Done with finals, off to Rites!

May 23, 2007 at 9:55 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ok, my grades are turned in, and all semester-end stuff is done. Woo-hoo!

And I’m off to Rites of Spring. Yeah!

But before I go, I’m kind of a fan of Jonathan Coulton. Have been ever since my friend Ian pointed his song Code Monkey out to me. Well, Coulton got written up in the NYT Magazine, and I’m very happy for him. Also, there’s something striking about the story to me. a particular detail that, given my voyeuristic fascination with Internet culture, you may be able to pick out.

But now, I’m off!

The Final push

May 13, 2007 at 3:25 pm | Posted in life | Leave a comment

Just working, working, working.  One more week!

Oh, but I did go contra-dancing last night.  Fun!

They’re back!

May 6, 2007 at 10:54 pm | Posted in music | Leave a comment

Ladies and gentlemen, this year, for the first time since 2000, appearing in North Carolina, California, and Minnesota in 2007, the Squirell Nut Zippers!

I’m so excited! Even though I won’t get to see them. 😦

But maybe they’ll cut a new album! 🙂


May 6, 2007 at 3:25 pm | Posted in canada, life | 3 Comments

This weekend, Jenny was supposed to visit her friend in Boston. Delta airlines started running flights from a local smallish airport to Boston. She’d have landed there at 8am Saturday, and been back home by 9:30pm Sunday.

Well, the flight was coming from another local airport, but it was busted in some way. It was delayed for 2 hours, then the mechanic never showed up. Then all the people from the other airport (where the busted plane was) were trucked over to Syracuse to be rebooked on different flights, leaving Jenny and the others at her airport cooling their heels for hours more.

In the mean time, I wake up from my nap (I drove Jenny to the airport at 4am), check my messages and find out what’s going on. It’s mid morning now, and I figure she’s getting hungry, so I pack up some leftovers, get her a medium decaf hot tea with milk and Splenda on the side from Dunkin Donuts, and make the 45 minute drive again. I switched out the CDs in my trucklet, and brought my iPod with podcasts of Science Friday (thanks, Edz!) for the trip. Of course I called on the way to check the status of her flight to make sure the plane didn’t arrive in the middle of my preparations. Sure enough, she was still stuck.

So I arrive to Jenny knitting angrily, and her audience of fellow disaffected travellers and TSA agents hearing about how amazing a husband I am. After she enjoys her lunch, the guy at the terminal, who has been on hold with Delta on and off for hours, says that they’re supposedly going to take off at 3pm. Jenny demands her money back, since she’s flying right back tomorrow afternoon, and surprise surprise she gets it! They refunded a non-refundable ticket. Ok, Delta could have should have handled it better, but at least we weren’t completely screwed. Jenny called her friend in Boston to give her the bad news, and her friend jokingly suggested we go into Canada since we were right on the border and halfway to Ottawa anyway.

Hmm …

So to make a long story short (too late!) I seized the opportunity to save the day, and whisked Jenny off to Ottawa for the day. We hit our favorite thrift store, bummed around the Byward Square Market all afternoon, and had super sushi for dinner and fried ice cream for dessert at Wasabi Japanese Restaurant And Sushi Bar. I also got a Pac-Man belt buckle, and Jenny got a pretty henna tattoo. The only bummer of the day was that the henna ended up not taking to her skin. Either it was bad/old henna, or the people gave her bad instructions.

It was a great day, and the bad flight experience was all but erased.

Now, I go back to work. Back here in the real world, it’s the last week of the semester, and I’m super busy again.

It was a great escape for a day, though.


May 1, 2007 at 10:23 pm | Posted in conference, life, weather | 1 Comment

Finals are upon me. So I’ll be blogging intermittently at best. A couple of things…

The conference was very good. Left me feeling a bit refreshed and rejuvanated. Something necessary at this time of year.

Weather’s warming up, and it’s so great! Granted, it’s often in the 30s in the early morning, but after this winter, I walk to work in short sleeves and a light jacket and laugh at the thermometer. Ha!

Psyched about Rites of Spring. I might do a drum making workshop! Putting off thinking in too much depth about the house we’re buying this summer until finals are over. Trying to support Jenny in her efforts. Trying to plan medium/long term for my job re. writing papers, planning future classes, etc.

Wow, I’m busy. I’d better get back to it.

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