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most this amazing - A Sorta Fairytale
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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Wed, Nov. 2nd, 2011 11:58 pm
most this amazing

I've been sick with a cold the last week or so, and it's turned into a persistent, hacking cough. I started to turn a corner yesterday, but the cough's still pretty bad. It's been keeping both me and my parents awake at night, so they, er, strongly encouraged me to see the doctor and now I'm on special cough syrup and an inhaler. I have to admit, the medicine(s) have helped immensely.

Anyway, because of the illness I've been staying in and resting much more than usual. (Even without a job, I usually find plenty of reasons to go out and about, but not so much this week.) But yesterday I was thinking it's time to get back to life, at least a little bit. Well, today life decided to get back to me.

First, I had the job interview for Mad Science, which is an organization that does science lessons/labs/demos for elementary school kids. They run a number of different programs in this vein, but the job I interviewed for was to go to local elementary schools to run after school programs in six-week courses. Anyway, I went in and talked to them a while and it sounded like a great program, and they seemed eager to hire me. As it turns out, they had more schools than usual sign up for their fall program, and they were understaffed. I had submitted my application a while back and they had kept it on file because they didn't need me at the time, but recognized that I had the right skills and experience for the job.

Then they emailed me last week because now they have an urgent need—so urgent, in fact, that they wanted me to start TOMORROW. 0_o I didn't really feel ready for that, because this cough is still hanging on and my vocal chords are not in the best shape to be orating science concepts to grade schoolers. But it's too good an opportunity to pass up, and they were very persuasive. So I agreed to do it on the spot, and they got me right in on training. I spent the day learning more about the program, and looking at some of the lab kits with one of the other teachers, and then I went with her to observe her doing a lesson—the same one I will teach tomorrow at another school.

All the Mad Scientists have a nickname, and so they told me to think of what I would like to be called. They are usually either rhyming or alliterative. And so, a poll:

Poll #1792153 Mad Scientist Nickname

What should my Mad Scientist nickname be?

Jumpin' Joie
1(5.9%)
Jurassic Joie
7(41.2%)
Jointed Joie
0(0.0%)
Jungle Joie
6(35.3%)
Bouyant Joie
0(0.0%)
Geodesic Joie
2(11.8%)
Something else (make suggestions, plz!)
1(5.9%)


It was a LONG day. The training itself wasn't too bad, but the fact that I locked my keys in my car (I swear I have NEVER done that before) meant I had to go a bit out of my way riding with the other teacher to the school. (In the meantime, my wonderful mother drove to the Mad Science office to rescue my keys from my car and leave them at the office for me to pick up when we got back.) Then I had to go straight to an appointment with one of my private tutoring clients, and she needed more help than usual with an especially difficult assignment, so I spent extra time with her. I got home at close to 7:00.

Then, when I got home, my mom casually mentioned that she was having some sort of chest pain this evening. I was like, “Mom, what are you thinking?!” I made her call the nurse hotline, and of course the nurse told her to call 911. So she and my Dad spent the rest of the evening in the ER. The EKG was normal, but they felt, all things considered, that she needed to see a cardiologist soon and make sure there were no issues. I doubt anything is seriously wrong, but due to family history and a number of other reasons, I think she definitely needs to get checked out.

While my parents were at the ER, I got to spend the evening with Kaedmon, who was over here to have a “pajama party” with us while his sister went on a “date” with her daddy and Vanessa got some quiet time to write and relax. I probably let him watch a little more TV than I really should have, but I needed to go over my lesson plans for tomorrow, so...it is what it is.

Anyway, it was an eventful, somewhat stressful day, but on the whole, I felt good about it. I certainly didn't feel “adrift” today, and I'm glad to have my connections to my family and to my new life in Seattle reinforced in a number of ways. Even the challenging moments had perks to them—like, for example, even though my mom had to get picked up by an ambulance, the ambulance came fully equipped with friendly and handsome firefighter/EMTs. My mom and I both enjoyed the view. XD (As did Kaedmon, who loved the big trucks with flashing lights.)

There were some lovely, peaceful moments, too, like when I was driving on the bridge over Lake Washington and enjoying the view of the bright autumn colors of the treeline against the blue water on one side and white sky on the other.

i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue dream of sky;and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes


~ e.e. cummings

I'm thankful.

Joie

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nessabutterfly
nessabutterfly
nessabutterfly
Thu, Nov. 3rd, 2011 09:08 am (UTC)

My aunt Rhonda (the one with Down Syndrome) had frequent angina and used to occasionally fake attacks so the ambulance would come for her. She didn't want to go to the hospital-- she just wanted to look at the paramedic, who was also a "Sunshine Boy" (a male model who was in the pull-out of the Toronto Sun newspaper).

They had to do something drastic to make her stop-- I think it was forcing her to go to the hospital every time they were called. But they couldn't *not* call when she turned blue and started grabbing her chest.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Fri, Nov. 4th, 2011 05:34 am (UTC)

Oh, dear. Well, I can't say I blame her. ;)


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mrs_bombadil
Mrs. B.
Thu, Nov. 3rd, 2011 11:55 am (UTC)

Congratulations!


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Fri, Nov. 4th, 2011 05:34 am (UTC)

Thanks!


