Monday, April 28, 2008

End of the Semester

It's nearly the end of the semester here, and as usual I'm behind in my grading.

I'm not as far behind as most other professors I talk to, but I'm still behind. And look at me, I'm writing a blog post instead of grading!

This week is the week before final exam week. Another week to get through, then exams to grade, and the summer can start.

I have a lot of tasks planned for the summer. I always do, and get to only a portion of them, but here are some of the highlights. Check back here in the fall to see what I actually managed to do.

Put Up A Slide

My daughter loves slides, so I want to get one that she can use and set it up. She also loves swings, so maybe it'll be a swing set and slide combination.

Research Project

I'm helping another professor with a research project, and this summer is when the bulk of my portion of the work should be done.


June is the time of the year for Origins, one of the two big annual gaming conventions. We go every year for four days of non-stop gaming. Then we come home and crash for a week.


We haven't taken a real vacation in, well, forever. The sort where you take a week or two and go somewhere and enjoy yourselves. We're still talking about where to go, so if you have any suggestions, let us know.

Online Work

I do a lot of online work, creating websites for myself and others. That work will continue over the summer.

Prepare for Fall Classes

Every summer I tell myself that by fall I want to be completely prepared for my classes. It never happens, but I'm telling myself that again this summer. I want to have books picked, syllabi written, and notes and assignments created for all my classes before the fall semester starts.


Before our recent move, we worked with a great personal trainer who managed to keep us more or less in shape. We haven't found anyone similar after the move, so we'll see what we can do on our own.

Family Time

I plan on spending a lot of family time this summer. My daughter will be three years old in June, and she's a lot of fun to be around. We'll probably make a lot of trips to local playgrounds.

And there are probably a dozen other things I've forgotten that should be on the list. That's okay, I doubt I'll get all of the ones I remembered done, anyway!


iblohm said...

As of right now, my son just loves getting into my laptop charging cords. No matter where I put them, he somehow manages to find them! Thats his favorite, but then again he's only 8 months and still in that teething phase.
My recent project for the summer is to get my son baptized, it is in the works, but its still a tough thing to do. Figuring out when people can come, if my husband can get the time off, the state messes with you on vacation, sick and personal time. SO far things are looking good though!
I'm really excited for my family vacation. As a present my parents bought me, my husband and my son a trip to Mexico! I'm so very excited! I love Mexico! We're also going to Key West, Fl in October!
By the time I know it, fall semseter will start. I'm just rady to be done with school!
Hope you get your family vaction!

Jay said...

Getting everyone together for baptisms is always tough, but it's worth it. We were surprised when we took our daughter Amelia, at about two-and-a-half years old, to a church and she went up to the baptismal font and patted her own head and said "wet". She'd never seen a baptism since her own at about 6 months old. I had no idea she'd actually remember anything from that age!

Anonymous said...

I think that if you would like to take a Vacation that the best place to go would be Austraila and New Zealand, well it is one of my ppersonal favorates. If you are looking for something close to home then i like north Carolina or someplace warm to go to other then this freezing cold weather we are stucck in. Good luck and I hope that you have a good vacation where ever you decide to go.