Friday, May 17, 2013

Quick Takes-vol. 14

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I decided to be brave this week and talk about transubstantiation in the What's up with that? series.  However, apparently I shouldn't have thought myself so brave since nothing I said provoked any responses.  Check it out now if you missed it!  I also have a guest post up over at The Pearl and the Pilot about Lupus Awareness Month--did you know I have Lupus?

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I finished the semester!!!  I know all of my readers will be happy that I will stop complaining about school on here.  I still have one more class for the summer term, but I have a couple of weeks off and it's only a one-hour credit, so it should be better.  Wahoo for almost being done!
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Now that I'm done with the semester, I can start getting excited about other things, like our trip to Boston for Memorial Day weekend (somehow this has always snuck up on us, like Labor Day, and we never make any plans) and my trip to Birmingham, AL to visit my best friend!  Then I fly to NC and get to see my parents and brother and my nephew and my other best friend!  And some of my husband's family and go to a wedding!  Take a breath--I'm sure you need it after all that excitement.
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I will now be taking book recommendations as well.  If you've already given me some, assume I forgot while I was punishing myself for reading anything not school-related.  Keep in mind that if I can't get it from the library, I probably won't read it.  And our public library isn't great, so nothing too obscure please :-)
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I'm going to be helping with the "changing bodies" education for the fifth graders today at school.  Eek!  Actually, teaching this kind of thing is really exciting to me, but being told about it last minute is not.  I have 4 videos and no idea which one is usually shown and no one has given me any information about the curriculum or the philosophy for the district.  This is really important because I don't want to overstep my bounds and say something I'll get in trouble for.  I still remember when I was in fifth grade in an abstinence-only school district and how hesitant one of the teachers was to explain how the sperm get into the woman.  My most recent nursing and teaching experience was college students so I'm pretty sure if I went in there with the same spiel I'd get some upset parents.  So hopefully someone else decides to give me some more info OR take over themselves OR the kids don't ask any questions!
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Have you heard about or seen this video?  (If you follow me on Facebook you probably saw.)  If not, take a look now.

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What did you think?  I thought it sounded like a good idea at the end.  But then I thought back to how the maker basically called the CEO ugly, which seemed to conflict with the philosophy he wanted to portray.  And then I saw this post from Kristen Howerton.  So take a look at what she said too.

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  1. I agree with Kristen's post about the #FitchtheHomeless campaign. It *sounds* like a good idea but as I watched the video I found it so problematic. Thanks for posting about this and sharing Kristen's thoughts, too! Good luck with #5, too - I would be totally stressed if I was told to do something like that at the last minute. God bless!

    1. Thanks, Stephanie! Everything actually went really well today and only one girl asked how the sperm gets to the egg :-) It was really interesting because all the groups had completely different sets of questions when it came to the Q&A portion. If you happen to get to sit in on the education that happens at your school where you're subbing, I'd love to compare notes on public vs. Catholic!

  2. Hooray for the end of the semester and a summer full of fun plans! I am not sure what I think about this whole Abercrombie and Fitch thing. I need to go read that post you linked to.

    1. Yes, hooray! Whatever you decide, I just think it's important to spend some time thinking about it.

  3. Congrats on making it through the semester. Hope the "changing bodies" went ok. Not something that I would want to do without time to prepare.

    1. Thanks, Amy! It was fine--lots of questions, but almost none about sex. Phew!

  4. #1: Invisible diseases are a joy, aren't they? I think there's something going on with my friends in their late 20's/early 30's because a number of us have something. I have a couple with lupus, a few with MS, one with lupus/Sjogren's syndrome, and I've got fibromyalgia along with a few other friends.

    1. There are so many diseases with experiences similar to lupus. I'm always hoping that someone who needs to find me will. Sometimes I can see that people have landed on my blog from a search about lupus and I'm always disappointed if they don't comment, especially when their search is something scary, like chances of dying or something. There are so many ways to not feel alone and even though I don't feel the need most of the time, I know there are groups and people if I needed them. I'm glad you have friends who understand!


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