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What do you know. It's official, done, finished, over. Paper approved, grade entered, semester finished, requirements met, degree awarded. I have a Master's degree. With all the kerfluffle, I'm not sure it's sunk in yet. There hasn't been a 'yowza yahoo' moment, but every time I remind myself (which I do have to do, rather often, in fact), I get this quiet, if intense, shit-eating grin.

And I have had my second day of class, and I like it! "Professor" sounds kind of nice in front of my name, if I do say so myself. I have a small group, which is fine, and they are freshman, most of whom don't like to talk. I hope to open some of them up with time. So yeah. I'm currently holding office hours.* I'm not sure, but I think that's really, really, awesome....

Really, the only drawback I currently have is my concern over my mom. She's got an even bigger array of tests set up over the next week or so than she did over the summer. Having the same cancer appear elsewhere when they thought they got it all out of her lung? Not a good sign. The whirlwind of doctor's appointments starts Thursday. Send her good vibes, and if you have a few left over....

So after I leave here, I'm going to go see her for a bit. Tomorrow I don't have class, but we are having a new dishwasher delivered, so who knows when that will be. This is a very good thing, BTW, because what we have now; is not a dishwasher so much as a dishmoistener. And, since we now own the joint (and we had a kind donor who chipped in!) we decided to invest in a good one; stainless steel interior, steam, the whole nine yards. Being the soul in charge of dish-related maintenance, I find this a very good thing! (Small consolations, yeah?)

*(Yeah, OK, only a n00b hold office hours the first week, so what?)


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Things I need to remember:
• Asking for help is not, as it turns out, fatal.
• Laughing is easier than pulling your hair out, and doesn't have the unfortunate side effect of making you look like a plague victim.
• Even the biggest tasks can be defeated if taken a bit at a time.
• I can write a paper the night before it's due, but the results are not all they could be.
• Be thorough, but focused.
• Trust yourself.
• Honesty, always.

Historians are the Cassandras of the Humanities



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