And just like that, Christmas is over, 2018 has arrived, and University #1 starts Spring Semester tomorrow. My classes are built and open for business, with new “standardized” format and all. They implemented a new version of Blackboard over the holiday. It’s cleaner with a more modern look, really better for mobile devices no doubt. I like it. Standardization is good, but the changes for my students result in some extra mouse clicks to get around. They will adapt. I will meet one of my classes tomorrow morning...assuming we meet. We have an ice storm moving in overnight which may cause morning classes to be cancelled.
Last Christmas (2017), Sarah gave me a birdfeeder that sticks right to a window. There it sat in the box on my shelf for nearly an entire year, but late last month, I took the screen out of the window beside my desk, cleaned the window, and attached the bird feeder. It’s wonderful!!! What a silly woman I was to wait so long to try it out! The big birds, woodpeckers, and squirrels hog the big birdfeeder out by the tree. My deskside birdfeeder attracts chickadees and my new favorite birds – titmice. I love to watch the birds and squirrels while I work.
Of course, Molly adores the bird feeder. Her new favorite place is the window sill, but the birds do not come around when she is standing guard. She has figured that out, so she oftentimes sits below the window and waits for the sound of a little bird landing on the birdfeeder. Then she pounces at the window from below. Every few days, I have to clean the Molly snot off the window. Gross.
|Molly is standing guard|
Big news. Sarah is getting married. Soon, actually (in just a few months). I’m excited for her and her fiancée, and for our family to be expanding. She is stressing over getting things planned and arrangements taken care of, but I’m sure it will all be lovely. She and I have very different views of weddings, but it’s OK. Perhaps it’s partly a generational thing, or just a difference in our personalities and tastes. If I had to get married again...nope, I can’t even go there. I love Someone dearly, but if something happens to him or he jumps ship for somebody else, old KYLady will NEVER remarry. Of course, I said that after the first time, and here I am. Never say never, but this time I mean it with all certainty.
Erin and Emily have applied to several graduate schools and are finishing the last semester at their respective universities in May. Sadly, they are scheduled to graduate on the same day. I’m already disappointed that I can’t attend both. Someone will go to one and I will go to the other, probably Erin’s. Someone stresses out to drive in Louisville traffic. Hell, I hate driving in Louisville traffic, but it’s not nearly as scary as driving in Houston. I hope both get accepted to their #1 picks. We should find out before spring. It’s possible that they could end up at the same university for graduate school. We will see.
For now, I welcome 2018 and look forward to all that is coming (that I know about, at least).