Thursday, May 21, 2009

I love my students but ...

There are only 3 things worse than grading papers for a living:

1- Forced labor in, say, Siberia

2- Working with toxic waste

3- Not having work at all.

That's all I have to say.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Friday Update

1- My nephew's surgery went fine. He is hearing and sleeping better already and is pretty much back to his usual self.

2- Grading papers is a b*tch.

3- I'm in one of those situations, familiar to freelancers, wherein I have several clients who each owe me a LOT of money, but none of it has come in yet, so as far as the bank and credit card companies are concerned, I'm destitute. I'm expecting, literally, many many thousands of shekels to come in during the next few weeks, but meanwhile I literally do not have bus money in my wallet. Crud.

4- The weather here in Jerusalem has been GORGEOUS lately. Wish you were here!

5- My roommate made chocolate-almond macaroons, held together by chocolate ganache, from scratch last night. I love my roommate!

Nothing else to report. May all those of you who celebrate Shabbat have a shalom one. :-)

Thursday, May 07, 2009


I have not dropped off the face of the earth.

Plenty to say, no time to say it.

Quick update: My teaching responsibilities have run away from me. Teaching five classes, with all the lesson planning and grading involved, is more than I can keep up with while also staying on top of my journalism work. Next year I'll have to give up something; I can't teach in two programs AND write for a living. Live and learn.

Yom Haatzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) was nice, low-key. I went to a traditional barbecue at the home of my friends C and M; R, G, and E were there also. 'Twas fun to be with friends.

This past week has been an emotional low point. :-( No other details forthcoming on a public blog.

Wish a refuah shelaimah (complete recovery) to my little nephew David, 3, who is having his adenoids removed next week! Poor little guy!