It’s that time of year when we wax schmaltzy. Let it suffice that 2007 has been a very, very good year for me and mine: a new house, steady work, lots of writing output and wonderful times with family. If 2008 is only half so kind, we will be blessed, indeed.
Archive for December, 2007
Today was the first day I ventured off the property since, what, Christmas Eve? Mostly I holed up in the house, entertaining, baking, reading, tidying, gaming, playing Scrabble — the usual lazy holiday feeling. Tried not to watch too much news because, oh!, things never seem to get any better, do they?
Gifts were good and […]
Wishing all the best to you and yours.
Second, almost gigantic class, is completed. Now I just have the exams and final calculations to deal with the senior seminar.
Let me just say that Excel’s automation of grade calculations is one of the best things ever. I ♥ my gradebook formulas!
Gigantic class marking is finished and will be entered into the system tomorrow. The other two classes aren’t quite so challenging, although it will take me all day tomorrow and part of Thursday to complete the exams and tabulate marks in the not-quite-so-giant-sized class of 80-some. Even with Excel auto-calculation, it takes a while to […]
Having marked over 110 essays, there are still nearly 200 finals and almost 80 essays remaining. And final grades to be tabulated (thank you, Excel, for making that one task a little bit easier).
All of this before the end of the week? Gah! No students, I’m not burned out on teaching, simply overburdened. I love […]
‘Cause nothing says it better than xkcd:
Standards for Success
You know, I really don’t see what’s the point of submitting my book orders in October, then phoning in early December to confirm they have been ordered (since all aren’t showing on the shelves yet), only to get an email now noting that one of the books I’d specifically enquired about had, indeed!, not been […]
Once again, it was the United Way luncheon and raffle at our university. And, once again, I won a raffle prize. This makes three years running and when you consider that over 400 staff and faculty attend this lunch, most of them buying raffle tickets?, that’s uncannily fortunate. (No, I don’t have an “in” with […]
Admit it — you secretly harbour a belief that everyone else’s writing just flows perfectly while you’re the only one who stutters and suffers, trying to get a piece of writing whipped into shape. If you feel that way (and I know that I often do!), check out University Affairs. There’s a great short snippet […]