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New Column on Chevy Chase
Mar 31st, 2010 by Dr Karma

http://www.matchflick.com/column/2139

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Spring Break was ill-named
Mar 28th, 2010 by Dr Karma

Only one of the words in the term “Spring Break” was accurate. You can guess which, but I’ll give you a hint–the weather was perfectly pleasant.

It’s back to the grind tomorrow. Actually, I’m excited about getting new groups of students and I’m especially excited about The Graphic Novel course, as it will allow me to teach a plethora of new works.

The boy’s concert at the Mondavi center on Saturday was wonderful. he looked amazing in his tux and the orchestras played amazingly well. Every time I see them, I’m reminded of how much my orchestras apparently sucked. The best moment of the day, though, was when I happened to catch a glimpse of the boy on an outdoor balcony, playing his violin for some friends, surrounded by green leaves and sunshine.

Here’s to the coming of Spring and a better quarter for us all!

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Life by the Numbers
Mar 25th, 2010 by Dr Karma

Blogs recently: 0
Trips to the ER after starting to faint in my classroom: 1
Students freaked out by me starting to faint: 25
Incidences of getting dumped: 1
Pieces of jewelry lost: 5
Winter courses finished: 4
Spring courses prepped: 3
Movies seen (outside the house): 2
Good night’s sleep: 0
Jobs possibly lost: 1
Jobs definitely not won: 2
Jobs applied for: around 20
Hours wasted yesterday figuring out that I’ve taught over 100 sections, after I had to type up each and every one for a job application: 2
Lord of The Rings movies rewatched: 3
Harry Potter movies rewatched: 1
Cats bathed: 3
Plagues of insects/rodents: 4
Rat in cupboard trap at the moment of this writing: possibly 1 (we’re afraid that if we open the cabinet, it will leap out and bite our faces off)
Butterflies seen: 1
Sandal days: 5
Weeks I had to go without my allergy shots since 1/1 due to insurance crap: 11
Drugs my insurance refuses to cover now: 2
Insurance bills that got sort of passed, but then the Republicans tried to take it back, and then their crazy supporters started physically threatening congresspeople: 1
Sightings of wysteria (my favorite flower): 2 (though I haven’t been able to get close enough for smellings)
Amazon author pages created: 1
Major awards Atwood has won recently: 1
Film bios of Weird Al coming out: 1
Times Eddie Izzard has been named the honorary Pres of a university: 1

Ex-boyfriends on the way over to check the rat trap: 1
Weeks until the book is out: 5-6
Students who’ve sent me emails about how awesome I am just when I needed them most: 5
Pies made in celebration of Spring: 1
Spring Breaks that are full of work: 1
Luck: immeasurable. No matter what else has happened lately, the thing that has stood out has been how lucky I am to have the friends that I do. They’ve been supportive and generous. They bathe cats, bring me food, ply me with alcohol, show up at the hospital, send me flowers and cards, have their mothers send me cards, get me massage certificates, go with me to orchestral recitals, and threaten to come down hard on the boy’s school when there are problems.

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New Matchflick Column
Mar 17th, 2010 by Dr Karma

on my pop culture movie rules is here: http://www.matchflick.com/column/2133

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