If you're like me and you subscribe to more blogs than you possibly keep up with, you may not have noticed that I've been on hiatus.  Not intentionally, mind you.  I didn't plan to go a month or more between updates.  It just happened to work out that way.

Nothing earth-shattering or life-altering has occurred.  I've just been busy out there in the land of Real Life. 

  • School has started.  Not just for my kids, but for me, too.  This means most of my evenings are spent reading textbooks or articles, or working on assignments.  I have two classes this semester that require I pay close attention to due dates.  
    • American English
      • 10 response papers (3-5 pages on average).
      • Create and administer a survey.
      • Translate a recorded bit of speech into IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). 
      • Major Project:  one-hour interview, analysis, and some translation (I think).  Details are supposed to be shared next week. 
    • Teaching College Comp
      • 10 annotated bibliographies. 
      • Create a writing assignment for a first year composition course.
      • Blackboard Discussions every other week.
      • Create a syllabus for a first year composition course.
      • Create a teaching philosophy statement. 
      • Grammar Spot (10 minutes of instruction on a grammar element of my choice). 
  • It's football season and both of my boys are playing.  The youngest has had a game every Saturday for the last three or four weeks; we have two more to go, I believe.  My oldest is playing for the JV team on Thursday nights; only one more game remains in his season. 
Youngest is #47

Oldest is #66
  • That pesky thing called work also eats up a great deal of time.  I'm definitely thinking a vacation may be in order soon, probably right around final project deadlines. 
  • I may have also hosted an online catalog party for Thirty-One so I could buy this: