Yesterday. Am I right?
Seriously. Not only did I write a poorly thought out blog post (I had a point but forgot it on the drive to school and typed something while in class just so I could hit publish), I also got a perfectly nice TA at Purdue in trouble for doing me a favor (not on purpose!) and made a pathetic showing of solving a problem on the board in Linear Vector Spaces. Like, my professor crossed it out and wrote 'the works of Satan' next to what I wrote down.*
Sometimes I do or say things and afterwards I think, man, if I had only thought about that before opening my mouth or taking that step, I would have seen the error of my ways. Then I mentally yell at myself - THINK, Emma, THINK.
There are days, though, that even if I had thought about it I would have done it anyway. The perfectly nice TA got in trouble for giving me permissions that only his prof should have been able to grant. The professor was going to give them to me, but the TA beat him to it - and I didn't know that it was an issue, so I mentioned it to the prof. In retrospect, the best I could have done was talked less - I couldn't have realized I shouldn't say that specific thing. I certainly couldn't have performed better at the board unless I'd gone back in time to the night before and studied matrix inversions - but I chatted to the class while I made my attempt and in retrospect that probably makes my failure more memorable.
Hmm. Maybe talking less overall is a good idea.
I should look into that.
* That is not a joke. He really really loves Dana Carvey's Church Lady.