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…

A Little Walk

You know, I’ve only had class for two days, and yet I am so very thankful that Friday has come. The day started off with a visit to Walmart, where I found a decent little electric kettle for $13.  Now I can make my tea in the comfort of my own office, with minimal inconvenience. …

It’s Happening

I have survived the first day of school. I wish I could post some humorous anecdote about how a freshman did something strange or stupid, or a cynical one about how I’ve already identified who’ll be my “resident jackass” for the term, but I can’t.  For a first day, it was surprisingly quiet and orderly,…

Back in the Saddle Again

Well, the school term has begun! Technically, school begins today, although due to a scheduling issue, I won’t make my first appearance until tomorrow.  That gives me one final day of summer to enjoy, and boy, have I been living it up! First order of business was a haircut, because without it, I’m virtually unrecognizable. …

A Little Note

This weekend, I received a note – a very nice one, in fact – from a former student of mine.  In it, she updated me on her life, wished me well, and tossed out the idea of a possible get-together over coffee.  I wrote back, updating her on a couple of my own life events…

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…