Archive for August, 2006

No More Pretend

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

It’s back to school for all of us next week. I had a whack of meetings today that pretty well ate up the day and have left me with a long to-do list. Tomorrow there are more meetings and graduate program wrangling to accomplish. The girls have all of their school supplies, I have all […]

Fandom Boomerang

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

Eldest went off on a sleepover and, phoning to say goodnight, blithely informed us that she was in the middle of a Buffy marathon.
Cue my mild surprise. BtVS has got to be one of the few fannish TV shows we’ve never watched (the timing was wrong, with the series debuting during those years we were […]

Boundaries and Behaviours

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

Over at 1B* Reignited, I ran across an interesting conversation on socializing, respect and favouritism between students and professors. Combine this with a revival of the perennial how do we let students address us/how do we address students debate linked from Pharyngula and there’s some interesting overlap.
Basically, some people see any attempt to set boundaries […]

Booking Up

Friday, August 25th, 2006

My calendar is overflowing for next week. Not coincidentally, that is the week before classes begin. So far I have five meetings on two days and I know there will be a few more requests lobbed my way before Monday. Such is the academic life — we all go our ways for so much of […]


Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

Why, when I’ve acknowledged since midmorning there’s a dull ache at the juncture between neck and skull, did it take me until almost eight at night to go take some ibuprofen?

When in Rome

Monday, August 21st, 2006

We’re rewatching the HBO series, Rome, now that it’s out on DVD. There’s only enough time in the evening, after the girls have gone to bed, to watch an episode or two but, oh!, it’s grand! Sometimes it’s more soap opera than history and the characters can be drawn a bit too broadly, but […]


Sunday, August 20th, 2006

Yesterday evening, youngest was tearful. Literally. She didn’t know why, but she cried for about an hour, speaking in a mournful voice, crumpling her Kleenex. I did my best to distract her and cheer her up, phoning up my family for her to talk to, pulling out the baby photos for her to chortle over, […]

Sleep Good

Friday, August 18th, 2006

Neither girl slept well last night. I was up until nearly 1:30 making sure I finally got the two of them settled.
Youngest was nervous, restless and distressed. It seems to be a newly risen fear of dying. We’re doing our best to reassure her, but only the night will tell.
Eldest was roused by youngest, then […]

Good Enough

Thursday, August 17th, 2006

Western Civ’s WebCT material is updated. The calendar’s entered. The assignments are ready. The help section’s updated with new and improved FAQs. The conditional release dates on the Powerpoint slides are all specified (though I will go back through all of those one more time to make sure I’m happy with them and to eliminate […]

Early Bird

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

So, I have to admit to myself that I’m as finished as I can be with the senior seminar course manual. I have 48 seminar presentation topics which should suffice for the, *gulp*, 38 students enrolled.
So now I have to knuckle down to updating and entering material for each course in WebCT. That means reviewing […]