Monday, August 28, 2023


 Last week, I met a brand new crop of instructors for my large gen ed course and spent a few days on campus getting them ready for the new semester. It is always a lovely, nostalgic time for me because I went through this same orientation when I came to campus as a grad student TWENTY YEARS AGO this week. 

Past Welcome Weeks have been hard to juggle, especially when we had nursing babies. Oh, the year my parents babysat baby Dorothy IN THE NEXT ROOM— seemed like such a cluster at the time, but HOW SWEET in retrospect. This week was easy (for me, since I was the one at work), and wow is it a cinch to just have one small kid instead of many at once.

Things I loved: 

  • Not being a SAHM for 3 days.
  • Dressing up.
  • The coffee shop next to my office that I have missed.
  • Taking walks on campus during lunch even when it was triple-digits outside.

The beginning of a new semester never fails to remind me why I love my job.


  1. Best wishes for a wonderful Fall semester! Sounds like you've got this.

  2. Oh, happy start of the semester! Best of luck with it!

  3. Happy new semester!

  4. Happy new semester! It is really delightful to be at work when you love your job.