Well, the semester is rolling. We'll see if it rolls up hill, or down hill. The Board and our team are back to meeting, which begs the question --why did they declare an impasse right before Christmas? To F#$*@ us over. Yeah, I'm pretty angry with those people.
This morning I met with my hybrid class. This is a class where the lecture is online, but we still meet once a week on campus for lab. In the course schedule, this class looks like such a deal --the section number doesn't indicate that it is a hybrid class, and it's a 4 credit hour lab class that only meets once a week for 2 hours and 40 minutes! What's not to like? So I end up with a room full of students who don't realize they're in a hybrid class. (Yeah, I've tried to get the college to change the section number so students know what they're signing up for, but that's gone nowhere quickly.) So, there was one female student sitting right in the front this morning. I spent about a half hour talking, with the class website projected on a screen, showing the students what they'd need to do online for the class. During the first 25 minutes she had this very dubious, slightly annoyed, look on her face. It projected "This is so unfair --I didn't sign up for this." Somehow, over those 25 minutes, I convinced her that this class was going to be a good thing, because in those last 5 minutes her expression changed to a smile. Although I can't articulate why, it just really made my day.
We have a winter storm warning starting at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning. It's supposed to snow all day, and we could get either 4 inches, or 8 inches. Those are very different outcomes, and I'm hoping for 4. Emma is hoping for 8. I don't meet any classes on campus tomorrow, so instead of working in my office, I'll have to bring my latte home and work here. That way my car can be parked in the garage and I won't have to clean any snow off it. Such a tough life :-)
Okay, I'm leaving you with a photo I grabbed off a news site. I find the photo really scary, but also really eye-opening. This is a photo of a plus-size model embracing a regular runway model. Auschwitz comes to mind. And I am not being flippant.