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TGIF

It’s been quite a week. I have a new boss. I’ve finally finished my two online classes, at least I hope I’ve finished with them both. The museum studies class was fun and interesting. The adjunct instructor class was a pain in the butt. After all that I have gone through to teach adjunct at this college, I’d better be hired. I’ve done well on all the other assignments, so I hope I did well on the last one. I know I did well in my museums studies class. I have a 100 average in that class. I’ve already signed up for class two in my museum studies class.


End of the Week

Thank goodness it’s Friday. The end of the week is finally here. It’s been a busy and tiring week. I’ve completed this week’s coursework for my two classes. I just have to do some commenting on other people’s work, and then I will be finished. I really only have one more week in each class and then the final project in my museum studies class. These two classes have taken up much of my week. I’ll have to buckle down and do some real work tomorrow. I’ve got several things I need to get done, because next week, I will be in Boston. Tuesday through Thursday, I will be conducting my final oral histories. Then, that part of the project will be over with. There is still a lot left to do though. Will I get it all done before my time is up? I doubt it, but I will actually do my best. So tomorrow there is some paperwork to be done and then I have to pack my equipment and get it ready to go. I won’t actually be back in the office until next Friday. Monday is a holiday for us, one of the few that we actually get besides Thanksgiving and Christmas. Anyway, after work tomorrow, I have to go to the doctor for my check-up. I’m not thrilled about going. He’s going to tell me things I already know and say that I need to do better. The good thing is that I am going to ask him about the new migraine prevention medication that has come out. I’d like to see if it could prevent my migraines. Tomorrow is going to be busy.


Tired

I don’t mind being a perpetual student. I like learning new things, and I am constantly learning new things in my museum studies class. I enjoy the class, the readings, and the museum visits. My teaching class, however, is a different story. While I am learning a few new things, most of the reading and work is tedious. I guess they want to see just how willing we are to work. Thank goodness, it’s only a three week class. I don’t think I could take much more of it. Currently, we are in week two, and it has gotten even more tedious. I have taken classes on teaching before, but none of them taught me how to conduct an online class. In a way, I guess this class is good for me, but I just wish it wasn’t so…tedious.


The Week Continues

I’m almost finished with this week’s assignments for my teaching class. I’ve finished the readings for my museum class, but I still have the assignments to do. I’m almost completely packed for my trip, I just need to pack my suit, toiletries and medicine. Just a few more things to wrap up then I’ll be off to Ohio on Thursday. It’s been a busy week. I’ve still got a few things at work to finish up before I go. It’s all about finishing things up.

And for something fun, I had a cousin of mine come up to Burlington yesterday; I was able to meet him for breakfast. He’s not a very close cousin, but he’s very cute, and he thinks he’s straight. I believe otherwise. He’s begging me to take him to a gay bar in New Orleans next time I’m back down south. There’s nothing like a “straight” boy going to a gay bar to set him…straight, or should that be set him gay, lol. Anyway, he’s a former student of mine, the only one who knew I was gay. He’s a good kid too. I’ve missed him.


Beyond Busy

I can’t believe how busy this week is going to be. First, I have my usual work load and class load with my museum studies class. In addition to that, I am starting a new class for Southern New Hampshire University to begin online teaching for them. SNHU requires all online teachers to go through a training course before they can be officially hired and start teaching. I have no idea what to expect from this course or how much actual work it will be. Thankfully it is only for three weeks. On top of all of this, I am presenting a paper at a conference this week and will be gone Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I’m basically only attending the reception Thursday night, if I can make it there in time. The conference is in Athens, Ohio, but the closest airport is in Columbus, and hour and a half away. My plane arrives at 2:48 and the reception 4, no doubt I will be late for the reception. Then I’ll go to a few sessions during the day on Friday before my session which will be at the end of the day. Saturday, I will head back to Columbus where I plan to visit the Wexner Center for the Arts. This is The Ohio State University’s “multidisciplinary, international laboratory for the exploration and advancement of contemporary art”. My museum studies assignment this week is to visit a modern/contemporary art museum. I should have plenty of time Saturday since my plane doesn’t depart until 5:51 pm. It’s going to be a busy, busy week.


