Six Word Saturday – Grading Edition


Grading, grading and more grading. Sigh…

Worst part of my job happens once everyone else is heading into rest and relaxation.  I know people who already have their grading finished.   How, I’m not sure.  They may not procrastinate like I do.  Because I don’t really like grading, I put it off.  I love teaching, I love interacting with students, and I even enjoy the CONCEPT of giving them feedback.  I would love to have one-on-one conferences with my students after every assignment and give them suggestions for improving their work, etc.  But, the actual assigning of a grade and reviewing material solely for that purpose (because students are not going to read my feedback now) is just not enjoyable.  But, it is necessary.

I have streamlined my grading by using a lot more rubrics nowadays.  And it helps.  A lot.  I would not be able to grade the volumes of work I am grading this semester without them.  And it is my hope to have all the grading done by tomorrow or Tuesday and go into the holiday with nothing hanging over my head.  But, realistically, I will probably have some things not quite done by then.  We shall see.



Stray Thoughts Sunday

Stray Thought Sundays

I am tired.  I’m thinking about skipping out on church today.  I know it will disappoint my DD, but I just can’t muster up the energy to get dressed, let alone shower, get myself looking decent and go out in public.  Just not feeling it today.  I have days when going out in public seems like a lot of work for me.  I blame it on the fact that my job forces me to interact with close to 100 people each day – and not just in a “hey how are you?” kind of way, but a “let’s teach you something and ask questions and pry out information and deal with problems and overcome barriers” kind of way.  It gets exhausting.  And I don’t have any choice but to interact with my DD and DH on my days off, but sometimes that is enough…or too much.  Today it is just me and my DD because my hubby is off to drive three hours to take his students from last year (he left that job) out to ice cream for the holidays.  Yes.  Three hours to take them out to ice cream, then he will drive back.  Seems ridiculous to me, but I’m not going, so I’m okay with it.  And it means I only have to interact with my daughter, which I have a feeling will be enough today.

Last night I made a really, really tasty dinner!  Can’t recommend it enough.  I found it here and it is, well, simply great!  And so easy.  Crazy easy.  Definitely going to be making it again.  In fact, I bought a box of four Italian dressing mixes at the store last night just for this purpose.

This week on the internets, I found the following interesting/worth sharing:

First, I know that vaccines are a hotbed of controversy, and it is for that reason that I share this type of article.  So disturbing that there are still so many people who do not know that the original study connecting vaccines and autism was faked.

Everything I know/learn about Albert Einstein makes me believe he was an amazing person.  He would definitely be on the top of my “having dinner with a dead person” list.  This information just added to my strong like of him.

If you haven’t got enough of “Let It Go” in your life yet, you are living under a rock.  But here’s another chance, with abundant Christmas lights included!

I had this beauty from Krispy Kreme for lunch one day this week – hey, it had filling.  Like a sandwich!

krispy kreme donut

I want our city to get their own broadband like these others.  It is something I want to seriously look into.

So, there are some of my Stray Thoughts for this week…how about you?  Where has your mind been wondering?

Six Word Saturday – End of Semester Edition

End of semester – good, bad, ugly.

The good = its over!  I get a break.  And I get to implement changes for next semester.  Always an exciting thing to look forward to new classes, new topics of discussion and new interpersonal dynamics.

The bad = grading.  So. much. grading.  Actually, I’ve cut down from previous semesters based on past experiences.  But, there is still a lot of it to do.  Also bad, dealing with students who are just realizing that they have not done what it takes to pass the class.  It is like they have blinders on all semester and suddenly someone yanks them off and they are shocked to see where they are.

The ugly = my house.  It is a mess from Thanksgiving running right into a week of work running right into a weekend work day running right into my DD getting sick running into another week of work.  Let’s just say, there are some things that need to be cleaned. Desperately.  But, it is getting clean.  Slowly, but surely.  I’ve got three big bags of stuff to get rid of in preparation to the onslaught that Christmas will be!


Six Word Saturday – Sick Edition – A Day Late

Daughter sick, pajama day at home!

I missed doing the Six Word Saturday, so this is better late than never!  :)

Well, my immune-compromised DD has made it through her first Fall in elementary school with no major illnesses other than a couple of UTIs (which were obviously not given to her by classmates).  But, I think that may have all come to an end today, one week before we are going on the two week Winter break.  She started getting a little stuffy yesterday and today she woke up coughing quite a bit.  She is feeling better now that she has some Tylenol and vapor rub on board and she isn’t laying down letting it all settle in her chest anymore, but I think it will not be so easily gone.  We shall see.

I just really hope she isn’t sick for Christmas!  Fingers crossed it is just a quick thing that she gets rid of fast.

I can deal with the pajama day at home as I’m totally exhausted today after my 12 hour tournament at work yesterday (which went very well, so that was nice…and I could have it worse – my assistant and a TA are at ANOTHER tournament today that they had to drive three hours to get to last night after the 12 hour day, so I’m considering myself pretty lucky today).  And it gives me a chance to do some catching up around the house and with grading after the almost two weeks of house guests we’ve had!