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coastal_spirit
coastal_spirit
Gale
Thu, Nov. 3rd, 2011 01:04 pm (UTC)

Long comment will be long. ;)

I'm going to be looking forward to your posts, hearing your thoughts, sharing your life. I love the idea of NanoJouMo, and am considering doing it myself, even though I didn't post yesterday.

Mad Science sounds like a wonderful opportunity. Let me get back to you on that name, though. I'm not good at picking things like that. ;)

Hope you're feeling better soon. If you don't improve, please get checked out for bronchitis/pneumonia. I'm not trying to be a nervous Nellie here, but last year in the late winter/early spring, I had a bout that lasted for a month, and could have been worse if I hadn't attended to it promptly.

I hope your Mom is fine; and I'm glad you "encouraged" her to get checked out. So many of us women don't want to "bother" anyone. *am guilty of this*

No kid ever suffered permanent damage from the occasional bout of too much tv. ;)

Love that quote!

I'm done now. ;)


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Fri, Nov. 4th, 2011 05:40 am (UTC)

Thanks for the detailed reply! I look forward to reading your posts, too.

When I saw the doctor on Tuesday she listened to my lungs and said it didn't sound like bronchitis or pneumonia--just an over-active cough in response to a cold. But I will keep an eye on it, JIC.


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springdove
springdove
Kristi
Thu, Nov. 3rd, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)

Good news on the job! That sounds like fun. :) I think you will enjoy it. I voted for three different names. I voted for two of the ones you suggested but also have a couple of my own suggestions. I'm not sure if they have to be overtly science related, but I like "Jingling Joie," especially because it incorporates your musical talent as well. You could really play that one up as well with some bells in your pocket or something. I was also fond of "Jawbreaker Joie," but I'm not sure that's the image you're going for. ;)

My mom had chest pain that took us to the ER a couple of years ago, so I know how scary that is! She had it for like 12 hours before she did anything about it, and I wanted to hit her for waiting so long (especially when she WORKS at a hospital)! I'm glad to hear they weren't too worried about your mom's chest pain. Hopefully it was just related to the stress of the day and the past few months. (I mean, you guys have had a pretty stressful last few months.) Please give her my regards.

It's nice to read updates from you - almost like the old days when everyone was writing on LJ nearly every day. ;) It makes me feel a little guilty for my lack of updating since seminary. I had been updating at least once a month before that, but have failed in that goal for a while now. I don't know that I have time to write 500 words every day, but perhaps I should just try to write SOMEthing every day this month. Although, I don't think very many people read my journal anymore, so it may not even matter for updating. :) Glad to hear you've got some possibilities opening up, though. :) (BTW, did I tell you that all four of my good girlfriends moved this year? You aren't alone in the moving stres!)


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Fri, Nov. 4th, 2011 05:44 am (UTC)

I understand that it's hard to update when you're busy with school, not to mention major life changes like getting married. ;) But anytime you can spare a moment for 500 words (or more!), I, for one, will happily read it. :)

Oh, and I decided to go with "Jingle Joie" based on your suggestion. Thanks!


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lilyonthemetro
lilyonthemetro
Ally Beeson
Thu, Nov. 3rd, 2011 03:59 pm (UTC)

Sorry to hear you've been sick - I have too. Pretty sure it's bronchitis, which is wonderful following a stomach virus.

I am so happy for you though! I actually got to have the Mad Science program when I was in fourth or fifth grade. I quite enjoyed it.

Also, best wishes to your mom, I hope she's okay! And about the firemen - back when I lived in Apopka, my mom and I would drive slowly by the fire station and my mom, Sarah (if she was with us), and I would stare out the window... we got a kick out of it, but it annoys my dad to no end!


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Fri, Nov. 4th, 2011 05:47 am (UTC)

Haha! I can totally picture the three of you doing that!

Hope you feel better soon!


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lunalovepotter
lunalovepotter
Why be normal?
Thu, Nov. 3rd, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)

For some reason, "Jungle Joie" just speaks to me. So that's what I picked. *is a major geek*

Congratulations on the job, it sounds like lots of fun! I'm glad things are working out for you in Seattle; those family connections can make all the difference. While I like my life here in Boston, I do miss my family a lot.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Fri, Nov. 4th, 2011 05:49 am (UTC)

Thanks! Yeah, I do really enjoy being close to my family.


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eternitat
eternitat
Scandia Dream
Thu, Nov. 3rd, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)

I went with "Jurassic Joie".

I am glad that you are starting to like Seattle better. Mad Science sounds so cool!


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Fri, Nov. 4th, 2011 05:50 am (UTC)

Thanks! In truth, I've liked Seattle itself all along--I've just been a bit ambivalent about my place and purpose here. But I'm feeling much better about it now.


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dome36
dome36
dome36
Thu, Nov. 3rd, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)

Congrats on the job!

I vote for Jungle Joie :-)

J.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Fri, Nov. 4th, 2011 05:50 am (UTC)

Thanks!


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umadoshi
umadoshi
Ysabet
Fri, Nov. 4th, 2011 01:24 am (UTC)

Congrats on the job! (I want to write a longer comment, but am completely fried from work. :/) I hope you're feeling better, and that things are okay with your mom.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Fri, Nov. 4th, 2011 05:51 am (UTC)

Thanks! I'm doing better today--and Mom is, too.


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karet
karet
PeanutGallery
Sat, Nov. 5th, 2011 01:30 am (UTC)

Congratulations!


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Sat, Nov. 5th, 2011 02:55 am (UTC)

Thank you!


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