auntiemeesh: (Default)
Today was a howling wilderness in the threes room. Adults approach Friday with the joy of knowing that the weekend is within our grasp if we can just hold on for a few more hours. Three year olds approach Friday with social exhaustion and behavioral melt-downs. They're tired, cranky, haven't seen their parents in days (seriously, these kids often get picked up, given supper and a bath and put to bed on weeknights) and just can't hold it together anymore. Not even a rare chance to play outside was enough to overcome their utter misery.

The matter was compounded by the fact that a parent volunteer came in this morning to do some pumpkin carving with the class. Because of how many children we have, we split the kids into two groups. One group ate morning snack first and the other group did pumpkin carving first, and then they switched. Only thing is, these kids are little. It's hard for them to understand 'you'll be next'. One little girl in the pumpkin carving group was miserable because she was hungry. One little guy in the snack group was miserable because he thought he didn't get to do the pumpkin activity. By the time we switched, little guy was so disgruntled, he couldn't even participate in the pumpkin carving (not that any of the kids actually participated so much as observed and pulled seeds out of the gunky innards), instead isolating himself in the book corner. It was one of those rare days when we decided we'd better have lunch and nap early, and then also let them sleep almost half an hour later than usual. The afternoon was much better than the morning!

One bright spot - I got to read one of my all-time favorite Halloween stories, Big Pumpkin, to the kids.

Another oasis of joy and wonderment during the day - one of the parents (perhaps sensing something of what was in the air) brought a box o'coffee and a box o'donuts in for the teachers this morning. Truly a wonderful woman!

In other news, yesterday I received an almost last minute invite to a Halloween party, tomorrow. I have no costume, because I wasn't expecting to go to any parties this year. But the kids at work did manage to come up with some excellent suggestions for me, which included but were not limited to: Spider-woman, a king, a princess, and (my personal favorite) a castle. I've decided to attempt a princess in a castle. I'll be sure to photo-document the attempt at creating such a thing.
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I'm still working my through the forest of books in my living room. One thing has become abundantly clear. I need real bookshelves. I have one small shelf on my desk that is both tall and deep enough to hold my hardback and over-sized paperback books. Another thing I realized is that I've lost my copy of Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku. I suppose it's possible that I lent it to someone or left it at work, but I don't remember lending it to anyone, and I haven't seen it lying around at work. I hate losing books. It's got me totally distracted from the progress I was making in getting the books I do have organized. Grr!

In other news, Evgeni Malkin, head number 2 of the Penguins two-headed monster, has a torn MCL and ACL. The Pens are "discussing options" with the team doctors, but I'm guessing none of the options include him returning to the ice any time soon. So much for yesterday's prediction that he was going to break out this weekend. *sigh* Luckily, the team has been finding ways to win without their two stars in the lineup for a while now, but it's been mostly against lower-tier teams. With a game against the Capitals tomorrow, and five of the next eleven against play-off ready teams, February is going to be a test for the Pens.

In other other news, I'm looking for new music. Recommend me some, folks. I don't listen to the radio much and when I do, it's mostly 80s and 90s stuff. I'm bored with everything I have but don't know where to start looking for new.
auntiemeesh: (taking over the world)
Things accomplished today:

*one load of laundry (all but the folding and putting away part)

*six hundred words of original fic world-building and conceptualization, while hanging out at a cafe with [livejournal.com profile] eve11

*purchase of dvds (season three of Las Vegas and season five of SGA) and a book (The Three Muskeeters)

*read at least half of another book (The Stupidest Angel, by Christopher Moore)

*removed a nasty trojan virus from my laptop - well, spent almost three hours on the phone with a Dell software support person letting him remove the nasty from my laptop (the reason I stopped at six hundred words of world-building and conceptualization, also probably the reason my IE went all freaky on me last week)

The virus thingy sort of hijacked my plans for the day but I did not despair. Instead I went shopping and stocked up on books and dvds in case my computer was down for the count, lol. Of course, once I talked to the guy at Dell and found out that my warranty only covers hardware problems and I'd have to pay through the teeth for the software support, I sort of wished I'd had more self control at Barnes & Noble, but that's okay. It's payday this Friday and I'll just have to be a little more lean in my spendings next month.

book rec

Feb. 1st, 2010 11:02 pm
auntiemeesh: (books)
I've been reading actual books, in paper format, the past few days. Right now I'm reading Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English, by John McWhorter. In the introduction, he talks about how, even though English is a germanic language, it has developed in weird ways that no other germanic language has. He completely hooked me with this analogy.

