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2020-04-20 11:15 pm

The What What.

This journal has been locked for a while now, and I don't see that changing anytime soon. I'm pretty liberal with the adds, though, so if you've seen me around elsewhere and would like to add, just leave a comment or shoot me a message. I know it's futile to think that something like f-lock (I like the idea of flocking our journals like flocking a christmas tree--an attempt to recreate snow that just doesn't really cut the cake) controls the dissemination of what I write here, but it makes me feel better about a lot of what I put out there for you to see. Just let me indulge in my little fantasy, ok?

I do talk about disability, my cats, digital humanities, and a variety of other scintillating topics. And, yes, I tend to write in round about sentences with parentheticals such as the above. My Ph.D. advisors hated it. I, on the other hand, rather love it.

ETA: Feb 2014. Name change to divorce this a bit further from RL name.
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2010-11-09 12:49 pm

The Habitation of the Blessed

I'm really excited to read Catherynne M. Valente's new book as it uses, reimagines, and enlivens some of my most beloved monsters. I'm intrigued by Hagia, a female blemmye, as all the critical articles I imagined writing to dissect the trope were about a male race.

Join on me on a monstrous journey of the best kind now that the pig-faced diss is dust!

The Habitation of the Blessed
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2010-10-26 06:08 am

I live in a state where Democrats are Republicans in Disguise.

Rand Paul? (the actual Republican candidate for Senate) BAD BAD NEWS. Tea Party. Need I say more?

His opponent, Jack Conway? Proud to be endorsed by the NRA, proud to be against gay rights.
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2010-02-01 12:01 pm

Knitting News

I've finally joined ravelry as tannah18. I'm making this: and it'coming along well after some initial hiccups deciphering the directions (don't laugh advanced knitters). I was given the mohair and then found the pattern. I may not have enough, though, so I need a complementary skein of a similar brown. I've also never blocked a finished piece before, which this will need at the tightly knitted pieces makes the corners curl up.

Also made blueberry muffins with fresh blueberries, and they're only mediocre.
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2009-12-15 09:25 am

LJ and Gender. Really? Come on y'all.

LJ plans to make us specify our gender: go here for a much more coherent synopsis of what's going on:
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2009-11-19 01:36 am


C is in Portland for the week, and I'm jealous. Tired of small, conservative town life. I actually like my job a lot; I just wish it were somewhere else. We're thinking about moving to Portland next summer, so perhaps I should look at similar jobs there.

Cheer me up?
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2009-11-15 09:17 pm

Caving. Take 2.

C has recently gotten into caving. I've been like, oh so you finally want to do wilderness-y stuff, and it's UNDERGROUND??? WTF? She had a great time at a caving trip in Georgia in early October, though, so I went with her last week to a conservation morning/caving afternoon at Horse Cave. We went about 200 yards into a tourist cave, still on the beaten path, and helped move about two tons of sediment that flowed over the walkway with all the rain this fall. The afternoon was a trip to a dome, but my hiking shoes, in protest of being broken out of storage and subjected to so much mud and muck, peeled away from their soles. So I did all that work for nothing! We went to the Zappo's outlet on the way home (everything was 50% off!) and I got $150 boots for $55 bucks.

This weekend we went to Dale Hollow for try #2. We meet up with the Bowling Green Grotto (what official caving groups are called, how cute is that?). All the folks who showed up Friday night were geology grad students and really fun, so that was good. It was butt ass cold, though. We should have brought C's dad's -20 bag and just been hot. Oh well. Then Saturday two profs showed up, but it was nothing like the relationships btw. grad students and profs in literature, even though this one woman is a world famous cave cartographer. We were going to be surveying this new cave. Cool, I thought. Wrong. I got put with the experienced, famous lady and we spent 4 hours surveying 75 yards of cave. I placed survey points and took tape measurements while this woman and another prof sketched and took angle measurements. I totally understand why I wasn't sketching as a total n00b, but it was cold and boring as we were in the part of the cave with a trickle of water spattering through it.

