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It's been a good week. This will be quick, so I hope [ profile] emmaco doesn't mind if I use her format of Happy Things from my week.

  1. Thanksgiving was lovely. All the food turned out well, and was done at the same time. Yay. The rolls were to die for.
  2. Although I lost at Scrabble, like always, I didn't disgrace myself. And I redeemed myself a little by not sucking at Trivial Pursuit.
  3. I got some good bargains on Black Friday.
  4. A purchase on Ebay is going to make someone extremely happy at Christmas.
  5. I spent most of the day Saturday combing used bookstores in town, hunting for books for my library. I don't like having to do this on my own time, but I love the used bookstores, so it was ok. I also don't like buying used books for the library--it doesn't do authors, publishing companies, libraries or the students any favors--but with with such a tiny budget this year, I feel like I have no choice.
  6. It was wonderful having five days off work and spending the time with family.
  7. Today was so warm that you could go outside in short sleeves.
  8. Ozzie loves his new flippy cat toy. He's been dashing around like a kitten.
  9. The movie The Taking of Pelham 123 was actually pretty good.
  10. I bought a big, red Purse of Awesome.
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This morning I went to the farmer's market to get

Ok, it'll never win a Caldecott...prepare for picspam )
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This is exactly what has happened to me:

The lost art of reading

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Swiped this from [ profile] crowinator .  It's lots of fun! I tag anyone else who'd like to do it.

The songs )


Jan. 8th, 2009 08:39 pm
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This one is pretty funny.  Though certain parts of it are uncomfortably true.  I'll leave it to you to guess which parts.  :)

Stolen from [ profile] anachred 

Your result for The Pop Culture Archetype Personality Test...

The Wizard

Ninja, Robot, Zombie, Cowboy

The self-confidence of the wizard is often mistaken for arrogance, but it is a confidence rooted in expertise. The perfectionist wizards focus on specialized knowledge, and are willing to work at things and improve until they are masters of their domain. They know what they know, and they know what they don't know. Yet wizards are not all about logic; they combine intuition and imagination with reliability, and turn everything they work on into a personal moral cause. To this end, they will disregard authority if it suits their purposes, even pretending to conform while secretly working in their own unconventional, opportunistic ways. Anything is possible, and paradoxes are seen as a source of amusement, not an obstacle. With people, wizards have no tolerance for slackers, and their lack of appreciation for social rituals, small talk and flirtation means that personal relationships are their Achilles heel. They are deeply private and impassive, and their unempathetic self-confidence and expectation for directness means that they turn off many, leaving them with only a few close friends.

Wizards are prone to Schizotypal behaviors, wherein they feel extreme discomfort in close relationships and often experience strange cognitive and perceptual experiences and eccentric appearance and behavior. They may see chance happenings as being related to their own experiences, and react with odd, magical beliefs and thinking. Their paranoid, suspicious natures leave them with few close friends, and their odd speech and inappropriate behaviors often drive away others, leading to increased anxiety in social situations.

Famous wizard types include Dan Akroyd, Augustus Caesar, Chevy Chase, Arnold Schwarzenegger and John F. Kennedy.

Take The Pop Culture Archetype Personality Test
at HelloQuizzy

checkers65477: (Skeptical)
I have thought of a way to end the prison crisis in this country.

Make all inmates strip wallpaper. 

They might go to prison once, but I guarantee no one would ever take a chance of having to go again.

Come to think of it, I could use a few inmates right now.
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. 22nd, 2008 07:00 pm
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A quick and easy meme, taken from [profile] pcw_rcw .

1. My Username is _____ because _____ .

2. My personal LJ is entitled _____ because _____ .

3. My personal LJ is subtitled _____ because _____ .

4. My Friends Page is called _____ because _____ .

5. My Default Userpic is _____ because _____ .

I tag YOU.  If you're reading this, go for it. 
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A few quick things.

