1. JM and I watched every second of last night's debate, except for when the live stream konked out a couple of times. I even made a batch of vegan chocolate chip cookies for the occasion. Aside from a constant low-level annoyance that CNN hogged all the coverage--what is this, Monday night football?--I enjoyed every second of it. Okay, maybe not so the question about plagiarism, which made me want to smack with a ruler the knuckles of the moderator who asked. I very much liked Obama's "silly season" response. Both candidates were poised, smart, and except for the xerox comment which garnered some boos, they were collegial. In my view Obama notched more jaw-droppingly well-formulated answers, but Clinton had her share of good moments too, such as the closing comments, including the line about how everyone knows she's been through her share of rough times. Tell it, sister!
2. After such events, I tend to seek out the new blog of a colleague-to-be who specializes in matters presidential, and whose analysis is unfailingly spot on.
3. I am positively giddy that this person is going to be our new colleague next year.
4. I am almost halfway finished proofreading my Burke book, which means if everything goes well it will be off my desk again soon, hopefully.
5. Books are long.
6. Proofreading is boring.
7. Proofreading is also kind of nice for the distance it requires. I actually sit back further from my computer when I proofread as opposed to when I write.
8. I am beyond the point of worrying about pissing people off in this book. How's that for distance?
9. I heard two gunshots in our neighborhood at 2:30 a.m. Weird.
10. After the gunshots, I slept very deeply and had an intensely vivid dream about not being able to sleep.
11. After lunch, I will walk to the store in the snow and buy ingredients for flourless chocolate cake with raspberry sauce, and then I will make said cake and then this evening, we will eat said cake in honor of two--2!--awesome friends' birthdays.