1. My WR 121 students sat face to face and discussed reconciliation as exemplified and explored in The Souvenir. I'm impressed with how they are thinking about this difficult topic. Then, after a short break, and late in the period, one of my students mentioned that he had worked at the local multi-plex where Harry Potter was showing on fifteen screens all through the night when it opened. This got our discussion off track talking about the Harry Potter phenomenon in a delightful way and I cheerfully threw up my hands, broke into a big smile, and said I didn't think we could recover our earlier discussion and ended class a little early. The students all laughed.
2. I was eager to be a part of yesterday's composition instructors' meeting. Our new coordinator, Siskana, led the meeting for her first time. She did a splendid job. Even though we weren't always discussing how we teach our classes, such discussion was always close by and I came away doing a lot of self-examination about how I teach writing, a good thing for an old dog like me.
3. Debbie brought home a nice chunk of sirloin steak. I was assigned the job of cook. I am inexperienced in steak cookery and I tried my hardest to do a good job. Molly and Debbie enjoyed what I cooked, but I thought my piece was a little overcooked. I tried to get the steaks right where I wanted them by using a meat thermometer, but, in my mind, didn't fully succeed. I don't quite have the hang of frying steaks. Two things come to mind: I want more practice and I'm thinking Lura and others are correct that a George Foreman grill is the way to go. I'm going to get a GF grill, but, still, I'm determined to cook steak better on the electric frying pan.