A Trip to the Zoo and Learning New Skills

March 26, 2017     Michelle     Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Life Updates:

I don’t know how many of you know it, but my background academically is actually in statistics. (And yet, my hobbies involve largely reading and writing soooo …. clearly the whole people being good at math making them bad at / not enjoy writing is a lie). And at work this week I was given the task of peer reviewing a model that someone else built. But it was built using a technique that I’m only familiar with at a high level, so I have NO IDEA how to evaluate it. So I spent much of Thursday and Friday teaching myself this new skill. You know what’s super funny? I was watching a Coursera video going through all sorts of complicated notation, and my daughter was FASCINATED. She’s going to end up being a little mathematician just from helping mommy do her research for work.

It was adorable. 🙂

We went to the zoo on Saturday and enjoyed the GORGEOUS weather. I don’t have pictures because I’ve long given up on trying to get good photos at the zoo, but my daughter slept through most of it anyway (we MAY have gone DURING her nap time — oops!). But afterwards we went out for lunch on the waterfront and it was BABY CENTRAL. And my daughter tried to talk to every single teacup-sized human she saw. Which means she was talking a LOT. And she seemed to have a lot of fun with it 🙂

Also, is it weird that she likes lemons? She LOVES lemons. She likes oranges better, but lemons are almost as good. I totally expected her to really not like the sour, but she seems to like the taste.


Goal Tracking:

Average Steps per Day: 6,484 (I beat my goal of 5,000!)

Workouts: Nada — oops! But I DID do a lot of walking, so that counts!

Non-Blog Writing: 

This week: 0 words — I’ve been working on outlining instead — And making GREAT progress there!


Bloggish Things:

My personal Commenting 365 Challenge update:

  • I commented on 9 new blogs this week
  • Running total: 104 unique blogs
  • Par for 2017: 85
  • Ahead/(Behind) by: 19

Last Week:


Next Week:


This Week I Enjoyed:

  • Your daughter is Adorable. 😀
    I’m reading Written In Red and enjoying/loving it so far. I’m planning to read all the books in the series this week. Glad that you loved this series too.
    Btw, I’m curious about Sarah J. Maas’ books. I’ve heard great things.

    Have a great week. 😀

    • Michelle

      Thanks! I LOVE sharing pictures of her up here 🙂

      I hope you enjoy the rest of The Others! I think my favorite book was probably the first or second, but the rest are pretty good too!

      I personally am a huge fan of Maas, but she’s had some criticisms, and I can understand where those comments are coming from. I definitely she’s worth giving a chance 🙂

  • The zoo sounds fun! I remember those days and your daughter is beautiful! Hope you enjoy your books, they look good!

    • Michelle

      Thanks! Have a good week!

  • Awwww that is adorable! I love that you are raising a STEM chick 🙂

    • Michelle

      I’m trying! Her father is so NOT STEM, but I’m pretty deeply entrenched, so I’m sure she’ll get plenty of exposure to the awesomeness of STEM 🙂 She’s gonna be doing calculus before I know it!

  • debnance

    I need to join in for Camp NaNoWriMo. I think it’s a summer-ish event, and that’s really when I have time to write.

    https://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2017/03/childhood-poverty.html

    • Michelle

      There are two Camp NaNoWriMo’s each one: one in April and one in July. I’ll be on travel during the first half of July, so that one is out for me. But I’m participating in April’s! You should definitely give it a shot when you’ve got the capacity to do it 🙂

  • Oh that is so funny that she likes lemons! Too cute though!
    I think its awesome you are a math person. I have struggled with math my entire life, so when I know people who ‘get it’ I am always in awe! Hopefully your daughter finds the love of math too!

    • Michelle

      I’m still blown away by how much she likes them. Come to think of it, I think my brother liked them too at her age.

      The thing about math is that you really have to have good teachers at ALL levels of math-learning. Because HOW you’re taught, in my opinion, goes a long way towards whether someone is going to like it/click with it or not. I’ve converted a few “I hate math” people into math minors in college just by making it relatable and not seem so scary! I hope that my daughter jumps on that bandwagon too 😀

  • My daughter used to really like lemons when she was little too (shes only 4 now). She made some really funny faces while she ate them but she always wanted them. lol! She loves all fruits. You daughter is so cute! I hope you have a great week!

    • Michelle

      The only sour face she’s ever given was the first time she tried a lemon, and even then it was a SUPER delayed reaction. She just noms on them as if they’re nothing at all. It’s so crazy to me! Maybe the sour taste-bud develops later?

  • Your daughter is so cute! The zoo is one of my favorite places but I agree that it’s an awful place to get pictures. In theory it seems like it’d be a good idea but it never quite works. My oldest had a thing for lemons when she was really little. It always made my teeth hurt! Have a great week!

    • Michelle

      Yeah, it’s tough to get the animals to pose for you, lol. I think lemon juice STINGS more than anything, but maybe it’s because I always have chapped lips. She’s not phased by them at all, and it just baffles me!

  • Your daughter is such a cutie! Glad you enjoyed your day at the zoo. Maybe she is showing an interest in math, and that’s wonderful. We need more women in STEM positions in the future. I wish I had that foresight!

    • Michelle

      Thanks! We DO need more STEM women 🙂 And I do hope that I’m able to kindle some interest in math and science while she’s young. My parents did good by me, but they’re also both engineers / computer scientists, so it wasn’t really a stretch for them. Ah well, we’ll see what happens as she gets older 🙂