Archive for June, 2006

High School Confidential

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

Today I did a good thing. A community service thing. And something that turned out to be a lot of fun: I judged at a high school history fair.
The teacher is a former student of mine and her class has followed a “World Civilizations to 1600″ curricula (much like the one I reviewed for the […]

Conference Prep

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

So, with two more conference presentations coming up this fall and next spring, I’m already fretting about the most important part of the whole plan: the clothes.
You laugh? Fine. Be that way.
Meanwhile, I’m trying to figure out how to deal with the following imperatives: must look professional, must pack efficiently in a small bag and […]

Muzzling the snark

Monday, June 12th, 2006

So, they’re proposing the creation of a new doctoral program at my U. (No, not that doctoral program, local readers. Another program.) And so I have to, in my role on the graduate council, review the proposal. And it’s exactly in my father’s own field of expertise (which, if you know academic brats, is something […]

Birthday’s End

Saturday, June 10th, 2006

I think that eldest’s super-extended birthday can finally call it quits now. We had her birthday party today. Three friends came over for an ostensibly Harry Potter themed bash. The ostensible is because it is now impossible to find Harry Potter themed merchandise in our town except for one copy of a “Goblet of Fire” […]

What’s in a name?

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

Here we go again. The issue of what surnames you give your child has sparked an interesting and thoughtful discussion over at Bitch Ph.D.. (Her blog is always a source for excellent, passionate and engaging discussion.) However, this topic, this ground, is so well trodden, I feel as if I’m watching people treading in a […]

Miami Bound

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

I just got the email this morning that our session’s been accepted for the conference next March in Miami. Woohoo! Warmth! Scholarship! Who could ask for more?

Holy Deadlines, Batman!

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

I missed one of these. Dang. For the October conference. Apparently they want the paper, like, now. So I have to stall for a few days while I document all the research.
Do they even want endnotes or do they want internal notes? Argh! Must check my correspondence on this.
I was so sure this was due […]

Pluses and Minuses

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

+ I found my car keys the day before I was going to pay through the nose to get new ones made (electronic gadgets, grr!).
- Well, actually, I didn’t find them. The ladies from the cleaning service did. On the floor of our foyer. I just reinforced that image of the absent-minded professor, didn’t I?
+ […]

Downshifting

Saturday, June 3rd, 2006

It’s such a pleasant weekend. I don’t know if I can convey how much better I feel with that awful report out of the way (although when I walk by the secretary’s office and see her still wrestling with formatting our CVs, my stomach drops in sympathy). Now I’m working on focusing on all the […]

Miss Communication

Thursday, June 1st, 2006

Eldest can talk a blue streak. Youngest isn’t quite so verbal, but she’s pretty articulate given her situation. So when she spoke, today, about “family fun” we assumed that was her way of saying she wanted to do something special and fun with the family (i.e. not her homework).
“Don’t worry,” I assured her. “We’re going […]