Sunday, July 1, 2012
If you have come here looking for your daily glimpse of my 56th year, you are too late. Having crossed into my 57th year, I have retired this photo-a-day effort. You can find me here, with gratitude to my cousin-in-law Debi for the title.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
The t-shirt I dyed in this morning's natural dye workshop. Fortunately, I took two shirts. An out-of-town family came. Since they registered at the last minute, they did not know to bring a shirt or other item to dye. I gave them the smaller of my two shirts for their daughter. Since the power was out from last night's storm, we dyed without hot dye pots, meaning that the dye might or might not still be there once I finish the process here.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Unlike a lot of people, I use cash instead of plastic for most of my shopping, which gives me change that goes into a jar and, later, the bank. On Tuesday, the change from CVS included a shiny new penny from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Today, my change from Kroger included not the three quarters it should have, but two quarters and one Australian dime. The husband suggested that perhaps the travel gods are suggesting we go to Trinidad and Tobago since we've been to Australia. I think I'd rather go back to Oz than hit the Caribbean right now.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The university's president was reinstated today. I might have been at the vigil accompanying the board meeting, but was instead at the vet with the family dog. She did something to her paw and finished the last third of our walk on three legs. By the time I got her to the vet, everything seemed fine, darn it! But at least I did my duty as the nurturer of the family and got it checked.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Sunday, June 24, 2012
There was a "rally for honor" today in support of reinstating the university's deposed president. The governing board will meet on Tuesday and has been told by the governor to make a final decision or resign the next day. Yes, there's another rally planned billed as a "vigil" rather than a "rally." I was a bit young for most of the Vietnam-era protests, so this will have to do at least for now.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
I killed time in the husband's office today, partly by reading, partly by unsuccessfully trying to get Betsy (the Toshiba tablet) configured to work with the university's wireless network, and partly by pondering the window grid and the trees beyond it.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Some people brought their kids to the protest on Monday, and this one reminded me of all the times I spent reading at adult events as well as all the time my own kids spent doing just that. I have a hard time understanding why some people do not read for pleasure. How narrow their worlds must be!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
I was taken out to a birthday breakfast today by a friend who will be away on the date proper. I will start checking an older age block on surveys, though the income box will stay the same. I will review the resolutions I made six months ago for the new (calendar) year. I may eat cake or perhaps ice cream. Life goes on.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
This was my favorite sign from yesterday's protest. Its significance is that Classics, along with German, is rumored to be one of the programs that elements of the Board of Visitors want to see closed. I just read of the resignation, effective immediately, of one of the super-profs in the engineering school. We are living in interesting times here and now.
Monday, June 18, 2012
I'm hoping to suppress my very real fear of crowds long enough to go to a protest on the Lawn this afternoon. A subset of the university's governing board fired (well, demanded the resignation of) the relatively new president in a process cloaked in secrecy. The board is meeting to name an interim president this afternoon, the announcement of which will be greeted by, the organizers hope, thousands of faculty, staff, students, and just plain people standing in protest of the original decision and/or the process by which it was made. It promises to be an interesting day if not week around here.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012
The morning newspapers were, again, late, but the sun coming through the trees at the top of the driveway made the walk up there worth it. And if the papers had been there, I might not have stopped long enough to notice this.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
These are the shoes I got in response to learning that the shoes I'd been wearing coupled with my prescription shoe inserts--all designed to help with the plantar fasciitis I had last summer--were over-correcting and possibly contributing to some knee pain I've been having.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
These are the stickers I brought home to shoot for yesterday's entry, only I ended up being lazy or tired and used a random recent photo. The primary yesterday was a Republican one, and I could have voted in it despite my Democrat leanings since we don't register by party here in Virginia. I couldn't see voting for the person I knew would win, and it just didn't seem right to vote for one of the other candidates because I figured they'd be easier to beat in November.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The Republicans held a primary today to select their candidate for the U.S. Senate in this fall's election. In the 13 hours that the polls were open, 105 people voted. I did six or seven Sunday crossword puzzles, finished the book I had started, read another whole book, and shot the breeze with my coworkers a bit. What does this all have to do with the photo above? Nothing! I just didn't feel like taking a photo. I'm going to bed instead.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Doesn't everyone have a tube for launching liquid nitrogen rockets? Everyone should. The house record for this puppy is putting a softball some 200 feet in the air, with the altitude calculated using the hang time of the ball. We are oh so nerd-friendly around here.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Yes, this book is for real and about how to craft things using cat fur. I should have been saving it all these years because the current cats are relatively dull when it comes to fur color. The white cat, the white and orange ones, and the all-black ones have crossed the Rainbox Bridge, leaving me with two tabbies. Oh well, they do their best to shed, so I might as well make use of their output.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Friday, June 8, 2012
Meet Gizmo, store corgi at Blue Whale Books, one of many used-book stores here. It never fails. We go in to pet Gizmo, and we buy books. You'd almost think they'd planned it that way when, in fact, we need no excuse to enter such a store and make a purchase. Petting the corgi is just a fringe benefit.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
There's an inner and an outer circle visible in the rings of this tree. Was there some weather event that caused this? Some tree disease? Or did the teenage or young adult tree just mature into an adult one? I'm thinking it was the tree's midlife crisis.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
What goes around may come around. I think I had a butterfly on flower shot very early on in the year of this blog. It seems only appropriate to have another as the end draws near. Have I decided what to do next year? Somewhat. The blog-to-be at least has a name thanks to a comment from Debi on my post pondering the coming, 57th year of my life.