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  1. Yesterday was the official celebration for the University Heroes, of which I was one. Whoever wrote the citation read out by the president of the university managed to include four puns about teeth in five sentences, because I was the only Hero from the dental school. Nobody else of the 60 of us had that many puns in their citations. I wouldn’t have minded three, but four was one too many. However, at the thousand-person reception afterward, the president came to find me specifically, to say she wanted me to know all those puns weren’t her idea. I thought that was nice of her.
  2. Post Your Pet Photos & Pet Discussion

    I tried to do the slow introduction when I brought Snip home, but she wasn't having any of that. After the third time she climbed over two baby gates stacked one on top of the other (that room doesn't have an actual door), I said "OK, just don't kill each other, please" and went to work figuring it's a two-bedroom apartment and there are more places for cats to be than there are cats to be in them. There was some hissing periodically for about three days and ever since then, they've been using each other as pillows.
  3. Post Your Pet Photos & Pet Discussion

    My orange cat wound up being named Lily because I needed something to call her, and it took her about a month to decide being in the same room with me was OK (she was feral before I got her). And besides, Lily Beast rhymes with Silly Beast, so I could call her either one. My tortoiseshell cat came with the name Fajita, because the shelter was having a Tex-Mex themed day when she came in (they also got a Pancho and a Nacho that day). She wound up being named Snip because if she were a horse, the spot on her nose would be called a snip. I don't think I've ever met a cat who should be named Fajita. So I'm firmly in the "don't name the cat before meeting it" camp.
  4. I think I've got Lily down to a science now. Get the first house call appointment of the day, catch her five minutes before the vet is supposed to appear, put her in the bathroom in the large carrier and leave the bathroom door open. Worked like a charm. She didn't get time to be thoroughly incensed about being in the carrier, and I didn't sit around twitching and making her nervous. She got more cheese than usual, afterward, because she was a Good Kid. And provolone cheese heals all wounds to the feline dignity. This is Weirdness Week at work, also known as graduation week, so of course I have a training course this week besides. I managed to do the homework while I was waiting for the vet. I don't know how much of the homework I'll remember.
  5. Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    There's a deodorant commercial talking about how using it leads to "millions of clothes saved" and maybe I'm a grammar purist, but it annoys the daylights out of me because "clothes" is not a countable noun. You can have millions of garments, but you can only have a lot of clothes.
  6. Last October we had a three-day site visit by an 18-person accreditation committee. This June we're having a three-day symposium attended (so far; there's no real registration deadline) by six people. Just because the symposium is smaller, and our continued existence doesn't depend on it, doesn't mean I don't want to do it right. Doing it right is a lot of work and I have no help because I'm between assistants and everyone else in the office is up to their eyebrows in either graduation (in May) or prep for orientation (in July for one program and August for the other). GRRR.
  7. Bazzfazzmatazz. I've been back at work for not quite a day and a half post-vacation, and I've spent most of this morning doing half a dozen things for two other people so they can cross those things off their own task lists (send me this file for a meeting that isn't scheduled yet, find me some dates this meeting could happen on, reserve parking for this lecturer, give me the dates next January for this course). I can't get to my own task list while I'm doing things for other people.
  8. I'm on vacation this week and next week, but on Friday I was told (via surprise lunch) that I won a work award that's apparently a Big Deal. Today I logged into my work email just to find out if the Mothership was going to tell me I won this award, or if they left it up to my very sneaky office. I found an email that said they want to take my picture for the award ceremony. Unfortunately I had an hour to get half an hour away, and I'm on vacation so I hadn't done laundry yet. I found something to wear to have my picture taken in, dashed out the door, encountered my elderly neighbor who wanted to complain about the weather, and missed the only bus I could have taken to get to work in the next hour. I did finally get there, mostly by almost running for almost a couple of miles, and then discovered that I had misread the email and they want to take my picture tomorrow.
  9. The Alienist by Caleb Carr

    I almost wish they had killed Joseph on the show, because that made me sit up and take notice when I read the book. And I'd rather the show took time to have the main characters deal with that than take time to give us Beecham killing another cat. I didn't see the point of that other than shock value; we already knew he killed at least one cat before. Besides, Joseph is saved from Beecham and then disappears completely. It would have been nice if they had thrown in a line about where he went. At least in the book we know that.
  10. S01.E10: Castle in the Sky

    I couldn't watch the part with the cat. Especially since I had a cat asleep in my lap at the time.
  11. Post Your Pet Photos & Pet Discussion

    Snip is obsessed with string. Last night I discouraged her from chewing on my sweatshirt cord, and then discouraged her from chewing on a loose thread on one of my towels. Apparently this annoyed her quite a lot, because when I went to bed she walked up from the foot of the mattress and punched me in the nose.
  12. Favorite Commercials

    I don't think we have Arby's around here, and I've been to one elsewhere and was thoroughly underwhelmed. But I do get a laugh out of the "could this sandwich be any more Texan?" ad in which the camera pulls back to reveal a tiny little cowboy hat on top of the sandwich. It's mostly because of Ving Rhames saying "Well, that's just ridiculous."
  13. There was some weather here yesterday and overnight. Today there are five people in our 17-person office (possibly six, but #6 said he was coming at noon and I haven't seen him yet). Unfortunately, #5 was the Vice Dean, which means that #4's proclamation as senior member of the office that any early departures today would be just fine is null and void. DRAT. Especially since I haven't had anything useful to do since 9:30.
  14. What Are We Currently Reading?

    I picked up Shadow & Claw, which is an omnibus of the first two books of the Book of the New Sun series by Gene Wolfe. In the bookstore it had a bookseller's recommendation that said "This is a desert island book, and if I found out it was on a different island, I would swim to it." So I figured it had to be OK. Which it is, so far, but it's only OK; the main character knows that an incidental character is trying to kill him, and knows who the incidental character is, and has decided not to do anything about it three times now. I might not be so annoyed if the main character wasn't almost permanently attached to a great big sharp sword and has refused to solve this problem with it.
  15. Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    I think these days it says "do not give to children under 6, and should not be given to children 6 to 17", so maybe it has an off-label use for older kids?