September 11th, 2002

Fishy Circumstances

Minor things and a conference paper proposal

So far, there have been two minorly awkward things to my morning. The doorbell ran before I was out of bed, so I had to hastily get out, run all the way downstairs, and then the guy was walking away and I was in pyjamas, so I went all the way back upstairs, got dressed, came back down, and found one of the workmen to ask: they were turning off the water for an hour. So, since there was going to be no water, I very hastily took a shower. Just as I was getting out, the phone rang. So I left damp footprints across the house and scurried towards the phone... only to have it turn silent. I'm nearly positive it only rang twice, so hopefully it was just a wrong number. But still. At least I'm safely dressed and alert now, but odds are good that neither the phone nor the doorbell will ring again today. They often don't.

I want to have my conference paper propsal emailed off by the end of this morning, and then run errands at school. There's a farewell party for our departing administrative coordinator, and I need to do laundry tonight so I'll be able to pack for the trip. At some point I need to buy a pre-roasted chicken (I'm too lazy to do it myself) and perhaps bake something for the party I'm missing on Saturday. I have a housewarming gift to acquire, a fax to send, and some appointments to arrange for. If I have the time, though, I'm willing to postpone a number of my errands until Thursday and have my hair trimmed. It really needs it.
Fishy Circumstances

One conference proposal, submitted

It's done, and emailed away, and I even venture to say it looks good! I couldn't have done it - and have been happy with it - without skeller's proofreading. Thank you! Even if it's not accepted for the session I actually want to be in, I should be at least able to present it somewhere at the overall conference. I'm also sending off an offer to preside at a session, so between the two of them, I'm hoping to have some sort of official place at the conference this year!

And best of all, it's closely tied in to my dissertation topic, so my work towards it will be immediately constructive.

Speaking of talks - I ran into the coordinator of the Early Modern Discussion group yesterday and asked her a few questions about the fifteenth century. When she found out I was working on a subject which extended that late, she asked if I might like to give a talk for the group this year. I think I would. That'd be another good, constructive deadline to work towards.