Back today…. I enjoyed some wonderful time away from work and mostly away from the Intarwebz for the past week. My family, Dad, Stepmom, and Gramma, came in to visit from New Mexico. They stayed the weekend and we ate, hung out, watched my kid be a very poor loser at checkers, and generally had a great time visiting. It sucks having immediate family a few states over.
Monday I took my little one to see Wall-E, which has got to be the best damned kid movie I’ve ever seen. It was really powerful… I felt the full range of emotions one would expect from a grown up movie, and I was amazed at how much they could communicate without languague. Quite profound, the image of fat humans plugged into a chair with a screen in front of their face, and the subsequent lack of interaction. The dismal image of Earth, cluttered and filthy with trash and advertisements is a shocking reminder where we’re going if we dont change our ways. Bravo, Pixar. Bravo.
In addition to the movie, my kid and I wandered around the local hot spots, walking, hitting the bookstore, lunch, and all that fun stuff. I bought a set of jacks at a local toy store, and quickly learned that my Lila doesn’t do that ‘bounce/catch’ thing so well. She wanted to modify the rules so that I bounced the ball while she picked up the jacks, but I stood firm on her need to master hand/eye coordination on a teeny superbounce ball. She elected to go find bugs after that.
It was great to have some time away from it all. I generally ignored work email, only surfing for reference questions or queries from users, stayed offline, limiting my internet fun to games and my crochet groups. But, back now, and the time away refreshed me to get motivated and ready for fall.
So today I taught my first class of the year, for HMC’s summer institute program. 27 newbie frosh brought in for leadership training asked brilliant questions and were generally engaged in my session. I forgive the poor girl who napped through the hour, because everyone else was on the ball. I continued my new trend of using LOL cats, GraphJam, and images from Fail Blog, which was a whopping success. I’ve never seen students so interested in a ppt about library research before. And of course I dazzled them with a few Google goodies, like Scholar and Uncle Sam.
After that, back to my desk and finish those Sakai videos. I finished two, and I am pleased with how they turned out. I also exported the vids for iPod/iPhone, and boy, that was hella cool.
So it was a good day. I got a lot done, and I’m about as near as ready as I’ll ever be for fall. Tomorrow, I’ll log into RTM and see what else I need to take care of. : )