Thanks for stopping by; you’re just who I hoped to see. The coffee’s nice a fresh, and I think there’s a cheese danish or two around here somewhere.It’s been a while since we had a chat – well, since I talked at any rate. So, about these last two weeks.

Thanks for all the support and encouragement; I needed it. I finally had a chance to process things break down in a cathartic cry on Wednesday, and I started to feel a bit better. But I believe I promised to talk about anything but that, so what else happened . .

Oh yes, I received two books in the mail: an ARC of The Gulf by Jack E. Davis and Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman.

The Gulf won’t be released until March, so as long as I finish by the end of February I’ll be ahead of everyone that had to wait for publication. I must admit that, even for a historian, a history of the Gulf of Mexico seemed rather . . . anticlimactic. However, from what I’ve read so far, it will be an enjoyable, entertaining read.

I must admit I’m envious of those able to attend “An Evening with Neil Gaiman” events and have their copies of Norse Mythology signed. Then again, I’d be more likely to wait until Neil and his wife Amanda Palmer did another joint event, and kill two birds with one stone.

the-gulf-and-norse-mythology

“Two birds with one stone” – now there’s a phrase I heard recently. A trusted colleague recently asked for a copy of my professional resume, which I haven’t had need of actually updating since 2009. Now, I’ve been updating it through the years, but not actually proofing it or anything. I have no clue what she wants it for; knowing her she’s nominated me for some kind of award. Not that I deserve an award, mind, just that she’d be likely to do such a thing. She said getting my resume and causing me bafflement killed two birds with one stone.

Oh, my PlayStaton 4 finally came back from Sony. Krystal gave it to me as a gift, but it only ran for four days before I received the Blue Light of Death [i.e. the lights are on but nobody’s home]. I sent it back to Sony under warranty, but worried they would still make me pay since I didn’t have the actual receipt. However, I was able to tell them the time and place of purchase, and what it cost down to the penny. Perhaps that helped. I’ve had it for a week now and no problems (knock on wood and every other good luck measure). Maybe today (or at least this weekend) I’ll actually get around to playing a game; after all, I’ve got two Assassin’s Creed games and the final Uncharted game to play. I’ve heard the last Uncharted, A Thief’s End, is excellent. And since I occasionally cosplay as Nathan Drake . . .

Anyway, since I got the PS4 back I’ve also been able to finally enjoy Hulu, where I’ve been watching James Bond, Indiana Jones, The Strain, Vikings, and Gravity Falls. Highly recommend all of them.

This week was Spirit Week at school. I missed the first two days, and then forgot that Wednesday was Patriotic Day, but Thursday was a blast. Thursday was Homeroom Wars day, where the homerooms each chose a theme and then competed for best completion/participation/&etc. My class chose to portray the characters from CLUE. We even whipped up a quick, ten minute version of CLUE to play with various classes throughout the day. In total, 4 students figured out whodunnit. I’d planned to decorate a large box like the game box, but given events I just didn’t have time, so I made myself a CLUE card instead. It worked really well, or so I was told. Maybe they were just being kind. My students did very well, and everyone was impressed with Ms. Body. I *think* we came in first. I was told it was because another class had 100% participation, but my class did, too. What I think was the judges went for cute over slightly creepy. Oh well. I regret I couldn’t convince my students (except Ms. Body) to let me take individual pictures, but I just didn’t feel like cajoling them along.

It was Mrs. Peacock, with the wrench, in the Study. 

Yesterday was Senior Night at the basketball games. The ceremony went well, but the games did not; we lost three out of four games. However, two of those losses were due mainly to the referees being against us. I know that’s an easy excuse, but when our players are walking off bleeding (with no fouls being called against the other team), fouls being called on players nowhere near any other player, and refusing to call back-court passes, what are you going to do? Two players on our team were even called for flagrant fouls, while their team put our players in choke holds, clotheslined them while running, and pulled hair (in the girls’ game) with impunity.

However, yesterday wasn’t all bad. I found out that John Scalzi, author of Redshirts and the Old Man’s War SF/F series, will be in Raleigh next month. So, for the price of a book and gas, I’m going to be able to see one of my favorite SF/F authors in person and get an autographed copy of his new book. They’ll even do short messages, so I’m going to ask for the “insult” he gifted me with a few years ago on Twitter:

BEETLETOED JACKNEEDLE

Oh, and then there was this amazing parking job at our local grocer:

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When we’re done here I have to put in grades for the last two weeks, what with me being out on emergency leave and all, so please, take your time.

What have you been up to lately?

 

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