Archive for December, 2005

Still here

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

I’ve started, and dropped, a few posts over the last few days. Christmas went by in a blur of sleep deprivation and sickly child slowly improving. Thank goodness for washing machines and afternoon naps (mine, in the latter case, was a lifesaver)! Now my Christmas decorations are all boxed up for another year and I’m […]

Happy Holidays

Saturday, December 24th, 2005

Wishing you all a joyful season!
Blogging will be light over the next week but I expect everyone’s going to be too busy to miss me. I’ll post new photos to Flickr as the opportunity presents itself but otherwise I’ll be back at things here sometime before New Year’s!

Impossible dreams

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

Like having no marking over the Christmas break — I knew that was impossible from the get-go, but I’d hoped to get more done.
That hope fell apart when youngest was up most of the night with a violently upset stomach. She’s better now but the day’s plans were shot. I’ll just keep poking away […]

Nearly four thousand marked

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

The total fell a bit short with three thousand, seven hundred and eleven pages of student work assessed before the final exams. (I’m not waiting around to count the few assignments that came in woefully late or are pending via incompletes.)
Honestly, the number is staggering which helps to justify the exercise of logging page counts. […]

Another winner

Sunday, December 18th, 2005

Bought some tickets at eldest’s Yuletide Tea and one netted us the “Cookies and Candy” gift basket. Let’s just say that I have two very happy girls.
In marking news: two sets of final essays down, one to go (let’s not even talk about those pesky piles of exams).

Typepad Teething Pains

Friday, December 16th, 2005

I’ve long been a fan of the services bundled together under SixApart. This blog used to run under Movable Type until I had to switch Wordpress (MT wouldn’t work on my new host’s Windows servers). When they acquired Livejournal, I watched with some trepidation, but was impressed to see that they didn’t wrench that freewheeling […]

Teaching Carnival

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

Teaching Carnival IV is up and running thanks to the indefatigable New Kid on the Block. It’s a delicious compilation of dozens of great posts.
Sadly, I’m going to be virtuous and postpone my detailed reading for later after the latest batch of marking is completed.
But I’m putting everyone on notice that I’ll be hosting Teaching […]

Damnable Distractions

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

So, my last course outline for the January term is complete. (Memo to self: email the graduate students their copies so that they can get a headstart on their readings.) Even when I’ve taught the course before (as in one case), it’s a fair bit of work because they’re always seismic shifts in the schedule […]

St. Lucia

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

Today’s Saint Lucia’s Day, a holiday beloved in the Scandinavian tradition. Since my mother was Norwegian and my father had been raised in a Norwegian-dominated town, we really absorbed the story.
What I didn’t realize until I was in graduate school was how widespread and diverse were the celebrations of Saint Lucia. Obviously, in Italy, she’s […]

Not so sickie

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

Got a phone message at the office from eldest’s school. Her stomach was upset and she’d had an accidental collision with another student that had twisted her glasses. Could I come and get her?
As soon as Mike came by with the car I did just that. Her stomach seems to have settled since, at least […]