Archive for November, 2005

Of time and tables

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

Today was timetabling day. We’ve made our wish lists, checked them twice, chucked them at the overworked secretary to accomodate and at noon we looked at the results. Not too shabby.
This is the first time we did a cooperative timetabling effort. Previously, the timetable had been magically constructed by the chair and secretary (or, in […]


Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

I have six and a half hours of class meetings to work through until the term is finished. I blew off an hour and a half this afternoon when I was simply too overwhelmed with nonstop marking (still not out of the woods there and the Western Civ essays come in on Thursday) and student […]

Full Circle

Monday, November 28th, 2005

My half-year senior seminar on early medieval chronicles is coming to an end. We’ll have one more class meeting with a hodgepodge of readings — the final book of Bede’s Ecclesiastical History, an excerpt from the Life of Alfred and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle for Alfred’s reign (871-901). It may seem haphazard, but those items have […]

Why Shopping Sucks

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Oh my goodness. If I don’t have to go to a shopping mall again until after Christmas, I could be quite content.
I had to take the girls out today, after school, in search of the elusive snowpants sized to fit big girls. And other unmentionables. And maybe a new parka, since youngest took out the […]


Sunday, November 27th, 2005

It’s one of the unsung qualities of academia as well as parenthood, isn’t it? I’ve been busy the last few days — nothing extraordinary — but I realize that I’m just trying to hang on through early December.
Classes will end. The last torrent of assignments will trickle off (excepting for exams on the tenth and […]

R.I.P. Smelly Thing

Thursday, November 24th, 2005

Previously, at this abode, Smelly Thing, a small plastic clothes rack wrapped in a hair elastic, much beloved of youngest, was lost. Happily, Smelly Thing was soon found in the bowels of the couch during my weekly vacuuming. And Smelly Thing acquired a long yarn string so as to be worn as a necklace and […]

Chilling Down

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

It’s fifteen below (Celsius) outside and I’ve already walked youngest to school as well as taken the two dogs out for their walk. I have a big pile of marking to work through (what else is new for a Wednesday?) and an abstract to whip up for a really neat conference that’s a bit outside […]

The Virtual Evaluation

Monday, November 21st, 2005

Checked my big envelopes of course evaluations this morning. The one for the largest class was suspiciously light and, yup, I looked in and it’s empty.
Oh, boy. Now I have to waste time tracking down those forms so that my students can evaluate my teaching and the course.
And I’ll be happy to share a copy […]

Tidy Time

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

I’ve been on a cleaning streak this weekend. Youngest’s bedroom is now pretty well cleared up. We’ll see how long that lasts but there’s nearly nothing out on the floor — just her play castle and her Playmobil ambulance centre. We worked hard, sorting out toys for charity, broken or wornout items for the trash […]

New Toy

Friday, November 18th, 2005

This week I received a new toy. I call it “not an iPod” in that I have to explain to anyone whom I show it that it is a digital music player but it is not an iPod.
It’s a Samsung YP-MT6 with 1GB of memory (holding a fair chunk of my music collection at once). […]