I've been waiting for a stroke of genius or at least inspiration, but no luck so far and it is 9:40 so I thought I'd better just get on with it.
First, I need to correct a mistake from two posts ago in my handout. For some silly reason I was thinking about Chinua Achebe and put his name in my handout when I actually meant Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, and his book Decolonizing the Mind: the politics of language in African literature. I wouldn't have noticed either except I was telling Chantelle about the book, and I said the author is Kikuyu, and she said no, Achebe is Nigerian. And indeed he is. :) Chalk it up to not enough sleep. Once in college, I read the wrong book for class and wrote a book review on it and everything and didn't notice that I was a century out of step with the lectures! Fortunately I had an understanding teacher who knew my schedule. Anyway, I stand corrected, and I hope you haven't asserted anything incorrect about Achebe to anyone because of the mix-up.
So--now that I'm on my weekend...what am I going to do with myself, you may ask. For starters, I'll be writing a presentation on the afore-mentioned book and working on translations and supplementary reading for my 2 german classes. Then I have a stack of homework you wouldn't believe. I will also be finalizing my travel plans for next month, which, after some waffling on our parts, are now relatively certainly almost for sure virtually without a doubt going to happen.
I am quite short on things to say, I'm afraid. I have plenty on my mind, but not much of it is sharable. Gregg is giving me ideas for topics. He says I could debate the merits of white vs. wheat bread, or take up the chicken or the egg mystery. Or I could just talk about the topic of the day, which is "How would your favorite fictional character write your post?" Hmmm...good question. How would Emma Woodhouse write my post? (I am perfectly aware that it's really girly to like Jane Austen, and I really shouldn't like her on principle, if nothing else. But it's the only girly thing I do, so just indulge me on this one point). First, as Gregg pointed out, she'd be rather surprised at all this technology, and she might be hard pressed to get a post in on time what with the learning curve and all. But she's a pretty sharp cookie, quite independent, and rather concerned with appearances, so I'm confident She'd figure out the technology (and she wouldn't ask for help in the process). If anyone asked if she was going to make her deadline, she'd say, very cooly, "I never pay any attention to the internet!" And then once the person was out of sight, she'd whip out her laptop and finish pounding out her post, which would undboubtedly be something about the charming local men (if there were any to talk about), the "elegant" other young women (won't mention any names, since elegant is Emma's Euphemism for "insufferable") and her current benevolent projects (which are sometimes interpreted as meddling in other people's lives).
Lucky for you, Emma isn't writing this post!