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From: Eileen A. McAllister @ Google+
October 29, 2014 at 03:06AM

Unplugging from the Stream

Questions tonight are …
Did you ever threaten, or even prepare, to run away from home when you were a kid? Do you remember why? Did you pack anything? Did you make it out of the house, and if so, how far did you get?

Questions from last night were:
If you could have been a child prodigy what would you have wanted to be skilled at? Why?

I really wanted to play the piano but I hated practicing, and I was a good singer. I had no idea how to pursue becoming a professional singer, though, so I never pursued that. I was NOT, however, a child prodigy, and I don’t think that I would have chosen that. I think that if I were to choose now, that I would have chosen to be a Math or Physics prodigy … or a mind-reader, or empath … either of those would have been both a curse and a blessing, but think of how far someone who can consistently demonstrate either mind-reading, true empathy, or both could take us in the study of our brains and future capabilities!!!

Previous question that I will eventually answer 😉
Have you ever been given a present that you hated/disliked? What was it? Who gave it to you? What was the occasion? How did you react – could they tell that you didn’t like it?

I felt wide-awake and alert almost all day at work today again, but by the time I got home, I was falling over tired and took a nap. I woke up at 1:15am, did a quick homework assignment, and now I’m here doing my final post for the day.

The time change should help me a bit because that will be a two rather than three hour difference, so I won’t be working at such extremes in school. Yes, I KNOW that I should set an arbitrary time to be my deadline, but it doesn’t matter if I try to do that … I still KNOW that my assignments aren’t due until 2:00 or 3:00am, and I end up being on that schedule while trying to work on Eastern time … it’s interesting and has been a bit difficult to adjust to, but I’m getting there 🙂

Today is now day 28 (YAY!!!) of my favorite month which culminates, as I’ve mentioned many, many times now, in my favorite holiday of Halloween, and my next Halloween themed image can be seen below …

Have a great night, fellow Pressers, and sweet, batty dreams to you all 🙂

#goodnight #digitalart #darkness #night #humor #halloweeniscoming #eileenshalloweenproject #october #october2014 #halloween #halloween2014 #bats #batty #ozzyosbourne #ozzy #photographyproject #zombie #samhain #celticnewyear


Day 64 – Unplugging from the Stream

I had work all day yesterday after not sleeping much the night before, and then had a 3-hour class at the end of the day.

When I got home, I barely made it into the bed before I was asleep. I did manage to set an alarm to wake me up after 2 hours, and I asked my kids to see that I got up before midnight to post, but it was no use … I couldn’t move.


From: Eileen A. McAllister @ Google+
October 15, 2014 at 11:53AM

Unplugging from the Stream

Questions tonight are …

Have you ever been addicted to a video/computer game?  If so, which one(s)?

My answers to last night’s questions of

If you could move anywhere, where would you go? Why?

I have two answers for this.  I want to work for NASA, and my education and work goals are all geared toward getting me there.  Having said that, I would like to relocate to Houston when I have attained that goal.

Beyond that, when I consider retirement – that will be in New Orleans for as long as it and I coexist in the world.  I love New Orleans!!!  I love that I can be my Hippie/Gypsy Hipsy? self when I am there.  I can wear my crazy hats, ridiculous scarves, flowy-sleeved pirate/Medieval meets Stevie Nicks clothing EVERY SINGLE DAY, and no one will bat an eye 😀  The weather will be great for when I’m older because it seems to me that the older women get, the colder they get, and I do NOT like being cold at all.

Temporarily, I would like to live in various major cities in Europe and Asia such as London, Moscow, Berlin, Paris, Rome, Milan, Venice, Tokyo, Bangkok, New Dehli, Dubai, and then other places like Sydney, Oahu, San Francisco, New York again, Savannah, the Salt Flats, Death Valley, other cool North American areas/cities/attractions, Iceland, Egypt, Greece, some amazing places in Africa, Mayan and Incan ruin locations in South and Central America …

I think that this is more frequently termed “travel” or “vacation” or maybe “holiday” rather than temporary residence, but that’s what it is now, isn’t it?

As per usual, I took a nap when I got home so that I could get up, do some homework, and say hey and goodnight to ya’ll before I go back to bed 🙂  Today is day 56 of my doctoral journey, and the final day of my first course.  I turned in the last assignment a couple of hours ago, and I’ve been tooling around on for an hour or so to see if I can find some adult humans with whom I can interact IRL this weekend.

… I STILL haven’t made the stupid eggs, and to replace that on my worry list, the chest pain and breathing issues that I’ve been experiencing for the past five or six weeks became highest on my priority list to tackle (pu-lease, I hear you – chest pain for over a month, and I just now moved it up on the list, but I was really scared to find out that it might be lung cancer or emphysema or COPD cuz I quit smoking a while back, but I smoked for 20 years before I did, so it was a little bit of avoidance on my part).

I called to make an appointment this morning, and my doctor fit me in right after lunch.  They X-rayed my chest, I did a breathing test that left me light-headed, but everything was ok, and I didn’t have any symptoms of illness or injury.  No lung cancer, no emphysema, no COPD, no pneumonia, no bronchitis, no congestion – nothing.

