Last day of my summer vacation
I had taught two classes in the two of the days of this week. I teach on MWF mornings. I have 40 students total in my two composition classes, they are good kids. Lots of football players from all over the U.S. and some baseball players and then the girl soccer players. Oh yes, there are volleyball players too. What was funny the first day of class on Wednesday was that I had asked the registrar on Monday to have one of my classes moved, since they are back to back, together in one classroom. I was hoping for the same room, even the same building would be better than walking across campus in the 10 minute interlude between classes. This is what happens when you let computers take over the master schedule for the whole campus.
As it turned out I got the floor above (in the same building). I thought that I would go to the original classroom on Wednesday, during our first class, to tell them where our NEW classroom was for Friday’s class. I realized quickly that something wasn’t right when less than half were in the original room with my missing about 12 students. So, I went to the NEW location while I gave the first group an assignment to write down for me what their semester schedule looked like.
When I got to the newly assigned classroom, I asked if it was Comp I class to the filled up classroom (well about 13 students were there). I asked who their comp teacher was and they said my name. I told them *I* was their teacher and that I had to figure out what to do. I thought quickly. I saw there were MORE people in the second room even though I had my ppt presentation all set up in the other building. I told THEM to work on their schedule for the semester while I went back to the first room to retrieve the 8 students.
After this 15 minute snafu, things were normalized and the students were NOT ready to leave because we had had such a short time together. Today, I had my own problems with technology where I had a hard time with the projector to work with my laptop. I got through it but that is the advantage of being in the same classroom when they are back to back…no need to fix all the technology again.
Anyway, I am glad we are off to a good start. I have some very respectful students, most of them are. They e-mail me and call me Dr. or Professor. I told them they could call me by my first name, the one I sign off on when I e-mail the whole class. In any case, I hope that we all have a good time together because I realize some do NOT like to write long, formal papers. I told them today that this is NOT high school anymore, we are in university now.
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What a fun day it was yesterday to be honored for passing into the 6th decade. It started out with sleeping in and then washing my hair before I met up with my folks and we went to a famous garden and nursery about 30 miles from our place. Since it was their open house, they had plants that were 20% off so I used some of the money my Dad gave me for a birthday present to buy a nine bark tree. For some reason I really like those trees, maybe because they have such a depth and variation of color. We have so many box elder trees that just have your usual green leaves…these are a deep accent to any yard.
Then after we had a dinner at a restaurant back at my hometown, we to to work and started cleaning the Carnegie so it looked ready for company at 6:00 p.m. I had invited about 35-40 people with over 200 postcards sent out to tell of our Art Show and Sale for four days. We got at least 25 friends of mine showing up over the two hours. I was pleased that my cousin showed up with 14 photos his dad’s 1939 aerial shots of my hometown. Also, my folks were there along with my hubby and the intern who has been working all summer helping to get the Carnegie ready for the big days ahead. A highlight was having a high school classmate of mine come to this celebration and she also had been to this same nursery and got a big hydrangea plant with white blossoms. Both big plants are sitting in the lobby of the Carnegie until after all the festivities are over with on Saturday.
After the last guests had left at 8:30 we went to the bar and restaurant so that we could eat supper…I also wanted to have another birthday treat. Turns out that they served a glass of beer and also deep fat fried Oreos. We had a fun meal with my cousin and his wife and then it was time to go home about 10:00 p.m. So it ended up being a LONG but fun day. These are the following people I want to thank for coming to my b.d. party and helping to eat the half sheet of cake.
Thanks to Carol S. Judy E. Jerry K. Janna B and Ken M. Sheldon R. Rae F. Sue H. Mary G. Lynn M. Jim and Kerry S. Anne and Mike M. Twylla and Jim, Phyllis H. Dylan, Paul and Jan, Les and Bonnie and my folks and hubby. I think it will be a rather mundane celebration next year but we will help celebrate my husband’s moving into the next decade next April. Fun plans are in store!
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It may seem like summer still, may even feel like it with the temps, but we ALL know that fall is just around the corner…that means cold again. We went to a bonfire last night with friends because of the Blue Moon celebration. It doesn’t happen often but when the full moon happens in the same month, TWICE, well then you have what is called a blue moon. I don’t know that I have experienced this before so it was fun to be among friends and talk about that among many other things.
I took a picture of the full moon the night before and then I took a picture of the sunset the next night, last night. I think that we have beautiful sunsets even though our horizon is flat, flat, flat. See what you think.
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