And … we’re off.

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The July quarter at the school has started, and I’ve completed the first two days of “the first class”. Five class sessions of the dog-and-pony show. “This is who I am, this is my class, these are school / my policies, this is how I run the class …” etc. Starting tomorrow we can get into the meat of the classes. Looking forward to that.

This quarter my work schedule is nowhere near as tough. I have three classes back-to-back on Mondays (10 minute break between two, and then lunch, which is 25 minutes). Tuesdays I have class, then a long break — one class plus lunch — then the second class. The computer classes are the big ones (> 30 students each). Teaching Success 100 (showing students how to be successful students, successful in general in life, etc.) and the E-Commerce class with a new textbook. That’s always weird, but it’ll be fine. Both of those are under 20 students each.

A bit tired, something about waking up at 3:30 this morning for no good reason. Bleah.

Herself is working from home today, and tomorrow she’s doing the same. The reason for today is she was up until gawdawful last night working on a report for work that had to be done by some really early time today. For tomorrow, delivery of a table/furniture item (TV stand?) to put the new flatscreen TV on.

Saturday we went out and bought a TV, spent a long time talking to the Dish TV person at CostCo (oy vey!), a Blue-Ray DVD player, and all that. But we haven’t moved the furniture around, so the old TV is still in play. The reason? Well, the new TV stand is not here (tomorrow, from Scandihoovian Designs … er, Scandinavian …). Not to mention the old cathode-ray-tube TV is too big for me to move by myself. Same for the entertainment center. The old monster furniture is HUGE.

However, CJ’s best friend’s husband volunteered himself to come over on Friday and help move all that. Whoof. So Friday I hope to have it all working. Not sure about the Cable box, Comcast has to get us (or we have to go get?) an HD cable box. Figures. Probably cost more than the one we have now. Also have to replace some shelves for all the DVDs. Don may help with that, not sure. We’ll talk on Friday … the current shelves are full, and don’t take into account the stuff that was in the entertainment center.

And then of course, getting the old stuff hauled away. Yike. Ah well. Once it’s done we’ll have a little more room in the living room (not big in the first place), and a nice flat-screen LED TV.

It’ll be weird. We’ve had the TV for about 16 years or so (Sony Trinitron — refused to die), and the entertainment center was purchased from some of the severance package from Borland when they laid me off. Nice to catch up to the 21st Century though.

That’s about all the excitement for now. Nothing truly exciting. Work trundles along as noted above. No word on what’s happening with our parent corp., or possible sale of Heald to someone else yet. I expect there will be wrangling and decisions being made at the upper echelons, and then one day, et voila, we will no longer be part of the old parent corp, but have a new parent corp. Just let us work … sheesh. :)

Breathing Space …

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… Well, a little.

This is the first week of a two-week break between quarters at school. New computer is settling in well. However, I need to get one software package sorted out. Don’t want to spend a lot of money on it, but I use Visio once in awhile, and had a free version, but now that I have 64-bit Office 2013 on my machine, the version I have is incompatible (freakin’ Microsoft) and … trying to see if there is a way to get the 2013 version without paying through the nose for it.

Old computer is sitting on the floor waiting for me to work out how to remove the hard drive, so I can drive a stake through its heart, and donate the computer to the school.

The foo at work is just hanging out there. The odds are good that Heald College will survive, but under new ownership. However, not knowing is never fun. Some instructor at CCI (our parent corporation for now) posted an email about providing help finding other jobs. I guess panic is setting in for folk at the other schools owned by CCI. Monday we had a faculty In-Service (short this time), but the longest part was a discussion of what’s been going on, and how things look. Fairly optimistic for Heald, but nothing is cast in stone. Cautious optimism is called for.

Have been getting things ready for next quarter, have three of my classes done (well, as done as can be …). The others, well … one is the Success class I taught a few quarters ago. The other is the formerly-named e-Commerce class, now it is Business Media Management, although the textbook is titled “e-Commerce 2014″ … d’oh. Huge book, doubt my students will read it all … sigh. I need to get some reading time in, and start figuring out what assignments I’ll give, how the Benchmark works. Oh, and I need to mention to the Curriculum department that the syllabus introduction bears little resemblance to the Benchmark Project the students will be doing. (Nothing like actually completing the task when you re-design the course.)

I’ve been told it looks like we’ll be moving to Office 2013 next quarter (October), so I also get to start learning that software well enough to get certified (MOS).

Ah well. SCA-wise Carolyn is still struggling with the Exchequer stuff. It’s very complicated, and not being much fun. No sooner did she get the end-of-year report done, then she has to work on first quarter, and once that’s done, and it’s not, right into the next quarter … argh. I feel sometimes like I barely see her. Between her real-world job and the SCA job there’s no time for much else.

On my end, well, some things are pretty much the same. The huge mondo history thing I’m working on (slowly) is coming together, but I need to really just sit down and focus. I need to flesh out some details, and then move forward from where I stopped. At some point I need to spend some time learning PHP better, so I can work with two other coders to revise the History site completely (turn it into a Content Management System), but I haven’t had the time. I have a plate that is overflowing, and sometimes it feels like I will never get everything done. I know a lot of people feel that way. The worse part is that this is the volunteer stuff I do (no pay, durn it!). Sigh.

We’ve been looking into replacing our TV and the furniture that it’s in with a flat screen, and thinner (less bulk) furniture. However, I provided some basic research for my wife, but now it’s a case of finding *TIME* to do anything. I have two weeks off, but I need her involved, and she has a hard time getting even one day …

Oh well. Trudging along.