Friday, December 29, 2006
Parking was an issue, as always. Hey, I got my morning exercise walking from the Timbuktu Parking Lot and pulling my luggage. The check-in process was smooth, too. Honestly, I expected longer lines at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 29. Now let's hope my luggage makes it to St. Louis. I don't check in bags unless I absolutely have to; and I had to this time since I din't plan this trip and so didn't bring any travel size toiletries to my parents' house. Oh, well -- this is a non-stop flight so the worst scenario is leaving the bag in Atlanta and picking it up on Monday, right?
Then I got to security... A chirpy security agent looked at my boarding pass and informed me that I had an S on it, meaning that I was selected for additional security. See why being early or at least on time is important? They took forever looking through my carry on. Then they called the supervisor. Knowing that there was nothing bad in my luggage, I was not nervous, just impatient. Finally, they informed me that my laptop set off an alarm, probably because their scanner had a residue and set off an alarm. Huh??? Anyway, I got an apology for waiting so long and was finally able to walk to my gate.
Picked up a chocolate bar and a bottle of water. Due to some family issues, I didn't get to bed until after 2:00 a.m. and was up at 6:00 a.m., so chocolate is a necessity, not a luxury, this morning. And what can be better than chocolate for breakfast, right? ;)
So here I am, killing time before my flight boards. Then a short flight to St. Louis and a weekend of fun. We are attending a very interesting conference and doing other fun stuff, so I really look forward to this weekend. New Year's celebration should be pretty cool, too.
I am not sure if I will have another chance to blog so Happy New Year, everybody!!!
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Then we went walking, trying to walk off pounds that can't be avoided when family gets together and enjoys good food. We are doing pretty good, actually -- I didn't gain one single pound (um, according to Mom's bathroom scales).
Alas, holidays are almost over and I still have so much to do. Will have to drive home on Friday so I can finish everything by Jan. 3 when we have to be back at work.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
April: Having observed other bloggers for quite some time now, I decided it's time to join.
May: Landed contracts for two continuing education workshops, one for mining workers and another for the local K-12 teachers!!!
June: Tired of a small town I call home now...
July: After two eight-hour flights (Atlanta-Frankfurt and Frankfurt-Port Harcourt-Abuja) and a three-hour layover in Frankfurt, I am tired but, surprisingly, not exhausted.
August: It has been a crazy week so far -- final assignments coming in spurts, business writing seminar demanding my attention, and at least a million other things pulling me in different directions.
September: I can't believe it's already our last night here...
October: One of my business mathematics students finally decided to buy a calculator (at least I hope I convinced him this morning) -- after trying to follow complex calculations by working out every problem on paper.
November: We just finished the unit on Excel in my online course.
December: Inbox offered an email from a student who registered for my online course section, changed her mind, and now trying to get in; alas, the section is closed and there is a long waiting list.
Boooring... Maybe I will do better next year. :)
Also, how detailed are your syllabi? I explain each policy, provide a detailed list of assignments, and supply students with a tentative course schedule. On average, my syllabi are approximately five pages.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Now I am back to work, busily getting ready for the next semester so I can spend holidays with my family w/out worrying about all the things that need to be done. I am only taking several books with me -- rather fascinating and full of good ideas for my current area of research.
And I might go backpacking in Europe in May or June. Remember that headless figurine? Yep, that's me! Planning to take ballroom dancing lessons, too. ;)
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
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- Just finished a paper! Um, took like two months to write a four-page paper? I am ashamed of myself but it's done, done, done, and I will try to do better in the future!!! :)
- I am playing a travel agent via a cell phone to one of my friends whose flight is all messed up; first, seats could not be confirmed; then, just this morning, they changed flights; and this person does not have anything but a confirmation number (long story), so all trust is placed on me to take care of this traveler.
- I am taking a one-day vacation tomorrow -- driving to an island and doing nothing but walking on the beach and enjoying God's creation for. a. whole. day!!! Way cool after a busy year of earning 28 graduate course credits while maintaining a 4.0 GPA (well, hope it doesn't go down after this semester), working a full-time job -- five courses each semester, teaching two sections as a TA, going to a number of conferences, spending a month in Africa, and doing a myriad of other things.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
- Took my last final this afternoon -- we had three hours for 17 questions and it did take that long. I think I did fine. If I made 90 or above, I will have an A. Keeping my fingers crossed... Kinda too late, right? ;)
- Will spend a couple of hours tonight updating and posting final grades for two classes I am teaching as TA.
- Have a program luncheon tomorrow -- made egg "mushrooms." Curious? Very easy but looks cute! Cut off tips of hard-boiled eggs to make mushroom caps; carefully scoop out the yolk; stuff eggs with anything you like -- I used crab salad this time; place stuffed eggs on a platter; make very strong tea; place "caps" into the mixture for 15-20 -- they will turn brown and look like real caps; place caps on stuffed eggs; decorate with any greens to make grass (I usually use parsley, dill, or curly lettuce). I will post a photo later.
- Still a long list of other things to do but getting there, slowly...
- Going to New York again in January! ;) Wish I could go every week but it's not very practical, is it? Have to be patient...
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
- Graded final projects/exams until 2:00 a.m.
