Friday, August 5, 2011

Empty nest

First one flew off then this afternoon, the other two flew away while we weren't looking, just like children do. So this begs the question, do mother birds suffer from empty nest syndrome?

And now I wonder what else will pop up to fill my distraction needs.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Baby bird update

All four are looking healthy and getting more active. The problem is this one bird who is literally standing on the edge of the nest. He is going to fall if he's not careful. Why do I call him a he and not a she? Because he is taking chances like many little boys I have seen and currently know! I almost dread looking up there to count three instead of four. So maybe the squeaky bird who gets fed the most and who grows the biggest will fall first? Is there a metaphor in that I wonder?

God bless the inventor of air-conditioning!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Of Squeaks and Nibbles

We're wondering how many birds will survive in the nest. There are four now, but even this early I can see that one is bigger than the others. He seems to stretch his neck forward, open beak calling for food. Is it true that the squeaky bird gets the worm? The mother bird responds to the white outline of the pink mouth and if one is more prominent she will feed that one first.
And what of humans? From my experience in industry and education, it seems that the one who moans and complains the loudest will get his way--if nothing else, just to shut him up! The Meek really don't inherit the earth, unless they are really sneaky.
Cynical comment for today.

Friday, July 29, 2011

The day after

Awww, my aching body. I'm not as fit as I think. But I will be. Legs, arms, back all complaining as I get up after sitting.
Why does reading and writing for classes put me to sleep, when writing for myself creates a buzz stronger than coffee? I really do want to do a good job for my students. I just need to find the impetus to push myself forward.

The baby birds are getting bigger The three of them are reaching their necks over the edge of the nest, beaks open wide, waiting for Mama Bird's input. Cute, but I worry they'll fall one day, just as I worried about my children. Still do.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


Ugh! We went to yoga this morning. It was Ren's first time and he did really well. He is not as flexible as I am, but he has strength in his legs that I don't. I was able to keep up pretty well except for lifting my back leg from the Warrior 1 position. Kept falling down, well staggering is more like it. I need to keep practicing. Now I ache here and there when I stand up. My body is telling me that the stretches I do each morning are not enough. And walking is not the same as holding a muscled pose. I suppose it'll get better as the weeks go on.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My office companions

I hear a tiny squeak and turn my head to the window. A little gray head pokes out, pink mouth open waiting for its mother. Another wee head pokes up next to it, another pink mouth opens. I hope they don't lean out too far! Mother bird where are you? Keep an eye on these chicks!

Back to my work.

Still struggling

I'm not sure why this is so difficult to master. A comment I left last night has disappeared. Or did I do something wrong? These things should be intuitive.
Another day of work ahead when the day beckons. Outside my window is a nest in the awning with a sitting bird. I have only seen one wee beak peeking out. I worry that the heat of late afternoon will fry the little thing.  It hasn't yet though and surely the mother bird knows best?

But this is not getting next semester's planning done!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Pressure Cooker

In the heat of summer I struggle with new courses and new technology. My students must blog, so I must do it before them. I'm not exactly being dragged kicking and screaming into this world, but as I thrash around here and encourage them to do the same, I do wonder if this will help them learn to analyze and respond to the multiple texts they will encounter as they progress through their first year in the university. I will learn alongside them.
Good Luck to all of us!