Friday, August 28, 2009

Directions and Mice

Well, Thursday definitely went better than Tuesday. I got to campus on time, managed to get my parking pass, and was not a complete disorganized professor come class time. I did forget to copy one form, but it just provided my students a break from homework, so they didn't mind. I took the turnpike and didn't need any help getting to campus, it was like I had just been there yesterday.

However, before I left I took some papers downstairs and there was a little mouse in the windowsill. I am not a fan of mice so I called D to find out what to do. Turns out he was in meeting and the guys got a good laugh, but the lady stuck up for me. When I left for class I couldn't find him and was glad, but I closed the basement door just in case. Turns out I closed the basement door for nothing. When I got home I was standing in the kitchen talking to D on the phone and I saw this little guy crawl right under the door and run into the dining room. I freaked and once again had D tell me what to do. Then I found a chair where I could put my feet up and wait for D to come home and get the mouse.

Soxy tried, but was easilky distracted by the birds outside. Eventually, after D got home and we started looking for the entrypoint, I came upstairs to get something and saw Soxy staring at the coat closet. I opened the door and she got the mouse!

Soxy 1 Mouse 0!

She was rewarded with a treat, a walk, and lots of praise and thanks!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sense of Direction = 0

I decided to save a little money yesterday and take the Parkway East to PSUGA instead of the turnpike. However, my GPS would not recognize PSUGA (or the longer version) so I didn't know where to turn off of the Parkway. I did remember that when I got off of the turnpike it was my first left, so I got off at the exit that said "Turnpike". Well, that put me onto the turnpike. The gentleman in the booth was nice enough to tell me to turn around at the end of the ticketing area and get back off. However, this really added to my drive-time as I had to wait to give my ticket to the exit gentleman. Then, when the GPS finally recognized the address, it took me about 15 minutes out of my way to get me to campus.

I got to campus 40 minutes later than I thought I would. When I got there I realized my syllabi were not copied for me as I had forgotten to resend them to the school secretary after some required changes by the Administration department. So, with 15 minutes until class I had to run 37 copies of a 5 page syllabus and collate them because the copier doesn't do that. Of course, the copier decided to jam and run out of paper, etc. etc. My students must think I am a complete airhead as I ran into class 2 minutes before it began, completely frazzled, and unorganized. Those of you that know me know I hate to be unorganized. I apologized to the class and promised it would be better on Thursday. I can only hope it is.

I do know that I will be taking the Turnpike from now on!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

First Day of School

I am looking forward to meeting my new students and hoping we can have fun this year! I am not looking forward to the fact that I have been having breathing problems since Friday and they aren't getting any better. This is not a good way to great new students!! I am hoping it calms down as the day goes on as I don't teach until 2:00 today.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Beginning of the End

Today is the beginning of my last week of summer before classes start back up. What will I be doing? Prepping for classes; having meetings at school; doctor's appointments; and studying for my last question. Sounds like a great way to end the summer, doesn't it?

Where is my relaxing? Where is my fun? Don't know, haven't seen it...have you?

Friday, August 14, 2009

New Law for Cleaning...

When scrubbing floors make sure you watch when backing up near doorframes. I am fairly certain I broke my middle toe yesterday when I caught it on the edge of a doorframe. It is purple, swollen, and the part below the knuckle moves in different directions...I'm pretty sure that is one bone.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Break from Reading & Prepping...

I get to clean and do laundry!! Don't you wish you were me?

Monday, August 10, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy

I am trying to get ready for the Fall semester. I am putting together all of my syllabi and trying to work out the projects and paper topics that I will have my students complete. I am also finalizing my preparation for the final question to become ABD and begin my dissertation. I never realized how busy the end of summer could be!

How are you doing?