Getting Ready

Ever just wish that you could disconnect your arms from your body before bed?  You know, just unplug them from your torso, place them on the bedroom dresser, and have a good night’s rest? No? Then clearly you don’t know the wonderment one experiences when you’ve awakened and learned that you’ve spent the entire night…

The Fishermen

It’s Sunday . . . and it’s cool! After a week of temps in the high 80s and 90s – with humidity to match – it is finally a nice and comfortable mid-70s day, and I’m in love.  I may actually end up using my oven tonight, and if that happens, not only will I…

Wednesday Thoughts

Well, USPS has neither returned nor delivered the package I mailed off two weeks ago, so I’m assuming that it’s lost.  My friend – bless her – went to her post office and asked about the box; they told her that it was somewhere in the system and that she might get it soon.  I’m…

A New Opportunities?

Today was the first “nice” day in a good while. I’ve been under the weather as of late – not with a cold, but rather, a persisting condition that likes to flare up when it is least convenient for me.  The end result is that it interferes with my ability to walk, making each step…

Summer Dreamin’

My meticulous and well-thought out plan of teaching this summer hit a snag when I didn’t hit the minimum for enrollment. As a result, those courses were cancelled, making this the first summer since I-can’t-remember-when that I’ll have a full summer break.  A whole summer just for me and my various devices. I have no…

A Tale of Oil and Pie

It was the best of Mondays, it was the worst of Mondays. I’m on Spring Break – that magical time of the year where students interpret that term as meaning, “fun and random partying in Florida,” non-educators interpret it as meaning, “another paid vacation,” and teachers see it as “a chance to get caught up…

This Week

I’ve been away from the computer for nearly a week. Actually, that’s not true; I check e-mail because professionally, I need to do so.  Students and their problems don’t go away because I might want them to; for some of my students, I’m the closest thing they have to a father figure or an emotional…

Windy Thoughts

It is windy here. I love seasonal windstorms.  Despite its roar, and the cacophony of noises outside from tumbling trash cans, mailboxes, awnings, and who-knows-what-else, I’ve always found the sound of a windstorm to be somewhat comforting, not too different from listening to a thunderstorm or some other white noise. It amuses me, too.  Despite…

Ah, Youth

For a Friday, today was pretty lackluster.   On the way home, I took the back road again, but this time there was a surprising amount of traffic.  As I drew near to the frontage road that would eventually dump me onto the Interstate, I was nearly hit by a car exiting a highway eatery/gas…

Morning Ramblings

I’ve been up since before 5 am.  I’m anxious, but I don’t know why. My immediate thought is that it’s due to my prep work, which has been moving rather smoothly.  I’ve mentioned before that I like to update my lecture materials, and given that I’m teaching a couple of courses that I’ve not taught…

Getting Ready

It is, when considering the wind chill, nearly 0ºF outside.  It feels like it’s only three degrees higher inside. I’m in preparation for the return to work.  I’ve already prepared class syllabi wherein I spell out my expectations, the university’s expectations, and the repercussions involved for failing us both.  Funny thing about my syllabi: When I…

Giving a Hand

With school starting in a few days, I decided to restock my supply cabinet.  Tons of note cards, pencils, pens, folders, and erasers – everything except notebooks, and it’s all ready for the cabinet. I should add this:  The things you see here?  They’re not for me. You see, for years now I’ve had students…