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May 31, 2003

I slept well. I


I slept well. I needed that sleep.

J was out singing at a choir gig, I had tbe baby. Baby started acting tired a little after 8:00. Tried to give him his bedtime snack but he was not interested. Put him to bed around 8:15, he grabbed his binkie and seemed to be on the way out but started crying a few minutes later. Rocked the crib at 8:30 and he seemed to be asleep, but started crying a few minutes later. By 8:45 I said to heck with it, picked him up and walked and sang. He was asleep by the end of one chorus of "mockingbird" and in his crib by the end of the second. checked email and then to bed.

Slept 9:45 to 6:30, sound sleep, disturbed a little by J coming home at 10, baby waking and snacking at 11:00, and J waking every 2 hours to cough.

Woke, sleepy and with a sore throat. Took dawg and baby for walk, breakfast while J napped. Then went and worked on the text review for an hour. This is taking a lot longer than I had hoped it would. Finished one section, and time for a change of pace. Blogging, then probably going to win the baby for a few minutes while J gets things done.

And so to the rest of my day.

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May 30, 2003

Mid-day update. I tried


Mid-day update.

I tried writing this in the web interface, hit a stray key, and ended up going back and wiping the form. So, writing in WP, will cut and paste, not save the word processor document.

Yesterday after blogging I had a quick nap, walked the dog, and headed out. After my shower I had put on a dark shirt in case my nose let go again. As I was heading out I decided that the nose was stable and changed to my preferred white shirt to go teach.

Headed to the CC to pick up a library book, a package, and some printouts from the print shop. Got my package (review textbook, 2 review readers, and a nice set of transparencies for teaching the US survey) but my documents were nowhere to be found. Went down to the print shop and chased it down. The secretary I had sent them to has been out sick and never forwarded them to the print shop. I retrieved them from my email, printed things off, and headed out. Forgot to grab a stack of blue books for Tuesday, need to do that on my way over. Also need to drop off a specially scheduled exam for a student who has to be out of town next week.

Made it to class a few minutes before we started, after going into the base from a different gate than the one I normally use and getting nervous about directions and locations. When I got there the students were already discussing the question from today's homework. I had asked "Was the conflict of 1775-1783 a Revolution or was it a Civil War?" It is a trick question, of course, it was a civil war among Englishmen, that became revolutionary as they broke away, led to a civil war among American colonists, and finally led to a revolutionary rethinking of politics, society, and human rights. When I read their homework later it seems that most of them just recapped my Tuesday lecture on the sequence of the imperial crisis. Still, if they got that they are in good shape.

On Tuesday I had made really good time through the crisis and the revolution. Today we moved slower early on. We reviewed the revolution form 1777 to the end, talked about goals, and then moved on to the One and the Many. Covered state constitutions, Articles of Confederation, Shays's Rebellion, Philadelphia Convention, Ratification, and said a few words about the bill of rights. I fell into lecture mode again - a sign that I was not well-enough prepared. By the end, they were glazing over. I am entertaining, but I still exhausted them. On Tuesday I will have to pick up at the first congress and repeat some of what I said.

We spent the last half hour reviewing the exam. I wrote the exam Wednesday while feeling loopy and out of it. Looking at it yesterday, it was not a good exam. The Ids are fine, but the essay questions are all vague, provocative comprehension questions. I did not include any of the Coffey Specials (Tell me A, B, C about 1, 2,3) where you can just check off A1, A2, A3 and give them a grade based on their ability to describe moments. A couple of the students just took, last semester, a class on training for the business environment. A big focus of that class had been examination design, building test banks, building examinations, structuring examinations, and so on. They had been taught that no more than 20% of an examination should be comprehensive, the bulk should be knowledge, the remaining third application. They were very cranky that I was basing, between the midterm and the final, almost half their grade on comprehensive questions. I explained that 1, that is how American historians normally teach on the college level, that that was how I evaluate all my classes, including my survey classes, and that that was how I had been trained to evaluate history classes. They were not all that happy, but I told them that based on the midterm I would consider adding knowledge and applications questions to the final. They are used to 90 or 100 short questions - fill in the blank, true false, chronological order, etc.

I am thinking about giving them quotes and identifications for the final. I might also list the events of the sectional crisis and ask them to put them into chronological order. Think on this.

Talked with mr plagarism after class. I asked him about how he had written the paper, and he told me about looking things up on his son's textbook and resource kit. I then pointed out that he had word-for-word plagarized at least 3 and probably 4 different web sites. He is a 4th year student, he should know better. He gets an F for the assignment, and if this were UVA he would be expelled.

I normally offer people one chance at a re-write. He will get a chance to write a new paper, and I will decide at the end of the semester whether or not to insert it in place of the F. If nothing else, he gets the pedagogy of writing a new paper.

That took time, and I was late getting out of the building. Then I took a wrong turn heading out of the base, realized it was wrong, turned around, and took ANOTHER wrong turn. I ended up heading home on a road I had never driven before. I eventually pulled over, looked at my map, and realized what I had done.

Home late, and not sleepy. Ate 2 bowls of raisin bran (cereal seems to be a good late-night after-teaching food) and then read for a little while. Finished a Bernard Cornwell (they ARE addictive) then was still not sleepy so went and graded homework. Finished that and was playing a little E&B deciding if I was sleepy when my character died and J woke up. That was a sign, and I went to bed.

Poor sleep last night. J has a cough, and was up a couple of times. Baby has a cough, and was up a couple of times. All I remember from last night is J rocking the baby as he cried. It felt like it went on forever and ever. This morning J sez it only happened 3 times and I must have drowsed through the rest. Did NOT want to wake up this morning, slept in till after 7:00.

Today's plans:
Grocery shopping
Farm stand
Bank run
More whiteboard eraser solvent
Laundry
Finish the textbook review.
Have dinner ready at 5:00 for J.
Start reviewing Chapter 3 for the changes I will need to make.
Oh, and hit the library and check out Mel Gibson's The Patriot to watch while babysittng. Maybe.

So far I woke up, stared at the walls, walked dog and baby, sent J and baby off, read email, and wrote a couple of pages of review. Hit a stopping point and went to write this.

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May 29, 2003

Another day, another lack



Another day, another lack of morning updates.

Slept about 11:00 to 6:30. Did not want to get up. In fact, at 6:15 I got up, changed the baby, handed him to J, and went back to bed. I lay there, dreaming but not sleeping, for another half hour. I have no fever, I got enough sleep (almost) and yet I am tired and stupid and feel sick. Why?

Spent the morning working very slowly. Finished grading papers. Finished up the midterm study sheet. Did a little more class prep. Decided that the topic for the second paper will need to be changed before they can write a decent paper on it.

Some of the papers are good, several of them are just plain too short. One person cribbed the entire thing. He and I get to have a chat.

Breakfast was a bowl of cereal, no toast or muffins.

Lunch was a big bowl of leftover spaghetti and sausages.

I am packing a sandwich for today. I need to hit the bank and the office goods store to deposit checks, get quarters, and buy more whiteboard solution. I really do prefer whiteboards.

Oh, and I blew out my nose today. I was feeling less congested last night, and not feverish, so I went off the cold meds. I was ok today, blowing my nose about once an hour, and goosh the left nostril let go. I managed to get it to clot fairly quickly. But still, I think this is my first cold-induced nose bleed since I was a teenager.

So, I am teaching in something other than a white shirt and a tie. I have a plaid blazer shirt, cut like a dress shirt but dark and less obvious when my nose will drip blood on it.

time to walk the dog, take a quick nap (not in that order) and head out for errands, cc library, cc office staff chat, and thence to teach.

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May 28, 2003

Forgot to update this


Forgot to update this morning.

Lets see,
Tuesday, prepped class, worked on chapter 4, sent chapter 4 out in the afternoon. YAY. Started working on the textbook review.

Taught class, Imperial Crisis and American Revolution, got through almost everything I wanted to - but at the cost of too much lecturing. Remember to do some other things on Thursday.

Came home, had a snack, went to bed. Baby was not tired, not tired, not tired, overtired. I ended up getting up and walking him to sleep, he was asleep before I finished singing Mockingbird the first time through.

Slept 11:00 to 6:30, broken sleep. I was up once for cold meds, J was up several times coughing.

Today I felt feverish much of the day, even with cold meds and extra tylenol. Was not all that productive. I am getting very tired of being sick, and it has been less than a week.

Today I: sketched out class prep, sketched out midterm study sheet, read through the papers once, graded a couple of papers, hit the library and dry cleaners, ran a load of laundry, found a conference to send a paper to, researched a school to apply for a job at, had a nap, and wasted some time. I feel behind.

Hungry at the moment, waiting for J to come home and dinner to be ready. meatloaf and potatoes and squash and maybe some buttered carrots for dinner. Should be good. Finished the sloppy joes for lunch. Cereal and toast for breakfast.

And so to tylenol myself.

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May 27, 2003

Slept 10:30 to 6:10


Slept 10:30 to 6:10 or so, call it 7 and 1/2 hours of broken sleep. Up at 12:30 (cold med), 2:30, 3:30 and was woken by a cranking baby around 5. Baby went back to sleep and so did we. J was sleeping towards the middle of the bed again, which was cozy but cramped.

Yesterday was a tired tired day. I was exhausted after pushing on Friday,Saturday,Sunday. Yesterday I slept in, finished marking up the chapter I am reviewing, started prepping for tonight's class, stopped at 3:00 to go fetch J and baby from airport.

