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Week in Review: Ducks and Other Randomness

Have you ever done one of those New Age-y exercises where you determine what your Spirit Animal would be?

I’ve never done one…mostly because there’s no doubt in my mind that my Spirit Animal would be a duck.

In fact, I knew I had found my soulmate when my sweetheart told me that his Spirit Animal would also be a duck. Birds of a feather…

For some reason Google Chrome doesn’t register if I’ve rotated a photo in my photo editor. It doesn’t matter what editor I use or what browser I upload the photo in. It’s so frustrating! Anyway, if the sideways photos annoy you as much as they annoy me, you can always check out my blog in Firefox? 😛

I went out for a walk on MLK day and discovered a new route–and along this lovely little creek, there was a huge flock of ducks! (Flock of ducks? School of ducks? Murder of ducks? Conspiracy of…okay I’ll stop.) Needless to say, I was very inspired.

I just couldn’t get a picture of all of them because they flew away as soon as they noticed me looking at them.

Yeah, this Week in Review is gonna be random.

I discovered the ducks because I’ve been trying to go on walks when I can. I still don’t have my anxiety meds–partly because of the bureaucracy of the medical system and partly because of my impatience with the bureaucracy of the medical system–so I’ve been trying to get out for a walk every day and get some sunlight to combat the old S.A.D.I’ve also been doing my 30 Days of Yoga. I’m on Day 21. I started in July. Going strong, guys!

This week it’s been back to the books. CSU classes started Tuesday, and I taught Wednesday and Friday.

My two grad seminars look they’re going to be pretty reading and writing heavy, so that combined with my thesis is going to be keeping me very busy this semester, I expect.

Speaking of my thesis, I’m behind on my official paperwork. Oops. The department administrative assistant is rightfully ticked at me.

One fun thing about the start of the semester is getting new textbooks in the mail.

It’s cool that two of my professors/members of my thesis committee are anthologized in one of these.

That’s my advisor!

I spent a bit of my Christmas money/gift cards, including getting a little basket from Ten Thousand Villages for hats and mittens to put by the door. Otherwise, they just end up scattered all over the couches and the floor.

Speaking of hats, my warmest hat is the one that also has the fox ears. I wear it all the time, but I also forget that I’m wearing it, and then random people smile at me in public places like at the grocery store and on the bus. I think it’s a good look the aviators, don’t you?

Damn Chrome

I’ve been experimenting this week with making my tea in a pot rather than just in a mug in the mornings–especially since I got this adorable teapot for Christmas! See, if you make your tea in a mug, then your first cup is really strong (which I like), but then if you want to make a second mug, it’s really weak, unless you want to break out another tea bag, which I try not to do because I’m moderately sensitive to caffeine. If you make it in a teapot, then it steeps more evenly…but then the first cup isn’t as strong, and you have to wait longer for it… *sigh* Anyway, the jury’s out on whether I’m going to continue this method of tea preparation or not.

It’s a white elephant Christmas present. Get it?

I didn’t go to the Women’s March in Denver on Friday, but I kinda wish I had. Oh, well. I was there in spirit.

Oh, and I almost forgot! I posted twice to the blog this week: a recipe for some awesome creamy green chili chicken stew, plus some tips for managing IBS before you try the low-FODMAP diet.Have a good week, everyone!

What would your spirit animal be?

Did you participate in the Women’s Marches?

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  1. That’s too bad you didn’t make the march! I heard Denver was awesome. San Diego’s rocked. I’m glad we braved the rain.

    Can my spirit animal be a unicorn?

    1. Joyce says:

      Awesome that you were able to go to the march, Laura! Unicorn sounds perfect. 🙂

  2. I was out of town, but wish I would have participated in the march in DC. And oh that soup looks so perfect for chilly weather! Have a great week!

  3. Evangeline says:

    Hmm…I’ve never really thought about my spirit animal, probably a really relaxed squirrel. Looks like a successful week. I love the idea of brewing tea in a teapot. I ordered a pot of tea at a cafe the other day, and I loved it. Where did you buy your teapot?

    1. Joyce says:

      It was a Christmas present!

  4. Diane Wahto says:

    Joyce–I know you and your duck spirit were at the March. I didn’t march in Wichita. As you know, I hardly walk well enough to walk around the park with Pat and Annie. Also, I read poetry with Ronda Miller at CityArts at 1 that day. She and I went to lunch beforehand. It was fun. I was pleased that the Wichita Eagle gave coverage both to the Wichita March and the Washington March, which many Kansans attended. I’ve been to The Mall to March three times. It gives you such a lift to be with thousands of people who share your concerns that it’s almost addictive. Curt and Gayle went with me to the first march I attended.

    Now I must write some new poetry. I have so many ideas and yet I can’t seem to get around to getting them down on paper.

