THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
What a nerve-wracking week! For some reason, both of my professors assigned finals the week before finals. I don’t understand, but as Nick likes to say, school is what you put into it. So, I put into all of Monday and Tuesday my study skills, which involved reviewing hundreds of vocab words, classifiers, concepts, and rules of grammar syntax used in ASL.
We were also told to be ready to describe to someone in ASL how to get from points A to B on the college campus. Aaaaand, as a commuter, I spend almost no time on the campus, so I reviewed a campus map and tried to memorize the legend and how one building often services multiple office spaces.
The professor also noted that we should be able to describe a map of our hometown. Mine is pretty big, so I called up Biscuit on the video thingy and we worked out a map of the downtown area of my hometown, which included landmarks, places I’d learned how to sign (city hall, jail, bank, library, old folks’ home, tobacco store, etc.), a river, and a curved street that has at least two intersections. All pretty good ways to demonstrate what I’ve learned about maps and 3-D spaces!
The exam was two parts on the learning platform GoReact: 1) we see a PDF on the screen and record our responses, and 2) the instructor signs questions at us and we record our responses. This is all on video — no writing or English — and you only get one try! Well, on question 8 out of 10 on part two I accidentally hit the FINISH button instead of the PAUSE button and then frantically emailed my professor requesting she have mercy on me. She did.
My Deaf Culture final exam is also on a learning platform (Moodle). It’s a timed test and included an essay. We knew the essay question in advance, so I worked on it days before starting the test, including research. Some of the questions on the exam itself were worded in a way that puzzled me, and my poor teacher struggles with tech stuff. We’re all just trying to make it work! But when I got to the last part, the essay, where I planned to simply copy and paste from my Google Doc into the exam, I noticed the essay question posted on the exam was more elaborate. Doh! I tried to kerjigger what I had written just a bit and sent it off with good vibes.
I’m writing this post on Friday because I have the time, but also because on Saturday (December 4th) I’m getting my booster. Everyone I know who has gotten the COVID booster shot has had almost no side effects except a desire to nap. However, everyone on Twitter seems to have nearly perished, so I just want to be on my toes.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Seraph on the Suwanee by Zora Neale Hurston keeps swimming in my head. I finished it two weeks ago, but it just lives there. I’m starting to wonder if marriages that last a long time, but that were started without true love and respect, are toxic even when they seem fine. I’m thinking of situations that wouldn’t be appropriate to expound on here on the internet, but it sure is worth thinking about (no, Biscuit, I’m not thinking about you!).
It was such a joy when I learned e.E. Charlton-Trujillo wrote another Fat Angie book. This third installation (and maybe the final?), subtitled Homecoming, is now a member of the “teens who form a band that is totally different from every other band and sound out there” club. I sound sassy, but there’s so much more to Fat Angie: Homecoming than music. I was most drawn to the relationship with her mother. You were all drawn to the relationship with her father!
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
So, I did read a novella in November, even though I did not partake in the challenge with other book bloggers. Sarah Gailey’s horror/western is about an alternate history in which the U.S. did actually import hippos to solve a meat shortage (an actual idea that almost came to fruition). As the rag-tag caper crew assembles, they must learn to tolerate each other for the good of . . . well, getting rich, actually. Review Tuesday.
Everyone thought we were done with #ReadingValdemar, but Mercedes Lackey started a new series (maybe just trilogy?) about how Valdemar was founded. And am I glad I picked it up! Readers are in for many surprises when they get their hands on Beyond. Review Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 242
Owned Books on TBR Today: 204