Monday, July 18, 2016

A Day at the Fair

It's safe to say that teaching has taken over my life. The other day, I ended up working on campus until 9:30pm. At that point, a few of the other teachers that came back to campus almost literally had to drag me out of the classroom. I'm physically, mentally, and emotionally drained, this last week especially more than others. My brain is still mush right now so I'm not sure how coherent this writing will be. Sometimes, it's necessary to force myself to take breaks. On Saturday, the team organized a Faculty Mental Health Day, aka an FMH, at the California State Fair. I had never been to a State Fair before, so to get the full experience, Mina and I, along with two others, left a few hours earlier than the other teaching fellows (TFs).

The fair was quite an experience to say the least. We saw the farm exhibits outside, and booths from every county in California all in one building. Mina and I had bought our tickets with a few others in a value pack, so we also had a ride ticket. I chose to use mine on a ride I had never seen before, the Zipper. As a fan of roller coasters, it definitely was a fun experience, if a bit tame in my opinion. The ride was short and there were only two flips, but the view from the top was amazing.

Later that night, the BSAC squad danced to a live band karaoke (truly #squadgoals). There was also a fireworks show, though I missed most of it as I was in the bathroom. I left the fair quite satisfied. My three goals that day were to have a strawberry lemonade slushie, a tater twister, and a deep fried item, and I'm glad to say that I was successful, all within a $20 budget. On the way back to the parking lot, the shuttle was nowhere to be found. We walked for a while before convincing a sympathetic golf cart to stop and pick us up the rest of the way. Then, suddenly, the next day, it all seemed like a dream, and it was back to working on lesson plans and projects. ◊

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