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March 7-13
  • GSCA Lunch/Meeting
  • Grad student happy hour 
  • Saturday night chicken pot pie
  • Sunday morning all-you-can-eat pancake brunch at Hueston Woods
  • Monday Lunch with Martin Manalansan, Robert Ku, & Bill Johnson Gonzalez courtesy of Anita + cupcake at the Patisserie + Martin & Robert’s public talk “Curry to Sushi: Globalization and the Asian American Palate”
  • Wonderful discussion with students about Soleil Ho’s “Craving the Other”
  • Spring-like weather
  • "Yellow Fever" paper accepted to Critical Mixed Race Studies conference upcoming in November at De Paul U (Chicago for my birthday!)
  • Awarded: Graduate Student Support Scholarship for use at a later point in my Ph.D. career (at Miami)
  • OxMag reading #5
  • TJMaxx shopping
  • Day 1 of prospective visit days at Miami — mixing & mingling in the afternoon & dinner at Kona Bistro
  • Gym 2x
  • Reading List: Turquoise Ledge by Leslie Marmon Silko

Weekend Wishlist:

  • MEGAA Symposium
  • Buffet dinner
  • Playing catch up
February 28-March 6
  • OSU visit day 2 & exploring Columbus solo (read: eating)—detailed post forthcoming
  • MY ESSAY PUBLISHED
  • Received Diversity Enhancement Pathway Graduate Assistantship from the Miami University Graduate School. This is a fancy way of saying that half my stipend each year of the Ph.D. would come from the grad school rather than my department, meaning my department can use their money for other stuff. It means they really like me.
  • Danielle Hipkins visit/talk on show girls + reception
  • long meeting with Anita 
  • Celebrating Global Sisterhood Reception (Speech)
  • Student conferences 

Weekend Wishlist:

February 21-27
  • Lazing around in my sick bed all day Friday
  • Belated Valentine’s letter exchange with Le Tony 
  • Saturdaytrip to Costco, Target, Jungle Jim’s, Panera with Brenna and Sandra!
  • Bread Pudding Party with Brenna & Kathleen! 
  • Sunday, Monday workin’
  • Phi Kappa Phi election-letter?
  • Composition committee meeting over the liberal ed revision
  • Beginning of OSU visit (more details to come in a separate post later this weekend)
  • Reading list: American Son by Brian Roley, Dust Tracks on the Road by Zora Neale Hurston, Mary Rowlandson + 3 theory chapters. 

Weekend Wishlist:

  • OSU visit/Columbus apartment tours/catching up with old friends/mentors. Jeni’s, maybe. 
  • Grading student papers
February 14-20
  • Major snowstorm 
  • Valentine’s dinner at Kona with Brenna & Kathleen + gossip + necessary sleepover 
  • Sunday morning acceptance phone call from Madelyn/Miami University! + nomination for 1-semester scholarship :)
  • Akï’s birthday dinner at Steak n Shake & adventures in the Meijer bakery —scones!
  • News from OSU that I’ve been awarded a first-year fellowship! 
  • Getting sick :(
  • Culinary adventure: meatloaf with a squash mixed in
  • Reading list: The Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass and Quiet Odyssey by Mary Paik Lee + 4 theory articles

Weekend Wishlist:

  • celebrations out
  • Costco/Target/Jungle Jim’s trip
  • Letters
  • Skype with Vivian
February 7-13
  • Phone call with U Minnesota’s Jo Lee! Phenomenal!
  • Paid off full balance of Discover CC!
  • Pancake breakfast hosted by Brenna & Alex
  • Monuments Men
  • Mailed valentines and packages
  • filed taxes
  • work all week
  • productive routines 
  • Rejection notice from University of Michigan :(
  • Lunch with Sandra
  • Gym 2x, Yoga video 1x
  • Valentine’s book exchange with Le Tony! 
  • Reading List: Mona in the Promised Land by Gish Jen, The Promised Land by Mary Antin, Imagining the Nation by David Li

Weekend Wishlist:

