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I Am So Terribly Sorry

saadiira reminded me today that it has been ages and ages since I've posted. I am so sorry. I didn't mean to abandon my friends. It's just that . . . well, stuff kind of kept on happening, in interesting little dribs and drabs, and I kept meaning to post about it, but then something else interesting would happen, or I'd be out late and be tired, or or or . . .

It's not an excuse, I know. I'll try to do better.

In the meantime, here's a brief rundown. The school year has started, which is a little weird for me because I'm not taking classes. I had a brief but intense bout of Dissertation Writing over the summer, and I've got two chapters done. I'm working busily on a third, which will be done by the end of December. I'll be presenting part of it as a conference paper at SEM in Philadelphia in November, my first SEM paper! The rest has to be done by the end of December, because I'll be workshopping it at the seminar that goes with my fellowship in January.

Also as part of my fellowship, I have to teach a course, ideally of my own design, also ideally based on some aspect of La Dissertation, at some school in the Chicagoland area. Part of the reason for my lack of posting was that I spent a lot of time putting this course together. The course I came up with is called "Jewish Women's Paths To Religious Leadership." After some frantic shopping it around, I found a home for it.

Starting in January, I'll be teaching this course as Jewish Studies/Gender Studies 394 at the University of Illinois at Chicago! Can you believe it? I'll be an instructor at another school! I'm really looking forward to this. The head of the Jewish Studies program met with me last week, and told me all about the students at UIC; they sound like a neat bunch of people, and I'm excited to meet them.

I'm going up to Milwaukee this weekend for their Halloween (Scottish Country) Dance. I'm going dressed as a Dancing Zombie. That means a zombie from the ankles up, and a Scottish Country Dancer from the ankles down, because you can't really dance in zombie footwear. If zombies wear footwear, that is.

Also, Mom Pony resurrected my violin from the closet where it had been dumped in 1988, after Reagan-era budget cuts did away with the violin lessons I'd been taking at school. Miracle of miracles, it was still in excellent shape! It needed a little work, but I spent some of my grandmother's birthday money to have the strings and bridge replaced and the bow re-haired (the gaohu bow, too, while I was at it). And you know the best part? I can still play a little. I'm picking it up again, casually, a bit at a time. Enough, for instance, to corral one of my friends into accompanying me on the piano as we recorded "It Was A Very Good Year" to accompany the filk that Mom Pony wrote for Aunt Pony's 70th birthday party, which was a big hit, all twelve verses (sung by Dad Pony and Little Sister Pony). I am a hopeless music nerd.

How is everyone doing? Have I missed anything important? I'm so sorry I let this slip my mind. I'll do better. I promise.

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jastaelf
Oct. 28th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
A Pony Sighting!!!! <3

I was just thinking of you the other day when I too recalled the existence of LJ, and was reading back through the bizarreness that is my life. You were always there with comforting friendly words! It's good to hear from you again!
frenchpony
Oct. 28th, 2011 02:28 am (UTC)
The Pony Lives!!! Run for your lives!

It's funny how life gets away from you sometimes. I keep wanting to tell people about it, but it's too busy happening.

So what have you been up to?
meggins
Oct. 28th, 2011 03:50 am (UTC)
It's been kind of and then..., and then..., and then... for me so I didn't miss you as much as I might have otherwise. Nonetheless, it's always good to read your postings. You're so delightfully interesting.

Congratulations on your upcoming Jewish Studies/Gender Studies teaching gig. I'm not surprised you "sold" it. Look forward to your perceptions of how another school works.

I have not one but two Halloween parties to go to this Saturday. Neither will involve dancing. I should like to see a dancing zombie, though. That would be cool.

Welcome back! Thanks to saadira for kick-starting you.
meggins
Oct. 28th, 2011 03:53 am (UTC)
That's supposed to be thanks to saadiira, of course.
frenchpony
Oct. 28th, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
I think teaching at UIC will be a really neat experience. Certainly it'll be something good to put on the CV, that I've taught at such different schools. And it'll be fun to teach a course in a non-music program. There's a little bit of music in the syllabus, but I really did design it to be a Religious Studies/Jewish Studies kind of thing. Given that the fellowship is through the Div School, after all. Seemed only fitting.
satismagic
Oct. 28th, 2011 08:40 am (UTC)
How is everyone doing? Have I missed anything important?

I'm hanging in there ... barely ... It's been a rotten year so far. My tomcat Jupiter getting sick in February and dying in May. Then a very good friend was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Then my Dad had health issues. Now JMH had some bad health news (manageable, but not exactly the kind of thing that makes you shout for joy), and my back is not getting any better (need to make an appointment for CT/MRI). I've been really too emotionally and physically exhausted to do any writing or other creative work this year. Enough of that, though.

And yes! You have missed something important! KITTENS! Five weeks ago Minerva ("Minnie-the-Menace") and Prudentia ("Princess Prudie") moved in with us. By now they have been adopted by Juno-the-cat and have doubled their size. At twelve weeks they are proper little kittens, and extremely fluffy and sweet.
frenchpony
Oct. 28th, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
That does sound like a rotten year. I hope JMH is going to be okay and that your scan shows something treatable. Will it be the CT, the MRI, or both?

I am so, so happy that OMG KITTENS! have appeared. They are absolutely adorable, and just what the Juno_magic household needs right now. Both the human and feline members.
perelleth
Oct. 28th, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
Great news on the work front, so you're forgiven for being away. IT all seems really exciting!
frenchpony
Oct. 28th, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
I'm really looking forward to the teaching. From everything I've heard, the UIC kids are going to be an interesting bunch, and I like the faculty members I've met so far. And the chair of Jewish Studies seems really enthusiastic, too. This'll be cool. Adjunct Pony ahoy!
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