Saturday, January 12, 2008

breathe in

today is the first time since i got back that i feel i've had time to draw breath, so here i am. i've only got one phd app to go, and the only bit of that i need to do lots of work on is currently off with a prof getting vigorously edited, so there's nothing for me to do right now. therefore loud music, inty and doing all the thousands of dishes ziggy and i left after our impromptu potluck last tuesday.

had a very nice time catching up with my peeps, getting all the gossip and exchanging travel stories. i'm still a little jetlagged, but i slept in til 9.30 today, which is heartening! on thursday i had my first classes - fifteen students in a room that seats eleven - and they went pretty well. we just did getting to know you stuff, and i made them journal on what they want to get out of the course. i suspect almost all of them are there to satisfy a prereq, and i refuse to teach thirty two teenagers who don't have any motivation to be in class. oh yes, i forgot to explain - i'm not teaching the medieval class anymore, which is a bummer. there was low enrolment, so they had to cancel some tutorials, and i got reshuffled to a first year class instead. i'm pretty sad about not getting to teach medieval, and having to deal with first years again (will this be on the exam?), but i really like being able to pay my rent and eat, so i'm happy enough. i'm sure the course will turn out to be fun anyway.

layla went home, so we've been able to unbarricade the house. that's her up the top - cute, no? oh, i got to see chicory last night! we bonded.

i really don't have much news, actually. any questions from the studio audience?


groteaux said...

shame about the medieval course

my question is - how long does the essay have to be?

Anonymous said...

Excuse my ignorance, what sort of animal is layla?

Anonymous said...

Ok, read further down and she is a ferret! I thought she might be.

itchy said...

my readers want to know; how do you feel when people say that you've 'sold out'? Are you hurt by that kind of criticism, or do you feel that great genius often goes misunderstood?

Gauri said...

layla is CUTE ! sorry about your medieval class.

Epponnee-Rae said...


it says on the essay question sheet, have you got that with you? yes, read that, what does it say? yes, that's right. 4 pages. has everyone got that? 4 pages. any questions on that? . . . no, you can't hand that in, you'll have to cut it down. . . . no, sorry, only four pages. . . . 12 point font. it says on the essay question sheet. have you got that with you?

Epponnee-Rae said...

MM - a *cute* ferret! (see gauroxen)

Epponnee-Rae said...


epponnee-rae denies all rumours that she is pregnant at 16 and about to undergo a shotgun wedding to a southern bapist.

itchy said...

well, should you see her down at the preacher's house, please pass on my heartfelt thanks for a little parisian postcard that arrived at mine last night.
Let her know that, yes, I have been to Musee d'Orsay, and was almost more taken with the building than the art.

Also, if she needs a shotgun godmother, I'm only a phonecall away. . .

Epponnee-Rae said...

dear itchy godmother,

glad you enjoyed the postcard. i do like sending postcards.

the architecture was good, but so were the rodins. and the camille claudels, which i believe i mentioned.


groteaux said...

a ferret ate my sheet, miss

how long does the essay have to be?