Sunday, March 28, 2010

first official day of Spring Break and...

yours truly spent it in the ER.  I was furloughed on Friday, but I really have  to get the current exhibit finished before we come back from Spring Break, so I went in yesterday (Saturday) to make some progress in that direction. While I've had lots of really good help from students, one wall is/was just a mess of bad foamcore-trimming (sloppy cuts at hilariously bad angles).  Thus, I was reprinting and/or retrimming most of those interpretive panels so I could move along to entirely unfinished areas of the exhibit, when I sliced a long, deep, and truly disgusting cut in my index finger. You may remember that I did a similar, but less bloody thing to my thumb a couple years ago, while working on MGC's exhibit. Gah!!! My job is full of liabilities: one super nasty-tempered faculty member, climbing ladders that are 180 degrees straight up to lofts that were never meant to allow for walking (criss-crossed by low steel beams), and then this business of needing to wield x-acto knives on a regular basis. This show has more than 150 pieces of foam core to trim. Each one has 4 sides (some have more). You do the math. What a party.

Anyway, the good news is that at least it was me and not a student who sliced themselves up. Plus, the exhibit is coming along quite nicely (if somewhat beyond the deadline) and in 10 days I can go have these 6 stitches yanked out.  Many thanks to TH, who came up to campus to drive me to the ER, went back to the Museum with me to help me finish trimming and laying out some materials, then treated me to a great bowl of seafood gumbo at dinner with friends downtown. Today, I'm writing the intro panel and finishing up the fabrication and installation. Tomorrow, a road trip for MP1's birthday (yay!!) and then I have to buckle down and start working on a grant proposal (I'm actually looking forward to that).

And did I say yet that I'm very proud of my Museum class? I am.

7 comments:

MP1 said...

SICK!!! time to retire, Mom. Serioulsy, that is really gross.

Anonymous said...

I'm with MP1 on the gross part; if you retire, leave me your extaco blade/knife so I can put myself out my own misery or two of us: the nasty one and me!

Holly said...

If you had to cut a finger, at least it was at least the left one. I'm glad you're proud of the class - that's probably the last thing I'd be thinking if I cut myself that bad.

participant-observer said...

that one is way worse than the one a couple of years ago! it must be something about spring break. TM almost forced me to the ER because I had food poisoning. Glad you are ok!

auto ethnographer said...

Well, I've just changed the bandage. It is ugly, ugly, ugly. blech. Sick is right--MP1. Anon--will do:) @H.--I was serious; @ Participant-Obs:( food poisoning over spring break; what a bummer. How is TinMan?

academic poser said...

ok, I 'm behind on my interwebbing. This is seriously disturbing. Bleh! There should have been a warning, I mean, I was enjoying yum coffee then scroll down to.... eew. At least it's still attached?! ANd you went back?? Crazy. I'm with MP1.

pocha said...

Yikes! Haven't been in the blogosphere all that much -- so am just now seeing this. Hope your finger is healing swiftly.