- Averaged and posted grades this morning
- Still need to finish grades for two sections in which I am a TA
- Still need to study for one final (stats, what else?!) and finish one final project
- Still need to finish writing a paper -- I have set a record on pushing the deadline, I think.
- But for now I am off to the gym, to get a nice workout I have been needing for a long time now.
- Then I need to clean my house (it's a mess!) and do laundry.
- Yeah, another busy day ahead...
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Mom calls police when her son opens a Christmas gift too early; the boy is charged with petty larceny. Apparently, this child has already committed a series of crimes and his mother cannot discipline him. How sad...
Anyway, I have a million things to do, all competing for my attention at once:
- Finish five projects (yes, five)
- Take two finals
- Grade finals (five classes)
- Average grades
- Finish a long-suffering paper -- ooooh, should have finished it a long time ago.
Oh, two more weeks of hard labor and then a brief respite... preparing for the next semester, of course.
Sunday, December 03, 2006
And so what are weather forecasters saying now??? Um, 50% of snow showers tonight and early tomorrow morning. My flight is scheduled to depart at 6:00 a.m. Fortunately, the thermometer won't dip too low -- 37 F so maybe it will be OK.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
- Inbox offered an email from a student who registered for my online course section, changed her mind, and now trying to get in; alas, the section is closed and there is a long waiting list. So what does she do? Um, she goes to Admissions and gets a counselor to email my dept head to get a permission. Ha ha -- waste of time; I am very fortunate -- our dept head trusts our judgement and would never override the closed section w/out a permission from a course instructor. The nerve of that student, though!!!
- Our bookstore manager always sends emails in size, um, 20, at least!!! Bold! Usually red or neon green! Why???
- Anyway, my flight is boarding so have a good day! :)
Thursday, November 30, 2006
- Flying out of University City tomorrow around 3:00 p.m.
- Short layover in Capital City -- and off to New York City!
- Taking a shuttle to the hotel and then meeting with a friend.
- Two full days of adventure -- told to bring comfortable shoes.
- I am sooooooooooooo excited!!!
Oh, yes, I still have so much to do before this semester is over. My laptop is traveling with me, of course. However, it won't be opened until I get to the hotel at night. At the moment, there are no absolutely critical deadlines that I am not meeting so things look OK. This trip might change my life forever so work is on hold.
Am I crazy??? Am I just following the White Rabbit? Maybe. Maybe not. Will see, I guess.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
This guy is attempting to measure the speed of memes, so let's help him out. Link to this post in the name of science. Ask others to do the same. Results to be announced during the "Meet the Bloggers" panel at MLA 2006.
- Write a post linking to this one in which you explain the experiment. (All blogs count, be they TypePad, Blogger, MySpace, Facebook, &c.)
- Ask your readers to do the same.
- Beg them.
- Relate sob stories about poor graduate students in desperate circumstances. Imply I'm one of them. (Do whatever you have to. If that fails, try whatever it takes.)
- Ping Technorati
It's not easy to collect relevant data (and, yes, I am a grad student myself -- here goes my plug) so please take a minute or two.
As shared by Profgrrrl.
Tomorrow is the final day for my other course. And grades are due by December 8th. Lots of grading (seven courses total, three of them online) but things are moving fast!!!
Of course, I have one more week of my own classes plus finals. Still, it feels good. This semester was the worst ever in my college career, no doubt. Even combinining student teaching with a full load of courses and full-time job wasn't as tough. But I have survived so far!!! And I don't give up! :)
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Anybody wants to name this photo? Mom and I saw this figurine last night at a discount store and burst out laughing. Why are they headless, do you think? No, don't give "some careless fool dropped it" explanation. ;)
You know what is funny? I kinda feel like that girl right now. Maybe I should go back and buy it. I can see the cashier's expression...
Update: I did buy that figurine, even though the manager at first refused to sell it, saying that "sharp edges can be a potential hazard." She relented and gave me a 25% discount, though. Who knows, it might be a very valuable souvenir indeed! I am cautiously optimistic. ;)
Any suggestions as to what I *absolutely* have to see and do? Most likely, I will be accompanied by someone who lives there but I may have to wander on my own, so any advice is greatly appreciated.
Friday, November 24, 2006
What do you think about post-holiday shopping craziness?
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
OK, a deep breath in... out...
- This semester is almost over -- one more week for my students and two more weeks for me, then finals;
- Although stats course is still a huge question mark, hanging precariously over my head, projects are falling neatly (um, eventually) into nice piles;
- I am caught up on grading so there won't be a mad rush to grade, grade, grade;
- I am treating myself to a cool trip in December;
- Conference paper submission deadline has been extended and I will be able to submit my paper after all -- Hooray!
- Above-mentioned paper is almost ready -- another Hooray!
- It's cold outside but I will make a cup of hot chocolate as soon as I get to my office;
- Oh, did I mention that I love my office? All that space? And a window?
Sunday, November 19, 2006
- I wanted my students to do as much as possible last night so we went shopping and then ate at Joe's Crab Shack; it was packed but we had a good time; we didn't get back until 10:30 p.m.
