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.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Serious Thoughts.... Again

I am really in a mental state for the last several days that is probably good for me.  I am feeling more and more determined to quit the damn pipe smoking.  Quit is still unfortunately a bit of a relative term.  Most of the time, when I say I want to quit, I mean 100% quit... quitting completely.  Still there is a part of me who thinks I should once again go with the 97% quit... meaning I can have a pipe or two when I am sharing drinks and chatting with my elderly father-in-law.  When I am in this thought train (the 97% quit), I am reminded of and think about how I did exactly that for the six weeks when I also had the motivation where I also committed to doing this during the entirety of Lent. 

I am formulating my next plan of attack at this, and I want whichever route I select to be one that I adopt permanently!


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Thank You

Thank you to BBC, Billy P and Forsythia for your recent comments.  They have not yet posted but I saw them and hope to get them up soon!  

Bully, you mention the need for me to have better time management.  I agree completely!!!!   Time management has never been a strong suit of mine.  It is not something that comes naturally to me, nor is it a pattern I have been able to establish over the long term.  I should however persevere and figure it out... Long term!

Forsythia, I really enjoyed the t.selliit phrase!  I never heard it before, but I will be writing it down and think I will be adding it to my lectures as well as my students feel similarly in October!

BBC... Not much I can really say other than I admire you a great deal!  Your ability go comfortably roll with the ebb and flow of life without much rancor is something for us to all aspire to.  You always seem to make damn near any situation you have turn out to be tolerable and often times very, very good!


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Busy - Tired of Busy

October is always a very busy month.... At the U, tons of birthday celebrations, CC Meets to attend.  It is always a whirlwind.  About this time I am usually very tired of October, and yet it is only half done.  I look forward to Halloween not for candy, but for November which is more relaxing.


Monday, October 12, 2015


Tomorrow I have to attend a "function" at the U in the evening.  Not a fun time, but it is the first one in a year or so, so I will just deal with it.


Friday, October 09, 2015

Feeling Good!

Just arrived home after having a few libations and pipes with my elderly father in law.  Feeling really nice.


Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Sitting Outside

I am sitting outside the Gerenworth Building where I just finished a lecture and have another one in about 15 minutes.  I am relaxing, having a pipe, and a glass of ice water during this brief break.  


Tuesday, October 06, 2015

End of the Work Day

Just got out of work, and I am sitting on the back porch, smoking my pipe while the damn dog barks at leaves.  She is basically insane sometimes!  :)

She should. Be taking advantage of the "potty break" opportunity, but the slight breeze makes leaves dance in such a way that she thinks they are something to chase like a mouse. 

I ended up getting a fair amount accomplished at work, but need to try to prepare three different exams so they can get to the printer on Wednesday.  It can take up to a week to get them back.  


Monday, October 05, 2015

Monday and Monday

Today was a typically fast paced Monday. But I was able to get a reasonable amount done.  Now it is time for dinner and relaxing, I hope.


Saturday, October 03, 2015

My Beautiful Wife's Birthday

It is early here.  Today is my wife's birthday.  I am hoping I will make it a special day for her and hope that she feel special.  I love her, and I do hope things go as planned.


Friday, October 02, 2015

Looking Forward to the Afternoon!!!

I am planning to scoot out of the U as soon as workable to go spend some time with my elderly father-in-law.  Ample beverages, pipes, and discussion should be on the agenda.  It sounds wonderful!  I am looking forward to it.


Thursday, October 01, 2015

Lack of Hunger

I have not been enjoying food as much as I typically do.  It may be partially stress as I am still in a week that is not "routine" in terms of my day-to-day activities.  There are a sh*tl**d of little usurpers of my time this week and most everything I hold dear in my normal routines is pretty much shot to hell. 

When I was heavier, I used to eat more (fairly mindlessly) when I felt this way because it would relieve stress.... but keep me heavy.  It seems I have been reasonably successful in quelling that behavior.  Now I am more inclined to not eat... but while that may help me stay at a normal BMI and even give me a little "wiggle room", it is still a challenge because I still do not have a really strong set of behaviors I can rely on to do to help dissipate this stress WITHOUT eating.