Semi-frantically looking for my bill and payment for my credit card, which I seem to have misplaced over the course of Sunday and Saturday, planning and prepping for the Ren Faire, the Downtown Country Fair, and similar eventities.
Probably going to have to cancel the check, and send a new one, tomorrow.
In other news, my parents have tentatively re-arranged their travel so that I’ll only have to miss one or two days of school, instead of eight or nine. The school is prepared to work with that, I guess, so I’m going to be able to go. BUT, I haven’t spoken with my parents to confirm that they’ve been able to do this, so I still don’t know that it’s possible. We’ll see.
Today in the woods behind the school, the outdoor adventures group that I coach built a Troytown-style labyrinth. It has an extra loop around the outside, and there are one… two… three… maybe four… loops and hairpin turns on the way to the center. It’s not bad-looking, and when you enter you are facing east, and as you wend your way through, you wind up facing west. It’s very cool. The next step is to build it a little higher, and do some landscaping on the surrounding ground, so that there’s some greater sense of being in a powerful place.
I chose the location partly out of the presence of a ledge of rock nearby, and being in a slightly secluded curve of ground which lent itself to being a mystical place. Yet there’s also a sense of being in a grove, an open place surrounded by trees. The stream is to the south and west, suggesting water’s place; the ledge is to the north, suggesting earth. Fire’s in the east instead of the south here, because the wind reaches this spot from the south. So it’s a little mixed up — but at least the schools are to the east, standing for communication and knowledge. I suppose the elaborate refridgeration systems at the rink could stand for fire, but that would be a long ways off.
I’m still up because I have three students who don’t really sleep. It drives me crazy, because I haven’t had totally sleepless kids in a while, but they’re a royal pain when I do. How do you tell a kid who doesn’t sleep, to sleep? Very hard. And yet, kids who don’t sleep tend to get into trouble because they decide to do stupid things, and don’t have anyone to haul them back on track. So I’m awake.
Turnitin.com is frustrating me. I can upload papers, and get them checked out. But the grading function is nearly useless to me, because it can’t calculate separated marking periods of two weeks, and average them together. Great idea, doesn’t work, at least not in this incarnation.