Home from airport around 5:00, did not get to work until 8:00. Spent some more time working on class prep, very distractable. Bailed at 9:30 or so for a snack. While snacking I figured out what was bugging me about my argument in chapter 4. Went and took 2 pages of typed notes, looked things up in a couple of books, have a plan for how to fix the problems. Today I get to revise 4 with those typed notes in front of me.

Meals Monday:
Breakfast, english muffin, toast, cereal
Lunch: sloppy joes
Dinner: spaghetti with sausage and peppers. It was going to be chicken in red sauce, but I neither cooked up the chicken in time nor wrapped and froze it, and it went bad in the fridge. I feel stupid. I should have taken the time on Friday to put them up, or on Sunday to cook them.

Today's plans
Finish prepping for class, Imperial Crisis and early Am Rev
Revise chapter 4 with those notes
Hit the CC library for a book for diss, grab printouts to hand out to kids from print center.
Teach
Revise 4 from those notes
Get 4 out the door
Write up the review
Get the review out the door.

That is too much for one day, looks like I am not going to get the bonus for finishing the review quickly.

And so to breakfast.

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May 26, 2003

Slept 2:00 to about


Slept 2:00 to about 7:30. Woke at 5:00 and, I think, 6:00. Made myself go back to bed at 6:00 and then did not want to get out of bed. I fear I may have jet-lagged myself this weekend.

Yesterday was a pretty good day.
Spent the morning cranking through chapter 4. Edited, made changes, checked what I found, revised some more. Completed a workable draft around 4:00 and put it aside. I will look at it again today or tomorrow before sending it off - there are two books I want to check for information that I am not sure about. One is on the shelves at BCC, the other is out but has been recalled to the local branch.

Spent the late afternoon and early evening catching up on other work. Graded homework, Thursday's question was "Why did the American colonists use slave labor?" I think I should have added the words "instead of free labor?" to the end.

Started reviewing a textbook for Bedford/St. Martins. So far it looks interesting.

Also made some time to cook dinner (sloppy joes), fluffle the dog's ears, and watch the rest of Legally Blonde. It was about the movie I expected it to be, I liked the smart-girl you-go-girl message, I was intrigued by the way there were a fair number of gay characters but they were all used for comic relief. For a movie about gender roles and gender expectations, I expected a little more. Am glad I watched it, not sure if I am interested in the sequel.

After shutting down I read a little, finished Crossroads of Twilight, the 10th in the series of Robert Jordan fantasy novels. It is an interesting world he has created, with a lot of compelling characters, but he has gotten bogged down. There are too many plot lines, too many names, too many conspiracies. At least this one was not full of bickering women hitting each other like a couple of the earlier ones. I started out liking these a lot, I was buying them in hardcover. He is down to library only, or perhaps $2 at a discount sale.

Got to bed late, and slept fitfully. Lay in bed for a while after waking, then made myself get going.

J comes home today, her plane is due in a little before 4:00. I will head out around 3:00 and bring a book, probably Franklin's writings.

And so to walk the dog.

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May 25, 2003

Busy writing this weekend.


Busy writing this weekend.

Slept midnight to about 7:30. It was broken sleep, up at 2:00, 4:00 and 6:00 to pee. Took more cold meds at 4:00.

Slow moving morning, just now getting back to work.

Yesterday I finished scribbling the new section around mid afternoon. Ate 2 squares of pizza and went to typing. Finished that around 9:00pm. ate a bowl of cereal and started proofing and re-reading. Found one big bad error, luckily in a section that I had indicated was incomplete, and spent time fixing that. Around midnight decided I was being inefficient and went to bed.

I think I had gotten temperance and anti-slavery confused when I talked about Methodist softening in the 1790s. I wish I had a copy of Matthews or Heyrman to check the historiography on that. I will grab Heyrman on Tuesday when I go by the community college. I am working with Bangs, a primary source, and he has nothing on the ways that Methodists actually interpreted and followed their discipline.

And so to work.

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Note to self, add


Note to self, add this to the template. Link not working at the moment. http://booksinheat.blogspot.com/

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Note to self, add


Note to self, add this to the template. Link not working at the moment. http://booksinheat.blogspot.com/

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May 24, 2003

I forgot to put

I forgot to put in my bedtime update yesterday.

I was sleepy yesterday, and although I worked a lot of hours I did not get a lot written - sentances went slowly. I did get a couple of yellow pages but wanted more.

It has been grey and rainy and sleepy the last few days, I am dealing with a cold, it is a little hard to concentrate.

Yesterday mid-morning I dropped J and baby off at the airport to visit her dad and came home to write. Wrote, dithered about what to have for lunch and made 3 hot dogs. In the afternoon I wrote, walked the dog, wrote, got a pizza, wrote and wrote. I am getting into the swing of things.

Around midnight I shut down. I then went to read a little before going to bed, bad idea. Those Bernard Cornwell novels are too hard to put down. No more out of the library for a while - too much like potato chips. To bed around 2:00, trouble falling asleep. Alarm was set for 7:00 this morning, so under 5 hours of sleep. This is not good - two nights in a row of short sleep starts me on a pattern.

Watch the sugar and caffeine today.

And so to work, about an hour late.

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May 23, 2003

Pretty good day. Spent


Pretty good day.

Spent the morning writing, took one brief naplet with my yellow pad. Got (pauses to count) 4 yellow sheets, prepped for the night class, did a little housework.

First lunch was leftover chicken and brocolli. Second lunch was also leftover chicken and brocolli. No more stir fry because I eated it all! I like that dish.

Class went fairly well. A couple of the students had trouble following the first two classes, so this time I made sure to do a better job of setting things up and explaining the connections. We did 100 years in 3 hours, focusing on the middle colonies, on colonial slavery, on the enlightenment and on the awakening. We read a page by John Locke and talked about how Locke differed from the John Winthrop we read on Tuesday. I think I like that combination and will use it again.

After class I discovered that bonehead Ted had left the lights on. The car battery was dead (almost dead - still had clock time afterwards). I called triple A, discovered that I was not a member, and flagged down a passing truck before buying an instant membership from them. Got a jump (this is why we have cables in the back of that car) and came home.

Late dinner, a 3-egg mushroom omelette around 10:00 at night. (3 eggs, 2 mushrooms, 3 scallions, 1 big clove garlic, salt, thyme) and two slices of the new bread. I did another honey wheat loaf, this time with a splash of walnut oil.

Read a book to unwind, Sharpe's Triumph by Bernard Cornwell. Was a fun light read, finished it around 12:20.

Checked email, wrote this, and am deciding if I am tired enough to sleep. I drank a Pepsi before teaching because I was tired, and now I have the caffeine problem. Oh, no reflux today until after teaching, I blame the soda. No reflux yesterday until after dinner, perhaps the garlic and salt? Took two Tums around 12:20 after I finished my book and got up to pee.

And so to let the dog out.

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An odd morning. Slept


An odd morning.

Slept about 3:15 to 7:00. Was unable to go to sleep after blogging, read another book, drank some milk, and finally felt sleepy.

Woke up and helped J pack for her weekend. I played with the baby, that was my way of helping. It kept short stuff out of the way while she put things into bags.

Breakfast, 1 bowl mixed great-grains and generic oat and barley, 2 slices toast, both with ted-slime, 1 with rasberry jam. I trashed the open marmalade - it was crystallizing and I just was not interested in eating more of it. After about a year, from Passover to Passover, my marmalade frenzy is slacking off. I still have 7 seville oranges in the fridge and freezer, so I should make some more marmalade at SOME point.

Caught up on email, did a little reading in Bender Antislavery Controversy earlier. Today I need to finish the antislavery section so I can polish it up and insert it over the weekend.

I get to eat whatever I want all weekend - I don't have to worry about making things that J likes. And, of course, I am hungry and do not know what to make. Go figure.

And so to lunch

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May 22, 2003

Slept from about midnight


Slept from about midnight to about 6:00, call it 6 and 1/2 hours. I get a nap later today.

Baby is MUCH better today. he went off to daycare, I get to catch up on 2 days worth of writing, and prep class, and get my nap, and run a load or two of laundry.

Breakfast was a bowl of great-grains and cheerios, 2 slices of toast with ted-slime, the second slice with honey on it. Oh, and I get to make another loaf of bread.

And now to work.

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May 21, 2003

What a tiring day!


What a tiring day!

Baby woke up at 10:00 and was cranky for 2 hours. I ended up calling J to come home at lunch and nurse him, which worked. She got him fed and to sleep, I took my nap which I needed, and we both slept about an hour mid day.

After waking baby was MUCH happier. We ran errands: went to the library and saw Katie, went to the farm stand and chatted with Debbie, went grocery shopping. He was wonderful.

We got home, and he started to crank again. He continued to crank until J got home to nurse him again. Then he napped. After he woke he was cranky again. We were eating by that point so J took over. Eventually I ran away to visit the storage area and get his humidifier. When I got back, J had flipped the switch and we had happy Jeckyll baby again instead of the evil Hyde baby.

We suspect that he gets cranky when there is pressure in his guts. His morning crank ended about the time he dropped a big poop, and his evening crank ended about the time he passed a lot of gas.

Meals: lunch was a little bowl of soup while the baby cried, after my nap I had a slice of toast with hummus before going shopping. Was hungry for dinner. Made my basic stir-fry: chicken cut up and marinated in olive oil, soy, ginger, garlic, hot vinegar oil and a little allspice. Steam-fry some brocolli, saute some scallions and mushrooms, brown the meat, combine it all together. The house now REEKS of cooked garlic, I feasted. If I weigh myself tomorrow remember to add a pound for all the sodium I ate today.

