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Also Catching Up

September 20th, 2014 at 08:10 am

It's been a couple of flurried weeks between the weekend trip to Minneapolis for my nephew's wedding, three weeks of the new semester, my department chair deserting us for the loftier climes of the Deans' offices, and all the usual household and child raising issues. Plus the London recruiting.

I won't even rehash my many administrative issues with the university; let's just say they have a very hard time leaving well enough alone. I'm over my justifiable outrage about a couple of things, but not a couple others.

It was my birthday last weekend, and two years ago I started a new tradition which I really like. With some of the money inherited from my mom, I invite a number of my lovely women colleagues to go out for dinner. We order decent wine, good food, and two weeks before any one gets their first paycheck for the academic year, we relax, talk, and laugh a lot. It's pure pleasure for me, and a break from all the headaches and austerity we often face together. My mom would certainly approve. Her women friends meant the world to her. That was last Saturday. Sunday DH and DD presented me with a cake and some little gifties. All in all, a very nice weekend.

I'm still slogging away at a freelance textbook editing project. I don't have much nice to say about how so much of this work is outsourced and the result on the quality of the work. But I am looking forward to the cash.

Staying true to my pledge to sell some of the mounting piles of stuff, I've sold a textbook for $49 and a pair of DD's outgrown rainboots for $4.

Lots of work ahead this weekend--both prep and household duties but have decided to play trivia with a colleague this afternoon. I hardly ever get to see him, so this should be fun. We are founts of useless knowledge.

4 Responses to “Also Catching Up”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    Happy belated birthday!

  2. rob62521 Says:

    What a super birthday tradition you have begun. It sounds like a fine time. Happy belated birthday!

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I forgot to tell you this, but last week I had someone come to the bus station to purchase a pass - and she had your last name! I asked her if she had any relatives in Wisconsin - she said she thought she might, but didn't know them. (btw, the only reason I know your last name is because of the sweet postcard you sent me when my dad died - your last name stuck in my head because its so close to mine - just a different spelling)

  4. My English Castle Says:

    Hey Laura, what a nice thing! I have lots of relatives in Minnesota. It was sweet of you to think of me.

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