Archive for March, 2006


Thursday, March 30th, 2006

Today was my last meeting with the graduate students. I asked them to each nominate an article for the class to read — something they felt had been important in their own development as a historian or in their current research. We discussed each in turn and it was great to hear, more than once, […]

Babies Don’t Keep

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

We ran across some old videos taken waaay back when the girls were very young: 2 and younger, to be exact. I’d forgotten how tiny, verbal and endearing they were. The phrases tripping off eldest’s tiny tongue: “Ah-me see! Ah-me see!” as she tried to maneuver herself behind the video camera. The focused gaze of […]

Clean Desk

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

To commemorate this momentous occasion:

Look at my lovely clean desk in my lovely office. Well, ignore the one old poster that’s above the computer desk and sadly falling down. It will soon be replaced by a lovelier, framed poster that will look much nicer. Notice there’s no pile of paper on the desk or the […]

Addicted to Abe(books)

Monday, March 27th, 2006

That’s a terribly dangerous site for scholars, you know. Even more tempting than Amazon (which I love truly and deeply). Because at Abebooks you find all sorts of long-out-of-print books or just obscure texts that you could really, really, use. Look! For $11.50USD, including shipping, I won’t have to go down to the archives again […]

Ticking Down

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

You’re all going to hate me when I tell you that our term ends in just a week and a half. Of course, there are still several weeks of exams after that. And my CHA paper has to be ready for May 1st. And the graduate program review package to prepare. And my other research/writing […]

Stepping Up

Friday, March 24th, 2006

Over a decade ago (everything in my life is pre-kids or post kids and I know this was pre-kids, but, other than that, my personal chronology’s a bit sketchy), I wrapped up a transcription project of a well-known but relatively neglected early Tudor political manuscript. Then the kids came along, the project languished for lack […]

Goodbye to Free Time

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

I can’t put it off any longer. I’m going to spend a fair chunk of the next ten weeks preparing our graduate program appraisal self-study. The by-laws governing the appraisal are 129 PDF pages long. The template for the self-study documents, waiting to be filled in and augmented with all our material, is thirty-one pages […]

Doing, Doing, Done

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Today I’m doing/have done the following (trying to keep myself honest):

walk the dogs done first thing after chauffeuring
three loads of laundry (four washed, two still to be folded)
writing an exam (done, though I have to write a variant for some students who need to take it early)
make meatloaf
wash dishes
clean my home office desk
catch up on […]

Daycare Memories

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

Geeky Mom discussed the reality of daycare, including costs, inspiring a flood of comments from her readers. We’ve outlined our own experiences in the discussion, but one aspect I haven’t yet seen brought up much is the experience of being second-generation daycare.
Yes, I went into daycare as a child. Not for all my preschool years, […]

Personal DNA

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Given what I’ve been doing the past two days (serving as an external reviewer in another undergraduate program in my discipline), I’d say this analysis and prescription were both pretty spot on. Now to kick back and do a little relaxing reading that probably won’t have anything to do with work.
The girls come home tomorrow […]