Friday, October 29, 2010

My Synchronous Hamster

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!  :)


  1. I believe the Democrats are going to be refudiated because they misunderestimated how wee-wee'd up the Tea Party has become with the Obamanites.

  2. Talk about a multi-purpose room! I have images of you sitting at your computer petting your hamster. Luckily your class doesn't use Skype. :)

  3. I always thought taking an online class was never a good move. This was a great commercial for online classes.