And it's one thing to be unhappy with your boss, who is a managerialist drone of the most committee-spawning, policy-generating order, and who runs the faculty with Machiavellian politics and in the apparent sublime belief that she's managing robotic work units rather than actual people, and is miffed when they demonstrate human responses and leave. And then you walk out of a meeting with her to realise, in retrospect, that she's just tried to nobble the processes of a selection committee on which you're sitting by asking you to influence its decisions to exclude possible applicants who have crossed her by, as aforementioned, previously working in the faculty office and then resigning on account of the clusterfuck over which she's been presiding. And you reel slightly, and develop a raging headache, and quietly shop her to the deputy dean. Because it transpires that using lawful good in the cause of evil is bizarrely satisfying, particularly when it's to righteously smite the ungodly.
It was a lovely long weekend, which is fortunate because after all of the above transpiring last week, I was a bit stunned and unable to parry. We had Christmas in July in August in September on Sunday night, with the requisite three-course co-operative meal including Polish barszcz, for which I have an unholy fondness. I had a very pleasant lunch with my sister and niece yesterday and derived surprising amounts of enjoyment both from unleashing said niece on the kitten; and from unleashing on said niece, who is a willowy creature of a dozen summers, the large reproachful pile of quirky t-shirts I have incautiously acquired off the internets in sizes several too small for my middle-aged torso. She is now wearing a variety of wols, some of them of the Doctorly ilk, and a number of web-comics-based obscure in-jokes she seemed to rather enjoy once contextualised. (She now has Yolo wols and Pangea reunion tour and loves Nosferatu doesn't share his toffees! My work here is done!). I take joy in being a Subversive Aunt.
But it was too short, the long weekend, because now I'm back at work. Current vague impetus is to see if I can utterly destroy the evil boss's career before I flee the university for another career entirely. It'll be a hobby.