The earliest part of the Day of DH 2014 starts at the end of the day before. I’ve been having dinner with my family; it’s a very reassuring thing for all of us, with two members passing away this year. So the evening after dinner has been a late one, with my mother watching Star Trek on television, and me typing at the dining room table where I can see the screen and talk with Mom about the show as it happens.
My son in Edmonton had time for a Gmail chat with me, as I wrote and checked my e-mail. We discussed Monsanto’s genetically-modified food organisms being vulnerable to microbes, and individually tailored treatments for health conditions, and so on. A pretty ordinary chat for us, come to think of it…
I got enough writing done, and by the time I brush my teeth and crawl into bed, it’ll be after midnight. I know staying up late is just borrowing energy from tomorrow, but sometimes that’s just how it is.
It’s my second year in the Day of DH, and I’m looking forward to a busy day on April 8. This spring is different from last year, when I was defending my master’s essay on what has been published about Cowichan woolworking, and visiting my father in the nursing home. In spring 2014, I’m looking for work as a writing teacher — work that will put my brand-new MA to good use! And instead of living on one side of the University of Victoria campus at the beach where I often go kayaking, my partner and I are temporarily living on the other side of campus (still in walking distance) with my widowed mother.
There are a lot of things that are still the same as last year. I’m writing another book (not academic) and another article for a symposium (academic), and writing new posts for the blogs I write with friends — Kayak Yak and Sci/Why. There are two libraries where I’ll be doing research and picking up or dropping off books. And I’ll be on the water in my kayak at some point in the day. Full schedule!