Happily Addicted to the Web

A good online friend shared this new Christmas song.  Thanks Mary.

Happy Holidays to all.  May all your online friends be as special as mine are. 

(tune–Winter Wonderland)
Doorbell rings, I’m not list’nin’,
Through open doors, snow is glistnin’
I’m happy–although
My boss let me go–
Happily addicted to the Web
All night long, I sit clicking,
Unaware, time is ticking,
There’s stubble on my cheek,
Same clothes for a week,
Happily addicted to the Web.
Friends come by
They shake me,
Saying, “Yo man!
Don’t you know,
Downstairs, it’s your mom”?
With a listless shrug,
I mutter, “No man;
I just discovered msn dot com!”
I don’t phone, don’t send faxes,
Don’t go out, don’t pay taxes,
Who cares if someday
They drag me away?
I’m happily addicted to the Web
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I have returned!

Hello all, 

Wow, 9245 hits.  I am not worthy, especially when I haven’t written anything in so long.  I hope to correct some of that.  I have quite a few things “saved” in my email inbox that I hope to post or at least comment about here in the zoo. 

I am on break from teaching.  HALLELUJAH!!  It has been a LONG, LONG, LONG winter quarter.  I have the coming week off and have many things to take care of, mainly getting my mind settled and ready to start new classes in a week. 

It has been enjoyable, rewarding but very stressful.  Next quarter will be better and the one after that will be even better still. 

Ok, not a long post, just to let everyone know I hope to be posting more soon.

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I’m still among the living


It’s been quite a while since I’ve had a moment to write anything here.  BUT–I see that hasn’t stopped people from stopping by to see if I’ve posted anything.  On Feb 28 there were 188 visits to this site. Cowabunga!  Previously the daily high was something like 63.  I’m not at all sure what happened to make people think I’d written something or made them check back so much on that day. I’m sorry to have had to disappoint the readers.  😦

I have been sick. I got that creepy cruddy flu that was going around, at least it was going around in this area.  So many people were/are sick and it seems to last forever. My illness has lasted 3 weeks and I’m still not back to 100%.  I got the viral version of the flu so nothing much helped.  I’m getting better, but still have a bit of congestion and a cough if I talk much.  Being a teacher, that’s a given.  I just keep my bottle of water and cough syrup with me at all times. 

My home computer was also in the hospital for over two weeks.  It is home now and getting hard use as I catch up on school work and over 600 emails that collected during that time.  Boy, we get connected to our machines and can’t seem to function without them.  How did our ancestors do without them?

Teaching is going pretty well, but being sick and not having a computer did not help my workload this first quarter.  I have about 4 weeks left and then I get to DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN.  Well, not as bad as this quarter.  For one thing, I will have taught everything once, and for another, I will be teaching fewer different courses.  I will still have 6 classes, but only 3 subjects compared to 6 classes and 5 subjects now.  More repetition means a bit less fresh prep.  Doesn’t decrease the grading, but if I prepare for a class once, and teach it three times, that does save a bit of work.

Well, just wanted to say, after all the flu etc, I’m still here, and hopefully I will be writing again soon.

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New Employment!!!

My blogging has been a bit sporatic lately.  Sorry about that.  I miss spending time on reading blogs and trying to write a bit of something for my own blog, but I’ve sort of had limited “extra” time lately.

I’VE GOT A NEW JOB!!!!!   Yea!!  YIPPIE SKIPPIE!!!  Hooray!!!  I’m SOOO happy.

Employment, and income, security to pay bills and buy food for the four-footed furry daughters makes a wonderful start to a new year. BUT this job is extremely time consuming for the moment.

I am teaching again!  I think after 30 years of employment I’ve found my niche.  I won’t grow rich that’s for darn sure but I truly enjoy what I’m doing.  My new position is teaching at Stautzenberger Community College.

What is making this time particularly difficult is that I agreed to teach SIX classes for my first quarter there.  Only one class is a repeat, so I have 5 different course preps to do.  Also there is an average of 18 students in each of the classes. All of them have homework and tests to grade on top of preparing the information to convey to the students.

I am still getting a few hours of work at the zoo as well.  I love working there, but between the two places — That’s a lotta work.  Some days I’m happy that breathing is involuntary, because otherwise I’d not have time to think about it. 

I am trying to do my best at my new job and I think I am.  My new boss calls me a perfectionist.  I don’t see it, I just want everything done just right!

Next quarter should be much easier and I will have time to beathe.  Hopefully I will have classes I taught this quarter.  As in the past, each quarter will have different classes to teach, but some will repeat and become staples.  I will teach those again and again. Those will become easier and easier each quarter and I will be able to perfect them, and not have to spend all my time learning all the specific information I will cover with the students.  The prep will be a bit easier.  I will have more time to work on my blog.

