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One of the professors at the college is having her students do a genealogy project for class which is coming due soon - or rather it appears that they all have to present what they find in class and some have already and some have not.  The have nots are finishing up now.

And there is somethings deeply flawed with this assignment. 

First off, students are told that they must trace their ancestry back to their arrival to America.  This makes it pretty damn easy for our first and second and heck third generation Americans.  A little harder for others.  But you know who's really struggling?  A number of our African American students.  Slaves weren't exactly recorded in the census with the best of accuracy, you know?

Students are also told they need to have and answer to-in the class presentation-lots of personal information.  Like: why didn't you include a picture of you with your grandmother?  Why don't you keep in touch with your father?  Etc.

More to the point, we had a student in the library (who we know pretty well because she does work study) freaking out because her father abused her, she has no contact with him (he's legally not allowed to have contact with her) and she does not want to discuss it in class.  She's trying her hardest to craft her presentation so that she won't get any questions.  She's in a position where she's trying to talk about her abuser in her classroom as if she wasn't abused by him and everything is a-okay between them to try to avoid any questions.  And she feels like she has too because she states that one of her other classmates ended up having to talk about her father's affair (and resulting half-sister) when she obviously didn't want to and another got probed onto why her mother wasn't working which lead to why her mother was in jail.

This is deeply wrong.

One of the other librarians has plans to go the VP of Academics about it. 
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 So apparently word got out that the e-capstones mess was largely due to the VP dictating and pushing for the library to do it ASAP.  Namely the guy who runs the college archives is also a faculty member and talked to all the committee members before the committee meeting.  It went really smoothly, I wasn't stoned to death (they were nice to me even), and e-capstones are postponed for a year.  We're forming a task force to come up with proper policy and guidelines (aka we're doing it right this time).  The VP was overruled by the committee.  It was, in fact, one of the smoothest and quickest faculty motions I've ever seen in my career.

I'm pretty damn happy.
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 So a while back the VP of Academic (my boss) announced at a student even that the library will be closing two hours later Sunday nights before actually informing the library staff...which made them all shut down about doing it.  I did manage to get a position open (part time, 20 hours) that would help cover it (it helps in that our late night hours are only served by one staff member so I could really use the extra coverage for that person in case they get sick or whatever).

But, you know, hiring takes time.  We hired someone how worked for about a week and a half and quit right before the first Sunday extended hours.  The library was actually just about to announce that they were going to take effect but he quit before we did (oh lucky us).

The VP is pushing to have someone come in and work late Sunday night for the last couple weekends of the semester and since my staff has made it clear they won't guess who will likely have to staff that.

Add to this the fact that she has become insistent that we do e-capstones this year despite the fact that we don't even have the software (D Space) installed yet and there has been 0% consultation with the faculty.  So it's been pushed through-much like being thrown into teaching a class before making a syllabus.  And you know who's the face for this disaster?  That's right-me.  In a couple of hours I'm going to a faculty meeting where they're all upset about these e-capstones and the policies I was basically told to make up on my own in like a day's notice which are crap because I of course you can't do that well with no notice and consultation.

I'm just...I'm so done right now.
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I was actually very impressed with this episode.  In it, Ray bumps into a childhood sweetheart (he appears to have a sizable handful of these) who is looking for a missing girl from the Catholic school she works at.  Unable to secure a woman to go in and help, Fraser volunteers to cross dress and  look into it.

At no point is Fraser belittled for doing this.  He volunteers-no arm twisting-and pulls it off pretty well.  Ray (and others) treat him normally.   At one point Ray saves Fraser from a guy who's clearly smitten with him but cutting into their dance and proceeds to dance with the cross dressed Fraser so that they can talk and exchange information.  What few jokes there are are pretty damn respectful.  The show generally doesn't make such a big deal out of it.

In short, this was a lot better than what I'd expect from a show in the mid-90s.  Hell, its better than what I'd expect from a show today.


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Three years ago, shortly after purchasing the house we now call home, we discovered that the former owners dumped a lot of garbage in the back of the property.  This weekend Finn and I went back with a bag and collected recyclables until we had a bag full.  It's only a small start, but it's something.  I'm hoping to get a garbage bag of trash too.  Some of it is too big; they actually dumped a recliner back there.  But every little bit helps.  I hope some day to get it all cleaned up.

