1. It’s getting toward the end of the semester and if there is anything an academic advisor knows about the end of the semester it is that there aren’t enough tissues in the world.
2. We’re deep into our holiday season now. All of our birthdays and anniversaries happen during this time of year, on top of the usual holidays that people celebrate. It’s a busy time.
3. The library down at Home Campus was apparently somewhat annoyed at me the other day.
I mean, “rejected,” sure. Perhaps even “blocked,” here in this day and age of social media. But “disavowed”? It sounds so … theological.
I finally went to speak to the librarian and she got me, um, reavowed, so now I can go back into the computers and make the interlibrary loan request that sparked all of this, except that it’s the end of the semester (vide supra) and I keep forgetting to do that so in the end I suppose I’m still disavowed for all practical purposes. Not sure how to feel about that.
4. Tires are the bane of my existence. As banes go, I suppose, they’re not that bad. But every time I get into my car I’m convinced that the air pressure is low (which, granted, sometimes it is) and a couple of weeks ago when I discovered that the pressure actually was low and tried to fill them up the air hose at the local gas station destroyed my tire valve. While they did pay for the new valve (which in this age of digital everything was not cheap), it was still several trips to the tire repair place before they actually had the right part. You didn’t think tire valves were complicated, but you were wrong.
5. Actually most of the physical world is currently the bane of my existence. The furnace in our house is the one that was here when we moved in, 22 years ago, and it wasn’t new then. When it stopped working last month we thought the repair guy had solved the problem, but it turned out that there had to be another and rather more expensive visit before the real problem was solved. So now we have heat, and we’re going to look at new furnaces sometime soon.
6. Step 1: Purchase vast package of 1-ply by accident.
Step 2: Decide that not using it would be wasteful.
Step 3: Experience the wonder.
Step 4: Purchase 2-ply because it needed to be done.
Step 5: Revel in luxury.
7. I have a lot to say about the current degenerate state of American politics, but I have to wait until I can say it without turning into a modern version of John Brown. This may take a while. Make yourself comfortable.
8. Microfleece sheets are just the greatest invention ever. You get into bed and BAM! Instant warm. It makes it very hard to get out of bed in the morning, but when is that ever not the case is what I want to know.
9. Well bless my northern heart, but Duke’s mayonnaise really is better.
10. I’m almost caught up on Doctor Who. I’m nearly done Season 2 of Game of Thrones. I think that’s enough scripted television for now.
11. It isn’t every day that you run into a student who is a World War I buff. When you find a student like that you should treasure them, especially if they turn out to be nice to talk with.
12. Does anyone even sell flashlight bulbs anymore? I suppose I can just lump them in with VCRs, cassette tapes, camera film, and other relics of a bygone era, but it still is kind of sad to have a nice MagLite with a gaping hole where the bulb used to be.