Time to Log in to Class, Students

On Thursday, after days of saying the opposite, my campus administration decided to extend spring break a week, and to shift classes to an online environment until further notice. So, I’ve spent the better part of three days:

Sisyphus Rex

This morning, the floodgates holding back the snow were breached, and there has been white stuff falling from the heavens non-stop since about 6 am.  There were some really nice periods of this, as it was obvious that it was too warm to stick to anything but the cool grass, but by 11 am, things…

That Kind of Week, pt.1

This has been a crazy week.  Not your ordinary kind of crazy, but that special once-in-blue-moon type of nonsense-filled period with the emotional roller-coaster added, free of charge.  The kind of week that, when it’s over and after you’ve replayed the week’s events in your mind for the umpteenth time, you’re stuck looking around with…

Here We Go Again

Let me start with my familiar line: It’s been a month since my last post . . . but this time, there’s a legitimate reason. May was nothing short of being a whirlwind for me; I seriously can’t believe that it’s now June.  The end of the academic term is always a flurry of activity. …

Incomplete Projects

It’s been a long time since I’ve sat to write. I’d apologize – again – but honestly, I’m thinking that this is my new normal.  I’ve got a lot to do and no time in which to do it.  I mean, the only reason I’m putting pixels-to-page is because I don’t feel like doing any…

Back to Work

In the last month, school has started and I’ve slowly adapted to my “new normal.” Summer breaks are nice, but they’re largely “work at your own pace and on your own schedule,” so for someone like me who’s essentially a night owl (I love working at night), it’s hard to adjust back to the standard…

Slow News Day

It’s been two weeks, and surprisingly . . . I still don’t have much to say. That’s not to say that things haven’t been happening to me.  I’m still a bit peeved about that eight-hour ER visit, and the fact that I’ll have to wait another two weeks to take an examination that my physician…

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…

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…

A Longer Walk

Remember my tale from two weeks ago about my adventures in repaying an overpayment? Well, I never thought it possible, but here’s the sequel: As you may recall, I walked a significant distance – I’ve since learned that it was just shy of a half mile – to drop off a check for $87, the…

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…