Tuesday’s Truth

truth is out there

Just sharing some truth this Tuesday with you all!

First, I miss X-Files.  I guess more than the show, I miss the experience that X-Files used to be every week.  We used to all get together and watch it as a group in college.  It was such a great show.  As they say, those were the days…

Second, I strongly feel that the Fall semester should end after the Thanksgiving Break.  I am so over the Fall semester at this point, but I have so much grading left to do.  I’m not doing much more teaching because most of my classes currently consist of presentations/speeches, but the grading.  So. much. grading.  But, I will have it done.  Before the break.  And I will take a break from teaching stuff for a couple of weeks before the Winter session!  I will!  I will!  I will!  (sorry, trying to convince myself).

Third, the internet has destroyed my capacity to focus.  How about you?

Speaking of which, I need to get back to work!  I have a house guest coming in tomorrow and my house is kind of a mess and then…there is that grading thing…

999 Channels and Nothing to Watch – and update on my life

Well, I took the plunge back into cable this week.  We had gone totally Roku and some local channels via a really poor antenna, but we decided to dip back into the cable pool to get faster and more stable internet.  Our internet was AW-FUL for the past few months (through AT&T, who I had been with for years, but we were paying for the higher speeds and only getting half the speed we were paying for and that only half the time), so we decided to go with the faster cable internet because they had a great deal for November that lasts a full two years.  So, we now also have cable.  I like this for my DD because she tends to just watch the same show over and over and over and over and over (I would keep going, but I think you get it) on Netflix or Hulu with the Roku.  At least with television, the shows change with time.  I also like it for local news.  We live in a somewhat rural area, so with the antenna we got one newscast three times a day and if you missed it, too bad for you.  But, overall, I noticed after scrolling through the 900 some channels a few times that really, I’m not interested in watching much that is on.  Oh well, I’m sure I will find a few things, but right now, I’m back on Netflix with Murder She Wrote playing in the background while I try to do a million things or more.

We got a new (used) washing machine today.  Much bigger than our last one and I hope it works well because we have a large amount of laundry to do.  Very large.

Other than that, I made it through my first day back in the work saddle.  I helped out in my DD’s class this morning and it was pleasant.  I then cleaned out the garage to get ready for the new washing machine to come in.  I stripped my DD’s bed tonight.  All the laundry has been moved from upstairs to the garage, ready to load, wash, dry, fold and repeat.  I made it through my classes tonight and it wasn’t too bad.  I have speeches tomorrow morning for about four hours straight.  Still working on grading.

Quicky Post – Back to Work…


So, yeah.  It is Sunday night, 9:30 p.m. and I have a pile of clean laundry on the couch next to me that needs to be folded and put away, a ginormous pile of laundry that still needs to be done upstairs, a broken washing machine (belt went out – smelled like a bad vacuum in our garage and the agitator is no longer agitating except to agitate me), a pile of grading still to do (even with the week off – I feel as if I accomplished next-to-nothing as far as grading is concerned…I HATE grading), a guest bed to remake for another house guest who is headed in this Thursday (after three house guests for a couple of nights and one that stayed four nights and just left today), a DD’s bed to remake after said house guest (even though she doesn’t sleep in her bed, I like the facade of it being made up for her each day), a 300+ competitor Rookie Speech and Debate tournament to plan for and host this next weekend, and only two more weeks until Finals (which makes that pile of grading oh-so-much-more daunting)!

The broken washing machine is a real pain in my you-know-what about now.  But, I’m just going to find another used one online and have someone come and haul this one away.  I may have them haul it, the horrible too-large-for-our-house footstool that I have stashed in my guest closet and some other crap we have in the backyard as well.  Or, maybe whoever brings another washer will take this one to repair and resell.  I am pretty sure replacing a belt would fix the problem, but neither me nor my husband has any patience for that, so I think a new washer will probably be just as economical for us.

On a positive note, I am NOT going to Ohio like I was supposed to this coming weekend.  Such a relief.  Even though all this stuff is happening, it would be 100X worse if I knew I were leaving town for five days starting on Thursday.  AND my husband’s birthday is Tuesday.  I’ve already scheduled a sitter and we’re going to his favorite restaurant for dinner and I’m going to surprise him by taking him out to our local casino afterwards and giving him $100 cash to burn.  Hopefully he can turn it into more, which he sometimes does (more often, he just loses it all, but hey, its his birthday).  But either way, we’ll have a good time.

So, that’s it for me tonight. I have to send out a bunch of flyers for that Rookie Tournament and our semester’s Speakers’ Showcase (oh yeah, forgot to list that – which is happening on Wednesday night) which will get 100+ audience members we hope!  Busy week.  Ready for semester to be OVER.  Totally over.  Grading done, classes done, moving on over.  I am teaching a Winter Session class starting January 5, so my break will not be long and if I don’t have the grading done early, it will be even shorter.  So, that is my motivation now.  Grade, grade, grade so I can have a full two weeks off of EVERYTHING having to do with school (well, probably a little planning will need to be finished for this crazy 14 day = a full semester winter session class…this will be interesting)!  That is my goal.

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving last week!