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For many areas of the world, this time of year is graduation time at formal institutions of learning. Thus, it is a good time for us to think back about our own education.

School Days

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Below is a list of academic fields of study. For as many of these disciplines as possible, share a memory. It could be something that happened in class, an Aha! moment, something about the teacher or something that was helpful later in life.

Thanks to virtualsin.wordpress.com for this week’s TMI Tuesday theme.

1. English
My favorite classes in high school were English classes. I took both literature and language every year. Makes sense I guess considering my love of reading and writing. Not sure which came first really. My favorite teacher was Mr. Walters. I’ve written a little about him on my blog before here. I liked that he was always honest with his remarks. Even when they weren’t particularly nice they were helpful.


2. History
The first exam I ever failed was History, grade 9. It was also the first exam I really studied for. I never failed another exam until I was in grade 12. I was shocked. I had never failed anything at school. I was one of the smart ones… chess club, math club, debate team… It was devastating to fail. I was determined to do better the next term and I did. I still find history pretty boring. Not the things that happened, but they way they teach you about it. It’s all about what happened when and by who, but as a timeline of events. When they teach about Adolph Hitler, or Christopher Columbus, or any of the various wars, whey don’t they tell you about their personal stories? That would interest me. Not to make light of anything that happened, but I’d like to know what Hitler was like at home with his family, what he was like as a child, his favorite activities. Did he sleep with a teddy bear? How old was he when he had his first kiss? What was that like? Did he ever experience a broken heart? Did he make sure his peas never touched his potatoes when eating dinner? And what’s the deal with that stupid moustache? These are things that help tell the story of a person.


3. Foreign Language (French, Spanish, Latin…)
The first year I moved here from Newfoundland I took a French course. Back in Newfoundland, the province I moved from, French was mandatory each year but here it wasn’t. I thought I’d take it anyway. I don’t remember much these days but it does come in handy occasionally. We had presentations we had to do in front of the class in pairs. Of course a fellow Newfoundlander and I decided we would partner up for the presentation. We did it and it went well, aside from the fact that we spoke too fast. In Newfoundland you speak fast but take your time with everything else. I remember the teacher telling us we needed to slow down because she had a hard time understanding us, in French! I thought that was funny since French was her native language.


4. Psychology
I’ve never taken any psychology classes. When doing my natural health studies at Transformational Arts College I had to take a lot of self awareness classes along with counseling and coaching courses. It was interesting learning how different kinds of people deal with similar issues. I do find the human psyche quite fascinating. I like to know what makes people tick. Although I tend to look at things from an emotional or feelings based perspective, I enjoy coaching much more than counseling. Counseling focuses on a persons past and the emotional conflict or pain they have. It is based on feelings and emotions and tries to answer the question of why you are the way you are. I like to know these things. This is what makes a person tick. Coaching however, focuses more on the present and actions to help you move towards your future. It is action based and goal oriented. It is like reading a chapter of your life then doing a bunch of activities at the end of it to get you ready to move on to the next chapter. It is setting a goal and formulating a plan on how to get there. Regardless my feelings, I am very much process driven. I work in accounting and finance everyday, it’s all about following processes and procedures to get to a final outcome.


5. Mathematics
In my last year of high school I changed schools and provinces, moving from where I live now back to Newfoundland so I could graduate with my twin brother. They put me in the honors program which meant first year university math. I missed more than a month and was completely lost when I started. Actually, I remained lost the entire year as I ended up failing the course. After our mid-term exams I was in the school office and ran into my math teacher, Mr. Brake. He took me into an office and told me that I had gotten 47% on the exam. Then he told me that he was going to give me 50%, a passing grade, because I had improved so much since I started. That is exactly what he said! I had improved so much. To be fair, I did get 23% on the very first test. I finished the year with a grade of 45%, failing the course. The following school year I returned to take the same math course for a couple months until I could re-write the final exam. It helped. I ended up passing with a 54%. I had never been so happy to receive such a grade. Even with that grade, I still managed to graduate from high school on the honor roll. 🙂


6. Physics
I loved physics. It is logic based and creative. I learned to play a wicked game of pool as a result of physics.


7. Chemistry
I can tell you the that water is H2O, and that iron is FE. Everything else is a blur.


8. Biology
Biology is one of those courses I managed to not have to take. Ever. Moving back and forth between schools kept me from having to take it. I don’t know whether that was a good thing or bad thing. Thankfully, I never had to dissect any animals. Those couple months when I returned to school to study math and prepare for my re-write exam I decided to sit in on biology as well. It really was of no interest to me.


9. Gym
Mrs Gallant. She was the best teacher, coach, and mentor to us girls. She was always there to listen and help in any way she could. We voted her favorite teacher at our graduation.  



Bonus: Did you have sex education class in school? What grade or age did you have this class? Thinking back on the sex education class what was the most surprising thing you learned? Was this class helpful to you in your sex life?

I know I did some kind of sex ed in school but I don’t recall anything about it. I know I took it though, for two reasons. First, I have one of those monthly cycle calendars for using the rhythm method of birth control in one of my scrapbooks. Considering the book it is in I’d say I took the class in grade 8. The second reason I know I took it was because I distinctly recall a conversation, of you can really call it that, with my Mother after we had the class at school. She was never good at talking about intimate things but at least she tried. This “sex talk” in particular was a tad embarrassing and sexist as she never said a work to my brothers. I was about to sit down to dinner with my Mother and my two brothers, one the same age and one 6 years younger. We were having Kraft Dinner. She caught me just as I was coming into the kitchen, my brothers were already seated at the table. The conversation went like this…

Mom: You know how you get pregnant?
Me: Um, yeah.
Mom: So you know how not to, right?
Me: Um, yeah.
Mom: Ok then.

