It’s a long slog every term…but every term I manage to survive.
My router is on its last leg. The last month has been pretty rough on it, and it has failed more times since switching to MidCo than it had with PBnet. On the other hand, it was failing several times on PBNet over the summer before the switch too.
More worrisome, the orange light is on and the browser settings tell me it’s not connected to the internet.
And yet here I am, posting to my blog over the internet. I’ve done powercycling on it and checked the wireless and wired connections…they still work, but that orange light tells me it’s one hiccup away from not working and that’s no bueno from the teaching online standpoint.
So, I’ve ordered a new one to get here tomorrow. We’ll see if FedEx screws up that order or not.
This router served me well over the last 4 years (just a bit over), but it’s time to move on. Ordered me an Asus. We’ll see if the quality of the Asus router matches up with my over 5 year old Asus netbook.
I finally am trying something. I’ve noticed far too much of my time is being sucked up checking into facebook, twitter, and ello. I’ve given them up in the past before, and I’m giving them up now for a time too. Maybe only a couple days, maybe a week…something to help me get through the end-of-term grading I’m doing right now. I basically typed a nonsense string of characters, copied it, and then entered that in for my password on each site.
I can always recover the passwords if I get the overwhelming urge to log in, but I want to try make it a week without doing so. I have a feeling a lot of the urge to write and create for my own sense of satisfaction is being sucked up on those networks where they profit by it.
See the previous post about the energy that an adult has…if it’s being siphoned away by other things, there’s not enough of it left.
So, social networks have gotten the axe for the time being.
So back in May, I got me one of them fitbit zips. It’s a pedometer that tracks your steps, uploads automatically to the website where it has charts, graphs, tracking tools for food/calories, and a bunch of other neat stuff. Fitbit tries to socialize the workout, and that’s worked once or twice to get me off my duff and out walking another mile. But that’s not the main purpose of having this system for me.
Even back, 10 years ago, when I was exercising a LOT (due to Kumdo and working out at the hospital where I worked) I never saw the purpose of tracking what I was doing. It was enough that I was doing it. It became something I had to make into a habit and stick with, and otherwise I was screwed. It’s a bit different now with tracking.
This tracking and these numbers are important, not because they give me something to try and live up to everyday (they do), but because they are a reminder that “Yes, I did do that all in one day”…that reminder is important when the diet gets out of hand, or you fall down, or you have a lazy day. The statistics aren’t motivating to “keep doing it,” they’re motivating to pick one’s self up and get back on the wagon.
Wow. It’s literally been 5 years since I last felt sad on Sunday evenings because the weekend was over. Another thing to chalk up to the interesting things I’ve got to get re-used to now that I am not working three different places. It used to be that Sunday was just another day of the week (if I was lucky I didn’t have to lecture on Sundays), another day where work got done and Mondays more work got done.
Now though I’m back to the rest of the world: the weekend is over on Sunday and it makes me sad.