Ahem, tap, tap, is this thing on?

Sorry to have disappeared.  I was sick throughout my spring break.  I wanted to take baths and stay in bed all day, but with our house remodel going on, that wasn’t possible.  So I stumbled out of bed most days and went to a coffee shop, ran some errands with Mr. Geeky and generally tried to survive.  Then Mr. Geeky’s uncle died and we drove to the funeral.  Sadly, I’m increasingly at an age where funerals are how you see family.  It used to be weddings.  I was sick throughout the entire time we were there–about 3 days–though I began to rally towards the end. Going through the mountains on the way back, my sinuses felt like they would explode–worst feeling ever.  Still frustrated by being sick, I actually left early my first day back to work to go to the doctor.  I love my doctor.  After taking a look at my sinuses, she said, “Can you breathe through your nose?”  “Yes,” I said.  “I find that hard to believe. No wonder you don’t feel good.”    I am now on the mend thanks to her.  Maybe I would have mended anyway, but I felt well taken care of.

Next week, I head to Florida with my high school students to participate in a robotics competition.  We are all very excited and I do hope we win.  The girls have worked hard to make this happen.  We also have some down time, which we are going to spend at Harry Potter World.  As a pretty big fan of both the books and the movies, I’m looking forward to that.  I have no idea what I’m getting myself into with this competition, but I think it will be quite an experience.  I’m likely to be doing this again next year, so this will be a good learning experience.

I have a post in the wings about personal data and how much it is collected these days.  I’ve had more than my fair share of encounters with the extraction of my data.  And I’ve been thinking a lot about it.

5 Replies to “Ahem, tap, tap, is this thing on?”

  1. Sorry about your uncle-n-law! And your cold (I have it, too, during our Spring Break) but trust me, Harry Potter World will cure you! It’s THAT magical.

    Good luck with the competition!

  2. Ooh, cool, robotics competition. Please do post an update when you’re done. Oh, and I’d love a post about your team and how the activity was organized (if it’s appropriate, and doesn’t share too much personal data). For example, who participated?, how were the kids included? (did they just sign up), how much work has it been for you to coordinate? Do you get any extra compensation?

    We’re going to travel to Knoxville, TN in may for the Destination Imagination “Globals” tournament. We’re looking forward to it, but I’m also interested in how these competitions/events go in general.

    (I’m interested in my specific comments ’cause I may be coordinating the DI team next year, since the teacher who has taken it on will be coaching her own child’s team. I’m a parent, not a teacher, but am trying to understand logistics).

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