Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad

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These words of wisdom brought to you by Meatloaf. Oh Meatloaf – I would do anything for you, but I won’t do that.

Wait, what?


Today was a rather busy day1. That’s not a complaint mind you. It’s just a statement of fact.

The day began with a list of approximately eleven billion things that I needed/wanted/hoped to do. Of those, 3 were prioritized as do this now – right now – or suffer the dire consequences. Of these, only one could not be pushed off or delayed in hopes of a last-minute extension. It had to be done right now.

What could possibly warrant such a strict time constraint?

Well, let’s just say that I may or may not have needed to print the very exam that I was planning on giving to my students later in the day.


And of course, you have to know that the day that I absolutely needed the photocopier, that it up and decided to stop communicating with my laptop. Murphy’s Law at its best.

Fortunately the cure for Murphy’s Law is apparently Sheryl – the assistant to the director of the School of Computer Science. The very same School of Computer Science where I hang my hat every day. Honestly, if not for her I’d have probably freaked out.

Best studying advice ever. There is a huge part of me that wants to add this to all of my course outlines.

Ultimately, the exam was printed without too much fuss and in ample time to get some other work done – such as one more of the 3 prioritized items I mentioned earlier3. That’s right folks, I managed to kill 2 of them. And all before lunch. I should reward myself somehow. Perhaps with chocolate. Because good work should be rewarded. Positive reinforcement and suchlike.

For the students – who were blissfully unaware of what transpired in the morning – this meant that the exam went on as scheduled. Which is good, because for some reason I think there is a rule that I’d have to give each of them 100% if the exam were not delivered on time. Actually, they probably would have liked that.

To officially close the course I now am left with grading the exam and compiling the course results. I’m hoping to have all of this done by Wednesday so that I can finalize the rest of the semester. That is, my goal is to have all course work done by early Saturday morning.

As for that third thing that I haven’t finished yet – that’s on tap for tonight. But first I need to get my bend-on. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

Okay – first I’m going to scratch Elliot behind the ear because he’s just nuzzled himself onto my lap. But then it’s yoga time! W00t!

1 Well, truth be told – it’s still a busy day. I’ve just opted to move from my office on campus to my office at home2.

2 Where clearly my office at home means my couch. And of course, it wouldn’t really be a home office if it didn’t come equipped with an office-kitty. All good home offices have them.

3 The second thing off the list – grading an assignment that I needed to have finished grading prior to the exam.


7 Comments Add yours

  1. That would be awesome if a teacher had shared that blunt advice. I think it was inferred though.

    1. dangillis says:

      It is pretty hilarious.

      1. Too bad I’m a 5th grade teacher…

        1. dangillis says:

          LOL. Yes, I’m sure that type of instruction would be frowned upon.

  2. Beth says:

    I have that “dog ate my homework” picture on a T-shirt. ‘Twas a present from my sister, who is clearly the best sister EVER.

    Also – my home office lacks an office kitty. Worst. Home office. Ever.

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