Archive for March, 2010

another open letter

to my students…

Dear Class:

There are a few things that we need to discuss as this semester hurtles past. Time is flying by and your work is piling up, so here are a few tips to help you keep on top of things:

1.) When I say, “come to your conference with a research topic, a thesis statement, and a completed stasis grid,” I do not mean “come to your conference to ask me to pick a topic for you.” Surely you are interested in something. If not, why are you in college?

2.) You are in college. Please remember to put your name on your paper.

3.) By “quiz,” I mean “in-class assignment that requires you to remember and/or apply some course material.” I do not mean “in-class group work which is optional and ungraded.” Nor do I mean “something to stuff in your folder and forget about.”

4.) Extra credit is just that: extra. You do not have to do it, so if you think it’s too hard/too confusing/biased toward a liberal political agenda, don’t do it. [Oh, and p.s.: Asking for a rhetorical analysis is not biased toward a liberal agenda just because our President is a Democrat. If you want a liberal agenda, wait until next week. I’ll show you what it is.]

5.) Your handwriting sucks. Please use a utensil that actually shows on the paper and write large enough that I don’t need a magnifying glass. Gray-on-gray tiny print=you get an F.

6.) If you are late because you are hung over, please do not give me details. It is not an excused absence and I neither need nor want to know how many shots you had.

7.) It does not impress me that you once read “Old Man and the Sea.” I approve, I suppose, but this does not make me want to leap for joy and change your C to an A.

8.) Finally–and take this as a special tip from me to you, free of charge–wearing a bikini to class is not a good way to get your classmates’ attention. Especially if you’re a guy. But really, no matter what. It only makes you look dumb, because really, it’s not that warm out yet.


latest sewing project pics!

I put together this skirt for Mary the other night out of a bunch of small pieces–I was pretty pleased with the way it turned out considering that none of the fabrics match each other!


In the garden, these babies have popped up, coming back from last year [they are some kind of greens from a “mixed greens” packet I planted–possibly from the mustard family? They were delicious, whatever they are]:

Gardening time is here!

Yesterday I started seeds–


* Super Sweet 100

* Tomande

* Costoluto Genovese

* Yellow Marble

* Red Currant [in a pot outdoors…we’ll see how that goes]

* Delicious

* Yellow Pear

* Beefsteak

* Heirloom Mix [this is a Burpee packet I’ve had for ages…might come up, might not]

* Pink Brandywine

* Super Sweetie

* Razzleberry

And other things:

* Cucumbers [Alibi]

* Squash [Sunburst and Horn of Plenty]

* Peppers [Serrano and Ancho]

I have basil planted in pots, ready to come up as it warms up.

I also planted peas in my square foot beds–so, the year is begun! I hope the weather stays nice and dries out the garden enough for me to put in cauliflower, broccoli, greens, and onions this weekend.

overdue pics

So, here are a couple of “before” photos of Wesley’s previous hair:

…and after.

Yes, he is dressed like a punk. This jacket belonged to one of his cousins–Jack, Riley, or both–and he is madly in love with it and asks to wear it all the time.

I believe, in that photo, that he has successfully vanquished Mary.

In this one, he is poking the car with a stick. No, I don’t know why.

Lest you think I am neglecting MaryBear–here she is at the playground.

…and making a serious face (ignore the speckles of blueberry applesauce under her eye):


She got tired.

and she got dirty.

And she got sucked into a life of crime.

sweet conversation

Today, the kids and I went to Costco. They have carts with two seats in front, so the kids could sit next to each other.

When we got to the checkout, the bagger asked Mary, “Is that your brother?”

Mary said, “Yes, it is!” She leaned over and hugged him and added, “And I love him lots and LOTS!”

Also…she wore underwear out to Costco and back today–no accidents. What a housetraining champ!

Top Ten Things This Week…

…That Mary Has Said That Made Me Think, “I Don’t Want to Know”:

1. “Uh-oh.”

2. “Mama, I take Wesley’s temperature!”

3. “Ooohhh…look, ladybug sandwich.”

4. “Diaper hat!”

5. “Wesley, stop–that’s Mama’s dissertation book!”

6. “Oops. I need a bath.”

7. “Oh, dammit.”

8. “This is just like Play-Doh!”

9. “Look, Mama–I got my clothes on! They were here in this basket!” (which was full of dirty–in fact, previously peed-on–laundry)

10. “Wesley, that’s not food. Can I have some too?”

in case you’re wondering:

This blog is less active than usual because I am working flat-out to finish a dissertation draft by the end of the month. So, while there may be a few blips between here and there…for the most part, I’ll see you in April.