Back on the Horse Before it Kicks Me


When you don’t blog for a while, it’s really hard to start again. Kind of like going to the gym.

School (the kind I teach) is better this semester. School (the kind I attend) is tough, but I mostly enjoy it. Two online graduate classes in educational technology. I’m having to make a video this week, which has sucked. I think I might get to where I like making videos all right, but not until I get a better computer. Turns out my laptop just can’t handle video editing software.

I guess I had something akin to walking pneumonia for the past month. Took a lot of being sick, an inhaler, magic cough medicine, and a round of horse antibiotics to kick it. That was fun.

Haven’t been reading or writing or doing anything the least bit fun, unless you count my homework as fun, which I do, sometimes. I’m teaching To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby, so it feels like Classics Month in the ole classroom.

This upcoming Saturday I’m in an orchestra concert, and I’m interviewing for a coveted slot in the Boise State National Writing Project. Wish me luck – both at hitting the triangle at the right moment, and in nailing the interview. Chances are I won’t be able get in this year, but I surely would like to.

Oh – I’ve been fighting with the financial aid office a lot lately. Fortunately, that’s over. Victory = mine, etc.

That’s pretty much it. I’d like a week off to just run around and take pictures of things. That sounds like a good time right about now. Mostly I’m kind of wrung-out; a vacation, I feel, is in order…

Ah’m Not Dead Yet

And I thought I was being bad at posting on my other blogs!
I was just telling my teacher blog that I’d been a bad blogger, mostly due to sickness, graduate classes, and work.
I still can’t kick this germ, and I’m beginning to wonder if it has gone ahead and mutated into something dire. I guess there’s something called “walking pneumonia” that sucks, but is usually mild enough that you can keep on about your daily goings-on while just thinking you have a particularly gnarly cold. Anyway, I’m officially on antibiotics now, so we’ll see if that has any effect. After a week on reflex-suppressors and a bronchodilator, I’m no longer coughing due to “tickly throat” – I can feel loose gunk in my lungs, but am not terribly good at getting it out.
I’m taking two graduate-level EDTECH classes. Some of what we’re doing is fun and easy, and some of it is kicking my butt. The worst of it all is that I’m also engaging in trench warfare with the financial aid office, which has apparently decided that I’ve had entirely too much education already and don’t deserve any of my student loans. “Frustrated” and “furious” don’t adequately express how this has made me feel. Add on the fact that I think my meds are making me cranky, and I’ve just been a bundle of joy to be around!
And I’m teaching two books for the first time. I’ve read both of them, but only remember (or even remotely enjoy) one. And for that one, I’ve had good help. This other book is kind of a pain, so it’s taking up an awful lot of my mental energy.
I’m not getting anything done.