kindergarten version chemistry book arrived today
brown sock ripped back to nothing - unexplainable hole appeared and all attempts to rip back to the hole were unsuccessful
family coming this weekend for birthday and holiday time together
Fake Henry came to the back door last night and hollered. When I opened the door, he ran up and over the fence.
finals week for my class - yay! summer break!
enjoying my new daily phrase calendar: Country Sayings
"Butter my butt and call me a biscuit!"
"We've howdied but we ain't shook."
"Keep my name out of your mouth."
looking forward to gathering with the knit crew tonight at The House - new green scarf on the needles, with the wool yarn from Colonial Williamsburg sheep
classic case of externalities: While I've been working in the quiet room the last few days, I have enjoyed listening to my ipod without headphones on shuffle (or listening to a Pandora station, or listening to my local public radio station thanks to Public Radio app on the iphone) - but if my neighbor in the next cube did it - I'd want to strangle them.
called the roofer regarding hail damage from June 30 - they'll check it out tomorrow
called the garage door fixer - will have service person come on Friday
emailed cat coordinator at Central Arkansas Rescue Effort to thank her and foster dad (again) for giving me Kaye and Indy (nee Striper) two years ago today
procured "pc stereo headset" for practicing stuff on the computer (me looking much like the lady from the MCI commercials from the mid 80's or maybe Janet Jackson from her Control tour)
earned substantial performance award to be split between base salary increase and bonus check
checked enrollment for spring class - up to 8 students
shredded all applicable material that was piled on the kitchen table (still working on the kitchen bar)
used my last "free 12 pack" coupon and a $5 off $75 coupon at Target, but forgot to use my $10 gift card
found holiday cards in the garage
procured Wii Carnival game from Misshay through Nita
fell off wagon of my cranky ass project, four days and I fold
getting husky voice like Fast Girls from Mount Pilot
looking forward to Christmas Karaoke tomorrow night at the Legion
bought a new car, Mazda3, graphite
bought rose-gold swirly earrings - according to the post office they were processed in Las Vegas post office on Thursday
got a massage - made some phone calls and found my favorite massage person at a little shop in West Little Rock - 1 hour of glorious relaxation followed by a quiet evening on the couch with kitties
saw a really excellent documentary (Warrior Champions) with pearlbeachlady as part of a fundraiser for the Clinton School of Public Service - won two tickets from the Little Rock Film Festival
finished a major goal of my current workload (chapter 3 is out for agency technical review), and have a half-strategy for the seemingly insurmountable pile of work still on the desk
at the point in the semester when I am tired of going to class, even though the subject matter is my favorite (macro!)
filling my new U-Verse dvr with movies on the Sundance channel
reading Stroke of Insight and (pardon the pun) gaining some amazing insight into the way the left and right brains work
emailed two people, regarding becoming a volunteer for the screening committee for the documentary film festival - something I've wanted to do for years - got a response from one of the two, saying my message would be forwarded to the festival and film programming director
starting to think about making a trip to DC next year to visit MOLLY!!! - and will be timing it to match the Lilith Fair concert date, yet to be announced
looking forward to knit nite - even if I'll be grading quizzes
student: Have you taught this class before?
student: Did you teach this class last semester?
me: No. I had duties at my full time job that required me to travel a lot.
student: Well, I talked to one of the older MBA students. He said that there was this lady that taught this class. He said that I want to be in her class, that she's really good.
me: That would be me.
Things of interest from this week:
% I've gone from expecting zero travel to expecting at least three weeks of three day travel in the next few months: Huntington (WV), Nashville (TN), and Pittsburgh (PA)
% I'm the black widow of the group, which is kind of fun in its own weird way. I'm also the quickest to find information in pdf files because I have the fu.
% One of my cadre members surprised me by saying with complete earnestness: I could eat chicken every day.
% International Drive in Orlando really sucks.
% There are more children in the Orlando airport than any other airport in the world. And they all are ready to see Mickey Mouse, even if they've just seen Mickey Mouse.
% I knit much on the plane. I'm almost halfway done with Project XY.
% Department chair handed out the syllabus and the first homework assignment to my new class on Thursday evening, and by this morning, I've got three students emailing questions about the assignments. Different world than the one with which I am familiar.
saw Charlie Wilson's War and liked it - Philip Seymour Hoffman is genius with Aaron Sorkin's writing
watching American Gladiators with delight and horror
enrollment in PT class has gone from 2 to 8 to 4
university called and I'll go do paperwork on Friday, get keys to room and workroom, get computer access and textbook
someone gave me smoked salmon and japanese treats from a trip to Washington state
trip to Orlando next week for work
critters are adorable
(him striking a pose)
(her playing with a mousie)
Tonight, my local public television station is airing a special on Milton Friedman (my favorite economist) with commentary from my second favorite economist.
I'm excited. (I'm such a dork.)
From the local station's web page:
A documentary on the life and ideas of Nobel-winning economist Milton Friedman (1912 - 2006),
with comments from former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan; economists Gary Becker
and Paul Samuelson, and former Estonian prime minister Mart Laar.
He thinks that the local university may have a spot open in the fall for a principles class on Monday night. He reminded the department chair that I'm ready, able, and qualified. The local university pays almost twice what the community college pays.
I almost finished two lecture packets, getting through production possibilities frontier, and just starting to work on comparative advantage. I need to put together some comp adv problems to hand out next week. I should also probably put together the first half of the inflation exercise.
Last week they were so angry, and nit-picky, and irritable. Last night they were engaged, cooperative, and open to new ideas. They could see where the lecture was going, and were able to pull real world examples together.
I love it when class goes well. Last night, I even got a few compliments on the lecture.
The energy, the feedback, and the knowing that I'm helping them understand more about their world... that's why I do it. (For certainly, it's not the pay.)