Archive for July, 2006

This Sucks

Saturday, July 29th, 2006

The girls are generally better about going to sleep at a decent hour and waking up at the same but youngest didn’t fall asleep until close to eleven last night and woke me up at twenty ’til six this morning. Of course, settling her down (which involved finding the instructions to the PS2 game she’d […]

So Not Cunning

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

Today’s attempt to openly serve vegetables to youngest was not a success. She and I prepared her sandwich. She took a few bites of the pita, itself, but when push came to tzatziki and tomato, she would not ingest.
Oh well. Mike and I like the recipe so we’ll probably make it again (and offer her […]

Cunning Parenting

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

My children are picky eaters. This is something which is totally unfair since I was the original veggie child. Neither of my kids will willingly ingest a vegetable. There are a few fruits they’ll eat. Otherwise, it’s pretty well breaded chicken and a variety of starches.
So one of my summer projects is to stealthily encourage […]

If You Write It

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

will they read it? I’m talking about students, here, though I could be talking about anyone.
It’s time for me to start preparing course manuals for the fall. In so doing, I’m reviewing the included style guides. Right there, in the eight to ten page manual, is everything students need to know about the trivia as […]

Contemporary Contexts

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

Over at Blogenspiel, there’s a passionate discussion about one of the great issues in our field: When Is It Not History?.
In many ways, I’m in close agreement with Another_Damned_Medievalist — there are serious dangers in the presentminded approach that some people bring to the study of history. When you go to history with the express […]

Hole in the Wall

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

There’s a hole in the wall of our corridor at the university. That was a bit of surprise.
No, it wasn’t left by the recent storm (which did inflict horrific damage across the region). It’s deliberate. They’re turning a classroom down the hall into three offices. Which is nice but there’s a problem — the memo […]

Fridge Finale

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

It’s here and quietly humming away, filled with food. We had to clean out a lot of stuff that had been in the main compartment and was considered “suspect” after three days of freezer-only cooling (fortunately it did cool a fair chunk of the main refrigerator compartment). We’d held off grocery shopping until this so […]


Monday, July 17th, 2006

Cooler weather at last. Just in time for tomorrow morning’s scheduled fridge delivery! At least we all should sleep better tonight and have properly chilled food for tomorrow’s dinner after I stock up the new fridge.

Road Trip’d

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

We took the girls on a short (hah!) road trip to nearby (hah!) lakeside/college town today. Visited a few shops that Mike had found when I was running their undergrad program review, a wargaming miniatures store which is too cool for words with all its historical models and rulesets and a used bookstore which had […]

Fridge Redux

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

We bought a new refrigerator this afternoon for Tuesday delivery — neither of the two I’d linked, but a third one, a Maytag, we saw only at the store, not in their online inventory. It had a good price and I’d seen some good reviews of the line elsewhere online — frankly, the shelves were […]