ENGLISH 1A – BOTH SECTIONS

1 – How was your day?  Narrate it… where was the humor in it?  Where was the happiness?  And if neither, where was the education in your day?  What did the day teach you?

2 – Your relationship with Irby….  Let’s go a little further into it.  How would you describe it?  What is the relationship doing for you as a reader?

3 – What was you favorite piece from the last three essays we read?  Mine’s “Fuck it, bitch. Stay fat.” Her conversation with “The Russian” is great!

4 – I’m looking at how I look at myself differently, after reading these essays.  You?

5 – Share some of your journal entries with us.  Personal writing… of course nothing you don’t want to, but just some examples of when you’re writing for YOU.

6 – What does writing for you do?  How do you benefit from it?  And if you haven’t yet, why?

7 – ASSIGNMENT:  Please finish Irby’s book by the end of next week!  Keep writing bout your relationship with her, what she teaches you, what you observe and your reactions to those observations..  NEXT CLASS, you’ll be asked to explain and define this relationship for the purpose of your next essay.

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  1. Hey Y’all!! I went grocery shopping then made dinner and now trying to get some yard work done! the funny part of my day would be me thinking that I could get this all done today!

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  2. adrianv7272 says:

    What’s up everyone I woke up today and took my dog out to the bathroom, watched as she bolted out the door and into the street through the legs of an old lady walking to her car. I gave chase, wheezing a sorry at her on the way. Lucy I was yelling, feeling like a maniac but you don’t understand how far she goes when she does go. She’s my girlfriends dog and she only listens to her, yet this morning I couldn’t find the leash and my gf said “don’t worry it’ll be fine”. Well learned my lesson.

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  3. Débora Vitaliano says:

    Hey guys! Hope everyone is doing well

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  4. Débora Vitaliano says:

    I’ve been having a good day today. I had math class this morning which we went in separate room on zoom where the students could interact with each other and discuss the activities without the instructor. And this simple thing made me happy because I could engage with other students which for me is the best part of college. Also brought me strength and hope for better days when this craziness is over. My best friend and I have been texting since last night (I am not a very text person so that really means a lot) about how much fun we had on Sunday. We biked from Cotati to Sebastapol and we spent the afternoon there, just listening to live music at Sebastapol Downtown. We are also sharing our favorite poems and sharing our point of view about them. My roommates got some wine and beer and we are planning to watch together the presidential debate this evening. While I was reading Irby’s book on the porch of my house I could listen my neighbor playing guitar. He sounded so passionate about it and that made my reading even more enjoyable. Also made me realize I should be more in the present and aware about things that is happening around me other than worrying about the future. I don’t wan’t to miss out the beauty of simple things on my daily life

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    1. adrianv7272 says:

      sounds like a nice day

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  5. adrianv7272 says:

    I feel like as reader I see Irby almost as like a really close friend, she discloses everything her sex life, her family life, the death of her father and so much more, she’s so open and honest I feel I’ve grown to know her as I read along

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  6. Aiden Seifert says:

    I woke up later than usual and practiced guitar for about half an hour than had some oatmeal for breakfast. I didn’t really do a whole lot today besides working on my philosophy midterm.

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  7. Débora Vitaliano says:

    I see Irby as a friend but I don’t think we would be a close friend. I am more like she describes Mavis. However we have a enough amount of things in common to make us friends. She writes/talks so openly about sex, her personal life and her shows her “dark side” as she would say “here is who I am, no surprises” and I love that. In the beginning of the book I thought she would just make jokes about whatever, but when she started talking about her family I was like “yeah if I were your mom I would be proud of the woman you’ve become”.

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  8. Giovanni Vaca says:

    Hey everyone! I woke up and worked out followed by breakfast and a shower. From there I had math class and photography which were both fun and educational. Then I did some homework I had put off and had been needing to do. Then I just got back from dutch run with a friend and now I’m here.

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  9. She seems like that girl in high school who makes everyone laugh but really is sad herself which sucks but I think she could be a friend of my for sure but I dont trust too many people as my friend so im not sure lol

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  10. adrianv7272 says:

    Unfortunately when I had my concussion I fell behind and have only read till a Civil Union. What was the last essay we were supposed to read o until today?

