I haven't been posting in a long long time, and if any of you actually read my blog, I'm sorry. I've been working so much that normal thinks I like to do are falling off the wagon. OK, I still find time for pottery. A little time here and there. And today I played at church and since I had to play 4 new songs, it took me two days to practice, but I had a four day weekend and I worked my tail off. 

I work and I work and I work. And I sleep.
But tonight I skipped going out to dinner with Dan and friends so I could work enough to justify going to see a Sundilla concert. We heard Joe Crookston.
He was SO good. Mom and Dad came too.


I made an alcohol molecule. We had a guest come talk with my spatial thinking class today and he taught us all about isomers and had us try to build molecules. It was really educational.


My sister Sta is visiting and I asked her to help me redecorate my guest room so it would be less girly and frilly. So, we went to Target and picked some stuff out.

Scroll down for the "after" shot.


Harvest moon.


I took this photo of a large poster on the office door of a professor in my college. I printed out a copy and put it on my door too.


See how tall my kitten has become? She's still teensy, but she is long and lanky. And tall like a weasel. 


My students came over and we cut up stuff for out kits all afternoon. It was pretty neat. Very productive.


Made a couple more stick bowls today.


I do not have MS. This news comes to you after a 2.5 hour Evoked Potential test which was so painful I had to do my Lamaze breathing to get through it. I had the technician take this photo before the tests began, which is why I'm smiling. 


These were forgotten and very hard, but i trimmed them anyway.


You can't see the snake but it's there. We saw it slither across the oxbow lake in Tuskegee National Forest this evening. I went with two students, Dan, and a friend to look at critters at night.


I remember when I took this picture. I'd gotten out of the shower and put my hair in rollers to keep it "done" with all the humidity of the South, and not wanting my dress to get torn up by my cat, put on a swimsuit coverup. I looked at myself and thought, "housedress. I'm wearing a zip up housedress and my hair is in curlers." It was quite a shocker to understand my grandmother.


Sunday afternoon-- I had my band over to practice. It was great filling my house with music. Had to skip church in order to clean the house, go to the grocery store, make an appetizer, etc. Dan comes home tomorrow!!!!!


It's finally Friday. What an exhausting week-- it felt so long.
I took Teensie to the vet, then attended an event at the stadium, then had a meeting with a student on campus.
Came home and fell asleep on the couch with Teensie. This is her yawning! 


Tonight I had to go to the Auburn IAMBK site to do Artbots with the kids.

 Teensie is getting better, sweet kitty.
Today I finished this sweater (it took 6 weeks) that I made from yarn I bought in Oregon. It was worn to celebrate my student's oral exam, which she passed with flying colors.
Later I spoke with my other doctoral student in his office-- he is moving along.
I hope to hood at least 3 students this year.


Someone asked in class Monday what the Tyndall Effect was. One student said, "you know when the sunlight streams through a forest?"
So, I saw that today on my way home from work and stopped to take a photo. 

Today Teensie got her lady operation. I was beside myself with worry. When I picked her up she was not herself. I held her for the rest of the day.

Also, this morning Dru came over and helped me organize my hall closet. That was a blessing. I also spent 4 hours out in schools observing my students. I honestly don't know how I got through the day.


I taught tonight. We did the density lab and talked about inquiry. I had fun but it felt slightly off. I think missing two weeks in a row has impacted the class spirit.

We had a great guest speaker in the Spatial Thinking class and got to play with eyetracking glasses.
Busy Monday.


I played piano at church this morning.

And went for a walk and noticed nature.
How can I make myself go out and see nature more often? I'm just so lazy, but when I immerse myself in the natural world, I'm always happier for it.


I spent ALL day in a board meeting and got home shortly after 4pm the rushed around to get ready for 30 students coming to my house.
Mom helped-- a grad student helped-- and that saved me.
My party was a success.
The best part was when the musicians started singing and playing. The ukulele and mandolin and piano were going.... warmed my heart.


Dan left this morning. I had a hard time getting up and getting motivated.
I dreamed that he touched my face, which got me going. So much to do.

I finally framed the print we bought in Ullapool, Scotland.

Picked up pottery from the studio.

I'm getting ready for a party tomorrow! I invited students over for a homecoming reunion and did all my shopping.


Stick bowl

Blue soapdish


On my 54th birthday I stayed in my PJs all day long as I listened to the rain and wind outside. School was cancelled, as were my two classes.


Hurricane getting closer

Mom had us over for dinner tonight for an early birthday dinner,

Bobby gave me a watercolor and two music CDs.
Modern day Leonardo,


The hurricane is coming. We are waiting to see what it will do.


Kitten Schmitten

My new glasses. I look like a real geek.

Faculty meeting today-- discussion with my colleague got me upset first. Yuck.


Kitten is turning into a cat. She is jumping up on the kitchen counters and the dining room table--- squirt bottle!

Today I want to the IAMBK program at Auburn but got to say hone and work the rest of the day.


I've been in a bad mood since Sunday 09/3 when I lost my glasses. I need them to work at my computer. Nothing else works. I called church to see if I'd left them there, checked every nook and cranny at the house, and was just about to give up. I was telling Dan this morning that everything would turn around if I could just find my glasses. He walked outside to get something, and said, "these"? They were laying on the ledge by the chair out back. Now everything will get better!

Went to Tuskegee today for IAMBK and OHS to meet the teachers I'll be working with there.


This morning I met my minister for coffee at Mama Mochas. We talked for something like two hours. She actually asked me to do some preaching. We picked two topics and I have to prepare "lessons" that she will then reflect on from a UU perspective and align what I say to one of the 7 Principles of faith: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unitarian_Universalism#Seven_Principles_and_Purposes

She said she saw something in me. 
I just like to tell stories.


I went to the studio today and picked up a few things that did NOT turn out like I'd hoped. This tray is too weird looking. The blue ran and is not dark. I should go and add more glazes to it and fire it again.

This coffee maker thing turned out ok but the color is all wrong. 

Today I took Teensie to the vet because her eye was scratched and her ears were full of gunk. I got a salve for her eye and drops for her ears. The vet cleaned out her ears and said it was a yeast infection. She HATED going to the vet.


 Today Dan and I went to see a movie that my high school friend wrote. It was really sweet and well done. I learned a lot and have talked about the movie since then. I hope it does well at the box office. It's good to have a family-friendly movie that isn't too cheesy or religious or sappy.


Cat and Mouse photo.
It's impossible to work at my desk now. Teensie wants to knock everything off.


We went to a concert tonight. Sundilla is a local concert venue that hosts bands about once a month or so. This one was the best! Each musician was so incredibly talented. I can't say that the lyrics moved me, but the music sure did. I got to knit while we listened.