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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. 

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! )
checkers65477: (Caffeine)
pumpkin spice latte
sweet and creamy BFF
how i will miss you



Oct. 3rd, 2009 06:32 pm
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My next door neighbor found a copperhead snake in her back yard. I'll just stay here on my safe, snake-free porch.

But it's good to know their bites aren't typically fatal!

Ass Kisser

Mar. 25th, 2009 07:13 pm
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Because work kicked my ass today.


It's very good!
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Back in 1980 characters in YA books could smoke, cops were able to rough up their juvenile suspects with impunity, and words like "criminal assult" were used when what they meant was "rape".  All these things happen in The Truth Trap by Frances Miller, though the book never seemed dated to me. 

Matt, 15, has suffered in the past month.  His parents died in a car accident and well-meaning adults want to send his little sister to a school for the deaf.  Unable to come up with any other solution, Matt and Katie take off for LA where they believe Matt can work and support them.  As the book begins, Matt is caught by LA police outside a boarded-up theater and he soon discovers that his sister has been brutally murdered.  The cops believe he's committed the crime.  One officer, Prado, sees some good in Matt and wants to believe him innocent.  Prado's partner, Ryder, believes the worst and is determined to see Matt tried for the murder.

We follow Matt's story over the next few weeks as he interacts with the two officers and their families.  The story is mostly told from Matt's POV, with some glimpses into other character's thinking.  Matt is brilliantly written--he's a typical kid with a hot temper, and we see each pain-filled day as he lives them--both his physical pain after beatings as well as his angst and sorrow when the people around him won't believe him, and he finds himself completely alone, with no one to turn to.

There's so much emotion in this book--it really appealed to me and I've been rereading the parts of it  that I liked best.  It looks like the book was out of print for awhile but is available from Amazon now, along with its three sequels.  I had to get the book through interlibrary loan, and I'm already on the hunt for the others in the series.  Thanks to [ profile] aged_crone  for the recommendation.  It was well worth the wait to get it and I recommend it highly.

gah II

Jan. 5th, 2009 03:38 pm
checkers65477: (Damn)
This afternoon:

Coworker:  Don't walk down by the cafeteria.
Me:  Why?
Coworker:  Evidently, some kid left his lunch in his locker over the two-week break. 
Me:  Ick, I bet that smells pretty bad.
Coworker:  Oh, that's not all.  When another kid smelled it, he threw up in the hall.  So yeah, don't walk down by the cafeteria if you don't have to.
Me:  *hides under desk*


Jan. 4th, 2009 11:10 pm
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Back to work in eight hours and seventeen minutes.  But, who's counting?

 Edited to add:

6:55 am.  Pitch dark?  Really? 


Sep. 26th, 2008 04:11 pm
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I contain a germ... )
checkers65477: (When In Trouble)
For the way that my students live now is dangerous--some of them know it, some learn in time.   "In skating over thin ice," Emerson says, "our safety is in our speed."  But sometimes, like it or not, we're slowed down or stopped, and then trouble begins.  Last term, a young woman, an art-history and commerce major in one of my classes, stopped by my office.  She's a marvelous student; I've never taught anyone who could read poetry with much more subtlety and feeling.  She was pale, sleepless; her teeth were chattering softly.  I invited her to sit down and then asked some questions.  "How many course are you taking?"  Five, no six, seven.  "Audits?"  Yes, one.  "A thesis?"  Almost done:  She planned to knock out 40 pages over the weekend, but now her father, whom she clearly adored, was sick, and she'd have to go home and then how could she...

"It's too much," I said.  "What?"  She hadn't heard me exactly.  "What you're doing.  It's too much."  And then came--as it always does when I say these words, or something like them--a feeling of great relief.  Someone with a claim to authority has said that it's OK to be tired, OK to ease up.  OK to rest.  When my students crash on their own, they crash like helicopters dropping straitght out of the sky.  They're often unaware that they're on the verge of trouble.  They're doing what they are supposed to do, what their parents want, with all those courses and the multiple majors, and they haven't got much of any resources to look inside and to see that matters are out of joint--no one has thought to help them acquire those.  Did Byron ever fall apart, victim of his own hunger for speed and space?  If so, he told us little about it.

