December 31, 2012 § 1 Comment
Thanks to the WordPress.com “stats helper monkeys” for putting together this lovely annual report for A.Hab.’s View (2012).
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 14 years to get that many views.
Personally, I think there is some room for improvement. But a new baby and a completed terminal degree will keep a girl from her blog. 2013 will be better! Without having to write the dissertation, I will have more time to blog. Stay tuned for a more-consistently-updated A.Hab.’s View in 2013!
January 11, 2011 § 1 Comment
Thanks to Kathryn McCullough for reminding us and encouraging us all to participate in some small way.
January 3, 2011 § 3 Comments
So, the winner (sort of by default, lol) is my friend A.Mo. who offered the name “The World According to A.Hab.” I tweaked it a little, but A.Mo. gets full bragging rights!
Goodbye, A.Hab.’s blog, you most boring of boring titles!
Hello, A.Hab.’s View of the World! 🙂
January 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
Remember that I’m looking to change the name of my blog this new year. Submit your ideas until Sunday, January 2nd, and I’ll select and announce the winning name on Monday the 3rd. Winner gets bragging rights that they named my blog! 😉
December 31, 2010 § 6 Comments
As we get ready to embark on 2011, I can’t seem to shake the desire to change my blog’s name. “A.Hab.’s Blog” just seems…weak…lame…pbbt!
But I can’t think of a name for the blog that would really encompass what I’m all about. So, I’m turning it over to you guys. Please leave a comment with your ideas for a new blog name. They can run the gamut from deeply thought-provoking to “punny.” I’ll choose and announce the winner on Monday, January 3rd. Winner gets…bragging rights? Heh. Renaming my blog will not change the address, so let those creative juices flow.
All right, readers o’ mine:
Name my blog! 🙂
November 30, 2010 § 2 Comments
I have the world’s sweetest puppy. Perhaps that ought to be capitalized, a proper title.
Ms. Sophie-Anne: World’s Sweetest Puppy.
This adorable little girl, full of sweetness and light, is driving me bonkers!
If you know me well at all, you know that my experience with animals as pets includes cats (since I was 18 months old), a lizard (an anole, to be exact), a hermit crab, two African dwarf frogs, and a turtle. When I married Robert, that’s when I got to add “dog” to my list of animals that have lived as pets in my home. I got Milton after Robert had already trained ‘im up. Yes, occasionally (sometimes more than occasionally), Milton ignores me and defers to his daddy…even if I’m the one giving the command. (He’ll glance at Robert as if to say, “Dad. Do I really have to sit?” Sigh.) But he is completely housebroken. And he generally leaves the two cats alone. And he sits for his meals. All things considered: he’s fully trained.
And then there’s Annie. Annie has been a challenge. A supremely lovely challenge, but a challenge nonetheless. Friends assure me that she is actually quite good for a puppy, especially for a shepherd/cattle hound puppy. She is energetic, but she calms down fairly easily. Sometimes she gets mouthy, but she’s learning “leave it” and “hush.” (Although, I swear she thinks that “leave it” means “cookie.” I believe this because when I command her to “leave” the cat alone, she does so but also runs over to the kitchen and sits primly, awaiting the cookie reward. Oops.) All things considered, I have fallen head over heels madly in love with this girl. Her sweet little face melts my heart. I just want to kiss her snout and soft ears and cheeks all. the. time. I try to respect her personal space (after all, I don’t want to create a monster with separation anxiety), but I can tell she likes the affection.
And then there are days like today. We picked up Annie and Milton from boarding yesterday after they had been there for five days. Yesterday afternoon, she had an accident or two in the house, but generally she was fine. Today though? Today was much, much worse. I feel like I’ve shampooed our entire house (which is quite the exaggeration, but tell that to my nearly empty carpet cleaner). All told, she had five accidents this evening. There could be a couple of factors outside of boarding for five days. I had friends over, which might have been exciting and distracting for her. It was also pouring rain, which might have discouraged her in general from wanting to go outside. The two rebuttals to those possibilities are as follows: 1. Annie has learned to ring a bell by the door when she needs to go potty–she rings the bell despite there being one person in the house or twenty. The number of guests has never seemed to bother her before. 2. Annie is really quite good at going outside in the rain–she might need a little encouragement, but she will still go potty. (Milton, on the other hand….)
But, no matter how frustrated I got at her tonight, I couldn’t stay mad. We’ll just keep working with the bell and hopefully the accidents will decrease tomorrow.
November 16, 2010 § Leave a comment
Hello friends! If you are reading this blog long after this post was originally published, it might seem odd to find a welcome message so long after the apparent first post. The reason is simple: I moved my blog from Blogger to WordPress.com. Because of the move, you may notice formatting differences from older posts to newer ones. I apologize for the appearance–I myself find it unattractive–but I am working to correct it.
