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.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Feeling Angry

Well, the weekend was basically crap because I was sick.  Now I feel 95% back to normal, but am aggravated beyond belief due to a lot of factors.  But the overarching issue is that I am playing catch-up on most things due to the day and a half I spent in bed.  


Thursday, September 26, 2013


I am not sick at the moment, but I have that feeling you get when you are on the "verge" of being sick with a cold.  Maybe I have been pushing myself too hard... or more likely it is the plethora of sick people around me lately.... family (wife), co-workers, and students.  There must be at least 20 people in my near vicinity who are coughing, hacking, and wheezing that I have been in contact with regularly during the last two weeks.   I am going to put up a valiant effort though, and do what I can to thwart off the damn bugs.  Let us hope it works.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Finally Sitting

It was another very hectic day. I was productive, however, with my efforts. That does not mean however, that I am not dead dog tired. I am.

I seem to be in a period of time where I am working nonstop. I wish I had some more relaxation time, but at least I am being productive both in work and at home.

I saw a sign at the gym today that said something that I think is good for me to always keep in mind:

"The difference in who you are and who you want to be is... what you do."


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Day Got Away From Me

Today was busier than I had anticipated. I have been on the go, working and giving exams and grading all day. I am happy to report that the test I gave my students in my new class went well.  They obtained an average that was respectable. I was not too hard, nor too easy on them. That makes me happy.   Because of the late hour, I will write about my more enjoyable adventure tomorrow instead.

I did save enough time for myself, to take a half hour swim. It was very refreshing. I just finished.


Monday, September 23, 2013

Busy With a Plan

I am working feverishly. I have a secret mission to increase happiness today. I will let you know how it goes tomorrow.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Pipes and Liquor

Yes, I am still smoking my pipe, and yes, I do occasionally drink as well.  In fact, I am thinking I will begin again my prior habit of visiting my elderly father-in-law today and perhaps indulging in a few libations and pipes with him. 

I have been gnawing away at the conundrum of how I indulge in and view the pipe.  I believe a new effort to refrain (at least mostly) is something I am prepared to attempt again.  I have a few more details to work out, but when I get a tighter handle on my approach, I will be sure to write more here. 

Yet, hopefully, the rest of today will be great!


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Away Because

I think I have been away because I lost the feeling of communication here as I had moderated my comments.  I am taking a new approach of not moderating comments until after 5 days.  I suspect this may help me want to check in more like I used to and also to write more like I used to. 

Another factor that has in part kept me from writing is that I have been working on a head-to-toe revision and reformulation of one of my classes.  It has occupied a great deal of time.  I do, however, believe I have the amount of work required in this extensive change in this course under manageable control now, however.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

New Approach

I am taking a new approach to writing on my blog.  I think I know why I have been not as enthused about writing, and I think I have a few techniques I will employ to write consistently again starting with today.  Please know that the reason I have not been writing is NOT because I do not wish to communicate with you.  I have truly missed that.  I think my new approach will bear fruit.