Virtual Coffee Date – January 2018

My blog posting has been somewhat erratic in the past few months.  I thought I would update you on the latest.  I will attempt to control myself and keep it to one latte.  I hope you have a warm beverage ready.

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March for Science and a Solar Eclipse

In the past few weeks, my mood has turned on the dark and negative side.  I don’t know if it is the lack of sunshine (no Vitamin D3) or the political climate.  However, I am attempting to break out of my funk.  I am planning on going to a couple of events in the next few months that I am very excited about.

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Virtual Coffee Date (January 2017)

It is January 2017, and time for another Virtual Coffee Date.  Go ahead and grab a hot beverage, and I will tell you what has been happening.

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Definitely not in the Christmas Spirit


It is the holiday season 2016.  I am not sure what is wrong with me.  I am definitely not in the Christmas spirit.

I don’t go out and enjoy various holiday events in my city.  I spend my time in front of my computer.  I am responding to emails from students, grading papers, and planning classes.  Most of the stories that I have to tell are about my students.

Once again I have booked my flight to see my family.  I thought I would purchase a book in anticipation of any flight delays.  Since I have flown the past couple of years, I don’t expect any problems and know what to do.

My mood is anything but joyful.  My mind is completely focused on doing what is needed to complete end-of-the-semester details before my flight leaves.  That is probably understandable, but I have not even gone Christmas shopping yet.  Simply put, I feel exhausted.

What is my idea of a Vacation?

Many people I know plan trips when they go on vacations.  They make meticulous plans, spend hours packing, then fly or drive somewhere.  All of that sounds kind of stressful in my opinion.  I had a few days off between my summer and fall semester.  What did I do?

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Christmas Trip 2014 – how many things did I forget to pack?

I flew yesterday to see my family for Christmas.  I woke up tired from all of the end of the semester grading.  I did not start packing until the day of my flight.
The flight itself was typical.  Children were throwing tantrums when I wanted to sleep.  The food at the airport was expensive.  On my layover, I had to walk at least 30 minutes to get to the next gate. Despite all that, I made it to my destination (hotel) without any problems.
Today, I will meet up with one of my sisters and go see my family.  It was only just this morning that I realized I forgot a lot of things.  I guess that is what happens when you leave packing to the last minute.


Christmas, Family, & Travelling with Epilepsy


Yes it is October and I am already talking about Christmas and the upcoming Holiday Season.  Last year, in Christmas, Airplanes, & Epilepsy, I talked about making my annual trip to see my family.

I have just bought my tickets and am excited to go see my family once again!  Some people may not always feel that way, but I feel a strong desire to be with family over Christmas.  It has also been a whole year since I have seen them last.  I would actually like to fly back and see them more often, but my current budget won’t allow that.

My trip last year was relatively uneventful, so I will attempt to prepare myself for this year’s flight in the same way.  The mp3 player that I usually use to listen to music while flying has died since my last flight, so I will have to purchase a new one before my next trip.  I will have to make sure that my Medic Alert information is current.  I will also write down some useful information in a notebook for the flight attendant if something happens.