Tap Dancing

There’s a meme going around blogtasia called 5 things, which I guess is supposed to be a Friday thing, but here in Gingerland, it’s going to be a Wednesday thing. I saw it at Glamorous Life of a Housefrau and also at Smiling Through It All, and the way it works is that you leave a comment on the blog in question (which would be here, duh) asking to play along, then you’re given five words and you describe what they mean to you or your thoughts about the words. I’m pretty sure that’s the way it goes. These are the words Evil Twin’s Wife picked out for me:

Frolic – This makes me think of playfulness, whether it’s small woodland creatures frolicking in a field, or nekkid folks frolicking in bed.  Frolicking is good fun, no matter where you are.  Let’s go outside and frolic!

Salacious – Hee, hee.  Of course, this makes me think of sex.  Mostly, it brings to mind words like “leering” and “lust,” and visions of a fallen woman  and maybe her lecherous pimp (perhaps his name is Sweets) standing on a street at dawn.  Good times.

Lantern – When I think lantern, I think about those green Coleman lanterns people use for camping. They hum softly as they give off 10 bajillion watts of light.

Train – The word train invokes long, narrow tracks, hats (because glamorous ladies who rode trains back in the day wore hats, at least in photos), luggage, and trips.  And hobos carrying sticks with all their worldly possessions wrapped up in handkerchiefs.

Magic – As soon as I read this, the song “Magic Man” popped in my head.  Oooooooooooh, he’s a magic man.  Chew on that.

So there you go, my five words.  If you would like to play along, just let me know in the comments section and I’ll email you your 5 words.

I told y’all I’m mentoring again this semester, right?  It’s for the Educational Psychology class that all education majors at our university have to take.  It’s the most demanding class I’ve ever taken, and that’s where the peer mentors come in.  Each student enrolled in the class is assigned to a mentor group, which has 2 mentors and a group of students (usually 3-10).  The groups meet once a week and take a quiz, talk about the chapter for the week, and play jeopardy-like games to prepare for the week’s test.  The mentors are all volunteers who take the time to help other students for a few reasons:  a) out of the goodness of their hearts, b) to gain experience leading a class, and c) to get a good recommendation from perhaps the most prolific professors in the area upon graduation.

This is my second semester as a mentor, and I like it for the most part.  It does take up valuable time, but I feel like I’m doing some good for other students – enough to balance it out, at least.  I got a call from the co-mentor of our group this afternoon, and she’s decided she just doesn’t have the time to be a mentor.  Sooooooo, I’ll be responsible for 7 students on my own from here on out.  I’ll be responsible for administering 7 quizzes, checking 7 journals, leading discussion, and recording all grades.  Lord help me.  If I can pull it off, it’ll be good experience and show the professor that I can handle extra responsibility on my own.  I’m gonna be fine.

I need a hug.

10 Responses to “Tap Dancing”


  1. 1 Karen September 30, 2009 at 8:04 am

    Good job with the words! When I read magic I immediately started singing “Do you believe in Magic…” Funny that it was musical for both of us.

    Sounds like being mentor is rewarding. Sorry your partner was a jerky poophead and left you doing all the work!

  2. 2 Vinomom September 30, 2009 at 9:08 am

    I got my words from ETW the other day too!

    The mentoring thing sounds like good experience, at the least, maybe fun, at the most? Heres a mental hug going your way!

  3. 3 honeywine September 30, 2009 at 9:37 am

    I got my words from Karen, but I want to play again. I think this is my favorite meme. Even Paladin played! Heck I’m thinking it’s a great weekly thing.

    I offered to get on the street corner the other day, but Paladin only wanted the fedora and not the extra lettuce.

    You’ll do fine. Hopefully, you’ll get less of the know-it-all’s like you had before!

  4. 4 Evil Twin's Wife September 30, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Great job! I love that you added in the pimp’s name! I had to laugh at that one. Good luck with the mentoring – I’m sure you’ll do a wonderful job.

  5. 5 Ms. Moon September 30, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Here’s my hug to you….

  6. 6 The Dish September 30, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Wonderful job, Ginger! You make me smile. A rarity these days for sure.

    Sorry your co-mentor is a flake. Do you want me to come break her knee caps? That sounds like a lot of work! But hopefully it is rewarding work. Big hugs headed your way!

  7. 7 Ron October 1, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Your co-mentor is such a queeftard!! (or is it quieftard?) I’m sure you will do fine and you should get some extra credit or something for rising to the challenge.

  8. 8 dadshouse October 1, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Salacious is a magically yummy word, isn’t it? lol

  9. 9 Ginger Magnolia October 1, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Karen – That is funny. I have the urge to do JAZZ HANDS!

    Vinomom – It is, for the most part.

    Honey – How dare he deny you your ho-in’?

    ETW – The pimp’s name comes courtesy of an old joke between Honey and me. It’s my go-to for pimp naming!

    Ms. Moon – Thank you, dear lady.

    The Dish – Ahahaha, no, but thanks for the offer! (Visions of Nancy Kerrigan screaming “WHY!”)

    Ron – No extra credit, since I’m not a student in the class. The best I can hope for is that the prof will remember it when I graduate and ask for recommendations.

    Dad – It IS! As is voracious…I love words.

  10. 10 mumma boo October 2, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Now I have visions of a lady with a hat, frolicking salaciously on a train, lit only by a coleman lantern, while “Magic Man” plays in the background. Clearly I need more coffee. 😉
    Great job with the words. Good luck with the mentoring! Sometimes it’s easier to have control over the whole thing than to share it with someone who doesn’t really want to be there anyway. You’ll do fine!


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