In other news, I finished my grading last night but managed to leave it at home this morning (duh!) -- thankfully, my students seem to have forgiven me. Other than that, classes are going well. I've decided to ditch a bit of the Lahiri so I can squeeze in some Filipino-American stories from Her Wild American Self or Scent of Apples-- my course was a bit S. Asian-heavy, and when I cut the Bulosan, somehow I didn't realize that left no Filipino-American work on the syllabus. The lack will be remedied.
I do have a question for y'all that maybe you can help me with. Why is it that immediately after sitting down with Kevin and going through our budget, figuring out where we can trim a bit of fat, I immediately go right out and buy unnecessary holiday decorations? I felt absolutely compelled, I tell you. And yes, the pumpkin and the bouquet of bittersweet are delightful (and should last for weeks, so frugal as well in some sense), but the little witch on a broomstick statue was really a bit over the top. So damn cute, but still. I saw it, and all my willpower just disappeared.
Maybe I just need to stay out of stores (and off Amazon) entirely for a while.