After a bit more research, it turned out that chest “discomfort” is a rare side-effect of a medication that I take … OMG!!!  I was so relieved, I almost started dancing, but that would have made my chest hurt, so I refrained.  I have now been removed from that medication, and I hope that the symptoms go away or I’ll have to back and try to figure out what else could be causing the “discomfort” … bah!  Keep your fingers crossed for me, k?

Today is now day 15 (yay!!!) of my favorite month which culminates, as I’ve mentioned many times now, in my favorite holiday of Halloween, and my next Halloween themed IMAGE can be seen below …

As mentioned last night, I keep a silly picture up on my wall at work, and I changed it out to this just before I left this afternoon 🙂

This is kind of cheating on my Halloween-themed-photo-a-day, so I’m revising it, as is my due, to my Halloween-themed-image-a-day commitment, and then all will be right with the world … at least with my little portion of it 😉  Would that everything were so easy …

Have a great night, fellow +Plussers, and Ride the Stream while I dream 🙂

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From: Eileen A. McAllister @ Google+
October 09, 2014 at 12:25AM

Unplugging from the Stream


Well, the whole getting up at 4:00am to shoot the eclipse thing didn’t happen earlier.  The kids were excited about going, and actually got themselves up before me, and came to call me at 3:45am.  I asked them if they had checked outside … there was a short pause, and then I was informed in a dejected tone, that it was raining.  They went back to bed a little disappointed.  Me?  I  snuggled deeper under the covers, and happily went back to sleep.  I would have gone, if for no other reason than to not disappoint the kids,  but I was not the least bit upset that there was no eclipse to be seen for us 😉

Day 49 of my doctoral journey, and I am looking at two more hours or so to finish this week’s assignment tonight.  I worked on it a bit at lunch, but got pulled over to other things (squirrel!), and made little headway.  I was so exhausted when I got home from work that I took a nap, although that’s kind of my plan anyway, and now I am rested and ready to tackle the assignment.

If I were able to focus, and just work on the assignment, it would probably just take an hour, but my mind jumps all over the place, and I have to take feed some of these distractions or they truly interfere with my concentration. That’s how I work best, though, so I’m not complaining … I just know that I have to add in the extra time to break frequently and regain my focus.

I am a firm believer in the old Greek adage of, “Know thyself” and I work most effectively when I focus in short spurts when it’s a rote assignment like I have tonight.  I can become fully absorbed almost to the point of obsession, and to the exclusion of external distractions when I’m working on a research paper.  I let my kids know in advance when I am preparing to tackle a research topic, and they are usually good about not interrupting, or at least letting me complete my thought before I pull my attention away.  It can frequently take them several attempts to get my attention in this mode when I am “in the zone” and I thoroughly enjoy those times when I become that deeply immersed in research or an activity such as editing a photo or creating a digital paintograph 🙂

— Turned out to be 3 hours as my daughter thought called in a panic because she was stranded with a flat tire, so I went to pick her up.  I arrived, walked around the car, and the tires were fine, but the low pressure gauge had come on, and she was under the impression that the car was doing all manner of horrible bouncy, pulling, noisy, dangerous things.  I walked around the car, only to find that the tires all looked fine, and we switched vehicles so that I could assess the issue.  It was pulling a bit to the right, but not horribly so, and was a little wobbly, but she could have driven home just fine on it.

This, however, was not what made me angry – what made me angry is that I found out that she never even got out of the vehicle to inspect the tires!!!  My assignment was late because of this, and that angered me a bit more.  She is moving out of the house into an apartment with a friend in a couple of weeks, and this helpless stance that she has assumed will not serve her well in that situation … teenagers!!!

Nearing the end of day 8 of my favorite month which ends on my favorite holiday – Halloween, and my next Halloween themed photo can be seen above …

I call this one – what else?  Purple Haze 😉

Have a great night, fellow Pressers !!!

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Today I had four meetings that I could have gone to, but I generally choose not to attend the two morning stand-ups, and we had an impromptu meeting at the end of one of the hour-long meetings, so I ended up in a total of three for the day 🙂

The second meeting this afternoon ended early, but two of the attendees stayed after to help me understand some processes that are new to me. While we were still occupying the conference room, a colleague stopped by to discuss another topic, and so went a very brief but informative meeting three. During the initial second meeting that morphed into the third meeting, we discussed the first meeting of the day which we had all attended as well. The organizer of the second meeting recommended the video (link below), after the craziness of that meeting.

We had close to twenty people in the conference room and on the call, and people were entering without giving their name … or they gave their name too quickly. There were random beeps of joining with no name, atrociously loud typing at some point, a person rubbing burlap or something over their microphone, a speaker who cut in and out with a lot of interference, and it was just ridiculously funny!!!

I pulled up this recommended video after completing my two short assignments and final discussion response for the week (my weeks run Thursday to Wednesday at my new school), and it was so close to our experience this morning, that I am still chuckling 10 minutes later 😀

The only downside to today was that I had too much to do to fix a proper dinner, but eh … it’s only one night …

Next week in class will be a little more difficult, but the weekly meeting with these folks will provide some regular entertainment to relieve the stress!

Until tomorrow …

So here’s the thing.  Today is the first day that I’ve committed to posting to my blog everyday of my journey toward attaining a PhD.  I was lucky enough to be given the perfect thing to post 🙂

See if you can find me in the video!