Well, that's another fine semester shot to hell. While too busy because of competing demands upon TPP's time, it was a good semester student-wise, really! Four-fifths of the students in my botany class got As and Bs at a ratio of 1:2, a ratio that has not changed in this class for over 15 years. The other fifth got Cs and Ds (poor study skills that survived junior college and poor work ethics). The more advanced rainforest ecology class was probably the best ever, uniformly hard-working, bright, cooperative, and not in the least annoying. How great is that? There's always a feeling of great relief to be done, at least with the course work. TPP started the task of cleaning up the semester debris that had accumulated in the lab and other work areas (the desk is still piled high), and picked up a project started about 2 months ago to figure out where things stood. Spent some time trying to figure out how to distinguish, easily, yews from plum-yews. It's a piece of cake if you have reproductive structures, but how often does that happen? Having always had trouble thinking about holidays during a semester, it was time to think about some presents and then take some action. So TPP visited 4 shops this afternoon. One clerk asked, "Panic shopping?" What's the date? "The 17th." Well, until it's the 24th, it isn't a panic. The 17th is really early shopping. This is the problem when you starting holiday shopping back in November. Came home and got a lot of great help from the kitty girls wrapping a few things, well, just one cat really, but she's such a help especially with ribbons. Still need some cookies and other treats for a few special people, so tomorrow, maybe TPP will bake some cookies.