Friday, June 30, 2006
Well, wi-fi is $10/day at the hotel. I probably won't bother. We're in a place that reminds me too much of where I grew up.
>> 10:41 PM
Just arriving at hotel. Way out in the boonies. Should have wi-fi, though, so won't have to deal with internets withdrawal.
>> 9:11 PM
We're headed out of town for a few days for a wedding.
A staring contest.
Rob never asked his sister if Giles could be in the wedding.
I'm going to miss Giles while we're gone.
>> 12:40 PM
It's going to suck being all sick and congested while at a wedding this weekend. We're driving up to Virginia later this morning for the festivities. I know I am totally not going to be in the mood for socializing, especially dressed in a suit on a hot, humid day. I hope everything's indoors and air conditioned.
I'm starting to make to do lists for my upcoming move. There's a lot that needs to be done! The one thing I want most to do is weed out from my belongings all the things I never use and don't need anymore. It's amazing how much crud has accumulated over the short two years we've been in this apartment. The worst part is that there are things we've not touched in two years that I could just as easily have gotten rid of before the last move.
>> 7:28 AM
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Sick. Have cold. Swollen throat. Sniffly. Arrrrr.
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"Pesticide residue found in meat is 14 times greater than in plant foods, whereas dairy products contain more than 5 times the amount." -- The Washington PostToday is cram-writing day since I owe my directors another chapter tomorrow.
>> 9:22 AM
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
So yes, anyways. Philadelphia this December 27-30! Here we come!
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Tuesday, June 27, 2006[Sprinkles Cupcakes] when next in Beverly Hills. Mmmm.
>> 6:50 PM
Mmmm. Mocha. Must write. Why so hard?
>> 2:49 PM
I suppose this all makes me naive. But I'd rather live in a world with other naive people than in one with lots and lots of people who think killing and retaliation are justifiable because they're obviously the only people who matter in the world.
. . .
Saw a commercial for this [SMS Jesus] service on tv yesterday. Prayers by text message! I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
>> 12:23 PM
I still eat lots of cheese, though. And eggs a few times a week. And lots of desserts that use milk and eggs and butter.
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Monday, June 26, 2006[What the fuck.]
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Sunday, June 25, 2006[toy].
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>> 6:12 PM
OMG. These two women sitting at the table next to mine have been talking non-stop, loudly, for the last two hours! Garg...
>> 4:55 PM
Coffee is soooo good. OMG. Yum. Coffee. Coffee! COFFEE!!!
>> 4:00 PM
Fallen tree at the dog park.
Hiding in the shade.
This snake cooly threaded itself in the fence.
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Saturday, June 24, 2006
I hate it when I accidentally get diet soda. Ugh. Aspartame tastes ucky.
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There's this awesome white English Setter here named Nigel who runs non-stop for up to an hour or two.
>> 10:00 AM
Ugh. Can't deal with this humidity. At least it is somewhat cooler. At the park with full speed Giles who peeed by the bench.
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Need better lighting.
>> 8:22 AM
Friday, June 23, 2006
[NUMB3RS] is on right now. And they just did the [Mentos and Diet Coke] geyser thing. I saw the geyser thing first on television news a week or so ago. Apparently, it became a big deal via on-line video sharing sites like YouTube.
>> 9:13 PM
[Click for movie.]
>> 9:11 PM
Wow. How boring is my life when all I can post about is the weather? Eh?
>> 3:51 PM
Thursday, June 22, 2006
We headed to the dog park after 8 pm today.
We were the only ones in the small dog area.
It was still hot and muggy.
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Wednesday, June 21, 2006
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Tuesday, June 20, 2006
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- DOGGY IS BACK HOME!
- It's hot here in North Carolina.
- I'm a bit worried about the "politics" of my new university.
- There is an epidemic of hot, shirtless guys in the Twin Cities.
- We, as a gay male couple, seemed to get lots of bonus points from the various landlords we talked to. Of course, two of them were lesbians and one was the mother of a lesbian. Still, it's funny to us that we're able to reap the benefits of gay male gentrification/style when really we're just a couple of slobs with college dorm room decor.
- Hooray for REAL bubble tea in the Twin Cities!
- I somehow managed to get a bug bite on my throat. It itches.
>> 11:25 AM
Monday, June 19, 2006
Longfellow Grill. Sculpture out front.
