Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snow Day?

As far as I can remember, the last time we had classes canceled @ EMU due to weather was in December of 2000. I was teaching Eng.121 & sharing an office w/ Annette. It was my very 1st semester as a Lecturer, and while Annette & I were in an office together, I really didn't know her at all. Seeing as it's been almost 10 years, today's snow day came as a bit of a shock, & while I'll have to reshuffle the next couple weeks of class to get us back on track, I think I might be able to actually make good use of the day off. Here are the things I'll do:

1) Blogging: Lately, the blogging has played second fiddle to the rest of my life. I suppose that's the way it should be, but I've tried to keep up a steady pace of 10-12 posts per month over the last 5 years, but that hasn't been happening this year.

2) Reading: I feel as though I've been reading The Savage Detectives since Halloween. It's really good, but it's been really slow going too. I guess confining my "fun" reading to bathroom time & breaks @ Plum Market don't make for fast books. However, recently, around page 350, something resembling a plot appeared so the pace might start picking up. We'll see.

3) Terminator Salvation: The Machinima Series: I rented it last week & it's due back on Friday so today'll be a good opportunity to watch it. It looks like it might suck, but in keeping w/ my new-found love of all things Terminator, I feel wee need to watch it.

4) Star Wars: We've been talking about watching the whole saga again, so we may need to start today w/ a viewing of Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace. I think Isaiah wants to watch it.

5) Sledding: I image that @ some point this afternoon, probably while Isaiah is taking his nap, I'll take S & A out for a little while @ Riverside Park.

6) Chili: I'll take the day to slow-cook some chili & fix Coney Dogs for dinner.

7) Arsenal: There's a match this afternoon vs. Liverpool, but it's not on Fox Soccer Channel. I was considering resubscribing to Setanta, chose not to. Today, I'm regretting that decision. If I were in my office, I'd be able to watch it on-line w/ a much better connection than I have @ home... oh well. Who wants to come over & watch Arsenal go down in their 3rd consecutive defeat today?


Abby Rogers said...

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As often as possible I will post photographs of glorious vistas, charming close-ups, and interesting tidbits of life in Great Britain for the pleasure of Scotophiles everywhere!

Steve said...

Just looked back through the old blogospheres entries on my site, and I think we had a snow day at EMU in 2005, maybe one in March 2008. Not sure about that 2008 one though.

In any event, I suppose what is or isn't a "snow day" kind of depends on your teaching schedule. For me, the day threw me off because it meant that Annette and Will were around the house all day (I think they watched about 8 hours of "South Park" and about 3 movies, including "Fame") while I should have been working. And instead, I was shoveling and cooking (for Friday).

Anonymous said...

Don't blame Isiah for your need to watch Star Wars. It is perfectly acceptable.

Andre said...

I accomplished everything on my list, but when the list includes things that basically mena I'm sitting around, it's pretty easy to check everything off.

I thought about the snow day teaching schedule but then forgot to write about it.

jason said...

I'm into my 4th straight snow day here and it sucks.

Brenda said...

I am jealous of anyone who can actually accomplish anything during snow days. The kids are finally back to school after over a week off and I am looking forward to getting something -- anything -- done for a change.