SaturdayFinn had swim practice followed by a soccer game followed by an appointment with the occupational therapist.  It was a busy day!  Next week is the last day of swim practice and he'll have only one more OT appointment two weeks from now.  Our Saturdays should be more sane after this.  

My father's coming up Friday evening through Saturday.  He's bringing up three of my cousins (the ones that live with him) and his wife of course.  The two of them well get a hotel while the kids sleep over.  Finn's pretty excited about this.  I haven't seen my father for months, maybe nearly a year.  
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 My husband's still recovering.  He work up this morning gassy and tired, which makes me feel alarmed because he was really gassy the day that he started bleeding.  He's also often just gassy, so that doesn't necessarily mean a thing.  I just worry about him.

The ducks are laying eggs.  Instead of using the multiple nest spots we set up for them, they've taken to making their own nests-often in inconvenient locations.  Yesterday I rescued a clutch of eggs in a hard to reach location.  Several had already been raided and eaten nearby, probably by the vandal raccoons that roam our yard.  I found another clutch this morning by the fire pit because, well, why not.

New duck continues to float around being menaced by lead duck.

Things worked out well at the cardiologist, I guess.  They found that while my blood pressure was good, my pulse has been a little fast-but not fast enough to be a problem.  He could see how caffeine might have tipped me over though.  It tends to shoot up whenever I go from sitting or laying down to standing.  (Laying is around 80, sitting is around 90 and standing is around 100.)  I might look into ways to lower that down a little.  Of course, it isn't like I haven't been stressed out and concerned about anything lately. :p
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 I feel exhausted today, as in 'can barely keep my eyes open' tired.  If we weren't short staffed at work, I'd be tempted to take a half day, but I really can't.  As it is, I'm leaving an hour early (came in an hour early) to bring my son to soccer.  My husband won't be home until late tonight.  

I have a cardiologist appointment Wednesday to see what, if anything, they've learned about the issues I had last fall.  I've basically learned that as long as I stay away from caffeine I don't have any problems.  Whether that's because it irritates an arrhythmia, whether it irritates an anxiety disorder (which I don't think I have but in all fairness runs very strongly in my mom's family) or if I just can't tolerate caffeine, this might shed some light on it...maybe.  I mean, it can't diagnose the other two.  I was told over the phone by the nurse there wasn't anything alarming so that's good.  
The kids loved Easter.  Finn has been absorbed in a lego set he got.  Amelia loves her Little People Mickey and Minnie Mouse (and has totally ignored her Minnie Mouse Four Wheeler).  The kids got real cracked up on chocolate by the end of the day and we had to herd them into the car as they were getting out of control.  

Ah...little kids and candy.
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 It's been a rough week, friends.  My husband is slowly recovering from all that blood loss.  While the transfuson helped a ton, he's still running a little low; Tuesday's checkup showed that he was still anemic, though just barely.  Everyday he's improving though and that's good.  They've got a few tests to do to see if he's still losing blood or not.  Given the nature of the test we won't know for a bit yet.  Depending on how that turns out they'd either send him off to a specialist or just kind of shrug and assume whatever happened is done happening.  They never did find were the blood loss came from.  Both endoscopy and colonoscopy turned up nothing so it was likely in his small intestines-the one place they couldn't really look.  It is possible that he had a number of small tears from the hernia surgery.  A big one would have come up on the CAT scan and one small one couldn't have created the kind of blood loss he experienced.

Meanwhile I've got a cold this week with a horrible cough.  I cannot wait for this to be over.  It's enough that I'm really dragging which sucks since my husband's not exactly overflowing with energy either.  Our kids though, God do they still have energy.  Our house is a mess and we've got piles of clothes everywhere.  I asked my husband to see if his family could host Easter this year and so it is now at my in laws instead of our house which is awesome.  We just can't do it this year.

Finn asks, every day, if Easter is tomorrow.  

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 Dear Writing Tutor,

We were kind enough to allow you to use the student study room twice a week...the study room that is supposed to be reserved purely for students to use.  Do not overstay your welcome by hanging up signs like it's your own office.  You were, quite frankly, lucky to have gotten it at all and will not be nearly as lucky next semester.

