1. The frantic opening two weeks of the semester that all academic advisors experience is slowly winding down now, which is a good thing since this is about the time when faculty begin their first hectic period of assignments due. The two positions alternate their stressful periods throughout the semester, which makes it fun when you are employed in both roles. It’s a never-ending festival!
2. I have no idea which of my neighbors have cats. I do, however, know PRECISELY which ones of them own dogs. I did not ask for this knowledge, but it has been forced upon me anyway.
3. I may need to take a break from the news cycle. It isn’t doing my mental health any good, and by this point nothing I hear is going to change my mind. Trump is a Fascist and so are his enablers. This is the last free election we will ever have if he is declared the victor. It will take decades to recover from this regime, if it can be done at all. I know this already.
4. Yes, Fascist. I know what Fascism is. I know that this is what we are experiencing. Honestly, it feels way too much like 1937 in Germany for my comfort level. If you’ve ever wondered what you would have done when the Nazis took over, you have only to consult your day planner. Try to be better than that.
5. There is not enough Great British Bake-Off on Netflix to compensate for all of this.
6. Lauren is recovering nicely from having her wisdom teeth taken out this week. Fortunately she comes from a family with generally uncomplicated wisdom teeth and reasonably quick recovery times, though she did inherit my tendency to have anesthesia take a long time to kick in and a long time to wear off. No, I took no videos. Those would not be right.
7. For employment purposes I have to take two hour-long internet classes on how not to be an asshole. I thought I had that pretty much figured out (seriously – if you’re older than 25 and haven’t figured that out what hope do you have?) but apparently I have to prove it to them. I passed the first one a while ago and then forgot about the second one until today, so I’d better get cracking on that. “Quiz time! Here is a Situation! You have three response choices: a) Be an Asshole; b) Be an Asshole in a Slightly Different Way; c) Not Be an Asshole. Which do you choose?” We’ll see how it goes.
8. I wandered into Home Campus this week to pick up some files – the first time I’ve been on campus during normal business hours since March. It’s kind of eerie. I have no idea how long we will continue to have face-to-face classes as an option – I suspect not long – and I’m glad that I moved all of my responsibilities online. Still, I do miss going in and seeing people as more than pixels on a screen.
9. Ancestry.com continues to refine what they think my heritage is. At this point, if I took them at their word, I’m not even sure I’d be related to my brother anymore.
10. I’m actually getting a number of genealogical documents sent to me these days, which is a lot of fun when they arrive. Of course, sometimes it gets weird. My grandmother’s birth certificate lists her as male, which I’m sure would have come as a great surprise to my grandfather. And for some reason I recently received an envelope addressed to my great-grandfather, which is a bit ironic considering that it contained his death certificate. It’s the small absurdities that make life in 2020 a bit less grim.