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Another fine mess

10 August, 2004

Another Fine Mess

New rules for the rest of the summer:

  • Don’t forget Bill Maher is back

  • Stop taking on projects like, uh …everything! (see below)

  • Put a time limit on time spent in the blogosphere (note: this requires that Rana, Steve Krause, profgrrl, and ProfB (among others) stop the pseudonym discussion)

  • get the old stuff done before the new stuff (see above!)

Dumbass projects and why I’m doing them:

  1. Refinishing the floors. All of them. Dog destroys carpet on landing, ADM rips up carpet to find hardwood beneath. ADM takes carpet off stairs. ADM and spouse decide to refinish all floors where hardwood is under pet-stained carpet. ADM and spouse fortunately return to partial sanity and decide to call in pros for actual refinishing, but are now committed to pulling up carpet, nails staples, padding, kenneling pets and staying in a hotel for a couple of days.

  2. Finishing fence. Actually spouse’s job,. but must help with trenching and gravelling below fence line. Oh, and staining.

  3. making spouse a gift before next Monday’s birthday — which means buying unfinished gift and painting it creatively.

  4. making handmade invitation’s for spouse’s birthday party.

  5. giving shower for colleague — meaning much weeding and cleaning in next few days.

  6. working on late review so I can write review I just agreed to do — plus the usual “getting ready for the school year and market” stuff.

  7. Writing something to send to the Chronicle in the next two days.

Jane, stop this crazy thing!

Oh well — I think it’s taught me one thing about academic summers. If I’m not teaching Summer Quarter, I should just devote the first six weeks of summer to household projects. That way, I’ll be so happy to get back to academic stuff that I’ll be able to focus on it. Now, off to the shops and the garden.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. 11 August, 2004 2:41 am

    LOL. I swear to god I will say nothing more about anonymity. And if I do, please tell me to shut up. 😉

  2. 12 August, 2004 10:30 pm

    Tee hee. I’m totally done with the anonymity discussion too. I was actually done with it before it, apparently, was done with me. Oh well…You’re just giving me more reasons to avoid home ownership … it is easy to not feel too invested in surroundings when they’re rented. 🙂 Although I really would like to have a garden.

  3. 13 August, 2004 1:38 am

    I have two words — container garden.Actually, I love owning a home, and love having a house, since I have pets. My colleagues who have been here love the garden, too. But honestly, most days I see it as a big block to me getting a TT job, unless it’s local (there’s a local opening …). The more we do to the house, the less the spouse will want to move. The more we do to the house, the more the credit cards don’t get paid off. The more we live in the house, the more projects fall to me — or the more regular maintenance, if the spouse is doing a big project …Yes, folks, ADM is in a ‘fuck it’ kind of mood. I’ll feel better when I grade my student’s (an incomplete from Spring which I am NOT being paid to take care of …) work and get it posted.

  4. 13 August, 2004 8:44 pm

    Yeah, I’m done too. I tired myself out and now feel shame-faced about the whole hoo-ha. I’m better than that.Cool about the hardwood floors, even though they mean work. Rana

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