  • Valentine’s dinner with Kathleen & Brenna at Kona Bistro
  • Birthday dinner for Akï at Steak n Shake
  • File FAFSA
  • Phone call with Brittney
  • Cake
January 31-February 6
  • 2nd & 3rd Literature candidate lunches and job talks
  • scheduled visit at OSU for Feb. 26 & 27
  • MEGAA proposal brainstorm with Brenna & Kathleen
  • Uptown dinner
  • falling behind on the work
  • Dropped WGS 602
  • Onslaught of graduate student apathy
  • Another snow storm
  • Gym 2x, snow shoveling 1x
  • Reading List: Living for Change by Grace Lee Boggs, Meatless Days by Sara Suleri

Weekend Wishlist: 

  • Getting caught up
  • Valentine’s day card & book shopping 
  • Pancakes
January 24-30

It’s been a particularly difficult week and so my blog has been on the back burner as a result. With the first week of school busy-ness that is new classes beginning of semester errands, and committee meetings after a six week break; dangerously cold weather and class cancellations; new bus schedules/routes to learn; and some personal and unexpected issues/distractions, I am just glad to have made it through the week in one piece.

This weekend I have to get caught up on a lot of things I didn’t have the concentration capacity to do on Thursday/Friday, participate in the Friday events for our literature hire search at Miami, have a meeting to plan/write a conference panel proposal (it’s local and the stakes are low, but still), and I look forward to a Super Bowl party on Sunday evening. 

Let me assure you, I am fine, friends. I can’t go into details on the Internet about this week’s happenings for confidentiality reasons—And because you probably don’t need to know, anyway! But things are getting back in order and I am feeling optimistic about the week ahead. 

January 17-23
  • From the Ph.D. app newsroom: (high) wait list at Minnesota, accepted at OSU! Options.
  • Last day in BRLA: Cupcake Couture + Tiger Mania + Dinner at Bistro Byronz!
  • Travel Woes in Tampa & Dayton + night at the Airport Inn + Domino’s Pizza on a King size bed
  • Finally, home to Oxford
  • Relaxing, working, detoxing all week
  • Hosted dinner party with lentil soup, Kathleen’s sesame ginger salad, fresh baked bread, strawberry rhubarb pie! Attended by Brenna, Michael, and Akï + taught them Monopoly Deal and they loved it!
  • Haircut!
  • Visit from my sister!
  • Upgrade to a Kindle Fire!
  • Culinary adventure: Tofu adobo
  • Reading List: The Autobiography of Benjamin FranklinNative Speaker, The Education of Henry AdamsDrifting Flower & Other Poems, and “Mrs. Spring Fragrance” + five theory chapters/articles!
  • Gym 2x

Weekend Wishlist:

  • Final details on Spring semester prep
  • Gym 2x
  • Choose outfits
  • More Monopoly Deal
  • Banana, Pecan, Chocolate Chip Muffins
January 10-17
  • 14th “monthiversary” lazy working day with le Tony + Happy Hour at Radio Bar + dinner at the Chimes (including blackened alligator)
  • NEW ORLEANS DATE TRIP: including art galley hopping, used book shopping, beignet eating, Pimm’s Mint Julep Cup, & the Taste of New Orleans sampler platter of Gumbo, red beans & rice, and jambalaya
  • Drinks with Tony’s friends at Mud & Water 
  • Sunday lazy + dinner with le Tony’s roommate Ryan 
  • Work, work, work Monday & Tuesday
  • Baton Rouge Restaurant Week dinner at Chelsea’s + Le Tony’s poetry reading downtown!
  • Le Tony’s first day of school & exploring LSU campus

Weekend Wishlist: 

  • Cupcakes & LSU gear & more cajun/creole eats
  • Safe trip back to Ohio
  • Laundry
  • Detox
January 3-9
  • Dinner/double date with Le Tony’s parents at DeStasi’s (in Cincinnati/Wyoming)
  • Brunch at the Blur Jay with Kurt and Nona
  • Cupcakes from Picnic and Pantry
  • Working Day at Starbucks + dinner at Aladdin’s Eatery (Cincinnati/West Chester)
  • Sunday packing & getting snowed/iced in
  • Monday snowed in morning & late start on ROADTRIP TO BATON ROUGE with Le Tony
  • TGI Friday’s dinner in Nashville
  • Night stay in Birmingham
  • Arrival in Baton Rouge Tuesday afternoon 
  • Dinner at Capital City Grill & dessert drinks at Lucy’s 
  • Garden District Coffee work day 
  • Radio Bar to meet Le Tony’s friends
  • Starbucks work day
  • Homecooked meals by Le Tony: Cheeseburger Pasta with Oven Roasted Broccoli, Beer-braised sauerkraut & Mashed Potatoes
  • Reading List: The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr & My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki
  • Submitted: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Symposium abstract proposal

