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.
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
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.