Archive for August, 2007

Poor Dog!

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Eldest noticed a pink lump on the back of Goldie’s foot the other day and we immediately booked an appointment with the vet. His diagnosis? A benign mass that’ll need to be removed.
Poor girl! She’s only five. Surgery’s scheduled in a week and half. The only trouble will be with the location: it’s an area […]

Primal Screams (of Academe)

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

To all professors and graduate students in the program: No, I do not have your TA assignment ready nor can I guarantee you the assignment you want. We have to see tomorrow exactly how many we have and where they are all needed. Be patient! We never used to have this figured out before the […]

Settling In

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

It’s been over a month that we’ve been moved in and, finally, here are some pictures of the new abode with our stuff and pets and people and all of that. There’s a bit of a garden growing in the front, a bunch of books filling up the shelves and a few dogs getting […]

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 […]

Hello, Grindstone!

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

Having taken the last few days of summer holiday that I could manage, it’s back to work with a vengeance: grad student defenses to shepherd through, lectures to draft, paper(s) to write and a proposal to polish off. Of course, all I can think about is that I desperately need a new haircut and I’d […]

Fun with Penitentials

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Via BoingBoing, it appears someone has scanned what I agree is the most amusing page from James Brundage’s massive and wonderful Law, Sex, and Christian Society in Medieval Europe:
Flowchart of Inevitable Sin


Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Now that my course outlines are all in for duplication, I’m taking a few days with the family to head south, visit with the in-laws, enjoy the big city and refuel. Of course, albeit these are vacation days, I’m also taking my laptop and a bunch of work files. Rust (and academia) never sleeps!

It’s A Good Day When

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

You get a good workout at the gym in the morning
You get your Tim’s after that
Your daughter is ecstatic to go shopping for school supplies
You find time to finish an interesting new book (Last Harvest: How a Cornfield Became New Daleville)
You find time to take your other daughter on two trips to the two neighbourhood […]

After the Rain

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Last night we had our first rainfall in weeks (almost four!) and what a blessing that was. The temperature’s plummeted from daily highs around 26 down to well under 20. It’s almost chilly! And, oh the plants really needed it!
More than that, it was wonderful to take the dogs for their morning walk around the […]

History Snark

Monday, August 13th, 2007

Upon rereading the textbook I’m assigning my students in the early modern British survey, I came across this gem of an assertion I’d somehow overlooked before, regarding the relative merit of Queen Anne against the other sovereigns of the Tudor/Stuart era:
Queen Anne may not have been a skillful administrator herself, but she knew how to […]