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Kitty Finn broke his tail last week!

The tale of a tail )

I swear, these kittens (very large kittens who weigh over 12 pounds each at 10 months old) have a Death Wish. 

Aw, honey

Sep. 22nd, 2012 11:31 am
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Conversation with a student this week:

Me: ...so, if you want to put a reserve on a book, you just write the title and your name here, and we'll let you know when the book is ready for you to pick up.
Student:  *writes*
Student, looks up at me, eyebrow raised: You can read cursive, can't you?

I assured him that not only can I read cursive, I can actually write it, too.

F-list--can you???
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Baby animals are the most adorable things, aren't they?  Puppies, bunnies, kittens, skunks, whatever.  My kittens are ornrey, but boy are they cute.

the pictures )

Babies!

Jun. 25th, 2012 10:40 pm
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I have new babies!  They've been here a week now, and we all are adjusting nicely.  They were nameless until yesterday, but I felt so badly that we were calling them Kitty 1 and Kitty 2, or Fluff and Other Kitty, that I just had to decide.  So, here they are!


Kittehs!!! )

You'll be seeing lots more of them.  Whether you want to or not!
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Dang, the eArc of Captain Vorpatril's Alliance is available at the Baen website.
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Boy, did I need a spring break.  It was super-productive.  Some of the things I did:

Read more... )

How am I ever going to go back to work on Monday?

Userpics?

Mar. 29th, 2012 07:32 pm
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I've been a tremendous slacker with LJ lately and that is gonna change!

First of all, I haven't changed my userpic in months and really miss putting my usual "what I'm reading" icon out there.  The shameful truth is that I now have a mac and have no idea how to create a userpic.  I used to use Irfan View to crop a picture ( I know I can do that in iPhoto.  At least, I think so, right?  Can I go find a book cover and save it into iPhoto?).  Then I would open it in MS Paint and put the text on.

Can anyone just tell me how to do it?  Thanks, dear f-list.

Happy 2012!

Jan. 2nd, 2012 04:15 pm
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Happy New Year, f-list!  Hope you all had a great holiday/season/whatever with family, friends, and food.  I did.  Too much food, but I will remedy that in the next few weeks.

Blah Blah Blah )
Take a look at Neil Gaiman's New Year's Wish.

Back to work tomorrow.  I am trying to bear it the best I can.  :)

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I am thankful for cute Ozzie socks from a distant friend.  <3
socks! )
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This time it was her Coq au Vin.  A classic, I suppose, but after spending a good part of the day on it, not worth the time and trouble. 



Leftovers tomorrow.  Also, I almost burned the house down when I went to do laundry, but crises averted!
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My school is one year old.  It cost millions of dollars to build.

My school has been out of toilet paper since Monday. 

Had to bring in my own from home.

I am not making this up.
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I worked very hard today on buying books for work--it's so time consuming.   Nonfiction titles for now; I'll work on fiction again at some point.

Another Julia Child recipe tonight!  Bouef A La Catalane--a stew made of beef, rice, onions and tomatoes.  It was delicious, but it took 3 1/2 hours to make.  I didn't mind, though, as the process of cooking was what I wanted.  It went well with some green beans from this week's produce box .  I was a little concerned, since they were so big, but a little extended cooking time made them tender and tasty.



Bon Appetit

Oct. 9th, 2011 08:09 pm
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Last night I watched the movie Julie and Julia.  It made me go and pull out my old copies of Mastering the Art of French Cooking and try a recipe.  Here it is--Thon A La Provencale (sorry about the lack of accents; I am too lazy to try to make them work).  Aka, Tuna Steaks With Wine, Tomatoes, and Herbs.

Voila! )
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It came and went, and wasn't bad at all here.  Gusty winds and some rain, but not much else.  Unfortunately, the eastern part of the state suffered much damage, including coastal roads washed out, flooding, and a lot of wind damage.  Here is a photo of some of the worst road damage.  This is near Hatteras Lighthouse, where I visited a few years ago.  

But it could have been much, much worse.

School is going well.  It's super-busy, but classes started coming today and it was nice. 

Pathfinder

Aug. 8th, 2011 09:30 pm
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I haven't blogged about a book in ages, but this one was so good I feel compelled to mention it.

Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card )
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This is just wrong.

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I haven't written a book post in ages, but Chime by Franny Billingsley is so good that it deserves one.  Here is the review from Booklist:

*Starred Review* Since her stepmother's recent death, 17-year-old Briony Larkin knows that if she can keep two secrets--that she is a witch and that she is responsible for the accident that left Rose, her identical twin, mentally compromised--and remember to hate herself always, no other harm will befall her family in their Swampsea parsonage at the beginning of the twentieth century. The arrival of Mr. Clayborne, a city engineer, and his university-dropout son, Eldric, makes Briony's task difficult. Clayborne's plan to drain the swamp has made the Old Ones unhappy, particularly the Boggy Mun, who has plagued the village's children with swamp cough in retaliation. When Rose's lingering illness turns into a cough, Briony knows that she must do whatever it takes, even revealing her secrets, to save her sister. While thwarting the advances of an arsenic-addicted suitor, Briony must also deny her feelings for Eldric, even as he helps her solve the puzzle that has become her life. Exploring the powers of guilt and redemption, Billingsley (The Folk Keeper, 1999) has crafted a dark, chilling yet stunning world. Briony's many mysteries and occasional sardonic wit make her a force to be reckoned with. Exquisite to the final word. Grades 8-12. --Angela Leeper

Such lovely writing!  So much humor. 

" 'Us mixes wine an' bread, Mister Eldric, an' puts it round by the door an' by the windows so them Old Ones doesn't come creeping in.'
...Wine and bread.  This has always seemed rather ghoulish to me, as though one were smearing the threshold with Puree of Christ."

" 'I'm awfully tired,' I said.  'Can you be quick about it?'  Poor Cecil, consumed by a grande passion, only to be told to compress his love manifesto into a haiku.' "

"My mask was one great rumple.  It would need hours of smoothing."

Gosh.  Nice.

Creepy, suspenseful, satisfying, clever, complex.  I loved it.

Scarf Art

Apr. 2nd, 2011 01:09 pm
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Ok, I have a lot of scarves.  I need to enter a 12-step program, I admit it.

But now I'm using them as decoration.

Pretty! )
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A few years ago I posted these two little gems--remarkable letters of apology created by students who were misbehaving in the library.  Every now and then I reread them and smile.

I Hope This Event Does Not Occur Again

Please Heed to This Letter

Today, I received an adorable new apology letter penned by a small boy caught running in the hall.  Sprinting, really.  There were 10 or so of them, and their teacher had them write letters.  Yay!

Carelessly Jumping on the Bandwagon of My Peers )

Sooo sweet.
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Conversation today:

Child: Can I sit in the library and read until the basketball game starts?
Me:  Sure.  Hey wait, is there going to be a parent out there looking for you and wondering where you are?
Child:  Well, maybe my mom.
Me:  Why don't you go tell her where you are?
Child: Nah, it's ok.
Me: Are you sure?  I don't want to take the heat for you with your mom.
Child:  Trust me.  I've been living with my mom long enough to know how to handle her.


HOW IS EVERYONE?????  Sorry I have been MIA.

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