I'll do a separate post for The Cat, so outside of that information, here's what else you need to know. I've been in Grading Hell (or at least Purgatory--but in any case, not the fun that Prof. Mondo makes it sound when he terms it "Gradeapalooza") for mid-semester, and I'm still holding my breath while I await the fallout (i.e. e-mails from parents on why little Perfection/Precious didn't get the good grade he/she needs to get into Honor Society or whatever).
We're at the point in the school year where I'm testing the students on the skills we've been working on, and many aren't putting much effort into it. After all, this is just a "special subject" that meets once a week. Never mind that I'm teaching skills these kids need now and for the rest of their academic careers and beyond. I'm sorry every minute of academic integrity can't be scintillating--and trust me, I also am itching to get into some creative ideas I have about online ethics and safety--but we've got to slog through the stuff they need to do their first big research project properly. I'm tied to someone else's curriculum and nobody seems to appreciate that.
Wednesday, I had a severe headache from the grading anxiety, and then when Friday came and I was forced to change zeroes (you know, for work students never bothered to hand in or make up) into less-failing grades (!!! Don't get me started!!!), I signed myself out to go pick up some books we ordered and cried in the car both ways.
With that finished, I thought I'd have the chance to catch up the blog on things over the weekend, but then Younger Sister came into town, and there was this get-together for my cousin's kids' birthday (oh yes, family follies galore), as well as a trivia night fundraiser thingy (which was a good way to keep from staying at the party long enough for some relative to say something super-traumatizing).
I promise to post a pic of the trophy ASAP. Team captain gets first rotation of trophy-keeping, y'know. Honestly, it was such a fun time that even if we hadn't won--and it was a narrow win--I wouldn't have minded. (I just wish all the couples on my team knew some nice single dude for me!)
O.K., now go read the other post about The Cat.