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31 Days: Day 15 and 16

Day 15: A Day in the Life (it says to include photos, but I'm not, ha ha)



between 6 and 8: Wake up. Our bedroom is in the corner of our condo, with walls of windows all along the north and east, so if it's a sunny morning, I'm up at 6. If it's cloudy or I put the blanket over my head, it's closer to 8.
first half-hour after waking up: Eat granola for breakfast, catch up on Twitter, LJ, e-mail, news. Maybe write a bit of fic, but not usually.
8:30ish: Walk in to campus
9ish: Make coffee in office if I didn't buy it on the way in, catch up on e-mail, news, Twitter that happened since I left home, LOL
9:30-noon Work! On any given day, this might be reading a book or journal articles, transcribing interviews like I did yesterday and which sucks goats, writing articles, refereeing someone else's journal article, responding to e-mails, etc. I have the goal of writing for half an hour every day, since there are studies that show that's what the most productive writers do, but I can't always get myself to do it. Also, Twitter is open in the background all the time.
noon-1 Lunch at some joint on the campus strip with Mr. Z
1-1:30 Catch up on e-mail, news, Twitter, Facebook
1:30-4 More work. The thing is, I'm technically only paid for nine months' work, but summer is when most of the writing and research gets done. So my 5-6 hours a day right now is basically unpaid labor, though it was necessary labor to get tenured and it's still necessary labor to get promoted.
4-6 Walk to the campus gym, run or do weights, walk home
6-7 Make and eat dinner
7-10 Watch TV, quilt, catch up on LJ, Twitter, and e-mail, write fanfic. I write pretty much every night, or at least I try to.
between 10 and 11: Bedtime!

Exciting, huh?



Day 16: Something difficult about your "lot in life" and how you're working to overcome it



Look, I'm a white, middle-class, straight, cis-gendered American. My parents were both college-educated, so there was never any question that I would go to college. I married someone whose first post-graduate-degree job was the highest-paying one he could have gotten (in academia). I got a tenure-track assistant professorship at a major research university and was tenured. My Backpack of Privilege(tm) is almost full, and I feel kind of dumb even answering this question.

I guess one hard thing about my life in the past decade has been moving around a lot (see Day 1). I got used to expecting that I would be living somewhere only for a year or two, so I never made friends at home or at work (have I mentioned I'm an introvert?), never joined clubs or churches or anything, and then after moving here I didn't want to put down roots because if I didn't get tenure, they'd be ripped right out of me. So with one exception, my friends are all at least a couple hours' drive away, if not a couple hours' plane ride. I do take the initiative to ask people to do things together more than I used to, esp. when I have the occasion to go up to Chicago or when I'm traveling somewhere that a friend lives. And that's helped a lot. :)

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harrigan
Jul. 17th, 2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
Come to Central Indiana for a visit!
zubeneschamali
Jul. 24th, 2013 10:59 am (UTC)
I should do that!
cherie_morte
Jul. 18th, 2013 01:33 am (UTC)
(it says to include photos, but I'm not, ha ha)

DIABOLICAL!!

"which sucks goats" - I give it twenty minutes before it hits every kinkmeme.

You and Mr. Z have lunch together everrryyy daaayyy. SHUUTTT UPPP. *____*

I feel kind of dumb even answering this question.

IS IT JUST ME or was this question phrased in the cuntiest way possible? Like, you shouldn't feel dumb answering it when it's phrased in such a condescending way!

THAT SAID, in response to your wonderful answer: ISN'T IT GREAT THO THAT YOU HAVE SO MANY WONDERFUL FRIENDS WHO LIVE INSIDE YOUR COMPUTER AND ARE FOREVER ONLY FIVE MINUTES OF LOG-IN TIME AWAY? :DDDDDD *loves the internet more than is healthy* *not even sorry*

Edited at 2013-07-18 01:34 am (UTC)
zubeneschamali
Jul. 24th, 2013 11:02 am (UTC)
You and Mr. Z have lunch together everrryyy daaayyy.

Unless one of us gets a better offer. ;)

But yes, I am so dependent on the Internet for social interaction, it's crazy. No, wait. The Internet enables me to connect to a whole bunch of awesome people that I otherwise would never know. There, that's better.
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