...when this crazy two weeks' worth of conference travels are over, I will have driven the entire length of Illinois and back again.
...when you are utterly overloaded and have absolutely no time to deal with them, the book proofs will arrive.
...ditto for the grant proposal deadline and its can't-pass-it-up opportunity for money to pay for Big Ideas.
...when the listing on Books in Print says your first book is "out of print" but "available for order," your first book probably won't be found or ordered because most people don't search Books in Print for books out of print.
...when your book contract says that "in print" constitutes "available and for sale" even though your book is de facto out of print (see above), you probably can't get your rights back and find another publisher. Which stinks.
...when an accomplished artist takes your scholarship seriously enough to work it into an amazing piece of art, it's very humbling and very cool.
...when grad students collaborate to cook and bake they make marvelous things (a special shout-out to whoever-it-was who baked those amazing chocolate-chip-cookie-with-a-Reese's-peanut-butter-cup-in-the-middle things for the Halloween potluck in the Room 8 dungeon...pure fatty bliss).
...when daylight savings is extended another week it makes morning running really, really hard because even at 7 a.m. it is really, really dark.
...when news travels fast over e-mail you have to make darn sure you call your parents first so that they don't think you are the kind of girl who thinks mass e-mailing big news to your parents is okay.