That Kind of Week, pt.1

This has been a crazy week.  Not your ordinary kind of crazy, but that special once-in-blue-moon type of nonsense-filled period with the emotional roller-coaster added, free of charge.  The kind of week that, when it’s over and after you’ve replayed the week’s events in your mind for the umpteenth time, you’re stuck looking around with…

Butter Chicken on the Cheap

I keep saying that I’m going to get back into the kitchen, but with the summer’s heat, that’s just not possible.  I’ve mentioned this every year – my home absorbs heat, making it impractical to cook or do anything that involves the kitchen.  Usually, we either eat out or eat simple – cold-cut sandwiches, for…

Here We Go Again

Let me start with my familiar line: It’s been a month since my last post . . . but this time, there’s a legitimate reason. May was nothing short of being a whirlwind for me; I seriously can’t believe that it’s now June.  The end of the academic term is always a flurry of activity. …

The Cones of Spring

I’m still here. Why is it, almost every time I post something here, I start off by announcing that “I’m still here“?  I guess a better question is, “Why aren’t I writing something – anything – on a more regular basis?” Good question.  I only wish I knew the answer. So . . . what’s…

Through the Looking Glass, pt. 2

Where did I leave off? Oh yeah . . . that pie . . . Well, my sister and I have a habit of sending each other recipes.  A few years ago, we were in the midst of a conversation and I mentioned that I have two African-American cookbooks, but neither were modern.  In fact,…

Back to Work

In the last month, school has started and I’ve slowly adapted to my “new normal.” Summer breaks are nice, but they’re largely “work at your own pace and on your own schedule,” so for someone like me who’s essentially a night owl (I love working at night), it’s hard to adjust back to the standard…

Sunday Musings

Remember my afternoon in the ER six weeks ago? Remember how I’d mentioned that my physician wanted me to take a follow up exam? That happened Friday.  Six weeks later.  I should complain, but I won’t because I know that I’m not the only person on earth with problems.  I’m fortunate in the sense that…

Working at Work

Have you ever worked with someone who was so frustrating that it actually caused you to question whether or not it was worth keeping your job? I have. Twice, in fact. It’s not a good feeling; rather, it’s downright destructive. The first time it happened, I nearly had a heart attack. Imagine being 25 years…

And . . . It Begins

Happy 2018! When I awoke this morning, it was -1ºF.  I closed my eyes for a few extra minutes and checked again. It was now -3ºF. I didn’t know that something like that could happen.  I mean, as the day goes on, it’s supposed to get warmer, right?  If this is any indication of what…

Being Lost

Grades are finished, submitted, and are now a thing of distant memory.  There’s a great feeling one has once the final grade sheet is turned in; it marks the end of another term and puts the proverbial period to the end of a subject.  It’s over, in much the same way that the completion of…

Sunday Ramblings, 10/22

I’d considered posting something or another several times this week. In each instance, I had some topic – usually mundane and generic – that in some way tied into my day.  In each instance, I had some snappy first line that I was sure would attract attention, and – in each instance – my mind…

Tuesday Ramblings

I’m a week into the new term and it’s . . . well, weird. I don’t have any students who stand out.  Not in an academic sense, mind you – I’ve not done much at this point to identify anyone’s ability just yet.  Rather, I mean that there are no class clowns, loudmouths, or pains…