What Have I Done?

I had a strange dream last night, in which a former supervisor of mine came into my office to ask me to explain what I’d been doing. Years ago, I worked for The Company™, as a tech writer.  It was okay work, when I actually got a chance to do it.  Most of the time,…

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…

Miscellanea

Well, it’s been almost two weeks since my last posting, and a number of things have happened: Baby Sis is finally home and undergoing physical therapy. The school year has ended and I’ll now need to find something with which to occupy myself.  I have something in mind, but I’ll need to hit the library…

And…It’s Thursday

I awoke after a wretched night of tossing and turning. I believed that it might have been due to dinner – homemade tacos – and my being too liberal with the spices.  We ate late, and I’ve found over the years that eating spicy foods after 6 pm will result in a difficult trek through…

Abracadabra

I’ll let you in on a secret that very few people know about me:  When I was a teen, I’d wanted to become a magician. I don’t know why I treat that as a state secret, but I do.  Almost no one knows about this. Until now, of course. I remember exactly where I was…

Dodging Fate

You know, after the gasoline fiasco yesterday, I thought that things would look up for me this weekend. I’ve since managed to ram an X-acto knife blade into the center of my thumb (don’t ask).  Yes, it’s painful.  No, it is not healing properly, probably because I can’t immobilize my thumb. I’ve also managed to…

Random Thursday Nonsense

The first week back has not been the disaster I’d anticipated.  If anything, school has gone surprisingly well.  Too well, in fact, and that’s got me petrified that there’s a shoe out there waiting to drop.  All the same, I learned that one former student has married, two more were engaged (to each other), another…

“It’s Gotta Be da Shoes!”

It is cold, wet, and dreary outside, but as we are often wont to say in the Upper Midwest, “At least it’s not snowing.” This post’s title comes from a 1980s Nike shoe advertisement.  It’ll make more sense at the end, but spoiler alert: There are shoes involved. Baby Sis did not have her surgery…

Gray Skies

You never know what life is going to toss your way. It’s weird, but even the most meticulous planning can go awry, and things that you’ve detailed to the Nth degree will flush down the drain faster than you can blink an eye.  It’s also strange in seeing people you once thought would ascend to…

Light Thoughts

Spring Break is not shaping out as I’d expected. I mean, I still have exams to grade, but it’s like the time is slipping through my fingers like . . . something that can slip through one’s fingers at a fast rate. (I’m tired and I haven’t had any coffee, so you’ll just have to bear…

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…