However, it was a pretty technical cave, and C said that she had to crawl and slither for a fair amount of her journey back to where her team was surveying--something that I'm not entirely adept at with my bad knees. She also said that compared to the caves in Georgia, not only was this one harder, but it was much less pretty in terms of formations, etc. I'm just not convinced this is something I want to do. Which is fine. I think C is also still evaluating, and there's nothing that says we both have to be cavers. I'd like to go back to spending outside time--OUTSIDE. Crazy, I know.
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2009-10-19 12:26 pm

Hmm. Food for Thought on Job Front.

The students are back from fall break today. I am so GLAD! Campus was deathly quiet and kind of spooky without them. It didn't help that it rained non-stop and I was required to be here when all of the faculty and most of the professional staff (that's what I am) were not.

I really enjoyed teaching my class today. In fact, this is strange to admit, I have had more fun teaching this class than any of the English classes I have taught lately. I need to spend some time thinking about why that is. I don't know if it's the ego-stroking I'm receiving (the students are having fun as most [not all] of the math teachers here are rather dry) or if it goes deeper than that. The irony is that to really teach math at a the CC level, I'd have to take some graduate course in it. And I'm not sure I'm good enough at math for anything more than grad education classes in it.

Anyway, that's today's up in the air moment. The sun is out, the leaves are changing, the students are back, and I'm feeling cheerier.
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2009-10-14 03:45 am

Crazy Idea

Despite babysitting the kitten over the weekend, it's really been a shitty couple of weeks. I'm thinking of going to [profile] percussivebunny's Halloween party in San Diego. I need a break from here, the crappy stuff w my mom, and my job (which I do like, even though it can be trying). We'll see how I feel about this scheme when it's not three in the morning, but right now it sounds pretty damn good.
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2009-10-08 09:01 am

Woment Poets, Ten, Go!

Via [profile] brisingamen : name 10 women poets (any time, place, etc) off the top of your head  in honor of National Poetry Day (even if it is being celebrated today in the UK).

My List )
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2009-09-19 01:17 am

Surreal Moment.

A friend suggestion just popped up on Facebook. It was the boy I had the biggest crush on for all of high school. The boy I snuck out of my house to go riding on the back of his motorcycle with. The first time we went riding, I couldn't believe that I was expected to wrap my arms around him. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. We went the back way to Santa Fe, but if he had asked me to ride to Alaska, I wouldn't have said no. 

I went skiing with this boy, I learned to rock climb with him, I got drunk in his hot tub. The previous three activities were all group ones. It was the motorcycle that finally got me alone with him. Then he started dating one of my best friends. I had to wait another three years until we were in college and home for the summer to kiss him. It was a short-lived thing. But, god, was it electric.

Today the picture I saw bore no relation to the boy in my head. In high school, he had been beautiful--by any standard. I usually see echoes of the people we were in our now pictures, but this one was completely different. He's average enough looking, but I wish I could find an old photograph and see if I painted on the beauty because I was so smitten. I don't think so. 

I'm not normally so appearance driven, of course I want to be physically attracted to my partners, but this boy was (by my memory) Johnny Depp beautiful. He was so out of my league. And yet we did spend A LOT of time together. I think I was always a bit shocked that we were good friends. I was gangly and super thin--think Twiggy--without being comfortable in my own skin unless I was playing a sport. He was a gymnast. And funny. And a daredevil. Obviously, I am still in love with the idea of him. But, but, now he's some normal dude in his late 30s. How did this happen???
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2009-09-15 09:47 pm

Job List! Up Early! Cuz It's Tiny!

Ha ha ha ha ha.


Thirteen. jobs. in my field. Nationwide.

Add in the Chronicle jobs as of right now and there are 20. Half, at least, are for dramatists. I am not a dramatist.

I am so not going to get a job this year.  At least, not one teaching English lit.
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2009-09-15 08:56 pm

In Which Our Heroine Battles Negative Numbers.

There were several students who aced the last test.

Dear several students,
Even if you ever found this post, it is not about you.

The majority, however, did not even receive Bs or Cs, but failed. Spectacularly. And while there is a percentage who are definitely struggling with concepts like -9 * -9= 81, most are just far too flippant with negative signs. They'll get -6 * 7 = -42 and miss -5 * 3 by answering 15. Add in a longer string of numbers where you really need to keep track of how many negative signs you've got going and they're just guessing about the outcome's sign. 

Add into the mix that we started solving for variables in the last chapter, and you have doubly spelled disaster. They can do 3x = 12, some can do 3x = -12, but you say that 3x + 1 = 7 and the multiple steps required to arrive at the answer KILLS them.

