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Dean Kirkland

A.R. & Proud

http://arandproud.blogspot.com/

Located in Portland

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I currently teach 2 English Conversation Circles classes a week. That means I am responsible for two lesson plans a week. And since the classes are different levels, and since I hadn't found a book or coursework that I liked 100%, I have been basically writing 2 unique lesson plans a week for the past 6 months

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Back in May of 2013 I stopped lifting weights. I know this because the last day I charted was May 20th and the chart has a layer of dust on it. Why did I stop? The allergy shots made weight lifting too hard. I couldn't breathe, and it was just too hard to do. So I stopped.One could argue that all of my swimming

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With my beginner ESL students, vocabulary development and pronunciation practice is very important. So I try to come up with ways for them to practice the vocabulary words of the day over and over for about 90 minutes without wanting to poke out my eyes.So here are some of my tricks:(I don't usually

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Ah, food. Some of it is fussy, but most of it is delicious. And although I am often content to eat the same thing day after day, sometimes I need something new to fall in love with.Enter ...1. Beating The Lunch Box Blues

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I have been swimming for a year now, and I've gone through a few rites of passage: the destroyed bathing suit, the scratched goggles, and last night, the exploding swim cap. But I've found a swimsuit I like, the rip in my fins hasn't lengthened, and I know the best lane to have, most of the lifeguards, and how to circle swi

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Although my current allergies force me to love dogs and cats and such from afar, the internet has made it incredibly easy to still get a dose of their cuteness.Here are three web-sites that let you enjoy animals in new and unusual ways:1. Dog Shami

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In our house we tend to watch the entirety of something, whether it be all The Star Trek movies, James Bond movies, or Wagner's Ring Cycle (that's 15 hours of opera, and we've watched it twice.) Now, in honor of his

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I sit here bathed in sweat. I was mad and so I decided to do something about it. Mad that over the last year or so I have gained weight that I do not want. Whether it was during my excruciating 2 month sinus infection or my grueling and exhausting allergy shot therapy, I'm not really sure. I was forced to live with this ext

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I am now about two weeks in without a weekly allergy shot. I have more energy, I'm not as irritable, and I am starting to care about things again. Things like lunch. Rather than snacking on whatever my husband got at the deli this week, I am actually going to have pesto tuna pasta salad with roaste

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Friday is my last weekly allergy shot. And frankly, I am getting a little teary eyed about it. Yes, I will still have to get them every 4-6 weeks, but that means my body has time to recover fully between shots, instead of the strange and stressful merry go round of weekly shots. 2 days of misery, 2 days of melancholy, then

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After this week, I will have 5 more weeks of weekly allergy shots. 5 more weeks of itchy and cranky weekends, 5 more weeks of only feeling at 80%. And then? I only have to go get shots every 4-6 weeks. So here is what I wish for once the allergy shots aren't always taxing my system:

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Even if you haven't heard the affectionate nickname for them, you have most likely heard of what it stands for: Massive Open Online Courses. They are college courses that are free and open to the entire world. In many cases, you can even e

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I cannot recall exactly when it started happening, but a few weeks (months?) ago my allergy shots starting getting stronger. Which meant I was having local reactions at each injection site, plus I felt miserable from 24-48 hours after the shots. My weekends were spent lying in bed or watching silly movies made for kids.

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My oh my, so much can change in a few weeks. Well, I am almost done with my TESOL certification program. I have finished all 44 units and only need to submit a final short essay and original Lesson Plan. I graduate from the NOW class of #11 program this Wednesday night, and I will be soon teaching English Conve

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Well, I am now at the half way mark of my TESOL certification course. While taking it, my thoughts range from, "Oh, I know this"! to "Oh crap, what are they talking about?" My grades are in the middle to high 90's, so I guess I am doing something right! In addition to the certification, I continue to lead (t

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Thanks to my wonderful husband, I now have a fancy new laptop (ThinkPad T430) with the newest version of Flash. Plus it's portable! Did you all know about this? It's quite a nice feature. And with said laptop in place, I was able to officially sign up for my TESOL* Certification course. I am doing the 10

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Ok, where was I? Ah yes, the epiphany. Once I realized that changing the population and subject of what I would teach could fix most of the problems, I became overjoyed. And I realized, whether the subject is swimming, in

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After a recent horrible phone interview, which left one of us in tears of frustration (Can you guess who?) I decided to take a step back from my job search. Way back, back to high school and personality type tests. I took one and I came up with "Harmony Seeking

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I've been getting allergy shots since November and when I tell people about it I get asked the same question. "Did they make your seasonal allergies go away?" I would reply that I wasn't sure yet because I wasn't sure when my season started. Well, April 1, 2013 it started. And the answer to the above question is NO!

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I've been called sensitive, dramatic, tender and soft, and it's all because when things really move me, I have the tendency to cry. I often try to hide it, especially when no one else in the room is crying, but I have also found it has some nice benefits: 1) stress release 2) sinus relief 3) dry eye relief. So,

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I realized lately that over the years, I have had a number of male friends who were/are obese. While most people considered them to be scary or mean, I have found them to be the sweetest guys I know. When my friend J. enters the pool, I can see strangers visibly stiffen when they see him. I think it's because h

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I've been feeling a little uninspired lately. While fitness stuff is going well, the job search continues to drag on. But I have some new ideas so stay tuned. After talking about this with a new friend, I had the idea to start looking at online courses and seminars instead of watching stupid television shows. (Good-b

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It's time to switch my swimming workout. The total length is the same, but the drills focus on new things and each set is longer. I'm glad to be making a change, it's nice to have new challenges. I print four sets of each routine on a page, print it out and then cut it in four. I take one to the pool with me an

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In some circles, I am know mostly for my Type 1 diabetes. But I realized I haven't blogged about it in ages. So, if I don't blog about diabetes do I still have it? Yep. I AM Still checking my blood sugar 10+ times a day Still wearing my One Touch Animas insulin pump Still

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I have a number of friends and family who have been in or are currently in a band. It is usually for fun, but sometimes it really takes off. My friend since childhood, Alastair Moock, is a good example. I can still remember going canoeing with him at Sandy Island YMCA camp

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Last year, I almost had a heart attack when I learned that Mark Zupan, star of the movie Murderball, would be speaking at our little Vancouver campus of Washi

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When I don't feel well, I tend to like watching cartoons (Monsters, Inc. is an all time favorite) or nature shows. I guess I find them calming. Well, when I recently was down for the count for 11 days (a bad cold with a chaser of gastroenteritis), I remembered my luck with streaming

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I often put inspirational messages near by bedside, so that when I wake up I am extra motivated to workout. My previous message was "Exercise is medicine" (from Men's Health Magazine) but I decided it was time for something new. I created this word cloud with a theme of "Reasons to exercise" and now have it printed out and

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Hey Lia, what are you eating for lunch these days? Ah, good question. I like easy but tasty food, and just created another dish (based on a much more extensive recipe) that I plan on adding to my rotation schedule. Quinoa with Shrimp and Avocado

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Why Lia, I can see what you are doing each week for fitness (you've thoughtfully listed it in the sidebar of your blog) but can you break down the actual routines for me? Why sure! 1. Swimming (or swimmiling, as my husband calls it) 3x a week, about 45 minutes each time Th

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