- And then I had to work, of course; deadlines don't wait. :(
- Made myself get up at 6:30 a.m. (I treasure a chance to sleep in on weekends; alas, not this weekend)
- Had breakfast (I had a delicious waffle smothered in whipped cream -- guilty as charged)
- Took care of the bill (ah, they always forget to deduct taxes; government agencies don't pay taxes in their home states)
- Drove to Tiny Town
- Taught a student how to create an interactive PowerPoint presentation -- we were bored, so she took out her laptop and I guided her through the first set of slides; after that, she was doing great and I only provided additional hints/corrections.
- Other two girls happily supplied facts for the project. She created an interactive game so they chose South America as a theme and the came up with categories. We learned some Spanish in the process.
- Came home and collapsed -- so tired. Thought about lunch and decided it was too much trouble, so took a nap instead.
- And what am I doing now? Um, working; evil stats homework is due on Wednesday night. Yes, we have a class on Wednesday, until 5:45 p.m.
- I sooooooo look forward to Thanksgiving, even though I couldn't care less about turkey, stuffing, etc. I just need some quiet time. And my parents are coming over on Friday night to spend Saturday with me. Mom is still complaining about my absence on Thursday but I don't feel like spending 8+ hours on the road.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
to any serious accomplishments, I am afraid.
- students are taken care of -- check!
- wireless connection is working in the hotel lobby -- check!
- Vesti Mocha Valencia has been delivered (ooh, need that sugar and caffeine after a long week of too much work and not much sleep) -- check!
- Laptop is open and ready -- check!
- notepad and pen -- check!
- noise level -- can't do anything about that
Now I need to at least try to accomplish something by 4:00 p.m. when my students will be back and babysitting duties will resume. Come on, brain, kick into a high gear! Move, fingers!
At least my students are having fun and learning so much. They were bubbling with excitement at lunchtime. Although I didn't plan it, I have a fairly diverse group -- White, Black, and Hispanic; one of each. All girls, though; couldn't find any guys interested in spending a long weekend attending conference presentations. Maybe next year. They have a variety of sessions to choose from, all very interesting and relevant for students.
Another reason I am willing to give up my entire weekend is an opportunity for my students to escape their limited lifestyles. We are staying at Marriott Courtyard, not fancy at all. Yet, one student was awed by the "motel." Two other students didn't say anything but I could tell they weren't used to "luxury." I take so many things for granted... Eating at Olive Garden-type restaurant? Big deal! Oh, it IS big deal for them, apparently. We also had an interesting conversation about appropriate attire and they look nice but are still comfortable today. Baggy (or skintight) jeans and T-shirts are gone and these girls look professional. I am so proud of them.
This is one way to show my students that I care about them beyond their coursework and "news" about Ms. Alice's caring attitude is passed down the "grapevine," often prompting other students to open up during class discussions and/or ask for help when necessary.
Friday, November 17, 2006
Anyway, too tired to think -- a long, long day. Put out several "fires" in the morning, barely made it to my noon class (phew, glad all cops were somewhere else), "flew" back in time to pick up a state car and meet three students I am taking to the conference, drove to Capital City (Friday night traffic is so annoying), fed my little flock, and finally collapsed. Oh, still so much to do...
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Original English Text:My mother is a wonderful lady.
Translated to French:Ma mère est une dame merveilleuse.
Translated back to English:My mother is a marvellous injury.
Translated to German:Meine Mutter ist eine erstaunliche Verletzung.
Translated back to English:My nut/mother is an amazing violation.
Translated to Italian:Il mio nut/mother è una violazione stupefacente.
Translated back to English:Mine nut/mother narcotic violation is one.
Translated to Portuguese:A violação narcotic da mina nut/mother é uma.
Translated back to English:The breaking narcotic of the mine to nut/mother is one.
Translated to Spanish:El romperse narcótico de la mina a nut/mother es uno.
Translated back to English:Narcotic breaking itself of the mine to nut/mother is one.
Oy, oy, oy! What happened to my wonderful mother?!
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
With about half an hour to go, our professor stopped and, oh my, asked if we would like to have a Q&A session. Wow! Sure! She usually plows through like a T-rex in a hot pursuit of its dinner. One person asked a question and our "esteemed" professor attempted to answer, meandering in every which direction, muddying up rather than clarifying an issue. Another person attempted to rephrase the question, obviously hoping to get a better answer, and, poor thing, set off a siren, literally:
Professor, suddenly: "Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!" She was so loud, most of us jumped in our seats.
Then, sweetly: "Do you have another question?"
The poor student, in a barely audible voice: "Nnno."
"Anybody else has any questions?" Total silence...
"OK, then we will start the next unit." Several of us, fed up with this treatment, spoke all at once (yeah, strength in numbers): "Wait, we just finished this unit and need time to process the information and apply it to the homework."
The evil witch just cackled and declared: "Of course not! We still have twenty minutes of class and I am not about to waste that time. You will find a way to sort out this information over the weekend. If anybody objects, you are free to leave."
Ouch! If you think I am just mad and making this up, I am afraid its truth and nothing but the truth. If she hates explaining things, what is she doing in education? Yeah, what a naive question...
I like this group of students -- they are bright, motivated, and inquisitive. They ask good questions and are not afraid to probe deeper, sometimes even forcing me to stop and really think because I don't always know the answer right away. They are moving beyond the basics and it's wonderful! You know, I would love to see them in action once they graduate and start teaching. I am also nostalgic about my middle school days.
