The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

............................................ ............................................ A blog devoted to the ramblings of a small town, middle aged college professor as he experiences life and all its strange variances.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hopped Up on Java






Interesting feelings this afternoon.  I usually drink coffee every morning.  Today, I may have either had a bit stronger coffee than usual or a bit more of it (two 24 ounce Starbuck dark roasts) than usual, but I am feeling a bit fuzzy & energized in a rather pleasant but unfocused fashion.

Usually I do not feel this way from coffee.  But it is rather fun.  I will have to keep it in mind in the future, but I am not sure I could purposefully replicate it with reliability.  I think I better stick to working on unimportant paperwork in my office this afternoon, instead of working on the precision requiring work I had been thinking of doing in my lab.  :)

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Monday, September 15, 2014

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Low Motivation



I have very low motivation at the moment.  I should get busy and do a bunch of work.  But, I am feeling pretty exhausted after teaching in my very loud, professorial voice for the last three hours.   I was teaching in the huge auditorium on campus today, and the damn microphone did not work, so I literally was shouting the whole time.   Oh well.  There are a helluva lot worse things that could happen. 

I feel a need to be outside right now.  Even if it is raining at the moment.  I think I may go out and walk around for an hour or so to clear my head.  I already walked my 5 miles this morning (around 5:15am).  I took the dog with me, and as usual she really enjoyed it.  I like walking in the dark, in the early morning.  The only light visible is from the moon, or an occasional streetlight.  

A friend sent the image shown above to me.  It made me roar with laughter out loud.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Marinating Again

It is Friday after all.

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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This & That


I am trying something new here, a "speed post" where I will free form write about ideas of whatever I have been thinking about for a brief burst of time (5 minutes) without worry about form or functionality.    Today, I feel like having a  bulleted list:

  • Thimscool.... I apologize if you feel I have been ignoring you.  That was not my intention.  I do not think I ignored or missed any comments from you, and at least during the last several months, I believe I have published every one I have received.  I will work to respond to the comments I receive starting from this point forward. 
  •  My pipe quitting endeavor is going no where fast.  Not much more to say about that other than I am fully saturated with pipe tobacco essences, as usual. 
  • It is a beautiful day out today, and I am ear-marking it to try to have some fun outside this afternoon.  Not sure how yet, but I want to get the hell out of Dodge (the U) by about 2:30 if at all possible, so I can try to go play for a bit.
     
  • You can see a bit of leaf change already around here.  Soon we will have the vivid hues of orange, red, and yellow.    I enjoy those colors a lot.
  • I am going to wrestle myself into doing what I damn well want to in life.  I am sick of the cloud of gloom, and the immense weight of all the b*llsh*t pressures I have been experiencing.  It is my mission to get this to end, and to get it to end damn quickly.  I want to live and enjoy and laugh and love.  And I will.
     
  • My wife and I watch very little television compared to what we used to watch even 10 years ago.  We now probably watch television for only 30 minutes - 60 minutes a day.  Well, my wife may watch a bit more than that, because I refuse to watch the innane b*llsh*t they call local news anymore.  News (both local and national) used to have substance.  Now, none of it is substantive, and it is a waste of my time.  About the only news source worth investing time into is reading the New York Times, and even that is not necessary daily.  I get the news I need these days from a computer program called Circa.

    That is it for today folks!

    PipeTobacco

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Busy & Hectic

I am tired of this refrain, but as is my new usual, things are hectic and exhausting.  I have got to change this, but am struggling to find a solution.  I WILL find a solution, however.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Gently Marinated

All is well, just relaxing, gently marinated. Not much else to report.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Windshield Replacememt

Today I am sitting in a repair shop about 50 minutes from home as I wait for the windshield to be replaced in my wife's vehicle.  Yesterday, while traveling around, a semi truck apparently kicked up some large rock or something similar and it was powerful enough to punch an actual hole into the windshield.  My wife and her passengers were very fortunately all fine.  

When I called the insurance company, they said we could get this appointment here this morning, or if we wanted a service to come out, they could do this as well, but it would not be until Wednesday of next week.  This little drive and waiting around for a couple hours seemed a better choice for me.  I have used the time to walk my daily walk (actually walked about 7 miles), I have ha a few pipes, and have read a bit and wrote a few updates to some of the handouts I will need for the start of the Fall semester.

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