Weekend Wishlist:

  • 14th “monthiversary” with Le Tony
  • dinner at The Chimes 
  • New Orleans day trip with gumbos, beignets, & great photo opps
  • Cupcakes
December 27-January 2
  • Vito’s pizza & piña coladas
  • Coffee/shopping with Bri
  • Back to Oxford, with a 1 hour, 20 minute traffic jam!
  • NYE dinner at Meritage, Hilton Cincinnati, & Know Theater Speakeasy Party with le Tony + Audra, John, & Andrew
  • NYD Napping & list writing & reflecting
  • Jan. 2 back to work! Finished GSA proposals, planned my reading schedule & started reading for master’s exam, began planning my spring lit/comp class, drafted RCGS abstract

Weekend Wishlist:

  • dinner/double date with Le Tony’s parents
  • finish RCGS abstract (due Monday)
  • read, read, read
  • pack for Baton Rouge! (leaving Monday!)
December 20-26
  • Toledo!
  • Filipino Christmas/Troy Holiday Party
  • Catching up with my sister
  • Christmas Ale/Appetizer with Thomas + Christmas/Burger Bar with Amanda
  • Sleep all day
  • Christmas Eve errands 
  • Christmas Day with the Stoughs 
  • Lunch at Aladdin’s with the girls + Post Christmas shopping at the arts & crafts + Dinner at Red Lobster with Grandma

Weekend Wishlist: 

  • Vito’s Pizza 
  • Breakfast/Coffee with Bri
  • Back to Oxford
  • <3 Le Tony
Dec. 13-19
  • Grading frenzy
  • Snowy/rainy day in 
  • Reading for fun
  • Gingerbread Cupcakes
  • Hamilton errands
  • LE TONY! 
  • Phan Shin/Starbucks working/Circle Bar socializing
  • Starbucks working/Uptown shopping/slow cooker Chili dinner 
  • Submitted: Miami U & UCSD applications
  • Breakfast with Akï at Morning Sun Cafe 
  • Christmas with le Tony! + trip to the Fountain Square Christmas Tree + dinner at Via Vite 
  • Eggnog Cupcakes
  • Phone time with Brittney!

Weekend Wishlist:

  • Home/Toledo
  • Filipino Christmas Party
  • Troy Holiday Party
  • More Christmas celebrating
December 6-12
  • SNOWSTORM! 
  • Early Modern Women presentation cancelled (due to weather)
  • Peppermint Cupcakes
  • Grad Happy Hour + Uptown Christmas Tree photos
  • Christmas shopping (finished) at Bridgewater Falls + lunch at Max & Erma’s
  • FINALS WEEK BUSY-NESS
  • Christmas gifts exchange with Brenna, Natasha, and Kathleen + Martini Monday & dessert at Kona Bistro
  • LEC meeting at QB
  • Wednesday - submitted Early Modern Women/Cookery Books paper
  • Mailed Christmas cards/packages 
  • Peppermint Hot Chocolate + Along Came a Spider 
  • Thursday - submitted American Lit/Ecocriticism paper

Weekend Wishlist:

  • Grading
  • True West Coffee + Hamilton errands 
  • Gingerbread chai cupcakes
  • Le Tony!
  • Quiche…
November 29-December 5
  • Ramstetter Thanksgiving
  • Drinks with Joe, Jennie, & Steve
  • Holiday sweaters & house Christmas decorating 
  • Work, work, work: the last week of classes 
  • Goodbye to my 40 students
  • English dept office party! (EATS)
  • Herland presentation 
  • TJ Maxx Christmas Shopping

Weekend Wishlist: 

  • Saint Day
  • Snow storm!
  • Peppermint Mocha cupcakes
  • Mary Astell presentation
  • outing 
  • Finish Christmas Shopping
  • Finals week mode
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