This was the second “sex talk” she had had with me. The first was even less conversational. It went like this…
(I had asked her if I could go out on a date with the boy next door)

Mom: I don’t care how many boyfriends you have or what you do as long as your pants stay up.
Me: Uh, okay.

 

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TMIT: Pick One

 

 

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Pick one. You must pick one. You can elaborate on your answer if you want, but you must pick one.

 

1. Are you male or female or other?
Female. Nearly 100%. LOL…

2. Dog or cat?
Cat. Definitely cat. They are independent and have such attitude at times. If they are pissed at you they let you know it, and if they want some loving they let you know that as well. I used to have a cat, Sammy, and if I was too late getting home from work she would great me at the door, give me a look then turn her back and go ignore me for a while. Then when she’d had enough and wanted some loving she would come out and rub up against my leg at purr looking to be petted and cuddled. That is what I am like.

3. Peanut butter or wasabi peas?
Peanut butter. It is just plain delicious!

4. Group midnight nude swim or mooning strangers?
I’ve done both. I’ve done more mooning of strangers but enjoy the nude midnight swimming more. Give me a calm lake on a warm summer night with a clear sky and a bright moon.

5. Sneaker Pimps or IAMX?
Neither is my cup of tea but I’d have to choose IAMX just because they are reminiscent of some of the bands I listened to in the 80’s. I get hints of Ric Ocasek from The Cars, Pete Burns from Dead or Alive (pre plastic surgery addict of course), Pet Shop Boys, and The Human League. It isn’t so much the music as the esthetic. Plus, I really didn’t like the Sneaker Pimps singer’s voice.

6. Bologna or Braunschweiger?
Bologna. I’m a Newfie and it’s pretty much a staple in the Newfie diet. I don’t eat it so much now but when I was younger we’d have it at least once a week. My Dad used to make a bologna stew occasionally. Yeah, it was about as appetizing as you’d think.

7. Vanilla or kinky?
Kinky all the way!

8. Rocky road or chocolate ice cream?
I’m not really fond of either but if I had to choose it would be the chocolate. Ice cream is the one thing that I love vanilla.

9. Red M&M or green M&M?
Green. I hate the taste of the red dye.

10. Pepsi or Coke?
Again, I don’t drink either of these. If I must choose it will have to be Pepsi. Another Newfie thing. My grandfather was the first Pepsi distributer on the island so I’d have to honor that. Gingerale would be my usual choice.

11. Mini Cooper or Fiat Abarth?
Fiat Abarth. I’ve always liked the Fiat.
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12. Pleasure or pain? Why? Explain yourself please.
Pleasure caused by pain. Was that an option? Most people know I enjoy pain, but it isn’t the pain for pains sake that I enjoy. It’s that bit of pain that leads to pleasure.

Bonus: Pick one – Participate in the London World Bike Naked Ride or Japan’s Festival of the Steel Phallus, affectionately known as Penis Fest but properly called Kanamara Matsuri?
I’d participate in the London World Bike Naked Ride. Not only because it is held to raise awareness for road safety and caring for our planet, but because I enjoy being naked out in the fresh air. I looked at the “Penis Fest” pic and can’t really see myself parading down the street with a huge fake penis on my head.

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TMIT: Background Music

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Wouldn’t life be more interesting if it was punctuated by background music in certain situations? Yes of course it would!

Below I have given you the situation, you name the background music that should play. Have fun, it’s the soundtrack of your life.

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a TMI Tuesday post and this week’s theme really appealed to me. I love music! I know, most people do. I wake up to music, drive around with music on the radio, and have songs set for my alarms and reminders. It’s a lot easier on the ears than incessant ringing or beeping.

I decided to limit myself to the music currently on my phone for my answers. My iPod is MIA and my computer is at home, and I am sitting in the lunchroom trying to take a break from the work that keeps piling up on my desk. If I get time after work I may even add the videos. Let’s see how it goes…

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1. When you wake up in the morning.

“The Story”  by Brandi Carlisle – This is my wake up song. It’s not too loud and heavy. It starts of low and soft, whispering you awake. Just the right pace for starting the day.


2. When you climax during sex.

“Release” by Pearl Jam – This is my ultimate sex song. Several things contribute to this for me, not the least of which is Eddie Vedders sexy voice. I like this song because it builds from a slow pulse to a crescendo, just like the act of sex does. Then, at the end of the song is a hidden track, Master & Slave, that brings you back down after your orgasm.  


3. When you urinate.

“3 am” by Matchbox Twenty – Simply because I’m always in there at 3 am.


4. When you walk into your home after a long day of work.

“Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club – When we get home it’s Mamma and Little Boy time. We color and sing & dance and play games. He loves this song and it does a great job of making you forget the long work day and just puts a great big smile on our faces. Sometimes he will get his accordion or pan flute out and start playing along. Yes, I have a very musical three year old.


5. When you take the first sip of your favorite beverage.

“Long Time” by Cake – It’s often a long time between sippings of my favorite rye and ginger. 


Bonus: When you are reprimanding your kids or yelling at your significant other.

“Uprising” by Muse – Seems the child is always trying to revolt, to push his boundaries and my limits. I don’t yell at my significant other. 


Bonus, Bonus: When you are having sexual relations.

“Release” by Pearl Jam, as mentioned earlier.

Another good one is “Crash” by Dave Matthews Band

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