Friday Afternoon Confessional: Touching Bottom
I confess that this week I finally managed to “touch bottom” on job applications, clearing the deck of all the jobs I thought I could plausibly apply to. I confess that this is a profound relief to me, as I find job applications to be the least rewarding academic duty of them all — the only potential benefit being that it gives me a chance to reflect on my research ambitions and try to formulate them in a clear and concise way. I confess that I found the symbolism a little heavy-handed, though, when the first job talk for the Kalamazoo job was scheduled for the time I had set aside to complete the applications.
I confess that I got a lot of positive feedback on my teaching this week and that I called my mom (also a teacher) to tell her so. I confess that I’ve felt increasingly like I’m constantly interrupting people when I’m on the phone lately, and during this conversation, the pieces fell together. Over the break, The Girlfriend got a new phone and asked me to call it for testing purposes. As one does, I talked as though it was a sincere call, and it was clear that there was a notable delay between when I talked and when my voice came out of the phone. I confess that this displeases me, but it also reaffirms my resolve to make sure to use my office phone in the event that I get a phone interview.
I confess that the lack of good new TV lately has made me sad. I confess that my On Demand being down for an hour or so one night this week made me extra sad. The TV feels basically useless without anything new on the DVR or any access to On Demand.
I confess that I have been using DropBox since moving to Kalamazoo. My intention was to simplify file transfers between my home and work computers, but the result has been to throw my files into absolute chaos. It might be more helpful if I had installed the DropBox software on my work computer, but that requires administrator privileges, and I would have to call the Help Desk to ask about that, and I hate talking on the phone, and…. Maybe someday soon Google will buy up DropBox and I’ll trust it will be around forever and just put all my files onto it.
I confess that I’ve been way too busy and stressed out to concentrate on chess and as a result have been losing rampantly. This has had a negative impact on my mood far out of proportion to its actual significance.
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