Class: This week in class we were given a bonus blog and I cannot wait to do the step by step process for posting a YouTube video. It took me around 3 hours to figure out how to do this and link it to my page. Personally, I watched videos at 2.5 hours of frustration to figure out how to do it, so I hope it helps a future student who chooses to take risks and do something they have not done before. Professor M. touched on what to expect next week as we begin to prepare for our mid-term conferences. He also asked us to view and navigate our Weebly websites as guest in preparation as this will be a big part of the discussion. Making sure links work and others are able to find the next thing with ease. I want to go and revise all the blogs I have completed thus far, but then worry that my process will not be fully shown as I pitch what grade I think I deserve. Starting down from the top of the list we were able to read our AMA projects, as well as be spectators to offer criticism in a respectful way. There were 3 options given to read out loud and have a seat, read and lead the criticism with questions addressing your own paper and have audience answer, or to read and react which was read and let the class offer their input without prompting. I chose to read and react. While reading, I first realized that 1800 words may be a bit much and was definitely a mouth full. I tripped over a few words as I normally read in a whisper to myself. I received great feedback from the class and I feel as now I know where my revisions for draft 2 need to start. I also took notes for Art and Dan as they did their presentations. We negotiated the note taking as Mr. M wanted to have the next person in line take notes on the criticisms received, I offered for the person sitting next to them. We were two to a row besides Dan who was in front of me alone, so I offered to take his notes. With Melissa’s I had wrote the word “puppeteer” as she used in her paper. That word was descriptive and provided imagery. She completed both with only one word and that was awesome to see and made me think of my own word choices. I had not read Ben’s and he chose not to read rather summarize his AMA project. The emotion that showed while he spoke, in front of a class that he has only known a few weeks, as a man, was amazing to see. I knew I had to read it. I did so today at the first opportunity and sent him an e-mail with a few thought provoking questions. Zach did his and I wrote a note of “too much pride”. The pride he placed in his paper did not exhibit a growth mindset in my opinion. He received really good feedback from the class and I can’t wait to see where he takes it. I wonder will he choose a new topic or keep the original and revise. I want to challenge myself to have my second draft done by class next week and closer to 1,000 words. Side note-at this stage of the game, if someone offers criticism and cannot explain why, don’t disregard their feedback, but understand they are still trying to figure out why your writing made them feel that way.
Home: I can’t help feeling the internal need for alone time with my man. It is hard to even sneak kisses in front of the kids, as they get in the middle of our legs and push us apart. We are going shooting at the range on Sunday, and hopefully my mother will watch both of my heathens so we can use practice time as our version of a date. Work is interesting more so as I close out this day. I am not as far up the ladder as some of my colleagues, but one in particular is causing conflict with the way I run this practice. He is an echo tech, director of echoes to be exact, and his laziness is consuming him so to the point it is now interfering with the way our office cares for patients. When you affect my patients with your choices I will sure state my standpoint no matter how much higher you are then me. I feel I internalize my work too much. For example, I constantly say my office, my doctors, my staff, my patients. I see this as mine before Penn’s. I am not sure currently if that is a good thing, or a bad thing, but I feel I need to meet more in the middle before I get in something my years of loyalty and exemplary service may not cover. I need to do something different this weekend besides sit at my house, play with the kids, grocery shop, worry about my writing and house work. A scene change might be good for my mental health.