Tomorrow, Friday, I'm heading out to New York to spend my birthday (which is on Monday -- I'll be 31, yay!) with my best friend. I'll be back in Chicago on Tuesday. Comps begin on Friday, September 7th, at 9 in the morning, and continue for a full week, until Friday, September 14th, at 12:15, at which point, I am going to flop down on my bed and either sleep or scream, depending on how Comps went. rhobike informs me that the Illinois Convention is the 15th and 16th. I want to go, in a sort of abstract way, but I have no idea whether or not I'll be coherent enough to do it.
The point of all of this is twofold. First of all, if I seem to vanish for the next couple of weeks, rest assured, I'm not dead, just in the seventh circle of academic hell. Second, any good vibes sent my way for Comps will be treasured.