Archive for December, 2007

Auld Lang Syne

Monday, December 31st, 2007

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.


Friday, December 28th, 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 […]

In the Spirit of the Season

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

Wishing all the best to you and yours.

Two Down, One to Go

Friday, December 21st, 2007

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!

One Down, Two to Go

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

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 […]

Still in Grading Jail

Monday, December 17th, 2007

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 […]

Struggles with Technology

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

‘Cause nothing says it better than xkcd:
Standards for Success

Fun With U Bookstores

Friday, December 14th, 2007

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 […]

For the win!

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

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 […]

Look Behind the Curtain

Friday, December 7th, 2007

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 […]