Saturday, December 7, 2013

Five Things that Don't Suck, Erroneous Forecast Edition

1. waking up to find no snow
2. no ice, either
3. not having to scrape anything
4. big, fluffy bathrobes
5. having that end-of-the-semester snow-day sort of feeling without--have I mentioned?--snow

Friday, December 6, 2013

Five Things that Don't Suck, Last Day of Classes Edition

1. the mood on campus
2. finding students asleep all over the library, often in semi-hilarious positions and/or with semi-hilarious makeshift "beds"
3. feeling prepared to deal with the semester-end onslaught
4. Irish tea
5. students asking thoughtful questions

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Five Things that Don't Suck, Off-Campus Edition

1. canceled appointments that leave my morning suddenly free
2. getting stuff DONE ahead of the pile of grading that's coming to me in pretty much exactly 24 hours
3. coffee and the newspaper, because I'm old school like that
4. relatively warm (if grey) weather for the next couple of days
5. getting ready to shift into full-time poet mode for a few weeks

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Five Things that Don't Suck, Long Day/Long Week Edition

1. getting to talk to a good friend at the end of it
2. maybe getting a run in (finally!) a little later
3. waking up (if a little groggy) to an acceptance from one of your favorite online journals
4. drinking Chinese tea that came from a packet you can't read, in a travel mug given to you by a thoughtful former student (now friend)
5. parentheses

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Five Things that Don't Suck, Suddenly Quiet Edition

1. coffee
2. a long, slow morning*
3. Moussie's determined wait in the car so as not to be accidentally left behind
4. the prospect of an afternoon nap*
5. getting through the last gasp of the semester, one day at a time
*we'll just ignore the fact that it's long and slow because I was up at 5:30. 
**we'll also ignore the fact that it's unlikely to happen. The prospect is what's important here, people

Monday, December 2, 2013

Five Things that Don't Suck, Last (But Not Least) Week of Classes Edition

1. um...the last week of classes. Duh.
2. the scent of old Chinese food and desperation that begins to permeate the library during over the next two weeks*
3. walking into the library at 8 in the morning and finding students sleeping everywhere**
4. being caught up on grading***
5. the promise of Indian food at the last dept. meeting of the semester
*Okay, so it kinda sucks. But it's also kinda funny
**Seriously, guys, just go to bed
***Until Friday, when all hell breaks loose

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Five Things that Don't Suck, Last Day of Thanksgiving Weekend Edition

1. gearing up for the last week of classes
2. finishing up the leftover vegetables in an awesome breakfast hash
3. being made aware--however terribly--of how precious this world is, and the people in it
4. having coffee ready when I wake up (luxury!)
5. Dan Connolly, especially that time he ran with the ball like a little kid