Thursday, January 13, 2011

Are you ready?

School started today. I have the following courses:

Spanish 211: the final semester!

Egyptian History: I'm most excited about this course. First class tomorrow-I'm looking forward to getting the syllabus. Yes, I'm a nerd.

20th Century European History: Recently took the survey course. This class I'm taking because it falls in the correct time slot. I think it'll be interesting, however.

Teaching History: Online, and something I'm interested in. I think it's gonna be great-the teacher sent out an email today that basically said he'll get us more info about the course on Monday. I love my history department. All of the courses have been awesome, but organization has not always been a strong point.

So are you ready? Four months of being immersed in this stuff, I'm gonna want to share all my newfound knowledge. I restrained myself last semester-only a couple papers/thoughts were shared. That was in part because we were overstressed and overworked. Our schedule is less stressful this semester. /gleeful chuckle.

Another note on education: I picked up a book entitled Our Lincoln edited by Eric Foner (ISBN 9780393337051). Lots of essays by prominent historians covering many of the issues that surround Lincoln. I've already started highlighting stuff. With the 150th anniversary just around the corner, lots of stuff concerning the Civil War is getting published. I recommend this book. Not too light but not a tome, either.

This is something I did for my grandparents.

I took a sheet from my celtic designs coloring kit, used illuminating paint to do the gold and blue, bought the compass stamp, and crafted the "G" that's in the middle. The frame is gold-can't really tell from the picture, but it really compliments the gold paint. Not sure if you could call this art-other than the calligraphy-because I used stuff that already existed. I like to call it my "altered art".

I feel really productive now, since I've told you guys what I'm reading (not a fiction book!) and shown my latest artistic endeavor. Rest assured, many moments in my day are also spent reading fluffy books and watching t.v. During the break, at least. During the semesters I'm actually very productive, and I'm not ashamed to say it.

And I've had my 1/4 C. of wine (yes, I measure), I've done a bit of reading, no homework yet, no energy for another art project. I think my day is done. Later all.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Yes, I know Christmas has already passed us by. It was fun. But Damm and I weren't done with the gift-giving yet; we just had to wait for our budget to be replenished. It has, and we had a lot of fun spending some of it yesterday.

(Drum roll.)

We bought a treadmill!

(Waiting for excited applause. Hearing crickets.)

So we are very excited about this purchase. A 10 minute drive to the gym doesn't sound too bad except when two people have to do it back-to-back. And those two people have no time to spare during the school semester. Now we just have to muster the willpower to hop on the treadmill in our living room while our kids are watching t.v. Easy peasy.

Other exciting Wulfaland news: I injured my ITB band. I always feel like I'm adding an unnecessary word, but I think ITB=iliotibial, so I'm justified in adding the "band" as well. I could be wrong. Anyway, I think a combination of too many hills during training and really old shoes caused the injury, and I have rectified both problems. Hopefully I'll be able to get back on track training for the 15-mile run I'm doing with my dad in March.

Vaguely related to exercising and treadmills: Miniwolf is weaned! And he slept through the night in his own bed! It's related to exercising because exercise and diet are linked, in my mind, and Miniorc feeding himself means I eat less. It's linked to treadmills because I ran on our new treadmill for the first time this morning, and woke up to discover him sleeping peacefully on his bed, rather than snuggled in with us (I'm not always aware of our children climbing into bed with us, but frequently I'll end up with two little warm bodies pressed tight against me. Not entirely sure how I could miss that happening, but oh well).

Wow. I need coffee. I can feel more inane conversation trying to come out through my fingertips. That is what happens when one stays up late playing WoW and then gets up at 5 a.m. to run. Laters.