Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

I snuck away for a minute while babies are engrossed in Grandma's player piano & a video and daddy is installing a new light fixture in the currently almost done being remodeled guest bedroom. :) Hah ha! I don't have long though.

I hope you and yours have a happy new year. For those of you coming to the PJ party tonight (it starts at 6 by the way. And PJs are optional-- you can wear other clothes, not optional like no clothes) we'll see you later. :)


Monday, December 29, 2008

On the Road Again

We're about to leave for a week in Texas. We'll see family & friends that are almost family. We're going to the zoo tomorrow (most likely tomorrow is the best day). The kiddos are very excited about that.

We'll have Internet access while there, (we're staying at the Mother-in-law's place) but I don't know what all I'll be up to writing. Anyways. Have a happy New Year (if I don't blog before then!)

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Accounting!! and Facebook!! And Bears!!! Oh My!!!

Can you believe Andrew actually has me doing ACCOUNTING for him?!? It's a really easy online program for our Real Estate stuff, but I can't believe I, Literature Guru, am doing Math. PFFFT. Blech. Ick.

I'm also searching for peoples I knows on Facebook. So I don't look so pathetic to be all students (not that there's anything wrong with students, but I want actual friends on there, too.) So if you have a facebook account and haven't told me about it, let me know. I'm on there as my Real Name so "friend me," or let me know who you are.

*Not to mention Lots Of Exclamation Points, apparently!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Addiction #5

Okay, by the way, I am totally addicted to this damn gum. The blue kind, which is pepperminty.

I need about twenty pieces a day. I saw a blog post that compared it to cigarettes-- the packaging, the pulling out of a piece in an awkward moment... and I agree. Good job creating a need, Wrigley's. Hopefully, it won't prove to be as bad for me as smokes.

My Break

After this crazy-busy semester, I keep feeling like I should be doing something. Surely there are papers I should be grading, somewhere. Just doing nothing on the weekend, minus the guilt, is weird. It's kind of a similar feeling to the years of "should I be writing on my dissertation?" that I'm also still not completely over. (Mostly over it. It just changed to "shouldn't I be revising my dissertation into a scholarly book?")

Anyway. We're not leaving for Texas until Monday, so we have a weekend at home with kiddos. Watching El Perro y el Gato on HBO. The kiddos LOVE it. I don't know if they're learning anything, but it certainly will help them understand Spanglish better, if not actual Spanish. I love how they show Texas. Anyone who hasn't been there surely thinks it's all desert & cowboy shops. (It's NOT.)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Maia & Mommy both try out new presents

The piano thingy is for Sean, technically. And mommy is trying out our new Flip Mino. Let's see how well it works. :)

Sean Meets Santa

cutest fast food ever
Last night we went to Chick Fil A (the babies favorite fast food, and one of the few places we go like that). Guess who stopped in? Sean, who would not go near Santa during the photo shoot, was happy. He grabbed Santa's hand and tried to pull him around. It's adorable. Thank goodness for camera phones!!

Friday, December 19, 2008


My contact lenses are all wonked up because I ran out of one eye and am wearing two left eyes. I know. They're really close, but my right eye has astigmatism. So it's just a hair off. And when I first did it, I didn't realize what happened; I had one more box of Rights than Lefts and then I was out. And my prescription is expired so I can't get new ones right now to fix it without an appointment with an optometrist, which is SUCH a racket. My eyes haven't changed in 20 years but every year I have to see a doctor. PFFFFHHHT!.

Anyway. It's making me crabby. And a little cross eyed when I try to read. Especially squinty blog text.

Now, off to Indian food. MMMmmmmm.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I worship Johnny Cash.

Isn't this awesome?

These pictures of babies w/ Santa have been bought & paid for, so I figure the steal is okay. Sean would have nothing to do with Santa. Maia was convinced. I love the picture of Sean wanting the present, but still as far away from the bearded buy as he could get. :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


I don't know if there are any rock songs that are greater and more awesomest than "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen.

Seriously. Don't even think of disputing me on this.


So I'm off school right now. And, another adjunct called this morning and said with budget cuts, adjuncts could be laid off. You know, yeah, that makes sense. Cut the people who teach the most and get paid the least. Don't cut admin or something. So that's fun news. I suspect the "budget cuts" are related to NEXT school year-- I think the money and courses are already there for this coming semester, but I could be wrong. I have been before!

Anyway. Andrew's car is sorta broken so he took our main family car today and I'm stuck at home. I'm doing laundry & working & right now, Office Space is on the TV.  I'm also using a new web browser cause I hear that Explorer has a ton of huge new vulnerabilities without patches, and when I downloaded I-Tunes a month or so ago, I got Safari, so I figured I'd try it out.  So far, a few annoying differences, but we'll see what happens.  

Now, I need to go get some coffee.  Boring post, dull day.  YAY!

Saturday, December 13, 2008


This is just to bump my daydreams blog to the top of my list of blogs. Now that I've created all the student blogs I have to look for the most recent one!! :)

Coming Soon

For the January= Spring Semester, my classes are all going to be required to blog entries about the literature we're reading. Other things, too, since I'm going to be teaching a "how to be a college student" class.

What does that mean for you, gentle readers (if there are any of you out there...)?

I'm going even MORE public. This blog will be totally an extension of my work life, my teaching persona. I doubt a lot will change. I'll probably try to control most of my whining. If you're just dying to see me in a less public way and don't know my myspace persona, let me know & I can send you there, but I don't blog there much anymore, either. Perhaps I will do more now that I'm mmore out of the virtual closet.

It also means a student or two might show up on this blog to comment, since they'll be able to see it in the dashboard. Just a heads up. You don't have to behave any differently, really. It's all good in the hood.

Friday, December 5, 2008

And How Was Your Day?

I did something today that I haven't done in 10 years of teaching. I forgot about a class! I was almost 10 minutes late to the very last class of my comp students in the afternoon. I WAS working; I was hanging around on campus, actually waiting to go to that class, but I was grading portfolios for one of the OTHER classes, and I just lost track of the time & place. It was really embarassing. They were waiting around for their final exam prompt, (the exam is Monday) and one very good student came to my office and said "um, is class cancelled?"


I rushed over, did the whole "here's your test" thing and that was it. Not too big of a deal, but man, this semester I have been flakier than normal. It's mostly because I am way busy, and sometimes a little too busy. But I AM getting everything done, at least.

Anyway. I'm dog tired right now and Andrew is not yet back from his soccer game. We chose to NOT go with him tonight because of previous "dog tired" ness.

Anyway. Things are fine. But I can't WAIT til bedtime.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

In Grading Jail.............

but not even that fashionable
will surface sometime mid-next-week. ACK this semester has been a doozy!! I'm ALMOST done grading the 70ish research papers. NOW I have to start grading the 100ish portfolio/reading journals. Then I'll have final exams to grade.

Monday, December 1, 2008


I interrupt your day for a whiney rant. :)

Dang my office is chilly today. I'm not right on the outside wall so usually I'm a little warmer than the folks who have a window office... but today, I can barely stand to be in here! I'm glad my office hours are almost over.

Now you may return to your own day.