Monthly Archives: January 2011

Ten Things Tuesday

Kwizgiver declared that I have a fabulous blog, and part of the deal of acccepting that honor is I’m to list five fabulous things about me. Really, though, aren’t you sick of me yet?. I mean, yes, I am that fabulous, though I’m not sure I can come up with anything I haven’t told you already. Let’s, instead, go with ten things I think are fabulous, shall we? Then, at the bottom, we’ll launch into a list of ten bloggers I think are fabulous, just because I can….

1. Nutella. I mean, really. A slather of this stuff on a slice of pound cake or a mini croissant is just heaven.

2. Computers.
The things I’m able to do – and the people with whom I’m able to connect – are just amazing. Really, computer technology is magic.

3. My coworkers.
Every single one of them is, to use the local parlance, frickin’ awesome. Smart, funny, passionate, dedicated, ethical people, and I get to work with them every day.

4. Central heating. Trust me; when it gets to be about this time of year around here, one is profoundly, deeply, eternally grateful that the furnace is working.

5. Ditto the heated seats, the polarfleece accessories, the woobie socks and sweaters, and the down comforters.

6. Steak. A nice ribeye done just so with caramelized onions and roasted sweet potatoes and a side of green beans. Mmmmm. (can you tell I’m writing this before dinner?

7. TiVo.
I love being able to skip commercials, and being able to record something without having to set a VCR timer. Remember those days?

8. Movies.
We have a redbox in our grocery store, and Auntie got me a membership to Netflix that lets us get movies through our TiVo. Awesome. Also? DVDs are the bomb; the other day, I was folding laundry and watching The Two Towers on network t.v. I got to a commercial, popped the DVD in, and had the rest of the film entirely uninterrupted by insurance ads and overdone commercials for fast food restaurants.

9. Books.
How could I forget about books?! I’m reading a bunch of them now – I’ve got To Kill a Mockingbird going with my freshmen (well, I will have tomorrow, anyway), I’m re-reading Something Wicked This Way Comes with my juniors (who are, I hope, going to be much more attuned to the beauty and poetry and downright creepiness of the language in this novel), I’m getting ready to start Interview With the Vampire with my seniors (I’ll explain why at Teacher’s Education), and I’m reading When the Emperor was Divine for myself. I’m loving EVERY SINGLE PAGE of EVERY SINGLE BOOK. How cool is it that I get to do for a living what I love to do for myself?!

10. My friends. It kind of goes without saying (though I try to say it all the time), but I am loved by some amazing, fabulous, astounding people. Really, sometimes I’m brought up short: how is it that all these wonderful souls love me? If I were to judge my worth by the people who care for me, I would find myself wholly worthy.

Here are just ten members of my (extensive) internet family. Some of them keep blogs, some of them have blogs but don’t write much in them anymore, and some are commenters (who, if they have a blog, haven’t told me about them yet), but they’re all people who are important to me, even though I’ve never met some of them in real life…. yet….

1. Eddie

2. Kizz

3. Auntie

4. O’Mama

5. Sphyrnatude

6. Word Lily

7. Kwizgiver

8. Success Warrior

9. Gerry

10. Oregon Sunshine.


Filed under admiration, Home and Family, Little Bits of Nothingness, love notes, my oh-so-exciting life, ten things Tuesday

Monday Meme

Ten questions (damn. I should have saved this for tomorrow. Oh, well…):

1.) If you could give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
CALM THE FUCK DOWN! No, seriously; I think I would want the whole world to understand how desperately we need compassion. Also? The separation of Church and State is a really, really good idea….

2.) If you could have a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Of course I would say money, right? I mean, one would be kind of daft not to ask for a room full of 100 dollar bills.

3.) What do you value most in other people?
Kindness, followed closely by a strong intellect and rounded out with a good sense of humor.

4.) If you could only see black and white except for one color, what color would you choose to see?
Green, no question.

