What will J.K. Rowling's Next Book Be About?
|A political faerie story, like she once said. Tiny little faeries running for office.||
|The Scottish Book. All about Scotland.||
|Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen||
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Good morning, Leaky! I hope everyone is surviving the cold.
Two more weeks until classes start for me. But lots to do in this next week, so I haven’t even started on my syllabi for next term. I don’t know why, but it ALWAYS amazes me how quickly break goes – even when I have 4 or 5 weeks without classes. Alas.
Tomorrow I get to give one of my favorite kind of talks – I’m doing a guest lecture on science and evolution to a Bible study group. I did a talk like this (but with more emphasis on the controversy of teaching evolution and intelligent design in the US) a few years ago, and it was great. This time I’ll probably talk about about the evolution of the brain – which I know very little about, so I guess I’ll need to a little background reading. ;)
Then on Thursday it’s off to Texas for a summit on undergraduate education in my field. Busy busy. But at least it’s all things that look good on my tenure file!
So far so good. Only -23 windchill this morning. I am so glad I live south of the cut off line for the weather. I have Louisville weather and at the cut off is Indianapolis weather. When driving north in winter, you can actually see the difference in the weather at the cut off.
I need to get back to my chair. I am getting cold sitting here. I have not turned up the heat even though it is considerable colder than normal. I do have on long johns underneath my clothing to stay warm. This keeps me from freezing when I go downstairs to let the dogs out.
Second day of extended vacation. It’s still very cold outside. I am huddled under the covers and talking to all my family on Facebook.
We are all probably going back to work tomorrow. Sigh. :(
My MIL has dialysis today but the DS has taken today off to take her. It is frigidly coldddd. :(
I am not venturing outside. :(
It must be a little warmer outside. My storm door will now fasten so it does not swing open. For the last couple of days it would not stay fasten shut. They are saying on the news to conserve electric. I already conserve electric so my electric bill will not be so high.
I need to cook something for lunch. They are saying use microwave instead of stove to cook. I have ate everything I cooked over weekend so need to cook something new.
It is hard to believe that it will be warmer by the weekend.
Oh, you mean that yellow plastic stuff that passes for cheese? You should be on your knees giving thanks, lol.
I went to the doctor this afternoon and came away with statins and a top up of my Atenolol, 2 tablets instead of one. My blood pressure is higher than it should be and my cholesterol is up a point:(
Graymayne The plastic that passes for cheese is American cheese a “cheese food” product and has no cheese curd at all. Velveeta actually has cheese curds in it. It is labeled as a “pasteurized process cheese product”. ;)
Ironsos I bought a 2 pound block of Velveeta last week. I really need to make it into dip soon. I have my rotel, I just need to find the time. ;)
It was 21 F (-6.11 C) when I parked this morning. I will be leaving shortly after noon to go get my eyes examined. ;)
It says it is 16 degrees out now. I don’t know. I had to take the trash out for trash day. It was really cold but I could not see my breath. That was so strange for how cold it was.
Now I have forgotten what I was going to say. I did learn that my granddaughter was a senior in college. For some reason I thought she was a junior. I think she still has 4 or 6 more years to go since she is going to be a vet. Strange that it takes longer to be a vet than it does to be a human doctor.
CoolG, it’s also a lot harder to get into vet school than med school! Good luck to your granddaughter and stay warm!
The rain actually stopped for a few hours today. It was very exciting. And the wind has dropped, so we get a reprieve at least. BUT, at least it has not been cold, and I gather that it is a bit chilly in the US at the moment! The news pictures and reports have been horrific. I do do hope you are all managing to stay warm and safe. xx
LEW, how did your talk go?
asti, talk is in an hour and 45 minutes. I’m doing a trail run now, but I’m not really sure why – I always give a better talk when I haven’t practiced. I guess because I know it’s WAY too long.
The sun shone today! All the fields are still under water though. AND……….when I left work it was still light! No streetlights on, really properly still daylight.
