Feb. 10th, 2008

I am glad I don't need to venture out of the house as current wind chill is -31F. Makes me very grateful for warm blankets and mugs of hot coffee.
Do you ever wonder what profilers and investigators of the CSI, Criminal Minds, type would make of your life? I do.

As I spent my days embracing my inner math geek, I started thinking about what you could make of a 72 hour period from Friday to Monday .

Friday morning evidence would include my LJ post (not sure what they would make of that), the contents of my RSS feed reader (says I am interested in food, the environment, religion/spirituality, photography, birding/nature, academia, and productivity. The fact that I left the house at approximately 10 a.m. could make me look like a lazy slacker. Watching me in my office between the time I arrived and 1 p.m. you would have seen me do a variety of grading and organizational type tasks to emails sent and received and I probably look like a pretty typical college teacher at a teaching institution (as opposed to a research one). Add a few conversations on topics ranging from Departmental politics, the Department Chair search, and students to add to the mix. From 1 to 3, I was at a Faculty Affairs committee meeting with a handful of other people. Based on my comments there, you could see some evidence that I value community and that it is important to me to look out for and make life easier for other people. From 3 to 4:45 I was at a Faculty Senate meeting. I made a few comments there which were described as insightful by a couple of people though they seemed obvious to me. From 5:15 or so until a little after 7, I was at the after Senate gathering that we are attempting to make a tradition. Conversations there would supply evidence that I am a foodie, generally happy with my job, and friendly with but not particularly close to my colleagues. Dinner Friday evening was salmon patties, mac and cheese (organic but from a box), and canned beets -- I have no idea what that would say about me.The remainder of Friday evening was spent working on family history searches and updates to ancestry.com which suggest a certain level of nerdiness and a high level of attentiveness to detail. The fact that I stayed up way to late working on genealogy could also be seen as evidence of either determination or stubbornness depending on how you spin it.

Saturday up 8ish which shows that I am not completely lazy. Some online chatting which would be evidence that not all of my network is local and that I am comfortable communicating electronically. Saturday morning involved grocery shopping. If you drew conclusions based on my grocery receipt you would likely over estimate my income and see a commitment to healthy whole foods and a coffee habit. After bring the groceries home, I headed off to the library where I checked out my 10 put limit on books with subjects ranging from spirituality, tarot spreads, Norm Chomsky, the environmental movement, genealogy, ecocities, health, bad ideas of the 20th and 21st centuries and vampire porn. Next up was Chesterton Feed and Garden for bird food and the local Ace for a new trash can. Final stop for Saturday was Taj for Indian buffet where one could see that I may be an omnivore but my preference is for vegetables and grains over meat. It would also have been easy to tell that I am a regular there since they know my drink order (masala tea) by heart. Saturday afternoon was more family history work. This time it included scanning in some photos and documents to add to ancestry.com info. While waiting on scans and uploads, I moved hundreds of books out of the way to rearrange the living room. Dinner was left overs from Friday night only partially heated which would indicate that while I am a foodie I am far from a food snob. The evening was more of the afternoon's activities with some attention being paid to the election results on CNN.com. Both the grocery store and Chesterton Feed involved conversations about products and my disappointment at changes that had been made in product lines. The grocery store has switched from Organic Valley to Horizon for gallons of organic milk. They have started carrying milk from a local dairy as well. The Horizon switch makes me very unhappy. I'll have to see what I think of Trader's Point milk which isn't organic but is produced without hormones or antibiotics. The new suet plugs don't please me or the birds and from talking to the clerk at the feed store many other people feel the same.

Sunday morning involved flowing from watching birds, to working on putting the living room back together, a little more family history work (I can't seem to find my where several of my people were in 1900 due to the destruction of bulk of the 1890 census records and the fact that they may have been in Oklahoma but it wasn't Oklahoma records and the Indian territory records are not as likely to be online. Lunch was 2 eggs scrambled with some cheese from an area dairy.

Sunday afternoon was spent reviewing the assigned chapters for Statistics and creating examples to use in class tomorrow. The enjoyment I found in setting up examples and working out means, mean deviations, variance, standard deviations, was strange at best and possible sad or perverse depending on how one feels about numbers and Greek symbols. To me it was fun and made me wish I was a math/stats professor. I haven't had a reason to hand calculate statistics since my first year of graduate school. I forgot that it was fun (to me at least; I am pretty sure my students don't feel the same way). From class prep, I moved to finish an exam study guide and posting it, grading online work, and returning student emails. If I lost points as a dedicated employee on Friday morning by going in late, I earned them back with several hours of work on Sunday afternoon.

The evening has been more of the same as along with laundry and assorted household chores. If it weren't for Friday, profilers peeking into my life would conclude eccentric, eclectic hermit.
I so want The Sage Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods but even at the discounted Amazon price of $529.00 (Sage price is $650) there really isn't much point even putting it on my wishlist. Pointless or not it is now on my wishlist. Maybe I should mention it to my students so that the price of their research methods book doesn't seem so bad. As for this lust object at least parts of it are available on Google books which is how it came to my attention. Reading entries in that manner was the cause of my lust for the book.

Yes -- I know I am a warped individual but I heart research and statistics. I had forgotten just how much until I started teaching stats.

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