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I <3 my bloggy friends

Dearest Blog-friends, Have I ever mentioned how much I love all my readers and my Sciblings? This blogging community means so much to me, I just don’t even know how to express it. The amount of support I get from y’all is amazing. As evidence, on Friday, my email box contained several nice emails (and…

What keeps me moving forward?

Despite being the one to pick the topic for the upcoming Scientiae, I have struggled and struggled to come up with anything to post for this month’s Carnival. As Alice alluded to earlier, I’m having a particularly tough month, feeling like I am treading water most of the time, and not making any headway against…

From the mouths of babes

Yesterday afternoon, Minnow and I were driving home from daycare and Minnow was repeatedly requesting “the baby song” (Hush, little baby) from the car stereo. After about the sixth playing of the song, we had the following conversation. SciWo: “Are you a baby?” Minnow: No. I’m not a baby. SciWo: “Are you a grown-up?” Minnow:…

Minnow and I have been visiting with Brother this weekend, and we went out to dinner at a deli and salad place. Brother got the all-you-can-eat salad bar, I ordered a Ciabatta Garden, and Minnow wanted the cheese pizza. Our food had just arrived when Minnow announced, “I need to go potty. I’m pee-peeing in…

SciWo reports from grading jail

Alice is right, I have been locked in grading jail. For my amusement, and for the sake of posting something, here’s a look at how I’ve been doing my hard time: Number of intro-level papers graded: 72 Number of intro-level papers to go: 0 (WooHoo!) Number of multiple choice questions ready to go in Blackboard…

My Zero Semester and its Ramifications

This being the last week of class, it seems appropriate to reflect a bit more on the semester just finishing. Bluntly, this has been an awful semester for me in terms of things that count toward reappointment, tenure, and (nonexistent) merit raises. If you don’t want to hear me whine a little about the suckitude…

Earth Day Resolutions

Alice and I have been talking about the big and small ways that universities could act to improve the environment, but Earth Day is also about making personal changes to lessen your environmental impact. So it’s fitting that Mike Dunford has issued us an Earth Day challenge: I’d like you to take a minute or…

Goody goody

Hi there. Long time, no see. I’ve been busy doing work, having fun, and remembering to celebrate the good things in my life. Here’s what’s been happening in the past week: Monday: I got to see a beautiful new place. Tuesday: My flights home proceeded smoothly. Wednesday: My daughter woke me up by laughing in…

Things I’ve learned from my semester

My students tell me that there are only 20 days of class left this semester. I’ve been too busy to count. Unfortunately, it’s been too-busy-with-things-that-don’t-make-a-compelling-tenure-case. But, maybe, just maybe, I can salvage this mess of a semester by learning some lessons for how now to conduct future semesters. So in RBOC-fashion here’s what I’ve discovered.

ScienceGrandma has left the building

After staying with us for about a month, ScienceGrandma is now on the plane flight back to her home. Last night was our first night without her. Below the fold, a few reflections on living with three generations under one roof.