Novak (novak) wrote,

Personal: Getting Back To It After An Extended Weekend in Chicagoland

I'm back to Marquette and trying to tie up the job application business after spending a few days down at my sister's, where I had the opportunity to help a bit by watching the girls a few times, to go to Grace and Haley's soccer matches, and to spend even more time than ever before just hanging out with Sophia, who loves to say "Unca Miiike?" with a smile and a tone that makes me sound like I'm the very incarnation of Fun. I also dashed over to Chicago to spend Sunday afternoon and evening hanging with Emily and assorted companions of hers – costume historian Megan, biochemist Sarah, and Media scholar Katie Z. – which was a good time, if too brief. Dinner was at the equally-cool Tapas place Café Ba Ba Reeba near DePaul University. And Emily gave me a copy of a treasure I had confessed that I had not read – Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey – and, generous 18th Century scholar that she is, even annotated it for me with scattered and cool insights and comments, in a cool "Longman Cultural Edition" that is already full of interesting scholarly intros and articles. It would be so fun to do that stuff for a living, too, though I wouldn't want to join Em in worrying about that market: my job search is hair-raising enough without thinking of the poor Literature scholars! :-(

I gave Grace the "Grace Fun Mix" I conjured up for her years ago, now that she was finally of age and now that I finally remembered to do so. And so I also had to make a "Haley Fun Mix" because she was about old enough, too, and definitely old enough to feel slighted. I had been playing with a large selection of songs for her for awhile, but I needed to get it burned to disc before I left. So I've been re-listening to the Haley mix to see if I still think it flows, given that it was finalized quickly. They're both on CD, as I'm "old school" like that. The girls called them "playlists" as they're totally digital babies, but I still have yet to get an iPod, as I'm holding out for a 32GB iPhone to be released before making the iPod/cellular phone leap, and so I still am functioning with discs, although Professor Barnes reported the other day that the undergraduates see them as archaic and a dead form, and I guess this was thus confirmed by Grace and Haley. They have a list that they'd kind of pulled together from stuff of Jim and Leslie's that they like. 4 year-old Haley observed to me "I've already got 'Just Like Heaven.'" (Actually, I used a cover version by Katie Melua that I'd gotten from Emily.) But the sudden image of Haley as a four year-old purist fan of The Cure made me laugh. As I confessed long ago, before Haley was born, when I first put together the mix for Grace, some four years ago, long before she was ready for it, in a fit of Uncle-ish anticipation, there was a secret agenda to all this. Secret agenda: to endow the girls with wide musical tastes and getting them to like more than what all their friends will tell them they have to like. Secret secret agenda: Haley's list is a bit heavy on piano, one of which Leslie recently purchased....
The Grace Fun Mix:

I Want You Back – Jackson 5
You Might Think – The Cars
All Star – Smash Mouth
Twist and Shout – The Beatles
Do You Believe In Magic – Shaun Cassidy
Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
Tell Her About It – Billy Joel
Down On The Corner – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Stand – R.E.M.
Roam – The B-52's
Big House – Audio Adrenaline
MMMBop – Hanson
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson
Soak Up the Sun – Sheryl Crow
Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
I Think We're Alone Now – Tiffany
Think – Aretha Franklin
Linus And Lucy – Vince Guaraldi Trio
Yellow Submarine – The Beatles
In The Navy – Village People
Big Girls Are Best – U2
Higher Ground – Stevie Wonder
The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades – Timbuk 3

The Haley Fun Mix:

ABC – Jackson 5
Our House – Madness
Octopus's Garden – The Beatles
Last Night – Over The Rhine
N17 – The Saw Doctors
Shake A Tail Feather – Ray Charles
Dancing In the Streets – David Bowie & Mick Jagger
Just Like Heaven – Katie Melua
Bein' Happy – Russ Taff
The Mayor Of Simpleton – XTC
Da Doo Ron Ron – Shaun Cassidy
A Campfire Song – 10,000 Maniacs
Veronica – Elvis Costello
I'm Gonna Get You Now – Phil Keaggy
100 Years – Five For Fighting
Take On Me – a-ha
Fidelity – Regina Spektor
Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer
Stray Cat Strut – Stray Cats
Saturday Night – Bay City Rollers
Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra
Shout – A Ragamuffin Band
Sweetest Thing – U2
The question as to whether I committed some musical crimes likely remains open.

So, six more applications are finished now, and I'm now left tackling those asking for more bells and whistles, like "Statements of Scholarly Interests," writing samples, and proof of teaching effectiveness. And sending off for and purchasing more of my transcripts. Yay. Notre Dame, at least, gives me those for free, but I have to pay $5 a pop for my Marquette ones. Small investments, to be sure, compared to getting a job in the uncertain economic future we're all looking at, but in the present they're little costs that add up and add to the churning stomach acid. Okay: done with the job stuff for the night and back to a bit of dissertating before bed. I'd hoped to catch up with a friend on the phone tonight, and I've still not made it out of the Library....
Tags: academia, books, family, friends-marquette era, grace, haley, musical, personal, restaurants, sophia

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