Monthly Archives: August 2003

Back in the Deep North

My lack of blogging has been due to fighting a cold, running around school getting things straightened out, and rearranging my room.

Let me sum up:

– The trip from Fargo to Saskatoon was long but fairly uneventful. We ate lunch in Bismarck at a nifty cafe called Space Aliens Grill & Bar. It was oddly reminiscent of the Pizza Planet offa Toy Story.

– The border crossing was probably the easiest time I’ve entered Canada. I think it was probably due to the fact that I was the most prepared I’ve ever been, entering the country. I had a typed itemized list of the funds I had available for this year, along with the written letters and printouts to show proof. I handed all of that, along with our passports and Mike’s ticket outta here to the agent, and within 2 minutes we were across. We didn’t even have to get out of the car. I was very happy — especially considering my history with Customs agents in the past.

– Thursday and Friday were taken up with the Fall University Teaching and Learning Institute seminars. Yes, I volunteered to go to these, and I think I was one of maybe 5 grad students in attendance. Most everyone there was faculty. Being the geek that I am, I actually enjoyed myself! Since I’d like to be on University faculty myself one day, I figured I could use some extra pointers.

– Speaking of which, I’ve been asked to be a speaker for the tutorial leaders’ Orientation on Wednesday. My 20-25 minute talk is supposed to be about “Coordinating lectures and tutorials and encouraging class discussion.” My supervisor from last year recommended me to speak — I was very surprised, and yes, psyched about the opportunity! I’ve learned so much from my own experiences, my teaching class last term, and now these seminars that I know I’ll have a lot to say. Plus, being the rabid rhetorician that I am, I welcome the opportunity to persuade. I’ll let y’all know how it pans out.

– Hopefully I’ll be feeling better by then. I’ve been fighting this chest cold for the last week. So in addition to sounding like a misplaced Southern grrrl in the Arctic, now I’ve got a little Barry White in me as well. A very odd combination indeed.

– I’ve spoken with my thesis supervisor and we’re now gearing up to submit my still-very-much-a-proposal thesis proposal. I’m still focusing on film adaptations, but rather than focusing on novels (which already has quite a scholarly following), I’m going to look at dramatic plays that have been translated onto the screen. Some preliminary choices are: Rosencrantz & Guilderstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard, ‘night, Mother by Marsha Norman, Sleuth by Anthony Shaffer, The Gin Game by DL Coburn amongst others…. Hey, if anyone has any other great ideas of plays that have been made into movies, lemme know! (Natalie I know you must know of some!)

– I’m registered for fall classes this term! I’m taking two courses: Rhetorical Criticism and Dramatic Theory and Criticism. So if in the next four months I’m more critical than normal, you’ll know the reasons why.

– I’ve now got a desk in my room! This is no small accomplishment, considering the size of my room probally equals that of a cell in Alcatrez. After much swearing, measuring, and rearranging — I’ve finally got a place where I can muse… away from roommates, noise, and whatever other distractions get in the way. This is good, especially considering that my laptop is now a pseudo-desktop.

– Other than that, not much else is going on. Mike’s flight leaves S’toon on Monday, at the ungodly hour of 6AM. Tomorrow we’re going to play outside as much as possible — it’s gorgeous out! Great for picnics by the river, a trek to the Saskatoon Zoo, or just walking outside enjoying the almost-fall air.

Yep, the Nyquil is kicking in. Have a great Labor day everyone! (I almost typed “Labour” just then — maybe Canada really IS getting to me!)

ttfn.

I’m sick. And very overwhelmed with school/packing/life issues right now to post anything intelligible.

So until then, enjoy this:

No roommates around this weekend, doo-dah, doo-dah.

Home!

Post more later — I haveta be at school tomorrow at 8:30AM. (ugh)

Currently in Fargo, ND and I’m already missing humidity. Brrr. I guess that’s to be expected after spending months in a semi-tropical environment.

I guess this’ll put us back in Saskatoon tomorrow night sometime.

I had a couple heart-stoppers tonight: first of all, I got a certified letter back at my Savannah address. I have no clue on what this possibly can be — but having an overactive imagination has got me thinking of all sorts of negative things. Mike won’t be able to get it for me until next week, so I’ll keep y’all posted. (and now I’ll try not to think about it)

The other thing that scared me was an email from the English department head, subject title “Tutorial Leader position.” Once again, the glass-is-half-empty aspect of me automatically assumed it was a letter informing me of losing my funding. It wasn’t. He just asked me if I’d mind switching my tutorial meeting from the ungodly time of 8:30AM to 2:30PM. I had NO problems with that.

Anyway, I should sleep so I’ll be fresh and chipper for Customs tomorrow morning. (ugh)

Next stop, Saskatchewan!

Miles traveled: 1345

Miles to go: 1245

Currently in Janesville, Wisconsin. Tomorrow’s plan is to get to Bismarck (around 700 miles) and then on Wednesday trek back to Saskatoon.

I’m pretty tired right now, and there’s Steel Magnolias on HBO. It’s already making me miss the South, though I’m excited (and ready) to be going back home.

Road trip tidbits for the day:

– This morning when driving outta Memphis, a morning radio show actually had a contest where you had to call in and guess the amount of change in the deejay’s pocket. Apparently they do this every morning (and I though Saskatoon stations were lame!)

– The further North we get, the less billboards advertise Jesus and the cleaner/nicer the rest stops become.



Of course, some rest stops are operated by evil conglomerate mega-organizations disguised as other institutions. (my mom will know what I’m talking about!)

– I’m finished my Wicked book. The ending was a let-down, though I’m not disappointed I read it. I won’t be able to watch the movie the same way again.

– In the very ritzy suburban Germantown (outside of Memphis), there’s a Citgo gas station where you can pump gas and then order a fresh California roll. Somehow that doesn’t sound too appetizing.



Me and ‘Chelle in Memphis

I’m in Memphis right now, after driving 11 or so hours yesterday to get up here. We’re gleefully mooching off the Ellis’s brand-new household — and today’s their 18th wedding anniversary, so Happy Anniversary youse two!

I’ve also had the chance to check out the soon-to-be-home of Ringo Starr, who lives just down their street — very cool.

So far, so good — no real problems with the car, besides the fact we still have around 1800 miles left in our trek. (ugh)

Tonight it’s dinner at PF Changs and then heading out at the crack o’ dawn tomorrow.



(map not to scale, but pretty darn close)

We’re leaving first thing in the morning. First stop, Memphis, Tennessee and a quick visit with the Ellis’s. From there it’s due North through Illinois, West through Michigan, Minnesota, and North Dakota — then North up to Saskatchewan!

MapQuest says the mileage should be right around 2300/2400 miles. I’ll keep track and see how close (or way off) we get.

Blogging may be sparse, considering my laptop now requires an external monitor in order to operate adequately. I’ve got my camera though — expect lots of pictures of the sunflower fields in North Dakota!

Here’s wishing no more car troubles…

t.t.f.n.