Friday, March 10, 2006

I have nothing to do, and it weirds me out

I have nothing to do right now. It's very strange. I have inadvertently contrived to arrive at about an hour and a half of non-activity, and it's giving me something like existential vertigo. I just handed back student essays and have completed the tasks most immediately at hand ... and in an hour and a half I'm delivering a paper for our ongoing departmental colloquium. I suppose I could rehearse it, but then I've already done that a few times and don't want to over-rehearse.

Very strange feeling, especially after a week of coming in early and working late -- working on, among other things, this very paper.

Nothing to do.

So it occurs to me that it's been a while since my last Morgan update:



Ain't she sweet? I think my favourite is the serious concentration she displays in trying to chew through her toy (sort of eerily reminscent of my brother trying to gnaw through a chicken wing after seven or eight beers), but I do rather love the Team Canada jammies. If my niece isn't the next Cassie Campbell, it won't be because of a lack of exposure to hockey paraphernalia in her formative years.

OK, I guess I'll look over my paper one more time: "Weapons, the Masses, and Destruction." Good or bad, I think I have a definite talent for titles. And between the film clip I'm showing and the slide show of shiny explosions, I think I can distract from any suckiness that might be present in the paper. Give 'em the old razzle-dazzle, that's my motto.

5 comments:

Lesley said...

Ok that little muffin? Ex-squeezably cute. I think the part that gets me is the little roll of baby fat at her wrist. What is it about babies limbs that make them oh so cute? Doll!

As long as you have videos that are like props, you'll do fine! It's the boring professors who drone on and on and on and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz that are the problem.

Jody Anderson said...

While I normally find it quite odd to find comments from the blogging public on my friends' blogs, I'm compelled to introduce myself as I laugh out loud at your blog. Not today's but previous ones - like the grand Danny Debate entry.
As a Newfoundlander in BC, I came across your blog by searching "Newfoundland". You may find you end up with many Newf readers this way. Anyway, it's fun to see Newfoundland through your eyes, so thanks for sharing.

amy said...

I know what you mean about that wierd hour and a half. You spend so much time scrambling to get that day's lecture done that when there's nothing actually due immediately its difficult to figure out how to spend your time. Hard to prioritize - is doing more laundry more important or research? I have no idea.
And Morgan's very cute (though I'm not sure why she's not a newborn anymore)

andrew said...

sounds good, i'll exchange you my undergrad thesis (when it's done in a few more weeks, but it'll be lacking the zing of your title, i only have alliteration and a madeup word: "Steven Soderbergh, Section Eight Ltd., and the Sellebrity Auteur: Commercial Authorship in the New Political Hollywood", i'd love some comments) for your paper, the title is great. i once named an essay on digital photography "sweet dreams and flying machines" after watching the episode of the simpsons with james taylor on it... with his unique brand of bittersweet folk rock... his own brand of laid-back adult contemporary music... i cant believe the simpsons quote stay with me after all this time...

andrew said...

oops, "sweet dreams and photo machines" that should be...