Friday, November 15, 2013

No Broomball ::sad trombone::

I'm sitting at my school working in a class towards my Masters Degree and decided to take a break.

When I first started working with my teaching partner, about 5 years ago now, he invited Nan and I to join him and his now fiance their Broomball team.  I enjoyed the game and the camaraderie.  While Nan lasted just that first game, I haven't missed a single game.  I'm not the best goalie in the league (let alone on our team) but I am the only one stepping up for us (doubly so because I can't play any other position!)

It all ends tonight.

Yesterday morning, at our grade level math meeting, I stood up to get a piece of paper, pulled my chair back to me with my right leg and fell to the ground.  The weld holding the front legs together snapped off.

Ego bruise! And I'm down 5 pounds this month!
I jumped up and laughed with my colleagues but my knee hurt.  It got stiffer as the meeting continued so I went to the nurse before the kids arrived.

Given the state of my knees normally, the nurses were alarmed.  My leg was wrapped and iced.  They made me call Nan and I was sent to the school's contracted care facility to be checked out.

Waiting in the Nurses' Office was kinda fun, as I got to interact with all the early morning kids who came down for a variety of reasons.  And I got to spend some extra time with Nan.  But there is some damage.  The knees are fine but a lot of the ligaments and muscles are strained.

My new best friend!

I have a cane for a week or so and four PT appointments.  I feel a whole lot better today but have taken it really slow.  I've had two sessions with this device, too.

What the hell do these settings do?!?!

Part of the therapy involves some electro-therapy while my leg is wrapped in ice.  It's kind weird but I have to admit I feel better after.

And it all boils down to no Broomball tonight.  If we win tonight, we'll end up third seed and in good shape for our playoff run.  Our captain thinks the rest will help and get me healthy for the playoffs.  While I agree, I'm still kinda bummed.  My student teacher wants me to go and act as coach.  

I'm not even going to root them on, as if I do, I know I'll try to get out there...

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day*

In Flanders Fields

By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

*The holiday is commonly printed as Veteran's Day or Veterans' Day on calendars. While these spellings are grammatically acceptable, the United States government has declared that no apostrophe rather than the possessive case is the official spelling.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen

Trying to get ready for an assembly tomorrow.  The Armchair Squid wants this music in our presentation.  Just trying out ways to embed it or use it in Photo Story.

via HERE

Just an e-mail I received...

I get lots of SPAM through my personal e-mails.  This one went to my work account.  Through our school's website....which has some verification levels.  It means someone took the time to do this. I'm baffled...

From:  Aline

Subject:  Paint the Town


Sup Smoove,It was good to see you guys at Paint the Town yesterday.  I hope next year it will be back at Atlantic Station.  Lenox had the fans hafcdunfed; too many restrictions on when & where you could use a camera this is a fan event, am I wrong?  But I digress   Thanks for autographing my pic & posing with me.  I'll see if I can get you to autograph that one too when next I get the chance.  Maybe I'll use it as my profile pic! Good luck on the season!!!  (Hope you can keep the reigns on your temper, I was at the game on Thurs & didn't see you out there for very long.)  It's time for you to step up & I want to see you do it.  There's defininitely a reason you made captain this year!  Let's Go Hawks!!!Peace

So I Googled "smoove atlanta hawks" and got this image of Josh Smith with Kevin Garnett.  I do not look like either of these men.

Thursday, November 7, 2013



Lewis Carroll

(from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
  Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
  And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
  The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
  The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
  Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
  And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
  The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
  And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
  The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
  He went galumphing back.

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
  Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
  He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
  Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
  And the mome raths outgrabe.

Monday, November 4, 2013

This Day In History: November 4, 1988

On November 4, 1988, Tonari no Totoro is released in Japan. It would be dubbed in English and released in 1993 as My Neighbor Totoro. Disney acquired the rights and apparently released a better dubbed version in 2006.

Either way, if you have not seen this movie, you owe it to yourself (or your children) to rent it immediately.
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