Last Thursday, I had a student at the end of class say, “This class is straight. I didn’t know that it would be like this.” On Monday, another student told me that she really likes the class. I’ll take these compliments when I receive them. Often I can’t tell what the students are thinking when I am lecturing or assigning group work so it is always nice when they go out of their way to make positive comments. Classes are going rather smoothly this week and I have made significant progress on an academic article I have been working on.
On another note, our health and dental cards arrived in the mail yesterday so I will be setting up an appointment to go to the dentist soon. I am not pleased with how much the insurance costs, but it has to be done. On another financial note, I was born in Florida where there is no state tax. Well, Georgia is not as nice. There is a state tax here and they take out about five to six percent of your paycheck. I know some people who read this are probably saying join the party, however I am not used to having that much removed from my pay. They also subtract a mandatory five percent for retirement. Once you subtract what the federal government takes and add all of the deductions, I lose almost a third of my pay for the month.