Campus library from street.
Library from front of building.
English department building entrance.
Side view of department building.
Hallway of department.
Campus clock, on building facing English department building.
This arch is the focal point of campus.
University of St. Thomas.
>> 11:11 PM
Woo hoo! Home! But where's the crazy dog? :(
>> 10:13 PM
Just arrived at MSP airport. Flight in a couple hours. Mission accomplished! Though frustrating first days. :)
>> 5:16 PM
to wait until we move in August! (Accidentally sent last message before it was done.)
>> 12:21 PM
Lease signed! Woo! Didn't really take pictures, though, so y'alls'll just have
>> 12:20 PM
So Rob went to the restroom in the English department building and says the graffiti is all religious-oriented.
>> 10:59 AM
We're at Longfellow Grill again for breakfast (3rd visit!). We're probably going to sign a lease in a couple hours. More later.
>> 9:45 AM
Short posts recently are text messages from my phone. I re-realized I can post via e-mail. Ah, technology. Waiting for Rob....
>> 8:56 AM
Rob thinks he has the plague. Our stinky motel has made him sneezy and sniffly. Probably very moldy and allergen-filled room. Bah! His symptoms are like the ones I had staying at a hostel in NYC last time I was there. (Horrible congestion and sneezing bad, price good.)
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Many stores and buildings around town have this notice posted about no guns allowed inside. I've never seen this before. I wonder what it's about.
A bunny by Macalaster College!
No bike riding on sidewalk.
Lake of the Isles.
Placid lake picture.
Yield to peds.
Dinner by candlelight.
Inside the restaurant.
>> 7:14 AM
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Urp. Very tipsy on a giant mojito. Premature celebratory dinner at fancy fusion place, Azia, for finding place to live. More later.
>> 9:49 PM
Woo! Lesbians save the day again!
>> 6:13 PM
So tired of driving around. Thinking it might be worth it to try to buy since not many rentals allow dogs.
>> 1:52 PM
Saturday, June 17, 2006
What's for dinner? Rob's been falling asleep here around 6 or 7 pm. Last night we just ended up skipping dinner.
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All of this apartment/house hunting has made me grumpy and frustrated. Earlier today, we had to take a cupcake break.
Contemplating the cupcake.
The mocha cupcake.
The Cupcake location.
>> 4:39 PM
Friday, June 16, 2006
- [Cupcake], a bakery and coffee shop that specializes in cupcakes! ALSO, my friend Parick got me a CUPCAKE HOLDER as a "Welcome to Minnesota" gift (along with a couple of cupcakes). The cupcake holder is AWESOME. I swear just a couple nights ago I was lamenting the difficulties of transporting cupcakes without smooshing them and getting frosting everywhere. Now I have a solution.
- LOTS and lots of coffee houses all over. And many of them are "local" houses rather than chain stores, though there are plenty of Starbucks, Caribous, and Dunn Brothers. I guess Minnesotans drink a lot of coffee. (Now I understand why the awesome publisher [Coffee House Press], located in Minneapolis, is so-named.)
- [Minnehaha Park.] Most awesome name. We want to live on Minnehaha Ave.
- [Longfellow Grill.] We've found our diner. I had the spinach/tomato/brie scramble for breakfast. The diner is right at one of the bridges that span the Mississippi River. It'd be cool to walk across the bridge every day. Plus, you can walk along the river.
- THE MOST DELICIOUS GARLIC FRIES EVER at [Coffee News Cafe]. No kidding.
Our friends showed us around town a bit last night and this morning. Then we spent most of today driving aimlessly around neighborhoods though we didn't see any place that looked nearly as cool as the places our friends had showed us.
Some photos snapped at Loring Park:
Do this with your dog.
Cool water fountain sculpture thing.
A sign in the park.
There was a fourth sign above, but it wouldn't fit in the shot.
This evening, I chatted with the new chair of my department. He was playing music (acoustic guitar/vocals) at a local coffee place. I actually missed most of his performance because I stopped in when he started playing, didn't recognize anyone else, came back to the motel to see if I could wake up Rob, discovered we have wifi access, and ended up surfing the web for rental possibilities until the end of the chair's performance. I hurried back over and caught him as he was taking his equipment out to his car. He stayed, though, and we talked for an hour about finding a place and about the department.
I haven't had dinner, but I think I will probably skip it tonight....
