Sunday, February 22, 2009

Wrapping things up

Well, the conference "Imagining the Future: The Reconciled Community" is over and it went well. We are pleased with the response and exhausted too. The many presenters did an excellent job and the attendees were enthusiastic.

I had to miss quite a bit of it on Saturday since my class met at the same time. I caught a bit during lunch and at the end of the day, and came home pretty wiped out.

Next Saturday is my last class session for The Teaching Craft. I have a 20-minute teaching presentation (to be videotaped!) and then a week to complete a syllabus for a course I'd like to teach.

Then I'll have two weeks off before my next class starts!

Next week is Mark's 21st birthday (sort of--it's February 29). I think we'll have a quiet gathering on March 1 with just the kids and a couple of their friends. It's getting harder to have big family gatherings with tax season, me in school, snow falls, etc.

Hope your February ends well! Enjoy Washington's birthday!

Till next time,



Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Busy, busy...

Well, I'm really enjoying my class "The Teaching Craft." It is every Saturday from 8:30-4:30. Got lots of reading for the class, and a big project at the end (it's only a four-week class). 

So, with working full-time, I'm finding what being an Adult Learner is all about.

Exhausting. But exhilarating

The Anthro/Soc department is also sponsoring a big reconciliation conference on campus this coming weekend. I'm trying to help with many details.

I'll be glad when I get through this weekend.

But I'm having fun.


Till next time,



Friday, February 06, 2009

It's over!

Well, I survived the day of preparation and the procedure! No polyps, so I should be good for several years now (before another exam)!

The Day of Preparation wasn't very pleasant but it's over now. The doctor and assistant were both very kind, and I was so sedated I didn't even really know what was going on and was very surprised when they said they were already finished.

The nurse watching me during recovery had to tell me a couple times to breathe. I guess I was so relaxed I forgot to breathe a couple of times. Weird!

I've rested a bit now and I'm getting ready to eat my first meal in two days! Hurray! So far I've just had crackers since getting home.

Till next time,



Thursday, February 05, 2009

The Day of Preparation

Today is My Day of Preparation. For Tomorrow, I am undergoing a procedure. An over-50 type medical procedure. The first part of it sounds like the name of a previous secretary of state whose last name was Powell. The second part of it is "oscopy."

So, today is The Day of Preparation. I drink a gallon of this wretched liquid, and then drink more stuff. I've already taken two pills and waiting to see when they will take affect. At 6 pm I am to start drinking The Liquid From Hell. 

Someone told me to plan on sleeping in the bathtub.

Someone else told me to sing "Moon River" and remember to "Crack a Smile."

Everyone said Today is worse than Tomorrow.

Tomorrow I should be clean, exhausted, and sedated as I undergo the Procedure. I must have someone drive me home and am not trusted to do anything important (legal or that involves driving, anyway) for at least 12 hours.

Then Saturday is my first class: The Teaching Craft. It is all day Saturday.

I have to say I'm really looking forward to Sunday. (Although I think Saturday will be fun, too.) Today, not so much. Tomorrow--I'll be happy to eat normal food again. Today's diet is orange jello and ginger ale. Tomorrow (before procedure) water only, and only first thing in the morning.

Ain't it fun getting older?

Till next time,


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