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Friday, January 20, 2006
Small Milestones
Not a very exciting day in this house, I'm afraid, but there are a few things to report nonetheless.

First, I finished sorting through all of the information I collected in Europe, which was a monumental task not because there was too much of it, but because it was all in a foreign language. Sometimes my brain works really well in another language, and sometimes I feel like I'm thinking through toothpaste. Today was a relatively clear day, making the sorting task a million times faster. Today was also one of those days where I thought to myself, "Why on earth did you choose a dissertation topic where 90% of your research is in a foreign language? Stupid, stupid, stupid." (But fun. Well, sometimes.)

Second, I made the Big List of Stuff to Return to and Check Out of the Law Library. I've been meaning to get over there for the past few weeks, but it's mighty hard to coax me out of my comfy home office, especially when it's blizzarding outside. I'm finally reaching that point in the research where I'm coming full-circle: you know you've read everything you need to read when your last source refers you back to your first source. It was funny when yesterday I started to re-read an article I've had since the summer and I thought, "Man, this sounds familiar!" and then I realized it was an article by one of the people I interviewed in Europe.

Third, I finally bought new sheets for our bed. I hate spending money on sheets, even though I love to sleep on nice ones. We have a king-sized bed (fast fact of the week: T is 6'5" tall), so the sheets are not cheap. Penney's was having a sale today, though, and so I found sheets to match our comforter that were 50% off and of a decent thread count. Other sheet-buying motivations: 1.) the elastic on the fitted sheet of my favorite set of old sheets snapped last week; and 2.) when my parents come to watch ST while T and I head to New Town, they'll sleep in our bed (fast fact of the week, part II: my Dad is also 6'5" tall -- my Mom, on the other hand, is 5'4" tall).

Fourth, and perhaps most importantly, ST is officially potty-trained. This is Day Three of no accidents and no diapers. He is doing awesome -- even staying dry through his naps. Now we just need to figure out how to night-train him and we'll be set. I don't think I can fully express how blissfully wonderful it is not to have a bag of stinky used diapers in the house. I think we should have a party. (ST is thrilled, too: "I'm going on the potty and now I can go to school and ride the bus with the BIG KIDS!" Not so fast, ST. Not so fast.)

Fifth, I received my contract from Smallish Midwestern University (SMU) today. Signing it felt really... surreal. Sure, I've had to sign acceptance letters for other things before (e.g., fellowships), but this one was BIG. School starts September 6 at SMU -- hard to believe that I'll be the one writing all of the syllabi, I'll be the one holding office hours, I'll be "the specialist" in the department (I'll be the only one doing Major Area in my discipline). I've told myself that once Chapters 5 and 6 are completed (hopefully in the next two weeks) I will allow myself a few days to write a syllabus or two. I have one mostly written, but it definitely needs some tweaking and I think I'm going to shop around a bit for another textbook. A real job! Me!

Sixth, and least importantly, I received an order from Silver Jewelry Club today, my second. That site totally rocks. I ordered this gorgeous oval-cut garnet ring that is simply breathtaking and fits like a glove. Not bad for $5.99. I ordered a mother-of-pearl bracelet from there in August and I am always receiving compliments on it. If you've ever hesitated ordering from the site, thinking it's too good to be true, don't worry. It's true, and it's good.

Time to clean up the kitchen before tomorrow, when T and I will likely take on the task of painting our bedroom. We've painted so much together that the bedroom will be a cakewalk, a project to fill a few hours of the afternoon. It's a big room, but there aren't a lot of doors or windows to paint around so it will be an easy one. If only I had my digital camera, I could post Before and After shots, but alas... it is still missing. St. Anthony? Can't you hear me?
Posted with care by Prof. Me @ 1/20/2006 08:52:00 PM  
1 Words of Wisdom:
  • At 9:49 PM, Blogger ArticulateDad said…

    Thanks for the daily rundown. Congratulations on signing that contract. I can't tell you how jealous I am. But all good things in their time. Enjoy your trip to New Town, and take some time for the two of you just to... relax and melt into it for a little while.

     
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