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Just Jot it January, 2022: January 10

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 10, 2022, is chocolate.

 Nothing like the comfort of hot chocolate on a chilly day in my favourite kitten mug. Of course, it must be drunk in front of the fire with kitties in attendance. Makes me almost like winter.



Just Jot it January, 2022: January 8

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 8, 2022, is In the.

 In the end, we are all just dust in the wind.

Well, that was depressing…

Just Jot it January, 2022: January 7

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 6, 2022, is Tempest.

 An apropos prompt after the past almost 2 years. Every time we think we see the end of this tempest coming, it turns out to just be a break in the weather, an eye in the storm so to speak, and then we are back in it. I am sure some day this tempest will pass, but in the meantime…

Just Jot it January, 2022: January 6

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 6, 2022, is Anticipation.

I feel a lot of anticipation thinking of going back in person to work, maybe next week if I’m told I have to, even though everything I do is virtual and there are record cases of COVID and an extremely virulent strain running through everywhere right now.

Oh, wait, maybe anticipation is not the right word for this.

Sorry to be a broken record…

Just Jot it January, 2022: January 5

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 5, 2022, is By George, I’ve got it!.

By George, I’ve got it….COVID!

Just kidding, but come back in a week or two and I am sure it will be true…sigh…

Just Jot it January, 2022: January 4

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 4, 2022, is Generosity.

Well, this prompt has me stumped right now as I try to write this post. Perhaps it was the lack of any plan for mitigating the current swell of COVID cases in our province or in my institution. I have to say, I won’t be feeling very generous about going above and beyond the call of duty if our institution suddenly goes online again and 1//3 of faculty and staff are off sick with COVID as our provincial health officer says businesses should expect (up to 1/3 of all employees getting sick and being off).

I was feeling generous today however when I walked downtown to pick up Kevin’s boots that were being re-soled. Oh, who am I kidding. It was just good to get out for a walk before it started raining again!

Just Jot it January, 2022: January 3

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 3, 2022, is Abundance.

Abundance, we have it in spades.

(Apologies for that…)

What we have no longer here is an abundance of snow, the weather having shifted to rain. But it was pretty while it lasted.

Just Jot it January, 2022: January 2

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 1, 2022, is Gobbledygook.

Gobbledygook is language that is meaningless or is made unintelligible by excessive use of abstruse technical terms, or more to the point, nonsense.

Life these days feels a lot like gobbledygook. You hear how important it is to wear masks and take the vaccines and stay away from people, but at the same time it’s important to cram people into classrooms and concert halls and restaurants because, the economy. Or in the case of schools, because it’s so important for kids and young people to have in person learning.

Let me tell you a little about this last. I have worked as an instructional designer in distance education for 30 years. And distance education, meaning NOT in person learning, has been around in K-12 and post-secondary for a LOT longer than that. You know what’s important? Giving everyone equal access to education, and keeping them safe from a potentially deadly virus.

When politicians tell us everyone wants in person learning and COVID is not spread in structured educational settings, so get back into those packed classrooms and don’t worry your pretty little heads, that my friends is gobbledygook.

Just Jot it January, 2022: January 1

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 1, 2022, is Resolve.

Ah, the old January 1st resolve to do something, or many things to celebrate the beginning of a new year.

Me? I don’t specifically believe in limiting resolve to the first day of a new year. After all, this isn’t the first day of the new year for everyone, and also every day is the first day of a new set of 365 days.

So really, resolve can happen at any time. And for me, it definitely happens daily as I am not always good at keeping my resolve over more than one day. So, while I resolve to do certain things today, and hopefully to doing them again tomorrow, it might be I miss a day, or 18, or 145, and then have to resolve all over again.

That is my resolve for 2022: be ok with trying again tomorrow.

Just Jot it January, 2020: January 18

Just Jot it January, day 18!  And Stream of Consciousness Saturday!

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “movie title.” Take the title of the last movie you watched (just the title, not the premise of the movie), and base your post on that title. Have fun!  (

The last movie I watched, eh?  That would first require me to remember what that was.  And also, do you mean the last movie I watched all the way through, or just had on TV for a while while I was sitting here doing other things, like blogging?  Let’s go for the whole movie then.  I think the last movie we watched was Avengers: Endgame.  Well, maybe there was something else after that, but I am not sure.  Maybe the last movie I watched was It’s a Wonderful Life.  And let me be clear:  we did NOT watch these in a theatre.  I can’t remember the last time we went to a theatre.  It may have been for the first of the newest three Star Wars movies.  Or maybe something else?  We don’t get out much…what can I say?

Either way, the Endgame of this post is that, despite never going out to movies, it’s still a Wonderful Life.