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The Taxman Cometh Not

Back in August, in the midst of finding daycare, getting ready to teach, paying two mortgages, and reeling from my mother’s illness, I got a most unwelcome piece of mail from the IRS. Actually, I think the timing of getting that letter is bad no matter when it occurs. The IRS had selected me for…

Inordinately happy

…that classes are cancelled today due to “inclement weather” Seriously, I cannot recall being this happy about a “snow day” at any point since middle school. It might have something do to with the fact that I am scheduled to teach for four hours on Thursdays and as of 5:45 am when the announcement was…

Random Bullets of Bodily Functions

Warning: Do not read on if descriptions of women’s natural bodily functions makes you queasy.

Scene: In mid to late December, in a nearly deserted building on a nearly deserted campus (finals over, grades in), a young assistant professor and a department chair pass in the hallway. Chair asks something generic along the lines of “How’s it going?”. Young assistant professor replies “I’m hanging in there.” Chair gives the young…

7 random things meme

I think I’ve been tagged at least seven times for the meme where you are supposed to reveal seven unknown facts about yourself. But since I’ve been baring my soul on this blog for 2.5 years, I’m not sure I can come up with seven things I’ve never revealed before. Here’s my best shot. I…

Blog Year in Review

I did this last year, and apparently it is to be another year-end tradition. Here are the first sentences to each month’s first post. January – September will take you to the old site, but don’t forget to come back here eventually. January: While many people went on holiday over the past two weeks, a…

Which hybrid should I get?

I’m saying a sad goodbye to my trustworthy vehicle of 7 years that has been declared a total loss after a traffic accident last week. But, I’m excited about the prospect of buying a new car this weekend. We’ve decided to get a hybrid. I spend too much of my commute stuck in traffic, and…

Thanksgiving thoughts

1. Happy Thanskgiving everyone. Minnow, Fish, and I are enjoying a mini-Thanksgiving meal of turkey, wild rice, and apple pie. Minnow will be getting her first taste of turkey. Photos will be taken. 2. On this day of feasting and family, take a moment to think of those who are less fortunate than you. This…

Sometimes I can’t do it all.

I’m this close to crying in my office. I just got out of a candid chat with a visiting speaker and another young female faculty member about work-life and workload issues. And bringing up so many stressful things at once was just too much. I’m starting to have nightmares about next semester. I have two…

Oh dear, it’s Friday

The in-laws are coming to visit this weekend. I love them dearly, but they chain smoke. I’m very sensitive to cigarette smoke, and Minnow’s still maturing (second hand smoke also increases the risk of SIDS), so I’m kind of dreading their visit. On previous visits we’ve asked them to not smoke in the house, car,…