January 8 Day 671: Time Out

I. Just. Couldn’t. Be. Productive. I have said it before and I will say it again, the most difficult part of this whole ordeal is the uncertainty. And yesterday was jam packed with it. So, I did a little grading. Mostly I retreated from anything remotely connected to teaching, the University, and professional obligations. InsteadContinue reading “January 8 Day 671: Time Out”

November 12 Day 614: Take it Easy

Symptoms: A mild fever and a killer headache. Diagnosis: After effects of the COVID-19 booster. Outcome: Be kind to myself. Reduce virtual meetings to only those where action will be taken. Otherwise, keep very still with my eyes closed. It should be over tomorrow. Hope for the Tylenol to kick in. Maybe I can getContinue reading “November 12 Day 614: Take it Easy”

November 6 Day 608: Hard Crash and Second Wind

I was definitely not bored at the MAA Board of Directors meeting. My leadership style is similar to my teaching style; I ask everyone to participate and actively engage. Having people in the room and remote on zoom made orchestrating group work a challenge. However, I am continually amazed at how well human beings adaptContinue reading “November 6 Day 608: Hard Crash and Second Wind”

March 22 Day 379: Seeking Motivation

Winter grades are submitted. It is officially Spring Break, which will be followed by a one quarter sabbatical. I know I need to: Think Write Workout Draw Taxes Perform deferred maintenance (the dripping kitchen faucet is driving me crazy and we have a sizable number of burned out light bulbs.) Plus continue the myriad ofContinue reading “March 22 Day 379: Seeking Motivation”

March 4 Day 361: Crashing

The end of Winter Quarter is in sight. This week’s classes are done (except for the grading) and next week’s classes will be one day of collaborative work, followed by a final day of presentations. Then its another week until the final (yes, it will be oral—you should have guessed that by now.) For theContinue reading “March 4 Day 361: Crashing”

January 27 Day 325: The Day After

I thought recovery would be a breeze. I slept most of yesterday with only slight cramping. Nothing remarkable. Not even a 2 on the pain scale. So I proceeded with a normal Wednesday’s worth of activity. After all, I’m just walking down the hallway and sitting at my desk. By three pm, I was exhaustedContinue reading “January 27 Day 325: The Day After”

December 12 Day 279: On Being a Good Host

When was the last time you slept in your guest bed? I must admit, it was an eye opening experience. The fold down couch in the office was not particularly comfortable. The dinosaur sheets (left from when the boys were young) were rough. My feet hung out over the edge. Our last visitor to useContinue reading “December 12 Day 279: On Being a Good Host”

December 10 Day 277: That Feeling When…

…you have finished another quarter of remote teaching because of a global pandemic and there is still so much to accomplish. Letters of recommendation to graduate schools. Manuscript revisions. Grading. Final exams. Email. More grading. Meeting preparations. Blog post. Dinner. (And not necessarily in that order.) There was no release. No celebration of a milestone.Continue reading “December 10 Day 277: That Feeling When…”

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