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…

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. …

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,…

“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…

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…

Ah, Youth

For a Friday, today was pretty lackluster.   On the way home, I took the back road again, but this time there was a surprising amount of traffic.  As I drew near to the frontage road that would eventually dump me onto the Interstate, I was nearly hit by a car exiting a highway eatery/gas…

Thursday’s Thoughts

Hey everyone!  It’s Thursday!  You know what that means, right? I don’t know either.  All I’ve got is that it’s Thursday. Don’t give me that look – I’m trying to be positive, so work with me here. With work going on in the kitchen, Yours Truly is hiding out in his home office, fooling around…

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…

Giving a Hand

With school starting in a few days, I decided to restock my supply cabinet.  Tons of note cards, pencils, pens, folders, and erasers – everything except notebooks, and it’s all ready for the cabinet. I should add this:  The things you see here?  They’re not for me. You see, for years now I’ve had students…

New Projects – Or Not

While doing something-or-another, I managed to twist my back.  In doing so, I’ve managed to aggravate the earlier existing pain, meaning that the last day or so has not been pleasant.  But, life goes on, as they say; I don’t have the luxury of sitting around and convalescing, because I’ve got stuff to do.  …