If you’re a reader of mine from Blogger: welcome to the new WordPress.com site! The move was really a simple decision to make. WordPress.com has much greater versatility in editing and formatting than Blogger has (at least, for my needs). In fact, the only advantage Blogger has over WordPress.com for my purposes is that Blogger makes it easier to change fonts (sizes, styles, etc.). I’m not really a great fan of WordPress.com’s default font (Cambria), but I like working with WordPress.com more, so I can forgive it the font situation.
So, welcome to the new location of A.Hab.’s Blog. Here you’ll find posts on literally anything and everything that interests me (ranging from married life to our furry children to graduate school to teaching). Maybe one day I’ll be a little more careful and pointed on my approach to posted topics. In the meantime, the blog serves as both a way for my friends and family to keep track of my life while also affording me a much needed outlet while I complete my doctoral dissertation.
Thanks for stopping by!
October 21, 2010 § 1 Comment
I’m stunned that my last post was over a month ago! I’ve been fairly busy–October has essentially killed me. Maybe that’s hyperbole, but you get my meaning. This month has been chockfull of financial woes, dissertation woes, conference paper woes, grading woes, traveling woes, health woes, and fitness woes.
But maybe I’m not being fair. I might be coming at this from the wrong angle. My life this past month hasn’t been all bad. In fact, most of my life has been quite good. Although October has been uncommonly busy, and although I have had my fair share of stressors, I can say that generally I’m in good spirits. One of my favorite October stressors (eustress, mind) was that my very good friend A.Mo came to visit us at the beginning of the month! Why is her visit considered a stressor at all (eustress or not?), well, because I got to have a lot of fun running around with her as her photography assistant throughout her visit. And, if you’ve never served that role before, it’s definitely a fun sort of stress. I enjoyed carrying around her ridonculously expensive camera equipment (I was an extremely careful walker during those hours…I knew that if I should but trip…cringe), wrangling adorable dogs into unlikely positions by way of a cookie, and scouting out locations like treasures. We had such fun with her in town, and I can’t wait for her next visit!
Another highlight of the month, albeit a generally stressful one (and only sometimes eustress-ful), was the conference I was fortunate enough to attend last weekend. I presented a portion of my dissertation chapter (a much, much shortened, much, much condensed version of my current chapter) at the Sixteenth Century Society Conference in Montreal. I enjoyed the panel I served with, and I had a great time fielding compelling and thought-provoking questions from our audience. I felt a resurgence of energy and passion for my topic, which couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time. I also picked up a book to review in the Sixteenth Century Journal, which counts as a publication if it gets in. This is good for me because publications combined with job experience can only make a candidate that much more appealing to the market in general.
Despite my brief shining moment at the conference, I did fall disastrously ill while in Montreal. On our flight up, a woman carrying what I am convinced to be the Bubonic plague, attempted the entire trip to hack up her lungs either through her mouth or her nose. She was disgusting, at best; and she was tremendously infectious, at worst. Yes, yes, even upon boarding the plane, the woman chose me to speak to–and of course she would choose me since I had had a compromised immune system for two weeks already. (Hence the medical woes I previously mentioned–this is the end of my third week of illness. First, I had upper respiratory issues; second, I had laryngitis, which hurt like the devil; and now, I have a virus that really wants to be a sinus infection and might have been on Saturday.) Perhaps that has been the worst part of October and what has colored it as generally unappealing to me: I have been sick nearly the entire month. I’m sick of being sick!
Fortunately for me, though, I am feeling better by the hour, so I’m hopeful that next week will be perfectly fine.
November still requires a great deal of responsibilities, but most of them are not related to teaching. I may be the only one, but I feel more in control of my responsibilities as a student (dissertation, reading, research) than I am of my responsibilities as a teacher. Or maybe it’s this particular semester…one of my classes is a bit unpredictable. I look forward to November because it brings with it a strong promise of progress and forward momentum.
If October has brought me anything, it has brought me a motivation to graduate so that I can move on with my professional life. And, as one who has so desperately lacked that professional drive in these past several months, I will take my motivation where I can get it.
September 16, 2010 § Leave a comment
After several semesters teaching multiple sections of the same course simultaneously, I have come to expect certain truths about repeating lectures.
September 10, 2010 § Leave a comment
I was taking a brief break from an Althusserian-sized brain fart (think: utterly thought-halting…like, it took me five minutes to come up with the term “brain fart”), and I read a short blog about marriage. In the comments section of that short blog was a woman’s response to her motivation for dumping her baggage that was external to her marriage. She said she was reminded of an unattributed quote (although potentially received from a song of the same title by the Bellamy Brothers) which says that she wanted to be “the kind of person my dog thinks I am.” Like Annie’s when she hears anything out-of-the-ordinary, my head tilted to the side, and I suddenly became curious about what kind of person Annie must think I am.