"English's Germanic relatives are like assorted varieties of deer -- antelopes, springboks, kudu, and so on -- antlered, fleet-footed, big-brown-eyed variations on a theme. English is some dolphin swooping around underwater, all but hairless, echolocating and holding its breath. Dolphins are mammals like deer: they give birth to live young and are warm-blooded. But clearly the dolphin has strayed from the basic mammalian game plan to an extent that no deer has."

Turn the page and come to this: "German, Dutch, Swedish, and the gang are, by and large, variations on what happened to Proto-Germanic as it morphed along over three thousand years. They are ordinary rolls of the dice. English, however, is kinky. It has a predilection for dressing up like Welsh on lonely nights."

I had a hard time putting the book down at a (slightly just past) decent hour last night. It promises to be entertaining as well as informative.

As an interesting side note, if you put quotation marks in your post, apparently livejournal automatically tags your post with 'quotes.' Who knew.
auntiemeesh: (Default)
So far today:

* Had coffee and a scone at 61c Cafe. Mm, yummy cinnamon scone.

* Got my hair trimmed. I decided at the last minute not to redo the color though. It hasn't faded out all the way yet, there are no roots showing, and I'd rather spend the money on other things.

* Made an appointment for next time - July 4th. I'm on a holiday roll here. Got my hair colored Easter weekend, had my six week trim today, Memorial Day weekend, and now the next six week trim will fall on Independence Day.

* Went to a second viewing of Star Trek. Either my ears were clearer or the sound was better today because I was actually able to understand nearly all the dialog. This helped the movie make a little more sense, not to mention getting more of the self-referencial in-jokes. some spoilers )

* Browsed through Barnes & Noble in the hope of seeing some good titles for Book Club. Alas, no such luck. Still, I picked up a book by Jack McDevitt, called Deepsix. I've never heard of this guy before, but the first few pages seem to get off to a decent start, so I'll see where it goes.

* Had lunch at Panera (if a meal eaten at three in the afternoon can technically be called lunch).

* Totally bailed on the grocery store but I did stop at Rite Aid for bread, milk, Quaker Oats and catfood.

Tonight is game three of the Pens-Hurricanes series. I'm attempting to be emotionally prepared for the possibility of a 'Canes win, since it's their first home game of the series, they're down by two and they're going to be desperate for the win. But I'll still be disappointed and pissed if the Pens lose. That's just the way it is.

In the meantime, I think I'll watch a few more of the old Star Trek eps on hulu.

Edited due to an inability to keep two thoughts in line for more than thirty seconds at a time.
auntiemeesh: (weeping cherry)
I took my camera with me yesterday when I went to the grocery store, and took lots of spring pics. So, time for a little Spring Picspam.

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Winter cannot last forever. )

In other news, a few friends and I started up a science fiction book club a few weeks ago and today we had our first book discussion. I volunteered to host this first meeting, thus the grocery shopping yesterday. I never quite got around to cleaning however, so I had to get up early and do that this morning, along with preparing some food for our lunchtime meeting.

I had way too much food, but the good thing is, I'll have lots of leftovers for the week ahead. I made a simple pasta salad with angel hair pasta, red and orange peppers, grape tomatoes and light italian dressing. I also bought some sourdough bread to go with it, but somehow we never opened it, so I'll have a whole loaf to eat this week. Nom, nom, nom. I also got some pepperjack cheese, wheat crackers, apples, and mixed nuts as snacky things. Yay for yummy foods.

We started off with Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley. It was an easy read, and led to all sorts of interesting discussion which ranged from social control, to politics, to religion, to who knows what else as we wandered around in our thoughts. I've never actually participated in a bookclub before so I have nothing to compare it to, but I think it went well. Next up, we're reading To Say Nothing of the Dog, by Connie Willis. Plus, I now have a list of other books to put on my 'must read soon' list, that came up in conversation during the discussion. This is very good.

