Inferior Imitator

ep·i·gone n. A second-rate imitator or follower, especially of an artist or a philosopher.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Sorry for lack of updatiness...I've been super-busy. Like tax-season busy. I knew I never should have taken that third job. ;) Never fear, though! I have two posts up my sleeve, but one is requiring a lot of thought, and the other requires a picture, and I keep forgetting my camera.

In lieu of an actual post, I will just say that I made a special trip to Wal-Mart to buy yarn, and they were out of the color I needed. And by special trip I mean stopped there on my way home from job #2 and I needed milk. But I was really pissed about the yarn.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

So here's a Father's Day story for you: Dad shot a hole in the pool this morning.

Yes, you read that right, Dad shot a hole in the pool. There are some days that I feel like I'm living in a Jeff Foxworthy joke.

There's this rabbit that's been eating on the garden, and it was out and about this morning. So Dad got out his shotgun and killed it, except that the bullet went through the rabbit, richoceted off the gravel, and up into the side of the pool. Dad fixed it with a bolt.

I was on the phone with Lew later, and he asked me, "So when do you think we need to start arranging for supervision?" I told him I thought we'd passed that point quite a while ago.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

I did it. I just signed all the paperwork to get my new windows. I feel a lot better about it now than I did when I got the last quote, so I'm thinking it's the right decision. I'm getting a better quality window with a longer warranty for less money. They'll be installed sometime in July. Very exciting! (Sorry, Min!)

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Great. Now people are pissed off because they found out the other section isn't doing electronic homework, and I'm grading the homework differently. The other guy is giving people credit only if they attempt it, and not based on correctness. Which I understand. But I'm doing that for in-class work, and they have five attempts to get the homework right. That's enough to pick up the concept, right? Five tries?

But no, since the other guy is willing to sit and grade homework every time, I get people wanting to talk to the Dean about my grading policies. I want the kids to do their homework, and I want them to do it right, because that's how they're going to learn the material. I don't think I should feel guilty about that. But I guess I'm not ruthless enough.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Calvin and I had a wonderful time yesterday on our annual godmother/godson outing. I had a really hard time figuring out what we were going to do, but after lunch at McDonald's (and a Cars Happy Meal for Calvin), we went to the Putnam Museum and IMAX Theater. We wandered around the museum for a couple hours, and then saw The Living Sea at the IMAX. I had wanted to take him to see Bugs! 3D, but they stopped playing it on Saturdays the week before. Doh! It was pretty cool, at any rate, since there was a lot of those weird feelings like you're actually swimming underwater or flying. IMAX is so cool that way. I don't think I could watch a real movie in IMAX, though. They did some previews for Poseidon and Superman Returns, and my eyes just could not focus on the closeups. Or it's just that Kurt Russell is not meant to be blown up that big.

Putnam does a pretty decent job of being interactive, with things you can touch and do, which for a six-year-old is pretty important. It was a very different museum-going experience, though, not having time to stop and read things. He was also kinda freaked out by the mummy, so we spent very little time in the Egyptian section. We had to go through the sea maze twice, though. Dead ends are obviously quite fun.

He was very decisive as to what toy he wanted when we went to Toys R Us. I wanted to encourage him to look around to see if there was anything he would want more, but he ended up going home with a (cheapy) toy train set. But it had a crane, so he wanted it. I'm really glad I started doing this with him.

Friday, June 09, 2006

It's so very pretty!

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Thursday, June 08, 2006

I'm feeling really bad about this electronic homework thing now. In order to access the class website, the students have to have a code. This code only comes with new books, or it can be purchased online. Since the bookstore ordered only used books (this is the first time the electronic homework is being used, it will be standard in future classes), they have to pay what works out to be an extra $15 over the new book price. I know this is a huge ploy for the publisher to get extra money and help shut down the used book business, but it's so damn convenient for me, I want to use it. Adding to my guilt is the fact the other section of this class is not using the electronic homework, and just because they're in my class, they have to pay an extra $55 in order to do their homework. I remember what it's like to be a student, and how much money that can be. Of course, the entire textbook is online, so they can just purchase the code and save $45, but if they don't have access to a computer at home, it just makes it really inconvenient for them.

I should just get over it. They'd probably just use the money to go out and get drunk anyway.

Monday, June 05, 2006

To all the lawmakers debating the marriage amendment in Congress:

If it were really the sanctity of marriage that you were worried about, you would be debating making divorce illegal, not gay marriage.

Friday, June 02, 2006

I went to Calvin's first t-ball game. It was so cute! They slow pitch six balls to the kids, and then if they don't hit it, they'll get out the tee, but most kids were able to hit the pitched ball. All the kids still need to get the hang of fielding, but they've got the hitting and running down.

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Calvin hit two home runs and a triple. (The fielding thing.) He got to play right field, first base, and center field. Everytime they go out in the field, the kids play a different position, everyone gets to hit each inning, and they play a time limit instead of six outs per inning. It's all very fair, and the kids seem like they had a great time. I know I did.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

My eye is healing, but it's healing poorly. Or slowly. The problem is the dryness of my eyes, and that the edge of my contact lens irritates the area and keeps it from healing. So last night, at my fourth visit to the doctor for this stupid problem ($$$$$), he gave me a soft contact to wear. The soft contact will cover my entire cornea, and the area that refuses to heal.

Now I've been wearing rigid gas permeable (RGP) contacts since the fourth grade, when the deterioration of my eyesight was so quick that my parents were having to buy new lenses for my glasses every six months. The RGPs served as a sort of braces for my eyes, to try and slow down the progression of my nearsightedness. Although I needed the contacts, Dr. Davis was a little worried about me, since I had such a difficult time with even putting eyedrops in my eyes. But I learned to put in and take out the contacts, and became the poster girl for people who don't think they can use contacts.

That was all before I tried soft contact lenses for the first time last night. Putting them in was easy, though they felt huge, since they cover more of my eye. But taking them out? I felt like I was 10 again. With RGP, you just pull your eyelid around the lens and pop them out. But with soft, you have to reach in there and grab them! I was so frustrated and freaked, I was giggling. I finally barely managed to get it out, and I'm sure it will get easier as I practice, but I'll be glad to get this healed and go back to the RGP.

Besides, this -12 just isn't doing it for me. Fuzzy vision is so distracting!