Taken

Recently, I had some things stolen, and while everything has been (reasonably) resolved, I’m still left with this awkward  feeling in my gut. I may an oddity of sorts, but I do not understand the compulsion that some people have to take things from others.  It’s not that I have an “It’s mine – get…

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…

On Being a WIP

It certainly is difficult to stay positive in a world that’s determined to destroy itself.  I’m not even going to touch the political realm; I’m talking about the world as a whole.  We’re on this earth for what is such a short period of time; why waste it with hate? I’m in a self-reflective mood again.  Uh-oh….

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Victory is Mine

I awoke this morning at 9 am, but didn’t bother to exit the bed until 9:24 am. I know this, because I checked. I was – am – tired, both physically and mentally, but I was also tired of being in bed, something I never would have believed I’d say, not in a million years.  After…

Missing Sinks and Inner Monologues

My hope that the Great Renovation Project would end today proved to be a vain and silly one.  Despite starting at nearly the crack of dawn, the work crew that I’d spoken so highly of a day or two ago, is only moderately beyond the point they reached yesterday.  I optimistically noted that we now…

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…

Another Good Day

The weather guys said that things would turn cold this weekend, and boy, they weren’t kidding.  There’s been a good twenty to thirty degrees difference in the last twenty-four hours, and I haven’t decided as to whether or not it’s welcomed.  It’s not as if I can control it, mind you, but I’m not sure…