5.) If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Right now, I’m working on making myself thinner. If I could change an energetic thing, I would try to be more able to see big pictures.

6.) If you could choose one of your personality traits to pass on to your children, what would it be?
Again with the compassion. I would also want them to adopt from me a sense of purpose; I’m pretty good at getting shit done.

7.) What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?
I love this saying because, in a cosmic sense, I believe it is absolutely true. In a practical sense, though, there’s really nothing (like skydiving, for instance) that I’m burning to try, so I can’t really answer this question. Oh, wait – maybe getting my doctorate? Nah; I don’t really feel the need for that.

8.) Would you rather teach a young child to read or have to learn again for yourself?
I don’t see these two as being mutually exclusive. I teach children to read critically, and I continue to learn from that experience.

9.) What is the best advice you’ve ever given and received?
Um… I can’t really think of anything specific. I know that’s a drag, but it’s the truth.

10.) How would you like to die?
Peacefully, painlessly, and after a long and happy life. Duh.


Filed under Little Bits of Nothingness, meme

Quick Hit: F**kin’ COLD

Mr. Chili is watching the Weather Channel, and they just posted a warning about dangerous wind chills – including the words “hypothermia or death.”  DEATH, People!  That’s just wrong.

You know what else is wrong?  This:



Lo -10 °F



Hi 9 °F


Chance Light Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 30%
Light Snow
Lo 0 °F

Chance Light Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 40%
Light Snow
Hi 25 °F

Slight Chance Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 20%
Slight Chc
Lo 16 °F

Chance Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 30%
Hi 35 °F

The chance of snow goes up every time I look at it; by the time we get to Tuesday, I’m sure they’ll be telling us to get ready for another (what they so blithely call) “major snow event.”



Filed under this is NOT a drill, weather, WTF?!

Seven Words on the Seventh Day

Times Two:

I’m almost done grading mid-term papers….

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It’s like I didn’t teach them anything…


Filed under concerns, dumbassery, frustrations, the jobs, WTF?!

Six Word Saturday

Mid-term grades are almost done!


Filed under Uncategorized


Ooof.  We had a two day work/school week; Monday was a holiday (thank you, Brother Martin), Tuesday was a snow day, we had a two hour delay on Wednesday, a full day on Thursday, and another snow day today.

At this rate, my girls will be in school until the Fourth of July (CHS runs virtual classes online during snow days, so our summer will start on time!  I love you, Bob!  MWAH!).

The Accuweather long-range forecast guy is saying that we’d better get used to it, too.  Check this shit out:

The Accuweather long-range forecast guy isn’t my favorite person right now (note that his name is “Bastardi.”  How fitting.  Love to David Mixner for the heads-up and the graphic, which he boosted from  Alan, can I come and live with YOU for a while?  Please…?

Anyway, I’m trying to get some things done, both for work and around the house.  I have thus far managed to put some stuff away and do some general tidying; the dishwasher is running, the humidifiers are filled, and there’s laundry in the machines.  I want to vacuum downstairs and give the kitchen a once-over before the day is done.  On my work list are a syllabus for the new poetry class starting on Wednesday, a modified curriculum for a special needs freshman, and a recommendation form for one of my seniors.  That ought to keep me busy today.

What are YOU doing?


Filed under doing my duty, Home and Family, Little Bits of Nothingness, my oh-so-exciting life, the jobs, weather

Quick Hit: STFU


Okay, let’s get something straight and settled, once and for all, shall we? We DO NOT live in Nazi Germany. Comparing anyone to Hitler or Goebbels is wrong, and as soon as you do it, you’ve lost any credibility you may have had, so STOP IT, ALL of you! Make your point – if, indeed, you have one – without invoking the Third Reich or the Holocaust.  Dazzle thinking people with your ability to be nuanced and articulate and to back your shit up with facts, not with false comparisons and fear mongering.



Filed under concerns, doing my duty, duh!, dumbassery, frustrations, General Bitching, Holocaust Study and Outreach, ideas and opinions, politics