They are working in groups for the next two meetings so I think I will bring some munchies for them. We can't eat in the lab but things can be set up in the lounge. Many of them were asking questions about one of my international trips so I might bring some ethnic finger foods.
OK, looks like they are almost done. Back to work!
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
In our program, I was able to prepare three agreements (wow, these teachers are good and they are teaching necessary skills). As we were wrapping things up, another teacher approached our table, talked briefly with my colleague (who is new and was observing), and proceeded to chat with another person -- about kids, upcoming conference, lesson plans... And here we are, waiting for her, giving her dirty looks, while everybody else is about to leave. I finally interrupted her (yes, rude -- but I was desperate) but only for a moment -- she handed me her binder with all the programs and kept on chatting!!! I looked through her programs and it appeared that she taught every skill under the sun -- do you think her instruction results in adequate coverage??? OK, another 10 minutes go by; all papers are cleared; most people are outside. I had enough -- closed her binder, packed my stuff, and turned around to leave. Huh, here she comes: "Are you Ms. Alice? I am so and so from County High School. Would you sign our agreements? We have three courses."
What did Alice do? Um, smiled and said: "Nice to meet you, Ms. SoSo. Unfortunately, we ran out of time tonight; we waited for you for the past twenty minutes and now we have to leave; college vans are waiting outside. As for your courses, please identify main areas and email me how you are teaching those skills." And left, with another smile and a wave.
Rude? Yes. Upset? Yes. Especially since one of the courses she wanted to articulate was Office Procedures -- in this course, we teach business ethics. If she teaches her kids to ignore business proceedings, it's a sad situation.
1. Yourself: caring
2. Your boyfriend: dream
3. Your hair: frizzy
4. Your mother: hugging
5. Your Father: loving
6. Your Favorite Item: book
7. Your dream last night: fleeting
8. Your Favorite drink: tea
9. Your Dream Car: driving
10. The room you are in: chilly
11. Your Ex: weird
12. Your fear: losing
13. What you want to be in 10 years: successful
14. Who you hung out with last night: laptop
15. What You're Not: athletic
16. Muffins: blueberry
17: One of Your Wish List Items:
18: Time: fast
19. The Last Thing You Did: yawned
20. What You Are Wearing: robe
21. Your Favorite Weather: sunny
22. Your Favorite Book: unpredictable
23. The Last Thing You Ate: apple
24. Your Life: rushing
25. Your Mood: hopeful
26. Your best friend (s): supportive
27. What are you thinking about right now? work
28. Your car: mustang
29. What are you doing at the moment? resting
30. Your summer: short
31. Your relationship status: looking
32. What is on your tv? blank
33. What is the weather like? cold
34. When is the last time you laughed? now
Monday, November 13, 2006
Font: 30 Color: Neon green Picture: pair of glasses
Two face-to-face sections are doing OK but rather sluggish; hopefully, I will get enough students. Technically, it's no big deal -- if my classes don't make, adjuncts will give up their sections since I am a full-time faculty. I never had to do that and sure hope to avoid the situation for two reasons: (1) I would feel bad for taking courses away and (2) with my crazy schedule, only certain days/hours work w/out conflicts; so making changes is not fun.
What is your experience with registering undergraduate students? Getting sufficient enrollment? Working with adjuncts?
Sunday, November 12, 2006
- Finish conference paper (worked on it on and off for the past several weeks, too many interruptions, I really want to finish it by tomorrow so I can meet the deadline)
- Finish course preps for the next week
- Jot down notes for the curriculum alignment meeting on Tuesday afternoon (reviewing high school curriculum and preparing college credit agreements is a pain, no doubt)
- Pull out my advisee folders (Spring registration starts tomorrow so I better be ready for a steady stream of students, frantic phone calls, begging for seats in closed sections -- oh, joy)
- Start on my stats homework (at least jot down notes so I can start thinking about it)
- Read notes for the final project in one of my courses (team members want to finish early so I guess I better cooperate; it's one of the reasons I hate group work -- you have to coordinate schedules and it's tough; nevertheless, as a teacher, I know that collaborative work is important)
- I am sure there is something else I can't think of right now but will pop up on a screen when I open Outlook tomorrow.
- Oh, duh -- pack for a trip later this week; taking three students to a leadership conference, Friday-Sunday. It looks good on my annual evaluation but so boring and time-consuming.
Anyway, I am going to try their suggestions, I think.
Friday, November 10, 2006
My weekday mornings start at 6:30 a.m. -- no lingering in bed, 8:00 a.m. students are eager to learn (yeah, sure). I usually wake up a few minutes early, even though I do have an alarm clock -- just in case! And I do have a "natural alarm clock" -- there is a crazy bird that lives in my neighborhood and starts happily (and loudly) chirping just outside my bedroom window at 6:29 a.m. every. single. morning! No, I am not making this up. Yes, 6:29 -- I checked like a dozen times, at least. So I sleep in a guest bedroom on weekend mornings so I am not rudely awakened at 6:29 a.m.
Usually, I have a few minutes to get some breakfast. If not, I grab a breakfast bar and munch on my way to work. And then I arrive -- sleepy and not very motivated to teach equally sleepy and unmotivated kids. But it's a great bunch this semester, in both MWF and TR sections. They do make my mornings easier.
Alas, I do have a strong accent, but it's not American English.
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Thursday, November 09, 2006
Do you have to go through this process?