I want.

Mar. 30th, 2009 09:37 pm
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I have easily spent the last hour clicking links at ThinkGeek.com. And then I found this. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The full and complete Jane Austen text, only interspersed with "all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action." How awesome!
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Snurched from [livejournal.com profile] stargazercmc

The BBC allegedly believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. Bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish.

Note: I can't actually find this particular list anywhere at the BBC, so I don't know if it's true that they think we'll have only read an average of six of these titles, but hey, why not just go with it.

Note 2: It's interesting to look at this list. Between the books that we're made to read for school lit classes and the ones that are pretty standard classic children's lit, I would expect most people who read at all would have read far more than six. And the people who don't care to read wouldn't be interested in book lists like this, so I have to wonder what the point of making a list like this and then saying most people won't have read these books is. Is it to make all of us feel superior for having read more than six? Is it to make the non-readers feel bad for not reading? Seems a little lame, either way. It makes for a fun book meme, anyhow.


My book list )

And while I'm on the subject of books, I read How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets today. It was one of those books I couldn't put down, which hasn't happened in a while, for me. I've become a reader of fanfic, sitting in front of my computer, rather than browsing the stores and library for 'real' books. So I'm going to review this in terms of fanfic, because I'm just that lame. How Evan Broke His Head, etc )

catnaps

Feb. 21st, 2009 07:31 pm
auntiemeesh: (dream-sad)
I've come to realize something about Saturdays. I'm really just going to mostly sleep through them. I did get up and go into Squirrel Hill for a little bit of shopping this morning. I bought a couple of books and then relaxed at Panera eating an early lunch while starting one of the books. But the timing thing with the buses continues to elude me, so I didn't have enough time to go to the grocery store and buy real food, so a quick stop at Rite Aid for kitty litter and milk had to suffice. Back home, I felt so ridiculously sleepy (despite getting what seemed like a decent enough eight and a half or nine hours of sleep) that I ended up taking a two and a half or three hour nap, killing the entire afternoon.

I never used to feel so terribly tired all the time, and I'm not much enjoying it. I was looking at sample interview questions the other day (oddly not on purpose - it was a document I came across while doing archiving at work) and one of the questions was 'tell me about a recent weekend. What did you plan and what did you do?' This was to gauge the applicant's level of energy. I would totally fail that sort of question. I have plenty of energy to do my job during the course of the week, but I lately need a lot of downtime on the weekends. I should probably start taking vitamins or something.

Anyway.

Books. I bought How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, by Garth Stein. I started reading it while eating lunch and it's making a promising beginning.

I also picked up German Demystified. I've been wanting to relearn German for quite awhile now (German was my foreign language of choice in high school, but that was a long time ago), and now that I've gone and applied for a job in Germany, it seemed like a reasonable time to go ahead and buy a book. But it's more a personal desire for a project than out of any expectation that I'll be needing it in the near future.
auntiemeesh: (books)
You'd think I'd be better at reading bus schedules by now. A 3 and 0 really don't look all that much alike. So, I went to the grocery store, got there a little early and then there was almost no wait in the check-out line, so I got done way early. Headed out to the bus stop anyway because once you've got the perishables and the 20lbs of crap in your back pack, there's really not much else to do. Got to the bus stop at 11:30 with the expectation that a bus would be coming at 12:08. Forty minutes, but I had bright shiny new books to read, so I figured it wouldn't be that bad. Except, of course, I misread the schedule, and the bus was scheduled at 12:38, came at something round about 12:40. So, an hour and ten minutes at the bus stop. This is why I find it so painfully difficult to drag myself out to the grocery store (it's no better on Saturdays, the bus actually seems to run less frequently on Sat, although it has a much shortened route on Sunday).

On the plus side, having read both Rocket Boys and The Android's Dream this past week, I stopped at the bookstore to browse around and pick up some new things to read. At B's recommendation, I picked up Richard Feynman's Six Easy Pieces, and then got a Martha Grimes mystery for my literary dessert. At the rate I'm going, my sadly depleted bookshelves will once again be full to bursting very soon.