Watched a few minutes of Legally Blonde with the baby after his dinner and before his bath. Katie at the library (a former student of mine) was amused that I checked that one out - it did not match her image of me. The same checkout included Franklin's Writings which I needed for a quote but am likely to keep reading for fun, Tolkein's Return of the King as a book on tape for my commute to the military base, and a Bernard Cornwell military fiction.

Tried to work after dinner, got homework graded and my grade book created. Looked at what I had written earlier today and had NO idea why I was telling the reader this and NO idea where my thought had been heading. Called it a night after staring at the yellow page for a few minutes.

And so to bed.

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Slept about 12:30 to



Slept about 12:30 to about 6:30, call it 6 hours. J woke early and took the first shift. I rolled out of bed late and took the baby and the hound for their walk.

baby is feeling better, but is still home today. I have the day shift. The cleaners are coming and we will be going grocery shopping. I want to go to the gym, have not decided when I want to go to the gym.

Spent the earlier morning playing with baby and clearing house for the cleaners, baby got sleepy around 9:00 and I am getting settled for the day and thinking about getting work done.

At some point I want to do laundry, but I chose not to sort laundry with a falling-asleep baby in the same room.

And so to work.

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May 20, 2003

A fair day. Worked


A fair day.

Worked from 8 until about 12:20. Finished fixing the catholicism section (was an easy fix after sleeping on it), extended most of the footnotes, fixed a logical problem, gave it one more read-through.

While doing so I noticed that I have a big problem in this chapter that I have to fix. I am arguing that there was a crisis of categorization in the 1840s and that the Evangelical Alliance was, in its American adoption, a response to this crisis. i don't talk a lot about slavery. But, the Methodists and baptists are schisming right in 1844-46, schisming over slavery, just as the international EA is debating slavery as a condition for membership. I need to work this in.

Current plan is to discuss anti-slavery after ultraism, sketch out the Methodist and baptist schisms, and argue that these contributed to the crisis in categorization. Then I will work some more mention of the schisms and the crisis into my narrative of the founding of the EA. I am not sure how this will affect the conclusion.

Spent 12:20 to almost 2:00 thinking about this while goofing off (watching Quicktime movie trailers) and thinkin about what to have for lunch. Got a call from J saying the baby probably has pink-eye. I showered and got ready to receive the baby while J picked him up from day care (J had the car with the baby seat.)

Lunch, 2 grilled cheese sandwiches (4 slices bread, 1 can tuna, 6 slices not-cheese, mayo, mustard, margarine) with chipotle pepper sauce. Was a big lunch. Drank a root beer with it and had frozen yoghurt afterwards. This may have affected my afternoon.

Fed the baby while I ate my second sandwich. He has a new trick - he likes to help with the food. He grabs the spoon and puts it in his mouth. Today, more at dinner but he did it at lunch as well, he is dumping the food onto his right cheek because he does not open his mouth enough, then he is pushing it into his mouth with his right hand as he uses two hands to hold the spoon and gum it.

While cooking and over lunch I brainstormed the writing decisions I sketched out above.

Spent the afternoon watching the baby. When he went down for his nap I tried to write up the new section. I got half a paragraph in, on the couch, and fell asleep HARD. I slept until after 5:00, waking up a few minutes before J came home.

J nursed, I had baby duty while J went to the gym. Read Alan Taylor while baby played. Fed him (more spoon-cheek-messmaking) and took him to the vet. Dr L sez yep, conjunctivitis. Yep, ear infection. Yep, noise in the chest. Yep, red inflamed throat. The lil guy hit the trifecta, no wonder he was a little grumpy. Got a scrip for eye slime for the eyes and antibiotics for the ears, robittusson or the equivalent for the chest and the cold.

Home, dropped off baby, went to pick up the medicines. Spent 40 minutes waiting for a 20 minute thang. I may have missed them calling my name - I have to remember to sit or stand in view of the counter not around the corner. Did get another chunk of Taylor down.

Home, Baby to J for pajamas, nursing, and bed. I had 2 bowls of cereal with milk (had some milk before taking baby to the doctor) one bowl of Post great grains, one bowl of generic barley and oat with some extra raisins. I just did not want meat, after that lunch I was in the mood for milk and grains. So I ate it.

After eating I finished reading Taylor and started prepping for tomorrow night. Around midnight I hit a stopping point. Checked the newspapers, forwarded Warren Buffet's op-ed article on the dividend tax to my folks. Good article:

Wrote this, and now to bed.

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Finished class prep, headed


Finished class prep, headed out around 4:00.

Got there at 4:45. Was not hungry, so grabbed a handful of raisins rather than buying fast food.

Class went fairly well. Folks trickled in late, but it looks like I will keep most of the students. I did not cover all I wanted (I usually don't) but got through Virginia through slavery, Mass Bay through family government, and we read about half of John Winthrop's "Model of Christian Charity".

I have not yet looked at the homework, folks are being slow to get their books.

Home, was vaguely hungry but mostly wanted the taste of dairy. Had several glasses of milk and a lot of toast. 1st 3 slices with hummus on them, last slice with ted slime. It was the rich Israeli hummus, I think I blew my fat budget.

I need to spend more time reviewing basics of Christianity before teaching Puritans, some of the folks in class were unfamiliar with the basic concepts. Not sure if they were Jewish or nothingarian, but I just need to explain sacraments and communion if I am going to talk about them.

Read some of Caro's first volume on Lyndon Johnson, with E&B in the background, and now to bed.

Oh, in the last few days I have re-read Eric Flint's Philosophical Strangler and Stephen Brust's Issola. I am out of fiction, was reading Johnson on the Birth of the Modern in the can earlier and now Caro as bedtime reading. Caro is wonderfully well written, but Johnson's early years are not a nice story.

Earlier today I called for a few more books from the library, I was very happy because the county system has something that I was getting ready to head into the city to read. I still need to write my categorization footnote and then return books downtown. And, chapter 4 has a paragraph that can't be completed until I look at a run of Disciplines of the Methodist Episcopal Church. That means a run down to Virginia unless I can find a closer source - remind myself to check the online holdings of the Presby seminary, they might have it in their comparative religion shelving.

And so to bed.

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Babys are exhausting, especially


Babys are exhausting, especially when they are sick.

I have baby duty this morning, J will come home after lunch and take him so I can go teach.

Slept about 1:00 to about 6:30, call it 5 1/2 hours. I will need a nap before teaching.

Breakfast was a bowl of Post great grains with some generic barley cereal sprinkled on top, 1 large slice toast. Baby got in the way of the second toast, and I was not all that hungry anyhow.

Spent the last 45 minutes playing with baby - baby got cranky, was tired not hungry, made him wait until closer to nap time. I predict a short nap with a hungry baby at the other side. So, lets get some good productive work done while he is down.

And so to work.

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Not a lot got



Not a lot got done today.

Wrote another few sentences on antislavery. Read what the students wrote in class last week - I have some impressive kids. They baby took 3 naps, I took one. Baby is sleeping a lot, is off his feed, and is being a bit clingy. You would think the lil feller was sick and taking medication or something.

Lunch was a small bowl of leftover cajun chicken and rice from the other day. I was not all that hungry, wanted cold dairy food but ate this instead. I get a snack before I teach, probably from the burger-king in Pemberton.

Spent the third nap finishing class prep - made another edit pass on the John Winthrop piece, extended my class notes, am about to finish making notes for New England.

Today: Virginia 1620-1680s, New Mexico 1598-1690, New England 1620-1670s. Thursday: Middle colonies, Slavery details, Enlightenment, Awakening.

and back to work

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Not a lot got


Not a lot got done today.

Wrote another few sentences on antislavery. Read what the students wrote in class last week - I have some impressive kids. They baby took 3 naps, I took one. Baby is sleeping a lot, is off his feed, and is being a bit clingy. You would think the lil feller was sick and taking medication or something.

Spent the third nap finishing class prep - made another edit pass on the John Winthrop piece, extended my class notes, am about to finish making notes for New England.

Today: Virginia 1620-1680s, New Mexico 1598-1690, New England 1620-1670s. Thursday: Middle colonies, Slavery details, Enlightenment, Awakening.

and back to work

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May 19, 2003

Slept 11:00 to about


Slept 11:00 to about 6:00. J and baby were up at 5:45, I think baby woke first. I lay there and listened to the noise until 6:15. A little tired still, I miss my coffee.

Breakfast, one bowl of mixed wheaties and barley-bran scriblets (the same stuff that I sprinkle on yoghurt), 2 slices of toast with ted slime, the second slice with some honey on it. I find that I don't really want the tail end of the current marmalade jar, it is crystallizing and I have had enough of it.

Today: recycling out, some laundry, revise the Catholicism section, hit the gym, do a little teaching prep for this week.

And so to work.

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May 18, 2003

Well, it was a


Well, it was a tiring day but in the end a fairly productive day. It has been rainy all weekend, and that made everyone sleepy. Had a brief nap while thinking mid morning, and was pole-axed for about an hour around 4:00. J sez I was sleeping, I did not hear it and do not believe her.

Lunch was leftovers - finished the remnants of the toodle, finished the leftover brocolli from yesterday, had some meatloaf, polished it off with a bowl of mint-cookie frozen yoghurt. Sweets for breakfast, sweets at lunch, the naps might have had something to do with the sugar roller coaster.

Spent the day watching the baby and writing. Finished an edit pass on chapter 4, got halfway through typing up my edites before I decided it was sleepy time.