(Subtract an hour from the posting time -- we're on Central time! Gonna take a while for me to get used to things coming on TV an hour earlier....)
>> 11:28 PM
Thursday, June 15, 2006
- Re-faxed signed contracts to a couple editors. Also scanned as PDF and e-mailed the file since the previous attempt to fax was unsuccessful.
- Collected e-mailed neighborhoods-to-live-in recommendations from new faculty colleagues into one document and printed it out.
- Printed out directiosn from airport to hotel.
- Collected printouts of reservation information for flight, car, and hotel.
- Checked in on-line for flight.
- Dropped off puppy at kennel. (He didn't even look back to say goodbye.)
- Worked out briefly at gym since will be gone for five days.
- Cooked and ate quick lunch of sauteed green beans with veggie crumbles over rice.
- Washed dishes.
- Did brief on-line research for material for anthology chapter (articles and books) -- downloaded some PDF articles to computer.
- Packed clothes, maps, and various power cables.
- Carefully selected photocopies and one book ([Miranda Joseph's Against the Romance of Community]) to take on this "working" trip.
- Pack up toiletries.
- Take out trash and recycling.
- Pack up computer.
- Get cash at the ATM.
- Get gas for car.
- Write another 5 pages of chapter I gave to my director yesterday.
- Run to campus to print out paper and do the switcheroo thing with the draft I left outside her office yesterday.
- Check out two books from the library.
- Iron shirts for trip (will just have to do at hotel).
- Do web search for apartments, print out listings, categorize by neighborhoods.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2006
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Tuesday, June 13, 2006[Gamer t-shirt.]
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I see a dog!
Yes, a dog!
A crazy dog!
My summery, old-person hat.
Taking notes for the diss.
Oh noes! A dog!
>> 2:59 PM
I finally e-mailed the people I've met at my new department for suggestions on places to live. One of the people who responded added, "If you'd like to get together for coffee or cupcakes while you're in town, do call me, okay?" At lunch on my campus visit, I had mentioned I am obsessed with cupcakes, and this faculty member bought me TWO cupcakes -- one to eat there and one for the trip home. Does this mean I'm going to be known as the cupcake-fiend of the department? I suppose that's fine with me.
I wonder if MS Word logs the time a particular document is open. Do you think the department and Graduate School would give me a Ph.D. if I hit a certain number of hours I've spent "working" on my dissertation chapters? I mean, if I can prove I've had these documents open at least, say, 1000 hours?
I hate being so susceptible to psychosomatic malaise. I've been feeling generally not-quite-right these days. My sleep schedule is all out of whack. My stomach doesn't always feel good. I think a lot of it is just stress-induced or because I am feeling so awful and unproductive. Also, my allergies are only barely kept at bay with the new prescription medicine (there's sort of a lingering, almost-congested feeling).
All attempts to eat more healthy are going by the wayside. I just came home with a 6-pack of chocolate cupcakes.
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Monday, June 12, 2006
On the cool, geeky side, though, as I woe-d myself by the bed, Giles jumped off, stretched, and made a [murloc sound], which I think is one of the best things in World of Warcraft. (OMG, someone created [a game] based on murlocs!)
The only thing cooler than the fact that the word "defenestration" exists is that it means a throwing of a person or thing out a window.
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Sunday, June 11, 2006
'Fraidy Dog Giles is hiding from the thunderstorm under the bed.
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A newly surfaced report alleges that in 1996, drug monolith Pfizer gave an unproven drug to Nigerian children and infants suffering from meningitis -- without the authorization of the Nigerian government. Completed five years ago and coming to light in a May 7 Washington Post investigation, the confidential report, written by a panel of Nigerian health experts, concluded that administering the drug Trovan to 100 patients suffering a deadly strain of meningitis was "an illegal trial of an unregistered drug." The drug was ultimately shown to be ineffective. A lawsuit against Pfizer claims some of the children in the trial died and others suffered brain damage.
The report surfaces as more and more clinical research relocates to the Global South in order to escape burdensome regulation schemes in the United States and Western Europe. AlterNet has obtained an early look at a book to be published later this year -- The Body Hunters: How the Drug Industry Tests Its Products On the World's Poorest Patients (New Press), by investigative journalist Sonia Shah -- that raises the curtain on a trend that's harming patients and health care systems while eroding the developing world's trust in conventional medicine.
