Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Reunion

There comes a time when people come home and that time is now.

Eve and Bill are here and we saw fabulous John Hiatt singing on Monday night.  But get this.  The opening act was a guy by the name of Andrew Ripp and he played a love song on the Bachelor in Paradise show.  So that was kind of a thrill to hear about.

Now our much beloved magical nephew is here.  He's right in the same room with me right now.  He used to blog,  so I'm asking him to blog again.  20 Something (who has been dubbed Queen of the Red Eye) will arrive in a few hours.

I'm just cracker jacks for this vacation right now. I plan to bring honor to the family by blogging the holy heck out of this reunion.  I may blog more than once each day.  Just for the fun of it.

No links!  Husbandman says we have to go right now to pick up 20 Something.  IMPORTANTE!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


#TwinTuesday.  Cranberries and Qtips. See the twin picture here.  An impressive pairing, as usual.

Update:  We have 75% of our visitors here with us now.  And tomorrow we pick up 25%.  Hoorah!

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Disorder

Did you know that multiple personality disorder (MPD) is now called dissociative identity disorder (DID)?  I watched a video about this at the NYT today.  I read the book Sybil in high school and found it fascinating.   Come to find out, there's been some debunking of the MPD diagnosis. That's one reason it's been renamed.  Instead of more than one personality, people with DID have less than one personality. Their personalities are fragmented and they have trouble integrating these fragments into one cohesive whole.

I don't think I have DID and I highly doubt that you have it.  Long story short: It's extremely rare and some doctors don't even believe it exists, so if you're worrying about having DID, just let it go.  You're probably fine.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Rain

It's a rainy Sunday.  I went into school yesterday and today in the hope that I might enjoy Thanksgiving break without thinking any more about school.

So that's done.

Except I keep thinking of things I forgot to do.  Teaching is a good job for me, a job I sincerely love, but I find I can't shut it off ever.  I may even head back in tomorrow to fix up some of the stuff I didn't fix up today and yesterday.

Maybe it's not good to get a jump on things school related because I just stretch everything out into infinity, which might be a sign of mental illness, truth be told.  My pal told me today that going into school on the off hours is a bit like wandering into the Bermuda Triangle.  She's right. I need to just get back on dry land and focus on the here and now.  A 4:50 viewing of the Hunger Games flick is going to help.  Probably.  I'm hoping it will.  May the odds be ever in my favor. As they say in the Hunger Games.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Band

 Yesterday afternoon Sandra and I were at Kathala's house and for part of the evening we were able to hang out with her entire fam, including two young awesomes.  We watched snippets of a show about the One Directions, a band of young men who are taking the world by storm.   I had heard of these One Directions, but I had never seen them in action.  "Which one's your favorite?" I asked Eldest Awesome (EA).

She quickly replied,  "Harry.  I'm crazy in love with him."  I could see that.  Harry One Direction is a cute young man.  I'm not sure he needs the tattoos, though.

"I wonder if 20 Something knows about this band?" I asked.
"Yes, I'm sure she does," said EA.  "Everyone I know is crazy in love with them right now."
"Do you think there are dolls of these One Directions yet?"
"Yes, there are dolls.  You can buy them," she answered, her eyes riveted to the screen where the One Directions were frolicking on skateboards and looking jolly.

Well guess what Twenty Something and #1 Son?  Be ready for some One Directions under the old tree this year.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thursday Creativity Share: Frazey Ford

Well, thanks to Cynthia Butler, also known as CB here on the blog, we have an awesome song to sing and a new singer to learn about.  Frazey Ford used to hang with the Be Good Tanyas, but now she's going out and doing her own creativity.  Frazey, we are liking this Blue Streak Mama song so keep it up.

Frazey's parents escaped the Vietnam War by moving to Canada.  They lived in a commune.  I read about her here.  I can see myself doing something like that in the future.  Grabbing 20 Something and #1 and Husbandman and just heading north to start our own creative collective.

Also I took a picture of some fungi that I like.

Thursday Creativity Share.  Frazey Ford Talking a Blue Streak.  Fungi to find on campus.  You just got to sit back and wonder.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Gobbling

Turns out we're having a Gobble Off this week.  Our student council reps announced this to the class after lunch.  After sharing the basic story line, Rep One added, "If you don't feel brave about gobbling on the intercom, you shouldn't enter the contest. Because the winners will gobble over the intercom."

As is typical with the Thirdlanders, a barrage of questions ensued.  Tons and tons of questions.  Questions you could never even imagine if you tried.  Question after question without end.  It was great to sit back and watch these two Thirdlanders handle the questions like old pros.  Finally though, I could sympathize with their exasperation at the intense scrutiny the gobble off was receiving.  Rep Two finally shut it down by saying, "Look guys.  In short, we need one person to gobble on Friday.  Dr. H. will decide who that will be."

Later I found a small note on my desk.  It read, "Dr. H., If you pick me for the gobble off, I will bring you more roasted pumpkin seeds, like I did at Halloween."

You can see my conundrum.  I love the roasted pumpkin seeds.  And yet, there's the issue of fairness.

I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


#Twin Tuesday.  We've got a ceramic fowl and a classic movie.  You're probably thinking this is such a cheerful pair.  Yet so symbolic of things to come.  You're probably on the right track there, with your thinking.  It's fairly algid outside, so why don't you just hang out at home, contemplating #TwinTuesday and recalling your recent accomplishments?  That's what I'd be doing, if I weren't going to my job right now.  The job I'm going to be late for.  Because I want to get a latte on the way.

#TwinTuesday.  Fowl.  Film.  Not sure how we keep pulling this off, week after week. I guess it's in our blood.