Good friends and gentle readers,
Hello from finals panic! Things are progressing apace here in Dani-land and I’m steeped in the inevitable mountain of reading, research, work to do, not enough hours in which to do it, library books, and yenning for my social life that comes with the end of the semester.
As such, here’s a completely random list of things that have crossed my mind/desk this week. I don’t have a single sustained coherent thought to share, but maybe this will serve as a brief entertainment while I struggle to not get run over by the homework truck.
1) Tea is great and wonderful and everyone should own a French press. I get most of my tea from adagio, and have even tried my hand at blending my own. My blends can be found here.
2) Good god, if I need to explain to another undergrad at the library that no, I don’t want to just leave my returned books in a stack by the door, I want to watch you return them for me while I stand here checking them off my list because I have a giant mountain at home and I really can’t be financially responsible for a lost book, I’m going to beat someone with a bad Hamlet quarto. I understand that it is possible to leave one’s books by the door. There’s a giant sign there that tells me so. I also understand that you’re busy checking your facebook or e-mail or whatever. I also understand that you’re being paid to sit at this desk, so please just scan these books for me and don’t roll your eyes at me. In my day, we had to walk uphill both ways to the library in ten feet of snow without shoes on! You don’t know how lucky you have it! Harumph.
3) Knowing that I’m stressed, and knowing that I’m having a hard week, my
best friend brought me a copy of Lamb’s Tales From Shakespeare. I cannot think of a better finals gift. What says “I love you and I am here to make sure you don’t drive yourself crazy with schoolwork” like a well-loved copy of early nineteenth century moralized children’s stories based upon Shakespeare’s originals written by a matricidal kook and her quasi-incesty brother? (…no… I’m serious. The Lambs were effed up. Also: I love it).
4) I got interviewed as an expert for GSAS’ blog post about academic conferencing! It went live today; you can check it out here. I love feeling legitimate!
5) My tweet has made it to the final round of voting for the Tufts GSAS Tweet of the Semester competition. I managed to win this last semester, and I’m hoping for another win this time. I’ll let you know when voting for the finals opens up. The winner receives a gift certificate to the school bookstore (which, for a graduate student, is THE BEST THING EVER). Go team Dani!
6) I sat down the other day to begin the pile of research that’s on my desk and, in the first book I cracked, came across an essay by my mentor over at Rutgers. It made me smile to see his name in print first thing in the morning and, while not entirely surprising since he IS an authority on Johnson and the book WAS about Shakespeare and Johnson, still somehow felt serendipitous. Also: right or wrong, it gave me a cosmic sense of hope.
7) Tally of total library books checked out this semester: 68 and counting. Books currently checked out: 31. Books currently unread on my desk: 8. Days until last final is due: 34. Number of projects that still require completing in that time period: 7. Number of projects which require completing in the next seven days: 3 (not counting the one I finished yesterday).
8) …and miles to go before I sleep.