept trying to write it, thinking I knew what it was. Turns out it's about something completely different...

Fictionizing is funny that way. Funny and amazing and sometimes exasperating.
14th-Jun-2010 12:27 pm (UTC)
OMG that takedown? I have never seen myself described so well. Printing out and taking to doctor at upcoming appt.
14th-Jun-2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
I LOVE the takedown.

I was asked to not come back to a school my parents sent me to.
My grades and my behaviour sucked - thus began my foray into MCPS special education.

Many years later, while I was on spring break from the military college I attended, I went back to see the campus of that school ... it had changed, not surprisingly, seeing as how I was there in my 6th/7th grade year (I was in 7th grade, age wise I should have been in 6th ... yet another issue that caused problems).

I ran into the Headmaster, same one as had been there when I was - again, not surprisingly, as it was an Opus Dei run school.

The surprising thing was that he remembered me, and remembered I had ADD, and commented on my learning to adapt, as evidenced by being in college, and talked about the different learning skills ADD students have and develop.

To this day, I'm shocked that he remembered me, remembered what was wrong with me, understood it more clearly than I did, and was appreciative of my differences.
14th-Jun-2010 04:55 pm (UTC) - I disagree on the Lindholm piece
As a parent facing the same choices Lindholm made I'm wrestling with lots of the same questions. The "takedown"'s equation of those disabilities with impaired vision or diabetes is just mistaken. It's a long righteous rant by someone who feels offended by a parent's choices and I'm inclined to side with the parent.

Maybe that makes me a fail, too. I'll live with that.
14th-Jun-2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
Curious... do we ever find out what happens with Ixi's challenge?
14th-Jun-2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
Hypothetically! I'm glad you reminded me; I actually have the next segment, just haven't been home + awake in a while to post.
14th-Jun-2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
Complete sympathy on the home + awake conundrum.
14th-Jun-2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the birthday wishes! :)
15th-Jun-2010 12:17 am (UTC) - THANK YOU for the Lindstrom article/Kaigou response link!
I teared up reading kaigou's response. My sis and I both have ADHD. I'm the "quiet daydreamer" lost in projects for hours (days) on end; sis displays more of the hyperactivity and impulse control. Weaned from Ritalin & Clonidine after severe adverse reactions, I'm more/less successful in my field, but struggle with mood swings, depression, and work environment issues. I'm lucky - my sis is struggling to complete college on meds.

All I can say is, thank G-d Ms. Lindstrom was not my mother. I would have failed out of middle school. By the grace of my mom's timely medical & behavioral interventions, I was valedictorian.

Kaigou's article, complete with pie charts? Is ME. Is sis. Is our ADHD friends.

I'll be referring my friends and husband to kaigou's response as an explanatory aid. I cannot thank you enough for sharing this!
17th-Jun-2010 10:26 pm (UTC) - Re: THANK YOU for the Lindstrom article/Kaigou response link!
Glad it helped!
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