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    1. Débora Vitaliano says:

      We were suppose to read until the “I’m in love and it’s boring” 🙂

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      1. adrianv7272 says:

        Thank you!

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      2. Débora Vitaliano says:

        you’re welcome. Enjoy it. I’ve been laughing so much with this book

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  11. Débora Vitaliano says:

    My favorite piece from the last three essays we had to read was “Fuck it, bitch. Stay fat”. How she describes her Zumba class and her swimming class is hilarious. It remind me when I start doing Zumba class on Market Street SF 24h Hours Fitness.
    “I have an $800 tiny robot computer the can tell me the weather in Tokyo and knows how to suggest “hoe” when I finish typing the phrase “yeah right” but science can’t figure out a way for me to have a little yogurt without my having to rely on a walker next day?! Pffft.” That make me laugh but at the same time I was like… oh yeah, how crazy is that? I would love to text her and say that in my opinion this is all about money and how the pharmaceutical industry is behind this whole issue, and just see what she has to say.

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    1. Débora Vitaliano says:

      But I also couldn’t stop laughing when she writes about (releasing/dumping/tossing/throwing – can someone help me? which word can I use in this case? LOL) her father’s ashes in the river

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  12. mikemadigan says:

    Hey guys… glad a couple of you checked in here!! Please keep reading and putting thoughts in your journal… and think about what a relationship is…

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  13. mikemadigan says:

    For me, relationships demand trust.

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    1. Débora Vitaliano says:

      for me, relationship is based on honesty and trust. If there is one thing very noticeable on Mrs. Irby’s writing is honesty.

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      1. adrianv7272 says:

        i agree she doesn’t hold anything back like you should always tell your significant other the truth

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      2. adrianv7272 says:

        and not hold anything back

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      3. Débora Vitaliano says:

        Exactly. It is like she has her own instruction manual. Take it or leave it.

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  14. I think relationships should have boundaries and loyalty both ways and respect without a doubt

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  15. Giovanni Vaca says:

    To me, trust is the biggest thing in a relationship

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  16. Débora Vitaliano says:

    One thing I have written on my journal is how I would never image three years ago I would be in a different country, living by myself and declaring taxes when I am 22 years old. It has been challenging but it also has been so worth it every single day.

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  17. Duncan Kindopp says:

    I don’t quite know how I felt today. I felt like I was efficient and got a lot done. I hit for an hour, then immediately lifted afterward, read from Irby’s book for another hour, and to finish it off I hit once again for about another hour. I was putting in a lot of effort but got some negative comments from the people I lift with and while I was hitting. I don’t know why, but I still feel pretty good. I didn’t take their comments to personally and cataloged them for future reference and am excited for the growth they might bring me. This is good for me because I tend to take words to personally instead of using them to get better and improve myself. I feel like I am growing as a person and that has put a smile on my face for the past hour. Had a pretty serious day today so not much humor. The kid next door actually said high to me which surprised me but it was nice. They usually cower in fear at my presence.

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  18. Débora Vitaliano says:

    Writing for me is a way to clear up my mind by writing down my thoughts and feelings, putting them in order and making sense out of them. It is also a way to be aware of myself.

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    1. beysaira abundiz says:

      Hi!!

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  19. ethonn says:

    Hey everyone hope everyone’s day was good. Kinda cool getting to interact between the two sections. My day was ok, just started off with getting some coffee and taking my morning class, then I read up on a lot of news. I even got to watch some youtube videos and stream.

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  20. beysaira abundiz says:

    My day has been so busy that I’m so tired that I came to seat on the couch. My children keep me so busy and it’s hard when you have a newborn. I woke up and I cook breakfast and I did a zoom class with my son for about 2 hours and then I clean then went to buy groceries and I came back and cook dinner and I am here trying to do my homework. The funny thing is that I know I can’t go to sleep yet.

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    1. thats like me i cant sleep when there are too many things to finish!

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  21. My day was filed with work and school. kinda stressed, trying to balance the two!

