October 31st, 2017


October 31--Don't open the door, Grandma!

When my alarm went off at 5:45 this morning, I spent about 10 seconds deciding that I would reset it to 8 and go in late. Which is what I did. I had my overload lecture in the afternoon, so it was going to be a long day no matter what, so might as well get 8 hours of sleep.

I woke up refreshed and had some coffee. I got to work at 9:30, and did the stuff I needed to do before my tutoring at noon. I set up our test for tomorrow, and walked one of my colleagues from another semester through how to set theirs up.

I have 50 minutes to do tutoring with the class. Mostly it is just review of the main concepts that they will be tested on, and a bunch of practice test questions. I will also throw in prior high-miss questions that I don't use anymore, to see how they are thinking. I think it helps me be a better test question writer.

I was kind of irritated that the previous instructor went over by 12 minutes, which I had to then subtract from my tutoring time. We're alway stressing time management to the students, but then we don't set the example. There is another class coming in right after tutoring, so we're not able to go long. I did the best I could with the time I had.

My afternoon class with the 3rd semester was good. It was long--3 hours, but the group is bright, and they ask interesting questions. They will be my class next semester, so I enjoy the opportunity to get a sneak peek.

I watched the World Series game this evening, and after that was done I flipped though the channels to see what else was on. I came across The Fog, the original one, and was delighted because my grandmother was in it. She plays a babysitter who opens the door and gets dragged off by the fog monster.

grandma fog1

It is fun to watch her in the film, because she gets a good bit of screen time. When she acts, she's pretty much herself, but it is herself acting--I can tell the difference. It is wonderful to hear her voice again, though.

When the creepy knock comes at the door, I always yell, "Don't open the door, Grandma!", but she always does.

grandma fog 2

The movie was filmed in Marin County, not too far from where they lived. My grandpa would drive her out to the set every morning, and hang out. Many of the scenes are places very familiar to me, so I enjoy watching, up until grandma disappears, and then I generally turn it off. I have no idea how it ends.

I steamed an acorn squash in my electronic pressure cooker this evening, and it was delicious. I'm going to try it with some different types of squash. Acorn squash is a good source of potassium.
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