Sunday, February 27, 2011

A-Z: A Sunday Procrastination Meme

So much to do today, so little time to do it all... and yet here I am, procrastinating on my homework and grading with this meme I stole from Tickateeboo!

A. Age: 33 1/2 (July 23, 1978)

B. Bed size: Double, for now.

C. Chore you dislike: All of them!  But, if I must chose one, I'd say dishes. I hate keeping up with the dishes.

D. Dogs: Small dogs only -- my baby's a shih-tzu! I mean really, who could resist this face? (I took this picture through the stormdoor, with myself on the outside and Ani on the inside... I also managed to get Galileo's paws and a hanger. lol)

E. Essential start to your day: The first thing I do in the morning is turn on my computer.

F. Favorite Color: Pink and Purple.  I know those are colors, but I love them both. Besides, Purple is my school colors -- a fortuitous coincidence!

G. Gold or silver: Gold.

H. Height: 5’5”

I. Instruments you play: Nope, never learned.

J. Job title: Graduate assistant & tutor -- Teach basic writing, labs, and work in the University Writing Center.

K. Kids: No thanks!

L. Live: Texas, for the last 12 years, and at least for the next 15 or so months.

M. Mum’s name: Cheryl.

N. Nicknames: Erm, hmm?  My mom calls me Krissy, that's about the closest thing I've had to a nickname.

O. Overnight Hospital Stays: When I was 5 and had my tonsils and adenoids out, and tubes put in my ears -- Otherwise, I've had several outpatient surgeries, but nothing requiring a hospital stay.

P. Pet peeves: Way, way too many to put here, but I think rudeness goes to the top of the list. It seems like everyone has just been so rude here lately and it drives me crazy. Followed closely by parents who don't make their children mind in public (as when Melanie and I were out to dinner the other night and the couple behind us was letting their three year old bang on the booth between us and then, screaming his little head off. They just ignored it... I mean, really?) Oh, and little kids with no manners (like the little boy who squeezed in between Melanie and his father, while we were waiting for a table, and sat square on her purse). Okay... onto the next question.

Q. Quote(s) from a movie: "Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory... lasts forever." (Shane Falco [Keanu Reeves], The Replacements)

R. Righty or lefty: Ambidextrous, but right hand dominant.

S. Siblings: Two sisters.

T. Time you wake up: Mon-Fri at 7:00 a.m.  On the weekend, whenever I wake up, but usually around 9:00 a.m. unless I've been up terribly late the night before.

U. Underwear: Mhmm.

V. Vegetables you don’t like: Celery and carrots.  One's too stringy, the other's too crunchy.

W. What makes you run late: Matt... definitely Matt. I'm somewhat obsessed with being on time, early even, while Matt's always lagging behind because he has no real compunction about arriving places late.  Drives me up a wall!

X. X-rays you’ve had: Lots and lots.  Teeth, a broken bone, etc.

Y. Yummy food you make: Mac & cheese!  I'm on the hunt for the perfect mac and cheese recipe, but haven't quite come across it yet. I love Kristine's Mac & Cheese (I should share the recipe), but I'm also looking for something more traditional. I just have this concept about what the perfect Mac & Cheese should taste like and, so far, nothing's quite met with that expectation.

Z. Zoo animal favorites: Lemurs... I love the lemurs.


  1. I have a ton of grading today too, so I may have do a nice Sunday meme myself. Could use the procrastination excuse. ;-)

  2. Here I am, it's 6:30 and I'm still doing homework. I've not even gotten to my grading yet. I still have 8 papers to grade (at about 45 minutes per paper right now) and before I can do that, I have to finish outlining one more chapter (there were 6 this week) and write the discussion post (which is about 4-5 paragraphs). Then I can get to grading. At this rate, I'll be up all night trying to get it done. I tell you, the weekends are just miserable for me!

  3. 45 minutes per paper?! Holy cow! I have to limit myself to five minutes per essay. Although with 98 students, it still ends up being a grueling amount of time. Why so long per paper? Are these like 50 page papers or something? Are you using a rubric to grade? If you're not--you need to whip up a rubric. It will save you SO much time in the long run.

  4. It's because I'm still learning. Our process is a mentoring sort of process. I attend a class in the morning and then teach one an hour later. I grade papers, by a strict rubric, making comments, and then my boss looks at them and comments on our comments. Then, we do it again, taking into account her comments. It's a long process, I have to look for specific things, based upon an organizational scheme, grading rubric, and a whole host of other information. The papers are short, only about 3-4 pages each, but since I have no idea what I'm doing, it's taking a long time. I'm sure when I get better at it won't take me nearly as long.

  5. Mac and cheese, you say? I happen to be a Master...

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