Monthly Archives: April 2008


For the past, say, 4 weeks I’ve just been off. No knitting, not much reading, just barely managing to get to school, teach, get home, feed everyone, and walk the dogs. Certainly not much grading, which has been piling up. Lots of sleeping. It’s the cloudy weather, I told myself. It’s this pesky little cold that just won’t go away. It’s the long-school-year-blues. Then I started to worry it was the Deepening Depression Requiring an Increased Dosage of Expensive Medication. So Monday, I finally went to see my doctor.

Turns out it’s not ennui, minor or major. I have a nice case of bronchitis.

I’ve got a Z-pack of antibiotics, juice, a stack of easy grading, and tomorrow off as a school holiday. Expecting to feel better soon!



Well, I just spoke to one of my students who is an EMT about the faux medical alert bracelets discussed in the last post. He said “I’d be so angry they wasted precious time that I’d whip out the jewelry cutter and cut if off.” So save your $14.99 and advertise your faith in a different way.

Convert your EMT today!

So, the other day I was shopping online for new stick-on address labels, having used the last of my beloved green-big-headed alien diecut ones, which I bought 2 years ago on sale and can’t find more of — I was evidently one of a select few who thought they were funny.

Unless you decide to go completely plain, buying address labels is a chore. I wanted something cute for my $8.99 — cute being relative and in my case including aliens, some mammals, birds, and selected landscapes and not including baby animals, shopping, flags, crosses, Disney princesses, fighter jets, or kissing children. The fact that I spent well over an hour selecting these labels, which will mostly seen by the mailroom staffs of my creditors, probably says something about me that I don’t want to analyze too closely.

But this post isn’t about address labels in their many variations.

This post is about bracelets that the label site was also selling.* One side of the bracelet reads “A blood donor saved my life” and the other side is stamped “Matthew 26:28,” which is a verse about Jesus pouring out the blood of the covenant to erase the world’s sins. Now, it’s not because I’m anti-religious jewelry that this riles,** it’s that the bracelets, called “Faith Alert,” are styled to look like medical alert bracelets. Yeah, that’s what a paramedic wants to do in an emergency, waste precious time checking out a fake medical bracelet. And while I hope that each and every paramedic in the world reaches spiritual fulfillment, when I’m having a heart attack, I want my EMT focused on my body rather than the state of his or her soul.

I’m just saying.

*Actually, the site was selling an astonishing amount of crap

**I’m heavily pro-jewelry, especially jewelry that is silver, turquoise, and mine.

And the winner is…


Yesterday I took violet to the annual Dog Carnival, a fundraiser held by the local dog shelter, which is where I got her in the first place. The day’s activities ended with a “mutt strut,” wherein about 40 people and dogs walked a couple of blocks in line. Afterwards, there were awards: largest dog, smallest dog, ugliest dog (won yearly by the same English Bulldog), drooliest dog, and best walker, which Violet won! Now, I don’t think she really was the best behaved walker. She was definitely a motivated and determined walker, but that’s because she was convinced that if she caught up with the man ahead of us, he’d pet her.

I have to say, I think she got the award for a different reason. You see, earlier that day, we’d stopped by the Dog Carnival before taking Violet to be clipped — her coat was full of mats from our wet, nasty winter, but looked cool in a raggedy, muttly kind of way. At that time, she looked like this:

When we back after her clipping, she looked like this:

Yeah, it was a pity award.

In other news, I haven ‘t been posting much — mid semester blahs alternated with mid semester grading panics. But hey, 5 more weeks of school and then it’s SUMMER! 🙂