It’s officially been a year since this tendinitis pain started. I blame spending most of last summer in flip-flops. When I first went to the doctor, the problem was easily solved by some inserts for my Nikes, but in November some pain returned and subsided, and then hit full force on Christmas Eve. Not fun at all, especially going into the worst winter ever. Cold temps, slippery ice and snow, etc.
I’m in my second round of physical therapy and a little over a week ago would have told you that I felt 90% healed and stronger, but I think that optimism may have led to a few over-exuberant Zumba moves. Yes, I’ve somehow kept teaching at the gym, and I know overuse is a cause of chronic pain, but with Zumba Toning I really don’t jump or travel across the room very much. Everything is centered and on two feet. And the PT folks haven’t told me to stop.
It's a 2 patch day. pic.twitter.com/k9qh7nGjge
— Daisy, Ph.D. (@phdaisy) September 25, 2014
This pics is from Thursday and all was fine until yesterday. No idea what I did, but the pain or awareness of pain, even if dull, at ALL times has returned and that’s really got me down. I even have custom inserts now [the word “orthodics” makes me feel VERY old], and perhaps the issue is that I’m still getting used to them. Wasn’t supposed to have another PT appointment for a month, but I’m gonna call first thing in the morning to get one for this week.
Wish me luck!
I’ve spent the past month writing a book chapter about John Biguenet’s trilogy of plays: Rising Water, Shotgun, and Mold.
I’m also still dealing with my tendinitis issues, the semester started, I started my position as Program Director, and (if you read my previous post) I successfully jumped through the tenure hoop. (That’s my way of saying I’m still writing the chapter. Given all the new meetings and course preps I have on my schedule, I often only get a chance to add new words on the weekends.)
Typically, when I write about Hurricane Katrina I focus on role of the blogs and social media to share stories of the city’s recovery and inspire activism, but for this edited collection I’m returning to my undergrad and literary analysis roots. Coincidentally Biguenet is a Loyola-New Orleans professor and, while I never had the chance to take one of his classes during my years there (BA ’96), I attended a talk of his about “depicting disaster” at an alumni college event a couple years ago, which is what inspired my answer to this CFP (which I now see has been updated).
I’ve really enjoyed selecting scenes from his works but (as is often the case) I also start to spiral down my own rabbit hole of Katrina-specific memories, and re-reading trauma theory to apply doesn’t really help, especially at this time of year when I’m always homesick for Mardi Gras.
This week in my Composition 2 class we will start reading Chris Rose’s 1 Dead in Attic (the books title comes from this column) and based on an entry ticket exercise we completed at the end of last week, it is clear these students know very little about my beloved hometown or the impact of levee breaches. Many were in middle school in 2005 and their only Katrina-specific memories are all tv news related, so I’m looking forward to sharing other texts with them, both print and tv/film.
To start our discussion tomorrow, though, I plan to show Pico Iyer’s TED talk. Our course theme is place and I think this will be the best way to ease us in:
Question #4: How have I not posted this video to my blog yet?
Given the PCEM courses I’m teaching this 2013-2014 academic year, I’m all about having my students create digital portfolios and establish a professional online presence.
More on this in an edited version of this post, but had to share the infographic before I forgot.
Back in April 2012 I mentioned meeting with an Acquisitions Editor about revising my dissertation into a book. I submitted the revision plan in June 2012, received feedback in October 2012 and then [since no timeline was given for incorporating these revisions] I dropped the ball. Going through the stressful promotion process at my university [on top of teaching a 4/4 and too much committee work] sucked all of my energy. Well, I’ll admit I maintained enough energy to teach Zumba 3 or 4 times a week, but that’s a different energy [and cuter outfits]
Anyway, while enjoying my summer vacation in Greece, I received an email from the UP’s new editor who asked me to resubmit my book proposal. I took all the feedback into consideration, had an identity crisis about what field to ground my work in, e.g. rhetoric, composition, writing studies, trauma theory, and/or internet research, but eventually submitted the new plan in September 2013 and got the go ahead soon after to implement the plan and resubmit chapters at the end of November.
