If you see a whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives... But up close a world's all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. - Ursula K. LeGuin

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

RBOC: End of Semester Edition

  • Others may be in grading jail but I go straight to grading hell.
  • I am currently grading 30 final papers but will have over 60 essay exams to grade by the end of the week.
  • Today was a full-day faculty retreat (who holds retreats at the end of the semester???? Before grading is over????).
  • The retreat was held in SouthLite's nicest hotel but no breakfast was served and coffee was scarce.
  • Tomorrow we have a half-day retreat follow-up....at school....no coffee or lunch.
  • Friday I have a full-day committee retreat.
  • My affiliated department is trying to hire a faculty member before the semester ends. This week there are two presentations and a vote.
  • Saturday b won a very special award at work. He was nominated and picked by his colleagues. He received a very nice watch and will be going to one of our favorite cities out west in the summer. I'm planning on tagging along.
  • Saturday was also Angel's birthday. He turned 19. We visited him at college, took him out to dinner and then met his frat family at a semi-formal event.
  • I miss him.
  • Tonight we bought our tree. This coming Saturday we'll be trimming it....bittersweet.


Amanda@Lady Scientist said...

Congrats to b! That's a really awesome honor.

And you must have sadists (or at least people who don't have to grade) running your program! Full day retreat at the end of the semester?!? Crazy.

Julie said...

The amount of grading you have to do blows my mind!! Retreats?? That sounds more like torture. Argh!

But I'm glad you got to see Angel for his birthday. Yes, the tree is bittersweet. I will be thinking of you:)