Showing posts from May, 2010

Catterford (or, as it is better known in the UK, "Jam & Jerusalem")

I first heard of Clatterford (or, Jam & Jerusalem, as they first called it in the UK) from my friend, Kelly. We were both excited about the show (though she saw it long before I did) because it was another collaboration of Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders (of AbFab and Vicar of Dibley fame). Kelly's initial feelings about the show were not all that positive, but I can understand that coming off of AbFab. I waited a long time to watch it, but finally had a chance back in April...and I have been hooked ever since.

There are some very familiar faces in the series...

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, and, of course, Dawn French. These three actresses usually dominate every series, but, for the most part, they only appear rarely in this series (though French's role really takes off towards the end of season one and into season two). I was disappointed at first (and I think that this is what drove Kelly away), but the more I really watched the show, I fell in love with it.


...on nothing important:

I actually watched a bit of Dancing with the Stars last night. I have watched more of it this season that I ever have, mostly to see how horribly Kate G. danced...mean, I know...but she should stop trying...and last night was proof positive. I have never seen someone love to be on camera so much.

Anyway, I am glad that the winners got the vote. They are wonderful.

Other than that, I did five miles last night...and my body hurts today. Still, I am proud of myself. Actually, when I think about it, I did around six miles because it is a mile to work and back from my car. Hooray!

On the reading front:
I am trying to finish up another reading of The Old Curiosity Shop. If I am reading for pleasure, I speed right through. But, reading for research...well, that takes a while. So, I have been meticulously trying to grab every potential passage that I could use and it has slowed me tremendously. I am supposed to turn in my first chapter in mid-June. Ugh. I will turn someth…

I couldn't agree more...

From a new article at the Chronicle about the reasons why the Ph.D. isn't necessarily the only (or the real, in my opinion,) mark of a true scholar...

"Reading an essay by Alex Pang, whom I had known as a postdoctoral fellow, made me catch my breath. A historian of science, Alex discussed how leaving academe had led him to realize that nonhistorians can and do provide thought-provoking analyses of historic problems. Sometimes, Alex wryly noted, being outside academe actually made their analyses better.

I found his essay reassuring. It meant that, although I was leaving higher education, I would still grow intellectually. My experiences since leaving bear that out. Because I live in a large city, as opposed to the small college towns where I was a professor, I live in a world of museums, lectures, public seminars, extraordinary bookstores, fantastic archives, and libraries. I live in a place that has racial as well as ethnic diversity. All of those factors encourage me to think …


Basically, I don't have any. Usually, I am okay with that idea, but there are times when it really frustrates me. I feel like my life is at a standstill because so many things need to be done and no matter how fast or hard I work, they just don't progress. Then, of course, you face the inevitable need for "me" time. I have to indulge in nothingness or frivolity at certain points because, otherwise, I will go insane.

Some of the things I like to do? Mostly nerdy, of course, but who cares?

1. Add to my Amazon profile reviews. I have watched my rank change over the last few months and it can be very addictive.
2. Goodreads

BTW: both of these accounts are accessible via links on the right of this page...

3. Reading blogs/posting on my blogs. I still like this one of course, but I also like my other one as well (for different reasons).
4. Reading "trashy" books...though I hate to call them this because there are some really good books that just aren't considere…


You bend over backwards to help someone and they end up complaining. It never fails.


I arrived at the building today and my students were all out in the hallway. The room, they thought, was locked. So, I walked into the main office in this building and the secretary said to walk across the street to the English building to have someone come open the door. She was preparing for a confrontation with me over this, I could tell. But, then, my students yelled out that the door was unlocked.


Why can't the secretary just ask someone in this building to take a key and open the door? One more example of the craziness that can take place on this campus sometimes. This happens all over. The stories are numerous. It is like the departments are at war.