This is my 100th blog post. I should have reached this milestone a few weeks ago, but I required some soul-searching and that kept me away for a while. Anyway, I'm happy to be at this point now. 100 posts is nothing to shake a stick at.
This morning I spent a couple hours at my favorite local café working through the next chapter of my TExES study guide. I planned to finish this chapter today, but it proved a more daunting task than I bargained for. This chapter is 3x as long as the previous one. I did manage it (after about 5 hours total), but I left and studied the last hour at the library.
Today's chapter covered a large chunk of Algebra, both I and II. Algebra is generally something I enjoy, as far as math goes, but I'm terrible at graphing and there was a lot of graphing. Blegh. At least the exam's multiple choice. There was also some shape visualization, like "how many rhombuses fit in this hexagon?" I think I'll be good at teaching this especially to kids like me who struggle with visualizing things like that.
I also reunited with my old buddy, the quadratic formula!! And re-taught myself factoring and radical simplification. Blegh. I was feeling rather burnt out when it came time for a break and I saw a super nice message from a friend. That boosted me up enough to finish the chapter. I actually did most of the practice problems ok, it's more that I'm worried about remembering all those formulas. I'll feel better once I see what my formula sheet (given during the test) looks like.
I took a nap after lunch and my boyfriend told me that at one point I actually woke up briefly and recited the quadratic formula before dozing off again. At least my brain's processing the information, I guess.
Recently I've finally started my lifelong dream of turning into a mystical plant woman, starting with the kokedama I mentioned recently. I have a Pilea peperomioides growing now, too, in a cute little earthenware pot. I've heard these grow pretty fast, but it's growing rather horizontally at the moment, which makes it hard to place. I don't want to overdo it with the plants yet (just thinking about moving a bunch of potted plants...yikes) but I'm just so excited. I'd really like to carve out time for my hobbies as much as I can. Just watering the plants and watching them grow has been so therapeutic. I'm so impatient that I started playing Viridi again so I can at least grow virtual plants. It's sort of like design practice for when I have my own garden of succulents, too.
I feel my life slowly aligning with the way I want it to be. It turns out you can have your cake and eat it, too. ...Bad metaphor for diabetics, that, but the sentiment is sincere.