*knock on wood*
I expect lightning any time. Yesterday was SO good, it can't possibly continue.
First, I got to school and saw Bossman (English Dept. Head) outside, and he informed me that I have an office and an e-mail address for the Spring. I'm being treated as a full-on, full-time faculty member, so I get the office all to myself with a COMPUTER and a WINDOW and everything!!! I have some meerkat window stickies that will be right at home (thanks, Funky!).
After that bit of excitement died down, I went on with my day as usual. Taught a few classes (we watched Supersize Me), worked in the writing center, and killed time in the afternoon (code for "played SIMS2) until time for my night class.
That's when it happened...around 5:00. IT. The big it. The best it I could ask for. One of my fellow reading teachers came in and informed me that my night class that runs from 7:30-9:45 only meets until DECEMBER 4TH!!!! Which means after December 4th I'll get home at a decent hour. I could not be more excited. Well, maybe a little...
So I rolled into the driveway at about 10:30 and promptly checked the mail because my b-day present from my mom was on the way. And what was it, you ask? $100!!! Yayyyy! I can buy shoes or books or something else fun without feeling guilty!!
But that's not all. OH no. There was a largeish envelope in the mail for me, too. When I saw the University of Connecticut seal I KNEW. It was my contributor copy of the journal with MY FIRST ACADEMIC PUBLICATION! I wrote a review of Fables, by Bill Willingham, for Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) and it's finally out. This is a kickass special issue dealing with issues of ethnicity in graphic narrative (comics) with an original cover by Gilbert Hernandez. For those who might not be familiar, Hernandez, along with his brother Jaime (Los Bros Hernandez), wroting the uber-famous Love & Rockets series which helped define the alternative comics movement in the 1980s. SO COOL. So freakin' cool to be in print with lots of great scholars in a subject area I'm really passionate about. Even though I'm not doing the PhD, I have every intention of dusting off some of my other material that needs to be sent out for publication.
Keep your fingers crossed!