Posts Tagged "finals"

Blogs, Studying, Nail Polish, and Really Bad Puns

Dear Kid,

Some days writing a blog is easy. Words fly into the computer at light speed and land with the grace of a gazelle in the right order.

Some days writing a blog is more difficult. Words stumble around like a drunken baby giraffe before collapsing in a more or less understandable (albeit graceless) order.

And some days writing a blog is basically impossible. As I stare into the Pit of Words, billions of letters (not all of them from the same language) stare back in unrecognizable order, mocking me, making obscene gestures at the deadline, and showering my screen with despair.

Which means that writing a blog is exactly like studying for finals (as long as by “exactly” you mean not at all).

Guess which category today’s blog falls into?

If you like, you can also guess how many blogs I’ve started only to discover that they either don’t go anywhere or they go someplace highly unsavory. (A blog about migraines seemed like a good idea when I started it….)

Exactly what my figure nails DON'T look like. DearKidLoveMom.comI’d like to blame it on my chipped nail polish. But not even my twisted brain can figure out a way to make that logic work (suggestions welcome).

Do you know the proper way to deal with chipped nail polish? You take all your nail polish off and repaint your nails. With lots of drying time.

Do you know what I’m doing? Not that.

I’m painting in the chips, hoping that Dad won’t notice the smell of nail polish and that I don’t smudge them while I type. Probably zero. Of both.

Yet hope springs eternail (sic).

Love, Mom

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Heading to Finals, Naps May Be the Answer | Sleeping In College

Naps are wonderful and may be the only solution in around college finals DearKidLoveMom.comDear Kid,

It’s the time of year when professors collaborate to inflict sleep deprivation on already sleep deprived college students. As I have mentioned (more than once), this may be nifty for sadistic professors but is lousy for students wishing to learn.

Here’s what happens. You have 30 hours of work to fit into a 10 hour time slot. You do as much as is humanly possible, then toddle your weary but awake self off to class for the next dose of knowledge.

But not so fast, my friend. Your brain is smarter than you are and goes off to sleep exactly 1.6 seconds into the lecture.


‘Tis true, ‘tis true.

Parts of your brain (specifically the part in charge of not spilling coffee in your lap) stay awake. Other parts of your brain (specifically the parts in charge of problem solving and learning) take a nap.

What this means is that your lap and your brain both stay dry. It looks like you’re awake, but no one is home.

The solution? Sleep.

The reality? College isn’t designed to let you sleep toward the end of the semester.

The solution? Do the best you can. Realize that in three weeks there will be even fewer hours to sleep than there are now, so take advantage of shut-eye time when you can.

The reality? A short nap is better than nothing.

Love and happy napping, Mom

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