My essay has, at long last, been purged of all those messy notes in all caps telling me to ADD CITATION HERE or CHECK THESE NUMBERS or ADD COMMENT RE: EMINENT SCHOLAR'S WORK. Hooray! Now I just need to, um, cut way too many words. But I can do that - I'm good at cutting. Really. (I just never exercise this skill on my blog posts.) So I'm thinking I might be able to send this sucker out this evening or, at the latest, tomorrow morning. Huzzah! Monkey on back goes bye-bye (soon, at least)!.
I had to laugh because I worked today at, yes, the coffeeshop - home is way too distracting right now, I keep looking around at things I need to pack or pitch - and when I got there, I saw someone from Former College - who was denied tenure this year. I've seen him here quite a bit. Maybe history prof is right, maybe it is the coffeeshop! Though I have to confess that I'm more inclined to celebrate the fellowship of the rejected at this point, and so this makes me like the coffeeshop even more.
Speaking of fellowship, I was thinking again today at how good my grad program was at instilling fellowship in its alumni. When I resigned from this position (that sounds much better than saying "when I lost this position"), a friend of mine from grad school told another mutual acquaintance, who e-mailed me right away to let me know about a position that was opening up where s/he was working. This person isn't someone I'm in touch with at all or ever knew very well, yet s/he actually contacted me at a couple of addresses to make sure I got the message. It was really nice. And I get the sense that not all grad programs foster this kind of behavior.
Finally, I am so craving dessert right now. Who's bringing me ice cream?