Sometimes, I Eat Cake For Lunch

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Month: August, 2012

Trop Chaud

This is the first time I’ve ever lived somewhere over the summer on the third floor without air-conditioning, and let me just say that it SUCKS. I’ve never experienced such misery in my whole entire life. I guess this is why people live in San Francisco (well, there are other reasons too I guess). It’s also a new experience because I’m not used to living with my windows constantly open, so I now have the opportunity to hear what everyone is up to all the time. I am so bringing a fan back when I go home this weekend.

The real reason this weather is killing me is because it’s really hard to feel attractive when it’s this hot out. The second it drops to the low 70s, I’m going to be on top of the world (in terms of what I can wear). But until then (i.e. for the next MONTH AND A HALF) I’m going to have to suffer through plain jersey t-shirts and the same two skirts. KILL ME NOW. I want to wear some pleats, pleeeeease. 




I finally had the opportunity to eat cake for lunch! I met my friend Andrea at Gypsy Den, where I had peach cobbler. Andrea is one of my AEPhi friends whom I spent a lot of time with in Paris, so it was great to be able to catch up in Orange County as well.

I hit a rut in my studying a few days ago and then I took a big break, but I started again and now I’m making progress, most notably in the area of learning the differences between limited liability and unlimited liability, and partnerships and corporations. Fun stuff.

Also, I’d just like to say that I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I get to write about the Sherman Anti-Trust Act on any one of my essays (I’ll be writing 6 during my September test so it’s a real possibility). This thing comes up EVERYWHERE. Studying about Theodore Roosevelt? Sherman Anti-Trust Act. Learning about Gilded Age Supreme Court policies that were mean to unions? Sherman Anti-Trust Act. Learning about trusts? Sherman Anti-Trust Act! Meet a graduate student at Chabad Shabbat on the Champs Elysees who finds out you studied History and wants to quiz you on an arbitrary topic? (Seriously). SHERMAN ANTI-TRUST ACT. I can’t count the number of times it’s come up in my History/Government/Econ reading. I AM READY FOR IT. 

Also, I’d just like to say how lucky I am to have such supportive friends. Pretty much all of my CSET study materials were generously loaned to me, and pretty much as soon as people heard that I needed study materials they jumped at the opportunity to give them to me (THANK YOU, ALL OF YOU). Kim Dang gave me 3 AP US books and an Econ book and companion, Andrea (another one) gave me her Princeton Review AP Econ study guide, my cousin Kayla leant me her World History text book, my government study guide is from my cousin Josh, EB found her sister’s World History text book for me and will be giving me her Econ notes, my roommate went home and brought me her Econ textbook, and my new friend Chris from class generously loaned me his CSET study book. So when I pass these tests, it will definitely be with the help of my wonderful friends. 



Unfortunately, I have yet to have the opportunity to eat cake for lunch since I started this blog. Lame, I’ll try to fix that. Also, I miss France. And being an undergrad, when all of my friends lived here and I always had too much to do versus this week when I had nothing to do. 

Back in Irvine

I’m finally moved into my new apartment and classes have started for me, and everything is a little strange because I’ve never lived here over the summer before. At the moment I only have one class until the others and my fieldwork starts, and so far I really like it. It’s an educational psychology class, and during the first meeting the professor had people demonstrate something by playing with Duplo (win).

I also really like Palo Verde, which is the graduate housing community where I live. Last night, my roommate Maryjane and I decided to take her all-black cat for a walk using a leash, and we were kind of ducking behind things as to avoid looking like crazy people who were taking a cat for a walk on a leash. But then we ran into another guy, also taking his all-black cat for a walk on a leash. So basically it was a good night.

It’s been really hot here the past few days and I don’t have air-conditioning, but today it was overcast and very slightly drizzling. At first I thought it was the sprinklers, but then I realized that the sprinklers weren’t on. Yay!

Also, since I barely have class I’ve been doing some hardcore studying for the CSET. I’m doing okay with the goverment section, but Econ is what’s hard. I started reading my AP Econ book, and it wasn’t coming back as naturally as I wanted it to, but I did make myself re-learn how to distuingish the difference between and change in quantity demanded and a change in demand (for the first, the supply line on the graph shifts, leading to a change in the point of equilibrium. For the second, only the demand line shifts, leading to only a change in demand. I think?).

Also, during my orientation last week, I met a guy in my program who told me about the book he used to stay for his CSETs, because he had passed all three in one sitting. When I saw him a week later, he had brought the book to give to me! People are nice. 




Cake of the Moment

Tartelette aux Fraise, eaten on the steps of Sacre Cour, Februrary 2012, Paris.

