Friday, February 18th 2011
My Unique Brand of Boring Is In Demand. Who Knew?

The Stupid Roman Empire Research Paper? It got an ‘A.’ And, even more strangely, it got a callback. My professor emailed and asked if she could use it for an example for future classes, since she didn’t currently have one and she liked it.


I agreed she could have it, but oh MAN do I feel sorry for her future students. We didn’t have an example of a paper that she thought was appropriate or what she’d “like” and were not restricted on choosing a topic at all. So while I coulda picked something – anything – fascinating, for no reason at all that I can fathom I ended up with how lead poisoning and socio agrarian issues definitely led to the Big Bad Fall of the Empire, and pointed out a whole lotta boring reasons why Christianity was not to blame at all and has gotten a bad rap by two notable pagan historians.

That paragraph bored your teeth out, right? Those poor students are going to see that paper as an example and freak right on out that they might be expected to aspire to similar subject matter. Pity.

In other non-news, it’s spring. YAY! Yesterday it was in the 80s. Last week, it had still been really cold and I went and did all the stuff in my flowerbeds I’d been afraid to do because of The Snake Sighting Of The Autumn. But I figured it was still asleep, assuming that all snakes hibernate and had not awakened and don’t tell me otherwise, please.  So I cleared up all the flowerbeds and found ALL KINDS of pretty green bulb foliage shooting up.

This is the cliched sight that makes me smile every spring. Big huge smiles as I pull into or out of the driveway and see where there are about to be hundreds of daffodils, tulips, crocuses, daylilies, and irises. Not in that order.  I can hardly wait.

Oh…! Why didn’t I write that stupid paper about THAT? Bulbs, flowers, plants and stuff I research anyway in my spare time just because I like it? That would have made so much more sense.

If I’d known she was going to use that paper, I coulda inserted a  secret message to future students, nervous about their own research papers.

Write about lip gloss instead! I wish I had!

Or, Flowers are more interesting, donchathink?

Or just a little pep talk, Your paper will be LOADS more interesting than this! You can DO IT!

Or even, Shhh, the secret is I’m actually a WRITER so it had to sound good- this is a totally unfair example for her to give you. You’ll be fine.

Anyway. One more weekend before starting new classes. I’m off to read books that are not textbooks and to continue ignoring the laundry.

Someone has to do it, and I joyfully volunteer.


9 Comments on “My Unique Brand of Boring Is In Demand. Who Knew?”

February 18th, 2011
3:20 pm

Green things in February? I am so jealous! I have got to move someplace warm. We won’t have any green things for a good two months or more.
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February 18th, 2011
7:39 pm

YEAH! I was way excited! usually I notice within days of green stuff sprouting, but not this year with all the dead brown stuff I hadn’t cleared away. Nice surprise though. Should be lotsa blooms soon.

Two more months? LIke, even for crocuses?

Jennifer Sullivan
February 18th, 2011
11:24 pm

I’m sure the snake is dead.
I want dafodils, tulips and irises in my yard! Stupid H.O.A…
CONGRATS on your A!!!! I feel super sorry for all the students that are going to write papers that will be compared to yours. : )
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February 19th, 2011
8:48 am

We might see crocuses toward the end of March – maybe – but the snow is usually still pretty deep in March. Every year in the spring I take a walk around the property after the snow starts melting to see what green things might be poking up, even if they’re wild. It’s usually April before I find anything, but boy oh boy is it exciting when I do. One of my favorite things is the day I first see buds on a tree. Any tree will do. When those tight little brown ends turn to green buds, that is one of the best days of the year.
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February 19th, 2011
1:24 pm

thank you for saying the snake is dead. i choose to believe you. you can’t have flowers?! WHAT?

I get the feeling you’re describing perfectly, but feel for you that it is a much longer wait for you! Tell me when that special day is, please, and i will gladly celebrate with you!

February 19th, 2011
1:45 pm

Congratulations on the A, and on being an example for future students. The only ones who will aspire to your level of thinking will be the *adult* students. The ones right out of high school won’t even try.
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February 19th, 2011
6:46 pm

The Roman Empire fascinates me. I had no knowledge of any lead poisoning back then, so I’m totally intrigued. :D

February 19th, 2011
10:28 pm

About the paper… I told you so. And as your friend, I’m proud of you. Great job, Kelsey! : )

February 20th, 2011
1:01 pm

you’re the pro, I believe ya!
I admire your intellectual curiosity! the lead was from the plumbing and the ceramic glaze. it affected the upper class more than the lower class.
thank you!

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