Me Time

I never subscribed to the common belief that women were supposed to put husband and children first, then other family, then community, and themselves last. I’ve always needed Me Time, and I never was willing to sacrifice it for someone else’s needs. Maybe it would get abbreviated at times, but something had to be there so that I could decompress & recharge. It was hard to find that time when I was in my first marriage and primarily responsible for raising my son. I had to learn to take it in little dribs and drabs — waiting for the school …

I’d Rather Do It Myself

I found out today that one of the two people we hired to teach CS this year is quitting at the end of the semester. That’s all I know about it because I didn’t want to pry for the gory details in such a public setting, but my suspicion is that he didn’t really have a clue what teaching at a community college is all about. His perception was what he saw the professors doing at the Large Research University where he earned his Ph.D. We don’t teach one or two classes per semester; we teach four or five. That …

Overcoming fears

From NaBloPoMo, today’s prompt courtesy of Ricki Lake: I was terrified to go on DWTS, but facing my fear and overcoming it has been an incredible experience. Have you faced fears and overcome them? I’ve been terrified every time I’ve had to get up in front of strangers and do ANYTHING. I have never enjoyed being the center of attention. In high school & college, I rarely raised my hand to be called on, and if I was called on anyway I generally froze. In ninth grade, I had a tiny solo in our chorus musical; during the performance for …

The benefits of being physically active

Today I’m killing two birds with one stone, so to speak: satisfying today’s Daily Challenge, “Share or write down the biggest benefit you get from being physically active,” by writing this blog entry. Most of my physical activity is either all the everyday walking around that I do, or my bellydance classes. Walking is good just because it gets me moving and helps me to feel not so stiff and creaky. What’s actually better, though, is the dance. When I’m dancing, I’m stretching muscles and ligaments and tendons, in a good way. Since I started taking the bellydance classes two …

It’s Too Soon To Have Short-Timer’s Syndrome

What I was supposed to do today vis-a-vis attending the CCSC:SE Conference: Drive up to Furman University Attend a digital forensics workshop Network with other presenters over lunch Sit through a keynote address Attend two paper/panel/workshop sessions Have dinner with colleagues at the banquet and enjoy the featured speaker What I REALLY did today: Drove up to Furman University Attended the digital forensics workshop Returned to my car and found Dee Went ahead & checked in at the motel Drove all over the Greenville area visiting one closed yarn shop out in the  country (at least it was a nice …

Why I don’t like to travel

I’m not overly fond of traveling, unlike many people. I usually manage to enjoy it when I do, but it’s not something I anticipate with great glee. Here’s why: Sleeping in strange beds is a challenge, at least until I get used to them. The mattress isn’t the degree of firmness I’m accustomed to, the pillows are weird, and the bedclothes don’t feel right. No cats sharing the bed/snoring nearby on the floor/snuggling on the sofa with me. Oh, sometimes that’s not the case, but only when I visit the right friends. Public restrooms, especially in rest areas, suck. And …

What do you do when you have nothing to say?

I’m tired tonight. I had my long day of classes, where nothing momentous happened. The only unusual thing at work was that I met with the programming team to discuss this weekend’s competition. Even with them I don’t have that much input — they are pretty much all adults so I treat them as such, and make them responsible for their own logistics and such. Then I had three hours of dance class tonight. One hour ended up a private lesson with Lacy, where I got some hints & tips & explanations that look like they’ll make a real difference. …

It’s too frickin’ early for Christmas stuff!

It’s bad enough that we’re already inundated with holiday commercials and that Christmas merchandise was already flooding the store shelves before Halloween even arrived. All of the holiday arts & crafts shopping events seem to happen in November, too.  WTF??? Seriously, the Christmas season should run from the day after Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day. With the way it is today, I am sick of Christmas hype even before Thanksgiving. Of course, I don’t celebrate Christmas per se, but Yule instead. Even so… It’s a problem not only from the perspective of personal peace of mind, but from the business point of view …

So I CAN Knit

For all the years I spent doing textile arts, I never did learn to knit. I tried to in junior high — got a pair of big chunky wooden knitting needles and some kind of god-awful acrylic yarn and tried to learn. It was a mess. I thought about trying to learn several times after that. I had plenty of friends who knit and who would offer to teach me, but I never really got the motivation. I just kept saying, to myself and to them, “oh, I can’t knit. I tried but it was a failure.” I could never …

Sunday Adventures at Chastain

I’m really tired out after this weekend’s show, but I do have to share today’s unusual event. Andrea and I were interviewed on camera today by two students from the Holy Innocents’ School media program. They were interviewing some of the artists at the festival for a feature on the school’s closed circuit broadcast channel just before Thanksgiving. I’m not quite sure why they chose us, since I was off visiting the porta-facility when they arrived at our booth, but they did. We did a nice tag-team job of answering their questions and trying to follow their rules, though we …