Once again, I unwittingly lied on my blog. Less than an hour after I published Wednesday's post, which claimed that I was on break from grad school, I got to work and my friend frantically ran into my classroom to tell me that we had received an email from our new professor. We'd gotten numerous emails saying the summer semester started June 6th, however, according to our professor, class started that day, a week before June 6th. We have a research paper due June 10th, and have to read two chapters out of the $100 textbook that the email also informed us we needed to buy by June 6th.
Now, I understand it's higher education, so, whatever, I'm not saying we shouldn't have work. It's not that I find the assignments unreasonable. I'm just psycho about planning ahead. If I have a research paper due, I need notice, so I can designate exactly what times on which days I will devote to each part of the process. Getting blindsided doesn't really work for me or my blood pressure, which I'm sure shot up.
Additionally, I'm a teacher, which means I don't drop $100 on a textbook I'll never use again. I found a well loved older edition on Amazon for $8, but that requires time for shipping. So we're back again to the "I need advance notice thing".
Luckily for me, the professor put the first two chapters of the book online, and I had planned to ride the bike trainer for my workout that day, so I got the reading done without needing to find extra time for it. Watching Felicity is much more entertaining, but life is tough.
It should be ok though, I got a new high score in Words with Friends, which officially means that I'm getting smarter.
|I'm really terrible, so 61 for me is like 200 for anyone else.|
On the bright side, the one that doesn't involve me whining, I had some great reunions yesterday.
Since the Half Ironman, I hadn't done two of my favorite forms of exercise: running with Lily, or riding my bike outdoors. I was finally reunited with my running wife, Lily, for an easy six miler on Thursday morning. I also did the torturous ab workout.
|The perfect time to bust out unused race photos!|
Thursday evening the triathlon club had a bike ride scheduled right near my favorite grocery store (Wegmans). Our house was practically empty of food and I was going through bike withdrawal (seriously), so it was a win/win.
I registered for my first international distance triathlon recently, the Culpepper Triathlon, which is in August. The website describes the bike course as "not an easy bike course", aka super hilly. I think I can consider Thursday's 22 mile ride appropriate for training.
I was going to join the group for their trail run afterwards, but once I was done with those hills, that was it for me.
This morning I went to spin class, and then knocked out my third, and final, ab workout for the week.
It feels weird after three weekends away not to have to pack a bag for this weekend. It's also weird to be staying home and not have some sort of long workout planned. Actually, all of my weekend plans involve eating and drinking, which is awesome.