    1. Diane Wahto says:

      Oh, I forgot. I think my spirit animal is a dog, given all the dogs I’ve lived with over the years. When I had my interview for the Butler job, the dean asked me what tree I would be if I were a tree. i said I would be a birch, thinking back to the Michigan days. One of the profs leaned back in the chair and started to recite “Birches,” by Robert Frost. Your thesis adviser must be very cool.

      1. Joyce says:

        Ha! You’ve told me that story before.

  5. My husband told me my spirit animal would be a meerkat. My response: so you think I’m a rodent? That’s where it ended. All though I do think meerkats are kind of cute. I didn’t march either (that’s what 3 kids will do to you), but we still made it a memorable day.

    1. Joyce says:

      You had a busy day on Saturday! Meerkats are kind of cute, but I guess I don’t know very much about them.

  6. Cora says:

    I have believed in spirit animals for years and have probably secretly decided on the animal that each person I know would be (my friend and I would spend hours on a bus thinking very seriously about this). I am a baby grizzly bear. Dan is a Swan. I’m pretty jealous of his animal. A duck is pretty awesome, too.

    I’m laughing at your tea dilemma – because i know exactly how you feel. I’m usually too lazy to use my tea pot (because it’s harder to clean?) so just keep putting water in my mug and drinking weaker and weaker tea. Sigh. What problems.

    1. Joyce says:

      Baby grizzly bear? That’s awesome!
      It is a conundrum.

  7. My spirit animal would be a dolphin! Thats so funny your boyfriend also thinks they would be a duck–perfect match!
    Also, I don’t know if you tried this, but I’ve had that rotating issue with pictures happen to me before. I rotated the picture the opposite way that I would want it in the editor mode and when I previewed it in the preview post mode, it was flipped the right way. Does that make sense?

    1. Joyce says:

      Yes–thanks for the tip. Unfortunately, I think I’m going to have to come up with something that works in multiple browsers, since my photos show up the right way in Firefox but not Chrome. 😛 But I appreciate knowing that I’m not the only one who’s had this weird problem.

  8. Quill says:

    Not sure what to call a group of ducks. One of my bird nerd friends suggested “Floatilla,” but I think she meant that as a joke. Googling it turned up some really obscure things – I don’t think there’s a common term for it, even among bird people.
    Warning: Long post ahead…
    I’ve often thought of my spirit animal as being a raven. Several similarities to my personality and way of going about things, though now that I think of that mostly that was based on how I was in middle and high school, not how I’ve changed in college. Haven’t thought too much about it lately. It does make me think of one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever experienced in my life though. Was in my 10th grade year, in the first few minutes of 2011, while at a friend’s house for a New Years party. I was talking with a friend (who was in 8th grade at the time) about all this stuff, she said what she thought were her and some of her friend’s spirit animals. Though I already thought myself a raven (and may have told her at some point, but I don’t think she remembered) I asked her what she thought I was. She stared intently into my eyes for about 30 seconds, the most penetrating stare I’ve ever undergone, stripping my soul bare before her. She then came up with raven, and said a few things about what that meant. The next morning she wrote a long e-mail about her thoughts of all that this meant. Well-written, especially for an 8th grader at 3 a.m. – she’s now in the process of writing a novel. It wasn’t that much about ravens, more just using them as an analogy for my characteristics, as she saw them. It was all very accurate, and included many things I hadn’t ever told her. Other things in it were things I didn’t think much of at the time, didn’t really see in myself, but have become clear later on that she was very much correct. She knew more about me than I did at the time, which is a bit frightening actually. All I can figure is some sort of extra-sensory perception, interestingly her mom was telling my mom about “indigo children” the same night, though not mentioning if she thought her daughter was that. Normally I don’t believe in supernatural stuff like that, but I haven’t been able to come up with any alternate explanation. To this day I look at it from time to time and compare it with my changing life experience and self-perceptions, and if someone wanted to really know who I am I would let them read it.

    1. Joyce says:

      That’s a fascinating story, Quill! That does sound a little eerie.
      I like Floatilla.

  9. I think the fox hat is fabulous. You rock it.
    Also I was at the march in spirit too although I sure wish I had been able to actually go. It would have been amazing to physically be a part of it.

    Your chicken stew looks pretty tasty.

    Hooray for books. Always. 🙂

  10. Kaylee says:

    That is an adorable teapot!!! And I like your joke hehehe. My kind of humor!

    Ack, I have no clue what my spirit animal would be. Perhaps a whale…or some sort of camouflaging-type animal…or a caterpillar.

  11. Ok, so that tea pot is absolutely super cute…

    And I have to be honest; I’m not really a fan of spirit animals, but I do love animals. If you were to ask what my favorite animal is; it would be a husky.

    1. Joyce says:

      I like the honesty. 😉 I’ve never taken the idea of spirit animals too seriously, but I do think it’s kinda fun. Huskies are such beautiful creatures!

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