Sunday, February 14, 2016

really sorry about that this time

a few days ago i thought i posted the sorry song for you.

it turns out i did not.

sorry 'bout that.

Saturday, February 13, 2016


i was up on the res last fall and i was talking to a guy who was telling me about a guy who likes to sit on his campsite and carve spoons.

you know, because this is exactly the kind of conversation you have with people out on the res.

anyway, i thought this would be a cool thing to do when i'm sitting on a campsite, so i decided to learn how.

and of course this involves getting some appropriate carving knives, so thank you santa.

and i have carved one mystery object that maybe later i will tell you about because it's kind of a funny story, and one spoon.

i'm working on another spoon and maybe some bowls, but let me tell you: wild-caught natural deadfall applewood is hard to prepare and hard to work.

it has beautiful coloring and beautiful grain, but a basswood carving blank it is NOT.


Thursday, February 11, 2016


ok, so i am spending a lot of time fronching.

do you not know this verb?

of course you do not know this verb. it is a verb some friends of mine made up. it means "to study french" we have also declared it to be a verb IN french, and we have maybe decided it is a regular verb: froncher. it still means "to study french".

we should probably check to see if french already has a verb "froncher" and if we have simply appropriated it and repurposed it.

uh, anyway. i am using both the living language series from penguin random house and duolingo.

duolingo is like crack, and it seems to be trying to prepare you for your inevitable breakup with your new francophone partner, because it teaches you to say things like tu n'a pas jamais le temps pour les choses importantes, which COULD be a really useful phrase, but if it is your life is probably taking a turn for the worse.


the thing about duolingo is that is is built on the premise that you need to come back every day to practice, and it will send you back to practice specific lessons that it has decided you have not practiced recently enough.

when you have a lesson learned and also updated, its little icon is gold.

...which brings me to their choice of icons. their icon for all lessons to do with adverbs is a lizard. ok, maybe it is a chameleon. fine. cute.

but their icon for household things is A TOILET.

yep, a toilet.

because home is where you take a dump?


my toilet is shiny and golden.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

the constitution

why is it that people talk of the sacredness of the second amendment but not so much the others?

i like the fourth especially.

good for you if you don't have to look it up.

and what is with that ass, trump? does he just make shit up?

Monday, February 08, 2016


you know what will wear you right out?

a brownie troop.

ok, to be fair, a lot of what wore me out was the two days of prep work for my visit to the brownie troop, and then the having to be running around all the time  from group to group because there's one specialist (me) and several groups of girls with accompanying adults and that is a LOT of running around.

it is kind of awesome, though, to see the moment where a kid starts got get a concept, or when she sees a thing that was right in front of her and it WAS invisible and now -BAM- it's big as day.

it was also interesting to see that i do not yet have cred with the brownies and have to earn my way. back in the day i had MAD classroom management skills but part of that comes from your established reputation.

i mean, brownies are polite because it's a thing they do and you are an invited guest there to teach a thing they want to learn. but ya, you do not yet have established herd control because they don't know you.

anyway, a good time was had by all. i think. the girls seemed to like the activities. i had a good time.

and now i need to rest for a few days.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

flint: a précis

"i am going to poison you now."

"what? no. i don't want to be poisoned."

"but here is your poison, and your bill, because you do not expect ME to pay for poisoning you?"

"but i don't want to be poisoned. why should i pay for that?"

"ok, ok. i am reasonable. i will take 30% off of your bill. have a nice poisoning."


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