Monthly Archives: October 2009

Business First, Then Pleasure

First, the business part. Donna suggested that I take certain posts out of free and public view (what’s wondrous is that she was probably leaving her comment as I was lying in bed thinking the same thing…). These posts have been password protected. If you’ve not seen them yet and would like to, email me and, if you’re a “safe” person, I’ll send you the password. This will be true for all password-protected posts in the future. (thanks, Donna; good call!!)

Now, for the fun. The Chili family is taking a trek in the rain to go to Boston for the day. Mr. Chili has to meet some of his colleagues at a branch Mass General Hospital to see some sort of fancy machine used in proton therapy (whatever that is). They’re not going to use it for proton therapy; they’re using it (I think) to test the sensitivity of an instrument they plan on launching into space. Whatever. The meeting is only going to take something like a half an hour, so we decided that, instead of his driving down there to spend 30 minutes and then driving all the way back, we’d all go and hit the Museum of Science. What the hell; let’s have some fun! Expect an update in a few hours with a picture of the museum’s pet Tyrannosaurus Rex. I wonder if he’s wearing his scarf yet….n

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Something’s Gotta Give…

I may have to give up the post-a-day habit. I just don’t have that kind of time….

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Nearly Wordless Wednesday… Yeah, Not So Much With the Nearly Wordless Part… *EDITED*

Gird your loins; Chili’s in a mood…

•  I was going to put up a link to a rant that Glen Beck did on volunteerism, but I just can’t bring myself to do it (and no, I didn’t see the thing on Fox News; I got it from a link that my friend Half Irish Rover posted on her blog yesterday).  I am not willing to give this mouth-breathing imbecile any airtime.  Seriously; Beck and everyone like him should be drummed off the airwaves.  There is nothing of value in anything I’ve ever heard this man speak (and don’t even get me started on the fucktard take he’s got on vaccinations).  I’m all about free speech, but I can’t abide people who proudly abuse that right.

• I’ve just about had it with students who don’t do the work I assign.  This morning, I put together a quick pop quiz on the reading they’re supposed to have been doing.  When I looked up and saw that all but one of them was staring panic-stricken into space, I stopped the class and asked who among them had NO idea what was going on.  All but one hand went up.  Seriously.  There will be a post about this here tomorrow.

•  First – well, not first, but you  know what  I mean –  there was the asshole – who’s not a racist, of course – denying a marriage license to an inter-racial couple.  As if that weren’t enough, now we’ve got a videotape of a gay man being beaten almost to death (in what is being called an “apparent hate crime.”  Gee, ya THINK?!)  on a New York street (he’s in a medically-induced coma and no one is sure if he’ll survive).  Let’s have some more fun, shall we?  How about this, because we all know that the Jews are penny-pinching skinflints.

• Edited to include this from Wordlily;  Church decides to celebrate Halloween by burning books. Seriously; this isn’t a joke. Go here (if you dare) to read more.

Disgusted and exhausted?  I sure am.  People ask me, over and over again, why I keep bringing up things from the past; why I study the Holocaust, why I participate in events and activities aimed at ensuring GLBTQ rights, why I teach literature and speeches from the Civil Rights Movement and the era of Apartheid in South Africa, why I raise a fuss about Columbus Day.  THIS is why;  because there are still idiots out there – ignorant, sometimes dangerous idiots – who are willing to do others harm (or to incite their followers to do harm) because they don’t think or act or believe the same way they do.

The stupidity, willful ignorance, and carelessness are just about more than I can stand today.

Here’s hoping your Wednesday is better than mine is shaping up to be…

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Ten Things Tuesday

I’m too busy to blog today because:

1.  A bunch of students handed in some – but not much – work.  I have to grade the work handed in, address the assignments that haven’t been turned in, and get everything put in my grade book.

2.  I need a haircut.  That’s not going to happen in the near future because, you know, I’m too busy…

3.  I need to vacuum.  One of the downsides of all the pretty leaves is that bits of them get tracked into the house on the feet of people and the paws of kitties.  I’ve got leaf litter all over the place.

4.  Laundry.  ‘Nuff said.

5.  Lesson planning.  We’ve been out for a few days because there was no heat in the building (burr!) so all my lesson plans have been shifted.  I’m trying to figure out how to make that work.

6.  Someone said something about the holiday shopping season today.  I am not amused.

7.  Reading.  I’m getting ready to teach a book I’ve never read before, and I’ve got to get cracking so that I’m at least a few chapers ahead of the kids.

8.  I’d like to spend some time with my family at some point.

9.  I still haven’t executed Mom’s will.  I’ve got to set up a meeting with the attorney soon…

10.  It’s mandatory parent-teacher conferences today.  I’m trying to stay for as many as I can, but I’m going to have to leave soon to be home for the girls.

