I'm just having one of those weeks. My new bank sent my new bank card and PIN to a non-existent address, I had to get two different vaccination shots this week, my cat is still nowhere to be found, and if my ex were moving out any slower, he'd be moving in. The new upstairs neighbors are noisy and making it hard for me to sleep. I feel like I am doing a good job of keeping track of all the things I need to do, but the sheer number of them is starting to get a bit overwhelming. I can feel my anxiety starting to mount again, but I'm having a lot of trouble unwinding. Staying in the current moment doesn't seem to help that much when the current moment is what's pissing me off. So many of the things I need to do are dependent on other people doing what they're supposed to, and it seems like every time I cross one thing off my list, I find it has generated three or four more things and every "simple" project is growing exponentially in complexity.
OK, deep breath... I think I will take the night off tonight. Go home, have dinner, take a long bath with the bathroom door locked if necessary, have a drink or two, and watch a movie or play a video game or something. Maybe I should delegate my daughter to answer the phone while I'm at it.
One really cool thing I did discover this week and should pass on for your delectation, though, is a set of YouTube videos by an anthropology professor named Michael Wesch. Wesch is engaged in anthropological study of Web 2.0 technologies and how they affect human interaction, culture, the creation and exchange of information, and a host of other issues. Several of these videos explain a lot of the things I've tried to touch on here in my postings. They are seriously inspiring and thought-provoking. One in particular, "A Vision of Students Today," I would especially recommend for those with undergraduate teaching responsibilities who are particularly puzzled by the current generation of students.