Also today, we talked with the realtor about the post-inspection letter to send to the house owner. Realtor and I had similar thoughts about what to ask for.

J cooked dinner - I just did NOT want to cook. We had some large bone-in chicken breasts. She halved them, browned them, and cooked them with cajun spices and tomato and sliced lemon. It was yummy, and different. The lemon was a little overpowering if you ate the fruit.

After dinner more baby watching till he went to bed, then typed things up. Ran some E&B in the background while typing up.

And now to bed.

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Started prepping for Tuesday.


Started prepping for Tuesday. I have decided that I teach better with notes, the trick is to get the notes right. For US 1 I can teach it freehand, but it is not as good. With a 3 hour class, I will need some more structure than I used for 80 minute classes. I think I know what I am doing Tuesday and what I will be doing Thursday.

Sorted through the book of map acetates, picked a couple. I think I will ask HMC for a new set of US survey acetates.

And so to bed.

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Slept 1:30 to 7:30,


Slept 1:30 to 7:30, well, that was when I was in bed. The baby got cold right at 1:30 and he was cranking and crying for a while afterwards. I am a lil sleepy. After last blogging started on my bedtime routine, got to the last few pages of my novel while on the can, and finished it. Was re-reading Eric Flint's Philosophical Strangler. It is an ok book, creative and tedious at the same time, and occasionally it is as funny as it tries to be.

Quicker breakfast this morning. 1 bowl of wheaties, 4 leftover pancakes, warmed in the toaster, with ted slime and maple syrup. Afterwards I fed the baby his breakfast. He really wanted to help, and kept grabbing the bowl of the spoon rather than the handle. This is cute once, but when baby is eating hot cereal with prunes mixed in, it gets messy quickly. Baby really wanted to play with his spoon, and after finishing the cereal and moving to the bananas I stopped trying to feed him quickly. Instead I would feed a spoonful, then read the comics while he chewed on his spoon. Eventually the spoon would come out and I would get another two bites into him before he got hold of the spoon and returned to play time. He is very cute, and absolutely exhausting.

Going to finish typing up my edits now. And so to work.

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Finished typing up my

Finished typing up my edits, had to solve a couple of small construction problems. I spent maybe 45 minutes typing it up, plus another 30 minutes reviewing the whole, before our midmorning nap. That is all the work I have gotten done since then. I have been babysitting, or going to the storage unit and to the gym, or cooking dinner, or folding laundry. Luckily it was a good hour of work I had this morning.

Baby might be sick, he is clingy and cranky. He rubs one ear sometimes, but is not yet running a fever. He might be sick, he is most certainly exhausting.

I was tired when I went to the gym. I had been in the storage area and struggling a little to move boxes around - a bad sign. Was stiff on warming up, weak once I started to lift.


  • 4:00 cycle, stretch, fr squat bar *10, oh squat bar *10
  • Squat, bar * 12, 135*3, 185, 225*5, 2.

  • cardio, recline cycle, 20 resist for 15 minutes, 15 resist for 20 minutes, 55 rpm, 660 "calories"

It was a crappy lift. I was tired and weak, on the squats I had plenty of leg power I just lost concentration and could not control my core or my form. I wanted 2 sets of 8 at that weight, I did not push once the form fell apart. In fact, I walked away from the iron and went and sat on an exercycle.

It has been 9 days since I went to the gym. That is part of it. I have been getting not enough sleep for a few days and am still coming off of grading frenzy midweek. That is also part of it. Still, I should not be that weak and that tired. Lets see how things go tomorrow afternoon.

Oh, gym weight 177.6, naked weight 174 1/4. Did I loose weight because I lost fitness, or because I ate a little lightly?

Finished printing out the section on catholicism. Either I edit and revise that, or I vacuum the house. I feel tired and stupid, the vacuum is looking tempting.

And so back to work

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May 17, 2003

Sleepy day, rainy day


Sleepy day, rainy day - the two might well be connected.

Did not get much done mid morning, realized I was thinking slowly so I opened J's computer and installed the hard drive from my old machine. She went from 10 gig to 30 gig, or will once I finish pulling the last couple of files off of the old drive. I also plugged in the monitor she brought home from work. It is very dark; she may want to go back to the old one even though it yellows out. I think we have cash available for a new monitor for her.

Took the dog to the vet, dog is healthy and now she has her shots up to date. Just kennel cough vaccine, but that is a good one to have up.

Lunch, beanie weenie - 2 D&W lowfat hot dogs, 1 can bush vegetarian beans, some thyme and garlic. Afterwards I did get some writing done, but not much. Finally threw up my hands and took a nap on the bed - was positively unconscious and had trouble getting up again. It was one of those paralyzed naps, where the body does not move and the brain is full of oatmeal.

Sorted coupons, picked up the baby, finally dropped off a week and a half worth of dry cleaning. Then baby and I went grocery shopping. Was a slower shopping trip than sometimes - used coupons, picked cereal, and hunted out a store employee to grab me a box of mason jars. Yes, mason jars are in ! I hope to make blueberry jam this weekend.

Dinner was meatloaf, a baked acorn squash, challah, and steamed brocolli with lemon. J's brother came over. We put a hurting on dinner, very few leftovers. J looked at the pictures of the new house and had some thoughts about the landscaping - he does not like, he despises, the retaining bricks that the current owner used to make a border around the mulch beds. After we move in I will grab him and we will work out a grading plan to get the water away from the house and keep it away. He then explained his Europe trip, looks like it will be fun, we took some pictures, and shooed him off.

Baby was in bed by then, I did dishes then got a little more writing done. Finished typing in the yellow sheets I wrote a few days ago, started making notes about where to insert the ideas I had this afternoon. This chapter is already 2 weeks late, I hope to get it out the door before it is 3 weeks late. I think it is hanging together, it just needs another pass for coherence and clarity.

Set up a batch of pancake batter to ferment overnight. The buttermilk is bad again, I have spoiled too much buttermilk. No more. I made the batter with yoghurt and skim milk, and we will see how we like it in the morning. I might decide to raid the blueberries for the jam and sprinkle a few onto pancakes. That would be pretty darn tasty.

Oh, the reflux has been pretty darn good today. It was annoying this morning, but has been non-existent since the nap. I hope that a little less stress, some sleep, and a reasonable use of milk will get my stomach off this self-eating thang. Still constipated, but not as bad as I was a couple of weeks ago. You don't need to read that, but I need to keep a record of it because I am tracking the reflux and its side effects.

Played a little E & B, drank milk, thought about the chapter. Am about to go to bed, but baby just woke and is crying. I might be up very late indeed.

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Another test of the



Another test of the feedback. And so there is something substantive here, a little reflux late in the morning. Ignoring it until it gets annoying.

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Slept 1:15 to 7:15,


Slept 1:15 to 7:15, about 6 hours. Missed my early bedtime while worrying about the buttermilk, and then was working and rattling till 12:30 or so. Baby was restless, I went to bed without my niacin then got up to take it, I hit the sheets around 1:15 and probably fell asleep within 20 minutes. Did NOT want to wake up in the morning, but baby was up and thus so were we.

Breakfast was pancakes. 1 cup ap flour, 1/2 cup ww flour, 1/2 cup buckwheat flour, 2 tbsp sugar, 1/2 cup yoghurt, 1 1/2 cups skim milk, 1 cup sourdough starter (1 cup ap flour, 1/2 cup water, yeasties). Let that ferment overnight then this morning added 2 eggs, 1/4 cup oil, a little salt and 1 tsp baking soda. It made good pancakes, served with ted slime and maple syrup.

About to shower and then J and I will both try to get work done while the other and the baby are in the house. We will see what we will be able to get done. It is another cold rainy day and I am going to want something in the caffeine family. Oh, the reflux is currently gone! Lets see how it goes for the rest of the day. Once I go a week without reflux I get coffee again.

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May 16, 2003

Slept 11:45 to about


Slept 11:45 to about 7:15, was a lot of sleep. J thinks I was sleeping in.

I had baby duty this morning, dropped him off after walking dog and baby (baby in a carriage, not yet old enough for his own leash).

Breakfast, 2 bowls Wheaties, the rest of the bread, a little marmalade, small glass oj, 2 tums.

The reflux was noticable but not bad yesterday. Lets see how some sleep and lower stress does for the stomach today.

Plans for today: write, dog to the vet, dry cleaning, write, pick up baby, grocery shopping. Oh, and some exercise too.

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May 15, 2003

A day of grading.


A day of grading.

I finished the ids mid morning and moved to short essay. Graded the short essay around lunch (leftover chicken and noodles with mayo). Ran the mid-day grading on a pan of cocoa ( 1/4 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup sugar, 4 cups water, a little vanilla extract, a little water). Afternoon snack of buttered noodles - killed the angel hair. Dinner was one plate of leftover curry.

Finished grading the long essay late afternoon, then did the composite re-read. This was a mean exam, it was a hard exam, and some of the kids got chewed up and spit out by their lack of knowledge. I have very little patience for a bullshit exam answer, and some of the kids wrote bullshit. So I ignored those paragraphs, and graded on what was left when you cut out the BS.

J took the baby to choir practice, and after some disruption around dinnertime and baby time I got back to grading. Finished the second read early evening, graded discussion, and started filling in the gaps.

Finished reviewing the kids and filling in the grade sheet around 12:15. So, with breaks for cocoa, for lunch, a longer break for dinner, and some short breaks to walk the hound, do some laundry, or bleeble briefly, I worked 16 hours today - call it 12 hours billable.

