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.


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  1. Emergent fields have got to be one of the most frustrating things to research. I tried to work on something in undergrad about the use of a certain kind of graphics, and it was sooo … pointless? irritating?

    Good luck on the chocolate thing. I’ve given up giving things up for Lent. I never did it growing up, and every time I try it I wind up doing the thing I say I’m not going to do/eat/etc. One time I gave up something I’d never done. And then I did it. Best wishes on that one.


  2. this whole week’s been kinda grey, even the sunnier days. i think it has a lot to do with feeling like too many people are getting screwed over by (1) the government, (2) the university, (3) both, or (4) both and more.


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