dine-ah

One of the best parts of last semester was studying with Sarah and Nicole at the diner – we’d drink too much terrible coffee, harass Mark the diner guy, and generally spend equal amounts of time giggling and reading. I’m loving all the time spent with Hot Librarians this semester, but it was great to spend time reading and giggling and eating cottage cheese with them again. One of the things I greatly enjoy about my friends – all of them, really – is the differing perspectives on very similar things – in this case, being able to talk about writing and teaching and pedagogy from three very different perspectives.

Last night, in an attempt to start/continue the literature review for my thesis, I was reading a book on distance education that was clearly written with the first time instructor in mind. I’m having a hard time finding literature that isn’t buzz-y (distance education is great! distance education is a way to make lots of money!) and/or overly program-specific. I suppose that’s to be expected in a somewhat emergent field – but it’s frustrating nonetheless. I’ve been working with this long enough that I don’t need to read: Just as it is said that our eyes are the windows to our soul, then maybe it is fair to suggest that our words are the windows to whom we are online.

It seems like there was something else I wanted to say, but it’s escaped me. Today’s been a grey day for a variety of people for a variety of reasons. After a challenging afternoon, S and I got coffee at Moonstruck and walked around the Quad for a while. I needed that.

Oh! I remember. I’m giving up chocolate for Lent. Just FYI.

adventures!

11am on a Monday, I haven’t had coffee yet, and I am tired. I spent this weekend running all over everywhere which was good but exhausting. There are a lot of things I didn’t accomplish, but the things I did get done represented an extreme quantity of fun:

  1. Karaoke Revolution at Sonya + Jason’s
  2. Sangria-making
  3. Amy’s birthday brunch
  4. Melissa’s redneck wedding in Paxton
  5. Lots of singing in the car + paying $1.60 tolls in pennies
  6. Drinks and snacks with my siblings in Rockford
  7. The Adventures of Pete & Pete at Jen’s
  8. Shane meeting my parents before 7:30am without coffee or showers for either of us
  9. Shane’s first trip to Wisconsin
  10. Making lunch with my mom for Eric’s 10th birthday
  11. Birthday festivities
  12. Couch naps
  13. Stomping around in the woods in the half light
  14. Magical shopping trip to Woodmans (Hendricks! OP! Campari!)
  15. Beef-a-Roo
  16. End of the weekend drinking at Bentley’s
  17. Sleeping cat on my head

Lots of driving, lots of eating, not much sleeping, not much work equals a lot to do this week, but it was worth it. As much as I am happy to not live in Rockford any longer, I still love bringing people home and showing them where I’m from. I’m not sure if Shane came back with whole new perspectives on me – but I had a great time nonetheless.

“Happiness”

by Robert Hass

Because yesterday morning from the steamy window
we saw a pair of red foxes across the creek
eating the last windfall apples in the rain –
they looked up at us with their green eyes
long enough to symbolize the wakefulness of living things
and then went back to eating –

and because this morning
when she went into the gazebo with her black pen and yellow pad
to coax an inquisitive soul
from what she thinks of as the reluctance of matter.
I drove into town to drink tea in the cafe
and write notes in a journal – mist rose from the bay
like the luminous and indefinite aspects of intention,
and a small flock of tundra swans
for the second winter in a row was feeding on new grass
in the soaked fields; they symbolize mystery, I suppose,
they are also called whistling swans, are very white.
and their eyes are black –

and because the tea steamed in front of me,
and the notebook, turned to a new page,
was blank except for a faint blue idea of order,
I wrote: happiness! it is December, very cold,
we woke early this morning,
and lay in bed kissing,
our eyes squinched up like bats.

!!!

In my email just now:

    Presenters:
    The proposal that you submitted at http://higheredblogcon.editme.com/ProposalsTeachingPublic has been accepted. We have a nice sampling of approaches.

    The teaching track will run first on April 3-7, 2006.
    Please submit your presentations by March 15 so that there will be time to get you feedback and make modifications.

!!!

Headed to a birthday brunch, a wedding, and then to Rockford for the weekend to celebrate my baby brother’s tenth birthday. It’s been a really nice week filled with moments that feel more like vacation than every day life. I had a really productive meeting this morning, and am feeling good about things in general, even though I have a lot of work to do.

Oh yeah, and I relocated. But then if you’re here, you already knew that.

three things

One thing music-related:

    I’m wicked in love with The DelaysFaded Seaside Glamour. My last.fm tells no lies.

One thing friend-related:

    My beloved Paul has posted a list of The 10 Best Albums You Can Find in Almost Any American Thrift Store for $1.00. Also, and unrelated to the above, many of my Hot Librarian friends have started blogging recently. Go them!

One thing cute-related:

    I bought this today:

One thing blog-related:

    Relocation is imminent!

moving, aroma, whatevs

I’m seriously thinking about moving this thing again – for a couple of years I’ve maintained multiple blogs, switching back and forth based on whoever I wanted to talk to more, and I’m tired of doing that. A couple of my friends have made the switch to WordPress, and I just might do that – I already have a domain, etc etc. So, yeah.

I’m at Aroma, nominally reading Literacy in the Information Age, drinking Mexican coffee (goddamn, is the Columbia Street Mexican roast good), and trying not to stress out about the IRB form (due tomorrow) and leading class (later today). I think I’m going to miss Brokeback Mountain in the theater because of school responsibilities, needing to work out, and possibly sushi with Missy later. I am busy-so-busy these days, and it feels like the semester’s hardly started when it’s actually been weeks and weeks.

Sonya and I have hit on a money-making scheme that will significantly help towards the Camino as long as I can legitimately make it happen. We’ve decided it’ll be an interest experience financially, personally, and sociologically. All of these are good things, especially the financially, as I’m leaving in three months and am sorely behind on my savings plan. I need to get everything in gear – research, reading, training, saving – and soon. In the interim, though, I’m going to drink coffee.

Also: It’s been a couple of years since I watched the Daily Show, so I’m not sure if this is a regular segment, but last night we happened to be watching at Kim’s after Project Runway, and the Trendspotting segment was on social networking. It was hilarious – and at the same time had me hiding behind my hands a bit because, well, I research that stuff. Siva Vaidhyanathan was interviewed, which was hilarious because he rolled with it, and also because it’s fun to see academics that you’ve had to read for class on the Daily Show!