May 21st, 2003



Jackson is at the vet. this was scheduled as a dental and a recheck cardiac ultrasound but because we confirmed that he is losing weight we are skipping the dental for now and doing bloodwork to check for those geriatric cat concerns of kidneys and thyroid. I've just noticed the weight loss in the last month and from time to time when I look at him he seems to have taken on an old cat aura, so I was getting a little concerned. he is at least 8 and may be older than that.

I don't know where the time went. wasn't it just a few months ago that we were at the spca picking out our cats?
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to do or not to do

professor number two has approved my prospectus. two to go. the other day I said hi to Judith in the hall and she looked at me somewhat apologetically but didn't say anything besides hi Erik so I don't know what she is up to. two weeks ago I was "at the top of her list." it's funny when roles are reversed: all winter I was avoiding her gaze because the prospectus wasn't written yet.

but so Michael pointed out that Levinas and Deleuze could pull me into a morass from which I might never emerge unless I do some work on later chapters first so that I know how to be selective in what I do with them. this might be true. unfortunately I have become a linear writer when it comes to academic stuff so I really want to start at the beginning and end at the end. I never used to write this way. It is either the testosterone or a compulsion leftover from studying for my exams.

today's question is of course whether to do work at all and if so whether to grade papers at all but you can probably guess that I will be putting off the paper grading for as long as possible. my TA won't be done with hers before Monday so I have some time. I will be crying to myself come Sunday.

I want to go shopping. I worked hard this semester. I deserve a present. bigger than a burrito.
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bring me a beer bertha!

after paying Jackson's vet bill I decided that the only present I could really afford was a sixpack of Speakeasy Big Daddy India Pale Ale. if it sounds fancy it's because it only sounds fancy but it does come from my favorite local brewery.

I'm feeling sociable so I'm going to hang out on efnet for awhile on the predictable channel. in between talking to myself I might try to figure out dreamweaver a little more or just read the bbedit manual for the update I downloaded for very cheap. if there were an intuitive way to edit tables in bbedit I wouldn't even bother with dreamweaver except that I do have pretensions to graphic design so feel I should be flashing around even though it presumes that everyone is on broadband.

meantime another beer. shut up. I have to grade papers this weekend.
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