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"Quote is a verb. Quotation is a noun."

Because I'm a turbo grammar bitch. Ask anyone. Right, Izzybella? Jehara?

Okay, I'll give you another one. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche." And that's from The Canterbury Tales by the inestimable Geoffrey Chaucer, whom I completely worship, in a non-blasphemous writer stalker kind of way. That sentence describes me perfectly. I love to learn, and I love to share what I've learned, even if the people with whom I'm trying to share aren't particularly interested.

I've always thought that the hallmark of a superb teacher is a passion for the subject being taught. I know that I myself have found joy in classes solely because of the teacher's enthusiasm.

When the incomparable Izzybella and I worked together, every now and then we'd be doing a tedious task, like collating and sorting and filing things, and she'd ask me to tell her a story. That usually meant I'd pull one of the pilgrim's tales from The Canterbury Tales, and mix it up and be very dramatic, sometimes even including sound effects. That was fun. I miss being asked to tell her a story.

So I'm passionate about Chaucer, passionate about writing, passionate about history, passionate about learning, and if you know me I've probably shared more than you want to know. Because gladly do I lerne and gladly teche.

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 Well, now, I don’t know. I think they’d be saying that I always loved kids, and that my surrogate kids were glad to have me in their lvies. And they’d probably be joking about my eternal home being a self-cleaning house, seeing as how I abhor housework. And they’d be speculating on what Geoffrey Chaucer and I would have to talk about when we finally met. I hope that they would say their lives were a little richer because I was part of them, and I hope that they would miss me.

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Pencil Sharpener

I was always the youngest kid in the class–I barely made the cut-off date to start school when I did. And I was skinny and scrawny and shy, which meant I was prime picking-on material. I don't remember what grade it was when this happened, but it was traumatic. I'd developed the habit of going up to the pencil sharpener whenever I need to fart. That way if it was a smelly one, I wouldn't gas out the people next to me, and wouldn't get mercilessly teased. Or if there was a little bit of noise, I'd be far enough that no one should hear it.

Alas, the best-laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley, and this particular day I did not take into account that because of the oppressive heat of the day, the fan that stood in the front of the classroom would carry the unfortunately unpleasant aroma to the whole classroom. Instead of humiliating myself around 5 people, the whole classroom knew exactly what I had done. It was awful. Seriously.

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Checking In

I have to say that I am enjoying the Plinky prompts.  Most days, right now, that’s the only thing that gets a post over here. I’m keeping myself busy with work, home, writing project, etc.

So here are some random nuggets of wisdom I’d like to share with you:

  • If you have weak, puny fingernails, try taking some biotin once a day. It really does strengthen your nails. I put it to the test–took biotin daily for a couple of weeks, noticed how my nails were behaving, and then quit taking it for a month. During the month I quit taking it, all of my nails ripped right off.  Trust me when I tell you that I’m back to taking it daily, and enjoying having stronger nails. Now if I could only figure out how to keep nail polish from chipping in fewer than 24 hours, I’d be even happier.
  • If you haven’t checked out “Huge” on ABC Family yet, I’d really encourage you to do so. It’s only two episodes in, and I’m really enjoying it in a very uncomfortable sort of way.  If you don’t have cable, fear not–you can watch it on Hulu.  It stars Nikki Blonsky as a very rebellious camper at a fat camp run by Gina Torres who’s turning in a stellar performance as a tight-wound presumably former fatty, who maintains her healthy weight with some seriously stringent rules and routines.  I really admire all of the actors, because I can tell you know that there’s no way I’d be comfortable walking around in a bathing suit and letting it all hang out. The show could be played for campy humour, but it’s not.  It’s dark, with definite funny moments, but plenty of pathos too.   Be careful, though–if you have any binge eating tendencies, the first episode could lead to a binge. The second shouldn’t; at least it didn’t for me.
  • I’m still really grooving on my Nook.  I had to go to Barnes & Noble on Tuesday to figure out how to upload free books. For the curious, do a search for $0.00, and it will bring up a list of nearly 100,000 books available for nothing.  You can narrow the search by entering a title or author name after the $0.00, if you don’t have the time or inclination to go through such a long list. Me, I think it’s kinda cool to see what awesome things are available that I wouldn’t know to look for.
  • Last weekend was movie weekend. I saw Eclipse with Izzy & Clover, and then a few days later with Joe, much to my surprise. And I saw The Last Airbender and was one of the minority who enjoyed it. It’s nowhere near as complex as the cartoon series, and I was continually irritated by Shyamalan’s decision to slightly change the names for no apparent reason. However, I very much liked the actors playing Katara, Prince Zuko, and Prince Zuko’s uncle. They did a decent job. I also liked the frequent complicated interactions with Ang and Prince Zuko. And then Joe and I went to see Prince of Persia, a total cheese-fest. Fortunately, Joe and I like us the cheese.
  • This weekend may also be a movie weekend. There are still a handful of movies I’d like to see. If Joe ends up staying out in Vegas/California this weekend, maybe I’ll spend Saturday at the movies.
  • I saw a scary movie last night on Netflix, Session 9.  It was nicely done, relying not on barrels of blood to scare people, but instead turning to the interactions of the characters, the personality–for there was a very strong one indeed–of the one-time sanitarium that was being ridded of asbestos, and audio recordings of an interview with a deceased patient. I like me a good scary movie, as long as there aren’t buckets of blood.
  • The Harry Potter trailer gave me a serious case of the squees!  If anyone wants to join me and the incomparable Izzybella at midnight opening night for the penultimate movie, we’d love to have you join us.  For the final film, GypsyGrrl is coming out from Maryland, and Jehara is coming out from Arizona, and we’re going to have a serious movie-watching party and a staying-up-all-night-rehashing-everything-party. Costumes are required for the last movie. I’m talking to you, Izzybella!
  • I’ve had Shutter Island in my Netflix queue for a while now, but after hearing some co-workers discussing it at work, went ahead and rented it from the Redbox so I can watch it tonight without having to wait.

And that’s enough of me blathering on about movies and fingernails and fat camp. Peace out.

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Mmmm. Booky Goodness!

Book collection

Jane Eyre. Harry Potter. The Chronicles of Narnia. Hildegarde's Holiday. The Canterbury Tales. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. Dante's Inferno. Gaudy Night. Northanger Abbey. Pride and Prejudice. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. An Unsuitable Job for a Woman. The House With a Clock In its Walls. Veganomicon. Just for starters….

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Where is my mind

My mind. I know I had one, once, and I'm just not sure what happened to it. There are days when it seems like it's close, maybe just around the corner, but by the time I get to that corner I've forgotten what it was I was looking for.

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That’s a (Tasty) Wrap!

salad with seitan

a chocolate chip cookie

love spiral diner

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