Today is the last day of this month's class. I'm always ambivalent about the end of class, always second guessing myself. Did I get through to them? What did I do well? What could I improve? What worked? What needs to be adjusted? Generally, I'm pretty happy with what I've decided to do.
Some months I feel really on top of the ball, like I've not only conquered the world but tied it all up with a neat, little bow. Other months, I'm glad to see the end of it and if I never have a month like it again, it will be too soon. Then, there are the months that are just blah. They aren't spectacular, but they aren't horrible either. They drag on and close with both myself and the students wiping their brows and sighing in relief. I think this month was close to the last category, not spectacular, not horrible and done.
We watched the State of the Union last night, and, as befits an Obama Fangirl like myself, the man made me give happy, girly sighs when he smilingly threatened the Repubs and promised to end Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Big Guy grumped through it because he hates politics. What else can I expect from a British national though; it's inherent in his blood to hate American politics since we ruined perfectly good tea. In all seriousness, the man said thought he was done with politics once the election was over. There's a part of me that looks at him and says: "Really? And you've been married to me for six years? REALLY?" Little Guy saw Obama, said his name, and then went and played with his cars. Apparently just seeing the President was enough politics for his night.
However, my ADD kicked into gear once the speech started and I got my grading done but completely spaced on the laundry that I needed to get done. Big Guy's job gave him some money to supplement his wardrobe with nicer clothes. As irritated as I am with the way they have treated my husband, at least they gave him money to get some better clothes. I threw the new clothes in the washing machine after the speech and tossed them in the dryer before bed in the hopes that they would smell home-like and be soft and comfortable for Big Guy's day at work. I am not sure the man realizes how much I love him.
Speaking of love, I also got his gifts for Valentine's Day and his birthday next month, though I recognize and accept that they won't hold a candle to my birthday gift from him, The Bioshock 2 Special Edition set. Even typing those words makes me woozy with anticipation. I suspect we'll be going to get it as soon as possible (I'm pulling for waiting in line at Midnight to get m copy). It almost makes turning 31 worth it.
Seriously, if you don't own Bioshock, GET IT. I cannot recommend this video game highly enough, particularly for people who enjoy books like: 1984 or Brave New World. Go, buy it, and know the love that is Rapture.