I have now been on vacation for ten days. In that time, I have watched five Harry Potter movies; become addicted to Scandal on Netflix; gone for one run outside*; baked sticky toffee pudding, lemon squares, and chocolate/candy-cane dipped marshmallows; and spent three days in Grande Pomme city with my younger sister where we walked and walked and walked and talked and talked and talked. I have also written part 3 of the massive application that continues to consume my life, moved the process of getting myself an online faculty profile** at Innovation U.*** forwards, and set up a google birthday calendar for my old lab so they can’t blame me when there is no pie for birthdays anymore.
I have eight more days before we fly to Canuckia for the epic reenactment of the classic Christmas movie “Four Christmases”. Which I think, having not seen it, was about a couple that had been engaged for a long time who visit all of their divorced and remarried parents in one day. I might be conflating this with The Five Year Engagement. Also I don’t know if they tried to do it all in one day. That would make for a better movie because it would be effing impossible and hijinks would necessarily ensue. We’re doing our round in about 14 days, giving each set of parents a solid 3 days. Just long enough to eat some classics from that household, chat a lot, and start to get on each other’s nerves before we sail off to the next destination, lather rinse repeat.
In the next eight days, I need to do ALL of my Christmas shopping, as well as ALL of Pea’s, once he tells me what I’m getting (I will shop for him, I will not present-designate), host a farewell party, buy more professor clothes, visit the ocean, and pack to move across the continent. I have a week of no-application-crap-vacation, and I think I will spend the vast majority of it shopping. I hate shopping, am renowned for my hatred of shopping, so I am going to try to make this as efficient as possible. I may be able to get it all done in one morning if I plan it right. Fingers crossed.
*the first real run in over a year thanks to a stubborn tendon issue
**I need this to happen so I can recruit students without feeling like a shady person in a trench coat in the park, pulling one side open while hissing “Wanna buy a degree?”. A faculty profile lends legitimacy, is what I am saying.
***After months of writing about how this institution is “the most innovative school in province/country/the WORLD!” for applications, I’ve settled on this for its pseudonym. Welcome to the blog, Innovation U.