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Errantry: Novak's Journal
...Words to cast/My feelings into sculpted thoughts/To make some wisdom last
Personal: False Start 
10th-Jan-2011 06:37 pm
Loyola Faculty Portrait
Ugh. The nastiest day in my history of New Orleans. The first day of the new semester and I have to get hammered with a fever bug in my throat. So my course on The Experience of Grace already starts out a day behind. I can make it up fairly quickly, I think, as long as I get back by Wednesday, but I'm still beyond annoyed. There was a lot I wanted to do today, and I got zip done. I think my fever started breaking this afternoon, but maybe that was the ibuprofen for all I understand of it. All the years I've walked the earth and I only find out the other day from Dan while I was at his place that ibuprofen was an anti-fever drug as well as a pain reliever. Never knew it. So I'm not really all that clear on how that part of it works or what to expect of it, but my 102.7ºF dropped down to a 96.2ºF now, which is definitely on the other side of things. But maybe ibuprofen just does that? I'll find out. Sara, who manages our department office, was fabulous for me this afternoon, and strung things out as long as possible, as I had held out the hope of coming in for the 4:55pm class, but it was finally just obvious that that was not going to happen while just walking around my apartment was an exercise in balance for me. So she finally posted a cancellation notice. Good times. My new faculty portrait for the website came in, however, so at least I get to look professorial despite the least-stellar opening ever. (At least, I look professorial on the website; I currently look like a Gorgon.) And I was cogent enough to write this paragraph now, while earlier today I managed to be awake for four hours I didn't really notice, so that seems an improvement.
11th-Jan-2011 12:41 am (UTC)
Oh no!!! Sorry Mike!!!
11th-Jan-2011 02:24 am (UTC)
You so have nothing to apologize for, Amy! No one in the history of the universe outside a biological weapons lab has taken more precautions against anyone getting infected. And I'm not even sure that my bug and what you guys had are the same thing. No coughing for me, for example. So don't worry about it: you can't always outrun such things.
11th-Jan-2011 05:06 am (UTC)
No such luck: back up to 100°F. So fun! Can't sleep and watching the first episode of the PBS documentary God in America, which is, I'm afraid, filled with the usual subtexts. You have the required Post-Modern idea that it is incredible (not to say "sinful") for people of the past to have believed that they could have possessed religious truth (well, for Christians of the past to do so: all others are "protecting their cultural integrity" or somesuch. The chosen vocabulary tends to the negative: "duty," "obligation," "religion," "politics," and "conformity," rather than a dominant vocabulary of "spirituality," "liberation," "freedom," "reason," "persuasion," and "love," in the way that the people of the time might have understood the give-and-take of the "free market of ideas". And every actor portraying a Christian has do so half in shadows or before flames, glowering at the camera or growling or snarling their lines with the unmistakable tenor of violence, intolerance, and fanaticism. (I would be fascinated to hear the opinions of the scholars interviewed throughout as to these "historical" portrayals themselves. There's sooooo much subtext one can insert while sticking to the highlighted "actual words" of these figures.

By the way, I have a request to add to the Amy Fantasy Recipe Catalogue. I would love to see the results of you crafting a Penne Carbonara recipe: one with the rich cream sauce in the center, balanced with the tangy, meaty bite of bacon on one end, and the surprise sweetness of peas on the other end of the spectrum. Not too much of either, but not too little, either. When done right, it's glorious.

Edited at 2011-01-11 05:07 am (UTC)
13th-Jan-2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
Next time you're in town I will most certainly make you Carbonara again. :)
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