I hate studying dates myself, but learning how events are sparked by other events -- well, when you put people in there too, it starts to get interesting. I've broken them into groups by country now, and sent them off to research dates significant to Asian-Americans (such as, say, India's independence and Partition). They'll report back in two weeks -- we'll see what they come up with. :-)
It was a good class nonetheless, good discussion of No-No Boy, and I wish we would have had more time for it, because it really is an excellent book; I find more interesting elements each time I teach it. They liked it too.
So I left class happier, and coming back to my office I decided that I really didn't need to do the additional work I had thought about doing right away -- it can wait until tomorrow. I'm going to take today relatively easy, and hope my mood continues to improve. I stopped by Amazon and bought some reusable shopping bags so that a) we help the planet, and b) we're less likely to tip the stroller over when we're coming back from the farmer's market -- now we can sling one or two of these over our shoulders instead of hanging five bags off the back of the stroller. Now I'm going to curl up with a cup of tea and a student fiction conference for half an hour. After that, class, then some shopping, I think -- I need earrings and shoes for Sharmi's wedding. That'll be fun.