Until then, I will do my very best to write something interesting or find a kewl post as often as I can.  If I find something intersting that has been sent to me, or I find online that I can share with others I will keep on keeping on.  <SMILE>  Unfortunately, there will probably be gaps inbetween days when I simply do not have time to be here. 

I hope you enjoy reading the things I post.  You must, because many of you keep coming back. I just hope you don’t get bored or leave because I can’t keep up.

I love my new job.  I hope you enjoy yours too. In the meantime, happy reading.  

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Does it matter?

Thoughts on blogging, blogging thoughts, thoughts on thoughts, blogs on blogs, to write, what to write, when to write, how to write, how to blog, hmmm. Does it matter?

I have had this blog since July 6, a little over 5 months, just under 4000 views – FOUR THOUSAND views, averaging 40+ views a day.  Do I know 40 people? I know my family isn’t that large. Actually I doubt if any of my small family even reads this, or is aware of this blog.  Where do these people come from?  Does what I write interest the various readers? Does it matter?

I know everyone seems to like the pictures of animals, but shouldn’t blogs be more than pictures?  I don’t know, I’ve never had a blog before, and have really only read a couple with any regularity. Am I doing it right?  Does it matter? Does this blog matter to anyone else but me? Does that matter? Does it matter that I wonder if it matters? Does that matter?  <sigh>  my head hurts.

How does this fit into the skeme of things in the world?  Will my running my computer affect global warming?  Will it affect world politics, US politics, local politics, the price of paper, the price of gas, intestinal gas, world peace, loss of animal habitat, organic farming, overpopulation, the price of tea in China, the spices in chili in Chile? Some people spell chili as chilli.  Who cares?   Do I care?  Should I care?  Does it matter if I care?  Who cares that I care? Does it matter?

I’m not sure what I really wanted this blog to be when I started. It seemed to be the thing to do.  I guess I’d hoped to have something of interest to say, but then thought it might turn out to be more of a diary/journal. A diary/journal is something you write for yourself. A diary is written for memories, a place to write your thoughts, contemplations, dreams and ideas.  A place to write about your loves and lost loves, pride and accomplishments, sadness and regrets, friends, enemies, people who pass by you on the street who you don’t know.  People aren’t to read other people’s diaries, at least until you are old or dead and your great great grand children, playing in the attic find long lost notebooks you’ve packed away because you can’t bear to throw away anything you’ve worked so long and hard on and it’s your life story.

Then again, if this were a real diary and not a blog, I’d write a lot more personal stuff here.  But this is a blog, open to anyone in the world with a computer connection.  I don’t want the world to know all my personal stuff.  Does that matter?  Why would they want to know it anyway?  Especially the people who don’t know me and have somehow ended up here. There are a lot of strange people in the world.  Some very nice people and some real kooks.  I don’t want the kooks to know too much about me, they might come and look for me.  I have enough strange friends, I don’t need the kooks showing up on my doorstep.

I have found some posts very easy to do and others difficult.  I sort of feel if I have a blog, and I have an average of 40 ish views per day, I should write something every day, otherwise those 40 people, whoever they are, will get bored and not come back.  My “best” day has been 92 hits.  One day 92 people came to view my blogs, or maybe 46 people came here twice.  What were they looking for?  Did they find it? Does it matter <G>?  Who cares <g>.

I do find that if I were writing this 100% for myself I would probably have a lot more writing and a few less pictures.  Perhaps I’d have 4-5 posts in one day and nothing at all for weeks and weeks.  Some days it seems like I have lots of ideas, but don’t want to put them all on one day, I try to stretch the posts out so I have something to post tomorrow for the 40 people who will stop by. Then when I go to my list of possible blog ideas they don’t seem interesting anymore.  Were they interesting only in the moment, or where they never of interest? Maybe like the newspaper, you read it completely if it’s today’s paper, but may only scan the headlines if it is a week or more old.  Does it really matter?

Blogging has become a challenge, a goal, a purpose so to speak (or write).  Something I need to do today, tomorrow, and next week with intelligence, (?) humor – well I try at times, and trying at times sometimes with enthusiasm, sometimes with a feeling of “ok write something, anything, just get it done”.  I wonder if people who write professionally or for a living ever feel like that.  I should ask Pooks the fabulous script writer, teacher of writing and former romance novelist whose blog I read (Planet Pooks) and who is probably to blame for getting me to start my own.  HA Pooks, it’s ALL YOUR FAULT!!

Of the 40 people who visit, I get few comments.  A few friends will give an encouragement, or comment when they read something, and very surprisingly I get a few comments from total strangers who pop in for a view.  How they find me I haven’t quite figured out, but thanks for stopping by and commenting.  I appreciate it, and I hope you come back.  If you don’t, well, does it matter?

Well, it seems like I have today’s post written.  Interesting.  or is it?  Does it matter?

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