Tomorrow I get to grade the student who emailed a semester's worth of work to me tonight, give an exam to someone who got the day wrong, and grade one last emailed paper. Then I can plan for tomorrow afternoon's first class.

My current thought is to have them do a writing exercise, probably early in the class, probably "who are you" - then go through their essays and identify the moments where they define their identity through their heritage, their memories, or their personal histories.

Oh, around dinnertime we got a call from one of the mortgage companies. We have a mortgage, a 5/1 ARM with a rate so low it is practically 19th century money. We also got the house inspection. There are some little things we will ask the seller to fix - painting, gutters, the range - and a few things we will wait to work on until we can control the outcome. It looks like the house is old, is fairly well maintained, and will require CONSTANT work. There go my weekend afternoons.

Late night snack of a bowl of yoghurt with prunes, almonds, and barley bran cereal.

Now we see if all that cocoa will let me sleep.

And so to bed.

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A long day. Up


A long day.

Up around 6:45, J was out the door early so I had the baby. Got baby to day care around 8:00, swapped cars with J, then home. Did some paperwork and checked mail, showered, and was running late so breakfast was a glass of milk and 2 slices of toast. Out the door at 9:30.

At 10:10 met a student to give the rescheduled final. I left the exam sheet at home, so I printed out the study guide and picked new questions. It was a harder exam than what the others took so I cut her a little slack. Graded the 6 papers all turned in together and all late from a student in US 2. GOOFED - forgot to deduct the late penalty from them an so the student went away with a C+ and not the D+/C- she deserved. The exam person turned it in, graded that, turned in my grades and was out by 11:30.

Home, filled in the spreadsheet with the extra grades. Lunch was toodle. 1 box max n cheese, extra noodles, cheddar cheese powder, milk, olive oil, margarine, oregeno, 2 cans of tuna. I ate about half, J had another quarter for a snack for her dinner.

Prepped for this afternoon, finished syllabus, had a short nap (dog barked in the middle) hit the bank, hit the library to return books - the thing being held had already gone back -and to take a look at their books on tape. back by 3:00, changed, finished loading bag, and headed out to teach.

It took me just over an hour to head to the military base, left at 3:45 arrived at 4:50. Got a day pass, found my course passes in the classroom. First class went well. The military students are all motivated, all have lots of self-confidence, and are all interested in history. Did some things differently this time, and they worked. Ran through the syllabus, then had them write for 20 minutes on "Who are you?" Then we talked about what is history, got into history and identity, why history matters. They were live for this discussion - I could just step back and let them go.

After the break I lectured on Spain, England, and early Jamestown. I had been pretty scary with the syllabus, so I made it as compelling a story as possible to emphasize the fun in the narrative approach to history. I think most will stick, which would give me 13 to 15 students.

I headed in from rt 616, I headed out past the county college. Even with a wrong turn it took me about an hour - but there was a LOT less traffic. Will look at a map and decide which route is best.

The classroom has overhead projector, vcr and tv, and a white board. I do not like whiteboards - they don't erase properly. I write, erase, write more, leave it up for a while, erase again - chalk is much better for my teaching style. I had to leave some words on the whiteboard - I hope that that was proper protocol. I know I always erase the chalk board before leaving the room, but at TUCC the maintenance folks cleared the white boards between classes because those did not erase properly either.

Home, had salad and 2 squares of pizza. Oh, we ordered pizza from the WRONG place beginning with the letter S at the corner of Church and 73. We need to get more pizza. Also had a mess of raisins in the car.

Read email and calmed down

And so to bed.

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May 14, 2003

Slept 10:30 to 6:30,


Slept 10:30 to 6:30, about 8 hours. Had trouble falling asleep - I blame the Niacin. Wanted to keep sleeping this morning. Reflux better but still a little annoying, will see how breakfast settles it.

Breakfast - small bowl of shredded wheat, english muffins with ted slime and marmalade, 1 slice sourdough white toast with ted slime.

I want to get graded in time to go to the gym and then take the babysitting tonight. We will see if I can stay on focus.

And so to work

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May 13, 2003

Did discussion grades before



Did discussion grades before dinner. Grading phrenzy is one of the few times I let myself eat a pizza. It was a yummy pizza. We ordered a delivered sicilian pie from Stephanos. It was tasty - thick chewy crust, pizza cheese, fairly good overall taste balance. It was a sweet pizza, which disconcerted me a bit, but it went. They use canned mushrooms. J and I ate half a large sicilian between us; I think I had 5 squares, all from the outside. I like pizza.

Graded after dinner, with a break to bathe the baby. Finished doing discussion grades, typed in the remaining grades for papers, started grading the blue books. If I have time I want to give another pass to the final exams for US 2.

So far only one howler, and you have to be a history geek to get it: Lyman Beecher handed out Beecher's Bibles to people he met on the street. (Hint, Beecher's Bibles were .56 caliber)

Tired, and so to bed.

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Slept 10:45 to 6:15,


Slept 10:45 to 6:15, about 7 1/2 hours. Wanted more sleep.

Up and revised the final exam for this afternoon. It is a little imbalanced, 2 compare/contrast questions, but otherwise is pretty comprehensive. It will do.

Now to walk the hound and start a day - we inspect the house this morning.

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I am tired. It


I am tired. It has been a busy day, and I have second shift coming up !

Baby was cranky this morning, throwing us off our rhythm. Breakfast was a bowl of shredded wheat, a muffin with marmalade, and the heel of a new loaf of bread. I decided to make a sourdough white yesterday to go with the leftover chicken sandwiches. (Feh, why could the Earl of Sandwich not have had a simpler name, like Jones - I know, it was John Montagu the nth Earl of Sandwich who was supposedly the gambler who ate bread on meat, so Jones over Montagu is not a big improvement, but still.)

We inspected the house today. It looks pretty good, there are some wiring and plumbing things, but the big things are in good shape. The water in the basement is probably from bad landscaping around the house, a few hundred dollars worth of dirt should fix that. It is an older house, 20s construction, and the floors are tilted from settling, but it feels very very solid. I think we will keep it.

Went to school, ate lunch, graded papers and waited for the exam time. Lunch was leftover chicken on homemade sourdough white, with lettuce and mayo. After lunch I had bad reflux - lots of acid, very annoying. Not painful, but acid at the back of the throat.

I GOOFED. I headed to the classroom early for our usual 2:40 start time completely spacing on the fact that the exam ran from 2:00 to 4:00. I was sitting around from 12:30 onward grading papers, this was just a total brain fart. I also forgot, rushing out of the house to make the 9:00 inspection, to grab their second papers to return to them. All in all it was not a good last contact moment. Note, put the exam time on the exam sheets - not for the kids, but to remind ME of when to be there.

The exams came back in a reasonable time pattern, too many of them were back before the first hour, which is usually a bad sign considering that the long essay was a tough question. I will grade them after I update this.

Home, lots and lots of traffic heading home. Race street onramp was blocked and the bridge backed up all the way past 12 and Vine. Note, listen to the radio and if I hear about trouble on Race again, head crosstown on Broad not on 10th and then take the Vine expressway to the bridge.

Took one of the sample pills Dr L gave me. This is the first time I have taken one. If have more than 2 a day or more than 2 days a week, call her. I have been feeling an awareness of something in my lower right hand abdomen just under the rib cage, but am not sure if it is hypochondria.

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May 12, 2003

Blog entry, May 12,


Blog entry, May 12, 2003 10:10pm.

Blogger is down, so I am writing this on WP.

It was not as good a day as it could have been. Not enough sleep, no naps, and no caffeine makes Ted a slow boy. Typed up a page or so from the yellow sheets, but was distrusting the quality of what I was doing. Graded some US 2 section exams, headed to the city and graded some more while waiting for students to come in with their finals. I got through most of the section exams and started reading finals by the end of the day.

Lunch was pasta and the leftover bloody chicken. That was not enough so I heated up puttanesca and angel hairs as well. Was still hungry so had a bowl of frozen yoghurt with caramel sauce before leaving for the city.

Home, had a breakfast bar on the way home. Fed the baby while J ate dinner, then had leftover chicken curry (1 plate). J took the baby while I printed off papers that had come in the email, and wrote back to the students. So far it looks like only one request for an extension. I will be a little generous, I have to do that after being such a fool myself as an undergrad, but I will not offer a long extension.

Several of the students turned in their final papers in class. I chatted with a few of them being nice and also trying to get some feedback on how I did this semester. I was striving for the tough but exciting professor who makes you work hard and at the end you recommend his class. Tough but fair, high energy, and emotions seem to be the key to good history teaching. I got most of the way there. The kids are not entirely happy about my grading - the criteria are not clear, or do not fit the questions that I ask. I had them do a lot of writing this semester, US 2 did too much writing. But it was an emotional class; I am a good lecturer although only a mediocre discussion leader. For many of the students I was the first history teacher they ever had who could make the past come alive and feel immediate and meaningful. I got a lot of comments thanking me for that. They liked the class, even though they did not like the writing. One student, a weaker writer and ESL person, commented that I was tough but fair, and that she respected that I actually did assign and collect and turn back all the things that were on the syllabus. I fear that a lot of Temple professors use the syllabus as a general suggestion rather than as a firm guide. Note, for the next time I teach at Temple, include the grading criteria on the syllabus.