History

I’m off work today but have to work tomorrow. Do you know what that means? If you’ve been following this blog then you know I’m taking a museum studies class, and I have to go to a museum each week. So if you guessed that I’m going to a museum, then you’d be right. This week, it’s a history museum. I will be going to the Vermont Historical Society. It’s just up the road in Montpelier, so hopefully, it will be a nice trip.


Another Busy Week

As long as I am taking these museum studies classes, it’s going to be busy. I spend the week reading and preparing assignments, while at the same time getting my real work done on my job. I have so much to edit and it’s going so slowly. It’s like I can’t do two things at once when I know with good time management I can. I should have done some reading yesterday, but I had a headache all day which makes it hard to concentrate. Hopefully, today will be a much better day and I can get a lot done. One night this week, I have to take out our guest speaker to dinner. I’m not particularly looking forward to this, but it’s part of the job. Then this weekend I have to visit yet another museum. Last week’s was an art museum, this weeks is a history museum. So much to do, so little time to do it in.


Long Week

I was thinking last night that it’s been a long week. Then I realized that it was only Wednesday. I think I almost cried. Luckily, there are only two days left in the week. Work has been very busy, and what other time I have has been spent reading for my class. I’m behind in watching The Voice. It’s okay though, all of my favorites have been eliminated. Now we are down to my second tier folks. I haven’t gotten to vote because I didn’t watch the shows live. Work will be busy today. One thing I have to do is work on the paper that I am presenting at a conference next month. I have to edit it down from 25 minutes to 10-12 minutes. That’s half my paper. I’m so bummed. I had a really good paper, but it’s just too long. I also, and shhh because it’s not actually part of my job, but I need to write my assignment for my class this week. I’ve gotten most of it written, it just needs a few more things. So I’ve got those two things plus I still need to edit some more oral histories and I’ve got some emails that I have been putting off that need to be sent. There is just too much to do and not enough hours in the workday.


Fairbanks

Yesterday, as part of an assignment for the class I’m taking, I had to go to a natural history museum. I chose the Faibanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, VT. The Fairbanks Museum was founded in 1889 by St. Johnsbury industrialist Franklin Fairbanks.

Inside the classic Victorian building, you find a dazzling array of animals and artifacts, dolls and tools, shells and fossils, and much more! When Franklin Fairbanks opened the doors to this Museum in St. Johnsbury over a century ago, he invited all of New England to see beyond the horizon by bringing exquisite examples of natural science and beautiful artifacts from around the world to his home town. Inside, the collections include:

• natural science specimens (mounted birds, mammals, reptiles and fish; insects; nests and eggs; shells; fossils; rocks and minerals; herbarium)

• historical artifacts (tools; toys; dolls; textiles; weapons; archival photographs and documents)

• ethnological items representing Oceania, the Near East, Africa, Egypt, Japan and native North America.

It was a small museum but very interesting. The sheer number of birds in the collection is astounding.

I’d have liked to have gone to another museum while I was there. The Atheneum, which is the public library and art museum is supposed to be quite fabulous but sadly it was closed on Sunday. Another museum was also closed on Sunday, and yet another was closed for the winter. So, I only got to see the Fairbanks Museum.


It’s Friday Again

Yep, it’s Friday again. TGIF and all that. It’s been a busy week. I got in one or two more job applications this week. Plus, I’ve been super busy at work. I’ve been cranking out these oral history edits. My evenings have been spent working on my class. I’ve been reading and writing my assignments. It’s going to be a busy weekend. Saturday, I will be judging a history fair. Sunday, I have the assignment to go visit a natural history museum, so I will be driving up to St. Johnsbury, Vermont to visit the Fairbanks Museum. There is no rest for the weary.

Then on Monday, I will present the paper that I’m presenting at a conference in May to my coworkers. I’m hoping that goes well. Also, Tuesday, I have an interview for an online adjunct teaching job. It’s at a major university, and I’m looking forward to talking with them. The job will be good experience if I get it . So it will be quite busy for some time to come.

In addition, we are looking at 1-3” of snow today.


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