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Since my initials are “ADE,” I am drawn to this product:



Forgotten Phone

Often, I run late. I miscalculate how long it will take to finish a task or to park or walk from A to B. Today was no different. Though I’d started the morning with plenty of time to make it to my afternoon meeting, when I needed to leave the house, I was rushing to get my material together, find a quick snack for the car, and secure a Diet Coke. 

Alas, once I got to campus, my phone wasn’t in my purse, and I realized I’d left it on top of some boxes in the living room where I’d carefully placed it to remind me to put it in my purse. At first, I had a bit of panic. What if I needed to call someone? (Note: I call grandma every few weeks, and that is it.) More importantly, how would I take pictures? How would I check my email? What if something was required of me? Normally, I have my phone near me at all times. I remember a line from Dare Me, which you should read if you haven’t, about the rivalries among the girls in a cheerleading squad, about the omnipresent cell phones, their hearts in their hands
I know that many of my students have a real addiction to their cell phones (and they should read this article in Psychology Today.) Maybe my relationship with my iPhone is a simple as that. Not having my phone today, though, relieved me of a burden. I know that the recommendation to turn off electronics is not new or revolutionary, but, after the initial anxiety, knowing that I absolutely could not check my email, at least for the afternoon, allowed me a nice respite from responsibility.


I settled into bed last night, late as usual. Before I had even thought about trying to sleep, I heard a noise that sounded like a gunshot. Norman started barking madly, and I thought about getting out of bed to investigate. But, I would have to put on lots of clothes, I might find myself in danger, and it probably wasn’t a gunshot anyway. I thought about the Kitty Genovese case, famously (and incorrectly, it turns out, used to illustrate the bystander effect). I wondered if some human or animal was bleeding out in my backyard, condemned to perish without me taking action. I decided very uncharitably that I didn’t want to get involved, but I did note that the noise occurred at 2:15 a.m., with a second boom at 2:16. At 2:22, I heard what sounded like large pieces of wood being moved. Even if I wasn’t going to get out of bed, I was prepared to answer questions from police if they showed up today (which they did not). Perhaps I watch too much Law and Order and shows on Investigation Discovery.

So far, it looks like the sounds were not associated with bodily harm to any persons or animals. If I learn more, I will update you.

Apple TV

I wanted to easily transfer my iPhone/iPad content to the television, so I invested in an Apple TV. So far, we’ve used it for watching Netflix and movies I rented via iTunes. Last week, though, I utilized it to view a Webinar I was streaming on my phone via the GoToMeeting app. More comfortable to sit on the couch than at my desk, though at times I did get a little distracted.

One Day in November

Hollywood Housewife asked her readers to document their daily lives on November 14, 2012. Here’s my day:
My day begins with the dogs, feeding them and taking them outside for a walk.

I do a little work and then read with horror about the latest Mercy for Animals undercover operation in which abuse of turkeys at Butterball factories was documented.

Next, up, some cuddles with the dogs!

Later tonight, I am going to a birthday party, but I won’t be home before then, so I make some stitch markers to take as a gift.
Another faculty member and I are giving a workshop on “Hard to Assess Learning Outcomes,” so I head to the Center for Faculty Excellence on campus.
Usually, the center displays some student or faculty artwork. Today, they had pieces from the show Turn up the Transparency: 35 mm Slide Art. These were my two favorite pieces.
We didn’t have a lot of folks attend the workshop, but it was a good conversation nonetheless. However, we didn’t have much time to debrief because my colleague and I both had meetings immediately following the workshop. No time for photos between the two events! By the time I was done with the meeting, it was dark outside.
I headed over to the Clark Lounge in the Campus Center where there was a wine and cheese reception for faculty members. I noticed on my way that the TerraCycle Brigade had put a collection bin in the common area.
Some of our brilliant music students performed at the reception.
After some hurried mingling, I went to celebrate the 90th birthday of one of the women who comes to knit night. 
George had his own dinner tonight, a celebration of the end of the season with his co-workers at the farm, so I hardly saw him today. I ended the day, as I started it, with the dogs.
(That’s Survivor on the television.) I also did a little bit of knitting.
Today was fairly atypical – I am usually not running around quite so much! I am glad that Laura chose today for the project, otherwise you’d probably only be getting pictures of the dogs.

Women Swimmin’

What a beautiful day for the swim! When I woke up at 6:00 a.m. to get ready, it was quite chilly outside, but by the time I got to the Yacht Club, the weather had shifted.


A band was playing for the crowd, including many supportive spectators and women waiting for their pod’s wave.


  women swimmin

I’d been swimming 2,000 meters thrice weekly all summer, but the distance looks much different when it’s one long, unbroken stretch of water! I was a little nervous on the boat waiting for our pod to get in the water, but once we had jumped in, it was a great feeling! Here I am after I just climbed on the dock after the swim.

aimee - women swimmin

My friend, Linda, from work, and I were in the same pod. 

women swimmin - linda and aimee

We could see this sign when we walked off the dock.

women swimmin - yay!

George was waiting for me.


 The crowd was big!

  women swimmin

Many women received flowers after completing the swim.


Not everyone can park at the Yacht Club, so there are shuttles running between there and Cass Park. Here are me and Ryan, my brother-in-law, waiting for the next bus.

  women swimmin - aimee and ryan

I’m already excited about next year. Thanks to everyone who sponsored me. This year, the swim raised over $350,000 for HospiCare of Ithaca. I am so proud to have been part of the event.