Thursday, June 21, 2012

conference time

I've taken a short side-trip to attend a conference right before my field season begins.  Insane, yes.  That is how the past few months have been, so why stop now?

Today I spent a lot of my time wishing that the older, very accomplished, very well-respected scholars giving talks here would please, please, please learn how to use Powerpoint.

Also, I have been traveling via two different countries whose languages I have absolutely no experience with, not even a little bit in high school.  It's been a really long time since I've traveled somewhere without at least some small familiarity with the language and/or alphabet, so this has been kinda fun.  It seems like the world is filled with jibberish. 

Monday, June 18, 2012


I have arrived, after only three months away from this place (I was here during my winter leave as well).  Mother of god, is it hot here right now.  Especially since it was pretty cold when I was here last; it's strange to be back without Partner, with a completely different set of colleagues but a few carry-overs, with many more undergraduates around.

I have a few days to hang out with friends and de-jetlag, which I hope will be easy since I actually got a good night's sleep last night through the  magic of melatonin (Trader Joe's version has something special in it, and I don't even care what it is, but it works much better in smaller doses than anything else I've tried).  Other project colleagues are arriving one at a time, but for now there's not much to do.  I've been editing the syllabus for a fall course and filling in my fall calendar instead.

Later this week I do a little regional travel that will force me to actually deal with this situation, which I am not looking forward to, but which is probably necessary.  At least I will get to visit a new place, which is always fun.  If I'm lucky, by the time I get back the heat will be back down to "friggin hot" instead of "god-awful".

Saturday, June 16, 2012


I failed at blogging this spring - too many unbloggable goings-on, I guess, plus being very busy.  Today I'm off for two months of field work, to be followed almost immediately by a vacation and then a return to the classroom.  So, a fabulous summer to all of you, and we'll see if I get a chance to post anything prior to August. 

Monday, June 4, 2012


So far: some resolutions, some unresolved issues still to deal with, but I'm getting over it.  I have plans, at least, and that always helps.

Grades are finally, finally all finished - I ran out of motivation and waited way too long to get them in.  I'm also realizing that I leave very very soon, and I have therefore been attempting to see people one last time before I head off for the summer, and seeing people takes a lot of effort as it turns out.

Tomorrow: meetings, chores, errands.  Probably irritation that campus is closed for no good reason.

Friday, June 1, 2012


I am very bad at waiting for things that I want.

I've been told that this is a good quality to have, since it's part of the reason why I tend to get the things I want instead of waiting around and hoping that they happen.  But when changes take time I get frustrated and ornery, so there's that down side.  I also have a very small transition period between "dealing with stuff" and "no longer dealing with stuff", which makes it hard to make the adjustments needed once I've decided that I refuse to live with whatever hardships/irritants/situations have pushed me over that edge any longer. 

Add to this the fact that I get antsy when forced to stay in one place for any significant length of time, and you should have some serious sympathy for my husband.

Currently, we are trying to decide what the next few years should look like from a lot of angles - housing, educational opportunities, etc.  The fact that every decision we make hinges on a phone call or piece of information that we need to wait for is driving me nuts.  Also, Partner is working again, which means that all of my desires for change impinge upon his minimal free time, and I'm leaving soon for my summer field season, which really limits the time frame available for making decisions and/or puts him under a lot of stress.

The sources of last week's anger have largely been dealt with, but we're putting off one opportunity for financial reasons, which I always find irritating and against my idealized world-view.  Realism be damned.

We'll see what June has in store.  One manuscript submission for sure, so it can't be all bad.