Big Bug in the Bathroom

I got freaked out by a large cockroach in my bathroom before bed last night. I went to pick it up to throw it out the front door and it flew at my face so I screamed and then slammed the shower door (so cockroach is still in there). I had trouble sleeping because I was imagining the cockroach was coming upstairs to get me. Finally fell asleep at 2 and must have been tired as there is a clock in town that rings at 7 and I totally didn’t hear it.

There are lots of products around here that have pictures of roaches on them. I’ll have to ask someone for a recommendation

My strategy is normall to try and drown any bug that I see in the bathroom but this cockroach was crawling up my wall and he didn’t care if he got sprayed. Over the last month I have also thrown towels over large beetles and picked them up and set them out the front door , but flyying insects are new to me. Somehow when something is that large I just can’t kill it. But then I worry about it too.

My best friend Lorrianne had the following suggestion:

I saw on Pinterest somewhere that you take a pop bottle – cut it in half and invert the top and tap it back into the bottom – put some attractive liquid inside and they come in and can’t get out…pretty cheap solution

You don’t kill the bugs? You are such a humanitarian…

Anyone else have any other advice, or I will be a very smelly teacher

Lessons for a New School Counsellor … an ongoing dialogue for this school year

As I spend time in Japan this year, I have made an opening for a brand new counsellor to work at Bishop Carroll. I have also left behind a dear friend who is going to make sure that “the new guy” has a fantastic first experience.

Lessons for a New School Counsellor … an ongoing dialogue for this school year.

I wanna be a potato- Keeping up my studies from the other side of the world

Today I am starting the Courseara course “Social Psychology” by Dr. Scott Plous. Last spring I took a leadership course which I found very interesting but disconnected from as it was so large and the professor was unaware of the difference between conducting a lecture and facilitating an online forum. As I was going through the first few videos lectures for this course I could feel my toes begin to twitch with anticipation as I feel that Dr. Plous may have a little more experience in running an online group. His use of humor (too many emails will lead to an ocean of letters each day- so if you don’t want him to drown please use the discussion forum) made me chuckle.  As well, he shared the following quote on the power collaboration to encourage us all to try to interact with each other.


“Together action is like washing potatoes in Korea. When people wash potatoes in Korea, instead of washing them one at a time, they put them all together in a tub full of water. Then someone puts a stick in the tub and pushes it up and down, up and down. This makes the potatoes rub into each other; as they bump into each other the hard crusty dirt falls off. If you wash potatoes one at a time it takes a long time to clean each one, and only one gets cleaned at a time. If you do it all together they all get cleaned” 


-Seung Shan

Dr. Ploushas created a number of assignments which will be peer reviewed, however the final assignment will be a day of compassion with a reflection. We will then get to vote and the student with the highest grade combined with vote will be invited to Stanford University in 2014 to meet the Dahli Lama. I think this is a fantastic assignment as it will inspire positive change around the world….


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