28 January 2008

Random Bullets

  • I finally got around to making a website for myself and the job market. It was not an easy process, because it turns out that I don't have a clue how to deal with html, despite my gig as a website optimizer. First I designed a beautiful site in Word, the I uploaded it to netfiles, and then it promptly didn't work, so I gave up and decided to use google pages.
  • Our garage is a no-radio zone. Doesn't matter if it's NPR or Nirvana, if it's on the radio, it immediately turns into a horrible buzzing static the second I pull the car into our garage. Makes me wonder what the owners of the house before us did in there...
  • I am not a teacher of poetry. I bore myself when I teach poetry. I really have to figure this one out, because as much as I can specialize in prose, I don't think there's a school out there that would hire someone who refuses poetry. . . but really- verse seems so unnecessary.
  • I hate my husband. Ok, not really, but could someone please tell me why I'm the one who eats less and works out (I'm talking jogging here people), and he's the one who loses weight? uf.
  • I'm kind of rooting for Barack right now. I'm really torn, because I want a woman to finally break through and become president, but I don't know how I feel about two families taking over the White House as their own private vacation home for the majority of my life. And Barack is just so darn compelling. He's like Kennedy and King all rolled into one when he speaks. I could definitely handle listening to him give the State of the Union for the next 4 years. But, I gotta say, Edwards seems most concerned with a lot of the issues that are important to me. Choices... Choices...
  • If you're wondering why I'm worried about the dems and not the republicans, you really need to check out mom-101's essay on the topic of women's issues.
  • I get to meet with my thesis adviser on Wed. I'm going to propose dropping a chapter. I hope she goes for it, because as much as I love Faulkner, I just don't think he belongs. Plus, I want to go on the market as close as possible to "degree in hand."
  • Speaking of the market (oh, you knew I was going to eventually...) I don't really understand why the department seems resigned to the fact that Americanists will take 3 years before they find a job. I'm just not buying that this is the way it has to be. Not at all. Damn it- I really was planning on having a job before I turned 30. Not 3 years later. So I'm sending out two more articles by the end of the week. Nothing like padding the CV a little more...
  • Little Man is perfect. I want to give him away sometimes, but mostly he's perfect and wonderful.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

on the topic of poetry what do you teach or have to teach, i mean you could always go the route of like a history class and how difrent types of peotry have influnced society from music today all the way to diffrent forms of asian poetry thatwere courtship rituals in asia, i mean if i was a student i would find that intresting DS

LD said...

I have to teach modernist poetry. Specifically Eliot. Specifically, The Waste Land. I'm situating it kind of historically--how it influenced it's time, but still...tearing apart a poem always seems sad to me.

Mom101 said...

Thanks for the shout-out, mama. I think since you posted this, the field has just narrowed a bit for you. I too am torn. It's a good problem to have for a change.

And good luck with the articles. And your thesis. And the job hunt. Man, how do you find time to blog?

Anonymous said...

Hate is a strong word. Try really really don't like it ;-)

You know who.