Happy Halloween!

Got all ready for the trick or treaters tonight.  Got the bags of candy right next to the door and we will see how many people show up.  We have always had a lot of kids show up so we always have fun.

My youngest is dressing up as Heidi for her last year to trick or treat.  We’re going to braid her hair into two ponytails and just let her wander the neighborhood with Bob.  I’ll stay home and hand out candy.  I like seeing what everyone dresses up as so that’s why I stay home.

I’m sleepy today.  I want to go back to bed but I really have to do some things today like laundry and whatnot.  But I’m not quite as sleepy as I used to be around this time, so that is nice.

I’m not nearly as stressed out as I used to be this time of year.  I’m glad of it.  Hopefully the calm will last through Thanksgiving and Christmas.   We have a lot of Christmas shopping to do still; we’re behind what we normally have accomplished by now.  But the oldest  is going to be hard to buy for this year–we mostly want to get her stuff for her apartment life but there’s nowhere in the house to store it once she gets it.  So we will have to work something out.  My middle one is going to get apartment stuff too, but she has more room to store it in her room than her sister.

Hope everyone has a happy Halloween.


Slow Start

Having a slow start to the day. I read the wrong material again for the class I teach and did not realize it until just before I left home once I looked at the syllabus.  So class went fairly well considering.  I read most of it all while waiting on them to do a writing assignment and was able to hold up well doing the lecture.  They were engaged and paying attention so that always helps as well.  At least I will be prepared for the next class.

I sent my little final project to a MFA buddy to read and she liked it so I feel pretty good about it.  She said it had a “soft landing” and wondered if I could punch it up a bit.  So we will think on that and see what we can do.  I may wait until it’s been workshopped to see what all they say about it.

I continue to be amazed at how I am losing weight just by giving up cokes and sweet tea.  I am walking some going to and from my car to class, but I don’t think that can account for all 14 pounds I’ve lost.  I of course still have more to lose, but it’s a good start.  Hopefully I can keep the momentum going through the holidays.

Hope everyone has a good week this week.

So Now My Jaw Hurts

SO after my cleaning yesterday they had to drill through a crown to get some decay under it and then fitted me out with a new crown.  So it hasn’t been as bad as it could have been, but my jaw is a little sore.

Had class today and they were full of ideas for “extra credit” assignments.  I told them as long as they showed up to class every day that they would improve their homework grade and it was equal to a test grade. That seemed to make them feel better.  THe last day to drop the class was the day before this test that threw so many of them for a loop. So some of them panicked a little bit. So we will see how the rest of the semester goes.

I’ve been grocery shopping and picked up brownie mixes for the neighborhood block party tonight.  I will work on those after Bob leaves from lunch.  I need to settle down and relax just a moment.   Halloween always starts things being hectic.  So we will see what happens in the next few weeks.

Had a conference with my new professor for my class last night–the group of us.  Only four showed up out of seven so I imagine that didn’t go over so well with him.  But we will see what happens.  He’s going to add more conferences and maybe expand the final project to include an artist’s statement, which would be different than what the other professor wanted but would be in line with how this professor operates.  I hope the people that lodged complaints about the other professor are happy now.  I’m tired of the drama.

Hope everyone has a good weekend!



Dentist Visit

I go see the dentist today.  Yay.  I hate seeing the dentist.  THe guy I have now is fine, good, and professional, but I just hate the entire process.  I’m such a baby about it I have to have nitrous oxide just to have my  teeth cleaned.  Otherwise I get really freaked out with nerves.  So I will leave and go there in just a bit.’

Bob is doing inventory today–I probably won’t hear from him until he gets home this afternoon.  I remember how freaked out I used to get over inventory because it meant the salesman was in town.  I’m so glad that’s not happening today.

I can tell I am anxious about class. I have had anxiety dreams every night since my program director made the announcement about taking over the class.  Mostly dreams like I can’t find my classroom for teaching, or I don’t have my work done on  time for the W class.  Stuff like that.  But I haven’t had to take Xanax for any of it so I count that as a plus.

WEll, I need to go brush my teeth and get ready to go to the dentist.  Pray that they won’t find anything that needs fixing :).  Everyone have a good week.


Well, Now. . .

I got a jolt last night.  My W professor for my class has been fired and the department director is taking over the class here mid-semester.  We have had to submit our papers all over again and will have them regarded by the new professor.  And if I know our program director as well as I think I do, I think our workload is going to increase, not decrease as some  people thought it should.  SIgh.  I thought I had almost everything done.

Gave the last regular test of the semester and had a lot of D’s and high F’s.  I was really disappointed. Even my A student made a low B.  Maybe I need to revise it for next year.   Might have been too hard.

Not much to do today except hopefully register for my class next semester.  I need to talk about what classes are upcoming to plan out what all I want to do.  I was hoping to  have my professor from this year next semester, too, but that’s not going to happen. So far I’ll have one of the core faculty for whichever class out of the two I am trying to choose between.

Hope everyone had a good rest of the week and pray that my W program can get some stability under it through these growing pains.

Easy Day

Today should be an easy day.  I see Candy and Christy this morning, then go see Holly to get my hair done after lunch.  Hopefully no drama there.  I’m going to work harder at staying awake today than I have been–I have things that need doing and I am going to try to do those things today instead of being lazy and sleeping.

