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I haven't done much posting in a looooong time.  Life has interrupted everything, and I have stayed exhausted and sick.  Things have been getting a little better but only because I finally have an administrator who has the balls to actually follow through on the complaints and concerns that I had documented on the department.  I oversee the department, but I have no real power to do anything.  It all comes down to an administrator having to do the work to put the counselors on an improvement plan and then dismissing them if they do not improve.  Two counselors are now on plans, so yay!

That being said, I am absolutely exhausted from the last two weeks.  It was the beginning of the semester, which is busy under the best of circumstances.  However, every day, we were down at least 2 counselors every day, which meant that the rest of us had to pick up their slack.  It was a nightmare.  I saw over 200 students in 2 weeks who said that they had issues in their schedules (some were real and lots were the students just wanting to change).  Only 4 of those students were in my actually alphabetic responsibility.  I still managed to meet all of the deadlines that I set for the department finishing everything for my students, and the ones for the two missing counselors.  Yet, there is one person who said that there was no way to keep up with the work that I assigned and that the deadlines were unreasonable.  I suppose that it is difficult when you are having 2 hour lunches, coming in late, having friends who sit in your office talking for an hour, and babysitting for another friend for the last two hours of work.  I suppose that I should be happy that she was at least there.  One of the counselors has just come back from her "illness", which to my knowledge has not been documented by a doctor.  The other counselor is still out, and we have every piece of doctor's documentation for her, as she will be out through the end of March.  We also have a substitute for her, which will make my life easier!  As of Wednesday, I have been fighting headaches.  On Wednesday and Thursday, I had the worst migraine that I have ever had.  I still had a headache on Friday that came back on Saturday, and has hung around off and on all day today.  Thankfully, I have tomorrow off for President's Day.  I hope to be able to get some rest.  I do have an appointment to do my taxes, but that is all that I have on the agenda.  I need to rest.

Speaking of rest, I need to get some sleep.  Good night all!

Feb. 20th, 2012

I'm running a test to see who's reading my posts. So, if you read this, leave me a one-word comment about your day that starts with the third letter of your LJ USERNAME. Only one word please. Then repost so I can leave a word for you. Don't just post a word and not copy - that's not as much fun!
Well, I am trying to make an effort to check out my journal and actually post things. Life has just had a way of interfering. I have been very busy with work. That seems to have been my entire life in fact. I work late most days, come home, eat dinner, and fall asleep on the couch. This is not how I want to live my life. I recently turned 40, and this is not where I want to be in my life. I still enjoy working with the students, but there is so much bureaucratic BS in the job, that I have considered looking for other jobs. I have even applied for a few with no luck. At least this year, I have administrative support that is helping me to hopefully get rid of the counselors in the department who are not doing their jobs. We will see how that actually pans out, but I am trying to make sure that the documentation is done to give validity to dismissing them. Maybe, if I could get rid of some of the dead weight, I wouldn't be so daunted by the BS. Fingers crossed...

I am trying to find some balance in my life. I want to get in touch with friends again, both in RL and on here. I want to exercise and get healthier. I want to be more social and open myself up to meeting someone special. Wish me luck!

Seems I Am Not The Only One....

Originally posted by morgandawn at Seems I Am Not The Only One....
......who feels the need to take a break from an increasingly dysfunctional relationship.

Black March - Thursday March 1st 2012 to Saturday March 31st 2012 With the continuing campaigns for internet-censoring litigation such as SOPA and PIPA, and the closure of sites like Megaupload under allegations of 'piracy' and 'conspiracy' the time has come to take a stand against music, film, and media companies' lobbyists. The only way is to hit them where it hurts. Their profit margins. March 2012 is the end of the First Quarter in economic reports world wide. Do not buy a single record. Do not download a single song, legally or illegally. Do not go to see a single film in cinemas, or download a copy. Do not buy a DVD in the stores. Do not buy a videogame. Do not buy a single book or magazine. Wait the four weeks to buy them in April: see a film later, etc... Holding out for just four weeks, maximum, will leave a gaping hole in media companies profits for the first quarter, an economic hit which will in turn be observed by governments world wide as stocks and shares will blip from a large enough loss of incomes. This action will give a statement of intent: "We will not tolerate the Media Industries' lobbying for legislation that will censor the internet."
Original image and campaign source: reddit.

Edited to add my own thoughts (not part of the original reddit call for action) And if you do not feel like taking a total break and perhaps want just a trial separation or couple's counseling, then perhaps consider Black March Lite 2.0 = spend, but spend money on those content creators and independent retailers who came out against SOPA/PIPA.  And tell them why you're buying their products in March.  There are many of them.

And for those who favor the more targeted boycott, you can find info  here.  But no matter which,  you can participate and you can tailor your level of participation.  We have the tools, the will and the strength to take a stand.


