Monday, March 19, 2012

{Sleepy Ramblings}

It's a little after midnight here. We're having a severe thunderstorm and it's pouring down rain. It has been all evening, really, and Anakin is hiding behind my chair for safety, as though the noise will somehow not reach him there. He's a coward, he always has been, but I feel bad for the little guy. Thinking I should give him his thunderstorm anti-anxiety meds and now that I think about it, I probably should have hours ago. Clearly, I'm a horrible mother. Thankfully he's the only one of my "babies" who has this particular problem, Galileo and Chewbi could care less about the rain. Chewbi didn't even blink when the lightening struck so close our whole house shook. Maybe it's because he's a puppy and puppies are fearless, but I seem to remember Anakin being afraid as a puppy too. Oh well, it's not important.

Today was the first day back from spring break and mine wasn't wonderful. Since my computer crashed in the middle of the break, and my student's papers were submitted electronically, I didn't get any grading done during my week off. Now, I'm drowning in it. I did get my new computer last Friday, so I could have spent the weekend working on it, except I didn't have their folders either. The stars just weren't in alignment, or something, for me last week. Instead, I spent the last day of my spring break making PowerPoint slides my students could careless about. That's not me being pessimistic, I did a lecture over the slides today--which told them how to do their assignment step-by-step, with examples--and they looked like they might take a nap. I bored them, but had I not, they'd not have done it right and since this assignment is part of a larger assignment worth 30% of their overall grade, they might have paid more attention.

I was in such a bad mood, in fact, that I got a little snippy with my second class. I suppose if they'd done the five minute assignment I gave them a week to finish I would have been in better spirits. Sadly, only 2 of my 25 students bothered. There're other things, but I'm not in the mood to complain about them and something tells me that to do so would get me into trouble anyway, so I'm going to pass. Maybe another locked post is in order? Maybe not, we'll see how I feel once I've slept on it, because honestly, part of my problem is that I didn't get any sleep.

Spring break really messed me up. Spring forward really didn't help, either. Between the two--during which like an idiot I stayed up until 2am, 3am, 4am--I wasn't able to go to bed at 11pm last night, when I really needed to. Still, I might have had some hope of actually sleeping at some point had Anakin not miraculously decided that not only does he now like Chewbi, but he wants him to be his play-thing. There's something about a dog humping a smaller, less capable of escaping dog, that isn't conducive to sleeping. I just kept thinking, "what if I go to sleep and Ani hurts him?!" So every time I drifted off, my goddamn brain decided it would be awesome to wake me up. When I tried to separate them into different rooms, they cried and howled and barked, at intervals, until I gave up and went to sleep on the sofa where I might have gotten two hours... maybe.

So right now, I'm running on two hours of sleep in the last 48. I'm tired. I had planned to get some grading done, work on Chapter Three corrections, and start Chapter Four tonight, all after working from 8:30am to 4pm, but I didn't get most of that done. I worked, of course, but the thesis stuff didn't get done. I graded some papers, more to come tomorrow, but not much else. Have I mentioned how much I hate to grade? It just feels like punishment. Yeah, well, if not there it is. I hate it. It's a necessary evil, I know, but that doesn't make me feel any better about it. After what I got done tonight, I still have about 40 more to go. Awesome. I plan to ten tomorrow, on my day off, and work on the thesis stuff that I didn't get done tonight.

So now that I've griped and listened to the thunder and the rain, I'm going to bed. I'm tired and thanks to the weather Anakin isn't in any mood to be making Chewbi his girlfriend. In fact, I'm not going to proof this. Typos are just going to have to give this post character because sleep sounds like bliss right now. So, goodnight.


  1. So sorry about your computer! I've never had one flat-out die on me like that. I've had them get annoyingly slow and/or glitchy, but then we end up replacing them before the problems get worse. We must be pretty spoiled, because we actually have six fully functioning computers in this house (five are laptops, three are almost brand new), and everything is backed up on at least one other computer, so I would never have to go through your ordeal. We would still lose a few recently added items, but most of our stuff would be okay. The worst to me is losing your pictures. :-( I've heard of this same calamity happening to quite a few people now. It makes me sort of yearn for the days where people actually kept photo albums. It may seem primitive, but at least the only thing that can take those suckers out are natural disasters. Plus I miss the days of flipping through albums. Now anytime someone wants to show me pictures, I'm stuck looking at a screen.

    Wow I'm rambly right now. Probably because I haven't written a post in awhile, and now your comment form is taking the brunt of it.

    Is Anakin neutered?

  2. We have three fully functioning computers now. Matt has one, I have one, and I have a netbook, but my netbook has this issue where there's dust in the monitor and I don't know what to do about it--or at least I'm assuming that's what the greyish speckles are. Anyway, we usually wait for our computers to die before we replace them, though that's not so much by choice as it is by necessity and laziness. Once my computer's up and running, I forget it can die until it does die. The Alienware that recently died on me went faster than any computer I've seen. Just three days and it went from fine to completely dead. Just like that!

    The pictures problem is the worst. I'm still pretty bummed, but thankful for the few pictures I have that have been uploaded to this blog, or another, and also to Facebook. Also, I'm glad most of the pics I take these days are on my phone, that helps.

    To answer the question about Ani, no he's not. He has some health problems so I'm hesitant to fix him. Also, he's almost 7 years old and it seems futile at this point to do it. He has the humping thing down, it's habit now, so I'm not sure getting him fixed would fix it. Also, Matt is absolutely opposed to having him neutered. He said it would be okay if I got Chewbi fixed, but he doesn't want me to get Ani fixed. Crazy, crazy if you ask me.

  3. Hmmm...apparently the oldest child gets hubby's loyalty. LOL

    Three days is FAST. I could totally see that sneaking up on me, too. Thank goodness you had a lot of your photos backed up in other places. I have way too many photos stored on my old Droid, but I guess that's probaby a good thing.