Is the end in sight for your horrid weather?
Sorry to be early, LEW! So, how did it go?! And lol, Ironsos!
Can I ask for positive toughts for tomorrow please? Son has his yearly check up on his feet. While I am not worried, I am not entirely sure what happens after tomorrow. He is 17. He is not going be a “paediatric outpatient” this time next year. I suspect he may be officially discharged, and told to go to his Doctor for referral if he has any concerns……..
Dr. Lew My Granddaughter had to apply for a grant in order to work as a vet assistant in a museum. The grant was so she could get paid while working. She did get it so I guess that was really good. She came in from NC right before the blizzard or whatever it was. The trouble was she went to …..old the town where Purdue University is which is up north instead of south. She usually comes to visit me but the storm prevented it. By the time she could have drove where I live, it was time for her to fly back. Thank goodness for skype. Oh I think she has already been accepted into the vet program for either this summer or next fall.I just don’t know if it is where she goes now or another university.
Asti Nice your weather has cleared up for awhile. I think it is suppose to have snow showers here after awhile. At least the temperature is rising so it can snow.
Jennifer came by yesterday to visit for awhile. I heated up my beans and corn bread and we had a feast. At least she loves beans and corn bread. My other daughters will eat it too but not as often as I or Jennifer do.
Another snowy day here. They say we have had 7" (17.7cm) since yesterday morning. Snow still
coming down at a good pace. Temp. is still nice though, just a bit above freezing.
We’ve had a technical break through: my laptop became unrepairable about a year ago and I felt that there might be something useful in my pictures and my documents. A few weeks ago my DS accidentally erased a big folder of photos featuring butterflies and bees and we were both upset by this to the extent that we sought our son’s advice when I thought that my laptop might have a copy of the lost folder. The upshot of our enquiry is, the laptop hard-drive is currently sitting in a caddy connected to the PC by USB cable and its contents are available for scrutiny. Sadly, no butterflies, but there are some good shots of dragonflies.
This morning my DS was out with his camera photographing some flooding on the main road which passes our village. We had quite a determined downpour last night around midnight and the fields just couldn’t take any more, so the water ran off into the road.
My computer is home.
ASTI, best wishes on the appointment today. I will pray whatever course you are put on is for the best.
I substituted for a baseball coach yesterday and am returning to substitute for the same teacher today. It was very strange. He teaches one academic class in the first morning block. Then, he teaches a gym class. After that he has his planning period and then goes off to coach baseball. His classroom is an enormous closet off the band room. It had a desk with a computer and the rest of the room held oversize band instruments and stacks of upright chairs, no student desks. There was an exterior exit and it was very cold. Someone came and moved us to another oversize room off the band room with and exterior exit that was set up as a small orchestra. It also was used as storage for oversize band equipment. There was no teacher’s desk. Happily, it was warmer than the first room. Next I moved to the gymnasium where the class sat on the bleachers for the next 1.5 hours. This is the first week back from Christmas and their gym uniforms have not arrived. Then, I went to lunch and sat in the teacher’s lounge during his planning period until the school secretary released me to leave during his fourth block as she could find nothing else for me to do.
Yesterday I was given an enormous substitute file filled with piles of activity sheets/puzzles, etc. appropriate to the subject taught. During the 1.5 hours I was with them some of the students worked their way through all but two activity sheets. Most of them worked their way through over half of them. Very quickly this morning I will run out of work for them. I’m sure the teacher thought he had a plentiful supply of busy work for his class. He did not take into account many of them would decide to play a game, create a competition of how quickly they could complete the worksheets, hand them into me and acquire another sheet. So, instead of a lethargic group of students faced with a substitute teacher I had a classroom of students working in a frenzy to complete the available work.
I am glad it is Friday. I did not work the first three days this week. I was buried under appointments for my father and parents which made it impossible for me to accept a teaching position. Going to work was actually a break from all the various appointments and responsibilities.
