Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Random bullets of random

- Every time I unexpectedly need to reveal my undergarments to a doctor, I find that I'm wearing the oldest and crappiest of my undergarments on that day.

- I'd like to know why every single week feels like the last one that will be this crazy; if I can only get through it, things will settle down.  Until the next one.  

- Having recently (and continually) had need of a chiropractor, I find myself cursing the fact that chiropractic care is considered something less than actual medical care in this country, particularly by my insurance.  If some guy can put things back in place and make the pain stop, I'm not arguing.  Not all of them are into weird alternative techniques, and I kinda wish we'd acknowledge that fact.

- My cat is a jackass who has decided that all unapproved variations in her nightly schedule will result in punishment, which for her means pooping on our carpet.  We go out, she poops.  Not good. See point two above.

- Fall beers are fabulous, and make all of this far more manageable. 

Friday, October 19, 2012


Today started out fairly crap, with the last of my most recent three-a-week chiropractic visits.  These have not slowed down but have instead become a prolonged game of "things are staying approximately the same so let's try something new again" in which I have now been x-rayed in hopes of figuring out wtf is going on.  I am mostly frustrated because three weeks ago I was almost back to normal and then I wasn't any more; I hate back-sliding.  I also hate handing over large percentages of my paycheck for things that are not helping in an obvious and immediate way, and feeling way too young to be having these problems.  I guess I shouldn't be surprised, considering what I put my back through most summers.

The rest of the day was better - I had some good interactions with people, crossed a few things off my to-do list and ended the day with an article submission.  Then I went home and cranked up the heat for dinner and a movie; I particularly love a movie night when it's cold and dark out.  I like winter; I'm a freak, maybe, but I do, and this transitional 70-degrees-to-40-degrees-in-two-days weather in the Midwest drives me a little crazy.  Stay cold, damn it!

A mixed bag, maybe.  But not a bad week. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Done teaching for the day, no meetings scheduled, so much blank space on my calendar!  I'm grading exams, and fighting very hard against the voice in the back of my head that tells me I could go home and grade these on the couch; I know going home would lead to doing something else instead, even if I did eventually get some work done.

I have a new to-do list post-it system that is working well - a long post-it note lives next to my computer, and I write down all tasks as soon as they arrive in my in-box.  Then I cross them out as I finish, and it's always nearby reminding me what has to get done.  Like all the things that I should be doing instead of going home this afternoon.  Perhaps a new rule: no leaving early unless the post-it is clean.   

Saturday, October 6, 2012


Holy crap, it's October.  I don't know where this term is going.   Suddenly I'm giving midterms.

September was insane, in a way I have never experienced insanity.  I'm not even sure right now why I was working 14-hour days and not getting weekends, but that's how it was.  Even with that schedule, a manuscript revision went in this week even though it should have been done in early Sept; I was almost late on a grant reviewing deadline, and I still have a pile of things on my to-do list that are left over from two weeks ago.

In the meantime, I've been trying to put my back in order, as the occasional problems I was having with my low back during my summer fieldwork escalated enough that I finally went to a chiropractor, which is something Partner does regularly but which I had never done.  I'm getting used to it, and it has taken me from a lot of pain to zero pain (with some minor reversals) pretty quickly, but I'm still not a fan of the sensation of having things cracked and relocated.  I'm also not a fan of paying for tri-weekly visits, though I'm hoping that will slow down now that things are a little better.  Mostly, I find this situation to be proof that I am now old.  I'm trying to get back into a workout routine, since not exercising drives me crazy, but most aerobic things are causing stiffness and setbacks, so I'm not sure how to make it work.  Maybe I'm just being impatient.

Partner has been dealing with his own irritations; he had previously decided to go back to school, and was admitted for the current term.  Then his temporary summer job offered him a one-year position, and since he is one of those who worries about not making money, he decided to defer his school admission and work for one more year, which would allow us  to pay off the last of our car loan and put something additional in the bank.  But, of course, as soon as it was too late for him to enroll for 2012, the one-year position was revoked; he applied to a traveling position instead at that point, and was only recently hired.  So, it looks like he will be working until next fall, and he might be traveling for several weeks at a time until next August.  He will be making more money this way, but it's been an irritating wait and I would have been happier with him being home more often.  At least we know it's a short-term situation.

That's the summary of September - it's been a little bit of a roller-coaster.  Right now we're taking down some ancient wallpaper and painting our foyer, and thinking about putting in some carpeting now that we'll have the cash to do it.  We have a tendency to sink money into our house, even though it's probably not the smartest use of spare cash.  I'm loving the colder temperatures; I am a huge fan of winter, though fall is my favorite.  This weekend I finally have two full days to do whatever I want.  Can't complain about that.