September 2006


I had the best workout at the gym today–treadmill and weights, followed by a fairly decadent shower (for a gym) including ginger conditioner and this great-smelling aloe soap. I totally heart my gym, and I have to say I never thought I’d enjoy working out this much.

So the gym situation is good, and the Weight Watchers is still going well, and I’ve lost about 6 pounds so far, which is slow but good–and I’m probably hallucinating that my arms are *already* looking buffer, but that’s a hallucination I’m okay with.

The work situation, on the other hand, is less all-good-progress and more oh-my-god-I-suck. I can’t seem to get a groove going with the reading/writing/drumming up more fieldwork. I went to a departmental thing yesterday, which was the first time I’d seen most of my colleagues, professors, and administrators in more than three months. That was mostly good–it was nice to hear other people admit they hadn’t gotten much done over the summer (though of course My Freaking Nemesis was all, yeah, I did a *ton* of fieldwork. Bah.).

I saw my second committee member, too, for the first time in months–I told her I was applying for these fellowships, and that I was planning on having two chapter drafts done by January for the application. She was, shall we say, less than supportive. Well, I guess she was supportive in that tough-love kind of way that makes people say things like, “Huh. You really think you can get two chapters done by then? You don’t have much research done.” Uh, yeah, thanks for the vote of confidence. Do you see why I’m freaking terrified that my advisor will actually leave and she’ll be my new Chair?

And I’m pretty sure my advisor avoided me for the entire evening, until about 30 seconds before I had to leave. But, granted, I might be a smidge paranoid.

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I was thinking recently about how I’d be pretty much screwed if Google went down–I have way too many things depending on this one service. My email, my blog, my calendar…all through Google. I actually was thinking about this a few days ago–well, when I realized how much I HATE HATE HATE Blogger Beta, and started thinking again about switching the blog to WordPress (which I might still do, even though I can’t import posts from Blogger Beta because GOOGLE SUCKS). I backed up all my calendar stuff to a Yahoo calendar, just in case…

…And then I woke up today and I couldn’t access Google. I could get my gmail on my phone’s browser, oddly, but I couldn’t get gmail or any Google services at all on my computer, all day.

That is totally, totally unacceptable.

I already have the blog set up over at WordPress, and I imported all my posts up to June, so really all I’d be missing is the past three months…and I don’t think I can blog from my phone on the free version of WordPress, which would suck. So I’m torn, and I don’t think I’ll do anything immediately….but I think I’m on the verge of breaking up with Google.

That’s all the rant for now. Thanks for listening.

*the sound of the adults on Peanuts cartoons. That’s about how coherent I feel.

I think I’m having some trouble adjusting to not teaching or being at school much this semester. I’ve been trying to get a solid schedule down for my research and writing, but I’m slacking too much, not getting enough done, and then feeling stuck because I’m not making any progress. I do have a colloquium this term that meets every other week, and the first meeting of that is tomorrow, so I’ll have at least a little contact with my colleagues and my committee (two of my committee members run the colloquium). So I guess that’s good, though I’m not especially looking forward to people I haven’t seen in months asking about my progress.

I did a fitness assessment at the gym today. I’m trying to stay optimistic about this new exercise routine, so let’s just say that I’m now aware of the areas in which I have, as my tiny, blonde, 23 year old fitness trainer kindly put it, “room for improvement.”

I didn’t blog about the Brunch of Rage because it was so painfully uneventful that I just had to come home and nap. Which is good, too, right? Because all-drama-all-the-time is not helpful, useful, or desirable? Yeah, I guess. Whatever. Jason and Bad Idea are talking again, though, which is a good thing–Bad Idea was at the Brunch of Rage Boredom, already mixing up the bloody marys when we got there. So there may be more dramatic stories to tell eventually, but not so much right now.

And in case I haven’t mentioned lately how much I HATE TYPING UP FIELDNOTES, let me just put that on the record.

Hooray, no RBoC this time!* The wind has completely gone out of my blogging sails. How do you regain the will to blog?

*Yes, I do realize that randomness in paragraph form isn’t fooling anyone.

*the sound of the adults on Peanuts cartoons. That’s about how coherent I feel.

I think I’m having some trouble adjusting to not teaching or being at school much this semester. I’ve been trying to get a solid schedule down for my research and writing, but I’m slacking too much, not getting enough done, and then feeling stuck because I’m not making any progress. I do have a colloquium this term that meets every other week, and the first meeting of that is tomorrow, so I’ll have at least a little contact with my colleagues and my committee (two of my committee members run the colloquium). So I guess that’s good, though I’m not especially looking forward to people I haven’t seen in months asking about my progress.

I did a fitness assessment at the gym today. I’m trying to stay optimistic about this new exercise routine, so let’s just say that I’m now aware of the areas in which I have, as my tiny, blonde, 23 year old fitness trainer kindly put it, “room for improvement.”

I didn’t blog about the Brunch of Rage because it was so painfully uneventful that I just had to come home and nap. Which is good, too, right? Because all-drama-all-the-time is not helpful, useful, or desirable? Yeah, I guess. Whatever. Jason and Bad Idea are talking again, though, which is a good thing–Bad Idea was at the Brunch of Rage Boredom, already mixing up the bloody marys when we got there. So there may be more dramatic stories to tell eventually, but not so much right now.

And in case I haven’t mentioned lately how much I HATE TYPING UP FIELDNOTES, let me just put that on the record.

Hooray, no RBoC this time!* The wind has completely gone out of my blogging sails. How do you regain the will to blog?

*Yes, I do realize that randomness in paragraph form isn’t fooling anyone.

So last night while drunkblogging I switched over to Blogger Beta. I’m not sure it was a great idea, and I don’t think it was a decision to make drunkenly, but there it is. I have to go to the Brunch of Rage in a bit, so I don’t have time to fuck around more with the template right now–so I apologize if it’s so hideous right now that it makes you cry. I’ll try to do more later…with more drunkblogging, probably, depending on how the bloody marys flow.

The biggest issue I’m having with the Beta so far is that I linked it to my polyopia.blog Google account, and now I can’t keep my real Gmail open *and* blog at the same time. Annoying. I need to find a way around that…plus, working on this should keep me away from real work for awhile.

Damn, I hope things get more interesting around here soon.

…mostly because I’ve been busy, though I still feel like I’m not getting much done. I haven’t actually made any progress on the two chapters that need to get written, for example. And the fellowship applications are coming pretty slowly.

On the positive side, though, GB and I finished Season Two of Buffy tonight, and I forgot how awesome that season finale actually is. And I suggested that we watch Angel interspersed with the Buffies when we get to that point, and GB agreed that’s probably a good idea, so fall and winter will be entertaining. And I’ve been to the gym five days in the past week, so I’m rocking that. And I am actually really, really liking Weight Watchers. And I had a pretty good fieldwork experience this morning, so I feel like not quite such a big loser.

And I’m a smidge tipsy, which maybe you didn’t get from this mostly contentless post. But maybe you got it from the timestamp.

I really need something exciting, or interesting, or drama-filled to blog about. Oh, wait! I’m going to The Brunch of Rage at StillTalking’s house tomorrow! That should be entertaining, I hope. I’ll report back. Anything else I can tell you? Suggestions are welcome. I’m running out of blog-steam.

Excellent: Richard Buckner is keeping a tour diary on the Merge Records blog. There are five entries so far–I think this one’s the most entertaining. Oddly, there’s nothing about me on there.

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