Archive for March, 2006

Conditioned

Monday, March 13th, 2006

It’s four thirty in the afternoon. I should be fielding requests for after-school snacks, filling in permission slips, signing completed tests, cajoling the start of the latest round of homework and fruitlessly trying to restore order to a messy abode.
Not today nor the rest of this week: the girls are off for their March […]

Breaking Silence

Saturday, March 11th, 2006

I’m still here. Doing well. Unseasonably warm weather has cut our snowbanks about in half. Strange! I’m getting my girls packed up to spend March break with their grandparents in the Big Smoke — they leave tomorrow morning.
However, we are in the midst of an academic hiring process with all the time and careful […]

I ♥ microfiche

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

Finished a very successful research session today, reviewing and copying material out of a raft of interlibrary loans, including two loans of microfiche.
Let me wax rhapsodic on the virtues of microfiche over microfilm. I came to love microfiche when I started graduate school. My new university had set up its card catalogue on microfiche shortly […]

The Allure of Silence

Monday, March 6th, 2006

I like music. Really, I do. I’ve found that I’ll power through a half hour on the treadmill a lot more readily with my MP3 player than I will without such audio distraction. I like to listen to music if I’m in my office, marking, filing or writing (sadly, during office hours, with my door […]

National Engineering Week

Sunday, March 5th, 2006

Well, wasn’t that fortuitous? We took the girls to the science centre this morning and discovered that it was the final day of National Engineering Week. We grabbed posters while the girls each made K’nex bridges so they could enter a draw. They each took charge of their projects, creating very distinctive bridges that seemed […]

Timewasters

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

We all know people like that, don’t we? People who get their jollies from interfering where they ought not? People who raise spurious objections to duly constituted proceedings, spurring hours of work from others to rebutting their groundless accusations?
Gah! It’s all I can manage. So damned angry!

Random Bullet Points of Crud

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

Today I:

spent more than an hour documenting an extremely serious situation after spending several hours on the same over the past two weeks
met with the various interested parties for another hour to work through the situation (a resolution is in sight!)
failed to win anything with two Roll Up the Rim to Win cups of tea. […]