I'm sure I will come up with more tricks of the trade as I go, but for now, I am best one-on-one where I see exactly how they're tripping up. Some of you have already given me some great tips for teaching that a negative times a negative is a positive--and C's dad reminded me that these students would not have tested into developmental math (there is no college credit for the course; they have to pass it though to get to college algebra to get an A.A.) if they had learned any math from sixth grade on.

I did have two of my tutoring students ace their algebra tests. That was somewhat gratifying.
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2009-09-06 04:57 am

Was a Fool.

Exciting in a bad way for me. Almost lost my last month's worth of work on diss, articles, etc, when computer crashed and didn't want to wake up. Ironically, I had just been watching ads for an online backup company and thinking I should back up my writing. I'm normally very good about this--two days max without putting another copy of stuff elsewhere. I finally took the battery out to get the computer to turn off, caressed it, murmured sweet nothings, and rebooted. The screen kept going black as it put itself to sleep. Evidently I had been too soothing. I cussed, rebooted, and voila! Thank god. All's good.

Kentucky is wet, there are slugs in the outdoor animals' food bowls, and I pulled a tick off the dog. But I got my stuff back!
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2009-08-31 09:52 pm

Getting back into the swing of things.

The lovely [personal profile] badgerbag  has a great post about changing the way we talk about wheelchair usage, at least on wikipedia (for starters):

Please have at it and "wheelchair-bound" and then hie on to strike down "wheelchair bound"!

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2009-08-18 10:53 pm

Kentucky Day 1.

I'm terribly far behind on reading and commenting. But I'm in KY and settling in.

I arrived yesterday, but today was my first day at work. I filled out a bazillion pieces of paper, met many women with bleached hair (luckily C's mom is not one of them), received my textbook for class tomorrow (We start with whole numbers and the fact that you can add and subtract in any order you want--did I mention that I am teaching remedial math? Like, so remedial, they don't even get credit towards an AA for it, but they have tested into it.), met the Science Dean--who is a Brit and awesome with The Who posters all over his office, gotten yelled at by the computer lab monitor for installing the printer icon on the version of New Stupid Word that I was working on b/c it will encourage the students in the lab not to learn to print properly (huh?) and just boggled at how different a tiny town's community college is from a UC. I was boggled by how big the UC campus was when I arrived many years ago as my undergrad was pretty small, but this is certainly a new kind of adventure.

Tomorrow: 2.5 hours of remedial math in the morning. Can I do it? Sure. Can I do it without boring them or me to death? That remains to be seen.

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2009-07-16 11:59 am

Cleaning! And Other Exciting Stuff!

It's my last full day in Victoria. It's a beautiful one too. So far I have packed half my stuff, vacuumed and mopped the place and cleaned out the cupboards. Exciting, no? But, wait for it, I used lemon-scented biodegradable cleaner. So there!

C arrives at 2, we have a dinner w/ folks planned at 8, and we're taking the ferry out of here tomorrow. By amazing coincidence the lovely [personal profile] jessicaeve will be awaiting us at our first stop in the States. Ok, back to discombobulating things. Recombobulating for the trip comes later.
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2009-07-04 11:33 am


You can tell that I've been all over the place recently as I had been juggling keeping my American bank account solvent until now. Let me just say that having bills in two countries is a pain in the ass, especially when you know you'll be back for summer and don't want to sever all ties to one country in favor of the other.

Some late bills and gymnastics to pay them have come to pass (thank god for online bill pay), so all is good now, but I had a moment last night when I trying very hard to figure out to make this all happen without my books that are in storage being chucked out into the street.

My parents were super supportive, even if they weren't able to help, which was amazing. I've never seen them so calm about something involving the mismanagement of money. I actually felt like the kid and not the petulant teen forced into the adult role. Will wonders never ceasae?
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2009-06-27 09:56 am

It will be better at some point, just not now.

Woke up this morning and my car had been egged. Welcome back to Canadia!
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2009-06-17 10:00 pm

Dreamwidth Invites.

I've got two--let me know if any of you want one.

So far cross-posting has been great, but I'm not requiring folks to come over here to comment. If you do have suggestions for dreamwidth users I may like to read, please let me know.