Archive for December, 2008

Entry for December 24, 2008

December 24, 2008

A couple of things.

1. I am constitutionally unable to send out holiday cards in time for the holiday on which they fall. Sorry. Really – I am. W will say it’s because I’m the mother of a small child, but this began way before Henry. Just lazy, really. It’s sort of awful.

2. I contacted my MIL and basically (and I tried to do this in a very caring way) tried to convince her that I didn’t want any gifts except for her and my FIL to write a will. This resulted in her saying that she wouldn’t send me any gifts. This is fine – except that I really wanted her to write a will. I don’t even care if I’m in it – I just know it’s going to be bad when they go, because there’s such a weird feeling about the stuff they own and the money they have. They don’t want to talk about it – so there you go. In some ways, I’m glad not to get stuff from her anymore, because honestly, some of the stuff she thinks I’ll like – it’s hideous. Downright awful. Just this season, she sent W a picture of something she wondered if I would like – it’s a peacoat, which I do like – but it had one of those enormous plaids on it – so there was one 1.5 checks across the coat. The coat was cream, the check was a dark red. What the hell am I doing with a coat like that? Sure, I like a plaid sometimes, but not a PLAID! Eesh.

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Entry for December 17, 2008

December 17, 2008

I don’t know if I’ve told this story yet, or if I’ve just thought about it, because it’s sort of embarrassing.

So I’m running a lab session in my computer lab, and when I do that, I don’t allow people not in the class to be in the room, regardless of whether or not there’s an empty seat. I think it can often be a bit disruptive if you’re trying to explain something and somebody’s printing out a huge thing or on the phone or something. But this was a special session in which people were sitting around brainstorming about a larger project, and so there was a lot of talking and moving around.

I was also among the talking and walking around group – and while I was blabbing my mouth off, apparently, there was a tall, attractive young man standing there wanting to speak with me. I only noticed, however, when somebody I was speaking with pointed him out. He wanted to use the computers, and I thought – well, maybe. But the students saw my hesitation, and then they demanded I remain strong and kick him out. So I did.

Then in talking about it afterwards, the students commented on how long he’d been waiting, and so nicely. Not thinking too hard about it, I said, “Yeah, but that sort of stuff happens to me all the time” – because I can be pretty oblivious about stuff around me while I’m focused on something. The students then took it another way, and started laughing because, and they said this, “good-looking young guys are waiting for you….all the time.” Which is, of course, not the case, but I was sort of embarrassed because I totally didn’t mean it. I’m just clueless. That’s all.

Entry for December 04, 2008

December 4, 2008

I was changing Henry’s diaper yesterday, and he jumped off my lap – sans diaper. Which isn’t a huge problem, since he’s fairly continent, and the diaper is mostly for his security and the security of any furniture in case he gets too comfortable. Anyway, he finds this calculator on the floor (he loves playing with calculators and adding machines, especially ones that print) – and holds it strategically in front of himself.

This got me thinking – there could be a whole new line of pinups for nerdboys and the girls who love them. The boys could pose, with calculators – and if they wanted to do something special or giving particular emphasis to their anatomy – they could use different calculators – like you wanted to exaggerate one’s size, one could use a graphing calculator, or say you want to be cheeky, you could do a rear shot with a microcalculator in the middle. That’s sort of weird, isn’t it?