Thursday, June 8, 2017

In which I run a lot of errands

It's always weird, the first two weeks after the school year ends. I always end up running a TON of errands, like all the things that I meant to do in April and May but somehow never quite got to. Thus, I have seen the optometrist and the dentist and will be visiting the podiatrist and the allergist next.

I've gone shopping at a Russian import store I'd heard about (Victory International Market, don't let the sketchy exterior put you off because the food inside is quite delicious and reasonably priced.) Finally went to the nearest L. L. Bean store and got a lovely utility skirt and two gorgeous flannel shirts. Bought food-safe mineral oil to bring all the wooden bowls and cutting boards back up to snuff. Bought stamps, deposited checks, mailed packages, ordered thank-you gifts, and began the long and thankless job of cleaning up my office.

In the next few days, I have to register for the July version of NaNoWriMo, write thank-you notes, do a lot more laundry, and begin seriously cleaning the house (once I finish with my office!)

So that's about it. Nothing really fun to report yet.

Edited to add: Oh, wait. Wonder Woman. That was fun. And so was King Arthur, although they should have just called it something else and stopped pretending it was related to the Arthurian legend at all. Just make it another fantasy about a sword and a couple of mages, already.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Studio Ghibli, on the big screen

So that's another school year in the books (although I'm still writing comments and ordering things for next year) and, as usual, I was terrible about blogging. Part of it is that I haven't been knitting. Part of it is ongoing concerns about the privacy of the people whom I teach. Part of is is that my New Year's resolution turned out to be, "Less time with screens; more time with people" and I've been doing a bang-on job of living up to it.

However, today's exciting news is that Studio Ghibli, makers of such classes as Spirited Away and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, will be the subject of a Fathom Events series, in which six classic movies are once-again shown on the big screen.

Details here.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Three important dates

Presented without explanation (due to my job) but highly significant and I need to write them down somewhere.

Monday, January 9th, 8:24pm (CNTV)

Tuesday, January 30th, about 10:10am (CNTV again)

Thursday, January 26th, 2:15pm (RDK)

Edited to add:

You can put Tuesday, February 28, about 12:30pm on that list, too... (CCG)

And now, you can add Wednesday, May 10th, about 10am (IGK)

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Day 21: life still sucks

I have a cough that won't go away and a massive sleep deficit.

I wanted to attend one of the protest marches, but my sons had a recital and I opted to do that instead. (Plus, you know, the cough...)

I haven't read a single new novel in the past two weeks.

I have over an inch of grading to do this weekend.

I haven't seen a new movie in the past three weeks, but I hope to rectify that tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Day 17: well that week was weird

Last week was WEIRD. Good-weird, bad-weird, and everything in between.

Anyone reading this will note that I have, once again, massively fallen off in my blogging ritual after the first four days of singular virtue. Much of that has been due to business with the Swimming and Diving team. Much of the rest has been due to the stress of being around seniors who are not yet committed to a college.

So, due to the constraints of my job, I can't say much about the week. However, I will note that

1) Being in a fight with one of your closest friends SUCKS
2) Acquiring a new advisee mid-year eats up hours and hours of time. (The kid is delightful. The older advisees get along great with him. He seems to like them, too. But the meetings! oh the meetings! to make it all transition smoothly...)
3) Looking at resumes is both stressful and depressing. We're advertising for an AP Statistics teacher. We're getting everything except that, thus far.
4) My advisees will stretch a 2-hour outing to a 4-hour outing if given the opportunity.
5) Lots of my friends and colleagues seem very sad and grouchy about the upcoming presidential inauguration. I'm not going to a protest march because my sons have a concert that day. But I know where they're coming from...

So there we are. I'll just file this one under "Whining" and try to take pictures of my knitting to make better blog fodder for tomorrow.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Day 7: bits about diving

I've been trying to up my game prior to our team's big diving meet at the end of the month.

To remember the order of numbering, it's F-BRIT:
Front (100s)
Back (200s)
Reverse (300s)
Inward (400s)
Twist (500s)

The positions go
Straight (A)
Pike (B)
Tuck (C)
Free (D) but I haven't found a useful mnemonic for this yet.

(It's kind of like remembering the order in a medley relay: Back Breast Fly Free but at least that one's alphabetical)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Day 4: Reading wish list

I have a lot of books to read before Hugo nominations open. If you read my entry from the 1st, you've seen a pretty good estimate of what I've liked thus far. The things I haven't read yet include the following:

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
Spiderlight by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal
Borderline by Mishell Baker
Dark Run by Mike Brookes
Remnants by Trust by Elizabeth Bonesteel
United States of Japan by Peter Tiervas
Super Extra Grande by Yoss, David Frye translator
Central Station by Lavie Tidhar
Mechanical Failure by Joe Zieja
The Vagrant by Peter Newman
Escapology by Ren Warom
Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer
After Atlas by Emma Newman