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Keeping watch for squirrels.
Sniffing for crumbs.
>> 10:06 AM
Saturday, June 10, 2006
It's hot outside.
A friend called me this morning to tell me about Carrboro's [Hand and Paw dog talent show], no talent required. We might head over there if the thought of heat exhaustion doesn't deter us.
>> 12:10 PM
Also, [Comic Book Rape]:
When I was hit by that car and the pain plus the medication turned my mind to cottage cheese and the most "intellectual" material I could stomach were comics—i.e. last week until today—I stumbled into a realization: my feminist sympathies were first marshalled while reading a comic back in the Autumn of '88.
>> 10:07 AM
Friday, June 09, 2006[panda bear]????
>> 2:03 PM
Frankly, my dog could have kicked Marley's ass.Can I just stop working on my dissertation and teaching completely and just read books about dogs?
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Thursday, June 08, 2006
This message brought to you by [Diesel Sweeties].
Sitting at kitchen's edge.
>> 4:54 PM
Squirrel #1: Hey guys, I'm hungry!
Squirrel #2: Me too!
Squirrel #3: Ooo! Let's go to that building with all the food lying around and the crazy dog!
Squirrel #4: Dog? I don't like dogs.
Squirrel #3: No, it's great! The dog's inside and can't get us.
Squirrel #4: Ok!
Squirrels #1 and 2: Let's go!
Scene: Outside the apartment building. Just now.
Squirrel #3: There it is!
Squirrel #2: Ooo! Nuts!
Squirrel #1 chases #4 up a tree.
Squirrel #1: I'ma getcha!
Squirrel #4: Squee!
The squirrels stop in their tracks when they hear a muffled bark.
Squirrel #3: There he is! Ha!
Giles whines, falls off couch, runs to other window.
Squirrel #2: (facing Giles) Hey look at me! I'm nibbling on food!
Squirrel #4: Dogs are scary! Ha ha! Look at me scratch, dog!
Squirrel #1: (to #4) Gotcha!
Squirrel #1 tackles #4. They roll around in front of the window.
Giles barks and runs back to the first window.
Squirrel #3: I told you this place was cool.
>> 11:42 AM
It feels like Saturday to me. But why should I care? I'm not working.
>> 7:37 AM
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Sitting for the last walk of the night.
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Tuesday, June 06, 2006[DOGS? WHAT DOGS, MAX?]
It is so hard just to boil some pasta and heat up canned sauce. I know it'll only take 15 minutes, but I've only got so far as taking out the box of pasta and jar of sauce from the pantry. Sigh.
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Also, earlier this afternoon I was trying to guilt Rob into taking Giles out for a walk. I asked him why he was immune to my guilt trips. He made the mistake of saying that I could never hold a candle to his mom's ability to guilt trip. I took that as a challenge, and within five minutes, he was crying for mercy. I am not proud of it, but it is an ability I have honed since childhood.
It is pouring outside right now -- the misty sheet of water kind of pouring.
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Monday, June 05, 2006
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[And I lost my dog.]
[I mean, nobody burns the Gay Flag.]
>> 7:40 PM
The library windows have these fake birds on them.
>> 11:11 AM
Dear Cold Day,
What have you done with the hot, humid days of summer?
PS Don't get me wrong, I'm totally loving you. But I wish I had brought a jacket with me today.
>> 9:02 AM
Sunday, June 04, 2006[You can even make sport of it, betting online whether the apocalypse will happen on that date. The good news is that one online oddsmaker has made the world a 100,000-to-1 favorite to survive Tuesday — something that Just said is supported by theology.]
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Saturday, June 03, 2006
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Friday, June 02, 2006
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[Squirrel taunts Giles (click for movie).]
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Thursday, June 01, 2006
I was supposed to be here to deal with the cable guy, but after getting back from the gym (which I got to late because I can't seem to get going before 9 am), I had an inexplicable urge to take a dip in the pool. So I was splish splashing for about a half hour in the apartment's pool. It was sooooo relaxing. Maybe this is what I need to get myself writing. A bit of out-and-out relaxation before diving into all these words.
While I was wading about in the pool, located next to the rental office, I realized that rent is due today. Oh, the joys of adulthood. But first, a shower. And lunch. And after lunch, it's off to a coffee place to work.
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OMG IT'S JUNE.
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