Tuesday, 29 May 2007

I had promised myself that I'd wander over to the campus pond this afternoon but I hadn't banked on the rain. The Met Bureau had forecast it but ... pffft! ... who believes them after the last couple of misses. Well, it did rain. Not very heavily—we only received about 4 mm—but enough to stop me from sticking my toe out of the door until it was absolutely necessary. So I didn't go to the pond. In fact, if I wait long enough, the pond will probably come to me.

Still chaotic at work. But the good news is that I've got two weeks of leave coming up very soon. Don't know if I'll get away but I think I should. I'll see what the GP says tomorrow when I go back for a check up.

I haven't been writing lately. Not only the blog but the fourth (fifth?) draft. Not-writing is easier than writing—for a couple of days. Then not-writing becomes the more difficult task. But right now, I can't do it. I can't string sentences together to tell a story. I'm sure it will pass but it's bloody frustrating. It's not helped by memos from work that turn nouns into verbs (or should I say, memos that verb nouns). Nor those that list approved verbs for use in describing learning outcomes for units of study. (Understand is not one of them.)

Still, it's sort of reassuring that we're not alone in this madness. Don Watson's Weasel Words site will either entertain you or drive you to the edge of insanity. (I recommend that you watch the whole intro. It doesn't take long.)

Maybe a few days off work will clear my mind enough to be able to tell stories and revel in the natural world again.


Anonymous said...

Not even "Demonstrates Understanding"?

Good Luck.

Snail said...

Your views intrigue me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

I wonder if 'demonstrate' is allowed? I know that 'sketch' is on the list.

jj said...

Well, if sketch is there, they must allow other representations which would demonstrate knowledge.
:) How abot 3D? (modelling? build a lego ladybird's gut?

The Green Hellbound said...

Hay Helix, I sent you an e-mail the other day, not sure if you got it...


Anonymous said...


Glad to be back to terra firma. (I was drifted by current in the Sulu Sea.) ... and back to reading your insightful blogs.

I checked the Weasel, beyond the introduction. It is hilarious.


sarala said...

The same illness hit me and I didn't write a word for a week unless you call a clinical report that a teacher called "cookie cutter." I think I'm back now. We'll see.
Hope you get/got away for a few.

Snail said...

So it's likely to be temporary, Sarala? I hope so!

jj, I've checked. No, 'demonstrate' is not an approved verb. I'll see how we go with the Lego, though.

Snail said...

Ann, you have to read the Weasel Word site with caution. Too much too soon will drive you mad!

Sherryl said...

Ah, the dreaded "words and sentences stuck far beyond retrieval due to excessive time with academics and students who don't know what a fullstop is for" disease.
Time out usually helps. So does a couple of really good books (like the latest Lee Child) and a couple of good movies.
Together with some evenings of wine and doing bugger all, the urge should return...
(and if all else fails, a few weeks in another country away from email and phone is useful too!).

Snail said...

You're back and refreshed and full of writin' words? Woo hoo!