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  22. Hey everyone! I woke up early, got ready dropped my son off at preschool and then went to work then went to pick my son back up then came home took a shower then went to pick my 5month old up and then came back home, man I’m beat lol

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    1. The happiness in my day came when I was installing my 4 year olds car seat and I look over and see the biggest smile on his face because it’s a Spider-Man big boy converter booster seat. He was so happy and couldn’t wait to sit in his new seat. I love seeing my boys happy .

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      1. The day was filled with education for me, I work with the residency program at the hospital and it teaches me so much in health care every day. Today was about self care and not to forget about our health because we are the only ones that can do that.

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    2. Consuelo Soto-Jasso says:

      The relationship I have with Irby is one like a bestfriend, she tells it raw and like it is, she is my realist friend who doesn’t beat around the bush and say’s things out loud I would never imagine to say but am thinking. LOL We cuss up a storm and we keep it real. lol

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        Hi Consuelo. I posted a prompt for tonight’s meeting, FYI..

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  23. ethonn says:

    There’s a feeling of a close relationship with Irby when you’re reading her book. It seems very real and personal and unlike your typical read.

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  24. beysaira abundiz says:

    My relationship with Irby is very connecting because she a person that says what pops out of her mind and I am the same because I always say it without thinking about it.

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  25. I connected with her because she likes to stay inside, and i feel like shes a little germaphobe, and im the worlds biggest germaphobe.

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  26. beysaira abundiz says:

    She says that almost everything is gross “House lunch is so boring, though.Also packing it the night before feels gross and the prospect of making it in the morning before I leave feels impossible”.

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  27. ethonn says:

    My favorite piece from the past 3 readings was her talking about her college life and going on the McDonald’s run because she compared it to other’s typical everyday college experience and made hers seem so lame which was hilarious.

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  28. Anahiolazo says:

    Hello Everyone! I hope you’re all doing well, I’ve had another busy productive day that consisted of work, homework and chores.

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  29. ethonn says:

    I’m not necessarily seeing how I look at myself differently after reading her essays, but how I can express myself differently.

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  30. My day wasn’t filled with humor because none of my shows released new episodes today, but it was filled with education from learning new math in my 156 math class. My relationship with irby’s book is mostly about connections I can make based on how people in my family act similar to her. My favorite line so far is just my favorite because it’s kind of like a stereotype for some shows I’ve seen “If you are ready to commit the rest of your life to me after a couple of weeks of getting drunk while a camera crew follows us around, you are not a rational person who makes good choices.”. The book doesn’t change my perspective but it does remind me of things in my life I already notice. Writing for me is just a place for me to keep on to the ideas I think of so that I don’t forget them.

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  31. ethonn says:

    Writing makes does different things for me. If it’s a very specific thing I have to write and follow certain rules it’s not that fun because I can’t be expressive. If it’s free open writing then I think it helps me take whatever is on my mind away because I can express myself.

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  32. Anahiolazo says:

    I personally had high expectations for this book. Stating that, I am disappointed because her writing/essays don’t make me laugh! 😦

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  33. my day has been crazy with the lady I take care of throwing things at me and walking around butt- naked and it makes me laugh because makes me wonder how I will be when I am older.

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  34. my relationship with Irby is the way we talk alike for example how she talks “ghetto” and some people would say I talk the same way.

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  35. my favorite essay would be nashville hot chicken when she is in charge of her father’s ashes and that she doesn’t want to be in charge of that and I would be the same way I wouldn’t know how to act in a situation like that.

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  36. beysaira abundiz says:

    Don’t care what other people think about you!

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    1. beysaira abundiz says:

      I always write in my journal how is life being a mother. A mother is always busy. She will never have a break since she wakes up until she goes to sleep. I been writing about what is like having a new born at home.

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  37. Everytime I finish reading an essay I find similarities between the way we talk and say things that are on our minds not caring if we hurt someone feelings.

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    1. Anahiolazo says:

      I agree, I think she is expressive and defiantly does not bottle anything up.

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  38. I have been writing about how I am glad that I left my hospital job that was not treating me right for a job that treats better and I can focus on my school work and have a stress free work place.

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  39. beysaira abundiz says:

    Writing makes me get better in reading and spelling!

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