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Friday Afternoon Confessional: GAAP attack!!!

[I confess that I wrote this post early this morning and do not know why it didn’t post.]

I confess that I just completed my first two days of meetings at Shimer College. Next Thursday is my first day of class.

I confess that I have not been keeping up with Google Reader or Twitter as assiduously as usual the last couple days as a result, and I haven’t really missed it. Perhaps the beginning of my teaching job will allow me to follow through on my resolution not to follow the Republican presidential nomination process.

I confess that I wore light-colored socks with dark pants and dark shoes, as a result of absent-mindedly putting on the type of socks I was accustomed to wear during the summer.

I confess that I was disproportionately stressed out by the prospect of Shimer’s convocation on Wednesday, as the process of transporting my robe and hood on the L seemed almost unbearably difficult. I was profoundly relieved, then, when I learned that — in my coinage — the faculty was not going to “robe up” for this event.


August 19, 2011 - Posted by | Friday Afternoon Confessional


  1. When we found a mass on Gordon’s right lip on Thursday, we were quite worried. Obviously, given that he has Cushing’s, hypothyroidism, degenerative mylopathy, and a bit of arthritis, that he’d also have cancer, even if cancers in the soft tissue of the mouth are comparatively rare in dogs. The best case scenario was an infected cut of some sort, followed by cysts, followed by cancer. For once in our lives–and his–the preliminary diagnosis is “kissing lesions” due to the tartar build-up on his teeth. We planned on having his teeth cleaned when he first moved in with us, but other problems developed and it became less and less of a priority. Looks like we will have to plan for that now. Fortunately–at least from one perspective–his vet is training for an oral surgery specialty. (The other perspective is that we lose a good GP.) Hope it comes with a discount to have him do it!

    Of course, the antibiotics might do nothing at all and we’ll be back to cysts or tumours in two weeks.

    Comment by Craig McFarlane | August 21, 2011

  2. Wow, this is amazing. Our 2.5 year old border collie mix just had a lumpectomy on a growth on his lower right lip on Wednesday. I was a mess from Tuesday (when I found out it was a lump and not just a healing cut) through Thursday, but have since calmed down. The dog himself has been the most calming factor, as he has taken his e-collar (aka lampshade, cone) totally in stride and has shown zero ill effects from the surgery. We expect the results of the biopsy later this week, but thank you, Craig for pushing me a little further onto the side of optimism.

    Comment by Matt in Toledo | August 22, 2011

  3. I confess that I put a recording of my cat’s hacking cough on the internet. Instant karma got me with a vet bill in the middle-lower four digits as he’s in for a bronchoscopy right this minute. Poor kitty. He really hates riding in the car.

    I confess that I only just now remembered my Monday Movies obligation. Coming right up!

    I confess that on Thursday, as I was driving around town from the vet to the specialist with the miserable kitty beside me, I improvised a little song for him. It goes like this:

    Adventure cat is having an adventure
    I think he’s ready to throw in the towel
    He doesn’t even want to wear a seatbelt
    And when my Chevy moves so do his bowels

    Comment by Josh K-sky | August 22, 2011

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