Life. What the fuck is that anyway? How do we know if we’re living it?
Mama I’m strange
The thoughts and the wants are the locks on the back of my brain
Melissa Etheridge. “Mama I’m Strange.” breakdown.
Last week ended … weirdly. In a flattering way mind you, but nonetheless weirdly. One could do with more of (parts of) that.
Friday was a very slow day with a few hours to make up due to weirdness.
Last night I really slept like crap. I had multiple bad headaches. I could and did manage to find another “place” in my mind/head every so often but in every place I found another, different, bad headache. I should have went to bed way sooner than I did.
Stayed up too late, and watched a movie.
Now I’ve been sitting at this computer almost all day and I’m very tense. And if not at the computer(s), then I’ve still probably been sitting. Been freezing rain and stuff outside. Thankful I am for online public library renewal.
And, as one will notice based on further reading, I’ll be sitting at the computer(s) for a while now.
Thursday my mom called to tell me that my Aunt Wanda had had an operation and that at some point she started fighting for her life. Mom called this morning to let me know that Aunt Wanda had passed earlier this morning.
… and i really don’t know how it happened so fast
how we all grew so old
how we fell out of touch …
Eva Hunter. “Cold Shivers.” Fancy Prairie.
I will most likely be attending a funeral in St. Louis in the next several days. Eva’s son, thankfully, does not tell the entire story.
I got to (re)know my Aunt just a few years ago. Unlike when I was a kid, I found her very comforting to be around and my view of our relationship and her importance in my life [mostly] from a very early age was dramatically shifted to the better. I am so glad for that. I haven’t seen her in a few years either now since last spending some quality time with her. I am so very sad about that.
I accidentally left a very important (personal meaning) knee pillow at her house the last time I was there. I knew it was safe.
Do I wear a uniform? How in the hell do I begin to answer that question now?
What I should be doing
Should be seriously focusing on bibliography. Need annotations (lots of re-reading), lots of synthesis (lots of re-readings), well-crafted essay on the connections between Harris and Hjørland and due fairly soon. Need drafty thing real soon. Finished in two weeks, perhaps.
Also have class in the rare book room Wed. AM to see 2oth century fine press books.
Only thing left in Dave’s class (Python) is a lecture next Thur. and then a take-home final which I’ll have a week for. Unfortunately during prime bibliographical essay writing time.
I have a draft of my CAS paper proposal (for Spring) out for comment. Awaiting feedback. Won’t make registration during Fall but want to be ready to register as soon as it re-opens at start of Spring.
As I hope any library-type reading this knows, the LC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control Draft Final Report came out. Comments are only open until 15 Dec. Comment link on the previous link.
I began reading this Friday morning but haven’t gotten very far. This is very important in my opinion but the timing really sucks for academics (and many others) whose semesters will be wrapping during and until the deadline.
I hope I have time to comment on this. If I am tight on time (“if” haha.) then I may concentrate on the educational part 5. But maybe something else will really capture my thoughts as I read it, so who knows?
Little time to be as engaged in this as I would like. See my various comments re CommentPress version of this.
What I am doing
thinking I should clean my apartment. dead give-away.
books read in 2007 data collection. primarily this, but am also generating data for related things so I’m annotating in various ways as note-taking and data verification. But not on anything imminently critical. [did a lot of this earlier in the day.]
calling my brother-in-law for his birthday, Christmas-time arrangments discussion.
looking/listening for linguistically-related song snippets for use as epigraphs. no time to explain.
dreaming about going beyond what I need to be doing in the present re my CAS project. Doing what needs to be done soon is important, and it is a part of what needs to be doing overall, and a time to reflect, consider, synthesize, and present some of that coherently. All critical. Yet, still, I want to go on questing.
thinking about my aunt, and a funeral.
not thinking about the topic of my bibliography.
reading a bit more of the Working Group report. dreaming about what I’d love to do with it but simply cannot. We need a CommentPress version. Quickly.
writing blog posts. [across all of day.]
Recent life before now
I went to Columbus, OH to be with Sara, Max, and others for Thanksgiving.
Monday afternoon I went to Bloomington-Normal for a dental appointment. Saw my friends Mo & Chris and a few others. Ended the evening not feeling very well.
Slept like crap (not as bad as last night). Was sick on Tuesday. Unfortunately, where it was all overcast when I didn’t want to climb out of bed at 6 AM on Monday, on Tuesday when I didn’t climb out bed for a couple hours it was all bright out.
Need to make that missed time up during break.
Wednesday through the present, thinking & scribbling about (scholarly) annotation tools [began in the context of MDRT discussion pt. 2 on OAI-ORE.
A non-wrap up
So work towards my bibliography is most crucial and not getting done. Not capable of much sustained, coherent thought at the moment it seems. And the only serious reading I am trying at the moment is the LC Working Group report.
Life cares not a whit for good timing.
This is still confused and/or confusing, in an odd order, evasive, etc. Little of that is actually intended. Sorry.