Sunday, March 04, 2007

Feeling stressed...

... and I don't have any really good reason to feel so stressed. I'm no more or less prepared than I usually am on a Sunday evening--I may even be just a little more prepped than I usually am. Still, I feel really stressed. And for some reason, I don't feel like teaching next week. Again, there is no good reason why. I just don't want to do it.

I just realized that I can probably teach one of the lessons I just prepped twice this week--once on Wednesday and once on Friday. Cool. I will need to make some adjustments, but I think it will work... I hope.

Anyway... I still have three full classes to prep and three classes that are mostly prepped but which I need to tweek a little. Ugh.

Well, I better get back to work.


At 4:12 AM, Anonymous Anna said...

Belated response to the "feeling stressed" vibe:

Hey, don't feel stressed. This oughtta make you feel better, at least. :)

I freely admit my increasing inclination towards Old Folkdom. (Actually, I suppose "Old Fartdom" applies, too.) ;)

When I went to buy a wireless adapter to use at home, I did indeed actually ask one sales clerk at Best Buy whether it was called "wee-fee" or "why-fy."
C'mon, "Fifi"/Wifi....
I'd seen it countless times in print...just couldn't remember how to actually pronounce it.

At 5:01 AM, Blogger Ovonia Red said...

I actually have a similar problem. Wifi is pronounced differently in French. When I got back to the states after living in France, I couldn't remember how to pronounce Wifi... I still say wireless to avoid that little issue.

It is not even 11am today and I feel completely run down. I taught my two classes this morning and just felt completely off...

I don't really want to go to my Czech class today, but I'm going to miss it Thursday so I really need to go. Gotta learn at least a little bit of the language. I think I'm going to try and get a nap before the class starts, though. I didn't sleep well last night.

At 5:10 AM, Anonymous Anna said...

G'luck staying rested.
And keep up the language-learning.
Something like that. :)

At 5:12 AM, Anonymous Anna said...

...and the reason you have trouble with the Wifi thing is completely justified and intelligent!
Me? I just got used to inventing/assuming pronunciations for words I read as a kid...haven't completely kicked that bit of intellectual laziness. ;)

At 7:44 AM, Blogger pat d said...

Anna, that sounds SO Ovonia!! Whether creative interpretation of music or creative pronounciation, it's one of the delights!

Ovonia, hang in there. The interview is probably adding to the stress (keep repeating: I'm just exploring options here). And your roomie being sick might be a factor--I know you're worried about her.

Mom will be there in a little over a week with mac & cheese and kettle corn.

Think how cute you'll look in your new top!!

At 8:39 AM, Blogger Ovonia Red said...

One thing about well-read people I've noticed (and others have noticed/admitted to as well) is that they tend to have a larger vocab (duh) but they don't always pronounce words correctly--a result of seeing the word but never hearing it. (For the record, I don't necessarily include myself in the well-read group. I just mispronounce sh*t because I like to invent my own pronunciations).

Speaking of pronunciations, I had to convince my students this morning that clothes and close are pronounced the same. (They were trying to pronounce the /th/ in clothes). I also tried to convince them that they couldn't use the verb to die in the passive voice (*He was died). They didn't quite believe me, so I told them to ask the other teacher (who speaks Czech).

Anyway, I was soo off on my classes this morning... just felt so out of it. I still have one more class to teach. Then tomorrow is my crazy day.

Mom, you may want to elaborate on that create interpretation of music reference. (IMHO, it still is a pretty funny story...)

Just feel like I've had all my blood drained from me.

At 8:53 AM, Blogger pat d said...

"clothes" and "close" are similar, but not quite the same, right? The "o" in close is a bit shorter, and the "thes"in clothes has more of an elongated "z" sound.

But maybe that's just my hillbilly accent. Can't have the Czechs talking that way....

OK, the music story: While daughter's picture shows an oboe, she played flute (beautifully, I might add!) before taking up oboe. As the middle school band director was pretty awful, she stated taking private lessons with Rhonda, who was amazing.

One lesson,Rhonda assigned a little Mozart piece for the next week's lesson, and they played it before we left.

The next week, daughter proudly played the piece.

"Hmmm," said Rhonda. "Well done, but that's not what Mozart wrote."

Daughter's response: "That's what he SHOULD HAVE written!!!"

At 6:51 PM, Anonymous Shari said...

Um, yeah. I totally pronounce the "th" in "clothes." It doesn't sound at all like "close" when I say it. (Good thing I'm not at work, because I'm sitting hear saying them out loud.) I say it the same way I say "cloths," only with a long O sound, of course.

I know exactly what you mean about assuming a pronunciation. I used to do that all the time, and I think I still do once in awhile. It's funny - sometimes I hear a word for the first time and don't even recognize it.

A little late now, but I hope you're feeling less stressed.;

At 12:33 AM, Anonymous Anna said...

Sorta like Shari, I'm sitting here thinking/mouthing/saying "clothes" and "close."

I think I say Close, as in "close the door," differently than Close, as in, "the door is close." I don't think I pronounce the "th" in clothes.

But then, I can't hear the difference when I'm slurring "s" sounds, either.

Heh. Gotta love the confidence in that Mozart...ish music story. Classic.:)


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