Archive for September, 2006

A Sufficiency of Seats

Friday, September 8th, 2006

The registrar’s office replied to my quite reasonable request that my senior seminar be moved to a classroom with enough seats in it for everyone. Even me! An embarrassment of riches, no?

Watch Out!

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

Speaking of emails, here’s the subject of the latest to circulate from our public affairs department:
Bear Sightings on Campus / Des ours ont été aperçus sur le campus

How not to start off

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

Is there a manual that circulates amongst students on how to start off the term badly? I’ve had three emails from different students excusing themselves for various reasons from the first week of classes. That’s neither here nor there (though we can rant another time about students expecting professors to “catch them up on what […]

Fifteen Years On

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

I’m starting my fifteenth year of university teaching tomorrow. And, in a serendipitous moment, I ran across my course outlines from year one (Western Civ, Medieval and Early Modern Europe) when I opened my old teaching dossier.
It’s funny how little has changed in how I structure my outlines since then (though I’ve greatly improved […]


Sunday, September 3rd, 2006

Proposed new definition for the word: attempting to shop for a few necessary items on the last shopping day before Labour Day and the start of the school year when intermittent rain and grey clouds have kept people from lounging around in their traditional three-day-weekend activities and instead has seemed to send them all crowding […]


Saturday, September 2nd, 2006

Because every Tudor historian needs a mascot or two! Picked these up at a toy store today while amusing the girls. They’re pretty small but very well made. Check out the other historical figures from Papo. I only wish they had some more famous individuals, I’d collect them all!

Time (Mis)management

Friday, September 1st, 2006

So far this morning I have reorganized youngest’s bookshelves and sorted out a small stack of books she’s too old to enjoy that can be donated to charity. I’ve also read an entire newsmagazine. I’ve even caught up on every blog and website I follow.
Just think what I could have done with being up since […]