gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (OMG EXAMS WHY)
GODDAMMIT UNIVERSITY OF IOWA I HATE YOU SO MUCH

AN INCH OF ICE, LIKE A FOOT OF SNOW, AND FINALS ARE GOING AHEAD AS SCHEDULED

...the sad thing is, I'm familiar with university administration, and know that basically they never cancel classes (here or my undergrad) unless a) the university has lost power, b) there is an inch-thick sheet of solid ice on the road, or c) a foot and a half of snow falls in like 2 hours. Since the ice that fell is not a solid sheet, I shouldn't even have gotten my hopes up. But because the university was acting like a chicken with its head cut off and sending out all kind of emails all ZOMG THE SKY IS FALLING, GATHER YOUR BABIES AND YOUR BEADWORK AND FLEE FOR THE HILLS FROM THE HORRIBLE WINTER STORM, YOUR FINALS MAY BE CANCELLED I foolishly assumed there was a possibility of them in fact being cancelled.

I would say that at least I won't have to deal with the annoying incompletes, but of course, because it IS so crap out there, inevitably I'll have some students who won't be able to show up for weather-related reasons (honestly, if I had to drive from West Liberty or North Liberty or somesuch shit, I wouldn't go in either, since most of the highways are not in fact clear) and I'll have to give them incompletes ANYWAY. At least if classes were cancelled I could have just graded everyone sans final, and just given an incomplete to those who wanted the potential boost a final exam might bring to their grade.

So, in less tl;dr: "grump."
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (OH NOES)
Apparently a gigantic ice storm is scheduled to be hitting Iowa City tomorrow afternoon or Friday morning, and it's expected to the point where they sent out a flurry of e-mails about what to do if classes end up getting cancelled and we can't administer our finals.

My only two commitments this week? Presenting at the medieval graduate colloquium tomorrow afternoon, and administering my Gen Ed Lit final on Friday morning. A-yup.

So now it's entirely at the vagaries of the weather as to whether I will be presenting and/or final-proctoring over the next few days. ...have I mentioned I hate uncertainty when it comes to this kind of stuff? D:
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (I wanna crawl into a grave)
FUCK THIS WINTER

FUCK IT RIGHT IN THE EAR WITH A RUSTY SPORK

This post is brought to you by the several inches of snow falling outside my window right now, turning the melted ice to slush that will then refreeze as soon as it possibly can, turning my street - which for the first time today was not a complete deathtrap - back into a winter wonderland HELL. D:
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (I'm no artist)
In cheerier news, I just discovered that my mom's Mexican cookbook is coming out in October (this is the book she was working on over Christmas break, which I may or may not have mentioned). This isn't her first time on Amazon - a chapbook of her poems is up there already - but somehow as a full-size book this seems more, I dunno, significant, in spite of being a cookbook.

Also, you can now buy custom-made steampunk keyboards. I want one of these so badly but I can't justify spending that kind of money...clearly I need to figure out how to make my own awesome custom keyboards, since I can't afford one of those ones. D:

Finally, I find myself simultaneously pleased that we're not dropping below about 20 for our high temperatures this week (this means it's unlikely we'll get -30 windchill), and deeply discouraged that we've apparently got about half a dozen snowfalls scheduled for the next week and a half, according to Weather.com. D:

Edit: Also Persona 3: FES has been announced for official U.S. release, woohoo! :D

Not that I hadn't been expecting it for a while, due to rumors, but still, I'm glad it's finally confirmed and will be coming out soon!

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