It works out!

The last 30-ish hours have been interesting in terms of my schedule and changes therein.

The original plans included the following:

  1. Friday after Zumba: finish up grading and catch the 18:02 bus to downtown
  2. Leading services at the synagogue starting at 18:30, followed by dinner
  3. Saturday: Going to UWEC to volunteer for Math Meet from 09:00-14:00
  4. Clean up my apartment while waiting for familial visitors afterward
  5. Have dinner with Mom, Dad, Levi, and Sasha somewhere in Eau Claire
  6. Drive to the Twin Cities to stay overnight with the familial units
  7. Sunday: ???

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[M.A.P.L.E. VII-31] The Agenda

Last year, at the end of M.A.P.L.E., I went on a hiatus from blogging, since I was on a 10-day trip to Israel and also went to Nebraska on the weekend following the Israel trip.

This year, there is no major vacation immediately after May for me, but there IS a trip at the end of June.

In fact, my summer agenda consists of the following:

  • June: After Madison, work 3 to 5 days each week at the office, doing transcription of class notes in an attempt to cull some of the paper trail.
    • The Monday after Madison will be Apartment Hunting in Eau Claire.
  • On the non-working weekdays, do something fun like go to Chicago or Milwaukee, play bridge, or go on a long bike ride.
  • June 29 to July 12: Alaska cruise with the family!
  • Upon return: Finish any lagging work transcription and begin pack-up process.
  • July 31: Move-out day!
  • August 1: Move in to Eau Claire. (Hopefully I will be allowed to move in 1 day early.)
  • Week of August 20: Eau Claire Bridge Regional.
  • August 27: New job begins!


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Today is the thirtieth day of the seventh round of M.A.P.L.E. That makes four weeks and two days.

Madison: Next right!

Alaska: 29 days

Eau Claire: 61 days

Triple threat

A triple threat? Well, here’s a three-liner which can’t be meaningfully rearranged into haiku, despite having the total of 17 syllables.


Finite Math.

Applied Contemporary Mathematics.

For the first time in my teaching career, I have three distinct preps. When I was at Stout, I had at most two distinct preps per semester: two Calculus I and one Precalculus in the fall, and two Precalculus and two College Algebra in the spring.

Last fall, I had two Applied Contemporary Math and one Calculus I.

This time, I have one prep for each of the three classes mentioned in the short lines above.

This is both good and bad news.

The good news: I have already prepped the Calculus and Applied, so theoretically the preparations for those lectures should be shorter. Particularly, this should be true for Applied since I also rearranged it in the J-term.

Nevertheless, I still had a late night of work. It may take some time, but I know I will figure it out!

I’m wondering if I should typeset the “Best-Of” my lecture notes at the beginning of the summer, and print those off as templates for next year. This might be helpful, especially since I’ll get another new prep in the fall with Differential Equations. (I am really excited for that one!)


Road Trip: 43 days

פסח: ס”ז ימים (Passover: 67 days)

ארץ ישראל: קכ”א ימים (Israel: 121 days)

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[O.C.T.O.B.E.R. V-26] Time Flies

Yesterday, I talked about fruit flies. Today, I wanted to talk about Time Flies, since I saw some memories on Facebook from nineteen years ago that I wanted to bring up.

Saturday-Sunday, October 25-26: A SNOWSTORM paralyses Lincoln and Omaha, dropping about 13 inches of snow on the cities. Tree branches are broken, snowplows are running late since the big storm was unexpected, and power was lost.

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