Archive for the 'personal' Category

Job burnout

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

I love teaching. I love research and writing (I vacillate between loving it and hating it, depending on how well my current project is progressing — since I’m just proofreading an article before sending it off for consideration, currently the love is strong). I even love a lot of academic administrative work.
But if I never […]


Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

Three straight days of high humidity have rendered this house and blogger into a moist mass of misery. Can we have a little respite and soon, please?

Score, score and score again

Friday, June 1st, 2007

Not bad for a Friday:

Only about eight hundred more words to write in this article. Then a bit of polishing and, poof!, off to a journal editor for the inevitable rejection for their august consideration.
I figured out my taxes incorrectly and thought I owed a bundle. The government kindly refunded me almost all of my […]

Office Move: Pros and Cons

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

There’s a chance for me to move my office at the university. I’ve been in the same room for sixteen years, now. My file cabinet is sunk into the floor (it was already like that when I was hired). The room has a very limited configuration of space. I am heartily sick of it. But, […]

Home Again

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

We made it all the way from the sunny and historic state back to our house today. (In-laws were under the weather with colds that have dragged on — we didn’t want to burden them with having us in the house!) It was almost 12 straight hours of travel to do this but, oh!, our […]


Thursday, May 10th, 2007

I bought a pair of capri pants today. I really don’t much like the way that capri pants look, cutting off at mid-calf and all that. But we’re heading off on vacation to warm and sunny historic state and I’m loathe to be forced to choose only between shorts and jeans for my wardrobe. So […]

Security Blanket

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

My cellphone is a casualty of early morning rushes — flew out of my purse into the driveway and got left behind. Now the screen is cracked and useless. Tomorrow I will go see if Telus can give me a deal on a new handset if I upgrade my service, which I was planning to […]

Whistle Me Down

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

That’s it. I can’t stand it another minute. I’m packing up my computer and heading home (with a detour by the pet store).
The wind is whistling around my window again. It drives me insane and I still have a small stack of marking to get out of the way before tonight’s class. So adios office. […]

Happiness is. . .

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

a Christmas well-spent with family. The girls were good about waiting for grown-ups to be ready for the morning’s unwrapping and thrilled to all of their presents. Youngest was in heaven over a new manga book, a new game and a bunch of Playmobil. Eldest was enthralled with her own new game, lots of new […]

Wishes for the Season

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

I wish you all a happy holiday season. Our family visitors are safely here. The tree is up and surrounded (overwhelmed!) by presents. There will be no talk of marking until after Boxing Day! I hope you all enjoy as fun and relaxing a holiday as we’re planning.