The Weekly Update: 2/28/16

I need to gripe about something, but first I have to explain something else. So gather round everyone, it's storytime!

When I was in college I had this really great world civilizations professor. He was nice, he was passionate about his subject, and he genuinely wanted his students to succeed. It was one of the few classes I never read the textbook for because he gave us all the information we needed and even gave us all the answers to the studyguides before exams.

But he was also the most scatterbrained person I've ever met.

Normally when teachers would pass out papers, they'd count how many people were in each row and hand that many papers to the person in the front for them to take one and pass the rest back. Sometimes the teacher might even walk up and down the rows handing one paper to each person. This was a small class, maybe 20 students, so it would've been entirely doable.

Instead, what he did was randomly run around the room in a frenzy handing papers to random people in different rows, completely willy-nilly. He'd hand one to the first person in row 1, then rush over to row 4 and hand one to the third person back, then walk over to row 2 and hand one to the last person, etc. And every single day of class---I kid you not, this happened every single day we had class, without fail---he'd finish passing papers out and ask who didn't get one, and half the students would raise their hands. He'd then be genuinely, sincerely perplexed as to how half the students didn't have papers and would finish handing them out.

And don't even get me started on the way he wrote notes on the white board.

So why am I telling you this? Because, my friends, apparently the lawn mower guy at my apartment complex uses the exact same method.

I'm not a morning person. I'm a night person (in case you didn't get that from my blog name and my bio). I stay up late, and I get up late. I don't like my sleep being interrupted by lawn mowers. If it just passed by my apartment window once, that'd be one thing. But I swear, no exaggeration, it just keeps coming back for hours. It'll wake me up outside my window at 9:30 am. Then it'll be back at 11:00. Then it'll be back again at 1:00 pm. Then again at 2:30 because YES, HE'S STILL FREAKING MOWING THE LAWN FIVE HOURS LATER. The man needs some pointers because, if he wasn't just driving around in circles, doubling back on the same spots over and over, he would probably get the job done a lot faster, and I would definitely feel a lot less aggravation.

And that, folks, is the story (I use the word loosely) of that one college professor I had and the guy who mows the lawn. The end. Now for your regularly scheduled weekly update!

Blog Updates:

Nothin’ new to report!

Books I Finished:

House of Kings by Keary Taylor | books, reading, book covers

I know! Only one book! It’s unusual for me, but I’m forcing myself to put reading on hold until I get some other things done that I’ve been procrastinating. And clearly my plan is working well since I still have not done the things I needed to do, and I got hardly any reading done. Not to mention I already gave up and am halfway through another book.

Song of the Week:

“I’m Lost Without You” by Blink 182 – I saw it on someone’s music-related TTT and have just been listening to it a lot since then. It’s great if you like songs that give you all the feels. Though I might be biased since Blink 182 makes me nostalgic, thus giving me extra feels.

In Case You Missed It:

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring People Holding Fire in Their Hands
Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Enjoyed Recently That Weren’t My Typical Genre
Discussion: Do You Read Prequels?
Book Review: Mud (Chronicles of the Third Realm War Book 1) by E.J. Wenstrom
Book Review: House of Kings (House of Royals Book 3) by Keary Taylor

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    1. Kristen Burns

      It is SO frustrating! But I’m pretty sure it’s not gonna stop until I just move from the apartment lol. Yay House of Kings! I love the series. You have a great week too!

  1. Deborah

    I had to laugh at your lawnmower / college professor story. I know people who don’t seem to be very logical… I think I am but then worry every so often that I’m not, and just think I am!

    I completely understand your ‘halt’ on reading. I’ve had to do that a bit lately. When travelling, of course, but also when I get behind in my reviewing and other things. I know I get myself stressed when I get behind so the obvious thing is to STOP reading for a while.

    1. Kristen Burns

      Lol I feel like the fact that you even stop to think about how logical you are means you probably are? Because the illogical people don’t even stop to think about that πŸ˜›

      I’m so hopeless at cutting off reading, but yeah, I know that I need to do because I am getting stressed with other things building up, and reading is the obvious thing that’s taking up so much of my time!

  2. Samantha

    Oh my gosh your college professor story!! So funny! I’m sorry to hear your lawn care guy subscribes to the same mentality though-thats a bummer! Hope you have a great week!

    1. Kristen Burns

      Lol thanks! Definitely aggravating, but I can’t really do anything but deal with it (and gripe about it on my blog πŸ˜› ). You have a great week too!

  3. Daniela Ark

    oh noooo WTH??? it really sucks that your lawn guy is an ADD mower. Could you complain to the Administrator?
    I’m like that with many things in my life and I know it drives people insane! You college professor sounds like me coaching my little ones teams LOL
    So I say this wholeheartedly… on behalf of all of us ADD people [I have never been diagnosed but I know there is something like that going on] I’M SO SORRY!!! πŸ™‚

    Hope you can catch a nep later today πŸ™‚

    and thanks for the freebie, whatever the title is lol!

