Time goes by so slowly ... It has been a very busy week; I am a bit behind on some grading due to extracurricular activities. I have decided to cancel my NaNoWriMo project for this year; while the idea interests me, I have a few compelling characters and sources, and I have a story to tell, I am just to busy.
The past two weeks or more have been hectic, generally in a good way. LV visited from LA by way of Chicago, and among other things we enjoyed a trip out to the Eplegaarden (an apple orchard in Fitchburg), where I got some apples for baking and a gallon of cider. A trip to the Chicago Moritz conference (and an opportunity to see LV again as well as JR—aka Natasha Dahling—precluded a Friday evening drink date, and Thursday evening a visit from the Swiss Chef resulted in tasty pasta, but the event-filled conference/trip was worth it.
Upon returning to Madison a raincheck for the drinks was cashed, and I had the joy of a Wednesday evening meal and company at Eno Vino—I felt fancy, a feeling enhanced by the delicious wine, decadent food, discussion, and service. As an aside, we got a ridiculous deal on things. My own trip out there was by way of the 15 bus—it's amazing how many places the bus system in this city reaches.
Wednesday passed on to Thursday, to lunch, and tequila; to Friday and a rushed but successful lesson plan; and to Saturday coffee and wine browsing at Barriques, which is across the way from Trader Joe's, followed by even more good wine. Finally I got some pancakes and an omelet today.
I'm happier doing, not sitting inside typing or thinking or watching, but at the same time when I'm doing, out and about, talking and meeting, running errands, shopping, etc., I feel guilty that I'm not at home or in the library perfecting the dissertation.
It has been a while since I updated this site; my c.v. was in need of modification, and I adjusted the friends and family pages. LV felt that I needed to alter a page because of the way it was showing up on Google, but a brief search indicated that it hasn't been a problem for a long, long time.
The semester in general has been good and eventful enough. Upon returning to Madison I ran into KF on State Street while chatting with someone else. I observed the triathlon, talked with Banana Box Bill of Berkeley, and found both new material (aphorism, or my aphids as JJ says) and new motivations for the Doktorarbeit.
As for current events I'll voice my support for the mid-term election regime change, but I cannot help but be depressed that Wisconsin is a bigot-filled state (having passed the gay-marriage-ban by a wide margin); then again this is the state in which Mark Green ran nativist-sounding, anti-(illegal)immigrant ads, and as far as I'm concerned, nativists are racists. Period. Tammy Baldwin's thumping of Dave Magnum (a condom crossed with a type of ice cream?) amused me, as did Rick Santorum's downfall in PA (I and others eagerly await Dan Savage's commentary), but the rampant homophobia in this country is beyond disturbing. Just six years ago I was helping to campaign for domestic partner benefits (not just for same-sex couples); now everything is a defensive action, an attempt to protect the already reactionary status quo.
The good news is that at least there is another Qdoba Dissertators' Tuesday (QDT, in the parlance of our times) coming up—it will help me to remember the good things in life.
—November 12 2006