Was it my ignoring all of his attempts to use me as a prop to stroke his ego this morning?  Or the evil gleam in my eyes?  Whatever it was, my major professor suddenly wised up and relieved me of speech-making duties right before his big event.  Instead, I became official photographer, which was fine with me since I knew I could pawn the task off on my husband.  So I didn’t have to sell my soul after all.  And I get to play hookie tomorrow because he’s finally going to be out of the office.  And by hookie, I mean I get to stay in the quiet of my own home and study my ass off.  It’s pretty sad when I’m excited at the prospect of studying.  But such is the life of a grad student facing her impending quals.  Even my blog is becoming lame.  Apologies for that.  I really need to post before I study so that my brain will be nice and fresh.  Spending 8+ hours studying beforehand just isn’t the way to come up with witty and insightful posts since I’m quite brain dead afterwards.  I promise I’ll try to say something half-intelligent tomorrow.

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