Friday, August 29, 2014

240/365-2 A Backpack

'A Cooler Backpack"

I should learn to read ahead.  Since I used a photo of my own backpack earlier in the week for another prompt, I was stuck today when the prompt actually was "a backpack."  Throughout my day at school, I snapped several photos around campus with my phone, most of the people I did not know so I was a little leery of posting those photos.  As it turns out, that didn't matter; my favorite photo of the day was of someone I know and love so I was able to ask permission.  And, she has the "coolest" backpack of any that I saw on campus.

Here is Sara again.  She has been the star of my blog this week.  Sara has solved the problem of when you put everything you need in a backpack it becomes too heavy to carry.  She uses a rolling cooler for her school stuff.  It works perfectly!  The cooler holds more than any backpack and it rolls right along behind saving her back and shoulders.  (Can you tell that this is the voice of someone who carries way too much in her backpack?)

Sara is my last student of the week.  Too bad that cooler doesn't have some end of the week "refreshment" in it.  Just kidding, Sara!  Well, actually it does.  Yesterday it had delicious chocolate that she brought for me.

I am blessed to be surrounded by all kinds of caring, creative, and just plain awesome people!

239/365-2 2 Of A Kind

"Hermits Unite!"

The "Hermits Unite!" motto has been ours since we got married.  Though we laugh at it now, it represents some difficult choices that we made five years ago.  I am happy to say that I have never doubted those choices.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

238/365-2 Making Plans

"Planning for Class"

I have completed my first week of the semester - one down, fifteen to go.  I shouldn't say it like that because it makes it sound like I only looking to the end and that is not the case at all.  I have great students.  Everyone seems so excited to be in class, looking forward to what the semester has to offer, and what they will accomplish.  Even my 7:30 am class has been full of energy.

My course load is quite heavy, seven different classes and six private composition students.  Because many of my classes are small, I don't have a lot of students, but a class prep is a class prep.  It doesn't matter whether you are teaching five students or five hundred; you still have to prepare for the class.  I am teaching one class that I haven't taught in a long time and it was added to my load late in the game, so I am still in the planning stages with it.  Feeling that I am only one class period ahead of students is not a comfortable place for me  Much of the upcoming three-day weekend  will be spent trying to get my semester outline for this course done.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

237/365-2 First Day Tradition

'Back to School"

I can honestly say that I am glad to be back at school.  Things have been busy, crazy, chaotic, but all in a good way.  I do much better with all aspects of my life when my days are more structured.  

The only thing that I don't like about being back at work is having to be "dressed" every day.  I am already missing the flip-flops and T-shirts.  The first thing to go at the end of the day is the "real" shoes.  My feet are feeling a bit confined.  They'll adjust.  Or, I'll give up and wear tennis shoes to school.  I'm pretty sure that I'll garner due respect from my students if I wear my red Converse to class one of these days.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

236/365-2 August Where I Stand

"Watermelon World"

To me, watermelon is the epitome of perfection.  It is what makes me look forward to the scorching hot Texas summers.  I fear that this may be one of the last good ones for this season.  The good news in that is that fall is just around the corner.  With that in mind, I plan to savor every chunk of this, possibly the last melon of the summer of 2014.

Today's photo of "Where I Stand" specifically asked us to pay attention to the fruits and veggies in our world.

235/365-2 August Portrait

"Double Header"

For the first time since 1992, no one our house needs back to school clothes.  (Weber and I consider it back to work clothes.)  And now, both of the girls are working.  That didn't keep us from shopping, though.  The girls and I had a nice afternoon at the mall.  We managed to find some pretty good deals!  They honored me with a very quick photo shoot when we got back to the house.

"Erin in August"

"Brooke in August"

Can you tell which one was the more willing participant.

I also had the opportunity to take some photos of one of my favorite people, a student who has also become a very good friend.    

"Sara and Max"

Max, a sheltie rescue, has just joined their family.

Friday, August 22, 2014

234/365-2 Green

"Dad's Cactus"

My pictures and prompts for the last few days are all jumbled up.  I love the cactus picture that I took yesterday so I am using it here for my response to today's "green" prompt, despite the fact that it has a n abundance of blue.  I probably should have swapped yesterday's and today's images, but I don't look ahead at the prompts so I didn't realize the proximity of these two.

I did, however, take a "green" photo.  It does absolutely nothing for me.

And because it does so little for me, I decided to play with it as well.

This is even less appealing!.

It looks like the result of a Monster energy drink having had an extremely unfortunate encounter with  cheap liquor.

But it is green.