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Thu, Jul. 30th, 2009, 02:33 pm

You're reading the blog of the newest adjunct faculty member at PU! Assuming they didn't hire someone today that is. Then of course, today, I get an email from another University about a job interview. Huh.

I think the power button on our dishwasher is busted.

Reading Adrian Mole diaries.

Tue, Jul. 28th, 2009, 08:36 am

Just spent the morning doing research for my JOB INTERVIEW tomorrow. Not to put any pressure on myself but this is the first interview I've ever had for a job I really, really wanted. Like, to start a real, actual career. So, yeah. That and I'm fairly underqualified for the position. It's an adjunct teaching job at a local university and would be a perfect situation - plenty of time to be home with TR, bring in enough money so that we're not spending through our savings, and potential for me to pick up more teaching work in my life.

So I'm trying to be as prepared as possible. Seeing as I'm not sure exactly which class they're looking for me to teach, it's a little difficult. I haven't taught my own class since 2002, seven whole years ago. It's true that I've been in the classroom since then - as a student. But still. I'm nervous.

Mon, Jul. 27th, 2009, 09:01 am
The Weekend

was nice and quiet. Friday we ordered from Tiffin....delish. I got malai kofta, they make these amazing little veggie dumplings and smother them in a creamy cashew sauce. So good. Saturday basically all I did was go grocery shopping and prepare for my interview on Wednesday. Yesterday we went to visit E's grandparents and his pop.

In other news, TR is feeling much better. She doesn't have that pale face, pink eyes look when she wakes up anymore. She's still stuffy in the nose but that's ok. She's trying to crawl like a maniac.

Sat, Jul. 25th, 2009, 01:00 pm
Guess I'll be using that health forum sooner than I thought...

The baby has a cold, poor little nubbins. Nasty cough, runny nose like better go catch it runny, watery eyes. The doc said it's just a summer cold that has to run its course, but it's tough to watch the little one struggle with it. Though I won't be giving her anything other than saline drops.

Ever since we got back from Floridia she's been sleeping like a champ. I wonder if the travels reset her clock...

In other news, I've got a job interview for an adjunct teaching position next week. I was realizing that this is the first job interview I've ever gone on that was for something I really wanted to do with my life. Not that I want to add any more pressure on top of the already stressful interview situation, but this would be an AWESOME job to get.

Thu, Jul. 23rd, 2009, 11:15 am

The first annual Rainbow Lakes Bass Tournament was held at AuntD & UncleR's lakeside retreat. Everyone was rushing in to get the best seats...

One of the competitors. Maybe next year he'll get a little more serious.

It was a brilliant Floridian day, a day when you have to hunt and stalk your fish-mouth prey...


Taylor hung out with Papa Grande while cheering on her mother...


Behold your new champion! Notice the admiring crowd behind me as I hold up my trophy. UncleR confirmed that the winner of the championship gets a free trip to next year's tourney. See ya then!

Wed, Jul. 22nd, 2009, 11:21 am
Natural Medicine

Some friends call me a recovering hippie, but I think I'm mostly pretty mainstream when it comes to my health care: "western medicine" has never been a pejorative term for me. But when I got pregnant, and it wasn't just my own body that would be affected by whatever I ingested, I definitely was more apt to explore alternative remedies before popping those pills for a cold or flu or whatever.

One resource that has been very helpful for me is this health forum I found while searching for a headache remedy. I think it's worth sharing here because it's got a lot of good discussions about all sorts of different things - from light topics like making your own herbal remedies to more serious talk about vaccinations, cancer treatments, and medical research.

So, check it out if you like.

Sun, Jun. 1st, 2008, 11:34 am
Going Friends Only

Thanks.

Wed, Nov. 1st, 2006, 05:02 am
Paper done, now to relax

Man that paper really took a lot out of me. For some reason it keeps getting harder and harder to produce the number of pages that I need. That blank page stares back at me, and even when I finish one page, the next blank one starts taunting all over again.

Sat, Oct. 28th, 2006, 11:50 am

Well, I should be writing my paper on One Hundred Years of Solitude, which I got a reprieve from last weekend when I got the Sunday-afternoon email that Monday's class was canceled. I immediately jumped away from the computer and told myself I'd work on the paper all week; that promise manifested into about twelve minutes of surface-level thought about comparisons between the Universal Baseball Association and OYoS.

I don't know why even a two-page paper gives me such agiada, especially considering that I am in a creative writing program. It's deadlines that do it, completely undermining all will and ability to pump out a crappy little paper that my teacher barely cares about.

Also on my to-do list: start the cinnamon ice cream for tonight's dessert: apple crisp and ice cream. Yum. Usually I leave the ice cream to Eric to make when we have friends for dinner, but he's actually busy doing his homework, so I guess I'll handle this one. It will let me procrastinate and get points from my husband. Awesome.

Tue, Aug. 8th, 2006, 06:30 am

I keep hearing/reading from writers that they have these disturbing schedules. The playwright who came to talk to our class on Saturday gets up at 4:30 every morning; Mary Oliver gets up and goes hiking and then writes all before she has to get ready to go to work.

Yesterday I set my alarm for 5:30, but as usual I didn't have the willpower to obey it. This morning Eric was getting up early to go in to work, so I did actually get up at 5:15; amazing to me but probably to no one else.

It was productive, I guess. I collected a bunch of rough drafts with potential to revise for submission, and I wrote another 1.5 pages of my short story, also extremely rough. But even though that might not be much progress, the best part is my feeling of accomplishment. Even if I didn't accomplish anything. I still got out of my comfy bed at quarter after five. I probably only got one line that I'll actually use, though.

And it really is peaceful and beautiful that early. The sun is just now climbing over the rowhomes across the street, but the sky has been steadily lightening for the past hour.

The crappy part: now I have to go get ready for work, then work all day.

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