On Monday nights, as part of an online course I'm taking, I participate in what is called a "synchronous session." It means that the teacher and the class go online at the same time. She lectures via a video link, and we (the students) interact in a chat box.
What's really great about this set up is that I can attend class without leaving my own home. Heck, I can attend class without leaving my own bed. Considering that between Thing 2, the cats and the mangos, there's always a lot of chaos on Planet Emmer, sometimes I take my computer and hide in the guest room.
The guest room is also my sewing room and the hamster's room (and if I take a glass of wine in there, it's the Speakeasy). And sometimes, while the teacher is lecturing, I take the hamster out of her cage and play with her. (Given the anonymity of the online class format, I could even do this naked, but I don't, out of fear of freaking out the hamster).
When I let the hamster out of her cage, I have to be careful that she doesn't get away from me. Because if she did, and the cats got at her, we would have what I call a "Bad Scene."
But that's just a digression. I just wanted to say how much I love my online class because it's such an efficient use of time - I can play with the hamster, drink, sew, lie in bed - and still get an education.
I looked for a quote to end this post that would tie together hamsters and online education but surprisingly I couldn't find one. So instead I'll end with another excellent quote about the English language from another hamster spinning on a wheel!
<<'Refudiate,' 'misunderestimate,' 'wee-wee'd up.' English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!>> - Sarah Palin, July 18, 2010
Don't misunderestimate the power of your weekend! Have a great one! :)