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Clarissa's Blog

An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

Archive for the day “December 6, 2017”

Last Day of Classes

And I’m so wiped my hands are shaking. The hardest part was that so many people wanted to talk to me today. I’m the introvert of the century, and so much human contact eats me alive. And then Klara decided not to take her nap today, so she was extra moody while I did everything I could think of to keep her awake until her normal bedtime.

I was so exhausted today that I watched kitty videos on Facebook. For the first time in my life. And hopefully for the last.

In the past, I’d unwind with a bottle of Captain Morgan spiced but since that simple joy was stolen from me by the analyst, I unwind by making a reading list. It’s seriously relaxing.

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Traditional Yearly Post

I experience a feeling of almost physiological bliss when I listen to our graduating seniors deliver their research talks. To hear them speak in fluent Spanish about the literary research they conducted is a delight like no other. 

We do good work here, folks. 

Glad to Be (Almost) American

Did you, folks, see the new video of Trudeau fake crying in the parliament during his most recent apology for horrible, evil Canada? I can’t wait to get my US passport.

And no, it’s not an innocent meaningless little thing. He’s undermining the nation-state to get likes on Facebook.

The Worst Governor

On the subject of Rauner, he has been recognized as the worst governor in the country. I don’t know, though. I mean, I detest Rauner as much as the next hard-working person, but look at the governor of Wisconsin. He is suggesting mandatory drug tests for all food stamp applicants. I have no words to describe how ridiculous, petty and offensive I find this. So it’s a stiff competition right now. Still, knowing Rauner I’m sure he’ll come up with something to win the title in no time.

Justice

During the budget crisis (cf my Rauner posts), the Associate Dean of our Business School got a raise that is larger than my whole salary. If you are a regular reader of this blog, I don’t have to explain to you what I do and what the value of my work is. 

Business School, eh? Because business is totally something you can teach. 

Language Question

Native speakers of English, help me out. When you pronounce the words “shirt” and “short”, do they sound different? When I pronounce them, they sound identical but I wonder if that’s ok. 

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