Having just attended the AoIR conference in Denver [notes on the fishbowl session I moderated need to be posted ASAP], I was reminded how important research like mine on social media and disaster, specifically on Hurricane Katrina and the NOLA Blogosphere, is and that I can’t let the teaching load and service commitments distract me.
So here’s proof that I’m gonna try my damnedest to get those chapters revised by the end of November and the new material outlined:
— Daisy, Ph.D. (@phdaisy) November 2, 2013
Not only will this online community motivate me, I think I’ll meet some great academic writers to commiserate with about nonacademic things too.
I’m ready! Opening a blank WORD doc now!
Long time no blog [again]. The excuse this time is an amazing 2 week vacation in the Greek islands.
I’m going to try and find a flickr widget to add to this blog sidebar, or even switch my WordPress theme [again] to make this more of a photosharing site, but until then here’s a preview pic taken on our last night in my happy place, Santorini.
Since my last post, I came down with an awful sinus infection and basically slept from Feb 28-March 5. Seriously! The antibiotics helped a bit but it really wasn’t until March 7th or so that I could work out again, answer emails in a coherent manner, and grade papers. My teaching was evaluated on March 8th, so that worked out, huh?
I’ve still got a ton of papers to grade and I could’ve caught up on those over Spring Break, but this is the first time in 5 years that my husband’s and my Spring Break vacations lined up. Within minutes of discovering that, I booked tickets to NYC to visit friends. And boy was it worth it! I put up my “out of office” email message on the 9th and totally removed myself from any academic thoughts, except from when we went to see Seminar.
What’s Seminar, you ask? Here’s the synopsis from the official website:
In SEMINAR, four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard (Alan Rickman), an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this biting new comedy.
It was a great play, but I’d be lying if I said that Alan Rickman starring in it wasn’t the reason it came on my radar. In fact, it was my freshman composition teacher’s posts on Facebook that brought it to my attention. Ahh writing geekiness and fangirl social media-ness.
Here’s me & hubby after the show waiting to meet Snape, err, I mean Mr. Rickman:
And there he is!
Special thanks go to my BFF Eric who was my personal paparazzo on this trip, but I have to say my iphone got some good snaps of Snape too [sorry, couldn’t resist]:
Here’s one final pic from our matinee experience; notice the fully autographed Playbill:
After the show we went to our fav NOLA-themed restaurant, Delta Grill and then had some drinks at Industry where a nice fella from Mississippi took this fantastic group photo of hubby, me, Eric and Nick:
Ack, I have got to get to grading, so let me finish up this post with some touristy pics, especially since this was hubby’s first trip to NYC:
At the museum The Butterfly Conservatory was open so we walked through a room with hundreds of them flying around! Here’s a gorgeous one posing for us:
Two more pics, I promise!
Upon our exit of the museum…
and later that night in Queens…
Amidst all of the stress I just mentioned, these videos have brought me down off the email ledge & made me smile this week:
I’ve been a MIKA fan since 2007 and cannot wait for his new album!
Here’s another favorite so you can actually see him:
Oh, and very appropriate for this post, a new video for “Relax, Take it Easy”
And now for the best academic + 80s thing I’ve ever seen EVER:
Take the 10 minutes and go watch it NOW.
When the emails started taking over my life 2 weeks before the Spring semester started, I knew this one was going to be a doozy.
I’m teaching 2 online sections of ENGL 102, 2 sections of ENGL 371 [a rhetoric course to the Tech Comm majors], and 1 online graduate course in Rhetorical Theory, also online. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention I’m directing two thesis projects.
I’m sure there are people who will read this and think that it’s a piece of cake to only have 1 face-to-face class that meets twice a week, but the reality is the more online students you have, the more prep work you have to do and the more emails you get.