I’ve turned in my essay to my professor yesterday–maybe she will grade it early. (It’s due tomorrow.)  I feel really good about it–I had mentioned the topic in my comments about the story and she told me to go ahead and  do my essay on it, so the subject matter she already approved.  I just hope she likes the writing.

I give a test tomorrow so that will make for an easy day there, too.  Just grading it will take time.  But that’s why I have office hours, so I don’t have to bring things home to do.

I put a feeler out to the local newspaper–they are sponsoring a “storytellers series” and I want to tell my mental health story.  Not sure what that’s going to look like yet, but I hope I can get in on it.  I think it’s a story worth telling so people will know more about and understand bipolar disorder.

Hope everyone has a good day!


Hard Questions

TOday a girl in my class asked me, “Are we going to read anything happy in this class?”  I was at a bit of a loss to answer her.  I thought of something much later but it was too late to say it when I thought of it.  I was going to say if they included George Bernard Shaw we would at least read something funny.  But since he’s not in the book, too bad. But I didn’t say it.

I made out my test and am soon going to go pick it up.  I had a hard time coming up with a discussion question this time–but we will see how they do.  At least everyone should be there for it.  Hopefully the last person to drop will be today and I don’t think anyone can drop after tomorrow.  We will see how they do the rest of the term.

Need to go grocery shopping once I get home. I’ll do penne pasta with meat tomato sauce and red beans and rice with sausage. I asked Bob if I could take a break from the recipe book and he said that was fine.  So we will see how it goes.

I drank my first coke in a long time yesterday. I was hoping to stay awake better than usual but it didn’t work–I still took an hour-long nap yesterday afternoon while my youngest was at dance tryouts. But I’ve mostly been feeling good lately if not very motivated to work on things.  I am going to try to do better this week and catch up on laundry and whatnot if my energy levels hold.

Hope everyone has a good start to the week.


Quick Day

I don’t keep office hours on Friday, so I am home early since for once I don’t have any type of test to give.  Now I need to do laundry and get ready for the weekend.

I have a dilemma.  I wanted to take Forms in Fiction I next fall, but they are offering it this spring and I don’t know when they will offer it again.  I’ll need to talk to Dr. Dunkelberg about this and see what this will do to my plans through the next two and a half years.   I don’t want to take two classes  at a time but I was really looking forward to taking fiction workshop this spring.  WE will see.

My middle child was accepted into the Co-op Program at Mississippi State–she’ll be going  to Carrollton, GA for a job next semester instead of going to school.  She’ll go back   to school in the summer, then work in the fall, then go to school the next spring, then work in the next summer.  I’m excited for her.  I think it will be a good way for her to find out if this kind of work is really what she wants to do.

I found out I’m not being observed next Monday like  I thought–he stopped me in the balcony and said that he was going to have to reschedule it to next semester.  So I’m not sure what that is all about.  But I have been put in for next semester for another section of British Lit so that will be good.  I will maybe have more students since I’m going to be available for them to register early and the class should fill up better than it did this year.  But that will be all right, I think.  I’m doing very well at this point and should keep doing so I think if I keep losing weight and easing down on stress and everything else I’m doing.

Hope everyone has a good weekend!



Sorry I Missed Yesterday

Yesterday was hectic so I didn’t get a chance to post. Sorry about that.

I graded my makeup exams and gave a B, a C, and an F.  SO that was not very rewarding on my part.  But they’re done and I can concentrate on the last two tests very soon.  I also have my class evaluation coming up so that is going to be a little nerve-wracking, but I don’t anticipate any difficulties  with that.  It’s on Jonathan Swift, and I know a good bit about him.  So I’m not terribly worried.

WEnt to brunch with Jo yesterday for her birthday and we had a good visit.  Talked about our kids, work, therapy, all that good stuff.  We ate at Panera Bread, which I had only ben to once.  I had to call and ask her directions because I couldn’t remember which side of Lakeland Drive it was on.  But I got there and it went well.

Just got the strangest email from my W program director that I don’t feel fully able to disclose.  Suffice it to say that it was very strange and not a situation I have been in since graduate school the first time.  I answered it as best I could and we will see what happens with it.

Hope every has a good rest of the week as we head into the weekend.


Well. . . that was no fun.

I went in today on my off day to give a makeup exam and only one out of the three people scheduled to take it showed up.  So I am not happy.  I gave the two of them zeros in the online gradebook.  Hopefully they will see the grade and drop the class before tomorrow because I don’t think they can pull it out at this point.

Went to see Tillie afterwards and had a good talk.  Talked about how well I’ve generally been doing with most everything so that was nice to talk about.  She said I seemed to be doing really well and we set up for me to come in just before Thanksgiving.

Need to go to the grocery store to get dinner for tonight.  Not sure what I’m going to cook yet so we will see what happens.  Maybe just a veggie soup since it’s cooler today.  That sounds good.  ANd do cornbread with it.  That should suit everybody.

Long day ahead and not sure what all I’m going to do with it.  Go to the grocery store, grade the last few papers, maybe take a nap. Probably not going to get to do that last but it’s nice to think about.

Hope everyone is having a good start to their week!