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…

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…