Dear Grandma Schenck,
Thanks so much for your letter! Yes, I saw on the news that a front of Canadian arctic air went through much of the Midwest and Northeast. Temperature like a high of eight degrees! Me, I got cold riding my bike to teach class today--it was just above 40. I think once the front has passed, it'll be like no time until spring. Robert will like that.
I talked to Paul not long ago. He's got job interviews in Minneapolis and Kansas City. He'll do really well, I'm sure. He doesn't have a "techie" air--he's personable, so he'll get a good job. Also, he said he was sick for over a month. It seems like a long time ago that I was sick. I must have gotten over my sickness quicker than Paul.
Yep, I've been pretty healthy. Since I've been exercising a lot, I figured out that I'm strong and quick enough to actually slam dunk a full size basketball, which I'd never done before. Back when I was fourteen, before getting my knee hurt, I could jump up and grab the rim easily. Then I lost some jumping ability. It took some time, but dunking a basketball a decade late is better than never! I'll be in good shape for skiing--maybe I'll even stay up with Paul.
Classes are going well, although I've got a paper to write before spring break. And I've got papers to grade. Gosh, I wish I could be as methodical as Robert is grading papers--he just does them one after another, slowly. I put them off and read them quick.
I've got good students this semester, though. This class didn't start off so well--I was unused to teaching at 8 a.m., and I won't actually get acclimated to it, either--but we've got some energy in class now. My teaching is being observed by a sophomore student that's in a class focused on teaching, so she's helping me notice some things I do well and things I can work on. Apparently I could be less methodical and pausing when I talk out loud, but that's my habit.
Jess is in Phoenix. She still likes her job, but doesn't like being uninvolved in making decisions. She'd also like to make more money; she only makes a little more than I do, and I'm underpaid (although the tuition is cheap).
In the next month or so I'm going to be trying to find decent work over the summer. Trouble is, since my wallet got stolen, I have to get a new Social Security card, and that darn Soc. Sec. office is FILLED up with haggard-looking people! Process could be worse than getting a brand new license. Things like this are much easier in Iowa.
That's about the extent of things. My dog Ellie (miniature schnauzer) sure does bark a lot. She's bred to; we have to put a bark collar on her when we leave the house.