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Jan. 23rd, 2009 | 12:00 pm
mood: busy

I woke up ambitious this morning. I worked out. I henna'ed my hair. Started washing clothes and now I'm about to clean. Go ME!

I got my hair pressed and curled last week. It was kind of cute, but I felt grandma-ish. Here's a picture anyway (one that makes me look less church lady):

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Classes started this week so I'm back at the teaching thing. I like my schedule and it leaves me open space to work on

Thatbigbehemothprojectthatismydissertation.


I won't lie, everytime I think about the fact that I'm finally writing this darn thing, I get giddy. I'm ready to get beyond this phase and start living. I've been feeling like I'm in a holding pattern for the past two years at least. I think I need a good, solid, restful vacation in a sunny, tropical climate or something.

So, of course the inauguration has happened and we are entering a new phase in this country. What a day. I know I won't agree with everything President Obama does or every decision he makes, but I do know that I am hopeful and that he is definitely a breath of fresh air from the past 8 years of hell. You wanna talk about torture?

I was going to go the big event, but chickened out at the news reports of the hardships with parking at train stations and the overwhelming cold and crowds. Thanks to the folks on the f-list who documented your experiences. I'm jealous, but at least you made me feel like I was there.

But my main feeling about the inauguration is that these two little girls make my womb tingle. lol! How precious they are!

aww

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from: lotus_n_my_hair
date: Jan. 23rd, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
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I like the curls...They look soft and springy...The henna gives the hair a nice shine to it as well.

Good luck on the dissertation! I know that is a project and a half...If only you could just write it @ a resort somewhere hahaha!

And I totally <3 the Obama girls...They are just the sweetest things :)

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verbalessence

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from: verbalessence
date: Jan. 23rd, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
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If only you could just write it @ a resort somewhere hahaha!

Brilliant idea! Seriously.

Zora Neale Hurston wrote all of their Eyes Were Watching God while in the Caribbean for two weeks. Maybe that'll work for me! lol!

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Seneca

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from: senecasaurus
date: Jan. 23rd, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
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i've been telling you FOREVER you need to switch it up and work on Black women in the Caribbean with me. WHEN THE ARCHIVES ARE CLOSED YOU GET TO GO TO THE BEACH. how much more convincing do you need?

ps: get back to work.

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verbalessence

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from: verbalessence
date: Jan. 24th, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)
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Yes ma'am! lol!

Okay, let me brainstorm some stuff. I need to get to the BEACH!

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from: verbalessence
date: Jan. 23rd, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
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okay *saves Tressie's compliment and puts it in my pocket* you're too sweet.

Those girls are so poised and well mannered and cuuuute! Their whole family is just a nice family.

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Linda

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from: lovelylind
date: Jan. 23rd, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
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I think your hair is cute!! And I like your icon as well. :)

Yay for dissertation writing! What will your dissertation be on? And what classes do you teach?

And yes, the Obama girls are gorgeous. I can't even imagine what they'll look like when they are grown. I'm already jealous. lol

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from: verbalessence
date: Jan. 23rd, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
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Thanks darlin'

I'm doing the diss on neo-slave narratives, pain and the female body. Hopefully it will be worth reading.

I'm teaching English Comp 101 at Rutgers and Intro to Lit and Raritan Valley Community College.

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Linda

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from: lovelylind
date: Jan. 23rd, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
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cool! I hope you are in the NB/Piscataway campus and not Newark.... that'd be too much traveling. lol

I'm sure your dissertation would be worth reading. I'm interested in it just by the topic. Besides, you are a very good writer. AND I do recall that you did pass your comps with flying colors. I think you'll be alright. lol

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verbalessence

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from: verbalessence
date: Jan. 24th, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)
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I'm at the New Brunswick campus. It's closer and convenient!

Thanks for the confidence. I'm going to need all I can get.

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from: sean_coltrane
date: Jan. 23rd, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
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I think the curls are cute.

Good luck on your dissertation.

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verbalessence

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from: verbalessence
date: Jan. 23rd, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
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Thanks and thanks : )

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Shadow Fae

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from: shadowfae
date: Jan. 23rd, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
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Aww - you look lovely!

It's good to hear from you. I hope that the dissertation goes well and that your semester is a good one (can I ask what your topic is for your dissertation or is it something you want to keep quiet?)

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from: verbalessence
date: Jan. 24th, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
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I'm doing black women, the body, and representations of pain. Or mainly how physical pain of the past and present psychical pain collides in black women's fiction. I'm ruminating mainly on the notion of the festering or unhealable wound. I'm really excited about it actually. I'll probably be posting some things as I work out various thought processes.

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Southern Mandarin

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from: americangod
date: Jan. 24th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
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good to hear from you. i'm finishing up my master's this semester so i feel your pain.

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verbalessence

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from: verbalessence
date: Jan. 24th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
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Tell me about it! Good luck to you on that. I know you'll be glad to be done.

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verbalessence

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from: verbalessence
date: Jan. 24th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
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Thanks sir!

Tingly womb got me 2.8 kids. You better stop that.

lol! Well I gotta catch up with you.

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Morningloryblue

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from: morningloryblue
date: Jan. 24th, 2009 06:20 am (UTC)
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You are stunning! Ummm, nice cleavage, too :)

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verbalessence

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from: verbalessence
date: Jan. 26th, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
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Well thanks girlie!

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