October 14th, 2015


Wednesday Hodgepodge: 14 October 2015

The Wednesday Hodgepodge is courtesy of From This Side of The Pond.

1. What's something that has recently 'tried your patience'?

I'm the assessment coordinator for my department.   When I have time to work on putting all the pieces together and write the reports, nobody will give me the data I need.   When I have all of the data I need, I don't have the time to write the reports.   Reports, by the way, that nobody reads, but everyone wants to know are written.  (I know.   I'm putting Easter Eggs in them.)

2. Do you think patience comes to us naturally or is it something you have to learn as you grow? On a scale of 1-10 generally how patient are you? (1=I blow up at the drop of a hat and 10=I've got all the time in the world).

A little of both.   We may start with a bit of a predisposition to patience, but it is a skill that can be encouraged.   I know I've gotten better at it over the years, as I've been exposed to more situations where it was required.

It's hard for me to put a number on it ... it varies over time, over the situation, and over the amount of sleep I've gotten.

3. Share about a time when you felt like you could fly. Or a time you wished you could fly. Or a time you felt like you were flying.

Ph.D. students undergo a rite of passage near the beginning of graduate school known as the "qualifying examination".   Think of it as the SAT/ACT on steroids.  You have to demonstrate a huge amount of knowledge in your field of study.  It's an exam that most graduate students spend months preparing to take, and it's a huge source of stress.

For a few days before my qualifying exams, I felt like I actually had all of that information in my head at one moment.   It was a remarkable feeling of clarity.   (It didn't last long.)

4. Your favorite song with the word fly in the title or lyrics, or your favorite song that relates to flying in some way?

5. What's in your fall picnic basket and where are we picnicking in your neck of the woods this time of year?

Don't really picnic anytime at all.  But if we've got to head out ... any woods I haven't found the geocaches in would be just fine, thank you :) .

6.  Carpentry, electrical, plumbing, landscaping...which skill would you most like to possess and how would you put that skill to use today?

Carpentry.   I feel like I have such a lack of the basic understandings of mechanics, and carpentry would probably assist me so much in just the ordinary stuff of household maintenance.   I feel really incompetent when it comes to that world.

7. What's something you think is too expensive to justify buying lately?

I keep saying that I'm going to buy a kayak and the associated safety equipment so that I can head out and find aquatic geocaches.   I never do it.   Mostly it's because I haven't balanced my checkbook in months and I have other things I should do with that money first (like charitable donations).   But it's also hard for me to spend money on myself.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Second week of the new term.  Different schedule ... I thought I'd have more time to get stuff done with all my classes bunched together, but it's not working out that way.   *headdesk*