--Edmundson, Mark.  "Dwelling in Possibliities."  The Chronicle Review.  14 Mar 2008.

The entire article can be found here.

Please, please be careful.  You don't have to do it all.  As this new school year starts, remember to take care of yourselves!


May. 23rd, 2008 12:27 pm
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I just weeded a couple hundred fiction books.  Guess how that makes me feel?


But it has to be done.

Ack!  The polka dots on my new journal style are not showing up.  They are housed on photobucket.  Curse you, work filter!  Must upload the dots to LJ, I guess.

I bought a copy of Cygnet by Patricia McKillip at the used bookstore.  How is it?  Should I read it next?
checkers65477: (WTF Orlando) have let me down. Badly. Smocking? Seriously? Seriously? Everyone repeat after me, please.

"Once I am over the age of ten, I swear I will not wear smocking."

Thank you.

Am I being unreasonable?

Also, WTH?
LogoThere are
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Do they mean not even I have my name, or I'm the only one? Hmm...


Apr. 15th, 2008 09:17 pm
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Classes have been researching history topics in the library.  One girl is a tough nut, but she worked hard and did everything she was supposed to do.  She was a little behind, though, so yesterday I found her a couple of books to take home and urged her to read over the chapters on her topic.  Today, as she typed, it was obvious she'd read the stuff and had a very good opening to her paper.  I was pleased, because she's easily sidetracked and has a chip on her shoulder a lot of the time and her attitude tends to get in the way, both with adults and with other students.

After she left I realized she'd left her hoodie on the back of her chair.  I cannot describe how dirty it was.   Not old or stained, especially, but FILTHY.

It broke my heart.

Then it made me very, very angry.

Ok, I've never had to work three jobs to make ends meet, or have been on welfare, or addicted to drugs or whatthehellever ( it could be presumptuous and wrong to assume these things, but let's for a moment imagine a bad situation.).  Why can't the adult in her life see to it that she has clean clothes, for God's sake?  If you can't get it to the laundry, put it in the sink and take a bar of soap to it.  Or, teach her how to do that, and make sure she does.  Christ.  It's such a basic thing.

Anyway, it's in the dryer.       
checkers65477: (WTF Orlando)
Being at the beginning of a book challenge, I found this particularly amusing.


Jan. 18th, 2008 08:12 pm
checkers65477: (Disapproves)
Damn you, Itunes exclamation marks!  Where the hell do you come from?  What have you done with my songs?
checkers65477: (Damn)
Monday I hated all middle school children.

Today I am back to liking them (mostly). 

It's only Wednesday.
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Driving to Cleveland for a funeral.  Back on Saturday.  Should have some internet access, but we'll see.


Aug. 10th, 2007 12:44 pm
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So bored.

I've been sitting around doing nothing for several days now. It's much too hot to even think about going outside. I'm trying very hard not to eat. Nothing going on in Sounis. Can't spend any money after going on vacation and being without a paycheck for another month or so. That's a disadvantage of working a job that only pays you 10 months of the year. Gah. Could be cleaning, or doing some work stuff, but I can't seem to muster up any enthusiasm.


I've been reduced to watching old Brotherhood 2.0 videos and...

Searching for lolcats. Sooo cute.

So bored...can't seem to speak in complete sentences.  

I forsee more Dr. Who in my future.

I am a Geek

Jun. 3rd, 2007 08:12 pm
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Real life has been getting me down lately. Everything will be fine, I know! But it's been a tough, sad couple of weeks.

No sympathy, please! I mean it.

I really mean it. I'm just venting. I ♥ LJ.

Here is my exciting news...

Edit:  I finished American Born Chinese and my first feeling was that it was good but -- the Printz??  But the more I think about it, I'm not sure.  This is one I will have to reread. 

Happy Post

Mar. 16th, 2007 08:29 am
checkers65477: (Damn)
The week hasn't gotten much better, thus the Happy Post (I'm stealing [profile] emerald_happy 's idea).

1. I suppose we need this torrential downpour.

2. PTA is bringing us lunch today.

3. JT$ has brightened my week considerably. ♥ ♥ ♥

4. Hmmm, I'm thinking.

5. It's Friday.

6.  My new mix CD is awesome.


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