February 2, 2011 § 2 Comments
Here it is: I don’t feel well. 😦 I am currently fighting off a cold, but I am absolutely drained. Rather than break my week up into 2 pages a day, I decided to go ahead and finish my four pages for today and tomorrow so that I would still complete the ten for this week while giving myself an opportunity to rest tomorrow.
I hate that I am feeling so gross today. I think I am trying to fight off a head cold, and I am trying very hard not to let it develop into a sinus infection or bronchitis. But, I suppose, if it must, then at least I’ve finished my ten pages for the week. Particularly crummy with not feeling well is that it makes getting up at 5:50 a.m. that much more difficult. As someone who absolutely despises mornings (with a ferocity second only to Garfield), having to wake up before the sunrise while feeling ill is just not…encouraging.
Tomorrow’s class should be interesting, though. We’ll go over the paper assignment a little bit more (it’s due two weeks from tomorrow), and then we’ll discuss Pushkin and the formation of a Russian identity during a time of social upheaval. I think a lot of my students can relate to social upheaval and revolution, which…is a little surprising and disheartening to me. When I was learning about the French Revolution, for instance, I wasn’t drawn to make comments like, “Yeah, they had the right idea.” I thought the revolutionaries had gone too far and were really rather frightening. (I mean, the Parisian streets themselves bled!) Although I have truly enjoyed my class this semester, I do find myself struggling to get them to understand that this was not the kind of political tummy ache that America is currently experiencing. This was dangerous. People were being killed–by their government, by their neighbors.
We’ll see how tomorrow goes; we’ll be discussing the Decembrist Revolt of 1825 a little bit more.
That’s all I have energy for tonight, folks. My apologies for a lame entry. Hopefully I’ll feel well enough tomorrow to top this one. Otherwise, at least you’ve been warned enough to expect another weak entry.
I’m going to preface this by saying that I have not kept myself informed of what’s going on in Egypt right now… but if anyone in your class has (or you have), maybe that would shed some light on how dangerous protesting/revolution can be (regardless of whether one agrees with the over-arching concept of the revolution). The violence going on right now reminds me of what you said about the French Revolution.
I am sorry to hear that you are unwell, my friend!! I hope you mend quickly. And as far as bloddy revolution goes, maybe your students are watching what’s happening in Egypt? Sometimes the street has to get bloody for real change to occur. At least, I hope that’s where their revolutionary zeal comes from. 🙂