Friday, May 20, 2016

On Working

Dear Readers, my course is over for the year and I am bored.

You know what?  I don't really value stay-at-home-parenting.  It's necessary that someone should do all the Stuff but damn, I'd rather be doing something else.  As a corollary, I have no plans to ever home-school because I value my professional labor over my child-wrangling/educating labor.*  Also, the thought gives me hives. I pretty much loathe being stuck at home with screaming children and/or in Nap Jail, trying to make food I can't eat for children who are going to whine about it.**

I'm applying for jobs^ and talking to the new chair^^ and trying to work stuff out but people, this is a HARD time.

Problem: Boredom
Solutions: More stuff to do
Impediment: None of it is stuff I want to do (cleaning, laundry, fucking dinner fucking again)
Other Solutions: More job
Impediment: Two cows per person; county population 24,000

Problem: Many small children
Solution: Time, drinking
Impediment: Have had to give up drinking for boring medical reasons
Other Solutions: More chocolate

Problem: Lack of employment
Solution: Apply for more jobs
Impediment: Lack of jobs
Other Solutions: More chocolate; more gym

Problem: Loneliness
Solution: Talk to people more
Impediment: I don't like people
Other Solutions: Find more logical/rational people.  Where ARE they?

* Notice how I don't say I would never.  I recognize that there are many life circumstances that may make home-schooling rewarding, necessary, or Something That Is Happening.  Great for you!  Not great for me. Also not, at the moment, necessary for me.

** Overlapping set of things I can eat that the children will reliably eat: hummus, tortilla chips, scrambled eggs.  Citrus fruit and pineapple.  ... that's pretty much it.  We discourage the whining with great vigor, and yet.  

^ All one of them that pay above $10/hour

^^ SOMEtime, who knows when, for Boring Academic Politics Reasons.

Monday, May 16, 2016


I made Dr. S a proper doctoral hood. (It looks properly ridiculous but that's a feature, not a bug.)

.... I really need more of a job. Housewifing: so boring and repetitive and unrewarding (for me, at this point; anyone else is welcome to feel differently!).

Thursday, May 05, 2016


I'm not leaving the house for the rest of May.  What IS this???

Monday, May 02, 2016

Fever, Vomiting, Fever, Coughing, Fever....

...hand, foot, and mouth.

Do you know what's tomorrow?  The last class.  No really, this time IS the last one.

If I'm still doing this job next semester (odds look decent) I need a longer list of college-aged emergency babysitters.*

* If you know where I teach, you know why My Former Students are right out.  But Dr. S can usually round up some nice sorority girls for me. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

More Snarky Book Reviews

Daughter of the Blood (Bishop): starts off with a bang!  Ritual rape and first-page violence.  A record for how few pages I read (three) before giving up. NOPE.

Truthwitch: Heroine couldn't decide if she was intelligent or impulsive.  Also mandatory falling in love with hero figure. Bored, DNF.

Mairelon the Magician/ The Magician's Ward (Wrede): A little dude-heavy on the first one, but the second is fantastic and has a saucy mother.  I'd forgotten how much I liked them! (Reread.)  How to do 'set in Victorian England' and still have ladies do stuff.  A favorite line: "Lady Wendall has always had a reputation for... originality, even before the curried snails in aspic."

Disenchanted & co: Great premise, mediocre execution.  Heroine is inconsistent until the last few chapters.  Also there is random porn inserted (hah) here and there and a literal deus ex machina, which I always find irritating.

Grand Sophy (Heyer): My favorite Heyer of all, probably because Sophy doesn't give a fuck for social conventions.  The 'crush you in my arms' ending could, as  always, go.

Library at Mount Char: Well written but too violent and disturbing for me.  First 40 pages feature violence, reanimation, violent abuse, maggots, and two messy, violent, graphic deaths.  DNF.

Secrets of Drearcliffe Grange School: Very strange and a bit self-consciously precious, but enjoyably strange.  Recommend.

Wireless (Stross): Tried to re-read while feverish.  Do not do this; you will have nightmares of tentacled horrors abducting you to  strange alien planets.  With termites.  (Great book otherwise but above-average disturbing.)

Frostfire (Viehl): Terribly boring.  DNF.

What have you been reading?

Monday, April 25, 2016

Bad Bad Timing

Tomorrow is the last day I'm supposed to teach.

Today Bug, my mother, Dr. S and I have all come down with plague, fever and vomiting.

Everything is terrible.

Thursday, April 21, 2016


(Wittering about my job, or lack thereof.)

Two falls ago, the Other University here had a sudden need for someone to teach four lab sections, for boring reasons (which I know, but will not bore you with).  Starting in four weeks.  Despite knowing I could only teach for one semester and then I was having a baby, I took the job.*

The second semester, they hired an ABD grad student** to take over.

One fall ago, the department chair*** gave all but one section back to Mr. ABD, after pulling some dodgy underhanded shenanigans  Mr. ABD doesn't have a PhD from his third-rate grad program.****  I not only do have a PhD, from a fancy school literally everyone in this country has heard of, but I am stuck here in town indefinitely.  But fine. I told myself it was totally understandable and okay and that I wasn't annoyed.

This spring, the department chair gave all but one section to Mr. ABD again.  I told him^ I wanted more; he didn't feel like it, for whatever reason (I annoyed him by being pregnant^^; Mr. ABD had to 'support his family'; whatever).  I told myself again that the sections were his to dispose of, whatever, etc., and started applying for other jobs.

Two weeks ago, the department chair announced his departure for greener pastures and I realized, you know what?  I was really fucking annoyed.  I'm better qualified, I have more experience, and I'm stuck here.  So yeah!  PoPiss me off!   EXCELLENT PLAN!  Because it's so easy to find part-time biochem PhDs floating around here.^^^

(The department now needs to find a visiting instructor in Uncommon Specialty- it is April! - AND they will have at least five sections of various things, each semester, left over.  Mr. ABD studied Uncommon Specialty!  They should hire him, give me back my !@#% sections, and we'd all be happy.  Also, he should fucking finish.)

(I have no idea what is actually going to happen.)

* Adjuncting = a one semester contract = I don't owe you anything.
** With MAJOR issues with his grad program, and who, a full year later, has still not received a PhD.
*** Who is a jerk.
**** Think... New Mexico State. For chemistry.  That's right! You've never heard of their chemistry program! 
^ Of course it's a dude.
^^^ I am literally the only one at loose ends for 20 miles in any direction.