Sunday, November 30, 2008

Week in Review...and Technology Frustrations--UPDATED

I am so frustrated! Turns out the problem wasn't Blogger, but my network. D is on his way to get a new router for my laptop. It seems my laptop won't cooperate with our G router and is running on a B router and suddenly Blogger, Google, & Hotmail don't want to play nicely. So D is going to buy a new G router for me, such a good guy that I married. :-)

This week has been crazy! I am still grading papers...I should have my papers written by now, but the papers have sucked up my entire week. Looking for a TA for next semester, but not holding my breath. Sometimes it feels like my students forget everything they've learned after we are done with that chapter. It can be so FRUSTRATING!!

The beginning of the week was spent with papers, as well as the weekend, but Thursday and Friday were wonderful!!

On Thursday, D & I had my parents up for breakfast because dinner at both parents was at the same time...It was really nice to see them for Thanksgiving. Actually, it was just really nice to see them as my schedule is so crazy, my visits are few and far between, and I don't like that.

After breakfast, we loaded Soxy in the car and headed down to D's parents for dinner. We had a wonderful visit and ate way too much is tradition on Thanksgiving, right? Then my sister-in-law and I sat on the floor going through the sales ads for Friday. She was getting online for her sales, while I was preparing for our annual Black Friday outing.

Tradition dictates that my cousins and I shop for Black Friday and that we don't just hit one or two stores. My cousins were troopers (and my sister-in-law) as they started at 4:00 in the morning. I live about an hour north of where we were shopping and left my house at 6:00. I met them at 7:00 and the fun began. We shopped, ate, shopped, ate, etc. etc. I finally came back home at 11:30 that night. However, except for D and Soxy, I am done shopping for Christmas. It was a marathon day, but my shopping is almost complete! :-)

Saturday D took me out to breakfast and we did a little bit of running around and then it was back to grading papers. I crawled into bed last night around 1:30 and still wasn't done grading. I am just about finished now and still have a ton of my own work to do.

I have a presentation to give in my Ethics class tomorrow night, revisions to my essay due in my PR class on Wednesday, lectures to prepare for this week, and my Ethics paper due next Monday, which I haven't even started yet. Needless to say, posting will be even more sparse this week.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and break from work (at least for a day or two).

Back to grading, preparing, writing...

New router acquired & installed!! I can now access everything even faster as I just got bumped from a 'B' router to a 'G' router! D's so good to me!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


I have been trying to post for the past several days, but Blogger was not playing nicely.

I am still grading papers and hope to be done I can start on my own papers.

I am so glad this is my last semester of coursework...Next semester should go much better...I hope.

Things here are good, busy, but good. How are you doing?

I will post again shortly, but in the meantime, why don't you tell me your favorite Thanksgiving story...and then I'll share mine.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Home Sick...Time to Post

I thought I'd drop in and say Hello to anyone who still might be reading. I am curled up in bed with Soxy nursing some kind of illness...feels like the flu, but I received my flu shot 3 weeks ago.

Beth is having a birthday today...go send her some love. And, she's looking for names to share with her daughter, as Mia loves full names. She has a ton, but she could always keep them for a rainy day.

Things here have been calm. I'm writing papers and grading papers most of the time. D is just trying to be supportive as my last semester wraps up. Soxy is her usual playful self. I'm still loving my program and teaching, so hopefully this won't all be for naught once I am done.

Say Hi if you are still's always nice to know that I have people still reading.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Updates...In bullet form

- I finally was able to watch Obama's acceptance speech and McCain's concession speech. Both were very impressive. If McCain had spoke like that more often during the campaign, we might have had a closer race. I did keep up with the results on MSNBC, but I couldn't watch the speeches as I was grading essays.

- I am very proud of America in choosing the best candidate for the job.

- I am swamped with papers to grade and need to start writing my papers. The semester is wrapping up quickly and I have so much to do yet.

- They upped my meds on Tuesday. I am now taking 3 nerve-blockers & 3 muscle relxants a day. Needless to say, I am very tired all the time. That makes it hard to focus.

- I am going in for the nerve-block shots next week. I'm not thrilled about it, but hopefully this will get me off the meds and allow me to focus.

- D comes home from a 3-day business trip tonight. I'm happy!

- Have 2 classes to teach next semester and have a contract for a third, but I'm not sure what to do as I sit for exams in May.

- I need to get back into shape soon. I'm just not sure where to start...any thoughts?

And finally...How are you doing? I have been trying to keep up with blogs, but can't say I've been an active commentor or reader. Hopefully, I will get back to fun things soon.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Template Issues

Please bear with me as I am trying to pretty things up around here and am having some HTML issues. I will get it figured out soon, promise.

I voted!

Did you?