GIP

Oct. 14th, 2006 08:13 pm
auntiemeesh: (robin hood)
I just had a break and yet I feel as though I need another break. *sigh* I made it through three chapters of the computer book from Dullsville, though, so I'm making progress.

I saw the second episode of Robin Hood. Jury's still out, but I couldn't resist getting a Robin icon (although I think I like Much best). I was such a Robin Hood junkie when I was in high school and college. I don't know if I kept any of my various versions of the story when I got rid of most of my books. Kind of a shame. I liked The Outlaws of Sherwood, by Robin McKinley, in a light sort of way. My favorite, though, was Sherwood, by Parke Godwin - a darker, more substantial retelling of the myth, set during the time of William the Conquerer. I'll have to look it up at the library next time I have free time (which will be somewhere around Christmas, I suppose). And then there are all those movies with gorgeous men in tight tights. *grins*

Enough, I think I'll watch some of the Lost episodes I have from Netflix now, before I dive back into the secret life of computers.

meme-age

Jun. 1st, 2006 09:37 pm
auntiemeesh: (old books)
After having lots of inspiring fanfic talk the past few days, I really feel like I should be writing. Instead, I'm doing book memes.

obligatory book meme )

Alright, now I'm going to try to buckle down and write something.
auntiemeesh: (mastermind)
Went to the bookstore today. So much fun! I made a swift tour through the scifi section, just long enough to pick up Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. I'm about three or four pages in and already loving it muchly.

My other two purchases were prompted by the fear that my brain has suffered permanent damage from lack of use the past ten years working in child care and not stimulating it with anything even vaguely intellectual. So I headed for the non-fiction department and had a lovely browse through the anthropology section (one shelf, approx. six books - it's a smallish bookstore). I was very, very tempted to buy Popol Vuh, but decided to hold off for the moment. It's definitely on my 'want it lots' list, though. Next I found a book called Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and our Common Origins, by Steve Olson. It looks quite fascinating; he uses not only archeological and linguistic but genetic evidence to trace human evolution and migration for the past 150,000 years. I've always been fascinated by the study of human evolution (both cultural and physical) but this is the first time I've encountered someone using genetics to tell us where and when humans lived, how they interacted, etc.

The last book I picked up is Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension, by Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist. Physics is one of those things that made my brain hurt in high school, but that has a beauty about it that appeals to me when it's presented as ideas without the equations and math that I can't do to save my life.

So now I have the dual benefits of several good books to read and the opportunity to stretch my mental muscles a little bit.

I also ordered Buffy season one because, well, just because. *grins*
auntiemeesh: (Default)
It was a lovely day. I could get used to this working half-time business. Lazed around in bed this morning, reading Hitchhiker's Guide, walked in to work around 11:30 to get my binder and then went to Panera for lunch and to work on the conference I had this afternoon. Wandered up to the Record Exchange, but they didn't have the CD that I particularly wanted and the other CD I was interested in was too expensive. Still, it was a lovely feeling, strolling around shopping at 1 in the afternoon.

Finally got a start on sewing the foot of my boot together. It's a painful process because I'm sewing upholstery vinyl to flooring vinyl. Ouch. But it's coming along and should be done soon. I will be the happiest of happy little campers when it is all done. Then I'll be able to return my attention to the whole packing and moving thing that is fast approaching.
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It's Saturday, I had an easy time of it with both families that I babysat for, there are challenge stories galore at [livejournal.com profile] talechal12, and [livejournal.com profile] pipspebble has posted a link to some truly drool-worthy piccies of Billy. It's been a good day. *bg*

Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] rabidsamfan

Copy this list of 10 authors. Remove the ones not on your bookshelves and replace each of them with ones that are (replaced authors are in bold, make sure to remove the bold if you match me).

1. Terry Pratchett
2. Tom Robbins
3. J.R.R. Tolkien
4. Martha Grimes
5. J.K.Rowling
6. William Shakespeare
7. Mercedes Lackey
8. Carl Sagan
9. Margaret Atwood
10. Anne McCaffrey

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