- I feel like I am riding a monster rollecoaster, threatening to dump me off any minute now. So much to do... And my plans are being disrupted by all kinds of "stuff." On Tuesday, I was hoping to finish the paper. Unfortunately, one of my colleagues had a sick child at home and I was roped in to finish the project assigned to her. Grrrrrrrrrr... Today, it looks like I am popular -- a constant stream of students through my door...
- Overheard one of my colleagues in the hall: "Oh, I don't understand my students. How could they do so poorly on the easiest test???" Ah, sounds familiar, buddy.
- Last night, after a full day of teaching two classes and attending a class of my own, I was so tired I knew I won't accomplish anything important. So I stopped at the mall and did some early Christmas shopping. I can't stand the crowds and gift-buying frenzy and my family members have agreed a long time ago to buy only small practical (but still fun whenever possible) gifts. All of us have so many useless trinkets already! So I already bought some things online and last night purchased several tubes of body cream and this gorgeous robe for my sister (oooh, it's so soft -- I bought one several years ago and absolutely love it). Hmmm... maybe I need a new one??? What do you think?
- Maybe not. I bought two pairs of shoes!!! Stylish and comfortable! Wearing one pair today and love it!
Monday, November 06, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Repress those vapours which the head invade
And keeps that palace of the soul serene."
--Edmund Waller, Of Tea
Enjoying a cup of fragrant Lady Grey while contemplating a long to-do list:
Paper #1 Paper #2
- Paper #3 (in progress)
- Paper #4 (in progress)
Advisory Committee notes and agenda (in progress) Learning Outcomes rubric
- Stats Homework (another 20+ pages)
- Conference Paper (in progress)
Teaching preps Laundry
- Grocery shopping
- House cleaning
- Grabbing a novel and sunning on the deck for an hour?
What are you doing today?
bold = things I’ve done
01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea - from the shore
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe -- does traveling in Europe with a backpack count?
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing -- does climbing rocks over the waterfall count?
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert” -- does a pre-taped five-minute interview count?
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark -- does taking one bite count?
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language well enough to have a decent conversation
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country -- does a narrow canal trip count?
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over -- but have done it more than once for a job
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari -- does artificial safari count?
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents -- well, 4 out of 7
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
132. Touched a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life -- well, saved one person from a very serious injury
Thursday, November 02, 2006
What did I do? Went back to work, hoping s/he will go away. After about five minutes, s/he did. I think I might have been mistaken for somebody else. Or maybe I just attract weirdos? Anyway, I had to stop working and write this post. See what happens when people interrupt me???
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
One of the local families invited us to dinner and we discussed a potential project -- collecting recipes, publishing a cookbook, and donating all profits to the loan fund. Today, I received a CD with all necessary information and need to start working on that project.
Did anyone publish a cookbook before? I would appreciate any ideas and/or advice.
Monday, October 30, 2006
- Graded papers (yeah, they never stop coming)
- Wrote a paper for class
- Figured out a data collection plan and started coding some data
- Read a stack of articles that I may be able to use for my research paper
- Jotted down notes for another course assignment (due next week but I need to think about it)
- Did a lot of other "things" that are necessary but do take sooooooo much time
Goals for this week:
- Finish coding data
- Analyze data
- Write the paper using information collected so far -- so my advisor can edit and offer suggestions (or tell me to throw it away and start over -- just kidding, shouldn't be that bad)
- Write two course papers (one is almost done; thinking about the other one)
- Read several articles and write an article critique
- Read several book chapters
- Start working on Evil Stats Homework #3 (will get my midterm exam back today and don't want to see the grade)
- Course preps and teaching, of course (yeah, life goes on -- students are waiting)
Friday, October 27, 2006
My program requires a first-author article before the comps. Although I still have just over a year of coursework, I would rather take care of that requirement early and now feels like a good time. I helped my advisor a little (coding data, writing an abstract, and light editing to reduce the number of words) with an article for a conference we attended together and then wrote a short book chapter (it needed heavy editing but it was a great learning experience). My advisor provided lots of great feedback so I am ready to write an article, I think, especially since it's related to what we have doing before, thus providing an extra "crutch."
I planned to start yesterday but, with all that moving excitement and back-breaking labor of putting my office together, I only had time to think about this project. Actually, it gave me a chance to develop a mental outline.
This morning, ideas are flowing and my fingers are flying... Wow, feels good!
Thursday, October 26, 2006
But!!! I have more space now (once I sort everything out) and a WINDOW! Yeah!!! :) And somebody else had to pack and drag stuff across the building. I am grateful, really and truly!
Now, let me tell you about that music... I rarely listen to anything on the way to my 8:00 a.m. class -- too early. This morning, I popped a favorite CD in and listened for a few minutes; then decided to take it with me. How strange is that? Anyway, so my favorite music is playing and I am ready to tackle the "great unearthing of my office junk."
CD? Probably won't be of interest to most of you but here it is: On My Knees by Jaci Velasquez.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
Several of us talked after class and agreed that the main cause of problems described above is instructor's delegation of duties. She relies on her TAs to create and grade assignments, thus allowing people with minimum teaching experience introduce all kinds of problems, especially since they are not the ones teaching the course. Language is another problem. For example, English is not my native language but I lived in the USA long enough to overcome the language barrier. The person who wrote the test barely functions in English. You tell me how this deficiency can affect the wording of test questions. No, I am not prejudiced against foreign students; just being realistic.
