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No One Wants to Run It.

Posted on 2016.02.28 at 21:43
Notable things this week? I was tired and overwhelmed. Mostly because of our Calculus Competition which is next Saturday. I hate that thing. It involves event-planning and talking to strangers - two of my most-loathed things. Why the fuck am I in charge of such a thing? Each year I think I'll stop doing it, but it seems a shame to cancel a pretty popular event just because no one wants to run it. However, no one wants to run it.

Once the competition is over, I'll go back to regular old whelmed.
We had pretty skies this week:


I saw two of the three victims from the court trial a few weeks ago, the ones who were threatened by the machete. I don't think they recognized me. I had three reactions:
1) a rush that I should go say hi and catch up. Their names popped right in my head. That is what you usually do when you bump into someone with whom you shared an intense event - you greet them and find out how they're doing. (I did not.)
2) Intense guilt because they should be mad at me. Clearly they know full well what happened that night. I let them down.
3) During the night in question, in 2014, they were a couple, but it was impossible to tell if they were still together, in 2016, and I was curious. Now I know: they seem to still be together. Good for them!

I also bumped into another jurors, shortly after the trial. Her daughter and granddaughter live next door to my friend. We did say hi. Small town.

(I sat at this particular train crossing for a while.)

On the mosaic coffee table:

I learned things. I learned that since the substrate is particle board and not plywood, the tiles would fall right back off if I try to glue them down. Motion and moisture over decades make particle board distintegrate, I'm told. The only fix would be to chart the pattern, make a new table with a non-absorbent substrate like hardibacker, and tile it all again with a thinset or mastic adhesive and grout it.

Words I don't know: hardibacker, thinset, mastic.  I do know this:
That table is dead, and I did my due diligence. Scrap the table or give it away, and buy a new coffee table.  One with some orange and brown and cream tiles in it, I think.

One of my favorite spots in town is an intersection, from which you can see a single train crossing two different streets. Looking east, you can see the train crossing the street and disappearing into some trees. Look north, you see the train emerging from the trees to cross a river (pictured above) and then a street (also pictured about). It always gives me the impression that the trains are giant snakes coiling around the town.


We were reading Sideways Stories from Wayside School, and got to 75 + 49.

"Wait!" exclaimed Hawaii. "Don't read the answer!" She fell silent.

I asked her to say her reasoning out loud, which is a total math ed move.  It sounds intrusive and interrogative, but people generally comply without a second thought.
Hawaii obliged. "Well, there are 7 tens and 4 tens, so that's 11 tens. Then there's a 5 and a 9, so that's 14. So I've got 11 tens and 14, which makes...114?" We said, "Close!!" She paused and said, "...124?" and we were pleased. I complimented her reasoning.

I am super thrilled with this curriculum. Math teaching has really come so far.  I've been told (by my school board friend) that I should write a letter to the school board, because they are hiring a new superintendent, and (apparently) superintendents love to toss out curricula and replace it with their pet curricula. Our crappy school district is (apparently) a stepping stone for superintendents, and so our curriculum gets replaced every few years, and the teachers get livid and burned out. (Apparently.)


Jammies was napping on the couch, and I told Hawaii to get him for dinner. She went over and yelled, "The kittens are destroying the wallpaper!!" and Jammies jumped a foot in the air. It was super effective.  She thought of it all on her own!

Rascal can sign yes or no, although he exhibits proximalization, according to the linguist roomie, by hinging at the shoulder instead of the wrist. It's super cute.

The rest of us try to sign, too. E. Messily humors us, although nobody pretends we're actually assisting communication.  I am really good at signing the most obvious word, like food or three, and not helping on the ambiguous words. Work in progress.

Rascal got a haircut:

Ace stays up with her flashlight and plays in bed, long after the other three have fallen asleep. Just chatters away, into the night.

The roomie made me a purse:

I love it so much. You can pretty much get me to do your bidding for a blue floral print. Look at the lining:

She also made some iridescent squishy blocks and a cat-bunny-wobbly thing for our friend's baby shower, but I failed to photograph them.

(Why am I so bushed?  I don't feel like I've earned being tired. Also my back hurts.)


rebeccastob at 2016-02-29 08:13 (UTC) (Link)
Wow - having to run that calculus competition sounds like my worst nightmare. I'm overwhelmed this week because both kids had the flu all week, M had pinkeye (and I hadn't even noticed until the pediatrician at Urgent care said something) There are all kinds of annoying politics and interpersonal dramas at work that just make me dread going into work. At least the custody case is settled as well as I could ask for really. That purse is really cute!
heebie_geebie at 2016-03-07 04:04 (UTC) (Link)
Ugh, that sounds terrible! Kids' health problems are the worst scheduling nightmares.

I'm glad to hear the custody settlement went well!
e_messily at 2016-02-29 14:19 (UTC) (Link)

nobody pretends we're actually assisting communication

I do! I pretend that. (It often does, for reals, too.) I appreciate you all tremendously.

Rascal only proximalizes to his elbow though, not his shoulder. You are correct that it is super cute.
heebie_geebie at 2016-02-29 14:28 (UTC) (Link)

Re: nobody pretends we're actually assisting communication

Soft bigotry of low expectations! Think how impressed you'll be a few months from now when we're at the midterm of a first semester ASL class.
Kelly Jennings
Kelly Jennings at 2016-02-29 14:53 (UTC) (Link)

OMG I Love Hawaii

The thing with the kittens and the wallpaper was just great.

Also I am super impressed with her math skills, which are better than my math skills.

Rascal's haircut is the best.

heebie_geebie at 2016-03-07 04:05 (UTC) (Link)

Re: OMG I Love Hawaii

Oh, thanks thanks thanks.

I bet you had bad math teachers. I am sure of it, in fact.
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