That's what we've got around here, people, durm und strang.
The weather's been wild. On Tuesday, as I was driving to pick the girls up, the radio suddenly piped up with a tornado warning. Yup, you heard me right, tornado. None touched down in our area, but further north they did. Weird. It's been windy ("cyclonic", the weatherpeople keep saying), and there's been hail, and graupel (apparently quite the rare meteorological phenomenon, not to be confused with hail), and rain (almost boring after all those other things). We walked the dogs in the rain this morning, my friend and I, and we got WET. Of course, I'm loving it. But I think I'm probably the only one. And I'll admit that it was a bit shocking yesterday when I headed out to the car in what looked like sprinkles, only to get hailed upon before I'd made it through the parking lot. Ah, well.
Work has also had its share of storms. For example, late last Wednesday, the powers that be lifted the 13-unit cap that had been imposed upon students and told them that they could now register for as many classes as they'd like. Normally, that would give us several days to assess whether or not classes are going to fill before the semester starts. But no. We had Thursday. Because Friday was a staff furlough day, Monday was a campus holiday, and Tuesday was a mandatory furlough day, and classes started bright and early Wednesday morning. All I can say is that yesterday was one long drill in putting out fires. The class I needed to have opened to backfill for a cohort I'm teaching wouldn't open. I was told I could add students with permission numbers, but was given no permission numbers to give students. Meanwhile, none of my online class shells had been populated with students, and this on the first semester I've decided to go paperless with the syllabi. (The upshot of the students not getting populated is that they can't access the class syllabus. Now we know why I've been fighting the whole paperless syllabus trend.)
It goes from there, but I'll stop. The upshot is that while I've been hip-deep in it this whole week, my fiber activities have hit a lull. There's been very little knitting, except today, when I took an hour to go to my on-campus knitting group, and a well-deserved and truly-enjoyed hour it was, too!
Also? I got a nook. Heh. The kicker? Was when my SIL kindly wrote to point out that knitting patterns are pdfs, and I can put pdfs on my e-reader. Boy howdy! How happy was I? Very very happy.