I am the Grand Marshal of the Lazy Parade.

I’ve been away from the blog for a while lately due to the frenzy of final exam grading and then the intense pleasure I found thereafter in doing absolutely fuck all. Bits of interest that you missed included but were not limited to:

1. A student whom I hadn’t seen since February came by my office to drop off every assignment from the whole semester. Along with his essays he had what turned out to be a forged doctor’s note claiming he’d been absent all semester due to his being incapacitated by the insidious and often overlooked disease of “monomuconusis.” No, that is not even a word. Nice.

2. The student I asked for your advice in dealing with — remember him? He kind-of-sort-of plagiarized his final exam essay. Nice, right? Nice.

3. Another student thought it would somehow be acceptable to send me her final exam essay four days after the exam date and two days after semester grades were completely finalized in the system. Nice, right? Nice.

Nonetheless, the summer is off to a great start. All of that bullshit is over with and I am enjoying my time off before teaching starts again. As it turns out, I have less time off than planned. I was going to be completely footloose and fancy-free until July, but I’ve been asked to teach an additional class in June.

I’m actually quite pleased about this and not just due to the extra money I’ll be making. I’ll leave out the specifics, but it’s a good program and something I’m happy to be involved in. It will also be just a bit different from my usual courses, so I’ll have the freedom to try out a few new strategies and ideas. All in all I’m very glad to have been chosen for it.

Before all that begins, though, I’ll have a brief trip to The Big City, where I’m finally going to get myself a chest of drawers for the bedroom and a better shelving system for my growing DVD collection. My clothes will be so happy to be freed from the Rubbermaid boxes they currently live in and be housed in actual furniture, I tell you what. I’m heading to IKEA on Tuesday and I’m still mulling over the exact pieces I want to bring home, but that’s really nothing to complain about. I love their website. Looking at all that sleek, clean-lined, efficient Scandinavian furniture soothes the savage beast within me.

Next on my exciting list of summer activities is the Decemberists trip! OH YES INDEED! My friends Clarabella and Philly are coming to visit, and we’ll be heading back to The Big City with Golightly and another friend to see The Decemberists! We all love love love that band and I think it’ll be the first time seeing them play for each of us. Very excited (if you can’t tell).

After that I have a trip out to California to see my extended family and pay respects to my Grandma, who passed away pack in March. While we’ll all be grieving a bit, my Grandma had a very long, busy, and happy life, so I think we’ll mostly be celebrating her and the trip won’t be too awfully sad. It will be exciting to see all the far-flung members of my family, some of whom I haven’t seen in over 10 years. When I get back from that trip it’ll be straight back into the classroom. WHEW.

As you can imagine, with this busy schedule coming up, I have been feeling the need to be as lazy and self-indulgent as humanly possible. The last week has faded into an endless stream of reading, TV, movies, and lounging only occasionally punctuated by rounds of the 30-Day Shred (I mean I can’t be fully and correctly lazy if that laziness isn’t tinged with fear for the next time Jillian Michaels will yell “AND NOW! SQUATS AND OVERHEAD PRESSES FOLLOWED BY PUSH-UPS!” – that lady can be terrifying).

I think tonight should be the last day of the lazy parade, though, as I have a million things to do this weekend, like purge my closet in preparation for the new dresser, neaten up the house, do laundry, and plan for the upcoming courses I’ll teach. I shall now conveniently forget that list of to-dos until tomorrow morning, however, because I have tofu a-marinatin’, whiskey a-chillin’, and my Caprica DVD a-waitin’ to be unwrapped. Happy weekend to all of you!

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8 thoughts on “I am the Grand Marshal of the Lazy Parade.

  1. John May 16, 2009 / 2:54 pm

    Awesome. Since your last entry I:

    1. Got a speeding ticket from France (I exceeded the limit by 5 km/hr – I hate them)
    2. Changed countries
    3. Bought a new car
    4. Began my new job
    5. Received a security detail

    Good luck with your trials and tribulations!!

  2. Sho May 16, 2009 / 4:41 pm

    Hooray weekend! Hooray summer! You’re going to love it when you see the Decemberists play live. They put on an excellent show and Colin Meloy is quite the charmer.

  3. Ruby May 17, 2009 / 4:24 pm

    I am especially pleased to let you know that the only known use of the word “monomuconusis” is on your blog, Dr. Vague.

  4. Timothy May 18, 2009 / 2:41 pm

    Summer! Decemberists! I’m seeing them in July as a show happened to coincide with a friend’s wedding. That’s going to be a hell of a weekend!

  5. Brandon May 18, 2009 / 3:36 pm

    I’m heading down to Eugene to see the Decemberists at the McDonald Theater on Thursday. They’re also playing the Sasquatch Music Festival at the Gorge over the weekend. I was going to spend the weekend up there with a friend but the whole thing fell apart. Maybe it’s for the best. Sho and I went to the festival a few years ago and spent the entire time getting rained + hailed on until Matisyahu magically made all the bad weather go away.

    Memorial Day weekend! Decemberists! Etc!

  6. Alfina the Vague May 18, 2009 / 11:19 pm

    John – Sorry about the speeding ticket! I bet you’re glad to be done living en France, non? And congratulations and best of luck on the new job!

    Ruby – Well, I hope he never decides to google his “ailment”!

    Sho, Tim, & Brandon – YAY DECEMBERISTS! I will make sure to get plenty of photos and stuff for a future post.

  7. PB May 28, 2009 / 9:50 am

    Hooray weekend! Hooray summer! You’re going to love it when you see the Decemberists play live. They put on an excellent show and Colin Meloy is quite the charmer.

  8. KrisBelucci June 2, 2009 / 3:00 am

    Great post! Just wanted to let you know you have a new subscriber- me!

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