No love, me

Seriously though, it is our new group study room for students.  It's not fancy, but it's got a good position on the main floor, some new paint and a white board for them to use.  I had declared that it wasn't for faculty use when we opened out (outside of the oddball sign drop by session by librarian's discretion.  Somehow she got herself scheduled to it by the library staff.  Then she starts hanging up signs all over it which will do nothing but discourage students from using it as a group study room.

Thank You

Apr. 10th, 2017 08:31 am
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I just want to thank all of you for your support this last week while my husband was in the hospital.  While I didn't respond to nearly any of your comments, I've read them all.  Your support and encouragement meant so much to me.

My husband continues to improve.  He's still moving slowly and tires quickly, but that is to be expected, after all, he wasn't even recovered from the hernia surgery when this all happened.  We are looking at taking a few things off our plate in the next couple weeks and just trying to take it easy.  (We are asking family to host Easter this year instead of us.)

Anywho, thank you so much, everyone. for all of your support.  I appreciate it. 
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Husband home
Freezer full
House a disaster
Son sick (in bed)
Daughter eating
Grateful.

(Except the for the son sick part)
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I took my husband to the local urgent care. He's gettimy fluids with an iv and tested for an electrolyte imbalance.
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 My husband keeps insisting on going to work despite being really unwell.  I am very annoyed with him right now.  Today he texts me at 1pm from work.  He has the 6-9 shift and told me he'd go in late so that he'd only do a half day.  Nope.  Apparently he's doing a full day.  And he says, "I think I need you to take me to the doctor tomorrow or Friday. Which will probably mean I'll be admitted."

WTF
 are you doing at work?!?

And he wouldn't leave.  "I'm here and I'm lucid." He says.  He was at the doctor's yesterday and she said he was healing well from the surgery but was very dehydrated-enough that it was effecting his heart rate-and told him to rest and drink lots of fluids.  He shouldn't be at work.

So, after a bit of exchange I more or less said I was driving over to his college to take him home.  I'm normally not the type of person to do that.  I let people make their own decisions but after two weeks of him pushing himself more than he was supposed to and only getting sicker, I'm fed up.  I'm concerned; worried about him and I'm sure that's feeding into it but I'm also just plain old pissed because I'm sure that if he took care of himself and followed doctor's orders, he'd be perfectly fine right now.  He probably got sick because he pushed himself to go back to work early and more than he was supposed too.  I know hernia surgery isn't like life-threatening open heart type of stuff, but it is still surgery and still requires recovery time.

So, anyway, he said that he's making arrangements and is going home now and will stay home the rest of the week, after I said (threatened) to come over and pick him and god help him he better.  
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 Not even two weeks after his hernia surgery, my husband went to a friend's camp over the weekend.  And got sick.  Worst stomach bug of his life.  His friends were talking about taking him to the hospital but he down voted that.  They said if he were any sicker, he wouldn't have a say.  When he got home Sunday evening, the worst was over but he was still pale as could be.  He insisted on going to work today, which I, quite frankly, think was incredibly stupid.  He insisted he had to because he had meetings and promised to stay home tomorrow.

*huffs*
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We have a new duck apparently.  It just showed up in the pond yesterday.  Now we've been getting a variety of ducks (and sometimes geese) stop at our pond, mostly wood ducks and some ring-necked ducks on their migration track this last couple of weeks.  This duck is domestic though.  I'm fairly certain it can't fly more than 10 feet or so, like many domestic ducks and has the heftier size of a domestic duck.  He keeps trying to break into our little flock but Lead Duck is being an asshole about it, so New Duck basically floats about at a distance, quacking a lot.

It isn't that out there, upon some reflection, for us to get a stray domestic duck.  We have a creek that runs through our yard and there are several farms just a short distance upstream of us.  The creek's swollen and running fast thanks to the recent snow melt and the rain we got yesterday.

So...new duck.
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 I realize now that I never followed up on my husband's hernia surgery.   So, since my last post was complaining about him taking so long to wake up from the anesthesia, I should start by saying he did eventually wake up!  According to him he wasn't really out of it once he woke.  This is from the man that immediately went about complaining to the entire nursing staff that I made potato cakes that tasted so horrible he couldn't eat them (this happened nine years ago) and made "gun hands" at the hospital's automatically opening doors when they wheeled him around in the bed, then laughed about it.