But this post really isn’t about teaching. I’m doing a good job replying to discussion board posts and blog posts and grading papers in a timely manner, but I wish I had more time to focus on my teaching, not to mention my research.
The service component of this tenure track job is eating into my time more than I would like. I’m on the department Hiring Committee, chair of the Advanced Writing Committee, member of the Race, Ethnic Studies, & Global Perspectives committee as well as one of two consultants from this committee who helps approves new course proposals regarding our criteria, member of the Program Review Committee, and on the editorial board of two journals. I also have weekly meetings with the Tech Comm program faculty to discuss our growing number of undergrad majors and graduate students who are nearing the end of their program & need thesis or field project directors.
As I write this, I know that I enjoy doing all of these things, due mostly in part to liking everyone I work with, but given that I was passed over for promotion this year, I worry that I need to do even more when I’m pretty much at my breaking point!
And for some reason what causes me the most anxiety is email. Seeing the number of messages coming in every day gets my heart racing, and not in the good way. Because so many of our online students are working professionals with families, I can’t simply turn off my email at the end of the traditional business day. That’s when they are working on their course work–evenings and weekends. Well, I can turn it off but I feel bad doing so.
But when I was so exhausted on Monday afternoon that I couldn’t even make it out of bed to go to my beloved Zumba & Turbokick classes, I knew I HAD to step away from the laptop, iphone, and ipad. [I’m on my desktop writing this.]
I have a policy in all of my syllabi stating students need to reply to my emails within 48 hours so starting March 1, that’s what I’ll adhere to as well. So that’s that.
Now let me go email all of my students to tell them this…
I know the Superbowl was nearly a week ago, but after much consideration and consulting of the AdBlitz channel on YouTube, I can now announce my favorite commercial to be…
I think it’s the “wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle yeah” that gets me! Also, is that Bebe Neuwirth voicing the brown M&M?
My other LMFAO-related point here is that while I didn’t feel they served much of a purpose during Madonna’s halftime show, their remix of her new song is fun!
My latest post on the Rhetorical Theory Course Blog:
You will hear more about Aristotle’s appeals in future chapters, but if you notice I’ve uploaded a document in D2L that outlines the three nicely. Regarding pathos, or the appeal to our emotions, it states,
Language choice affects the audience’s emotional response, and emotional appeal can effectively be used to enhance an argument. Indeed, pathos evokes a meaning implicit in the verb ‘to suffer’–to feel pain imaginatively….Perhaps the most common way of conveying a pathetic appeal is through narrative or story, which can turn the abstractions of logic into something palpable and present. The values, beliefs, and understandings of the writer are implicit in the story and conveyed imaginatively to the reader. Pathos thus refers to both the emotional and the imaginative impact of the message on an audience, the power with which the writer’s message moves the audience to decision or action.
An example that comes to mind immediately is from Mad Men. I shared the link to this video in my comment to Jodee’s post, but wanted to create a separate space for it just in case you miss it there: http://youtu.be/suRDUFpsHus
Don’s entire presentation relies on pathos, beginning with his narrative about working for Teddy and his defining of nostalgia as “the pain from an old wound,” all the while showing slides of his own family and the memories they can now relive via the Kodak Carousel. Rather than distancing himself from a product, he’s thrown his heart into it and it works!
I’ve created a new category called “advertising” since we’re bound to make a number of references to commercials, print, and online ads this semester!
This week, between workouts and the return to teaching, I have been drafting a post about my newly founded obsession with tumblr. I should get to publish that later this evening, but I wanted to quickly point out the site inspired me to create my tumblr account in the first place: Downton Abbeyoncé.
I’ve been a Downton Fan since last March when I first watched the series on my iPhone and while I might not know everything about Beyonce, I know enough to say the combo of these two are brilliant, fabulous and hilarious.
Here are my favorite creations:
If you do go subscribe to this tumblr, be warned that some images may contain Season 2 spoilers, but you can quickly remedy that by tuning in to Downton on PBS every Sunday night!