THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
Thanks to everyone who reached out when 6:00AM local time rolled around and this post wasn’t there. I didn’t die, I’m not sick, I’m not unhappy — and I seriously appreciate that I have friends like you! What’s happening is I have my school schedule all laid out nicely, but it’s the “4th hour” of the classes that are making me disorganized in regards to blogging. I’m not sure how college credit works where you are, but in the U.S. 1 credit = 1 hour (okay, 50 minutes) in a classroom. Two of my classes are 4 credit hours, but we’re in the classroom for 3 hours. What that means is we’re doing work outside the classroom for the 4th credit hour, which must total up for a minimum of 40 hours. At first, it doesn’t make sense. You’d think 15 weeks of classes means the 4th credit hour would be 15 hours total. But classroom instruction is valued as one-on-one time with an instructor, and out in the world at large you’re typically alone, so you need more hours to get the same value.
What am I required to do? I’m on a team interpreting a Communication Research class that meets 3 hours per week. That’s predictable. I need to attend a Deaf religious service once, observe three different professional interpreters working then interview them, observe student interpreters at the College convocation and eventually interpret a part of a convocation on my own.
But I also need 15 hours minimum of time spent in the Deaf community. Which is how I wound up at a high school football game on Friday for almost three hours! In addition, I need 6 hours of professional development, and that’s why I spent 4 hours on Saturday in a Zoom workshop that was in entirely in ASL (no English interpretation) learning about what the presenter calls “fingerwording.” The spouse took a turn working in Chicago Friday and Saturday, staying overnight in the Windy City, so I waited for him to return after I finished the workshop. We got his rental car back to its home and were in bed by 10:30. Hence, no Sunday Lowdown at 6:00AM.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POST
If you haven’t shared your high school identity/identities with me yet, head over to see my review of Who’s Who by Francine Pascal and leave me a comment. I think I was a different person each year of high school, constantly trying something different. In my school pictures my hair gets long and short and changes color, and my clothes were always fluxed.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POST
Although spooky season is rapidly approaching, I would not call Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen a horror novel, or even a spooky one. It’s more like historical fiction crafted presented as interviews, court testimony, letters, and the main character traveling through her village and to her children’s homes outside the village while people speculate about her. However, never you fear (or you can fear), come October it’s going to be all horror, all month! Maybe you can’t wait and want something spooky with witches? I just watched The City of the Dead, an excellent black-and-white film from 1959.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 202
Owned Books on TBR Last Week: 195
Owned Books on TBR Today: 195