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.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Snow

One week away, one week away, one week away!
We got a couple of inches of snow last night. I will try to get outside to take some pictures. Never fear.

Right now I'm obsessed with the mountain gorillas of the Democratic Republic of Congo.  There's oil in Virunga National Park and so this haven for the gorillas may be cut down in size soon.  The people in the DRC are having some arguments about this.  This is one of those things where you can almost see both sides.  Poor country, riches underground, endangered mountain gorillas, only place where they can live in relative safety. No surprise that I'm coming down on the side of the gorillas. I just love gorillas now because of The One and Only Ivan.  Every day I read about gorillas and watch videos of gorillas.  I wish I could be like Dian Fossey and just head over to the DRC to study the gorillas. I need to be a primatologist.  It's in my blood.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Plans

We saw Dear White People last night. Highly recommend.  After seeing the movie, I  read this excellent review and I think you should see it if you want to, especially if you care about issues of white privilege, racism, social justice, and if you like to go to the movies.    I'm still thinking about the characters and Husbandman and I have some lingering questions.  2 good signs for any movie.

I'm going through a laziness phase today.  I don't want to work.  I want to play.

Maybe I'll start with a walk in this algid weather.

FYI:  Algid means cold. Did you already know this word?  Because I for one never heard the word in my life. We learned this word from the NYT Crossword puzzle this morning.  I'll be throwing it around for the next couple of months.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Game

Morning Meeting was a big hubbub of Thirdlanders upset because some kiddos from other classes keep messing with their recess games.  I suggested talking it out with the miscreants, to which a Thirdlander replied, "We do, but they keep doing it and they call us liars!"

My next suggestion which admittedly was not well considered was, "Okay, so maybe can other people in our class watch out for this problem and try to help?"

So come to find out when I picked them up from recess, everyone was astir. Turns out the Thirdlanders had linked arms and encircled a few of their pals to protect their game.  This caused the rascals to ratchet up their mischief. A near riot ensued.  "Now our game is banned!" yelled one Thirdlander.  I said, "Well, that's a drag.  I probably should have just talked to those little peeps myself.  But it does sound kind of cool that you all linked arms and tried to help."

"It was awesome," chirped a chorus of smiling Thirdlanders.    I'll try to sort this all out next week. Obviously my class is totally in the right.