Picked questions from the study sheet for my final exam. I have done better study sheets in the past. Looking over the final exams, and over the study sheet, I realize some things I want to spend more time on next time I teach. In US 1 - more women, especially in colonial era, more discussion of race and the inter-relation between race and slavery, more Puritans, more religion in general. Religion fell out of this semester's US1. Next time I teach I think it will be Ed Morgan on Puritans, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and a less expensive document reader. For US2, I fell behind on multimedia materials for the last quarter of the class. I also spent more time riffing and less time working from detailed notes, and that meant that I was less time efficient. The last day I spent an hour on the end of the cold war, that time should have been spent on culture wars and the rise of the modern conservative movement. I left out the Korean war, take 15 minutes for that next time. I also left out the political basis of the late 40s and early 50s red scares, I need to set up partisan politics and the cold war before moving towards the consensus approach of Cold War Liberalism. For that matter, I did not explain CWL very clearly either. That is a Balogh thought, I might reconsider or do more reading on my own.

Tired, but still a little wrought up. J is cranky about my slow progress on the dissertation. I made a passing comment about wanting to buy strawberries to make jam with and this set her off on the notion of my working slowly and being easily distracted. This, of course, got me going on the frustrations of working slowly and being easily distracted. Rather than getting too fired up to sleep, while being too tired to do good work, I asked her to defer the argument.

My slow pace does bother me, it does. I wish I could write faster, or rather I wish I could write serious stuff as quickly as I dash these things off. Of course, these blog entries are stand alone, they are not tying together into a planned and coherent portrait. And the language on these does not have to be precise; I can ramble about and blather on and not loose my audience. I don't know if I even have an audience. I don't know if I even want an audience. I looked briefly for a feedback tool I could plug into this, but did not find one. And I want this blog to be a writing aid, not yet another source of distraction. I am easily distracted, it is a failing. I get very tired doing the same thing for more than an hour or ninety minutes, especially if it is tedious brain work like grading papers. When I get a good writing day I can crank out pages and pages, and some of them are even good. But I am not so good at making sure I get some progress, enough progress, done every single day.

Where does my time go? Some of it falls into the web, I look up for a minute and find myself clicking away because that is easier than thinking hard about what to write next, what to say about the next paper. I thought about pulling the internet plug, but I do look things up on line while writing, mostly citations, and it is handy to have it right there. The key is self-discipline, and I am notoriously self-indulgent. Some of my time goes into reading fiction. I find that I have to read some fiction every week, and that it is better to read in dribs and drabs - on the can, for example - than to put it aside and then get caught by a fiction phrenzy. Some of my time goes into games, I do grade better over the course of a full day if I have a game session going in the background. I grade better for an hour without the distraction, but an hour gets me between 4 and 6 papers. Grading is an incredible time sink, but it is also incredibly important. I fell behind on my grading this semester. The house hunt cut into time, I made sure that writing cut into my grading time, and I also just had trouble staying focused and just doing it. I love to teach, I like it when I have written a good and a useful comment on a paper, but the process is both hard and tedious. I am whining.

J came in to apologize for picking that fight earlier. She is stressed because her job wants to promote her, and the promotion means more hours of work each week, and she does not want to spend 50 hours a week working, plus commute, plus baby, plus life. I still work too slowly.

And so to bed

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double post, I hate


double post, I hate it when Blogger is laggy.

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Slept about 1:00 to


Slept about 1:00 to 6:45, call it 5 1/2 hours. After blogging, and editing the blog, was still not quite tired. Surfed the library catalog for a while, then to bed at one. Was cold, got up and put on warmer pajamas. Still had some trouble getting to sleep.

Two nights ago I had anxiety dreams involving being naked in public, mostly naked - I think there was a towel. Last night my dreams were populated by, I forget the title, that Tim Allen movie about actors in a Star Trek style TV series who end up abducted by aliens who think that the show was real. Scenes from that movie were running in my sleep, and kept running on the back screen while I walked the dog and slept-walked through my morning.

Last night the bathroom sink backed up. One of the things that kept me up was plunging it - no go. J plunged it this morning and still nothing, although it is draining a trickle. I get to call the complex about it once we have business hours.

TTD call county college coordinator at the military base, call the vet about the cat's slime and the dog's shots, write, make a loaf of bread, call the complex about the sink.

And so to work.

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May 11, 2003

Slept about 7 hours,


Slept about 7 hours, midnight to 7. Up, wandered around stupidly for about half an hour, then started day.

Breakfast was oatmeal, yum. J cooked while I walked the hound. Mothers' day today. We made some phone calls, I did not get J flowers. Bad Ted.

Wrote 4 legal sheets this morning while playing with baby, is a new conclusion to chapter 4. Will type them in tomorrow morning after I will have slept on them.

Spent the day playing with the baby, grading papers, and cooking. J did a lot of laundry, nice change for me because I normally get to do laundry. J caught up with last week's work, may have started on this coming week's stuff. I got done the grading for the Monday class, all but the finals which are coming in on the email. Will grade those tomorrow when I go in to pick up the hand-delivered copies. NOTE - need to finish syllabus for Thursday.

Lunch was leftover turkey chile on rice. Before lunch I had a snack of yoghurt with prunes and some fiber cereal. Mid afternoon I had a bowl of frozen yoghurt with fudge sauce and fresh strawberries. That fudge sauce is over 2 years old, even though I just opened it. It tastes like corn syrup and not much else - trashed it after eating ice cream. Now I can get a new bottle.

Today was scheduled for a legs/lowback lift. Mid afternoon I was just plain sleepy. Last Tuesday I lifted while tired, and it was not a good workout. I took a nap, actually I fell asleep lying on the floor while playing with the baby - J took the baby when he cried and I just stayed there for a few minutes. Moved to the couch later and had about a half-hour nap. No workout today, slacker.

Dinner was a chicken curry. I bought a big pack of chicken breasts last week, 4 went into the fajitas, 1 went to baby food, the rest went into a curry with 3 onions, 3 carrots, 1 can chick peas, some fresh ginger, garlic, and spices: fenugreek, celery seed, turmeric, hot pepper, thyme, fresh ground nutmeg. It was a different variation on the same curry, mostly because I mixed my own spices instead of using the pre-mixed stuff. We ate a lot of it, killed almost half the pot between the two of us.

The reflux is better. It was a little annoying a few times during the day, but it is back down to what it was before 2 weeks ago. No coffee and frequent peppermint seems to be doing the trick. Spicey ginger curry did not put any extra distress on the stomach other than the lung phlegm that comes with eating too much dinner. I still have not taken the drugs the doctor gave me for the tummy. I hope the reflux contines to go away so that I won't. I don't like medicine and prefer to take as little as possible.

After dinner, baby washing, laundry folding, and more grading. Finished grading papers around 9:30, got the homework done by 10:30. Spent about an hour playing games and now to bed. Willaena on E&B got blown up exploring, so I dragged Iskanya out for the final grading and then afterwards I took him mining. I think the defender is more fun than the explorer, even though the explorer does seem to gain experience faster.

Random introspective thought for the day. I was thinking about the reunion yesterday. I noticed something odd. Most of the folks who came to it, came to talk to each other. They formed a large gaggle of folks and moved around as an ameoba, very slowly. I did want to see people, and I spent time talking and catching up, but several times J and I wandered off on our own. At reunions, while it is good to see people, and good to tell J about things, the most powerful moments for me were wandering around by myself digging out memories.

The best part of the reunion was walking around the old running track. I spent a great many afternoons on that track, it has a lot of memories for me. It is odd that I have more memories, or more powerful memories, from a cinder and gravel oval than I do from the various classrooms. But, the classrooms have changed, the track is still very similar. In fact, I walked out on the cross country course, ignoring the baseball and lacrosse games that were going on, and spotted the hill with a tree at the top of it. We used to run up that hill, again and again and again, in track an in cross country. The hill does not look all that big right now, although I was on a rise to one side of it. Everything looked smaller. Still, if my ankle had been feeling better and I had packed some running gear, I would have run up that hill for old times sake.

And now to bed.

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May 10, 2003

Big day indeed. J's

Big day indeed. J's Torah reading went well. I held the baby, baby smiled at all around him. It was fun.

We split right after her Aliyah, home, changed, and to my 20th high school reunion. Arrived around 1:00. Went to lunch, saw about a dozen classmates. It was fun. Everyone is married with kids, including a couple of folks within the class who got married only 5 or 6 years ago.

Lunch was one and a half chicken sandwiches (small broiled breast on a roll, lettuce and tomato) and some noodle salad and oil-based potato salad. Had a water ice, I think that gave me the sugar crash later in the afternoon.

As always at reunions the doctors, lawyers, and local folks were over represented. Folks kept commenting on my web page - I should probably keep that sucker up to date. Baby was a big hit, as always, he is cute.

Folks, especially the teachers, kept asking about my brother and sister. I need to give them both a call sometime soon to say hey and pass along all the good wishes.

The high school has gotten so much bigger since I was there. They added space, moved the K-6 kids to another campus, upped the graduating class from 50 to 90, and are building a new $17,000,000 science building. Thats a lot of lab space, well designed lab space, including J sez some space for the teachers to run their own little research projects. They really are gearing up to compete with the community colleges for math/science teachers. That is pretty remarkable. J took the building tour, I babysat. It was a hardhat tour and hardhats do not come in 9month sizes.

Chatted some more, looked at the new gyms. It is odd, I walked through the whole building. The classrooms are similar, and I had some memories there, but I had the strongest memories walking around the track and along the cross country route. It might be because I am still running, but I am not still consciously doing the things we did in class, but it was the athletic memories that had the most resonance.

Got tired and called it around 4. The others went for dinner before coming back to party. I had bailed on the party in my RSVP, we had not made plans for babysitting, and we were both tired. Home and everyone had a nap - I lay down on the floor to play with baby and woke up half an hour later. Concrete under carpet is not so hard if you lie on your back and not on your belly.

