Well, I know it has been a while, but life just intervenes sometimes. I just finished another 2-week grading session, as the two-thirds-of-the-way-through assignments came in. The second set of assignments always goes faster than the first, simply because fewer students are left in class by that point. It was a moderately successful section of the class overall. I’m down about a 1/3 to a 1/2 in most of my classes, which is unfortunately normal. I lost a lot fewer than that over the drop deadline, which was last week. The reality is that a lot of the F’s that I give out are to students who simply do not do any work and yet do not drop. I can’t say these exams and projects were any better or worse than usual, but it was a lot of essay grading, as I essentially had four 500+-word essays from each of my students. It’s times like this that I truly know how much of a grading masochist I am.
Our house buying is proceeding along well. We are looking to close in early May. We are at the stage of working with a lender and getting the appraisal done. It has been a lot of paperwork and a lot of decisions along the way, but we are happy with the way everything has turned out. We have started planning what we are going to do and when as we move into the house. We will paint, get new carpets, and put in the major appliances that are missing. We also are going to do some tree trimming, have insulation blown into the attic, and install solar screens. With our tax money next year, we are planning to replace all of the wooden siding on the house, as it is the original 1960s siding that was poorly taken care of in general. We have also started thinking about packing and getting rid of stuff around here. So, that moves along well.
And, the final piece has fallen into place. We are having another kid. My wife is 12 weeks pregnant at this point. We had our second doctor visit and sonogram today. It’s too early for the gender yet, but we have begun planning for some of the things we need (which includes the new house, of course). We are currently working on some gender-neutral plans, but we’ll be able to finalize more once we know if it will be a boy or a girl.
So, that’s been my life over the last month or so. I hope to get back into regular blogging again, at least until finals get here.