Thursday, September 05, 2013

what's your account number? uh, seven.

1.  Here is a fun thing:  get a bunch of adults in their mid-twenties together.  Watch from a distance as they intensely discuss something, raised voices, arguing, talking over each other, laughing, waving their arms.  You assume the topic is politics or art or the meaning of the universe, but you walk up and realize they're discussing Harry Potter.  Except the time when it was Little Rascals.

2.  I hate when you click on a news headline and it turns out to be a video. what a waste of time.  I immediately click away.  You have to sit and wait through an ad, and then you have to watch a 4-minute video, when it would have taken about 20 seconds to scan through a text-based article that contained the same material.  Since said videos are everywhere, I assumed I must be the only one who felt that way.  But when someone posted that exact opinion on Facebook yesterday, within a few hours she had nearly a hundred likes and more than 30 commenters chiming in to say they felt the same.  So why are there so many stupid videos?

3.  Except I am a complete and utter sucker for military-coming-home videos.  I start crying before the ads are even finished.  So you can legitimately ask why the hell I watch them, and I don't very often.  But I just saw another one.  *sob*

4. We had our first chicken fatality yesterday.  Since we've had so little trouble with them, we've become very lax about closing them in at night--over a year later, we still have six chickens.  Or at least, we did have six chickens.  Something (dog, fox?) got in the coop last night.  Now we have five.  (which may be why I let myself get sucked into the coming-home video).

5.  It is cooler.  Thank the good Lord above.  And we've also had a bit of rain, which we needed.  The only problem is that means major thunder-and-lightning storms, which I like but the dogs hate.  This morning I was woken up out of a sound sleep by a ginormous deafening crack of thunder, which sounded like it hit in the backyard.  Sadie practically crawled in bed with me, and I found Jazz cowering in the bathroom a few minutes later.  Poor babies.

6.  Winnie-the-Pooh lived up to the hype.  I'm about two-thirds of the way through the original volume and it still makes me laugh.  I'm usually up for an hour or two after Dean goes to bed, so I'm often reading while he's sound asleep.  I woke him up giggling over Piglet and Eeyore the other night.  Highly recommended.

7.  My first class starts a week from Monday.  I'm starting to panic.  With an unusual amount of foresight, I scheduled the one I'm most comfortable with first, so at least there's that.  I'll let you know how it goes.


  1. ahhh - I'm sorry about your chicken.

  2. Most important thing in the classroom: you are the expert. Even when you've no clue what you are talking about, you are the expert. Fake it, lie, plagiarize - just always remember you are the expert.

    It helps them feel secure.

  3. So sorry about the chicken fatality. And now I am going to have to go and read Winnie the Pooh again....once I can find the box that it is in.

  4. 1. Oh, yes. 2. Gah! Me too!! Maybe because we are fast readers? 3. Yeah. The ones with the ecstatic dogs are the best/worst. 4. Sorry about your chick. 5. Why do dogs like bathrooms in thunderstorms? Our lab used to crawl in there and try to hide behind the toilet. 6. wondering where Winnie is . . . 7. You can do this!! You can!!

  5. Yes on the videos! And when people send me video news stories, I rarely watch them. I feel like I'm being held hostage to that exact amount of time. Maybe it's just that some people are visual, and others are letterly.

    Re the chickens: A guy was in the store today buying a radio, to put in the chicken coop to protect them from raccoons. I'll get you google that one, lol.