Back to the lecture room

Aug. 16th, 2017 06:38 pm
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I love lecturing, but phew, I had totally forgotten how extremely exhausting it could be!

I had my first lecture of the term today. It is a lecture I've held lots of times before, but it also a lecture for the full cohort of exchange students, so about 300 this year. And I do not know a single one of them, which makes it all a bit harder. So after my hour of lecture I was totally exhausted.. Sweating like a pig, mentally and physically. And I wanted nothing more than to hide in my office, but first there was all the questions, and then I ran into the guy who a had the most massive crush on when we took beginner's Latin together, so we had to catch up (yep, still cute), and then we had a department lunch to welcome a new member of faculty. I have no idea what happened there, I just wanted to go home and faceplant into my pillow.

Then I rushed home and slept for two hours.

In other news I have a job interview on Monday! In good Norwegian spirit I got an email from them suggesting a time, and they asked me to answer by sending them a text message. Human interaction in for other people. The downsides is that two of my biggest competitors posted on Facebook that they have also been asked for an interview.

In which I am waiting for fame

Aug. 11th, 2017 04:22 pm
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Earlier this year I was asked to write for a language blog/online magazine at the University of Bergen (two articles per year), and yesterday my first post went live. If you can read Norwegian, you can find it here. The article is about the new Latin word for hangover, and how that really is a Norwegian word, with some meanderings about word for having hangovers and how to make a Latin word.

The article has been fairly well received (73 shares on Facebook!), even though I am waiting for someone to call me out on my handwaving over the sound change from kv-in Norwegian to v- in Latin, and not qu-, but none has been forthcoming as of yet.

What has been coming is a telephone form one of the bigger national newspaper, wanting to write an article about my article, so now I have been interviewed (while eating lunch), and then editing and emailing my rather incoherent ramblings to the journalist. Clearly I need some media training if this continues.

The thing is - I like writing this sort of stuff way more than I like writing academic articles. Hm.

Life, money and running

Aug. 9th, 2017 12:55 pm
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The internet has spoken, and I am signing up for the stand-up course in September.

Well, will be signing up as soon as I have got the money for it. Just now I am broke have some cash-flow problems, but payday is on the 12th, so I'll probably get the money on my account tomorrow. And that is good, because I've only had about 74 kroner ($10, €8) on my account for the last week. Holidaying expensive. Not to mention that when I came back, I had to buy new radios, since Norway has decided to change from FM radio to DAB+ radio, and that change happened while I was away. As I am an avid radio listener, not listening to the radio is really not an option. So new radios for the sitting room and bedroom. But, yeah, money tomorrow. Hooray! I promise not to spend them all on nail polish and gigolos.

In other news I finally kicked myself and went running again yesterday, just the short circuit since it was so long time since I went running last. And as every time I haven't gone running for a while, I get annoyed at myself that I haven't kept up with it, because it really, really is good for me, both physically and mentally. I intend to get back to my 3 times per week routine, so I'd better start now.
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Life is slowly getting back to normal. I had dinner with some friends on Saturday and went hiking yesterday, so both social interaction and exercise. Go me! I also feel the urge to brag about the hiking, since it was pouring all day yesterday (in the flooded streets and cellars way - and this is a city that knows rain), but I still managed to kick myself out.

At work I spent the day answering emails. From 9 til 16, just answering emails, and then answering answers to emails, and then answering the answers, well you get the drift. I really don't like email, but I'll save taht rant for another time.

In other news I am considering signing up for a stand-up comedy course in september. It is a two day course, one day of writing and one day of performing. I'm not quite sure whether it just screams "mid-life crisis", on the other hand I have always like being funny, and had a secret dream of being funny on stage, and not just in class. It will be one day of theory (whatever that might be), and one of writing with help from others from the stand-up comedians club here. And then there will be opportunities to try it out on stage later.
So - what say ye?

Trying to get my ducks sorted

Aug. 3rd, 2017 02:48 pm
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- Gotta clean up my desk
- Gotta go buy new work clothes
- Gotta write a list of tasks that others still have to do
- Gotta prep the sbay comics anthology

Today was supposed to be a work-from-home day for the husband, but he had pressing work things. Which means he has only one more wfh day before I head off to work. Ah well, it meant that I just spent 5 minutes eating ramen instead of an hour out with the husband.

Okay, I'm gonna take a break with work and go buy pants that fit me. :)


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