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Black March - Thursday March 1st 2012 to Saturday March 31st 2012
With the continuing campaigns for internet-censoring litigation such as SOPA and PIPA, and the closure of sites like Megaupload under allegations of 'piracy' and 'conspiracy' the time has come to take a stand against music, film, and media companies' lobbyists.
The only way is to hit them where it hurts.
Their profit margins.
March 2012 is the end of the First Quarter in economic reports world wide.
Do not buy a single record. Do not download a single song, legally or illegally. Do not go to see a single film in cinemas, or download a copy. Do not buy a DVD in the stores. Do not buy a videogame. Do not buy a single book or magazine.
Wait the four weeks to buy them in April: see a film later, etc... Holding out for just four weeks, maximum, will leave a gaping hole in media companies profits for the first quarter, an economic hit which will in turn be observed by governments world wide as stocks and shares will blip from a large enough loss of incomes. This action will give a statement of intent:
"We will not tolerate the Media Industries' lobbying for legislation that will censor the internet."
Originally posted by nyxmidnight at Why SOPA is dangerous, an explanation of the bill
Why SOPA is dangerous
To Sum Up
SOPA:
  • Gives the government the right to unilaterally censor foreign websites.
  • Gives copyright holders the right to issue economic takedowns and bring lawsuits against website owners and operators, if those websites have features that make it possible to post infringing content. [A comment feature is enough.]
  • Makes it a felony offense to post a copyrighted song or video.

This bill turns us all into criminals. If it passes, then you either stop using the Internet, or you simply hope that you never end up in the crosshairs, because if you’re targeted, you will be destroyed by this bill. You don’t have to be a big, mean, nasty criminal — common Internet usage is effectively criminalized under this law. This bill will kill American innovation and development of the Internet, as it will become too risky to do anything of value. It is toxic and dangerous, and should not, under any circumstances, be supported.



Help

I am trapped at my mother's house, trying to get her new computer working on the Internet. Setting up her email and facebook accounts has been an experience that could qualify as cruel and unusual punishment. The only saving grace is that I just found out that Muse will be here March 1st. Help me survive this night.

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Dec. 22nd, 2009

Just a quick post to say Happy Birthday to laerwen and a very belated birthday to sairalinde !
Hello to all out there!  I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you for all of those who have wished me a happy birthday!  The past weekend has been trying and exhausting in the least, so it was lovely to feel the love of so many friends.  When I have recovered, gotten, warm, and gotten sleep, I will post about it.  Until then, thank you again and love you all!

Dec. 11th, 2009

If you ever have the chance to go to a conference, please keep the following bits of etiquette in mind.
1. When the presenter asks for questions, do not just blurt out your question. Raise your hand and wait your turn like the rest of us, especially if you are an educator. After all, we are trying to teach our students to take turns, be polite and have manners. We should model good behavior for them.

2. When it is question time, don't make statements of fact as to how you plan on utilizing the information learned that day. This is especially true when the way that you will use the info is sooo obvious that everyone wants to look at you and say DUH! You have just wasted everyone's time for questions for your own self-aggrandizing agenda.

3. When the presenter is speaking, don't talk to your friend about what happened last night. It is distracting to other people and just rude. Don't make it worse by then asking everyone else what the presenter is saying because you didn't catch it.

4. If you do talk because the prospect of gossiping with your friend is just too tempting, don't ask any questions of the presenter. I can guarantee that he/she will have already discussed what you don't understand because you were too busy chatting about who did whom last night. Asking questions makes the audience want to hurt you and the presenter wants to say that he/she has already covered the topic and if you had been listening you'd know that.

5. When the room is packed like sardines, do not decide that you can get away with passing gas. I realize that conferences serve rich food that may not settle well with some people, but your intestinal issues should not be shared. Either you will sicken the people who are captive audiences or possibly cause a stampede as people try to evacuate the room. Excuse yourself before you starting ripping them out. You are not going to be able to fart without it stinking.

Obviously, I am at a conference. It's actually a great conference and I have learned a lot. I was one of 4 people chosen in our district to attend, all expenses paid by a grant. I am staying in a 5 star hotel with a room to myself. I have been fed massive amounts of food of every kind. I've had good sessions for the most part, I've met new people who have been super nice. However, I've also had to deal with some dumbass crap, thus being the reason that I wrote them. I thought that I was being sensitive because I have been seriously stressed trying to get things done before I came to the conference. It's not just me. Other people are saying the same kinds of things. I have one more long day and then I go home. It better be a good day or I'll be pissed.
SHOOT ME! I have had a massive headache off and on for 6 days. I have managed to keep it from becoming a migraine, but no amount of medicine, neck stretches, or sleep have truly helped. I just want to be able to sleep, which I can't do until my head stops hurting at least a little. I've tried everything aside from muscle relaxers, which is next on the agenda. The only thing is that they will make me groggy as hell when I wake up for work. Guess I will just have to look high as a kite in the office. The kids will love it.