Monday, July 9, 2012

Random Khawatir, Arrival Edition

After a 25 hour, 3-day drive, Husband, Cats, and I have arrived in New Job City.
--I love, love, love being able to walk two blocks to four delicious restaurants and a coffeeshop that dropped out of San Francisco after living in culinarily-challenged, car-dependent University Town.  Given that the two areas have approximately the same number of people and socio-economic statuses, I will never understand the culinary culture of University Town.  Luckily, I no longer need to.
--While on a shopping expedition, I encountered cat facial wipes in the pet section.  I mocked them, but returned home to find that Cat #1 had buried his face in the dirt on the windowsill, belying his street cat origins, and now I may need to purchase said wipes.  
--Since I have a nice job, we are in the nicest, most modern apartment I have ever lived in.  It has high ceilings, loads of natural light, and hardwood floors.  Since our furniture has not yet arrived, I can use the living room as a dance studio!
--There is green! One of the things I was most worried about moving to a desert was the lack of green.  However, our drive across uninhabited desert lands reveals that there is far more green than I had expected, which means I can live here.  It has also rained twice since our arrival two days ago.  
--It is truly exciting to move to a place without knowing that I will be leaving in X years.  This has not happened to me ever before, and it is a wonderful feeling.  

Monday, July 2, 2012

Dr. Shedding!

My dissertation got approved by the formatting office, and is now with ProQuest for publishing, so I am officially Dr. Shedding! Unfortunately, my achilles* is preventing me from doing a victory Fling, so I will leave you of this video of some nice dancers doing one instead.  Fittingly, although not exactly randomly, the primary movement in the Highland Fling (side back front back) is called Shedding.

*The tendonitis is back, which is yet another trauma I will blame on the academic job market, since it was just fine until I took three weeks off in March/April to go on back to back campus visits.  It hasn't been the same since, so just when I get the time to dance, I can't :-(

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Old Diary Gems

While sorting through and shredding various diary-like writings, tucked away among the angst over various crushes (with whom, elhamdulilah, I did not end up), I found the following gem from the summer following my college graduation.  It seems especially cute and naive at this point in my life:
I think I need to invent a job for myself that makes use of my language skills, so I retain them, and somehow involves academics, and not a lot of office work, and traveling, and cultural exchange--oh, I have no idea how I'm going to do this.
Turns out, I didn't have to invent a job at all :-).  On the other hand, I still haven't figured this one out, although I have learned that it is one of the things that makes life worth living:
I wish there was something I didn't want to learn about--I'll never have enough time.