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That’s really all that can be said.  But since I opened up a new post, I’ll add a few more words.

The List of Six has somehow turned into the List of Sixty.  Right now, overwhelmed barely touches it.  However, I have come to the conclusion that I need to preempt a few of the items to include this item at the top, every time.

  • Take care of myself

Remember the 2013 Plan?  It included exercise which is great self-care.  With all the stuff I have going, that gets shoved aside too frequently.  Although, I do have 260 fitness minutes for the month of March (I track my stuff on Sparkpeople).  Still, I can do better.

So, what’t the other five items on the list?

  • four responses for 682 (yeah, with spring break last week, work just doubled up)
  • one post for 660
  • two responses for 660
  • design the revision guidelines for the teaching-class
  • grade stuff

I’m going to be so happy when four of those items are gone.  And that will happen in 31 days!  I’m going to see if WordPress has a neat countdown widget.

And because maybe some of you come here for the knitting, here’s some knitting.
Foot Fetish side view


This is an awesome pattern, and it’s free (Ravelry link).  I’m going to knit it toe-up next time.  (I knitted it as is to qualify for a monthly challenge on Rav)  The pattern will run in reverse when I do that, and I think that will look equally neat.

One month and done – keep swimming, keep swimming . . .

I don’t know that I really have anything new or exciting to post, but I feel like I should stay in the habit.  This week is spring break for my teaching, but not for my studying, so the list for the week still looks way too familiar:

  • read for 660 (though actually I have the reading done on this, just need to comb back through to get the relevant bits)
  • post in 660
  • respond to two posts in 660
  • read for 682 (this one is partially read as well, and it’s the last reading assignment for the semester in this course – yay!)
  • post in 682
  • respond to two posts in 682

There’s a few other things I need to do this week as well.  One includes getting the taxes finalized.  I just need to make a trip over to the CPA and sign off for them to be e-filed.  I had some work in mind for the classes I’m teaching, and I am working some of it in, but most of it will just have to wait.  Rumors abound that we might be changing textbooks for fall, so I don’t want to do a bunch of work only to have to redo it all over the summer.

My knitting has been very chaotic.  Projects selected, started, ripped out, repeat.  I *think* the sweater I’m working on right now is going well.  Let me get a few more rows in before I show it to you.  It’s quite fun, and I’ll need a picture to tell you about it properly.

What I hope is my last round of textbooks has been ordered.  I held off on these until later in the term because, geez, these courses needed a ton of them.  By ‘ton’, I mean ten.  Probably not a ton in anyone’s mind, but just be thankful you’re not the one that has had to read them.  Let’s just say they aren’t a quick read.  It’s interesting stuff, but I have to take lots of breaks to let my brain absorb it all.  Spring break for these courses will be in a couple of weeks, but I will probably be working on stuff anyway, so it will hardly matter.  What’s more important is in less than two months, I will be done.

And then this can turn back into a knitting blog.

Second verse, same as the first

Guess what I need to do this week?  Yeah, I’m sure you can.

  • read for 660
  • post in 660
  • respond to two posts in 660
  • read for 682
  • post in 682
  • respond to two posts in 682

One new addition would be finishing off my Blackboard training.   All I have to do is record a student orientation.  Why I’m holding off on this is I have to listen to the sound of my own voice.  I don’t know how all of you who know me in real life take it.  ;)

I’ve finished a shawl, but I need to block it to really show it off.  Ugh, something else to do.  Even if it is knitting-related, it’s not the fun part.

The good news, as pointed out by one of my classmates, is that in exactly two months our courses will be done.  Wahoo!

I did walk two times this week, so that’s a very good thing.  Tonight, I even plied some yarn.

Good things are coming in the mail.  I will show them to you when they arrive.

Keep swimming, keep swimming . . .

I’m proud to report I did everything I said I would in the last post.  Go me!  Now, what else do I need to do?

  • read for 660
  • post in 660
  • respond to two posts in 660
  • read for 682
  • post in 682
  • respond to two posts in 682
  • prep four sections of my courses, whoops, make that five – I have another class starting Monday

Yeah, that’s way more than six items.

Back to the 2013 Plan for Personal Enrichment (that’s what I’m calling it today), I’ve read a chapter in a for-fun book, The Hangman’s Daughter, I walked two miles on Monday, and I’m still knitting on the stash sweater I started this month.  Oooh, I haven’t showed you that yet.

Angel yoke

It’s further along that that as I now have a sleeve complete.  I’m really pleased with the striping of the Mushishi yarn.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m probably not going to gain a lot of ground on the 2013 Plan until I’m done with school.  And that’s okay.  I’ll work in what I can.

Still loving the Roku.  If you have Netflix and haven’t yet watched House of Cards, you really need to.


Taking Care of Business

Okay, let’s get caught up on everything that has been accomplished:

  • Directv given the boot – hello, Roku! (love, love, love the Roku)
  • rooms for our 2014 vacation booked
  • various course stuff lined out
  • more legal/estate stuff taken care of as it’s cropping up
  • stash yarn used
  • archived two years’ worth of courses in preparation for deletion

See, that’s just a list of five things, but there’s several things to most of those things (okay, the rooms were booked within three minutes, but I had agonized about it for weeks).