Yep! frequently I find that returning to the routine of work is a rest from the too-much frenzy of a vacation. Even though it is 12 hours between the alarm and my return home, knowing how and where I will be spending most of that time eliminates being available to run errands at a moments notice.
I don’t know why people, even people who have stayed home and tended a home, assume that you sit around all day watching TV and eating bonbons. Housework can kill you. ;)
Deanie I don’t know what I would do if I did not read. I do work puzzels sometimes but I find they interfer with my reading. Right now it has been too cold to do much inside or outside. The only thing outside I have done is move my trashcan to the road to be emptied and go to the mailbox. I get my exercise by going up and down the stairs to let the dogs in and out. Right now they are laying around the room uterly exhausted themselves.
Graymayne Good to figure out how to get info off a harddrive to not lose the info. Too bad it did not have what you were looking for it on it.
I have a beef roast on cooking. I think I will just put carrots to cook with it. I will make the potatoes seperate because I want to make other things to eat with the roast.
Lady Hawke I have just finished reading Longbourn. I wonder how the author hit on those particular years. Jane Austin very carefully did not give year dates or mention any particular enemy.
I looked it up and Britain was involved in some war or other continuously from 1800 through 1920-something. Yes the years selected were extremely violent and the action in Portugal and Spain was particularly dicey, but still….
Which leads to the Jane Austin comment in P&P of Wickham & Lydia that “the restoration of peace dismissed them to a home”, What peace? The end of the Napoleonic Wars? Some other war? All of the wars in the 1800’s overlapped at least one other on both ends. ;)
It was a good read, though. I am glad you mentioned it again. It had slipped my mind and I did want to read it when you first mentioned it. ;)
6.5 hours here and only 400 calls. I have almost fallen asleep at least twice. So, I took a 5 hour Energy drink about a half hour ago and it seems to be kicking in. Finally. ;)
Gotta run to the credit Union. The bill for the trip to Florida has come in and I need to shift some money around. ;)
P & P was published in 1813, in the midst of the Napoleonic wars. The war involving Spain and Portugal with the French as the enemy was the Penisular War which ran from 1807 to 1814. Although there were other overlapping conflicts maybe you might have been sent home when the conflict in which you were involved came to an end. The story of LONGBOURN does extend past the conclusion of P & P.
I have some lamb shanks I grabbed off the sale rack to cook for dinner tonight. I’m not sure what we are having with them.
I was able to leave my position today at 2 PM, just as I did yesterday. So, I can get a head start on dinner.
The hospital went well. The consultant wants to see son one more time, then it seems he will be referred to an adult department, under another consultant, just to keep him in the loop and on the books, so to speak.
The consultant got quite animated when he was talking about possible future developments and research in orthopaedic surgery, and what it might mean for son in 20 or 30 years time. Even without exciting future technology, should son start suffering problems, there are still things they can do now to help, which is good to know.
As things stand, there is no need for any surgery or intervention.
Lady Hawke, I am hoping lamb shanks will be on offer soon. I have a recipe I am desperate to try. It’s a sort of slow cooked lamb shank curry, heavy on the coconut milk and cardamon and garam masala.
Lady Hawke and Deanie, I didn’t pay much attention to which war, or the dates, I’m afraid. To me, that was incedental to the story, although obviously a huge part of the life of one of the characters…..trying to avoid spoilers, lol! It did make me smile everytime there was a direct quote from P and P, and I liked that it was carried on after the end of the original. I thought she kept the intrinsic characteristics very well, and I liked Elizabeth’s vulnerability in her new life. She reinforced the humanity. Her own character’s story was never overwhelmed by P and P, she balanced it well as a story in it’s own right, and an homage.
ASTI, I wish I had your recipe. I just put my lamb shanks in the oven but if you had already arrived I might have stolen your. I think I have the ingredients you mentioned on hand.