Class is now going. I think now that I'm getting going this will help me. Walking around on campus was good for both me and Loretta. Just re-experiencing her joy at working was energizing to me, and I think she feeds off my sense of purpose.
I walked over and got coffee, milk, and muffins for breakfast. I'll have to watch my muffin consumption, but today was a good day to get muffins. They even had chocolate-chocolate chip ones.
Last night was a difficult sleep night. I tried reading some for one of my classes. It didn't go well. The passage uses ultra-long sentences; and by the time I get finished with the sentence, I forget what was at the beginning. There are quizzes in this class... So instead of reading, I worked on something else, which is going to prove to be a very interesting project. This class also involved working with maps. For the sighted students, this means marking maps. For me, it means finding a way to communicate meaningfully about my understanding of braille maps. I am working with a set of maps that comes from the Princeton Braillists. It's a really nice set and reasonably easy for me to work with. However, I think it is going to be time-consuming for me to locate things; and I haven't yet figured out how to do something meaningful with my map work. I could sit in the professor's office and point to things, and that would satisfy the basic requirementns; but I'm not sure that simply showing that I can find things on a map is the wholel point of the assignment. When we talked, it seemed quite obvious that it was important for me to be able to communicate about what is on maps. If I am headed for any kind of teaching ministry, this matters as well. So last night, I picked out all the locations for the first assignment--they are located on four separate braille pages--and made notes about which pages to look on. Later this week, I'll work on how to communicate this stuff.
No pain today. I'm amazed since I slept so poorly. Every time I tried to sleep, something woke me up: my cats, my dog, something outside, etc. I think I fell asleep for good around 2:30. Somehow, 3.5 hours of sleep is doing for 7. School must have some amazing effect on me.