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Number of people who have called today asking <10 last-minute questions about their courses that go live on Tuesday: 36

Number of those who have called in the last 10 minutes: 14

Time we close: IN TWENTY MINUTES

Number of these last-last minute assholes who have been super-rude and blamed us for shit that is their own fucking fault mainly due to them not bothering to look at their online courses until today, three days before the start of Fall semester: 9

Just, JFC, PEOPLE. It’s not like you don’t have MONTHS to get this done. 

But this happens every semester. We wanted to get a plaque - A lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine. - but our chair vetoed it on the grounds that then instructors might start to suspect the faces and obscene gestures we make at one another when we’re on the phone with them.

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…that travel mug I impulse-bought at David’s Tea earlier this week? Might be my new favourite travel mug. That position was previously held by this mug, purchased aeons ago from my favourite local tea shop, Shaktea:

It’s 100% leak-proof and keeps stuff burn-your-tongue hot for hours. You steep it by turning it upside down. I usually do the milk and sugar before adding leaves and boiling water, and you remove the entire lid/infuser assembly so you dno’t even have to tap out the leaves before drinking. Utterly reliable. Basically bulletproof, too. Dropped it down stairs at least a dozen times and it’s still going strong.

This one:

…does all that, but is half again as big. And has the David’s Tea Secret Tea Compartment in the lid, which the twelve-year-old in me deeply appreciates. It’s also got a filter above the infuser, between the leaves and the sipping part, so that you could, hypothetically, drink this without emptying the infuser and not get tea leaves in your mouth (I won’t, because stewed tea is not delicious, but you could).

Time will tell for how durable it is. I’ve never bought a David’s Tea travel mug for myself, only as gifts, but so far it’s holding up nicely. Also it’s really, really gorgeous. I really like their colours this season, even though I’m completely unenchanted by their Fall tea collection. (Pumpkin Chai is back, but Maple Sugar isn’t? Feh. And everything else contains almonds???) I’m generally pretty “meh” on David’s Tea’s actual teas ; I prefer strong black teas and I tend to find their black teas a little weak unless I double up on scoops (with a few exceptions - their Irish Breakfast is nicely powerful and their Salted Caramel, while not very much like salted caramel, is a lovely strong, burnt-sugar flavour; I’ve got another one I’ve yet to try, the Kenyan Tinderet, that is apparently quite strong), but their paraphernalia never fails to please.

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IT's priorities: STILL A MYSTERY

Really, Workplace? The email, calendar and college portal login platform, often slightly broken and currently very broken (it’s been a month and a half since I’ve been sure my emails would reach anybody on the college domain, since half of the college is migrated and half isn’t yet and the people on either side are having trouble getting emails to deliver to one another despite IT’s assurances that this cannot possibly be happening) you thought you would just update without any consultation from the community on what it should look like or what applications you’d choose, but the new phone system merits two-hour open-invite presentations, three surveys now, and two weeks of nagging personal emails about same? Really?

*crankily fills out survey*

Also, I’m supposed to have a publisher meeting this morning, but the rep never told me where it was, only when, and hasn’t answered my emails asking for clarification. I’m giving it one more email and thirty more minutes and then writing it off. I have actual work to do that isn’t sitting around thinking very hard that big textbook publishers are evil and ruining post-secondary education and concentrating equally hard on not saying any of that out loud.

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We’ve been instructed to look for potential conferences for ourselves because we need to use up our PD budget. Obviously we are all doing this with ulterior motives i.e. The Places We Want To Visit rather than conference content.

In related news, Toronto, why is your biggest EdTech conference so expensive?

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I may have gotten a little misty-eyed over the Google’s New Logo video. Don’t look at me.

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I am nearly done the bb’s mobile, and just in time: my sister’s due date is tomorrow. This is the bottom.

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1. Harvesting from grow bags is SO EASY.

2. The haul. Potatoes are magic.

3. All cleaned up and drying for storage (and some ready for potato and leek soup tonight).

4. Not pictured: the pitiful double handful of tiny failure onions and handful of raspberries which have abruptly decided to start producing after a whole summer of nothing, and the heap of leaves and tree bits and assorted storm detritus swept up from the back and front porches.

Harvested the potatoes this morning. The storm left bits of tree everywhere and tried to make off with our deck umbrella, but the garden came through all right. Only two teeny green tomatoes even dropped off. Very sturdy.

I love my potato grow bags. They only seem to grow in the bottom layer, which I can’t decide is due to the potato variety (Yukon Gold) or I’m just somehow hilling wrong?? Anyway next year I think I’ll get another three bags. This is way better than last year’s harvest, but it could be better, and it’s not like we can have too many potatoes.

Later on I need to go out and grab the onions I finally gave up and pulled up. They’re not very big but if I leave them out there much longer they’ll rot. Didn’t have very good luck with onions this year; they tripled in size from the sets and then stalled out. Next near deeper soil and more fertilizer, and maybe I’ll top-dress with the creepy bone meal like the instructions said .

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What I am currently doing in Audacity is easily the silliest thing for which I have ever used Audacity.

I hope you guys like it.

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Professional nonsense-writer

Me and the department chair (Awesome!Boss) are co-writing an executive summary for the latest joke VP (Educational Innovation? maybe?) to be appointed. We do these things so that the various do-nothing VPs know which departments are which and what we do, as if VPs ever interact directly with any departments, but whatever. 

Mostly this has been an exercise in cheesy Professional gibberish. We’ve passed the same document back and forth four times today, the latest a hardcopy with us on either side of her desk. We are both well beyond the point where the individual words have stopped parsing.

Me: Uh, well, I feel like “comprehensive” only needs to be in this sentence once.

Her: *drops head onto desk* Oh, what difference does it make. It’s all buzzwords and nonsense and they never read them anyway.

Me: *starts writing WHOMPWHOMPWHOMPWHOMP in the margins*

Her: *dissolves into helpless laughter*

Her: *continues to laugh for a further two minutes*

Co-Workers: *gather around her office door, concerned*

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Adulting tricks

Tomorrow is my day off, and tomorrow morning, I have two appointments. Not only am I going to be on time for them both and go grocery shopping on the way home, but I am going to get up early and go for a run. Because I am a disciplined goddamn adult.

(If I write it down in public it will definitely get done.)

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Chandri MacLeod

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