Sunday, January 03, 2010

A holiday wrap-up.

Seeing as how it's colder than Dick Cheney's heart out there, wrapping up might be a good idea. Also a good idea: "wrapping it up," u know wat i mean, ya rite.

As I sit on my couch, listening to the tail-end of Little Steven's Underground Garage, occasionally eyeing my bag containing all my holiday marking that has been curiously untouched since I sat it down two weeks ago (and feeling curiously un-guilty about it), I can't help but conclude that this has been a pretty good, if improvised, holiday season.

The Beginning: Assorted Debauchery

White Cowbell, tons of booze, and sloth out the wazoo — but we've already discussed this.

The Middle: Family Commitments

As I've been told, and as I am slowly coming 'round to realize, my family is freakishly normal. We don't fight, we don't hold decades-long grudges, we don't throw around racist epithets at the dinner table — whoops, two out of three ain't bad. My niece is cute, natch, and it's amazing to see her more grown-up than ever. My uncle also reprised his Santa Claus role at our family's Christmas Eve get-together, to the astonishment of the two little ones who still believe The Lie.

The End: Travel Clusterfucks Somewhat Averted

Iceland didn't work because of a d-bag in a plane over Detroit, but I did manage to crash ECB's party in Chicago instead. Some highlights:
  • finding a kickass parking spot in a neighbourhood notoriously tough for them
  • finding a kickass new radio station, WXRT
  • enjoying the Field Museum and its gigantic collections of, well, everything
  • experiencing the countdown on TV from New York at a time which was not midnight for me in the location where I was at the time
  • eating the second-best ginger snaps I've ever tasted (sorry, grandma's come out ahead by a nose because, hey, she was my grandma)
  • watching six, possibly seven, hours of a Twilight Zone marathon on TV and developing a slightly twisted mancrush on the late Rod Serling
  • having a truly superb slice of Detroit-style thin-crust pizza at Supino Pizzeria, in the Eastern Market, on the way back through to Toronto*
(My local classic rock radio station is playing "Lay It On The Line" by Triumph at the moment. Just thought I should throw that in there.)

In conclusion, I haven't felt this well-rested and relaxed in a long time. The fall brought with it a whole crapload of extra work which I really wasn't expecting, especially with one course in particular which was new to me (and practically new to the school) — I'm actually thinking of buying them thank-you cards for sticking it out to the end — but things get a hell of a lot more manageable from here on out. To wit:
  • 3 weeks left in first semester
  • 1 week for first-semester exams and turnaround
  • 2 weeks in second semester, then a 3-day weekend with a PD day glued onto it
  • 4-ish weeks, then March Break
  • 2-ish weeks, then a 4-day weekend for Easter
  • 5-ish weeks, then a 3-day weekend for Victoria Day
  • 3-ish weeks until exams, then summer holidays
Sure beats the hell out of this past fall, which was four months of tough-sloggin' with exactly one day off in the middle. Add to that my more manageable teaching workload (amongst my classes I have two sections of the same course, which I also taught in first semester, which cuts the work down considerably) and, who knows, I'll actually have time to get around to do more hands-on department-head stuff.

Good times, they are a-comin'.
* This was seriously some stupendous pizza. I'm generally a fan of thick, doughy crusts (and, naturally, Chicago-style deep dish), but the slice I got from these guys was fabulous, even though it had probably been sitting around for a while. The crust underneath the pizza was extremely thin but crisp, and the edge-crust was crisp but yet not dry-as-cork. This is quite close to Comerica Park, and I'll be sure to check this place out either before or after the next game I take in there.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by-- I read all your recent posts and you are quite the funny man, I'm glad you appreciate my sense of humor! Please come by more, as I'll be around a lot!

You'll have to explain to me why you live in the centER of the universe though... Us Americans from the South don't quite see eye-to-eye on you Canadians with that. But then again, our motto is "Blame Canada."

(if you don't watch South Park, I probably just horribly offended you, and I'm very sorry if so)