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January 15, 2015

Hi friends! Just playing a little bit of catch up over here.  The first full week of school is almost done– one down, fifteen to go.  As I mentioned in my last post, I’m teaching all five days of the week this semester, which is a bit of a shift– I’m not used to going up to campus every day!  Still, the reason I’m teaching all five days is exciting– when we first moved here, UAH barely offered anything in the way of creative writing.  The classes they had offered, in recent years, were offered sporadically (“I hope not sporadically!”) and without any real regularity.  And now, this semester, I’m teaching two sections of fiction writing– both of which have filled over capacity.  It’s nice to see the students excited about creative writing.  And it’s nice to teach fiction instead of freshman comp. 🙂

Beyond teaching, we’ve been eating pretty healthy:2015/01/img_4364.jpg

I ended the holidays feeling like we (I) had indulged wayyyyy too much, so it’s nice to get back on the healthy train for a little while.  I’ve also managed to go to yoga for two weeks in a row, which must be a new record (sad but true).

Lila has been prepping herself for a marriage proposal from Prince Harry:



And she also started taking classes at the Little Gym again after taking a break in the fall:


And finally, Ryan went out of town last week and my mom came to help out with Lila.  We loved having her here– Lila is still talking about how much she misses Honey. 😦


That’s about it for us– looking forward to the upcoming long weekend.  Hope you’re keeping warm!!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. amberbusyboldblessed permalink
    January 15, 2015 6:20 pm

    Um can I please be her age again so I can walk around the house in a princess dress?!

  2. January 15, 2015 10:57 pm

    “I hope not sporadically” is why I love your blog! Just out of curiosity (and bc I have a few struggling adjunct friends), are you an adjunct or a professor?

    • January 16, 2015 1:37 am

      Haha, I can never hear that word without thinking of Tai. 😉

      I’m a lecturer, which is kind of in between an adjunct and a tenure-track professor position. We’re official “full time” faculty as opposed to part-time (which is how I think most universities qualify their adjuncts). I also have really great insurance and benefits, and earn a pretty nice paycheck– I don’t make that much less than my husband, who does hold a professor position– he’ll be going up for tenure next year. That said, I do have a heavier teaching load than he does– the lecturer position is a 4/4 load, but I get a course release to coordinate our Poetry Out Loud program in the fall.

      This is probably way more information than you wanted. 🙂 I held an adjunct position at at Penn State Altoona for two years, and man– that can be rough. Lots of teaching, such little money, and usually no benefits. We made it work because again, Ryan was in a professor position, but I definitely feel for my friends (and I have a lot of them) who are trying to make the adjunct thing work without a partner who can carry the weight of such a thankless (and money-less) position. I think adjuncting at Penn State was good for me, ultimately, because at the very least it kept me in the academic game and gave me more teaching experience, but as a general mode of employment, yeah, it can be pretty soul (and wallet) sucking.

  3. ginger635 permalink
    January 16, 2015 1:24 pm

    Yes, that was a really fun visit! I’m not sure how much I helped out, but there is nothing wrong with a fun visit, just because. I would like to do it more often!

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