Thursday, August 28, 2014
That relaxing afternoon walking along the shores of Lake Huron seems like more than a week away. The first week in an ESL semester is usually hectic and this week has been no exception. For example,
- I got my class schedule on Friday; and my books, classroom assignment, and roster on Monday when I started teaching
- One of my classes has five more students enrolled than the maximum number
- The other class only had three students on the first day (thankfully more showed up because otherwise I could have faced a pay cut)
- Eight of my students feel that they've been placed in the wrong level and want to move up
- My vehicle died Tuesday, and I've borrowed three different vehicles since then
- Two of my colleagues found other full time jobs and quit within days (hours) of the first day of class, leaving our department scrambling
- Since blueberry farm workers are in short demand, since half of our crew started back to school this week, I worked there two mornings before heading to the university
- The tutoring and lab schedules that I labored over will now need to be revised due to changes in the schedule
- I almost got a migraine headache on Wednesday
So, I pause for a moment to look at pictures of the lake and remind myself that order will soon be restored.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The three oldest Lang girls and I toured the shops downtown on a recent afternoon. We ended the jaunt with a trip to the candy store, where I introduced them to my favorite spumoni ice cream.
It reminded me of the many afternoons I have shared with my aunt who is an expert at making all of her nieces and nephews feel special.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014
The next project on the Cookie house is raising the roof of the sunroom and increasing the pitch. Dad came over the other night to take some measurements and I commented that one of my gallon jars on the windowsill was almost full of water that had dripped through the ceiling. "Oh," Dad said, "I thought that was a strange place to keep your iced tea."
(In his defense, I've been known to keep stranger things than iced tea in gallon jars in the back room)
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
In a bowl, mix
1/2 cup regular oats
1 teaspoon brown sugar (optional)
2 tablespoons nuts, chopped
dash of salt
Over the oats, pour
1/4-1/2 cup boiling water
Let sit for 3-5 minutes.
Top the oatmeal with
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup fresh blueberries