I've had my nose in Stieg Larsson's first two books for the last few days. I haven't gotten my hands on the third novel, and I'm trying to refrain from buying it. Not sure I can wait for it at the library, though!
Darkness is descending earlier, which makes me think about returning to school, which in turn makes me think about my students who don't have much in mind in terms of career goals. I'll bet a lot of them feel like Lloyd. Other than the part about kick boxing, I'm on board with Lloyd.
What did you want to do (or "be") as a grown up when you were a kid? Me, I wanted to be a nun, or maybe a marine biologist. Most of all, though, I wanted to be a writer.
My mom has a fantastic collection of her paper dolls from when she was a girl. Movie stars with plenty of glamorous outfits to try on and change into. When I was a child, she would sit with me for hours telling me who the stars were and helping me find the right dresses for the dolls.
As I celebrate her birthday today, that is just one of a million memories on my mind. I feel fortunate to have this steel-spined, funny, kind, determined woman in my life.
(Photo from my wedding day. Think we like each other?!}
I'm an ovo-lacto vegetarian. I have been since 1998. So when I saw today's Ten on Tuesday topic, I had to laugh. Ten Reasons to Love Bacon. Since I can't speak to that, I thought I'd list ten things about my life as it relates to bacon and pigs.
1. Before I stopped eating meat, I loved a strip or two of bacon as much as the next girl. Now I eat Smart Bacon, the only meat substitute I use. The way I see it is if I want meat, I would eat meat. Sometimes, though, I do want a BLT, and the Smart Bacon gives the crunch I'm after to the sandwich.
2. Interesting PoMo fact: I have never eaten a BLT with real bacon. Back when I still ate the B, I did not eat the T. Stop judging. It's a family trait to dislike T (but to love T products) until adulthood.
3. Neal sometimes feels a little bad about eating pork products because pigs are often considered as smart as dogs. We are avid dog lovers around here. So he'll sign off eating Brother Pig for months at a time, until he just can't deny his craving for bacon or sausage or whatever he's craving.
My syllabi include instructions for proper formatting of papers. After reading about Change the Margins, I added a note to tell students that if they want to use .75" margins instead of 1" margins in the interest of saving paper, they are welcome to do so.
When a student does change the margins, I feel pretty darn proud to have an environmentally-aware citizen in my class.
What small change toward being green have you made recently?
This is one of my favorite spots in the yard. Neal built the wall himself with pavers and stones that have some serious history. Founding fathers of the U.S. may well have walked on them. When we talk about the aesthetic of the yard, I usually say that I want it to look like I moved into the house in which my great aunt (or someone's great aunt) lived since her childhood. Now that ferns and moss have settled in on the wall, it is starting to feel that way!
Will you show me a picture of your favorite outdoor space? Leave a link in the comments.
Another Soulard shot. My garden is going gangbusters with tomatoes, and I'm keeping a careful watch on the eggplant. I'm hoping the summer squash flowers will lead to some bounty on the giant plants that have taken over most of the front yard.
We planted late this year, which means we're a bit behind on gathering produce. I'm gearing up to plant my fall crops, though, and next year, the garden is going in much earlier!