Saturday, December 07, 2019

10,000 Words

It feels like I said everything that needed to be said multiple times with my nearest ones, and I need a break from thinking and talking about the same thing.

Early morning walk with L; Lunch buffet at Saffron today with L&T and EM and Nu and Big A; baklava from Shatila via Sultan's; and the short story volume from N.K.Jemisin for book club tomorrow.

I'm calling the day officially closed for further business.

Friday, December 06, 2019


I'm still riled up from the aftereffects of reading the investigator's report yesterday.

Got to work early and was hanging out in SS's hallway talking about our NB kids when we heard a thud and someone shouting for 911. Turns out a student, who was in DD's office for an oral exam, had fallen out of their chair and was seizing. I ran downstairs to show the ambulance people to the right office, convinced the student to go to the hospital since their seizure had lasted longer than ten minutes, and the day never really quieted down after that.

In between student conferences (not a teaching day), there was lots of time, apparently, for me to find assorted friendly colleagues to break down in front of. Ugh. I reapplied lip balm and mascara, but I don't think I'm actually going to make it to the campus holiday party. I need it to be the weekend already.

Thursday, December 05, 2019

A sense of an ending

I guess I should be relieved the investigators found that the Title IX complaint I'd participated in was more than valid. But reading through the 70+-page report, I relived so much of that nonsense all over again, learned how it was even more awful than I had suspected it was, and am already beginning to dread the hearing and appeals processes that are to follow.

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

The thing with feathers...

I guess that in the middle of our sudden winter, I can still find some green, some birdsong, and some hope.

It's my Boss Day! And it was dinner at Sansu as usual. We tried to get At on FaceTime, but he barked at us, so we hung up. Found out later that (a) he had been driving (b) Big A had texted him separately to tell him to be nicer ("not be a dick"). I guess everyone's doing the right thing :)? 

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Happy hepatitis, I guess?

I finally managed to get a picture of the happiest hepatitis warning (in the world, probably!). The excitement of that exclamation point! The picture of the virus that looks like party decorations!!

I've lost count of the number of times this sign has made me chuckle at the end of a long day of work and while in the middle of a long and lonely commute.

Monday, December 02, 2019

hah hah high

Walked around by myself this morning, which meant I had 90s music on, and I have so much Prince, I was mostly listening to Prince.

People don't seem to have returned from break yet, so it was mostly me in all the emptiness, feeling a little... electrified.

Then I came home and started the book Big A gave me. OMG, Prince: Nothing Compares 2 U.