As some of you know, one of my favorite leisure activities is to bake goods. Blueberries play a key role in some of these, such as blueberry muffins or blueberry coffee cake. Coincidentally, the seventh song “Baker Street” played as I was making the latter! (Differently from the other times that I have made it, I had no brown sugar or super-viable substitute–I used honey and maple syrup with the sugar as a makeshift). Egg and flour supplies were depleted as a result of this project. For that reason, I will need to make a grocery run later!
Getting blueberries is most appetizing during the summer for me. However, that clashes with one of Dad’s philosophies when I used to live in Lincoln. In fiscally conservative (perhaps FAR to the right) fashion, use of the oven was restricted when the air conditioning was on. Justified, perhaps, but a little overboard in my mind. Keeping me away from a birthday tradition, however, was not an option. Loosening restrictions is an important way to show that you are not all-controlling.
Moving to Evanston gave me new freedom to decide how to use energy in my place. Never having fully considered the consequences of energy use, I have violated Dad’s restrictions since I have lived in Evanston. Observe, however, that I am very frugal on energy use in other ways–rarely driving a car is a BIG boon for the environment and my pocketbook!
Plus, since I find baking to be a great stress reliever, it is an activity that I relish during the summer, when I might otherwise have research as my ONLY academic activity. Qualifying this for this summer, of course, I will have the EXCEL teaching experience during July, which may over-run me with activity. Sometimes, the busier I am, the more efficient I can be with what I need to do, even if I spread myself too thin.
The baking could play a role in encouraging students to come to office hours this July. Usually, I did that in my first few years, but it seemed that in the last few quarters, students have not partaken in the treats that I have brought. Verily, it could also backfire if I bribe them with snacks but then break their will by saying that treats at office hours are not standard among other people. What should I do about that?
X marks the spot, as you have probably caught on to a theme that I attempted in this post. You may want to consider the day of the month if you are still confused.
Zipping off now to a שמחת-בת (female baby-naming)…
Today is the one-hundred and forty-sixth day of M.M.X.I.V. That makes twenty weeks and six days.
.היום אחד וארבעים יום, שהם חמישה שבועות ושישה ימים לעומר
Today is the twenty-sixth day of the third round of M.A.P.L.E.