Wednesday, December 21, 2011

WTF, Glee?

I just watched the Glee Christmas episode. All I have to say right now is that a feel-good conclusion that revolves around the greedy Jewish daughter of two gay dads learning from Jesus that she should donate all her gifts and her time to the virulently anti-gay Salvation Army is not exactly my idea of feeling good.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

I am a god of gmail

Today, after answering a handful of important emails about upcoming social and organizational and educational plans, I selected all of my inbox and archived it. All 983 messages of it.

You have no idea how much lighter I feel with an inbox of 20. Or you do have an idea, because you are also a god of gmail. If you fall into the former category, all I can say is DO IT NOW! If things are important, people will email you again. If they aren't, good fucking riddance!

In related news, if you sent me an email that I haven't responded to, you might need to send it again...

Friday, December 9, 2011

Far East

I am on the east coast for the next three and a half weeks! If you are in/around NY, let's hang out! If you are in/around DC, let's possibly hang out. If you are in/around LA, I'll see you in early January.

Even though I am already away from LA, vacation doesn't start until the grading is done. Time to buckle down...

Sunday, December 4, 2011


My pre-babysitting dinner: went to Hugo's for grilled tofu with Kalamata olive tapenade, fresh basil, and tomato between two latkes. Green salad. Vedic latte (steamed milk with turmeric, coriander, nutmeg, and ginger) with soy milk.

My post-babysitting dessert: Hugo's chocolate mousse, which I took to go from dinner.

The kids' during-babysitting snack: pre-grated parmesan and ketchup on a corn tortilla.

 Hey, I didn't expect them to still be hungry when they got here, and I had very little food around that they would eat. It's not like I was going to feed them my chocolate!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Perfect Saturday

Woke up early and stayed in bed with my fuzzy blanket, catching up on internet things.

Skype date with the boyfriend.

Work date with Z2 and Red Steel (new nickname! Not sure it'll stick.) at Vintage wherein I graded many papers, drank many glasses of sangria, and ate many varieties of bruschetta. Best one: Nutella with orange zest, roasted almonds, and Grand Marnier jelly.

Planned (and bought ticket for) train trip across the country with a friend whose nickname I've forgotten.

Game night with LAGLC folks--Apples to Apples and Scattergories.

Playtime with The Mysterious X's kitties, who were bad and had spilled oatmeal everywhere.

Set up babysitting date with the little adverbs for tomorrow night.

Set up dinner date with Red Steel at my favorite restaurant in WeHo for earlier tomorrow evening.

I will now go to sleep and forget all of the (minor) negative parts of today because they aren't written down.

Thursday, December 1, 2011


Feeling better tonight than last night, thanks to The Mysterious X and the boyfriend and the random ThinkGeek catalog that arrived in the mail today. Did you know that you can actually buy a blue canary to plug into the outlet by the light switch? Presumably it will watch over you. Have not decided what to do about last night's cranky-inducing email, but for now I will just focus on doing my actual job, i.e. teaching and dissertating.

Teaching right now just means grading, since my class is basically over. I graded two out of nine paper drafts today (and calculated various other grade totals, like presentations and discussions), hope to do four tomorrow and three on Saturday before sending out the grades. If all goes according to plan, I will be done with everything except final paper grades by noon on Saturday and can then focus on choosing readings to assign for next quarter. What about the dissertating, you ask? One of the readings I am assigning for next quarter (at the professor's request) is, in fact, the dissertation chapter I am currently working on. Way to multitask, me!

I should get to sleep, since tomorrow is my last early music concert of the quarter and I want to grade two papers before it happens. I'll see you all on the flip side.