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This has not been my best week. Not by a long shot. I'd wash it away with an Angry Orchard (or six), but it's not over yet. I need to get up bright and early tomorrow to start the hell weekend that follows my hell week. So instead, I'll just vent about it here. :)

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Last weekend, when I took a nice little trip up to Dallas-Fort Worth to visit the BF and watch The Dark Knight Rises (which is fantastic, as a side note...please go see it if you haven't already), I knew the upcoming week was going to be a doosie. I don't think I quite grasped just how big a doosie it was going to be. Or maybe I didn't want to grasp it.

On Monday, since I'd spent the weekend in DFW, I still had some grading to do from my students' online discussion. Not a huge deal, but quite the time-sucker considering I have about 100 students. So I had to finish that up. Monday was also the day of my students' midterm. So this week, I've been trying to find a nice balance between doing my coursework (which requires me to read at least two books every week if I want to stay on track) and grading online discussions and midterms.

Add to all of this the fact that I'm moving this weekend. I'm leaving my campus apartment (which is 492 square feet and $1,100/month) and moving down the road to a much more spacious apartment that costs a little over half of what I'm paying now. Did I mention that it's also gated and has two pools and a fitness center? Yeah. I'm totally ready to move. But of course, finding time to pack has been very difficult since I keep coming back to these blue books. I've barely packed anything.

And to all of this, add that my current apartment is furnished and my new one is not, so I had to go furniture shopping this week. Considering I'm almost broke, buying furniture (even cheap furniture from Goodwill or Craigslist) isn't really an option. So I've decided to rent a lovely living room set from Rent-A-Center and unfold my futon in the bedroom and sleep on it until I find a cheap bed. I've been sleeping on my futon every night anyway, so no big deal. And as much as I've been told renting is a rip-off, the total price I'll be paying in the end for the living room furniture really isn't that bad, in my opinion.

And don't even get me started on getting my utilities and Internet set up. If this is what grown-ups have to deal with, I want no part of it.

Oh, and I also don't have a vehicle that can transport my futon and bookshelf, so I had to find somebody with a truck or a van. I only know one such person, who lives something like 30 miles away, but luckily she agreed to do it...on Monday. Which is probably a blessing, because it will give me two days to gradually pack everything up so I can move a little at a time. I laughed out loud when I finished that last sentence, because I know better than to think that's actually how I'm going to do it. It's all going to be done on Monday.

I don't like this "real world" stuff. Not one bit. But I know I'll be glad once Tuesday rolls around and I'm settled into my new apartment and sitting on my comfy rent-to-own sofa while answering angry student e-mails about their midterm grades. That will be the life. Tuesday seems so far away, though...

Enough about my first world problems. How was your week?

July 27, 2012

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July 26, 2012

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8) And entirely appropriate by durrati — 110
9) Has Madam done anything to address MS? by lexalou — 109
10) I'm fast running out of popcorn by Glinda — 108
11) So by stevej — 105
12) He's showing all the tact and savvy  you'd expect by Dartagnan — 103
13) It's pretty bad by Delilah — 103
14) Romney was asked about the horse - by Jacoby Jonze — 103
15) Needs to Be a 30 Second Ad About This by Gooserock — 100
16) I get the impression by stevej — 100
17) Chuck Todd and First Read are also reporting by koosah — 99
18) Yankee Romney Went to Town by Gooserock — 94
19) So he calls Israel for his policy advice? by merrywidow — 93
20) For all their decorum brits are brutal when by voroki — 93
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22) I saw that on TPM. I love it! by satrap — 88
23) Because he's not a politician. by Wee Mama — 88
24) So horse ownership is valuable in treating MS, as by middleagedhousewife — 86
25) i knew him and he by theKgirls — 84
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28) We might have to consult with a horologist by ontheleftcoast — 79
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July 26, 2012

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