Monday, November 24, 2008


Today was a moderately productive but not scintillating day. So I will aim for a moderate-length, not scintillating update. It's gray and chilly and looked quite wintery today. It's supposed to warm up slightly tonight in advance of a windy and rainy storm. I moved some firewood into the mud room and finally put away the lawn mower and weed wacker for the winter. After dealing with recycling, I headed into the big city of Ellsworth to do automotive errands. I was moderately successful. I got my headlight fixed (it was just a broken bulb, apparently), my oil changed, and my car inspected. I was not able to get my snow tires put on. But I have an appointment for Friday. So that means another trip to the big city. Exciting.

Grading progresses slowly. But it's moving along. In addition to writing evals, I've got a bunch of other projects, large and small, that I need to work on the next several weeks. Some I'm pretty excited about, and others are not too inspirational. Tonight I need to do some work on a document that falls into the latter category. Time to grab a beer and see if I can find even a little bit of inspiration so I can write a few paragraphs that are sufficiently peppy and positive.

Friday, November 21, 2008

End of the Term

Today was the last day of fall term. Overall I feel like it was a good term. In both of my classes there was a critical mass of students working hard and interested in the material. I am now faced with very large quantities of grading and lots of evaluations to write. There are also a bunch of other writing projects that I need to work on, as well as lots of errands and correspondence. It's a lot to think about. I'm looking forward to getting some rest the next few days and then getting to work and crossing some things off my list.

Doreen and I had a tasty dinner at Guinness and Porcelli's to celebrate the end of the term. We're now in the living room with a warm fire and three sleepy cats. I'm blogging and web surfing and listening to a Trance around the World epsiode while Doreen reads a Harry Potter book.