An Expensive Week and NaNo Talk

It’s been an expensive week for me. My laptop, which had survived many overseas trips, adventures and stories, finally decided to give up. After three hours of me trying to restart it and getting nothing but a flashing icon I knew that I had to shell out for a new computer. So I am typing this from my (refurbished) new MacBook Pro. I almost went back to Windows but, for what I wanted, the prices were very similar. My new laptop arrived on Thursday and, although I hate parting with money, it has been well spent.

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Things I am not good at…

…regular blogging. I get all excited and then I forget things and then this happens… Then again, I’m not that good at being regular… well that could be TMI.

In order to motivate myself to write more and take more time for me I actually paid for a domain name and everything…now that I’ve actually invested money in blogging maybe I’ll actually do something with it. I mean, I have been blogging on and off for the last fifteen plus years so I may as well try to make it more official. Or at least make myself feel a little bit guilty about putting money into something and then leaving it to collect dust.

The next thing is to figure out what I really want to do with this blog. If you click on the about page you’ll see that I’ve made a separate blog for my teaching. Partially because I want something else that I can write about than just teaching. I mean, I love teaching but I am more than just a teacher. I need a proper outlet for my geeky endeavours, right?

So, I am toying around with a few ideas. Some along the lines of more reviews – films, novels, shows etc.

I want to have more of my Five Things lists as well.

If there are any other things that you would like me to write about let me know.

In the meantime you’ll notice that the layout will be changing over the next few weeks while I figure out how I want my blog to look. I’m just fussy – I’ve already spent most of this afternoon fart assing around with the layout and I’m still not happy.

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31 Days of Horror, Bullet Journaling and Stuff

Admittedly 2016 has not been a good year for me. There have been highlights – most notably San Diego Comic Con – which was so awesome. There are words but none of them are intelligible at this present moment.

But, generally, 2016 has been a ‘suckfest’ in numerous senses. I guess the gallbladder thing takes the cake and I’m still dealing with all that. You’d be surprised at what foods seem to hate me at present. (For those of you who can eat anything after your surgery I’m actually glad and happy for you. Unfortunately, some food goes through me faster than … well I’ll let you finish that off.) It’s been 17 weeks since the surgery and I’ve done a lot of traveling and teaching and thinking. Maybe a little too much in the way of thinking but that’s me.

Anyway, it’s October (seriously, where the hell did the year go) and now it’s heading into Spring (which soon means summer holidays but who’s counting anyway?)

On tumblr the Northern Hemisphere is going wild with it’s fall aesthetic and pumpkin spice lattes (something I have never tried but have heard all about…the nearest Starbucks is over an hour away so … yeah). Plus, all the Halloween pictures appearing  has got me in the mood for horror films. And, thus, I have arrived at the actual topic of my blog today.

I am doing a 31 Days of Horror challenge wherein I attempt to watch 31 horror films this month. I jumped in a little late, starting on the 3rd so watched 3 horrors in a row.

Krampus (2015) which now ties with Gremlins and Die Hard for best Christmas film ever. The Chernobyl Diaries which was terrible but it counts and then I re-watched From Dusk Til Dawn which totally counts cause vampires…Then, on the 4th, I watched Rogue which is about a giant crocodile and stars Radha Mitchell,  Sam Worthington and Mia Wasikowska. Pure and unashamed cheese.

I love horror films. Always have. Especially the slashers of the late 70s and 80s.

If you want to join me jump in and tweet me @inkblotsquills with film recommendations or let me know what you’ve been watching.

I also decided to start bullet journaling last night. This came about after I did some tidying and found no less than 15 unused notebooks/journals in my craft room. I have a problem…

Anyway, I will add some pictures once I get it fully underway.

I also started a teacher focused tumblr if you wanted to check it out. The Caffeinated Teacher. I will probably use that to do more teacher posts and turn this blog back into just a blog about me and the nerdy stuff I like. (Though teaching is a huge part of my life so there will be ideas and thoughts etc… but less of the technical stuff and more of the real stuff…)

So there you go. An update. A not so great update but an update none-the-less.

If you have any suggestions for what you’d like me to watch let me know.

Also, if there is anything you’d like me to write about, well leave a comment. Let’s do this.