School Stuff

Sorry, still no cake/unasked for advice posts until my computer comes home. I had the orientation for my credential program yesterday, and I left feeling energized and inspired. I’m really excited for this year, even though by the time I start student teaching in January or February, it will be as though I’m working a full-time, unpaid job AND taking a full course load because of how much time I’ll need to be at my school site. It seems daunting right now, but at least I’ll be prepared by the time I get a job. In addition to us being on campus 5 hours a day, every day (that includes 2 classes that I’ll be teaching, 2 that I’ll be observing, and 1 in a special ed or English-Language-Learner class that I’ll be helping in), I also need to be at Back to School night, faculty meetings, and football games. It’s all for the best, though. Part of the orientation involved an alumnae panel of people who had gone through the program this past year, many of whom had been hired right after for full-time positions, due partially to how well they knew the ENTIRE staff because they were practically living on campus during their student teaching year.

We were also told that we shouldn’t blog about anything that would be innapropriate for a teacher to blog about. I guess I’ll have to throw out plans for my blog post about the positive societal aspects of smoking (this is not a joke. I did spend 14.5 months in France, after all). I’m a little disappointed because I wanted to use this blog to transition into writing more candidly, but I’ll get over it. 

Also, I’m still hard at work studying for my CSETs. So much so that I actually had a dream the other night involving Helen Hunt Jackson (she wrote A Century of Dishonor, about the mistreatment of Native Americans in the 1870s) and the Dawes Severalty Act (from 1887, which allowed the president to divide up Native American land to be given to individuals, with the intention of better assimilating them into Amerian society). Which is all well and good, but what would be really great though would be to be dreaming about Mesopotamia and some Chinese Dynasties. Ahhhhhhhh. 


Study Time

On September 8 & November 3, I’ll be taking the CSETs, which are state tests that I HAVE to pass by November (i.e. right before my student teaching starts) or else I’ll have to take a YEAR-LONG leave of absence from my program, gulp. There are three tests, each comprised of about 40 multiple choice questions and 3 essays (UGH), and there’s one on US History & Geography, World History & Geography, and Government, Economics & CA History. My mom and I have been taking about a million online practice tests since I started studying, and various friends and cousins have lent me their AP study guides and text books (I still need to get my hands on an Econ study guide). 

Anyway, I’m starting with my review of US History, and I’m re-learning a lot of interesting things that I didn’t remember but that I probably learned in AP US SEVEN YEARS AGO. Like for instance, that the reason the capital (spelling? There are so many different kinds of this word!!) got moved to DC was because of the deal Alexander Hamilton made with the South because they originally didn’t support the creation of a National Bank because it favored Northern states. And that one of the reasons the Indians joined the side of the French during the French & Indian War (versus the British, i.e. the Colonists) was because George Washington had lost an early battle with the French, with the Indians assumed boded badly for the British. 

Also, next on my list of things to do is a MAJOR, intense review of the Constitution and breakdown of the differences among the original colonies (and then a separate breakdown of the differences among those states during the Pre-Cvil War era). Also, according to some practice essay questions, I’m pretty sure that I need to have a really good handle on the California Constitution (eeeeeeeee), with particular emphasis placed on studying the Progressive Era.




Life at Home

No pictures lately because my computer is in the shop. I’ve been cooking a lot lately (thank you, Pinterest!). Last night for dinner I made quinoa patties (like salmon croquettes, apparently, but with quinoa instead). I didn’t used to like quinoa, but now I’m obsessed. I think that’s how you can tell if someone is an active Pinterest user….all they want to do is cook with quinoa and spray paint things gold.



I keep meaning to update but bad things keep happening — like my computer needing to be fixed. Anyway, things are moving along. I picked up the keys for my apartment on Monday, and I’m really excited about that. It’s a huge apartment, and the roommate who I’ve met seems really great, and I really like her cat too. Our cats usually have slits for eyes because they like to glare at me, but this cat’s eyes are perfectly round circles (causing her to seem in a constant state of shock when I was moving some things into the apartment the other day).

I also had the first meeting about my credential program, and I feel like I’m in really good hands. The first thing they told us was that they wanted everything to be administrativley clean so that we would have as easy a time as possible getting a job when we finished, which was pretty much the opposite message that all of the Cal States had been sending me. During Winter & Spring quarters, I’ll be student teaching 5 (!) days a week, so that will be good in the long run too.

The last few weeks have been full of baking and watching movies and trying to not melt and trying to run to as many necessary doctor/dentist/eye appointments as I can fit in before I move down to Irvine on August 22nd. 

More blogs soon once things are more settled!