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January 8th, 2019 at 06:37 am

It was back to chauffeuring the boys yesterday, and I'll be doing it again today. Happy work!

I'm also going to go to the gym, not just to work out, but to get my free bagel breakfast.

I did a mystery shop at a children's shop yesterday and spent $12.90, $10 of which will be reimbursed. I bought a shirt for one of my grandsons, which I will save until his birthday comes up. That was my only spending. The payment for this shop was only $4 (which of course I won't see for a month) but the proofreader of my report gave me a score of only 9 out of 10, for "grammatical errors." Second time this has happened! I haven't made copies of my reports in the past, but I will now, because I would really like to know what they consider to be errors. I have already reverted to a simple "Dick and Jane" style of writing for them -- not the conversational style I use here -- and now I really wonder what the heck they're talking about. I was an English major, and I wrote extensively in my career. I do know grammar! (Yes, I know I use incomplete sentences here -- the aforementioned conversational style -- but I don't do that on the reports.) My suspicion is that the proofreader doesn't really understand punctuation rules, so I will drop the use of semi-colons, too. Sheesh!

I went to the library and got two more books. I'm so happy to be back in the swing of using the library -- I find so much great reading so easily! For a while I was buying books at Goodwill, because I wanted to pass them along to my sister. Goodwill raised their book prices, though, and actually finding something good became harder and harder. And I don't feel like I need to pass along books to my sister any more, since she has inherited some money, and she is richer than I am. (Until she spends it all, but that's another story. A sad and frustrating one.)

3 Responses to “Monday Stuff”

  1. Carol Says:

    I would be very interested in what they find "ungrammatical" about your writing. I am incensed on your behalf-- lol.

  2. My English Castle Says:

    I am also incensed for you. They're (or their, as they likely spell it) are probably told not to give 10/10, so feel compelled to dock points on something.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    I also would like to know what they find ungrammatical about your writing. But I am not surprised because so few people really know how to write and therefore proofread like many of us older folks.

    We were watching "The Doctors" today and they said there have been studies showing that since 1975, IQs have dropped and they were talking about why this could be so. One thing was people don't read books as much and that research has shown that reading a book on a device doesn't let the reader remember content like reading a true book. So, yay for you on reading books and going to the library.

    Yesterday I worked with the fifth graders in the classroom I volunteer in. These kids have no idea on how to honestly write. We worked on taking a question and starting a sentence with phrasing from the question. It was like pulling teeth. They wanted to use pronouns or start every sentence with and or because. I was not popular because I made them honestly think and write using subjects and predicates and no pronouns.

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