The good news is I’m at a point where I’m freaking out less about how much stuff I have to do in the courses I’m taking.  That could be false optimism, but I’m going with it.  The courses I’m teaching are starting to settle in to a good routine.  I’m still looking forward to being done with this semester.  My taking-courses are over April 30, not that I’m counting.  I’m such a bad academic because I should be rapturous that I’m getting the opportunity to gain all this new knowledge, but I’m also a tired academic.  Truthfully, I’m not sure there’s any other kind.

Knitting – when we last talked, I was working on a sweater.  That sweater is now done, plus a new one has been started along with a couple of socks, all with stash yarn.  However, I’ve not been entirely good.
Walk on the Moon Wollmeise
I could not resist. You had to buy yarn to get the pattern. Do you hear me? HAD TO.

Though you can see them in the Flickr stream over on the right, I’ll go ahead and post a picture of the socks I’m working on, just because they look rather Valentine-y.

Maeva foot

That’s Springtree Road Muscadine Sock in Bramble, one of the yarns from the Sock Clique I was a part of.  It’s awesome for showing off twisty stitches, and there are just a few of those in this sock, Maeva from Knitty.

Reading:  Yeah, no.  I’m reading books for classes, and that’s it.  I did get The Hangman’s Daughter as my Kindle Lending Library book for February and read the first chapter.  So, that’s something.

What’s up next on the list?  Instead of listing six items every day, I feel like I need to start a huge list on the weekend and cross stuff off as I get it done.  Still this weekend, I need to:

  • Do two response posts in 682
  • Do the next initial post in 682
  • Do second post in 660
  • Do four response posts in 660
  • Do Ramblin’s taxes
  • Gather all of my tax stuff for the CPA (working in one state, living in another, tuition, business income in some years, now part owner on the farm – oh heck yes, I’m having someone else do it)
  • Prep three sections of my teaching-courses for the coming week

And really, I don’t have to have my tax stuff gathered until I’m actually going to the CPA’s office, and that will hinge on when the rest of the family has their stuff to take over as well.  But that’s still plenty of things on the agenda.

And on that note, I’ll leave you with a Red Velvet Latte.

Red Velvet Latte

We Now Return You to Your Regularly Scheduled Blog

Okay, getting back on track, I’ve gotten quite a bit accomplished, but it seems like there’s stuff growing exponentially.  I *think* everything is done with the legal stuff – now it’s time for taxes.  Blergh.  Last year, my returns nearly drove me crazy, and I had decided I was going to hand it off to a tax professional.  Now that I’m a part-owner of our family farm, oh yeah, let the CPA do what he does best.

What else is on the menu:

Classes I’m taking – two posts and four responses in one course, one post and two responses in the other.  Be thinking about research projects.

Classes I’m teaching – set up modules for both spring courses, attempt to get at least some of the students back on track, and find some fun learning stuff regarding business letters.  If you have a resource for a fun activity about business letters, please, shout it out.

Blackboard training – this weekend I need to practice using Collaborate, then I’ll set up a time to demo with the CTL.  After that, one module left!

Reading – well, that’s fallen by the wayside, unless you count an enthralling book from 1976 about the profession of English.  After I finish that, it’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Knitting – Yes, there has been knitting.

Top-down Cardigan yoke

Exercise – I did walk two miles yesterday. Today didn’t get above freezing, so no. Tomorrow is snow/sleet/freezing rain, so no. Monday is supposed to be 50 degrees, so maybe.

More than it seems

Here’s how today shook out:

  • got legal stuff done
  • called family members for a meet-up this weekend to finish off legal stuff
  • finished module in Blackboard training
  • responded to all email
  • filled out application for graduation
  • bought olive oil for popcorn (I haven’t had oil to pop popcorn since Sunday – I’m not sure how I’ve made it this long)

Well, it’s not the entire original list, but by golly, I got stuff done today.  And that feels good.  So, what’s up for tomorrow?

  • complete another module for training (I’m on a roll, can’t stop now)
  • respond to emails
  • grade one course assignment
  • grade another course assignments (if there are any; this course has been omniously quiet)
  • grade the other course
  • figure out what the heck is going on in the other course
  • renew library book (yes, it’s seven items, but it will be the fill in for the one course in which the students have gone AWOL; also, I have to renew it tomorrow or suffer the consequences!)

Allow me to clarify a bit.  I’ve taken over a course for a semester for another instructor, and it’s weird to be administering a course I didn’t build.  When I was working on that issue from the other day, I told the awesome tech support guy, “It’s like I’m in someone else’s house, and I have no idea where anything is.”  It’s very disconcerting.  I’ve got most of it squared away, but then I sort of found some evidence of other stuff, but not the stuff itself.

In knitting news, I’ve been knitting on a cowl.  It’s a lovely yarn from Dream in Color, made of wool, silk, cashmere, and mohair.  I’m not a fan of mohair, but it’s not spun in a way to be mohairy, if that makes sense to you.

Perfectly Posh Cowl

No reading or exercising today, but the legal stuff did take up about four hours (including travel).  And really, without going into details here, the legal stuff is something that will be really good for the family in years to come.  We basically untangled almost a century of paperwork and got it in good order.  That’s no small feat.