Saturday, May 10, 2008

Alright, you people

I am leaving for Austin on Wednesday--for the long-awaited and much-deserved doctoral graduation ceremony on May 17. Super-excited!!!

But, as Jerry Reed put it so eloquently, I've got a long way to go and a short time to get there... Here are some of the things that need to get done before I leave on Wednesday morning.

1)um. laundry. Unless I do some laundry but-quick, I will be arriving in Austin nekkid. I miss my washer and dryer. Sigh.
2) Yeah, I should probably finish that paper. Despite my best efforts, I have gotten really excited about this Second Life thing for RSA, which is good and bad. The good: it will be submission-ready by the end of June. The bad: I also have to write a whole nother paper for a whole nother panel that I have not even begun. I'm thinking that one might be more like "Here are some thoughts, dear conference attendees, for your consideration."
3) Submit grades. Of course, students are coming out of the woodwork to find out why they did "all that work" for a "lousy B." So Monday is grade submission/grade-grubbing day.
4) Clean the house.
5) Get an extra key made for kitty sitter.
6) Decide how to pack for a week in humid, Africa-hot Austin and a week in This-is-not-my-beautiful-Spring-what-the-hell-it's-54-degrees-and-raining Seattle. Top priority = outfits that will go with new turquoise stillettos.
7) Watch "Zombie Strippers." My colleague just gave me a copy, and it is going to be awesome.
8) Call my godmother and make sure she knows which hotel we're staying in for the graduation.
9) Shop for thank you presents (to advisors and the office ladies) and Mom's day presents (for the Mom, of course).
10) Return/renew library books.

I am certain that there are things missing from this list. Never fear--they will get done--with all the panache of the Bandit and less runins with the law. Mostly.


Maxwell said...

I know I am way late here but, I must make a comment on the Africa hot Austin....I had a buddy get off of a trip we were on and had to fly home from Africa and he informed all of us that you do not understand what exactly Africa hot is until you have experienced it. So you can go with any kind of hot except for Africa....and think of K-11 when you do...

james said...

My dear, literal, bossy cousin: bite me.

Let me see, I could change the description a bit. Melt-the-bottoms-of-your-shoes Hot?
the-face Hot?
Aliens-that-have-acid-for-blood Hot?
-acid Hot?
Ass-blasting Hot?

Although, I think, when you get right down to it, Africa-hot would be ass-blasting heat, as well.

Maxwell said...

I was thinking along the lines of shuttle launch pad 10 seconds into lift off hot....and if you continue to say such rude things to me I may not read this anymore....oh wait then how do I poke fun damn are good you have convinced me to read this though I do not want to....I am thinking professor of the year.