Archive for April, 2007

More Purging

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Two giant garbage bags full of clothes for donation (there’s a pick-up in our neighbourhood on Tuesday). One blue box full of unwanted childhood art and memorabilia. Bit by bit, we’re clearing out stuff we don’t need so that the move in July won’t be so painful.
Okay, I know it will still be painful. But […]

Cunning Plan

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

So, in my bid to cut down on piles of paper before we move, I’m following through on a vague promise to eldest: we began scrapbooking today. This way we’re able to winnow down the immense pile of art and school photos dating back to 1999 (and maybe even some preschool materials!) as well as […]

Term’s Over

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

I finished my marking at 1:30 today. Hooray! Now I just have to shepherd my senior project student through his final editing and write up my annual report, then we can close the book on 2006-7.
And I might even have a graduate student or two working in my subject area next year. Knock me over […]

Earworms While Marking

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Even though I usually fire up my music while marking, today I still ended up with an irrational earworm that’s been buzzing in my head the last few hours. I have no idea why this song is stuck in my head, all I can say is that it’s a testament to my eclectic upbringing since […]

Thinking About Course Preps

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

A few weeks ago, when we discussed juggling preps Horace asked a very good question:
If you could start over again, what might you do to develop your archive of courses in a logical and ordered way?

Now, this is particularly useful, given that our department is all about curriculum reform. We have an idiosyncratic system […]

One to go

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Posted marks for one class this afternoon. Now I just have to finish the exams for the other.
Then it’s time to pick out books for my three fall classes (book orders are due May 15)! Yes, now I’m considering book adoptions for three classes. There’s a second year late medieval survey (circa 100-1450s), a British […]

Notes from Grading Jail

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Students include illustrations in inverse proportion to their applicability
The longer the block quote, the less germane it will be
Spell check is not your friend when it comes to homonyms
Misspelling the instructor’s name is never a good sign
Why, oh why!, did I assign so much writing to be marked?

Meditation XVII

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

Nunc Lento Sonitu Dicunt, Morieris
No man is an Iland, intire of itselfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Manor of thy friends or […]


Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

Sorry for the blog silence, but real life has kept us hopping, here at the Abode. Or what will soon be the ex-abode as we’ve sold our house and bought a new house with a move-in date for mid-summer. All the above was accomplished within four days and our heads are still a-whirl. Let […]

Snow Fair!

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

There is something disheartening about getting a nasty snowfall in the middle of April. Especially when, even in your weather-savvy town, you witness three accidents during your morning drive (the scariest of which was someone who’d wiped out going down the same hill I was and ended with their minivan embedded into the schoolyard fence).