So, as you can see, I’m far too busy to blog today.  I’ll try again tomorrow.  Happy Tuesday!

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Monday Meme

This one was boosted, more than a week ago, from Kwizgiver.  Thanks, Honey!
1. Is there anybody you just wish would fall off the planet? Now that you mention it, YES!  A couple of somebodies, actually….

2. How do you flush the toilet in public? Either with my foot or with my hand and a wad of clean toilet paper.  I try VERY hard to not touch anything in bathrooms.  I LOVE the touch-less faucets and paper towel dispensers…

3. Do you wear your seat belt in the car? EVERY.  SINGLE.  TIME.

4. Do you have a crush on someone? Mr. Chili is my permanent crush.

5. Name one thing you worry about running out of. Milk.

6. What famous person do you (or other people) think you resemble? Someone took a picture of me once, and some friends think I look a little like Nicole Kidman in it (which is nice, given that Nicole is Mr. Chili’s celebrity crush).

7. What is your favourite pizza topping? Cheese.  I’m a bit boring (or a purist, depending on who’s judging).  I also like mushrooms and caramelized onions

8. Do you crack your knuckles? I try not to, but sometimes it happens.

9. What song do you hate the most? Oh, there are a number of songs I really wish I’d never hear again.

10. Did just mentioning that song make it get stuck in your head? I answered the last question vaguely just SO a song wouldn’t get stuck in there.

11. What are your super powers? I’m a great friend, a terrific cook, I can analyze books and films with the best of them, and I’m kind.  Oh, and I’m WICKED good at parallel parking.

12. Peppermint or spearmint? Spearmint.

13. Where are your car keys? My car keys get tossed in the console of my car when I park anywhere safe – my garage, many of my friends’ dooryards, that sort of thing.  Otherwise, they’re either in my purse or my pocket..

14. Last song you listened to? “Her Diamonds” from the new Rob Thomas CD.

15. What’s your most annoying habit? To ME?  Procrastination.  To anyone else?  I don’t know; you’d have to ask them…

16. Where did you last go on vacation? The lake was our last vacation.  Our last trip away from home was to see Dudley’s son be wed in Maryland.

17. What is your best physical feature? Probably my hair.

18. What CD is closest to you right now? The Works by Jonatha Brooke

19. What 3 things can always be found in your refrigerator? Milk, green tea, and butter.

20. What superstition do you believe/practice? I don’t think I have any…

21. What colour are your bed sheets? Dark blue and white.

22. Would you rather be a fish or a bird? A bird, I think.  That whole “going south for the winter” thing appeals to me.

23. Last thing you broke? A nail.

24. What are you having to eat tonight? Oh, GOD.  Don’t ask me; I have no idea.

25. What colour shirt are you wearing? Long sleeved and brown.

26. If you could be doing anything else today, what would you rather be doing? I hope I’m going back to work today (unless there’s no heat); I love my job!

27. Do security cameras make you nervous? If I think about them for too long, yeah, they do.  I am not crazy about too much surveillance.

28. If you wrote a book about your life, what would the title be? Doing the Best That I Can.

29. Last time you went to a cemetery? I was in a cemetery a couple of weeks ago to bury Mom’s ashes.

30. Last concert you went to? Jonatha Brooks with my sister!

31. Favourite musician(s)/bands you’ve seen in concert? I’ve enjoyed pretty much every concert I’ve been to.  Let’s see – Shawn Colvin, Jonatha Brooke, The Indigo Girls, Matchbox Twenty, Sting… I think that’s everyone.

32. Next concert you’re planning to attend? We’re going to see Vertical Horizon at the end of the month.  I can’t wait!

33. Do you talk to yourself? Yes, actually, I do.

34. Have you ever adopted or purchased a pet? Yes, and no.  I’ve never bought a pet; I always adopt.

35. Have you ever been present when an animal is being born? I don’t think so, now that you ask.  I came home about a half hour after the kittens were born (under our bed), and I missed the delivery of a calf on my uncle’s farm by about the same amount of time when I was a kid.

Happy Monday, Everyone!

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Cold, Wet, and Dreary

That’s what the weather has to offer us today.  In fact, as I write this, I am listening to what sounds like little ice pellets hitting the window.  Blah.

I’m trying very hard to get some lesson planning done.  I’d also planned on baking cupcakes for one of my college students (who took his citizenship oath on Thursday), baking bread (because we’re out, and I’ve not made bread from scratch since last winter) and vacuuming.  Oh, and laundry – there’s always laundry.

I’m not sure how many of these things I’ll actually DO, though.  Sigh.  What I really want to do is crawl into bed with a book…

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