On the way home from school today, listening to NPR, they had a 10-second or so quote from Pelosi where she said she'd be reintroducing a child-health care bill that Bush had vetoed with the hopes that Obama wouldn't and the lightbulb went off over my head. Not that I expect Obama to change the whole world. Or do everything the way I think he should. On the other hand it was SUCH a mental relief to contemplate the President at least paying lip service to ideas I actually care about. And possibly voting for things I agree with. It was like some tension I hadn't even realized I'd been holding in was GONE. I've literally cringed my way through 8 years of Texas Twang (and I'm sure others will agree with me that when you accidentally program your clock radio to wake you up with NPR in the morning, and they carry some presidential speach, it can ruin the entire day to wake up to Bush's voice declaring he's taking away more rights, or sending in more troops, or some other awful crap.) It is an awesome thing to see an end to that ahead.
That being said I am now freaking out about how much work I have to do as the semester rolls inexorably forward. Tomorrow night is the department's annual mixer and I'm debating with myself about going - on the one hand it's the one social event of the year for our entire department. On the other I have grad school applications I haven't even started, a paper to write for my Lit Crit class, a translation analysis to work on, and a thesis to draft. Tonight I've been in high gear reading The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa (Kawabata), Seji Lippitt's chapter on it from Topographies of Japanese Modernism, then trying to prep my presentation on Maeda Ai.
Truth be told I'm burned out tonight and going to take the evening off from this point forward. South Park awaits.