Christmas vacation so far…

After much procrastinating, days ago I sent Advisor another (slightly incomplete) chapter draft… and left the state. I’m back at my old Kentucky home for a few days, and have had nary a thought of the dissertation.1 Of course, this trip home has been a little/a lot sad, and although Christmas was lovely, at times it was also sad. We did something totally different and ate our Christmas dinner at a Chinese buffet, which actually made me pretty happy.

In any event, I have spent time with family, read a couple of novels, caught up with friends, and well, done a great deal of nothing….

For example, I met a new game.


I like this game a lot.2 The design is so lovely – simple and clean – and the game itself is incredibly simple… so of course, I’m hooked. I fear our relationship has been doomed from the start (much like this one), but I’ll enjoy the time we have together on vacation.

I’ve seen quite a few basketball games.

I watched the Very Tall Nephew play a couple of games, one of Younger Nephew’s games, their school’s girls team game, and a UK Hoops (the women’s basketball team) game. Since much of the men’s Kentucky-Louisville game happened during one of the Very Tall Nephew’s game, I watched some of that game on my phone.3 

Finally, I’ve been working on a really difficult 1000-piece puzzle.


The Very Tall Nephew’s girlfriend gave this puzzle to Younger Nephew, but it has been claimed primarily by me and the VTN’s girlfriend (and her sister).4 I have every intention of completing it before leaving the state.

Clearly, I need to stop typing and get back to Dots, or the puzzle, or maybe watching some basketball, so happy sixth day of Christmas, y’all!

1. This does not take into account the requisite Dissertation Guilt. See this comic.
2. Apparently, I’m not the only one, according to this article by Craig Kannalley.
3. OBVIOUSLY, I paid attention to the Very Tall Nephew’s game, too, although it helped greatly that his team was winning by many points for the entire game.
4. The puzzle is a Coke bottle, but the actual image is made up of thousands of tiny pictures of Coke related things.


Celebrate #8!!!

I can’t let today go by without saying something about this–Kentucky won! Kentucky won! Last night, the men’s basketball team from the University of Kentucky won the school’s eighth NCAA national championship. The Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Kansas Jayhawks and if you know anything about Kentucky, well, this is A Really Big Deal.

Big Blue Nation is kind of absurd, and at times ridiculous, just as any devoted sports fan base tends to be (although I’m pretty sure BBN takes it to the next level). But it’s also fun and highly entertaining to associate with an entity that succeeds. Further, as a dislocated Kentuckian, Kentucky basketball sort of works as a placeholder for home, family, and friends. It has come to stand for memories, such as basketball ones–The Shot,* ’96, and ’98, but more importantly related ones, like celebrating with friends and watching games with family.

Let’s be clear though, I am a fan of Kentucky Basketball and I sincerely want them to win every single time they play. By a lot.

So watching the end of the game and hearing “My Old Kentucky Home” playing in the background was extra special last night. Obviously, to conflate my feelings of nostalgia, community, and entertainment with commercialism, I plan to buy at least two different championship shirts. And maybe a coffee mug. And the DVD.


*I have to give a shout-out to one of my Dear College Friends. Her facebook status read as follows after the game: “Hey UPS….maybe you can use your ‘logistics’ to get my NCAA Champs t-shirt here in a hurry so I can start wearing it. PS – You can stop running that commercial now, thanks.” Easily one of my most favorite things ever.