Somehow I imagine people may feel that way, anyway … It’s been down for a couple of hours. Amazing how much work one can get done in that time!
The media shelves have been taken care of. The ones I ordered from “Houzz.com” are pretty good. Not a simple assembly, but they worked out, look good, etc. Glad to be done with that project.
Quarter ended a week ago with a small amount of drama (there almost always is these days) — the typical stuff — students panicking because it was Finals Week and some of their grades were not up to snuff, etc. Overall, less drama than I have sometimes gotten.
This next quarter will be a massive challenge:
- We’re moving to Office 2013
- We have a new online software version for this as well (this is the software used to administer exams, etc.) — I’m the campus admin for it, and completed some “master courses” the other day … and then made some minor updates to one today after working on a copy of the master course and discovering some issues. Oops.
- In addition, Outlook 2013 is making our IT folk have headaches. Oof. It may prove to be a good thing but …
- We’re supposed to be MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) certified in the software, but the company that does the certification, which has always provided free codes for instructors, is being stingy … sigh.
- And I’m teaching a class I’ve never taught before, because the instructor who normally teaches it is taking the quarter off (she’s been at Heald for 20+ years, and I get the impression that except for the usual breaks this is the first real vacation she’s taken …).
On other fronts …: Rebo (one of our cats, the long-hair, loud one, with hyper-thyroid) is in decline. He has lost in the last six months about half his body weight (from 12 pounds to 6.5). He looks more like “Bill the Cat” than his old self. CJ is pretty weirded out by this, as we don’t know how long he has. When we went to bed last night she was worried that Rebo wouldn’t be alive this morning. He was, and loud, hungry, etc. as always, but … he’s breathing heavy on top of it all.
CJ’s work is crazy, but that seems to be the norm. It is rare for her to be home at a decent hour (even on days she leaves at the “usual time”, BART is screwed up because a bunch of cars are out of commission, and then you add in the pro sports games, and commute time becomes a living hell some days).
I submitted the first draft of the History of the West Kingdom to go with the SCA’s 50-year celebration and got back some really nice compliments. Have now sent it out to the old-timers that I have email for, and requested that they take a look and make sure I have not skipped anything important, gotten any facts wrong, etc. Of course one of them wants to do a full edit … argh. I didn’t ask for that.
Some of the Kickstarter campaigns I helped fund are close to fruition — looking forward to receiving some of these — some cool technology things, for example …
We’re heading into the fourth year of serious drought in California, it’s not looking good for decent rainfall here. Very difficult to deal with. We’re trying to not flush the toilets unless necessary (an old adage from the last drought: “If it’s yellow, be mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down …”). This means that sometimes the house smells a bit more than I’d like. Bleah. Especially with the heat we’ve been having. October. 90s. Bleah.
The Golden Stag Players (my acting troupe) are doing Twelfth Night (Shakespeare) at … Twelfth Night. This should be fun. My apprentice’s apprentice (well, he’s no longer an apprentice, but I will always think of him as my apprentice) is directing, and he’s the producer now.
Right now am just wasting some time, before I delve back into something big. I have a lot of work to do with the new courses for school. Good thing I still have 1.5 weeks of time to work on them …
This weekend we’re planning on going to San Simeon to see Hearst Castle. Gail, my sister-in-law decided that “dammit” she wanted to do something with family this year (we used to go to Stinson Beach with her family, but after their mother died, that stopped – she was the glue there). I haven’t been since I was VERY young, and CJ and Gail have not been before.
Well, probably enough rambling …