Friday, April 29, 2005
It's a little surreal (and kind of a grind) to go straight from college teacher to file clerk in the span of a 12 mile drive, but it's nice to get down to Portsmouth even if all I really see is the big parking lot and the inside of the store. I like knowing that I'm in the store with my uncle and my dad and sister are across the parking lot working at my dad's office. It kind of makes me feel like Portsmouth is still my town and it's nice being even a small part of a family business.
There's still a ton of uncertainty about how I'm going to go about earning my living from here on out, but maybe just for now, just for the next month or so, I can be happy knowing that I've got it under control, at least for now.
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Monday, April 25, 2005
Even though I haven't been feeling so great lately, I had promised my girl we would go to the King Arthur Festival at the Hammond Castle in Gloucester, so we went yesterday. The weather started out cool and rainy so we decided not to dress in costume. We both have decent outfits but no cloaks or capes and that would have been a necessity on a day with weather like yesterday.
The weather is probably what kept the Festival from being overcrowded. There was a good number of people in attendance, but not so many that we couldn't move around freely. We didn't get there until about 1pm, so we didn't really follow the day's storyline too closely. What we did see was very good and the characters are always interacting with the audience between their scenes anyway, so we got to chat a little with Hazel, the court's rat catcher and her rats, Queen Bellakane (I think it was), Morgan Le Fey-- an evil queen, Mordred and one of Morgan's servants. We toured the castle, which is really an impressive structure, and watched the Phoenix Swords fire show and the end of the Human Chess Match. The weather cleared up mid-afternoon and it turned into a really pleasant day.
The food offerings were limited to one vendor selling kettle corn and another selling fried dough, hot dogs, sausages and cheeseburgers. Nothing very medieval about those offerings, but the kettle corn was tasty. There was a decent variety of vendors selling clothing, jewelry, leather goods, chain maile, weapons, hats and other objects, as well as a woman doing henna body art and another pair of vendors offering massage and reiki. I managed to keep the financial damage fairly low, just buying up a skirt catcher for myself and couple of dragon related items for the girl. I looked at capes, but couldn't decide on one. The velvet ones are so pretty, but the wool ones are probably much warmer.
I would have liked to have taken more photos, but of course I forgot to charge the camera battery and ran out of power after taking just a dozen pictures. I have posted the ones that came out decently as a set on my Flickr account, of you're interested.
Sunday, April 24, 2005
I think next year is going to be my last year teaching at the university. The talk of the fulltime job that was being dangled in front of me earlier in the semester has evaporated and I'm looking at a third year of no benefits and not enough money to pay the bills and in the mean time the students are all still calling me professor and operating under the assumption that I have some amount of authority to change the way things are at the university. The gap is too big and too disappointing to me. I need a new profession. I've had enough of the bullshit of academia.
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
*Can anyone place the line?
Monday, April 18, 2005
Although I am now probably wanted by the Motherly War Crimes Tribunal for taking my daughter out for ice cream following her semi-annual dental check up this afternoon, I thought I'd take this opportunity of playing with Flickr to show you one of the good seasonal ice cream joints in town. I think at this point in the season I've got to say my preference is leaning towards Golicks (photo to be posted in the not too distant future as obtaining the photo will create the necessity to go back there for ice cream again) rather than Dover Delite. They both have really good ice cream, but when it gets really hot out there is no shade at Golicks, while you can usually sit in the shade at Dover Delite.
I just signed up at Flickr and have uploaded a few photos. I'm still getting the hang of how to use it and how to get more than one photo into a post, but if you click on the photo you can get a bigger look and see Mt Washington's snowy cap in the background.
Anyway, this is a shot I took from the summit of Mt. Major last Saturday. The icy looking stuff on the lake is indeed ice. I read in the paper today that ice out is set to happen around mid-week. I never knew that was what they called it.
Saturday, April 16, 2005
The lower part of the trail has lots of loose rock and is full of dried leaves. About halfway up there starts to be a lot of rock faces to scramble up and near the top there was even a snow/muddy section to deal with. I remember feeling like I was going to die somewhere after the halfway point when I was a kid and today wasn't much different. I had to take breaks on the way up, but it was beautiful at the summit. The weather today has been clear and in the 60s. There was still a lot of ice on Lake Winnepasaukee and the snow capped summit of Mt Washington was also visible in the distance. It was definitely worth the huffing and puffing it took to get up there. I definitely want to do more hiking. I expect there will be less huffing and puffing the more I do it.
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Monday, April 11, 2005
Friday, April 08, 2005
Thursday, April 07, 2005
I've had the iBook for a little over two years now. I managed to trade in my old and seriously ailing, previous iBook for about $700 before I left Japan by feigning ignorance when the guy at Sofmap in Kyoto asked if I knew about a strange, whirring noise the machine made. Of course, the damn thing had totally died on me and then miraculously resurrected a week or so prior to trading it in. I figured out that when it was cold, it would boot up and run okay for about 30 minutes. So I played the part of computer ignorant girl and the old iBook behaved long enough that I got some cash for it.
Anyway, as I was looking back through the sent mail folder I found things I had sent to the then current spouse that were written in Japanese. What struck me about them was that the way I used the language seems really masculine to me now. At first I thought they were mails I had received because they read like a guy had written then. Now I'm wondering about some things, but mostly about how maybe a person can seem very different in different lanugages. I wonder if it's common for people to appear to have different personalities when they shift between cultures or if it was just me doing that Zelig thing I sometimes do.
Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Bill Maher lays it on the line. Makes the 80s seem almost quaint in a way.
Small lingering patches of snow getting smaller by the day.
The sign in front of the bank read 61 degrees.
The sign at the entrance to Emery Farm now reads "Opening April 25" instead of "See You In the Spring".
They were painting the tables outside of Dover Delite today.
I'm going to have to take my camera to both Dover Delite and Emery Farm once they open for the season. After that long winter I am so ready to enjoy the nice weather to come.
Monday, April 04, 2005
On the up side, all the swirliness and uneasiness is inspiring me to write. It's nothing that I'd publish here, but it's the kind of thing that becomes fodder for song lyrics. Too early to tell if any of it is any good and too bad that I have to feel it so much to put it down.
Sunday, April 03, 2005
We've had temperatures in the high 40s and low 50s this past week and a weekend of rain, rain, rain, so there's a lot less snow in the yard then there was last week. All those dead leaves are there because the yard never got cleaned up last fall. I thought about doing it, but am I paying all that money for rent to do yardwork? I don't think so. I'm looking forward to the day when I have my own house again.