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FridayFive: 2-for-1: School and Chores

I've been busy and didn't get around to doing last week's FridayFive, which was about school. So this week, I'll catch up by retroactively doing last week's as well as this week's.

1. Are you going to school this year? Nope. I wish I were, though. In the past couple of years, I've surprised myself by decididing that I really do want to go back to school.

2. If yes, where are you going (high school, college, etc.)? If no, when did you graduate? High School, 1991. College, 1996.

3. What are/were your favorite school subjects? I always enjoyed the science-related subjects, except chemistry. Physics was one of my favorites in high school. I actually placed out of college physics based on my AP test scores. In college, my favorite classes were the Physical Education electives I took: Social Dance (took twice -- once for credit, and once as audit), Country & Square Dance, and Backpacking.

4. What are/were your least favorite school subjects? Chemistry.

5. Have you ever had a favorite teacher? Why was he/she a favorite? Yup. Teachers that obviously cared about their students always made an impression with me. In high school, my Latin teacher was obviously passionate about her work and that love really flowed through to the class. If you had told me that I'd enjoy *conversational* Latin when I was younger, I'd laugh in your face. But she made it real. Besides my Latin teacher, several other teachers took special time and effort to really connect with the students. I still keep in contact with one of my former middle school teachers, more than ten years after I was in his class, e.g.

This week's is about cleaning.

1. What housekeeping chore(s) do you hate doing the most? Ironing.

2. Are there any that you like or don't mind doing? Not that I can think of. Maybe washing the dishes.

3. Do you have a routine throughout the week or just clean as it's needed? Not really. OK, more of the latter, I guess, although I'm working to move to a routine-oriented structure, because routines are really good for me.

4. Do you have any odd cleaning/housekeeping quirks or rules? Dirty dishes always go in the left sink. The right sink is for meal preparation and washing. You should never put dirty dishes in my right sink. I probably won't say anything if you do, but it'll eat me up inside until I have a chance to move it over to the left sink.

5. What was the last thing you cleaned? My toilet. This morning I replaced a rusted tank lever and cleaned the toilet.


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Sep. 5th, 2003 06:22 am (UTC)
Chemistry is my least favorite, as well.
Sep. 5th, 2003 06:43 am (UTC)
In High School, on the first day of class, my chemistry teacher had "CHEM - IS - TRY" written on the blackboard. She promised us that if we tried, chemistry would be doable and fun. I tried all year long and still barely understood it. I almost failed chemistry in college. I'm so happy to have that behind me now. More power to the people who understand and enjoy it. I'll take a detailed analysis of a computational algorithm anytime.
Sep. 5th, 2003 07:33 am (UTC)
hey -- as I had to take chemistry at NCSSM, I took AP Chem, took the test, and =never had to do chem again=. Woot!

Of course, the next year I took a course in Polymer Chem, but we got to do cool stuff like make trinitrocellulose and set it on fire. poof!

I love quantum physics, even calculating electron orbitals (it's all PDE!), but I can't stand the level of memorization in chemistry. It's such a complicated subject. Learning a foreign language is much easier.
Sep. 5th, 2003 07:35 am (UTC)
What about Calc?
I thought that Calculus was your least favorite subject...but chem is a good choice.

When I took Chem in high school, my teacher was about to give me a B for the year, because I didn't turn in most of my homework. I was getting As on all of the tests, so I figured that I didn't really need to do the homework. With a couple of students watching, I told the teacher that the B didn't matter too much, because I was getting an A in physics. When the teacher asked why an A in physics was more important, I said that chemistry was just rote memorization while physics involved actual thought. My audience cracked up and the teacher, seething, sent me back to my seat.

The best part is that I still got the A for the year.

I actually took AP chem the following year in high school, and I did well enough to place out of my college's Chem I requirement. I've been happily chem-free since then.
Sep. 5th, 2003 08:33 am (UTC)
Re: What about Calc?
Yeah. Calculus is a good choice for least favorite subject, too. But at least I had fun in my high school calculus classes -- reading about chess and everything in the back of the room. And I still remember some of the basic useful concepts from calculus. I can't say the same for chemistry.
Sep. 5th, 2003 09:05 am (UTC)
Re: What about Calc?
Heh, I am in calculus right now and can't find anything useful about it. ;)
Sep. 5th, 2003 08:02 am (UTC)
Well, I just wish that I had taken Chemistry before my senior year of high school so that I could have taken AP chemistry my senior. I stumbled into it to keep from taking Biology in college. Changed a planned major from Latin to Chemistry and I got to take Biology and Physics and a few Mathematics courses that I wish I hadn't had to.
Learned glass-blowing in P. Chem.
Sep. 5th, 2003 11:42 am (UTC)
Chemistry Rocks! I had a couple of the best chem teachers in the world for high-school chemistry. A buddy of mine and I even set the electron orbital sequence to the tune of a Three Stooges song.

Calc also rocks, but only once you get through the basics and learn DEs.

Once you have chemistry and DEs, you then understand how the whole world works!
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