I write to you from hazy, muggy Florida. I am staying at a major university this week attending a conference: Literacy in Augmentative and Alternative Communication. How's THAT for a mouthful?! I'm here with my student's mother. So far it's been a wonderful learning experience; I feel like I've learned more in two and a half days than I did in some of my college courses on education. The schedule is very intense but it's been very worthwhile in giving me more understanding of how to better approach my student and ideas of new things to try. To give you some kind of reference point- for those of you who know what a "Feast" ( convention) is- this makes the Feast look like a cakewalk, schedule/long hours-wise.
The biggest problem I have encountered has been the lack of available internet access; apparently, you have to be a student with a password and suchlike in order to get onto the wireless networks...Wah. I went to the library and got a temporary card but that only enables me to access the internet through the library's computers ( where I am writing this). ( I have yet to get a good wireless network connection in the dorm. Yes- I'm staying in a dorm! Weird.) It felt SO good to check my email after being deprived for about twenty four hours. I was almost jittery. Pathetic. I am way too dependent on the internet...but I have come to the philosophical conclusion that internet access is a human right.
Well- really the biggest problem is that the day is so long and FULL that I get wicked tired. (But a lot of food is provided throughout the day - niiiiice. Free foooood. Well- sort of free. Free to me.) I'm so used to only working twenty hours a week- and this conference is WAY more than twenty hours. And then I have strange dreams at night. I dreamed last night that when I got home, Brad had bought something like TEN cats - well, one cat, and nine kittens ... and the cat was the ugliest thing I'd ever seen. But generally, Mama, I am sleeping fairly well. Fear not on that count. And yes, I did buy some Lysol. Rest easy.
Anyway- we will be driving back on Fridee; I am very much looking forward to being home again.