Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Second baby gift ideas

I have a new nephew! Anyone have suggestions for gifts for a second baby? First one was a girl who is over 2 yrs now, but I think they still have a lot of her baby stuff. I am looking for something to buy, not knit, since I haven't been knitting since I became a mom. This is on my list of things to change about my life :)

Friday, May 20, 2011


Life's trajectory has pointed us toward magnetic north, apparently. From S. Carolina, to New York, to Maine, we've been on the move. Yup, we're about to be Mainers, lured by a tenure-track job at a SLAC in a small town one hour from the beach, one hour from Acadia National Park, two hours from the end of the Appalachian trail. After being ridiculously transient for the last 20 years, I can't say that I'm not just a little scared, but I'm trying to embrace it: we bought a house, we might even buy some "grown up furniture" (and discard the 'perfectly good' futon couch we've had since our college years?!), and we're becoming a one-car, 5-bike family. I call it maturity (finally), my students, I realize, just see me as old.** We are making the most of NYC while we have it (broadway version of Priscilla Queen of the Desert is well-worth the zillion dollars it costs) and eating all the goat cheese the Hudson Valley will spare. Then onward to Vacation land (seriously, that's what the license plates say). We have spare rooms--feel free to use them if you want to escape the summer heat!

**I just spent a fair amount of time at the hospital with a student who looks somewhat like me. I was frequently asked if I was her mother, not her sister. I've crossed some threshold, apparently.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

ESA roommate

Anyone going to ESA this summer and want to share a room? The hotels are kind of expensive!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Happy Birthdays & Babies

SpSq has not only a baby, but a birthday on the way. Who else? (bday I mean). Congrats to everyone with babies, and finishing teaching for the year. I leave for Haiti in about 2 weeks.

Monday, May 9, 2011


If you did not earn over a 50% on any one of the 5 exams in class, you probably shouldn't expect to pass the class.
Your performance in other classes has no bearing on your grade in my class.*
If the state requires a life science class with lab for a degree, and you have demonstrated neither passing knowledge of non-majors biology, nor passing effort in lab and homework, you probably don't deserve to graduate, despite being a senior with only this class between you and your diploma.
Just saying.

*Whether you are a self-described "straight-A student" indignant that you could be performing at less than an A level, or a poor student about to lose financial aid, your grade in my class is based on points earned in my class (and, as it turns out, I've done the math and I know that it is not just my class that is killing your GPA. The low grades in the other classes, be they current or past classes, also contribute to your GPA). For that matter, I don't take into account how upset your parents will be or how bothered that your wife will be that you have to commute another semester to re-take lab, BUT, YOU should probably take these things into account BEFORE you decide not to study or seek help in the class you are failing.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Minor Gloat

My grades are in!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Moving update

Just wanted to let you know that we're headed to San Diego on May 14th. My postdoc here ended a week ago, so we're on to new things. (Well, kind of-- I'm still going to be working on getting my project finished and published while we're in San Diego). My hubby's job is still in the Bay Area, so he will continue telecommuting from home. I'm not sure how long we will remain in SD-- I suspect we will eventually wind up in the Bay Area somewhere. In the meanwhile we are moving in with an aunt to save money. We are both looking forward to being near family again!