Too agitated yesterday to post, even though I had a lot to say! First, a couple of links to brighten your day:
How Social Networks Predict Epidemics (~18 min. video)
The Child-Driven Education (~17 min. video)
Although they're worth watching, you can absorb most of the content through listening, so it's perfect for entertainment while you're chopping veggies for dinner. :-)
I discovered TED Talks (the source of the links) about a week ago in my recent quest to update my understanding of the internet. There is a lot going on in networking and education that is web-centric and that's a large part of what motivated me to start blogging.
So what's happening with me lately? Still spending my time between classes relaxing, after a fashion. I have a hard time being idle for long periods (notice my entire family laughing in the background and clarifying that "long periods" means an hour). So in the last week or so, I have:
- Repaired two shirt hems
- Progressed on two more sewing projects (bench cushions and replacing the zipper on a shirt)
- Finalized a cross-stitch design and started work on it (for a friend's wedding gift and I think I may have waited too long to finish in time...)
- Made steady progress on The Way of Kings. I'm on page 462 of 1007 and I hope to finish it by Saturday, before my next class starts.
The highlight of my week so far was the grocery run I made yesterday, wherein I got out of the store with a week's worth of groceries for $41. That's right, terribly mundane, but what can I say? The goal was $275 for groceries this month; we average about $305/month. We've spent $241 at the commissary and subtracting $24 for dog food and treats leaves me at $227 for September. Barring any major milk crises this week, I think we're going to make it! I recommend CouponMom for those of you who don't have a good source for printable coupons.
One last note: the older I get, the more I realize what a useful tool social etiquette can be when properly applied. Beyond saying please and thank you, the phrase "I'm sorry but I have prior plans" is helping my psyche feel a lot better today. ;-)