1. From a few of my WR 121 students I've been hearing the complaint that they didn't learn anything from their previous writing teachers. Starting today, I started spelling out for my students exactly what I think they should learn during the class period. I hope it worked today as I spelled out what I wanted to have happen in the papers they brought to class and as they went to work revising them.
2. Following the directions in America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, I slowly cooked a rump roast in the oven with potatoes and onions and the result was stunning: the roast was juicy, cooked medium rare, the way I love it, and the simple seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic powder) worked perfectly. The onions and potatoes came out beautifully. It was a simple meal and one of the best I've ever prepared, one of the best I've ever eaten.
3. Adrienne and Jack arrived from New York!