Wow. I have been so busy that all I’ve had time to do is to quick & dirty FB/Twitter updates. So I’m taking some good decompress time and I’m going to post something with meat.
Why have I been busy? Well, first…work, which is complicated by the fact that we are on a forced 20% furlough, basically one day off a week. We’re OK, financially, for at least a while. Also, I’ve been able to pick up some side work that will help cover the gap, and that side work may actually lead to some more, longer term part-time deals, including the possibility of something local (if this particular county and the State can quit feuding about dollars, like that’s gonna happen any time soon, lol) and, believe it or not, an organization where my nascent French knowledge will come in handy (don’t worry, I linked to the English pages).
But the time off has helped with my school work. I can actually concentrate more on studying. I survived two test last week, in HR and biz legal. I actually scored in the mid-80s on both, which considering these are not interesting subjects for me induced a pleasant reaction. There’s a decent possibility that I can get As in both classes. And both professors said that their first exams are usually the killer ones; the next two aren’t quite as bad. This week, for Sac State, I have two assessment exams: one is writing proficency that all juniors must take and pass to be allowed to be declared seniors academically, and the MIS challenge exams (yes, I haz mad kompyooter skillz); the latter means that I don’t need to take MIS 1/2/3 (Windoze/teh Internets, Word, Excel, all one unit classes). I also need to see about challenging the upper division COBOL class. And on the fall schedule, it looks like I’ll be dipping into the French well, as there is an online French civilization class that Cheri and I will take for one of the required upper division general ed classes.
Over on the side of la classe française, there has been an upheaval. Prof. Bergeron has left suddenly. Her husband just retired from CalPERS, probably thinking it was a good time since CalPERS funds, which used to be the class of public retirement, have pretty much gone into the shitter. At one time he managed over $40B in funds. When he left, it was $1.98. (Just kidding; there’s not much he could do about it anyway. It’s really $62.86, coincidentally the current amount in my amazon.com slush fund change bag.) He took a consulting position in Milano (not the Pepperidge Farm cookie) and it starts in May. I got the distinct impression that she was not happy about the sudden change, and her husband had done IHO rash things like this before. But, to use a phrase I’ve heard before, c’est la vie. Her replacement is from the great exotic locale of…upstate New York. This is the first foreign language teacher I’ve had that was not a native speaker of that language since *thinks* jr. high school. In my college French career, I’ve had teachers from les banlieues parisiennes, la Belge, et le Québec. It’s taking a little bit of getting used to…especially since that IMNSHO I have a better French accent than she does.
Home side? Not much time to work around the house. We did post some stuff on Craigslist with varying results. I started mowing the back yard yesterday since we’ve finally had a good run of no rain. I got it about 1/2 done, but the Neuton battery ran out. I like the Neuton, but it’s not that good with the real thick stuff; it drains the battery. Plus, my minor allergy to grass and weed pollen reared up last night; normally that sort of stuff doesn’t bother me, but whenever I mow the lawn, about 6 hours later I get minor allergic symptoms. But it passed overnight. And Cheri’s mother is visiting in about 6 weeks, so we’ve been working on getting the guest room straightened out, and I really need to tackle the office.
Now to mention Facebook for a quick note. So far, 20 of my high school classmates have hooked up; that’s over 40% of the non-foreign student graduating class. It’s really great to catch up on everyone. Plus our favorite teacher from high school is online, and it turns out she lives only a couple of hours from here, in Chico. She’s having hip replacement surgery today, so I’m thinking good thoughts.
Speaking of no money…Sac State reminder popped up; gotta go pay the next installment.
I am really going to try to update this more frequently. Nudge me. *g*