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Taking the Good

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

I got some rather lovely news at work this week. This is great because otherwise I’ve been:

nursing a nasty cold that involves constant post-nasal drip
dealing with new snow and old snow (courtesy of Canada Post deciding to shovel it from in front of the mailbox to in front of our driveway — breaking by-laws merrily […]

Randomly Occuring Observations

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

Kenneth Branagh’s 2006 adaptation of As You Like It that’s set in Japan? Is full of just so much WTF-ery that I cannot watch it without thinking I’m witnessing some pretentious director’s version of “What if Spartacus had a Piper Cub?”
It’s really nice to have a fireplace when the day starts off at -28 celsius.
Green […]

In the Spirit of the Season

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

Wishing all the best to you and yours.

I wish

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

I was caught up on all my marking. That my chapter draft was complete (heck, that I even had time to edit it!). That the snow predicted for tonight would hold off or wimp out. That I had about eight extra hours of sleep or the prospect of same sometime soon. That the term was […]

The Costume Arrived!

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Yay! Pictures turned out great and she’s happy to be able to wear this to school on Hallowe’en. Thought you’d want to know!
Now back to my regularly scheduled marking. And teaching. And writing. And everything. Ack!

The Utility of History

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

An email from one of my students proves there is value in history:

Hi Dr .Ancarett,
Just a quick funny story about class: When I went home I dragged my step-dad to go see the movie about Queen Elizabeth and ended up making a bet with him about who won the war (Spanish vs. English) … easiest […]

It’s Fall Break

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

So, of course, I’m alternating between frenetic batches of marking and attempts to write. And fruitless attempts to sleep because there are kids who are sick and not sleeping. So pardon me if all that’s running through my mind are snippets from that wonderfully opium-fantastical Jabberwocky:
One, two! One, two! And through and through
The […]

Lifehacker’s Caffeine Nap

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

On my way to lead the morning seminar, I noticed Sleep: Reboot Your Brain with a Caffeine Nap - Lifehacker. I just might need to give this a whirl!

Stop the World (I Want to Catch Up)

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

Twenty hour days should not be the norm.
My conference paper for Friday is still not ready to go.
I have piles of marking to complete before 1:30 on Wednesday.
The internet was down (our modem is “flaky” and has to be serviced or replaced) until 8:30 and all the marking left to do is online so I’m […]

Attention Thieves

Monday, August 27th, 2007

We now have a new car stereo (thanks to the factory installed system’s CD player giving up the ghost on the long road back from Toronto). It’s not a very nice or expensive deck, however, so you might want to pass us by when you’re cruising for something and try some of the fancier cars […]