Thursday, April 27, 2017

Today I'm thankful for: that really lovely time I had on my 21st birthday

Today and every day I'm thankful for the really lovely time I had on my 21st birthday, 11 years ago yesterday. 

I turned in my honors thesis that morning, and I felt like in an enormous weight had been lifted from me.  (In hindsight, this was probably a sign that I was not going to enjoy grad school.)  To celebrate, I bought myself a copy of a Piled Higher and Deeper anthology from the Seminary Co-op, and read it over Thai coffee at the Social Sciences coffee shop.  After Greek class, I went to get a haircut at the Reynolds Club. I knew my friend Suzanne looked up to me, but I hadn't appreciated quite how much until she decided to tag along with me to my haircut and sat with me during the whole thing so that we wouldn't have to end our conversation. She was telling me about the difference between Virgil and Homer: Homer (as we both knew well) has difficult vocabulary but simple grammar; whereas Virgil, apparently, has simple vocabulary but complicated grammar.

I went out to dinner that evening in a hip neighborhood I had never been to before with, among others, Annie Roberts, Teresa, Matt, Logan Bee, Justine, and Nick Reich.  Nick told me his younger brother's birthday was on April 26, 1986, Chernobyl Day.  I ordered a glass of sangria with dinner, and while the server did card me, she did not comment on the fact that it was my 21st birthday.  Ron and Carolyn weren't able to come to dinner, but they did sign the birthday card, and it meant so much to me that people thought enough of me to do that.

I still have the shirt that I wore that day, and every time I look at it, I think of that day, what a nice day it was, and how touched I felt that people took the time to spend time with me.  It's a memory I'm always going to treasure, and I am thankful.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Today I'm thankful for: that time April invited me to BaltiCon

Today (and every day) I'm thankful for that time April invited me to go to BaltiCon.

I had never been in all my years in Baltimore, but once April called it to my attention, I got so excited I got an entire weekend pass and went to see the Girl Genius radio play, in addition to the day I spent with April.  I saw a great artist talk (which I never would have seen if April hadn't suggested it), got a little stuffed dragon souvenir, heard Connie Willis, and April bought me a copy of Doomsday Book.  It was so sweet of April to invite me.  I am lucky to have friends who think of me, and I am thankful.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Word of the day: tyro

The word of the day is tyro:

  1. a beginner in learning anything; novice.
1611, from M.L. tyro, variant of L. tiro (pl. tirones) "young soldier, recruit, beginner," of unknown origin.

(http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/tyro)


"Over the next thirty years he worked in seventeen campaigns across Europe.  But he made his first important discovery while a tyro."

 - Sam Kean, The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery

Today I'm thankful for: xkcd

Today (and every day) I'm thankful for xkcd.  This one remains one of my favorites: https://xkcd.com/552/.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

Today I'm thankful for: that time Morgan watched the babies so I could see Twisted Melodies

Today (and every day) I'm thankful for that time Morgan watched not just Alice and Katherine but also their friend Ramona so Michelle and I could go see Twisted Melodies.  This is just one of many examples of how he goes above and beyond for me.  I really am lucky to have him, and I am thankful.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017