When I try to explain the sheer weight of my to-do list to a non-academic person (or “normal”)

When I try to explain the sheer weight of my to-do list to a non-academic person (or “normal”)

Preparing for an oral defense about 6 weeks after I finished reading the books for it (and a full 4 weeks after it was supposed to have happened)

Preparing for an oral defense about 6 weeks after I finished reading the books for it (and a full 4 weeks after it was supposed to have happened)

ocbzigzag asked: you can do this!!!

Thank you! So can you! We all can! (Unless we decide we don’t want to, which is an equally respectable choice)

haveatiggerifficday asked: *hugs* you are wonderful and capable and what your university says about you are just their opinions and that doesn't DEFINE you and if you want it and you feel you can do it you CAN. <3

Thank you! I appreciate the show of support. Right back at you…we are all in this together!

10oclockdot asked: Were you / are you at PCA/ACA (inspiration for the Bowie post)? If so, I hope I didn't ask you a stupid question. :)

Ha! I was not, and you probably did not ask stupid questions. But everyone gets stupid questions—such is the nature of the conference world.

Trying not to react with disdain to the useless questions one receives at conferences

Trying not to react with disdain to the useless questions one receives at conferences

What&#8217;s the only thing I&#8217;m allowed to do in my spare time for the next 8 weeks?

What’s the only thing I’m allowed to do in my spare time for the next 8 weeks?

The second a 5th year PhD hears the term &#8220;tenure track&#8221; in conversation&#8230;

The second a 5th year PhD hears the term “tenure track” in conversation…

When I am avoiding my advisor and then suddenly, he is right behind me

When I am avoiding my advisor and then suddenly, he is right behind me

mansplainedmarxist:

When I tell students they can’t use their laptops during class discussion

My language students are horrified that I want them to use actual book dictionaries sometimes&#8230;they weep and moan and expire at the thought

mansplainedmarxist:

When I tell students they can’t use their laptops during class discussion

My language students are horrified that I want them to use actual book dictionaries sometimes…they weep and moan and expire at the thought