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7 Quick Takes on Cash Show, The Rock, and Teacher Stuff

7 Quick Takes, hosted at This Ain't the Lyceum

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I have been winning trivia like a beast these last few weeks. My ability to play will decrease significantly very soon, so I’m glad to be going out in a blaze of glory.

I won HQ Trivia two times!

You won! with my happy smiling face

But I only remembered to take a photo one time.

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In a related development, I also won Cash Show for the first time!

I won 79 cents!

And I also won that game twice!

I won $1.09!

See? A beast.

Cash Show is like the low-budget version of HQ. It has a similar structure: airs live, twelve questions, winners split the prize. But you start can start earning cash if you make it to question 6, each question is worth a specific (split) amount, and you get to keep the money you earn as each question passes.

So you can be knocked out at Question 9 and leave with twelve cents. I still only consider it “winning” if you make it through Question 12, which I did for the first time last Saturday. The main downside is that you can only get your prize as actual money in your possession once you earn ten dollars. Thus, although I have won a total of $3.81, I haven’t gotten any actual money. We’ll see if it falls into the “you might not ever get your money” loophole that HQ did before it let you cash out at any amount.

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On a completely unrelated note, I remembered that Netflix has all of the Star Trek series right now, so I decided to finally finish watching Voyager. It was always my favorite since it was the newest when my dad finally converted me. (My mom and I used to make of him for liking Star Trek. I have since eaten my crow.)

My family lived overseas during Voyager‘s original run, so I never got to see the final season. I couldn’t remember how far along I’d watched, though, so I picked a random episode in the second-to-last season with a plot synopsis that sounded familiar.

Imagine my surprise when one of the guest stars was The Rock! He didn’t have any visible tattoos, so I wasn’t sure it was him until he did the eyebrow. Gotta love the eyebrow.

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With my summer downtime, I worked through my backlog of alumni magazines. The one from Notre Dame feels like a short book. I don’t know how I managed to read Seventeen cover-to-cover when I was in high school!

The summer issue of Notre Dame Magazine had an intriguing article about young peoples’ declining or absent Catholic lives. The intriguing part wasn’t that it had anything new to say, but that I found myself agreeing with it so wholeheartedly. It doesn’t focus on the same old lines I hear all the time. It discusses a variety of reasons for the decline, and although it doesn’t offer any answers, it also doesn’t point the blame at any single cause. Considering that I’ve skipped a few ND Mag articles recently that made me roll my eyes at how un-Catholic they seemed, this one was a welcome change.

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I also really liked the ND Mag article about a grown-up alumni child who has been fighting cancer for three years past his initial prognosis. I just thought it was well-written and hopeful without being schmaltzy.

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If you happen to be a teacher looking for a easy way to make a poster of your class rules, I highly recommend this template from Canva. You can use Canva as a guest or with a Google account, and the poster can be printed as an engineering print at Office Depot for $4. Ask me how I know.

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I hope to be a cool English teacher, but I don’t think I’ll ever be this hip:

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Currently: August 2018

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It’s August! Every teacher’s favorite and least favorite month. (Unless you work in southern Indiana, where they have a year-round schedule and started two weeks ago. Ugh!) I am not 100% ready for school yet, but I’ve made progress, and that is better than before.

Here’s what I am currently…

Following: An online support program called the 40-Hour Teacher Workweek Club. Don’t worry: I’m not under the impression that I will be working exactly forty hours per week, or even forty-five—at least not right off the bat. The club is designed for teachers who don’t want to give up their whole personal and family lives for the sake of their work. The teacher putting in the most hours is not always the best teacher, and the best teachers don’t work for endless hours. I can absolutely get behind that vision. Teaching is a tough job, and it will eat up my whole life if I let it, but it doesn’t have to be that way. I felt crushed by school last year. I don’t want to repeat that, so I’ve been practicing new habits, inspired by the club, and I’ve seen real progress already.

Ordering: Nothing yet, but I need new pants for work (the long-legged woman’s struggle is real) and some posters for my classroom. I have more wall space covered up than empty in my new room (which I like; less pressure to fill it up), but I always manage a little personalization.

Pinning: For a while there, way too much! I undertook a mini-mission to learn how to wear eye makeup properly, so I started pinning tips for hooded eyes and #girlswithglasses. Then I made the mistake of scrolling through some book-related pins (mostly Harry Potter fandom jokes) and lost literal hours to Pinterest. It was bad. After about a week, I realized that I’d been mistaken when I thought I’d deleted all the social media apps from my phone. Facebook went first, years ago; then Instagram had to go. But I forgot about Pinterest. Our relationship is now desktop-only.

Watching: The last season and a half of Star Trek: Voyager. When I lived in Germany, during the series’ original run, you couldn’t watch TV online, so we had to wait for months to see new episodes. Somewhere in the shuffle of regular TV seasons and moving back stateside, I never got to see the end of the series. A friend is letting me use her fiance’s Netflix password until the wedding, so I decided to finish out the series. It’s so quaint that costumed actors are playing all the aliens. (CGI wasn’t so awesome back then.) Makes my nerdy heart happy.

Counting: The days until school starts, with great anxiety. Taking the advice of the 40-Hour Teacher Workweek Club, I am accepting that I can’t do everything, and I’m focusing on doing the main things. I’ve also been getting as many new-job and new-school items out of the way as possible before professional development days start next week. I’ve got a big stack of paperwork to tackle, but at least I already know how to Chromecast to my classroom’s beautiful, mounted flat-screen TV.

Recapping: July

  • I finished rumba class, started cha-cha, and learned some more foxtrot. I still don’t care for progressive dances (e.g. foxtrot), but I feel slightly more confident.
  • I celebrated Independence Day with some new friends.
  • I went to a little bit of the Jane Austen Festival here in town.
  • I saw a youth performance of Romeo and Juliet in Central Park (also in Louisville; still never been to NYC).

So what’s new with you? What are you counting currently?

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