Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Quick update...

All is well in work-mode land; here's how it's going:

  • Am currently working five jobs (they're all little ones, so it's not a big deal)
  1. Proctoring: is great because I'm locked in a quiet room for three-six hours at a time with nothing to do but write my papers and I get paid for it. How can you go wrong?
  2. Tutoring Kyung Jin to take the TOEFL test: she's adorable, and lots of fun. Good to be working with young people.
  3. Tutoring Jourdan: we're working on her research paper right now; she's writing on Elie Wiesel's Night and Primo Levi's Surviving Auschwitz. It's going well.
  4. TAing: I've got 23 papers to mark by Monday. If I do four a day from now until Sunday, I'll be done.
  5. Editing assignments for Margaret: got to read an interesting case study of lab management in the neurological regeneration section of Dal health sciences.
Might take on a sixth job, editing a sociology thesis, but I haven't heard back yet.
  • I've written 3 out of 12 pages on my Brokeback Mountain paper, which isn't due until next Wednesday. I'm way ahead of the game in my world of procrastination. The women in this movie are cool, so this is a painless one to write. And it's pop culture, sort of, so I feel less pressure than when I'm working in the world of high academe. Our prof is pretty relaxed anyway, although I have a feeling that he's going to be a difficult marker However, I don't know, because we haven't gotten any feedback from that class yet. And it started in December!
  • I've written 6 out of 15 pages of my An Instruction to Christians paper, and I'm getting close to done the research. Just need to read some catechisms from the 1580s for comparison and maybe some other writing meant for mothers (Juan Luis Vives, perhaps?). Going to be an interesting paper, but way too much information out there. There have got to be about a thousand books about Puritans, another five hundred on early modern women's history, and five or ten articles on the specific book that I'm writing about. But, however, there is no book or article or chapter of book dedicated solely to An Instruction to Christians, so I've still got my streak of not writing a single unoriginal paper during my MA going.
  • I'm meeting with my thesis supervisor tomorrow to discuss what I'm doing for that conference in May. My conference paper isn't on anything that he's studied, but he's just a good resource, and I know he'll give me good advice.
  • I'm supposed to go out for lunch with the prof that I TA for at the University Club this week, but I'm going to have to put it off until next week when I've got some time to catch my breath. I want to actually be able to enjoy it.
And that's that. I've been at the library since 8:30 this morning, and it's 7:30 now, so I think it is time to go home and do something different for a little while and give my brain (and my fingers) a rest. Have a good night!