    1. Kristen Burns

      I just don’t even understand his methods??! It’s not even worth it to complain though. I’d probably just sound crazy. And it took them like three weeks just to remove a wasp nest from my window, so I don’t put very much faith in them lol. It probably makes you a fun coach though, haha.

  4. Jitty @ Just Jitty

    Your professor sounds just like one of mine! The nicest person but completely scattered brained I was honestly amazed we ever got anything done! As to how you can mow a lawn for five hours…oh dear that is quite a feat! But I would probably kill my own lawn guys if they came before 10 and I have told them so! They now come at a lovely 3 or 4 in the afternoon πŸ™‚

    1. Kristen Burns

      Exactly! I hate to say anything bad about someone so nice, but it makes it rather difficult to get things done in a class when someone is that scatterbrained lol. If I had the option, I would probably threaten the lawn guys about not coming before 10 too πŸ˜›

  5. Greg

    That would aggravate me! Yeah I think he needs help LOL. Usually they’re pretty quick with those machines they’ve got. they look way too fun too, but I digress… Maybe he’ll get fired, after all if it’s taking him all day to do one complex or area he must be doing something wrong. πŸ™‚

    I like the sound of that professor, I don’t think I had any that were quite that fun. I’m imagining some guy with hair sticking up running around, not sure why. Funny story. I can see that class being maybe kinda popular?

    1. Kristen Burns

      Well the lawn thing has been going on for a while, so I don’t think he’s getting fired anytime soon. Though I do wonder if maybe he’s getting paid by the hour? I mean, that would explain why he takes so damn long.

      I’m not so sure fun is the right word, more comical. Also maddeningly frustrating when history is your worst subject and you have no clue what the hell he’s writing all over the board with words just randomly being squeezed in between random sentence fragments in a way that makes no sense whatsoever. Plus the fact that half the class time was spend passing out papers, haha. But he did genuinely want his students to succeed, so I couldn’t complain about that.

  6. Greg

    Seriously? Okay I can see where that would be maddening. Communication issues apparently… I sometimes wonder how some of these people even become professors. LOL. They’re teaching us to succeed? πŸ™‚

    1. Kristen Burns

      Eh, I’ve had worse. At least he actually taught in class and cared about us, even if it was all over the place lol. I think college teaches us to succeed by teaching us how to deal with ridiculous situations. I mean, I had this one professor, and I stopped even bothering to study or read the book for her class because her exam questions consisted of the most inane details about offhanded things she said in class, like, “What color was the logo in the example I made up to explain branding?” It was that ridiculous -_- So if you can succeed in that environment, I guess you can succeed in life, haha.

  7. Lola

    I totally get that! I usually go to sleep late and stand up at 1pm-2pm or so and I hate noises early in the morning. We once had a vacation where we had a lawn mower excatly like the one you’re describing, it literally took him hours to mow the lawn and ugh that sound is so annoying. Recently we have some renovations in the building and those people drill once at 9pm, then a few times at 10pm and so on ad ugh it’s so annoying and grates on my nerves. I mean at least drill all the damned holes at once. Same with your lawn mower, how can it take him 5 hours to mow your lawn? And how can you sleep if he comes back regulary.

    I hope you can get those things done you were procrastinating on! I am sorry to hear about the book you DNF’d, I always hate when that happens. I hope you’ll have a great week!

    1. Kristen Burns

      Sometimes I really feel like you just get me lol. Seriously, just do all the noisy stuff at once and be done with it! I mean, loud noises are worse when you’re trying to sleep, but they’re still annoying even when you’re awake, and I don’t appreciate having to listen to them over and over and over -_- Oh, but what I meant was that I didn’t give up on a book, I gave up on the things I was procrastinating on lol. So the books I’ve read have been good, it’s just me that’s hopeless πŸ˜› You have a great week too!

  8. Laura Thomas

    I have a neighbor like your lawnmower guy. I swear he just rides around all day. Lucky for me though, our houses are set back far from the road so it’s more like annoying background noise.

  9. Amber Elise @ Du Livre

    How much grass is there in your complex??!! O.O I’m more of a morning person. Honestly, I knocked out yesterday at 8:30PM and was up at 6:30AM. Haha. But I totally understand your frustration. Management should give you a schedule.

  10. Bookworm Brandee

    LOL That was a funny story, Kristen. And I can see why the lawn mower guy has you cranky! πŸ˜‰

    I love that your ‘plan’ is working…I have some things needing to be done that I’m procrastinating on…can you give me some pointers on your plan?!? πŸ˜› Seriously though, I do have things I need to do and I can’t seem to put down the book. Possibly because the book is more fun than taxes?!? I’m frustrating myself though. :/ Here’s to hoping we both get some of those ‘things’ done so we can get back to reading!

    And I hope your week is going splendidly, too! πŸ˜€

    1. Kristen Burns

      Haha thanks, and my anger is so totally justified, right?!

      My plan is actually completely failing. So I am not the person to come to for pointers, haha. I just ended up getting no important stuff done AND no reading done. So this week I gave up and am back to reading lol.