Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Just a little tuesday babbling

We had a great BBQ on Sunday. Very relaxed, and good food. Kyle and I were both a wee bit upset that our pork didn't come out right. I think we had the heat to high. My shoulder had to be chopped, it just wasn't pullable. And his ribs, while tasty, we not falling off the bone. Oh well, I don't think the guests complained.

Monday we biked about 13 miles on the C&O canal trail. It was real easy. I like rides like that. I can only do about 5 miles in our neighborhood, but did 15 miles without complaining. We went from Carderock up to Swain's Boathouse and back. The view near Great Falls was incrediable. Someday, I'd like to bike the whole thing. Its traditionally a 3 day trip, with stops in Hancock and Harpers Ferry. I think their are hotels along the route, which means I could possibly deal with my shower issues. Showers are the reason I haven't been backpacking - ever. Despite my desire to go, I just can't bring myself to go a couple days with showers and toilets. Call me a girly girl, but I like to sit, not squat.

Speaking of squat - its the age old question for southern's (or at least East TN/Western NC folks). Do you know what? Diddly Squat! I had friends in college who said that should be "Diddly Butt" b/c butt rhymes with what. I just can't see it.

I haven't checked my HD email list in 2 weeks. Longest I've been yet. Ignoring it for the time being and moving on with life. Just checked back in and reading the chemo brain discussions. Thats one thing definitely still affecting me (since its gotten warmer, Rayuand's has gone away). And is affecting the already not so great verbal part of my brain. I've always been the math & science geek. You know the type, could park an 18-wheeler between my math and verbal SATs. GREs were about the same. Actually, my vebal GRE score was exactly the same as my SAT. I'm not sure what that means - but it intrigued me. Guess my verbal skills improved exactly as expected through school. Anyway.. point.. I have one. Or I had one... it just slipped my brain.

Now on to the interviewing.. I forgot, I was supposed to post the rules. *blush* So, late, but here they are:

1. If you want to participate, leave a comment below saying "interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you five questions - each person's will be different.
3. You will update your journal/blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview others in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Now, I will interview Rachel
1. Who do you most admire and why?
2. Do you have any regrets? If so, how would you change the event/choice?
3. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
4. If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?
5. What are your top three reads?
5.5. Does Mo want to be a ring boy?

Oh.. I remembered my point - I keep forgetting the word or losing my train of thought completely. Its the old thing about it being on the tip of your tongue, but I can't find it. And is getting seriously noticable. At least to me. It may sound a bit conceited, but I feel like I've dropped 10 IQ points. Its very frustrating. And it scares me, since I always harbored notions of a PhD. I can't think on the spot anymore. How on earth would I pass prelims?!? Of course, I have a nice job now with no plans on going anywhere. So its a moot point. But...


Anonymous Louise said...

Oh, the language loss. It does get better, but I know I still have problems from chemo, two years after finishing treatment. It's been embarassing at times. Sometimes I would be almost pantomiming what I was trying to say in class (I couldn't think of the exact words I wanted, but I sure as hell wasn't going to not say anything). Loss of language kicked my ass hard. I'm an English major. I have a writing minor. Words are my life. There were times I became so frustrated by not being able to articulate something that I would start crying.

It does get better though. I have to work on it -- sometimes I make myself vocabularly lists and study them. I make myself read things over several times until I understand them. I take a long time to write papers now. I used to be able to sit down and write a a ten-page A paper in an hour or two, but now I struggle for days. I guess in some ways it's forced me to be a better student. Actually, not really. Just because I have to put in twice the effort to get the same results does not mean I am a better student.

But once more, for sticking value -- it will get better. It might not be the same, but it will get better.

10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How very fortunate you are, if I had lost 10 points on my SAT, I would have scored 790 total and set a new world record. I signed my name and everything. It is great to see your life is in harmony and peace once again. While you are in a weakened mental state (down from your very lofty norm)I would issue a challenge to you and your soon-to-be. Identify hicup before the end of June and I will give you a bottle of Dom's finest champagne for a wedding toast. I will answer only 3 questions to help guide you. I will accept only 1 final answer. This tape will self destruct in 30 seconds. See ya! hicup

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love to read your posts. Glad you are back to tending to your blog. Definitely goes toward keeping in touch with your life. BB

5:26 PM  

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