He is doing well.  That is to say, he is doing as well as I and his doctor expected and significantly worse than he himself expected.  The pain isn't too bad, but he's still pretty fatigued.  He went back to work for the first time Monday and, against my advice not only worked a full day but a long day.  Then he crashed and had to take Tuesday off. :/  He has plans to go to his friend's cabin over the upcoming weekend and I suspect he'll find himself napping half the time.

He made me Hungarian Bread Pudding as a thank you for taking care of him the other day, so that was nice.

Since my husband is quasi-laid up, a bit more housework had fallen upon me than usual and I'm falling behind on things.  If I'm to be honest, my Due South binge really isn't helping, but once I hit Victoria's Secret, then Letting Go and North, well, it was hard to stop.  Wow.  That will probably have to be it's own post at some point, perhaps with some cleaned up versions of the meta I've written about them on tumblr.  

My mother had knee surgery a couple of weeks ago and is healing from that.  She was concerned that she was so stiff and sore for so long, but then it turns out she wasn't taking any of the anti-inflamatory meds the doctor told her to take and low and behold once she had a talking to from the doctor and began to use them she started to recover so, yeah.  Mom's martyr complex strikes again.  I'm just glad she's doing better.  She was beginning to go on about how she was worried she'd never be able to walk without a cane again if this keeps up and everything.  *rolls eyes*


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My husband's surgery went well. Mr. "Meds don't affect me much-I'll probably be home by 2" is taking his own sweet time to wake up though. I will have to tease him about this later, since he's 15 minutes past the doctor's guestimate.
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My husband is having hernia surgery right now. Poor guy hates needles and did not like the IV. It shouldn't take long.
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I've been asked to go to a meeting for one of the college's academic divisions (they have divisions here instead of schools or departments, if that make sense).  I am suspicious.  I was given no explanation why they wanted me to attend this meeting at first, so I asked so that I can be better prepared and was told they wanted to know about "new resources and what the library is teaching our students."

This division (1) has the most drama on campus, (2) houses the previous library director's wife-please note former library director was "encouraged" to retire and she has hated me since my arrival, (3) also houses the faculty member responsible for taking the previously required library session out of an english comp class unilaterally without any notice to anyone thus making a whole class of students miss said lesson (and other faculty members noticed the lack of preparation and voiced their concerns.

I'm sensing some political drama up ahead.

In other news, I'm continuing on with Due South!  "Chicago Holiday" was actually pretty alright.  It probably could have been shorter and, I don't know, I feel like I like it more than it deserves, but I do.  "A Cop, A Mountie, and a Baby" in all honesty didn't do much for me.  I feel bad saying it, but...I really didn't care for Mark Ruffalo's acting in this episode.  So, yup, a younger Mark Ruffalo is in this episode, but I wouldn't watch it for him.  I think the dog has the best acting in this episode, tbh, though the baby gets some acting points too. :p



The Gift of the Wheelman was the last I watched, and it was a fun!  The edition of Benton Fraser's dead dad really lifts up the show!  I'm looking forward to seeing more of him!  The shootout scene in this episode, where Fraser's talking to his dad's ghost and Ray is hysterical, given that Ray can't see Bob.
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 We're buried under two feet of snow.  There was no official count for my town, but the one next to us was recorded at 26 inches/66cm so...yeah.  Finn had a blast.  Amelia wasn't so crazy about it.  The one time we took her out (onto the cleared driveway) she spent the whole time crying and asking for "inside."  Speaking of Amelia, she decided that her dad makes the snow fall.  I've got a hysterical video of her saying as much.  We made out pretty well in the blizzard though.  We never lost power and had plenty of food so we just kind of hung out.

The heat hasn't been very reliable in the library this last week.  Thankfully I have a heater under my desk.  We've all be dressing in layers.  

I tried starting leeks and broccoli for the garden (indoors, of course) but nothing's coming up. :/

Despite the fact that I'm not finished with my Stargate Atlantis rewatch, I started watching Due South for the first time.  I'm several episodes in.  It's okay.  The pilot was somewhere in the okay-good range.  The next to were alright I guess, but I liked Manhunt quite a bit, despite it's odd mix of serious and wacky (and the guy acting the bad guy was overselling it).  I'm disappointed to not see the ghost of Fraser's father yet.  The second Ray comes later, after the first Ray, right?
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