Every possible thing that can be booked is now completely done for the trip with my mom, including the FOUR train journeys I’ll have to take here, in Canada, because I’m super efficient, and have booked this trip to butt up against Thanksgiving, thereby getting us home in time to see family but also to attend a work conference in Toronto for a few days at the very end of all of this, in one fell swoop.
So.Much.Paperwork. when you’re booking for two people.
There is - thank goodness! - but it’s hard to use it when I get like this. Hands are shaky, have a hard time staring at the screen, etc etc, blah blah. I’m exhausted and bored at the same time with no intention of sleeping so I am just annoyed and annoying. I did manage to somehow get a book to myself in bed and that, thankfully, was a good distraction.
I’m at work today, so we’ll see how I hold up.
Being confined to the apartment with basic cable is like serving a prison sentence for a crime you did commit, but should have gotten away with if it hadn’t been for those lousy kids.
If I can stand on both legs when I get up, I’m going to work even if I can’t take any actual steps. Apparently it was a wee dramatic today and I missed it. Perhaps some residual will happen tomorrow.
There are few things more inspiring but also equally soul-suckingly annoying as a university campus in September when you work on one as a staff member (and likely as a faculty member, but I can only speak for myself).
All the fresh-faced youngins hoping to learn! To change the world! All of the campus eateries are opened, not just the basic ones over the summer! The enthusiasm and rampant school spirit!
All of the conversations you’ll hear that I would challenge the best linguist on the planet to transcribe! The incessant need to be everywhere with a backpack and no sense of the space it takes up! You can’t actually eat anywhere because the lineups are so huge it’ll be 2:30 before you make it back to your desk! The litter! You lose your amazing parking space to overachievers on campus before 8!
Just a few more weeks and a) I’ll be away on my glorious Euro-trip and will not miss this controlled anarchy but also 2) it will have calmed down enough that the usual number of people will be on campus at any given time instead of this overwhelming, but necessary, influx.
Day One of using an exercise ball as a chair at my desk.
I have lasted 25 minutes. Good?
We need to talk about how great this is.
I’m having an early snacky dinner (cheese and crackers, some veg) and watching the 1986 Eddie Murphy / Charles Dance classic, The Golden Child. This is already a quality Friday night in and I am only 15 minutes into it. Had to pause to answer the phone but also to get these notes down: