Archive for September, 2013

Hippo birdy to me

September 22, 2013

I had a very pleasant birthday. Thank you for all the good wishes.

We’ve been having a run of warm weather, and my birthday was no exception. It was a sunny, cheerful day that made us want to open all the windows and go stretch our legs on the lawn. I started the day by going to the pool to swim. I’ve been heading to the pool for a couple of weeks now since the nights have turned cold and that brings the pond’s temperature down rather fast. I had a very nice swim, although there was a group of little kids who came in to splash around in the shallow end for a while, too.

E. and I took the afternoon to play World of Warcraft together, something we haven’t had the time to do very much lately. In the evening, we went out to have dinner and see a movie. We picked a movie called The Mortal Instruments, something we’d seen previews for back in the summer and that looked interesting. It’s late in the movie’s run, so the two of us were the only people in the theatre, which was good, because the movie turned out to be a real turkey. We got to laugh at it and make snarky remarks to each other without worrying about bothering anyone else.

Back at home we played a little more before heading to bed. It was a lovely, relaxing day to spend together with E. I haven’t gotten many of those lately, so I appreciate them when they come.

My first couple weeks of classes have gone well. I’m getting a feel for my classes’ personalities and they’re mostly good. My first Homer class is a little hesitant to talk, but we still manage to have a conversation. The rest of my classes are very well engaged and get into the discussion.

Back to work

September 8, 2013

I had my first classes on Thursday, four in a row.  It makes for a long day, but it does save me from having to make the commute to campus more than twice a week.  I find that it takes two or three days for a new class’s personality to really come through, but so far I’m hopeful about all of my classes.  This semester, for the first time ever, I’m not teaching any World History classes.  That means that all the students in all my classes are there because they chose to be, not because they’re filling a requirement.  That in itself seems to make a huge difference.

The unfortunate thing this semester is that I’m stuck all day long in one room with big awkward tables that are hard to move around.  Since I like to have my classes arrange themselves and sit in a circle, so they can look at and talk to each other, that makes things difficult.  We will deal with it, however.

Farewell to summer

September 3, 2013

E. and I were just up in Maine to spend a few days with my family.  We had some glorious weather.  There was lots of swimming and good food and I even took the old sunfish out for a little sail on the lake.  We picked and ate copious amounts of blackberries and enjoyed cucumbers and tomatoes fresh from the garden.  It was a wonderful couple of days.

Now my summer is about to end.  Tomorrow is my first day back at work.  We have a big department meeting in the afternoon and I have some scanning and photocopying to do as well.  My first classes will be on Thursday.  I’m happy to be getting back into the classroom, but I’ll miss the summertime.  We had a quite summer.  Hardly any travel, and both of us were working a lot.  Still, It was a good summer and I feel refreshed and ready to start again.