Archive for May, 2006


Sunday, May 14th, 2006

It’s Mother’s Day which occasioned lovely remembrances of such from my daughters. (These also do double duty for my birthday.) Eldest presented me with a gorgeous card with pop-up flowers and a personally composed verse. Youngest made a shadowbox and a week’s worth of coupons, laboriously handwritten even though, as she explained that she doesn’t […]

Nose? Grindstone

Friday, May 12th, 2006

Still working diligently on the graduate program self-study. I put in four hours, so far, today, on assembling the list of consultants. Said list (which comprises volume three of the self-study) has to detail eight proposed consultants to review our program. Each consultant candidate has to be comfortably bilingual: capable of working in both French […]

Home Work

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

Today we’ve had plumbers, electricians and general contractors all converge on our house. It’s the great spring renovation: direct to our door. New water shut-off valves are installed (whew!), new siding’s going up and it looks like the electricians don’t want to mess with moving the meter and pipe of wires to it. I’ve never […]

Student Surveys

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

I realize that I promised, some months back, to share with you, here, the end-of-term survey that I use in my own classes. Since my institution administers a standardized evaluation, I avoid their questions. I’m also not so concerned with their emotional reaction to me or what they perceive as my level of knowledge. I’m […]

Don’t Miss It!

Sunday, May 7th, 2006

Today’s Free Comic Book Day. We stocked up, did you?

Changing Gears

Sunday, May 7th, 2006

Okay, we’re now a week into the spring term, or close enough as makes no difference to me. The only people teaching classes are the poor schmucks who want to earn extra money and me, but as I only have two students and they’re quite motivated, I refuse to consider that a burden. (Though I’d […]

In my footsteps

Friday, May 5th, 2006

This morning, ten-year-old eldest used “metaphorical” in casual conversation.
The geeky plan for vocabulary enhancement goes on unabated!

Free Lunch? Yes!

Thursday, May 4th, 2006

And it isn’t even going to be rubber chicken! Yesterday I got a phone call at the office. Seems my business card had been pulled in the monthly draw over at Kelsey’s. I can take Mike out for lunch next week with the free lunch-for-two I won. You can bet I’ll be dropping off […]

Enrichment Anxiety

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

It’s frustrating — eldest comes home from school, mildly discouraged. Other students are being tapped for this and that special activity which we’ve not heard about until that very moment or for which requires a teacher nomination or invitation. I feel as if we’re playing catch-up, and badly at that!
Yesterday’s such depressing announcement was about […]

Stop Anticipating Me!

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

This is what I get for typing a few paragraphs in French: my Word software starts anticipating that and puts those annoying angle brackets in as quotation marks. Umm, no! I’m writing in English, here, but quoting sources in their original language. I had to type a few sentences in English to get it to […]