Saturday, January 26, 2008


1. put together teaching portfolio.
2. not freak out whilst in NYC, because it is big and I am small, it is groovy and I am not, it is large and contains multitudes and I, I might be puny and kind of a wimp.
3. remember that NYC and conference therein are an opportunity! a big fun opportunity!
4. pack economically.
5. get all work done before leaving Wednesday morning.
6. take down Christmas tree before Feb. 1.
7. stay calm.
8. read Scottish thriller to stay calm.
9. send three packets of poems, the ones that have come back from the short-sighted editors with bad taste, out before I leave on Wednesday.
10. remember not to not have a good time in NYC.


  1. Yeah, I'm starting to freak out a wee bit. We have a job candidate coming to campus today! So I have to unpack from last trip, repack for NYC, grade 9 workshop pieces, take candidate to dinner two nights, spend all day--from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. with candidate tomorrow (a few hours off to get a little work done--for instance, paper I'm supposed to present at AWP), go to store so child has some milk when she returns (to a mother-free home), straighten house and teach from noon until 9 on Tuesday. I do not, however, have a tree to take down so I do not think my list is as onerous as yours. But thanks for letting me hog the comment box to make my list! See you in NYC.

  2. Who says you're not groovy?
    What Scottish thriller's on the reading list?

  3. The Falls, Ian Rankin. Loving it--and there are so many more in the series!

  4. NYC beckons you... enjoy the bright lights!

  5. Yes! Not to freak out. We don't care if we are not groovy enough for NYC, because we are from SLC and that's that. We will be the groovy SLC in NYC folks. And we will eat and be merry. There's really no choice about that.

  6. I hunt for any Scottish novel, thriller or otherwise, that is: 1) unabridged, 2) a book I can download through Audible. That allows me, almost always, to listen to the book with the Scottish brogue. (We have dear friends in Glasgow and acquaintances in Edinburgh.) I've listened to Rankin--but this one so far is only "dramatized", not read "unabridged." I do have my principles. I could probably make you a list of Scottish reads that meet my criteria. . . . For example, try "Buddha Da"--not a notion I would have put at the center of a book. Middle class Scottish dad goes Buddhist. Great accent in the read. . . .

  7. Though Buddha Da is definitely NOT a thriller.



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