Kind of a lazy start to a day that rapidly got busy and moved with a swift edge like a river anxious to get to sea.
We had a lazy-ish breakfast as I worked ferociously on finishing up grading, an Internet snafu having caused some of my students to not be able to finish their Saturday night assignment. That was a major rub as this is the speaking exam week as we wind down the summer semester.
MK and I went to Sports Authority to check out safety life vests for kayaking as we are going to be ‘test driving’ a sit on kayak today. This kayak would be more user friendly in terms of stability and fishing.
The girls came over around 1:30 PM or so, having come from the pool. It ended up being a very normal, very hot summer day with a good amount of humidity. The overall heat and humidity combination made me quite sleepy. Despite the heat and humidity and sleepiness, I managed to get the hedges trimmed while Samantha climbed on the climbing rope in the back yard. I also did some adjustments to the pond, trimming some water irises and removing some things. The fish actually came up for the first time for feeding (within my sight) and I hope to continue to get them to understand that we are not the enemy.
We had a dinner of fancy sausages on the grill, an apéritif beforehand, and while finishing up the tail end of dinner as Christian saw the signs that a quick departure was called for, I filled up the dishwasher. Koerners are very good at sensing when that special moment has arrived, when you need to get the kids packed up and take them home before they become too unpleasant to even allow themselves to peacefully go to bed.
This morning the day started out quickly with a visit from the gas people as they change out our meter in the house. All of the crazy work they have been doing outside, digging up here and there, putting in new equipment next to the house, that is all going to pay off as the new meters are put in, meaning that never will they have to set foot in the house again. They had put in electronic readers before but that never totally functioned; this, supposedly, will change it out for good.
Later this morning, we have the kayak test drive and then some intense time working on preparing my class for the fall. I still have a bunch of quizzes to prepare and then I will have to transpose my work onto the D2L website, hoping I remember how to do it or at least find the necessary information online. If I am totally confused, I will contact Jessica at Oakton, the most amazing tech person ever, not the stereotypical techie in any way, a good listener, a person with a smile, and a person who can quickly help you accomplish what needs to be accomplished.
Okay, off and running.