Dinner was out of the freezer - no one wanted to cook. Thawed some bloody chicken and ate that, with elbo noodles and a carrot. I guess I am not going to make bloody chicken with the stuff in the fridge - probably making a chicken curry tomorrow.

After dinner did a little housework, bathed the baby. Looked at the dissertation chapter I have been noodling on in the back of my head all day, plugged in the road map I worked out in Schul, and I think it might work for a new conclusion. Was too tired/stupid to write well, and it was Saturday night. Watched an hour of TV with J - nature documentary, then played an hour or so of E&B, got Willa-Jenquai her combat level 14. Now she gets to run trade routes, and I get to grade while she does it.

My left achilles tendon is sore - the walking may have set it off. I changed walking around shoes from the soft Asics to the Timberlands hoping that would help. The ankle still got sore. Iced it while playing games. J suggests that I get my orthotics checked, they are several years old.

Reflux was a little annoying after dinner, had a mint right after dinner and some mint tea while watching TV. Forgot to mention mint to the doctor when we talked about reflux. If I get bile in the back of my throat I will try her pills, if a little mint clears it up I won't bother. I did not feel that the spicey tomato dinner made the reflux any worse than a normal dinner (but then, spicey food IS my normal dinner.)

And so to bed.\

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Slept 11:30 to 6:30.


Slept 11:30 to 6:30. Broken, fitful sleep. Was too warm early in the night, too cold later on. Baby was also restless.

Up, J had been up for an hour or so and she poked me awake, handed me the baby, then went back to bed. Stared stupidly at the baby for the last 45 minutes, now starting my day.

Big day today - J is reading Torah to celebrate Mothers' Day, then I have my 20th high school reunion.

I want coffee, but I won't have any.

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May 09, 2003

Got some work done


Got some work done mid day and late in the day, but most of the afternoon was spent being sleepy. It was a grey rainy day.

Lunch was beanie weenie (2 low fat hot dogs, 1 can bush's beans, 1 clove garlic) After lunch I had a bowl of frozen yoghurt with fudge sauce. The dessert may well have affected my sleepies later on.

The reflux is better today. Had a couple of peppermints, one mug of mint tea during the day.

Gym, did a mixed upper body workout
HCP 95*5
barbell bench bar * 10, 95*3, 135*5,5,5. Working on form
pullups, wide grip 4 1/2, 3
dumbell bench 30*10. Right front delt felt over worked, halted pressing movements.
barbell bent row, 135*3, 185*1, 155*5,5
curls/cheat curls for negatives. 70*3, 90*3/2, 3/2
abs - double crunch, freehand, 20,20

no cardio - being kind to left achilles tendon.

Picked up babe, went home, cooked and cleaned kitchen. J ran late from happy hour.

Dinner was chicken scallopini, breaded in flour and a little salt pepper and thyme, fried in olive oil, served with rice and broccolli. I deglazed the chicken pan with shallots and vermouth (we were out of lemon, wah). Note, the non-stick pan leaves nothing to deglaze, try this in iron.

After dinner we folded some laundry, put the house back together, fed and amused the baby.

After baby to sleep I graded a couple of papers while running E&B in the background. Shut down a few minutes ago, and so to bed. Busy day tomorrow.

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Slept 10:30 to 6:30,


Slept 10:30 to 6:30, about 8 hours and again I wanted more sleep. Cutting out coffee to help with the stomach seems to have the side effect of helping my sleep. I still miss my coffee.

After blogging yesterday got a little more done, dinner was leftover chile on rice, 2 plates full. If there were 8 plates in the pot, I had a quarter of the pot for dinner last night - not too much food.

I had the baby while J went to hazmat, which was fun. He ate, we played, he got tired and had his bath, he did NOT want a bedtime drink, and he got to sleep pretty easily. J came home a little before 10 and baby woke up, so he got his snack then.

This morning, breakfast was 2 small bowls of cheerios, 2 slices of germy bread, the second with marmalade. Showered early, went to the doctor to talk about cholesterol. The numbers are better than they were: 147 total, 91 LDL, 31 HDL. That is a BIG jump from the 20 HDL I had a few months ago. All the numbers were higher, I suspect Passover but I have also been eating a lil more fat the last few weeks. The big changes I have noticed over the last month are 1 sitting on the exercycle a few times a week and 2, my body has shifted back towards muscular mode - my back has lumps again. When I wear a fit body, either weightlifting fit or running fit, my cholesterol numbers improve.

Talked to the doctor about the reflux, I think I have forgotten to blog the reflux but it has been bothering me for a couple of week. Before that I was vaguely aware of a little reflux after large meals or excess coffee and a little bit of a milk hangover after some of my post-workout milk binges. Doctor said to 1, keep on with the no coffee (I miss my coffee), 2, watch the milk binges, 3, watch for pain on the right side of the belly that might be gall bladder, and 4, take sample pills when it bothers me. If I ever take more than 2 a day or 2 a week, then call her and we will look at it farther.

For my achilles tendon, stretching, rice, consider anti-inflammatories before exercise. After racking up my knee that way I do NOT want to risk painkillers before exercise again. Oh, and no running till the ankle stops hurting. I also wonder if my walking around sneakers are breaking down, I am very hard on shoes.

I do think I want to cut my weight by 5, and go down to 170 not 175. If I watch my calories for the month it should be fairly easy to do, I just have to go with assymetrical cutting/bulking minicycles.

And so to work

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May 08, 2003

Slept 10:00 to 6:30


Slept 10:00 to 6:30 or so, but it was fitful broken sleep. I put on warmer pajamas knowing that it would get cold later, and this meant that I was too warm for the first half of the night. Wanted to sleep more.

Breakfast was shredded wheat and 2 slices of germy bread. (1 cup bread flow, 1 cup sourdough, 1/2 cup ww flour, 1/2 cup wheat germ, 1/2 cup water, yeast, salt, go).

Spent the day working. The sprinkler crew were here most of the day - I forgot to grab my shower early and now I feel a lil slimy. Will probably skip it entirely since I don't have time to hit the gym before baby comes home.

Spent the morning writing, struggling in chapter 4 on the transition between Hodge's theory of the church and the Evangelical Alliance. I think the connection is through American involvment with European protestantism, but I am having trouble tying things together neatly. Using Wilbur Fisk, passing baton to Horace Bushnell, and going from Bushnell to the EA. I might want to put Bible societies in earlier.

Lunch was a mushroom omelette, 2 eggs, 2 mushrooms, 1 scallion, olive oil, 2 slices of germy bread. I then ate another hard boiled egg that I had cracked thinking it was a raw egg for my omelette. J later pointed out that the yolk could have gone to the baby and the white could have gone to the pets. too late now.

Spent the afternoon working on my BCC syllabus. Finished laying out chapters and writing homework questions, got about halfway through preparing documents for inclass use. I am mostly using classics, and we will be doing close readings of them in class. So John Winthrop's "Model of Christian Charity" - in the original spelling and grammar, a bit of Locke's Letter on religious Toleration, some George Washington on the revolution, Thomas Jefferson and the firebell in the night, and excerpts from Jackson's nullification proclamation.

I had sunsword forums up for most of the day, and took my study breaks by typing there. I asked them my question about whether AJ should be on the US currency, it sparked some discussion but less than I triggered when I went medieval on the Atkins diet. Sigh, too much time on boards.

I found two potential jobs, one in New Zealand that does not pay enough to cover the travel costs, and one at a county college about 75 minutes from our new house. I think I will apply to the local one. What the heck, we can always move again next year LOL.

We have a home inspection lined up for Tuesday morning, we have a termite inspection lined up for the same time. J has seen the deed to the house, it looks like the current owner is making a NICE profit by selling to us. He bought it at an estate sale, put some work into fixing it up, caught a rising market, and here we are.

Afternoon snack, large bowl of yoghurt with raisins, fried almonds, and crunchy cereal. The passover almonds have cottonseed oil, I worry about their fat profile. Almonds in general are very good, and these are tasty. I suspect I will finish the container.

I have the baby tonight, J is going to a hazmat class. I broke from work too late to hit the gym and still receive the baby. Would have run, but left achilles tendon is sore and I do NOT want to create another nagging injury like I have with my knees.

Hope to get a little grading done before they come home and again after baby goes to bed.

And so to work.

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May 07, 2003

Slept 10:30 to about


Slept 10:30 to about 6:30, could have slept more.

Breakfast, cereal, a cinammon raison bagel.

Took baby to daycare today, took car to oil change, cleared house for house cleaners later today. The crew putting sprinklers in is working upstairs as I write this, not sure when they will get down to this apartment.

And so to work.

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May 06, 2003

And so to bed


And so to bed

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Slept 12:16 to 6:15.

Slept 12:16 to 6:15. Was tired from 10:00 on, but did not feel like I could sleep. Hit the bed at 12:15 and felt like I lay there for a while before drifting off. The Niacin does make it harder for me to fall asleep.

No breakfast yet, I have blood drawn for a cholesterol test later this morning. Will try to get a little work done while tired and hungry.

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May 05, 2003

I appear to have


I appear to have missed two entries. ah well.

Yesterday afternoon, I finished grading, we tidied up the house because the complex is doing work this week, I thought about going to the gym but decided that I was fighting a cold, was tired, and was dizzy when I stood up. This was not a good day to squat for triples.