Anyway, I was tempted to just bang my head on the desk and leave. I did not. Instead, I did my best to answer the questions. I hope I passed. If not, I will think about it tomorrow. Too tired tonight.
Good morning all,
The Tiny Town Masonic lodge is having a butt smoking as a fund raiser for the lodge. Whole butts can be picked up on Sat Nov 11 at the lodge from 10:00 – 1:00. The cost is 425. If you would like to purchase a ticket for a butt, just reply to this email and I will come by and make the arrangements with you.
A few minutes later...
Sorry, the cost is $25 for Boston butts.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
It's a math course and I do my best to randomize problems assigned to each student, so they can't "share" answers. However, I am not aware of an effective way to prevent "outsiders" from helping students. Any ideas?
And, yet, I am feeling kinda blue... So I made a pot of fresh coffee and crawled back under the covers with my laptop. Hey, I am working -- just taking a quick break. :)
Update: After a late lunch at the local cafe and brief shopping expedition with a friend as well as "girl talk," I am feeling much better. :)
Friday, October 20, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
As I was writing the entry above, another older woman came in, complaining about one of our instructors and asking me to teach that course as an independent study even though there are two sections available next semester! No way! I tried being as diplomatic as possible but firmly declined.
What is going on today???
Hmmm... Really, what's with all these older women today? Another came in a few minutes ago, upset that she did not receive any feedback from me. When I asked her if she checks her email, she sheepishly replied: "Um, no. I never check my email." Well, one mystery solved.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Well, it's about time I stopped and did something nice for myself...
- After my last class today, I went to the local Fresh Market store and picked up some goodies; wish there was one closer to Tiny Town -- this one is kind of out of my way so I rarely shop there.
- Made a great salad for dinner:
French Chicken Salad
2 cups fresh green beans (1/2 lb)
4 cups stock or water, seasoned with salt, pepper, onion, and celery
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3/4 lb)
4 cups baby greens
1/3 cup raspberry vinaigrette
1/2 pint raspberries
Parmesan (or blue) cheese, grated
salt and black pepper, to taste
Blanch beans in water or stock for 4-6 minutes or until just tender. Set aside and while chicken is poaching, trim ends diagonally and cut beans in 2-inch diagonal pieces. Poach (slow simmer) chicken in water or stock for 8-10 minutes or until barely pink inside. Put in refrigerator, if not serving within 30 minutes. Bring to room temperature or warm briefly in microwave before serving.
Wash and dry greens. Put in large salad bowl. Toss greens with 2 tablespoons vinaigrette. Toss beans with 1 tablespoon vinaigrette and arrange over greens. Thinly slice chicken and arrange over beans. Sprinkle raspberries over salad. Pour remaining dressing over all. Season with cheese, salt, and pepper. Enjoy! :)
- Enjoyed a cup of Blue Mountain coffee (my favorite -- fell in love with this java in Ocho Rios, Jamaica) while watching a movie for a while (another favorite -- Serendipity).
- Definitely felt rejuvinated after this nice treatment -- yeah, lived on frozen dinners for the past several weeks and that stuff gets old fast.
- Got some work done -- can't believe, actually; I was sooooo tired this afternoon, I thought I would barely make it home.
- Now better get some sleep -- two more days to go and this commodity was in high demand for the past several weeks, too.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
One of those prisoner vans broke down so, instead of leading the wrecker to the turnabout just approximately 100 feet ahead, the police officer turned on his lights and lead the truck against the traffic to the turnabout approximately half a mile back! Behind all the cars slowing down for this clown to complete his performance! The speed limit on this highway is 65 so how stupid is that??? Oh, yeah -- there are emergency situations; this was definitely NOT!
Friday, October 13, 2006
Update: Other than a lingering headache (for which I am sipping some cold Coke), I am feeling much better. Alas, didn't get as much done as I had originally planned...
As a result, things are not getting done. So far, I
- balanced my checking account and took care of the monthly financial checklist -- just to make my spending habits remain normal and I don't run out of money; I want to pay off student loans as soon as possible;
- checked email and responded to important messages;
- read two chapters in a textbook.
Alas, that's all -- and it's already past 1:00 p.m. Sighing...
I need to
twoone paper s, one of them is likely to be time-consuming; edit another paper other group members are drafting now (I wrote the paper last time and so it's their turn); based on my previous experience, it will be very heavy editing;
- finish discussions for
twoone classe s; update grades -- again!
- finish coding I have been doing for several months now;
- find relevant quotes for the paper my advisor and I are working on;
take care of several miscellaneous items.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Subject: (Order ID: 37679041 Is Being Processed)
There will be a ZIP file attached to the email, which would have contained an executable virus file. Attachment: 37679041.zip
Monday, October 09, 2006
First, I was a recipient of maybe innocent or maybe charged compliment this morning. I have this student in my MW morning class who apparently developed a puppy-love affection for me (um, he is like maybe 19-20; I am in my 30s and, MOST important I am a teacher and do NOT get involved with students). I have noticed him gazing at me and usually try to stay away from him so not to encourage any inappropriate behavior. This morning, he approached my desk while students were working on a brief individual activity and I was taking attendance and loudly complimented me on my outfit. I was shocked, of course, but responded in a business-like tone, very briefly thanking him and then immediately asking if he finished the activity; since his response was negative, I told him to go back to his seat and finish the activity. Needless to say, the rest of the class discreetly watched in stunned silence. Ever happened to you? Do you think I handled the poor guy properly? What else can I do w/out blowing this thing out of proportion? I think I will pretend nothing happened and hope he stays away or finds a girl of his own age and status.
