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January 29, 2009

Really, this wasn't how I wanted to spend my day

So, I got up this morning and cozied down to do a little reading on quantifiers and logic. After I had some breakfast, I figured it was time to address the issue that has been hanging over my head since Tuesday: my inability to connect to the wireless in my own house. Monday I turned off my computer and went to bed. Tuesday I turned on my computer and found myself unable to connect to anything in any sort of meaningful way (I kept getting "limited or no connectivity due to inability to establish IP address messages.) So, I did everything that I could think of to do (again). I did everything another helpful graduate student suggested I do. I called the internet people. I called the wireless people. And, I ended up having to go someplace where there was wireless I could access so that I could update my drivers. That someplace ended up being school, which was in the cards for today anyway.

It would seem that in addition to this wireless problem, I also have a LAN problem. Goody. One wonders how long I have had this other problem and not known about it. There is a silver lining to this snow cloud, though. It was time to change my password on the wireless anyway, and thanks to this little snafu, I've been reminded to do so. All of this has, of course, cut into my reading time, which means I may never get to bed tonight. But, sleep is for the weak, right?

In other news, it is once again snowing in Buffalo and it is currently a balmy 21 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 C, if that's a measurement you can understand.) And, the snow is perfect winter sport snow. Snow Angels. Cross Country skiing. Snow shoeing. If I did any of those things (or, perhaps, if I had time for any of those things) I would be one happy little bunny. Instead, I'm one shivery little bunny. But, such is the way of things.

January 21, 2009

In Which We Rediscover the Bathtub

You may remember that the kittens both spent their first moments in my apartment in the bath tub.

I'm the sort of person who loves her bathtub. Few things in this are as outstanding as being able to relax in a warm bubble bath (using the end of the bath stuff I have from Lush, necessitating a trip to either London or NYC...), sipping some wine (or maybe some tea) while listening to some music ( or maybe reading a book). That's just top shelf relaxation.

And, I guess I've only showered since I've had the kittens. I filled the bathtub and they were fascinated. I sat in the bath while they stood there and just stared at me (I think they were wondering why anyone would intentionally sit in a pool of water.) And, then I got out of the tub and started draining it.

I wish I had photographed this next bit, because this is where it got ridiculous. Kingsley put two paws on the lip of tub and watched. Then, Cooper did, too. Water fascinates them. (True story. They like watching water stream out of the shower, too.) However, this wasn't close enough for Cooper. He wanted to look a little closer. He put all four paws up on the lip. Which was wet, as I had just taken a bath. So, he slipped a little. He tried to dig his claws in and catch his balance.

Cooper briefly hugged the lip of the tub before sliding into it. Of course, once he knew there was no stopping his descent, he made into a leap so only his paws got wet.

January 19, 2009

Happy Martin Luther King Day.

"This note was a promise to all Men..."

One wonders where we stand on that promise today.

January 12, 2009

Back in Buffalo.

I arrived back in Buffalo, a week ago today, yowling kittens in tow. In the past week we have:

  • Applied for jobs.
  • Watched the better part of the first season of Rome
  • Watched the better part of the the second season of Numbers
  • Watched all of the second season of Waking the Dead
  • Read the first Sookie Stackhouse book
  • Cleaned the better part of the apartment
  • All but unpacked from moving in
  • Watched the BBC's most recent adaptation of Sense and Sensibility
  • Made lemon frosted, lemon filled, lemon flavored cupcakes.
  • Watched Stranger than Fiction, Hot Fuzz, and Detour
  • Made stuffed peppers
  • Made our first ever batch of cider orange marmalade
  • Took the kittens for their first round of shots and "Sorry, we're taking your bits" surgery
  • Hung out with some people
  • Were general lazy bodies, only changing out of our pajamas to shower and get into a clean pair.
What can we gather from this? That I have spent the past week using my Netflix subscription for all that it is worth. But, now the laziness must end because the semester begins today. I have some things to print out, but I have a feeling that will have to wait until later because my connection to the University's blackboard service keeps timing out. I find this annoying. The kittens, who are still technically on "no grooming and no playing" orders have been running around like wild beasts of the forest all morning. Although, they've gone quiet so I imagine they are settling down for an afternoon nap. (Cooper just climbed into my lap, so I think he thinks he's going to get to nap there. I, however, am headed into campus when I am done here, so that will not be the case.)

With the beginning of the semester comes the requisite promises to the Gods that I will do things in exchange for their help in not failing, i.e. new semester resolutions. (I suppose we could call them new year resolutions on a lunar year, but that's not really the case, because I do this every semester.) I suspect I will post about that later tonight.

And, now I am off to buy books and have coffee with a friend to catch up.

January 01, 2009

2009's Definitely Reading List

And, now I unveil my *definitely must-read* list for 2009:


(In No Particular Order)


  1. Silas Marner by George Eliot

  2. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

  3. Compassionate Carnivore by Catherine Friend

  4. On the Wealth of Nations by P.J. O'Rourke

  5. Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson

  6. Break, Blow, Burn by Camille Paglia

  7. The Eight By Katherine Neville

  8. Begin Anywhere by Frank Gianpietro

  9. The Horse, The Wheel and Language by David Anthony

  10. Discover Your Inner Economist by Tyler Cowen

  11. How Language Works by David Crystal

  12. The Ode Less Traveled by Stephen Fry

  13. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

  14. Swann's Way by Marcel Proust

  15. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Farber

I'm really excited about these books. It looks like its going to be an exciting year!