After weeks of writing feverishly, reading student papers and grading exams, I finally have a moment to myself. Kind of. Weeks of laundry and dishes are ensuring I won't be resting for long, and soon the end of semester crunch will necessitate more sleeplessness and bigger piles of laundry and dishes.
The funny part about graduate school is that despite the fact that you're constantly busy, the summer starts almost immediately after those final grades are turned in. Of course most people trot out the usual "at least you have the summer off while I work year round" routine, but remember, people: the silence and stagnation also mean no paycheck. Nada. Zilch. Nyet. I'm lucky enough to work full time at other endeavors closely related to my work during the summer, but here's the other slightly nauseating part of summer: research and writing. Despite the fact that you aren't getting paid for any of it, you still have to research and write.
The moral of the story? There is no such thing as a summer off for grad students who make $15,000 annually.
I'm working on a few back posts, and hopefully after I fold these 5 loads of laundry I'll be getting those online tonight. Happy cooking and eating, blogosphere!