End-of-term, or Things That Make One’s Heart Beat Faster

Sweet End-of-term, how we’ve longed for you. How anxiously we’ve anticipated your exhausting-yet-somehow-still-invigorating conclusiveness.

That’s right fellow sufferers – where “sufferers” means “academics at certain universities and colleges in the northern parts of North America – relief is nigh! Here at IPF, Northern Division, a smidge of marking, two in-class exams, and the evaluation of two Honours theses stand between me and the time I so desperately need to research and write my paper for next week’s conference. Once again, End-of-term brings The Watch That Ends the Night before The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

In short, End-of-term constitutes the tippy-top of my Shōnagon-inspired list, Things That Make One’s Heart Beat Faster. (Stick around to help me finish that list, StyleNation!)

1. Also, this happened

Not as memorable as I’d hoped, but little is. It’s End-of-term.


Swingy sweater: BCBG Maxazria (new to blog); Tie-front blouse: Mexx (remixed); Pointe knit skirt: Calvin Klein (via Winners, new to blog); Tights: Hue; Boots: Fly London (remixed)

And here, just because I have it, is another poorly lit photo of the ensemble I thought was all that and a bag of chips:


Silver brooch-as-tie-pin: was my grandmother’s; Necklace: gifted from A-Dubs Hubs

I was trying to be cool(ish) to host yet another set of guest speakers who research awesome things. One of your blogs taught me this tie-pin-like thing. I’m so sorry I’ve forgotten which one – You Look Fab, maybe?; but thanks, whoever you are.

To conclude,

Things That Make One’s Heart Beat Faster

5. Insultingly obvious plagiarism in student work

4. My upcoming ENTIRE YEAR off from teaching Intro (sweet goddess, I need it)

3. My pending summit with Janey Em and Kelly in one of Canada’s coolest villes bilingues (wooHOO!)

2. Anticipation of pending responses to two of the past year’s 4 grant applications

1. End-of-term! END-OF-TERM!!! Thanks the goddess, it’s End-of-term!!


What makes your heart beat faster, StyleNation? Share the love. 

9 thoughts on “End-of-term, or Things That Make One’s Heart Beat Faster

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  4. Nice pussy bow. No, really, that is what those tie-front blouses are called: pussy bow. Totally fun to say and wear. Also you look awesome.

  5. I too am jealous of your approaching end of term. Though I’ve got less than three weeks left so the end is near. I’m also jealous of the approaching summit. Though I did just have my own, awesome mini-summit with one Rinty the Crusher. Also, I’m going to be in that very ville bilingue in early July. I’m just saying. Finally, I’m jealous of that tie front blouse. In conclusion, and to sum up, I am full of jealousy but grasping at silver linings.

    • But you’re mos def on the final stretch of the term! Also, July, eh? Hmmm. There’s a chance I’ll be in the next province over (westward) at that same point. That may be too close to pass up.

      Also, how was the summit? Are there pictures? What did you wear at the conference? Inquiring minds need to know!

  6. Bah to plagiarism! However, I’m so jealous that your term is almost over and that you are getting out of teaching Intro next year! Also of that tie-front blouse.

    • Thanks, Raquelita! When does your term conclude? Are you on the home strectch?

      Also, I saw those wicked peacock tights on your blog of late! How I love them! (Sorry for commenting here instead of there. I will make an effort, I promise. It’s all so much more possible now that end-of-term is here 😉

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