Monday, July 27, 2009

Alright, I am not dead just emerging from my finals, my student’s finals and a week of vacation.
As for my finals, I did well even if it almost killed me. For my student’s finals they did well, exceptionally well, I am so proud.

My vacation was to Galveston Island, which sounds exotic but is actually only about a 20 min drive from my work.

I stayed at a hotel about 50 feet or so from the beach. The hotel “The Commodore on the Beach” and although it was a bit down on it’s heels it was clean and the staff was very nice. It is also the cheapest hotel on the ocean. If you are looking for a cheap, no frills clean room with a great view of the ocean and a really nice swimming pool, this is your place.

The Houston birding society held a lecture on Roseate Spoonbills with a guided visit to their nesting grounds. They are very odd looking birds and in addition their nesting ground is infested with huge alligators with very pink mouths, perhaps from all the spoonbills they eat.

Image credit: Roseate Spoonbill, Fort DeSoto Park, Tierra Verde, FL
Image copyright 2005: Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

The big excitement of my trip was going to a beach in a state park and while I was admiring the storm coming in over the ocean noticed that my hair was standing on end, no small feat as I have a lot of hair. I didn’t really think much of it and returned to my car after nonchalantly taking some pictures and looking for shells. Come to find out right before lightening strikes, one of the indications, is one’s hair standing on end. Years and years of college, 41 years of living and I am too oblivious to notice that I am the tallest thing on the beach and a STORM is coming in, egads.

I am back to teaching today after having a week off and am so glad to be back. I have the new students this time instead of my usual advanced students. I am looking forward to getting to know them.

In many of the blogs I read regularly people are talking about rereading Jane Eyre, this is one of my favorite books and I may leap gleefully on the band wagon here and reread it just for kicks.

One of my favorite lines from the book:
Mr. Rochester is speaking to Jane who has just told him she is going to take a position in Ireland…
"Are you anything akin to me, do you think, Jane?"I could risk no sort of answer by this time; my heart was full."Because," he said, "I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you — especially when you are near to me, as now: it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame. And if that boisterous Channel, and two hundred miles or so of land, come broad between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snapped; and then I've a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly."

My favorite movie of Jane Eyre is the one with Timothy Dalton as Mr. Rochester he is oh so swoony.

Well loves, ta for now, I promise to write more soon.