Thursday, September 29, 2011

Gone Teachin'

Out to lunch
Be back in two years

Sorry for my horrid and seemingly determined avoidance of the blogosphere.

I landed a full-time professorship in late July... have been doing that waving-my-arms-while-running-forward-as-fast-as-I-can-so-I-don't-trip-and-fall-flat-on-my-face thing.

My excuse for the twenty-four months prior? A newly discovered condition known as B.A. No, not Big Ass (but that's apropos, too). Blog Apathy. Just couldn't read anymore, didn't want to write, felt like a douche-y blog friend. Add to that the *18* classes I taught in the academic year 2010... yes, being an adjunct nearly cost me what was left of my sanity after I finished the hell that is known as "writing a dissertation" in 2009.

We are getting ready to move my 80 year old mother to the town where she swore she would never return after my dad left her for the lab tech with whom he had been sneaking around, 30+ years ago. (Hi, Dad's Wife, if you are reading this. Congrats on the 30 years of marriage.) *That* has been one f*ck of an epic battle. Long story. Not worth going into.

Tom's doing well. He's writing his dissertation and expected to graduate in December. And by "expected," that means he is registered as a candidate (officially, with the university, too) and he better be writing it because I will kick his furry man-butt if he doesn't.

Since I last broadcast my nonsense into the ether: we have not moved; we still have two cats; we almost moved to Australia; we got a second car; we decided 1,000% we are not having kids; we almost talked about moving to Scotland/Sweden/Munich (Tom's getting all kinds of job ads now that he's nearing the end of the 'ole doctoratino); we are about one year older, none the wiser, and still stuck in the middle of corn fields.

What has changed: I am okay with it. All of it. Really.

Except the GOP.

Not okay with those fuckers. Ever.

I'll be back for more...

I leave you with the finished product of a project I started years ago and gave my mom for X-mas last year (finally) as in X-mas, ten months ago X-mas:

I know. I am a procrastinator...


Riot Kitty October 1, 2011 at 6:03 PM  

Wow! That is some serious talent.

Sorry about your dad and his permanent fling. I don't understand why people do that.

skyewriter October 4, 2011 at 8:17 AM  

Thanks, Riot... it was a kit, but I will admit that the black linen was a bitch.

"I don't understand why people do that." There are lots of things I could write in response to that one, but I'll keep them to myself to spare my family some shame...

Thanks for stopping by! Glad to know the walk went great!

poietes October 8, 2011 at 2:41 PM  

Congratulations on your prof. That is awesome news. Congrats, too, on surviving the hell of instructorship and marathon classes just to make enough money to eat.

Beautiful stitching. Sorry about your mom and the bitch stepmom. Don't worry, she'll get hers. Witness my ex-f-in-law who left my m-in-law for a younger woman who is now dealing with his failing health none too well.

Complete agreement re GOP, those bastards.

skyewriter October 11, 2011 at 2:13 PM  

Hey, poietes!

How have you been? Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a "hi."

Hope all is well; cheers!

Chris November 1, 2011 at 12:46 PM  

I'm always glad to see that you have posted, but I get it about having BA....I have it too!!! My grand daughter had to write a post for me!! With the election coming up, I guess I'd better get in gear!!!!!
Lovely needle work!

skyewriter November 3, 2011 at 6:36 AM  

Hi, Chris! How have you been? Long time no chat :)

Thanks for stopping by. I am not sure how active I will be this upcoming political cycle in terms of blogging... I've gotten pretty disgusted by and burned out on our political process. Too, I've been so busy with my new full time position, that I don't have time to watch/read too much about what's going on. Funny thing: I am a *lot* less stressed. I think politics is bad for my emotional health!

Take care and cheers!

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