Peace and Pancakes

Jaime

 

Happy New Year

Happy New Year – It’s 2016…I’m 33 and a handful of change. I’m a teacher currently on summer break who has been trying, desperately, to catch up on the latest reads, the latest music and even the latest games…(that I can play on a PS3 – still saving for that upgrade to a PS4). I’m also battling the heat of summer of which, I am not a fan. Give me autumn any day. I just despise sitting/walking/existing in weather so hot and humid that I feel like I’m sweating from every available pore. (You’re welcome for that mental image, by the way.)

As I sit here, finishing off my second coffee of the morning and listening to 80s Hair Metal, I’m thinking back over the last year and what I have planned for this year. I’m not really a resolution person because I think that you can choose any point in your year, month, week or day to make a decision to change. However, there are some things that I am working on changing in my life:

  1. Improving my self confidence in tiny little steps. (#bodypositive right…)
  2. Read more.
  3. Relax more often.
  4. Simplify. (Yeah I’m not good with the simplifying part but I promise I’ll try.)
  5. Say yes a little more…not for everything but being a bit more open will help with numbers 1 and 3 on my list. Right?

Five simple little things.

I’m also doing my second year of A Drabble A Day over on my tumblr:

A Miscellany of Drabbles

Last year I was challenged to write a drabble a day – exactly 100 words, no more no less, and, aside from a little hiccup in July, I did just that and now I’m heading into year two. Each month I have a different theme and it’s been a lot of fun.

And finally a quick list of a couple of things that I am enjoying or finding useful this month.

Current obsession: Passion Planner – I ordered one last year and found it really good but didn’t use it to it’s fullest potential. This year I downloaded a copy and will order a new one for next year. It’s actually really nice and easy to use. And it taps into the creative side of me – which is always good.

Currently reading: Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor. Based on the popular podcast of the same name I’m finding it an interesting, albeit, confusing read.

Current earworm: Hamilton The Musical soundtrack. I was trying to avoid falling in love with another musical but a friend made me listen and now I’m hooked.

Current game: Alice The Madness Returns – it was on sale on the PS store.

Peace and Pancakes and a very Happy New Year to you all.

The One Where I Start

Blank pages are always inviting to me. They hold so much information and nothing at the same time. It is up to me to fill them with my thoughts, words, drawings and ideas. Now, if I were being clever this would be the point where I would link this to teaching – my metaphor or simile on students and their potential. But, that’s not the main point of this first post. This is an introductory post – the one where I give you tidbits about me to make me appear interesting, fascinating and other such things but I always struggle to think of adjectives to describe me.

So, this morning, when I decided that I needed to dive into blogging again, I asked my friends on Facebook to write down a word that they’d use to describe me. Quirky was one of the words along with passionate, caring, nerdy. These are words that I’ve used when I’ve done a descriptive activity in my classes but others were mentioned: empathetic, thoughtful, private, eccentric, funny. Actually, every word (yes, even lickable) brought much amusement to me throughout today. But it almost made me stop and think about the labels that we give ourselves. I leave this as a prompt for further thought and actually dive into the purpose of this blog.

I was inspired by my friend (read her thoughtful and inspiring blog here: Miss Hamilton’s Flipping Classroom) to get back behind the keyboard.

The generalised aim of this blog is threefold:

One: To talk about teaching. I’m a high school English teacher and I’d like to share my thoughts and ideas on what I do on a daily basis.

Two: To talk about my favourite things which include most things geeky or nerdy. (And how I bring this into my classroom.)

Three: To talk about writing. (That old English teacher stereotype – teaching while dreaming of being an author.)

This is a way to help me with my work/life balance and to get me back into writing more frequently. Although, I am doing a little bit of writing every day as another friend challenged me to write a drabble a day which are theme based each month. Plus, it is a way to reflect on my teaching, which is important, and to document my thoughts.

To round this off or round it up here are five things about me:

  1. I was born and raised in New Zealand but have lived in London.
  2. I have had over eighteen operations for various things.
  3. I collect dinosaur toys and quirky mugs.
  4. My favourite musical is a three way tie between Spring Awakening, Wicked and Les Miserables.
  5. I have a TARDIS in my living room courtesy of my father, who built it for me two Christmases ago.

Finally, I offer you, dear readers, a challenge:

What are three words you’d use to describe yourself? Share them below and any questions you might have.

Peace and pancakes.