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High tide

The first semester teaching a new subject really is a scramble to try and stay at least 5 minutes ahead of the students. Especially when you have issues with your textbook and thus keep plumbing the depths of Wikipedia and other texts for better context/presentation/etc. Ah well. It just means I'm going to be fairly boring for a while, here. And this is the "easy" semester - in the spring, I'll be teaching Comparative Physiology labs and lectures, which are a whole different ball game.

So instead of working on the cat litterbox project, or any of a half-dozen other things, I worked on my lectures for this week. On the other hand, our new giant clothes-drying rack showed up on Friday, and it is AWESOME (we line-dry virtually all of our clothes because it's better for the clothing, cheaper, and more environmentally friendly). It wasn't cheap but holds so much more stuff and is so much more sturdy than our old one that I got for $5 at a garage sale. So at least that's a small household improvement.

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When I got to the boathouse this morning, it was high tide, so the ramps to the docks were flat, or if anything, elevated slightly upwards, and we had to cross a small stretch of water to get to them. The other rowers said at least it isn't the spring; the water was still quite warm from all of the recent warm weather. We're far enough north to be out of the path of Hurricane Florence, but there's still a 100% chance of rain today.

I sat bow seat in the novice quad and didn't hit anything, although I did point the boat a little too close to "The Branch." Now I REALLY know where it is and can try to avoid it. The novices were very nice people, full of enthusiasm.

While packing things last night, I managed to forget to re-pack my towel. So I was relieved to discover that I had a random spare tea towel in my office, whew.

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