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.