I got a $1000 grant from IBM to buy a collection of books for our super-low readers, written on a K-3 grade level.  Yay.  I think they'll be excited to see we have books just for them.

An exciting day yesterday.  I swear I'm not making this up.  First, one of our 7th grade students went into labor.  The receptionist was timing her contractions until the squad came for her.  She didn't have the baby; labor stopped and the principal asked her to please go home and stay there.  13 years old.  :(((((((  Then, a student broke the one mercury thermometer in the school.  He got mercury on him so they had to call the authorities.  Haz Mat people came in their yellow suits to decontaminate.  The kid had mercury on him so they had him change into his gym clothes and took everything, including his underwear.  The teacher is pregnant, so they had to make sure she wasn't contaminated.  Quite the exciting day.  And people wonder why teachers can't seem to just teach.  At least the labor stuff is extremely unusual.  We've never had a student in labor before though there have been a few pregnancies.

I had to go sit in a doctor's office yesterday for a few hours (I told you it was a busy day) and had to face something about myself (only my dysfunctional personality--not a health issue, sorry Willow).  The waiting room was small and packed.  The chairs were uncomfortable.  All I wanted to do was sit and read The Virtu.  There were three conversations going on in the room and I thought I was going to lose my mind.  Seriously, I thought I'd have to go stand in the hall.  I cannot abide small talk between strangers.  Yes, the government sucks and health care sucks and you don't feel good but I just want to read my book.  I am the most antisocial person ever born.  It's a tremendous character flaw but I can't help it.  It was painful, as were the chairs.

I'm off to Ohio tomorrow to visit my family for the weekend and OMG the weather!!  TEN inches of snow are predicted!  Gah!  Must go hunt up boots.
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Guess what was waiting for me at work?  A box of books from

[personal profile] sdn !  

Here's what she sent me:


 Tam Lin - Dean
Foundling - Cornish
Truth Teller’s tale - Shinn
I am Mordred - Springer
The Son of Summer Stars - Pierce
Enchantress from the stars - Engdahl
Journey between worlds - Engdahl
The blue mirror - Koja
Tersias the oracle - Taylor
Anatopsis - Abouzeid
Moon-Flash - Mckillip
Mariel of redwall - Jacques
Wolf Tower - Lee
The dragon hoard - Lee
Intersteller Pig - Sleator
The tough guide to fantasyland - DWJ
The riddle of the wren - de Lint
The secret country - Dean
The Faery Reel edited by Datlow, Windling
Piratical II - Lee

I suppose I'll really have to get off my lazy ass, now, and start that Fantasy Book Club I've been talking about.

What Be Your Nerd Type?
Your Result: Literature Nerd

Does sitting by a nice cozy fire, with a cup of hot tea/chocolate, and a book you can read for hours even when your eyes grow red and dry and you look sort of scary sitting there with your insomniac appearance? Then you fit this category perfectly! You love the power of the written word and it's eloquence; and you may like to read/write poetry or novels. You contribute to the smart people of today's society, however you can probably be overly-critical of works. It's okay. I understand.

Gamer/Computer Nerd
Social Nerd
Drama Nerd
Artistic Nerd
Science/Math Nerd
Anime Nerd
What Be Your Nerd Type?
Quizzes for MySpace


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.


Jun. 20th, 2007 11:41 am
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Tagged by [profile] avian_xj

Rules: Post the explanation of where your username came from. Then tag TEN users whose explanations you'd like to hear. If you are tagged, then post the explanation to your page.

Most of you have probably heard this already, but Checkers was my first cat.  I was about 4.  He was a big, mean, orange tabby and he got hit by a car when he was 3.  The 65477 is just a random string of numbers I typed in when setting up an AIM alias.  I tried to think up numbers that were fast to type.  When I set up an LJ, every Checkers configuration I tried was already taken so I used the AIM one.   Man, am I sorry I used so many numbers now, but it's too late.

I'll tag anyone who wants to do it.


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