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Posted on Monday 15 March 2010 at 12:16 pm

One of those days

*glances around guiltily* Hello. I'm still alive. Some days I think it may be a close thing and today is definitely one of those days, but I'm hanging in there.

This morning, I was riding into campus on my motorcycle when my clutch suddenly gave out. Skipping over the technical details, the bike will run in neutral, but as soon as I try to put it into first it sputters and dies because I can't pull in the clutch. I had to push the bike home. It could have been much worse since I was only probably a quarter to a half mile from home, but it still sucked and my arms were very tired by the time I got the bike into the shed. I took some photos of the clutch and sent them to my dad to get his opinion, but I suspect the verdict will be that I have to find some way to get it to the bike shop which is probably 25 miles away so I'll probably have to pay to have it hauled somehow. Fantastic.

With the bike problem, I missed the class I TA. I got to campus just in time for my doctor appointment. This was a six-month follow up pap after my abnormal pap and follow up tests back in the late summer and early fall. Not the most pleasant experience, nor is it the most unpleasant, but it just stirred up all the minor anxiety and fears that I felt back in the fall so that sucks. The only slightly amusing bit was when the nurse took my blood pressure. She asked if it was usually good and I said yes. She said it was the tiniest bit elevated, not really even worth mentioning. I asked if pushing a motorcycle a quarter of a mile that morning would do it and she looked at me like I had about six heads and said "Uh, yeah. That'd definitely explain it. Ok then."

I got back from the doctor to find an email from one of the prof's for whom I am currently TAing. The students had an exam a couple weeks back and the profs looked them over before we returned them. They said I was too easy and lowered a lot of my grades. One of my students went to the prof today, she looked over his test, and agreed to give him a few points and raise his grade. I really wish these people would make up my mind. They looked over all my tests, lowered grades, and were happy with the results and now they're raising grades again. The kicker is she couldn't remember the student's name so if he doesn't contact me, I can't actually change his grade in the grade book.

So, it is just now noon and I want this day to be over. I need a nap, a hug, or some type of sweet pastry and instead I shall sit in my little office, go back over the papers I graded over spring break to make sure the grades are even, and then start reading to prep for this week's discussion.


(Anonymous) at 5:37 pm on 15 March 2010 (UTC) (Link)
You poor thing. Nobody should have to have a pap on a Monday, even if you didn't have all that other stuff, too. *hugs* Get a pastry later!

When did LJ get a spam password thingy?
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 5:38 pm on 15 March 2010 (UTC) (Link)
Um, that was me.
bratty_jedi at 6:17 pm on 15 March 2010 (UTC) (Link)

I think I shall go in search of a pastry. Surely pushing the bike worked off the calories, right?
train_lindz at 6:22 pm on 15 March 2010 (UTC) (Link)

Sucks about the motorcycle though, both because of the hauling it around and because no one ever like unexpected repair expenses.
bratty_jedi at 6:28 pm on 15 March 2010 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I'm glad to be alive.

I'm still fixated on how much it might cost to haul the bike to the bike shop. I haven't gotten to contemplating how much the actual repair might cost.
labellerose at 12:56 am on 16 March 2010 (UTC) (Link)
**feels your pain**
Have a pastry, luv.

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