Second, received several e-harmony matches tonight. None of them interested me for a variety of reasons. One did make me question e-harmony process -- it was for a cattle manager who can't live w/out country life, sleeping, and steak. Eeeeew! Definitely not interested!
Sunday, October 08, 2006
I keep getting an annoying "reached the limit" warning and don't have enough patience to sit there and click for hours.
Saturday, October 07, 2006
It was great to sleep in this morning after getting minimal rest time for the past several weeks, enjoy a cup of coffee, watch cartoons (oh, haven't done that in so long and I guess there is still a child in me, buried under adult responsibilities and expectations), and think about upcoming projects and ideas. Too often, I find myself just "producing," w/out enjoying the process. There is one project that I am very excited about and might share some details as they form. For now, enjoy your weekend! :)
Thursday, October 05, 2006
It doesn't hurt to take a hard look at yourself from time to time, and this should help get you started.
During a visit to a mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director what the criterion was which defined whether or not a patient should be institutionalized.
"Well," said the Director, "we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub."
"Oh, I understand," said the visitor. "A normal person would use the bucket because it's bigger than the spoon or the teacup."
"No." said the Director, "A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?"
DID YOU PASS THE TEST, OR DO YOU WANT THE BED NEXT TO MINE? :)
Now I am itching to play with it but have to teach a class first. It's a keyboarding class, though, so my job is to spend a lot of time during the first week of classes to make sure students learn all appropriate techniques; after that, I am just monitoring and correcting if necessary. Because I don't like looming behind my students' backs and make them nervous, I usually find a strategic point where I can see most students and discreetly observe them. From time to time, I do walk around and make sure everybody is doing fine. Keyboarding Pro is a very nice program and requires minimal instructional efforts, so it's better not to interfere too much.
Of course, I will actively teach again in two weeks once we start formatting business documents. Usually, I model basic skills, answer questions, and then observe students and correct when necessary. This approach seems to be working for most of my students. One of my colleagues talks the entire class time and students hate that -- why would you want to do every... single... exercise... in a book as a class? One example is fine, just to give them a taste. Then off to hands on practice and discovering just how that stuff works. And I don't like doing things for students. If they have a question, I ask questions, too, gently guiding them to a solution. I maintain "hands off keyboard" policy whenever possible.
Anybody else teaching Keyboarding? I would love to hear about your approaches.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
I am not impressed by his screaming episodes but he is definitely a very talented singer. Enjoy! :)
Monday, October 02, 2006
- One of my business mathematics students finally decided to buy a calculator (at least I hope I convinced him this morning) -- after trying to follow complex calculations by working out every problem on paper. Didn't I tell you to purchase a calculator like several weeks ago?
- A female student almost knocked me off my feet this morning as she rushed through, on the wrong side, as I just opened that door, balancing a stack of books and notes. Apologies? Nope! Ah, what happened to good manners?
- My writing project from yesterday? Moving at a snail's pace, mostly because my knowledge of the topic is rather limited and you can't write unless you know what you're writing about; so more digging through papers, hopefully finishing tomorrow. My advisor is so patient with me... I feel like I am letting her down by not finishing on time but she also knows my mad struggle to balance work and school so I think she understands... I am so lucky to have her for the "terminal degree ride..."
- Two classes taught, one class attended (click here; no, click there; now let's switch to slides; no, no -- let's go back; what???) -- yeah, that's my stats course... :(
- Found a tutor for the stats course -- hopefully, we will meet on Thursday and random bits and pieces will start forming a coherent picture. Everybody keeps telling me that just passing the course is enough but... I always had a 4.0 average and can't accept substandard work... it's a slippery slope, in my opinion, and I will do my best to maintain reasonable standards... if nobody cares, I do care. Am I crazy???
- Oh, well -- break is over. Have to write a short paper tonight that's due by 8:00 a.m. tomorrow so the clock is ticking...
Saturday, September 30, 2006
I guess the highlight of the day was my meeting with online students. This semester, I decided to invite students from my three online courses to the informal get-together so they would meet each other and discuss problems/offer suggestions before midterm. Overall, the meeting was a success -- we enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies (well, they enjoyed -- I stayed away from any tempting "goodies") and discussed possible improvements to all three courses; also, some students had individual questions and we were able to resolve some issues. And I connected more faces and names! :)
Then I came home and decided that my car definitely needed to be washed -- all those bugs, yuck... Well, those nasty things would not come off! So I sprayed on some "bug-off" solution. Oops, huge mistake! Now I had bugs AND white yucky stuff. I think I was able to get the stuff off w/out damaging paint; I sure hope so. I was furious but also felt stupid for not testing on a small section first.
