Getting to be That Time in the Semester
I’ve always been a big Janis Ian fan. She’s best known for her very depressing song, “At Seventeen.” I always felt like I was that girl in the song and so I bought the album, “Between the Lines,” in record form, 8 track, cassette, CD and now, I own it digitally. If you were ever a Leonard Cohen fan, you can relate. The music is very depressing, but there are times in your life where you need a sad song that makes you cry. Was I that sad girl of “At Seventeen?” Probably not. I’ve been to my high school reunions and clearly, if I had known I was as popular as people say I was, I would have had a much better time.
But it’s getting to be that time in the semester. I was joking in class on Wednesday that I was behind in my work on my paper for Lynch’s class but I would have a moment probably at 3 AM some morning where I knew what direction to go in and I would start writing. That happened tonight. So I got up, did a little work around the house while I was thinking about what to do. I’ve been feeling lousy, so I’ve been up in the middle of the night a lot this week. Then, I did the reading for tonight’s class. Finally, I found the data I’ve been looking for. Since I’m not a full time grad student, I have to rely heavily on databases that are already out there or in sources not usually used in academic papers. I work for the U. S. Senate so I searched the Senate Historical Office website (because you can’t call them at 3 AM) and found several databases that might be useful. Hooray! Now, I just need to get Lynch to buy into it.
I’m sure there’s an alphabet label for how I do things. Maybe, MPDS–Morning Person Derangement Syndrome.
Now it’s back to reading and taking notes until it’s time to go to work. I think I’ll be doing a lot of this in the next few weeks.