Dinner was a roast chicken, with garlic in the cavity. As always happens, I mistimed it. I thought it would be a 90 minute bird, we cooked it for 130 minutes. It was yummy though. Gorged on chicken, on egg noodles, on a baked acorn squash, on green beans, on cranberries, and on gravy. The squash was very to my taste, we finished the whole squash between the two of us and I ate most of it.

Trouble getting myself to bed, slept about 12:30 to 6:15

Today, Monday, I finally wrote.

My belly and head are bothering me still. The reflux was ok first thing in the morning, kicked in mid day. I tried chewable antacids, 2 of them, twice. Did nothing, unlike yesterday when they helped. Feel a little dizzy, a little slow, a little mazy.

I wrote a little, mostly spent my work time getting my head back into the chapter. I cut more than I wrote, but that made it cleaner so it was still worthwhile writing time.

Spent the time around lunch having a nap, planning class, picking up the blue car from an oil change, and muddling. finished Pratchett's Maurice and his Educated Rodents while on the can.

Class went ok. I was tired and dizzy - fell asleep on the train and almost missed my station. Spent the first part covering the end of the cold war, Jimmy Carter, and part of Ronald Reagon. Got through the Iranian Revolution then halted for evaluations. After doing evals I asked them for what worked and did not work. Highlights:


  • I need to give more indication of what the workload will be and what my grading standards will be.
  • I need to be better about returning assignments promptly and with useful comments.
  • I promised more discussion than I delivered.
  • The class was very little memorization and facts, you could almost write the papers without having come to class. I did not point out that, on the papers, it was very clear who had been coming to class. It has been, though. They think they are not learning much because it is stories and explanations rather than deadly dull facts ... but let them write without it and they learn.
  • Another student pointed out that, even with massive memorization classes, little sticks past the exam.
  • They think I am not a usual history teacher; most liked the class time, thought that the writing was useful if not expected, and seem to have enjoyed the class.
  • 5 writing assignments was too many, go down to 4.
  • Note, they liked the homework and think I should keep it.
  • They liked the text, when I asked if would like a shorter, less well written, less comprehensive text they decided to stick with this one.
  • They liked the reader, about half of them say they have been reading the articles at the back. They prefer lots of short items to a few big items.

  • They would rather have read the Autobiography of Malcom X. I do intend to use that the next time I teach US 2, and to use Uncle Tom's Cabin for US 1.

We closed by talking about the newspaper assignment. At the end I made my point that they have learned how to think in terms of change over time and in terms of contingencies and consequences. They might well keep thinking that way 5 or 10 years from now. I tried to teach them how to think like historians, along the way they picked up some history.

Home, belly feels worse. Dinner was 2 bowls of yoghurt, 1 with prunes 1 with raisins, and a bagel, half with slime and half with lox spread.

Hope I can sleep.

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May 04, 2003

Slept 2:00 to 7:00.


Slept 2:00 to 7:00. Ran out of steam around 11:30 and called it a night. Went to read a little (Terry Pratchett, A Thief of Time). Around 12:25 I decided to read 5 more minutes and then to bed. Of course, at that point the baby started to cry and J, who was both hot and cold, woke up and came out to the living room. The baby did not stop crying until about 1:00, at which point I was soo close to the end of the book that I stayed up to finish it. Killed it around 1:30, then spent a few minutes re-reading some of the front to spot the things I had missed the first time through.

Once to bed I slept pretty well. Up around 7:00, J and baby had been up for about an hour. I win baby duty for the morning, J will get him this afternoon so I can work and go to the gym.

Missed my bedtime blogging. Yesterday has already faded some into memory. Highlights: graded some papers but not many - burnt out on grading and the finals are not yet in. Did a lot of houseworkie things, both of us did. It was a day for pointless puttering, being social with J, and talking about how best to baby-safe the apartment.

I did take baby to the library mid afternoon. One of my students from the fall works there, and she LOVES it when I bring baby with me. He is a hit where-ever he goes - we really did get lucky with him.

Whoops, he wakes and cries. Bye.

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May 03, 2003

Slept 11:00 or so


Slept 11:00 or so till 7:00, was cold and the baby had a cough so we all slept poorly. I like the spring and fall except for this, it gets warm during the day so we go to bed in light pajamas, and then it cools off at night and I get cold around 1:00. This general problem is made worse by our stuffy little apartment. We have no air flow here, it really does demand permanant ac. The house should have much better ventilation.

Yesterday was a strange day, no just a different day.

Graded till about 10:00, not very effectively. I am doing the second pass, and while it was pretty easy to comment on the B papers I am getting into the Cs now. Those take longer to read and take more work writing an appropriate praise sandwich on the end. Showered and ran errands.
Made phone calls - set up cars for servicing, a cholesterol test, an eye exam, checked insurance for the eye exam. Then ran errands: checked the house's drainage pattern and distance to the lake (so so, and perfect), timed the commute from the house out to the community college (52 minutes mid-day), spent time at the CC talking about what I need to know before teaching at the military base this summer, talked to the librarian, I need to call the base coordinator and then write my syllabus and then call the AV department to make sure I can show a video on my desired day. The librarian emailed me a set of history videos to my CC email address. Of course, it is web mail and when I changed computers I misplaced my old bookmarks. I need to remember to pull that when I plug the old hard drive into J's computer this weekend.

From there I went shopping, picked up suit, deposited paycheck, hit the farm stand and grocery store, bought dog food. All told it was about 70 miles and almost 5 hours of errands. I got home just in time to find some semi-concerned phone messages from the lawyer and a nervous email from J. Could not get in touch with either, so put groceries away.

Dinner was fajitas - chicken, marinade for 30 minutes in: chipotles and adobo, coffee, garlic, a little olive oil. Sauteed some vidalia onion with cumin and oregeno, sauted a green pepper and a half, cooked the chicken, then combined it all and finished. Served with chopped local greenhouse tomato to decorate with. It was wetter than restaurant fahitas, but very much to my taste. J was afraid it would be too hot, but was ok. My first one was spicy but by the end I had adjusted and was adding hot sauce. I ate, erm, 4 or 5 burritos and about half of the mix.

After dinner we got started on baby-proofing the living room. J finished putting latches on the kitchen undersink, J and I bolted the cd tower to the wall, we talked about what else to do to the living room. Highlights: turn the 3-high record crates into 2-high, make a new stack of 2 by the end table. J pulled some sewing gear out of the book cases, moved some books from my shelves to lr. The stereo components need to be made more solid, best bet is to get some webbing. We can tie the components together on the tower, and then use webbing and something on the back of the walnut table to tie the tower down to the table. That way, if we use the right latch, we can still get behind the components to work with them.

To bed early, was very tired, not to sleep till after 11:00.

Today I spent the morning playing with baby while J folded laundry and got ready for temple. After I post this I get to go grade. I made it into final beta for Eve online, but I will not have time to figure it out, much less download and start to play. Oh well.

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May 02, 2003

Slept 11:30 to 6:15,


Slept 11:30 to 6:15, slept well. I think I forgot to take my niacin at bedtime, which might explain the solid sleep.

Breakfast - bowl of chex, 2 toast, 1 with honey, 20 oz pot of coffee. Dyspepsia less than yesterday, still present. I am not sure if it is linked to coffee, to milk, or to stress. I did drink several glasses of milk last night.

Today I grade and I run errands. Fun! I want to write.

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May 01, 2003

Grading and teaching and


Grading and teaching and houses, oh my!

Tried to get through the second pass on the papers. Sorted them into rough order based on first reading, then went through from A to C. Got through the B's before class.

Halted several times to deal with the darn letter from our lawyer about the contract. J both has better people antenna than I do and gets more flustered by anything legal than I do. She was being all cautious and nervous about queering the deal with an overly strong attorney letter. She wanted me to take over, but by the time that our realtor got into her office at 11:00, found that she did not have a fax of the draft to discuss, I got in touch with the lawyer, with J to confirm, and with the lawyer again, it was time for me to head to teach. J finally finished talking late afternoon. After dinner I talked first to the realtor then to the lawyer; we are taking out two of the pushier paragraphs, leaving the rest.

Last day of classes for US part II. Finished reconstruction as a fairly straight lecture, a little disconnected. I can teach US part 2 without notes, but I think I give a better class with a little more prep. Reviewed the exam, handed out their study sheets with the potential questions. Only one good question, but I like it. Basically, Should Andrew Jackson be on the US currency - explain what he did that makes him worthy and unworthy of the honor. I will have to look over the exam next week and pick my actual questions, this one might not make the cut if I want something else that also covers Jacksonian America.

Gym, doing leg/back partials. good lift. Left my black notebook next to the computer, had to record everything on a spare page at the back of my 1999 notebook.

Dinner, J made Puttanesca while I walked the hound. Had between a quarter and a third of a pound of pasta, most of a can of tuna, and sauce. We have not had this in a while, yum.

After dinner talked about the house. I then checked email and graded another paper or two. Took a few minutes after shut-down to play some E&B, running my new JD and actually going hunting rather than running missions and trade runs.

And so to bed.

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Slept midnight to 6:25.


Slept midnight to 6:25. Woke twice, once at 4:00 because the cat was hairballing on the bed, again at 5:45 to wake J after her alarm went off.

breakfast - bowl of cereal, glass of apple cider, 2 toast with ted slime, 20 oz pot of coffee. I have a dyspepsia again this morning, had one most of yesterday as well. It gets tedious having a feeling of acid at the top of your stomach and back of your throat.

My back feels better after sleeping on it. Around 11:00 am yesterday my right shoulderblade spasmed, well, the bone did not, the muscles between the shoulderblade and the spine did spasm.

Now to grade

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