1. jo(e)'s post about her Sabbatical Scarf reminded me of how I wrote my MA thesis while wearing crazy stuff, like tiaras or silly hats. (Well, and I wrote my grade 12 essays while wearing rain gear.) Somehow, wearing something silly set apart my work time and helped me to focus. I then remembered what I announced at Meg and Karl's wedding, when they gave me a Batman cape as a thank you present: "I'll write my dissertation in this cape!" So, I'm wearing the Batman cape. And I got better work done today than I have in a while. Those of you who sometimes stop by my house should be forewarned.
2. Wearing a Batman cape AND getting good work done today? I think that should count for two good things today.
3. I managed to get a seminar group to get excited about discussing nineteenth-century city planning and the growth of the state. And they'd been whining about the chapter before we started discussing, thinking it was pointless. But I got them excited about it. Some days I can't make any headway, and some days I feel like I'm doing something right.
4. The TA I work with in this night class is the coolest. She's one of our first-year MAs and she comes off initially as all sweet and shy, but she's totally a flamenco dancer. You know, when I was an undergrad I never thought of my TAs in terms of "Maybe she's a secret flamenco dancer."
5. Hey! I forgot to mention one of the fun things that happened yesterday! When I got home from school on Monday, I found that my landlady had put two red envelopes in our mailbox for Chinese New Year. They held candies that tasted like the peanut-y, wafery insides of a chocolate bar. That's pretty exciting when you're only expecting to find credit card bills.