January 25 Day 688: In-person Attendance Woes

One week ago today: I had seven students in the classroom and eight students online. This was the first day I offered in-person classes (and third week of the quarter.) I figured it would get better. Today: I had two students in the classroom and twelve online. That’s not better. One week from today: TheContinue reading “January 25 Day 688: In-person Attendance Woes”

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”

December 22 Day 654: Not Again

Omicron, COVID’s pawn, stops us cold. can’t be controlled. spreads like fire. I am so tired of not knowing when it’s going to end. Boosters, masks, health forecasts, protocols try to forestall COVID’s spread. Stay home instead. Those plans you made are now delayed again, my friend. Yesterday, I learned that the University of WashingtonContinue reading “December 22 Day 654: Not Again”

November 20 Day 622: Movie Theater Popcorn

My husband and I went back to the local movie theater for the first time since December 20, 2019 when we saw StarWars: Rise of Skywalker. Things have changed. The theater still has large reclining seats but there are frequent signs ‘Do not use your own seat wipes.’ Apparently they are worried about harming theContinue reading “November 20 Day 622: Movie Theater Popcorn”

November 4 Day 606: Spirals and Twists and Tiles, Oh My!

Traveling for the second weekend in a row, I returned to Seattle-Tacoma International airport at the crack of dawn this morning. It was dark and wet. But that is nothing new in the Pacific Northwest. I am grateful for the small gifts that I received today like: My husband as chauffeur. He drove me toContinue reading “November 4 Day 606: Spirals and Twists and Tiles, Oh My!”

October 31 Day 602: Goodbye AMATYC

I’m feel very lucky. I get to go home. Several of my AMATYC friends are affected by the American Airlines cancellation of more than 1700 flights since Friday. They are scrambling to find new hotels and extending child care for another day (or two.) Being in the last presentation slot of the meeting, I expectedContinue reading “October 31 Day 602: Goodbye AMATYC”

March 20 Day 377: New to Me

It took 3 hours. But we have a new-to-us Subaru Forester. A recent trade-in— one year younger and 4K miles less travelled than our recently totaled vehicle. It’s snazzy with more bells and whistles. Not a color I would choose if I was buying new, but I’m not complaining. Black with black leather interior andContinue reading “March 20 Day 377: New to Me”

March 14 Day 371: We Are OK

Umm, this birthday isn’t going to plan. My son Zachary and I went to record a Math Around Town piece in the Salishan neighborhood and the trip home was exciting—but not in a good way. As we entered I-705 from the 7 extension near the Tacoma Dome, a vehicle from the I-5 N ramp blewContinue reading “March 14 Day 371: We Are OK”

February 12 Day 341: Friday Melt

I was hoping for snow last night. Not because I was wishing for a snow day —our new found technical competence will make that unlikely unless the internet is down—but because there is something magical about a pristine sound-dulling blanket of snow. Unfortunately the flakes were small and the accumulation in Tacoma was minimal. ItContinue reading “February 12 Day 341: Friday Melt”

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