I'm a week behind, but it has been a crazy week!!! MONDAY: Snow day. Child's school cancelled. College cancelled. Read Dave Eggers' The Circle. Watched the final episode of Season 3 of "Sherlock." Child LOVES this show with a passion! [Fantasy idea: Benedict Cumberbatch is allegedly going to play "Hamlet" in the West End this fall. Would LOVE to take Child. If I can get the ticket info in a timely fashion and can make it work $$$-wise, who knows?] TUESDAY: Child and I back to school. Child had a field trip to the Baltimore Museum of Industry and the BSO. I had office hours and a meeting over at the library. Then home, got changed, and headed to Baltimore for a Nik lesson! That night, I had Vagina Monologues rehearsal. WEDNESDAY: The power went off at about 6:30 AM...and stayed off for the next 2 1/2 days. Ice and snow storm. Child's school cancelled. College cancelled. (At first, the college was announcing at 12 noon opening. I was like "Um...okay. Not sure if this is going to be a suicide mission, but I guess I'll try to go to work." Then the "Just kidding" announcement came through. Phew!) I finished reading The Circle. That night, we played Settlers of Catan-Star Trek edition my flashlight light. Oddly, though I understand the strategy better now, I played much worse! The luck of the dice was not with me. THURSDAY: Second day of work this week. Got stuff done in the office that I normally would have done on Wednesday. Faculty meeting. Guest lectured on Modernism in the Postmodernism course. (I get paid extra for this. Sweet!) Out to dinner at Denny's. I don't think I've been to a Denny's in over a decade. Dang--that is some seriously yummy and bad for you diner food! My hope had been to check into a hotel (due to the fact that my house was getting kind of cold--around 53 degrees and dropping) and then go "Vagina Monologues" rehearsal...but every place in town was sold out. So I wound up checking in at dress, but then driving on to a town about 30-35 minutes away and staying in a Doubletree hotel. We watched a little Olympics and then sacked out in the beautiful warmth. FRIDAY: Hey, check it out! It's not snowing on the MWF rotation! Child had the day off (scheduled in service) so she came with me. 9:10--ENG 1101. Discussed MLA citation format and practiced it. 10:20--POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURE. Discussed scholarly pieces by Edward Said and Chinua Achebe. Lunch break. Child very much wanted to go to the college dining hall, so Husband joined us and we all went. It was very nice. I had bbq chicken pizza on a cracker-thin crust and salad, then a blondie for dessert. Child had cheese pizza, guacamole, and hard boiled egg and carrots from the salad bar, then ice cream for dessert. Husband also had the bbq chicken pizza and some other stuff. 12:40--WALK ON THE WILDE SIDE. BEST class of the day! Excellent discussion of cross-dressing in Victorian England and why it was perceived as a threat. We had a guest student and I think she was quite interested! Child participated in the discussion too--she raised her hand and everything--which was amusing to the students. Got some work done. Home and...oh my gosh, the power company got the tree off the wire!!!!!!!!! We have power!!!!!! My house was only 50 degrees, but hey! Lights! Running water! I was so excited I tackled cleaning out the fridge, taking out each shelf and rinsing it while I was at it. Then I got ready for the show. "VAGINA MONOLOGUES"! It went great. Our director from 2010 who is now a big time feminist organizer in DC was the "Vagina Warrior," an honor given to a woman who stands up for women's causes. She cried and hugged ME! (I'm the only one who is still in the cast from her time and we're pretty good friends.) The person who told her story at the end of the show was so strong. My peer mentor and a couple of my students came and gave me a card. One student wrote something SUPER nice about my influence on her...and said she's going to do the show next year! Made me feel great.