09 February 2010

Nine or ten days

Gold from the BL


I have been going, going, going for about ten days now. I was at work on both Saturday and Sunday. I spent yesterday teaching and then, because of some stupid train problems, I was about two hours late coming home. I finished my Bakhtin essay around 10:30 last night, sent it off and slept in the spare bedroom, as, on days when I do not put Mei to bed (consequently freeing Yoko to put Naomi to bed in her own room), everyone ends up in the master bedroom and I would be mad if I tried to brave it.

Now it is Tuesday, halfway through Tuesday, and I've come to work to edit my article as it's due on Monday and also, hopefully, work on a couple of articles I downloaded last week, but haven't gotten to reading yet.

My Tuesday morning ritual (going to the library to return overdue books and pick up ones I have ordered from the British Library), however, has stopped me cold, as the Bakhtin book I have been waiting for finally came. These are the essays written in deteriorating health, in constant pain. Obviously, I am eager to get to it, but I seem to have been deterred by French.

Luckily, Mei's fever has dropped, so there is some chance that I will be able to sleep in my own bed tonight and have a bit of peace. But at 3:30 tomorrow afternoon, I will find myself in a tiny room with my supervisors and likely end the day scrambling to start the work that will need to be done by the end of the month. C'est la vie, and I know what that means now.
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