Didn't have time for a pity-party, though -- too much to do. Grading, posting discussions for my own courses, writing a paper, looking for relevant articles, etc. Now one more thing to accomplish -- have to read through a pile of articles and make notes so I can write tomorrow; planned to write today but too tired now for composing anything coherent.
Tomorrow, I have to do the following:
- Write two papers (one is critical because another person has to proofread it before the deadline and I really should have written it tonight)
- Finish homework for my stats course
- Finish discussion postings for two classes
- Read some articles as well as book chapters for the next week
- Do laundry
- Take care of my poor neglected kitties -- refill litter, water, and food; maybe even play with them for a few minutes?
- Would be nice to get some sleep -- the goal is to get things done before midnight tomorrow, so no sleeping in tomorrow morning.
Friday, September 29, 2006
And another question: "I do not mean to be personal or nosy but just wondering as to how do you manage to be a full time student and a full time employee at CC at the same time?" Honestly, don't know. Motivation? See above. :)
So I made a latte and decided to gather some articles for a lit review. Oh, it's so nice to move at a normal pace, instead of my usual rush-rush-rush...
Anyway, let me switch to a different topic... I attended a meeting yesterday afternoon, 4:30 to 5:30, with two guys from another department. And that meeting really irritated me -- please note that I am a very patient person. Our agenda was almost two pages long and contained stuff like (1) Welcome -- Chair, (2) Overview of Past Deliberations, etc. And we proceeded to have a ten-minute welcome, word-by-word reading of past deliberations, etc. It might have been fine for a new committee but we met a gazillion times last year and already knew exactly what had to be done. Come on, it's Thursday afternoon and everybody is tired; let's just make necessary changes and leave. I had enough when the new chair suggested we rewrite everything we already had. Are you kidding??? That's where my aggressive side kicked in, fueled by physical and emotional exhaustion, and I firmly "put my foot down." And it worked -- we wrapped up our "deliberations" in 15 minutes and the chair even looked pleased, apparently convinced it was his idea; oh, I don't care -- just want to go home. Come on, people, pompous phrases are totally unnecessary -- just state the important stuff and go do something else. I guess I won -- this time! :)
Thursday, September 28, 2006
And here I am, working on a Ph.D. and dreaming of another job. Aaaaah, Community College is a great place to work but (1) pay is rather low and (2) I can't see myself spending the rest of my life in Small Town. I will definitely miss the generosity and support of my dept chair; she rocks!
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
- Surprisingly, woke up early, feeling refreshed -- went to bed late and totally exhausted.
- Somehow wasted time getting ready and then had to rush out the door.
- Taught 8:00 a.m. class. Fun stuff today -- simple interest, looking for car loans, comparing cars, etc. Students seemed to enjoy activities and I didn't see any glazed expressions, so that's good news.
- Drove to the University City and, guess what, found a prime parking spot! Way cool!
- Taught a class -- another success story! Students were actively engaged and seemed to be really enjoying the projects we completed today.
- Found a quiet spot and worked on my stats homework. This course is driving me nuts! I read the book and go over the notes; sections make sense but I can't seem to "get" the whole picture. It's just soooooo meaningless! Remember "But it doesn't mean anything!" complaint from The Sound of Music? That's how I feel!
- Went to see my stats instructor and was glad to hear that I did get several problems right. Well, hard work pays off but it's so frustrating and takes soooooo much time.
- Drove home with a top down -- nice and cool (but not cold).
- Made a tuna stir fry for dinner -- yum!
- Now will try to work for a few hours -- until I fall asleep, I guess...
- Have a great Thursday, everybody! :)
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Did it ever happen to you? What did you do? I have to admit meak acceptance since I really had no choice. :(
Thursday, September 14, 2006
2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.
3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.
4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.
5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.
6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.
7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen.
8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't even have the first 20 or 30 years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.
10. You get up in the morning and go online [and read favorite blogs] before getting your coffee.
11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )
12. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.
13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.
14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.
15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list.
AND NOW U R LAUGHING at yourself.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
It has been a hard week so far -- tons of work, a good portion of it boring and totally useless; only a few hours of sleep; and, of course, another dating fiasco. I showed the profile to one of my friends and received a confirmation that my reaction was, indeed, valid; I was not just being rude or too proud or whatever.
I will hit the road tomorrow afternoon and won't get back until the following Sunday, so more work and less sleep ahead.
Break is over -- back to work...
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Free of charge are:
- the first check-up and the first aid;
- determination of correct feeding according to the methods of the American nature path Dr D’Adamo;
- choose of diet for the restaurant ******.
Where I am going may be disclosed later -- have to discuss it with my companions and make sure they want me to blog about it here! ;)
Update: I am going to Russia -- haven't been back for 14 years so I don't really know what to expect now, as US citizen and really more American than Russian.
Monday, September 11, 2006
Well, better catch some dreams -- didn't get much sleep last night, taught an 8:00 a.m. class, and have another 8:00 a.m. tomorrow. Yawning....
Sunday, September 10, 2006
The weather is not helping -- it's gray and gloomy, raining from time to time... A great weather for spending a day curled up in a favorite chair with a good book. Alas, can't afford doing that... On days like this, when I would rather do something fun and not worry about school stuff, I question my sanity about pursuing a Ph.D. However, I am quickly reminded of the reason when I think about spending the rest of my life in our Sleepy Town (um, officially City). No way! I can do it and get out!