Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Technology, See: Fear of, and, of Course, Kitty Cats

I haven't met with my class this past week because I've been holding individual conferences with my students. Tomorrow, we meet as an actual class again, and I'm going to take up their first papers of the semester, and then introduce our next unit. Then we're going to watch a movie! (I know; I'm the best teacher ever.) I found I enjoyed holding conferences with my students, as one-on-one work is more befitting to my personality than being a circus ringleader, a role which, honestly, still makes me nervous each time I have to reprise it. Even so, with the movie and all, tomorrow will find me providing minimal instruction, so why, I asked Dominic, do I still feel so anxious about it?

Because you're going to be handling electronic equipment, he said. And I said, Dang! You know me so well!

For it's true. I shall, tomorrow, be negotiating a beast named Smart Cart. I could have ordered a simple TV and DVD player, but I thought the Smart Cart (basically a computer on wheels) would be a fun alternative because it has a projector, and my students would be able to see the movie all big-like, just like in the the-a-ter!

Anyway, let's hope I can get it to work tomorrow. Moving on!

Mia has pink eye.

What's even sadder than the fact that Mia has pink eye, is the fact that this photo was taken a week and a half ago when she first contracted it in her right eye. We took her to the vet, who gave us eye cream to squirt in her eye twice daily, and we squirted away faithfully until it cleared up about a week later. The very next day she woke up with her left eye all pinked up. Oh, silly Mia.

Luckily, this brand of pink eye isn't communicable to humans or other cats, but that just leaves me wondering how exactly she got it in the first place. This is just the latest ailment tacked onto Mia's growing list of sicknesses. In the past two years we've had her, she's had a yeast infection in her ears, fleas, tapeworm twice, an upper resporitory infection, and now pink eye.

Are we terrible kitty parents?

Monday, September 11, 2006

Autumn In The Air

Autumn is in the air and keeping in pace with the season Kate and I are very much in periods of transition. Kate of course is learning to be a college professor, and I am learning to be a full time aviator. The temperature highs that have been in the low seventies the past few days have seemed to be hinting at a really cold winter season. That has reinforced the fact that I'm going to have to sell my sports car and get something more practical for the winter. (sigh...) It's frustrating that I have to lose my present to myself so soon, but there are good things and bad things about it. One good thing is I can make it to work everyday with or without snow. A bad thing is that I'll be able to make it to work everyday with or without snow. It's a double edged sword. We'll probably buy a Honda Civic. How very practical.
Practicality also dictated that Kate and I should buy tickets to the Cayman Islands to meet Brooke and Dale this Thanksgiving. We are very excited. It's going to be awesome. Hopefully Brooke will also be able to visit in October.
Our yard is ablaze with purple flowers right now, here are a few pics:

Hope you liked them!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

A Thomas Pynchon Sandwich, Nestled Between Thick Slices of New Haircut