Tempus fugit.

Here it is, nearly the end of July already, and I can see my summer setting into the horizon as my fall semester starts to wind up — and I haven’t even started my research for my dissertation yet! Grrr…

Okay, now that I’ve thoroughly disgusted my 9 to 5 corporate grind friends, let me explain to those who are new to the Lizard Queen: I work in academia, and the academic year is mid August to mid May, with a two to three week Christmas break between the two fall and spring semesters. When I was an adjunct instructor — which, as my lovely husband likes to call it “the academic equivalent to a migrant worker” — I didn’t get paid for that Christmas break. Now, as a fulltime faculty member, I do get paid for that break — and with benefits. Bennies are fun! Weee! But as a contracted, non-tenured faculty member, I *don’t* get paid for my summer break — think of it as guaranteed, unpaid three month leave. Objectively speaking, that sort of sucks, but I’d been a graduate student for so long (this time, as a doctoral student) that I’m used to the funding drying up during this time, so I budget accordingly.

So, now you know that I’m both a teacher and a student, but during this summer, I’ve been so busy with other things, that I’ve been a baaaaaad student, and haven’t read anything for my dissertation, which will have bits about Southern literature and medieval drama in it. In fact, I’m procrastinating right now. Bad Lizard Queen! Bad bad!

Time flies…


About lizardqueen

If single-mothering were a paid job, I'd be rich. However, it doesn't, so I write (which doesn't pay the bills) and teach (which does). I'm overly-educated in the liberal arts, but that doesn't hinder my ability to be pragmatic and realistic. YAY.
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