Sunday, April 29, 2012

Royally Random

For the record, I still think it rocks.

~ So the book I'm currently reading is an inter-library loan.  From the Library of Congress.  I'm a little mind boggled.  I'll admit I don't know much about the LoC (and I'm too lazy at the moment to google its wikipedia page) but as I understood it, it was a library of important historical documents and stuff.  Things full of clues for cheesy Nicholas Cage characters.  Things used for research . . . not pleasure reading.  Now I'm picturing people wandering around like I do at the local library and picking out a stack of books and finally heading up to the desk to check them out and pulling out their LoC library card.  And I kind of want to do it.

~ I also kind of want to edit their wikipedia page to say that there is a secret family of green cats living in the walls. *wink*Katie*wink*

~ From the Securing-my-Place-in-the-Deepest-Circle-of-Hades File: something about the sacrament hymn we sang today reminds me of Bach's Toccata & Fugue.  Every time I hear it.  I don't think they're in the same key, but maybe close ones?  Anyway, when there's time for the instrumental playings because the priesthood passer dudes aren't ready yet (which usually happens, it's a shorter song) I totally feel like the scene is being set for some creepy happenings at an old abandoned castle in Eastern Europe.  I shan't name the hymn so as not to spoil it for anyone else but . . . yeah.  There it is.

~ Have you ever wondered what the world would be like today if Hitler had been accepted to that art school in Austria or wherever?

I get kind of bored sometimes when Luke's at work.

~ If (SPOILER ALERT) Pinocchio/August and Emma don't end up together by the end of the series, this show will totally be ruined for me.  As of about 30 minutes ago.

Also - if you aren't watching Once Upon a Time, how are we friends? :-)

~ So I relearned how to calculate the are of a triangle this week.  I had to relearn it because I sort of remembered, but I haven't used it since, like, 9th grade.  Sometimes it's kind of hard to resist telling the kids that they've learned everything they need to know about math as of third grade (as evidenced by the fact that I didn't have to relearn anything for third grade math, but I have for fourth and fifth).  Because seriously, when was the last time you used the quadratic equation?  The pythagorean theorem?  Who even remembers those formulas?  Or what they're used for? Believe I don't, I just remember their names.  Because they seriously made my life a living hell in high school and college.

Don't get me wrong, I see a little bit of a point to a basic instruction in algebra.  The idea of manipulating numbers according to what information you have in order to find what you need - that is useful.  As evidenced by the fact that on their homework nearly all of them missed 8 = y / 4 . . . but as soon as I switched it around to y / 4 = 8 they totally got it.  So the idea of taking a number out of anywhere and knowing about how to fill it in - good.  Memorizing a bunch of complicated formulas that can only be used for one specific thing that you're NEVER going to actually need to find in real life - the dumbest thing I've ever heard of.  Seriously, how often do you need to find the circumference of a right trapezoid?  Or the hypotenuse of a cubic sphere?

And yes, I know those are all totally screwy.  I'm just throwing out every piece of math vocab I remember.  I'm willing to bet it's as meaningless to most of you as it is to me. (Dad, you totally don't count.)  Anyway . . . coming off the soapbox . . .

~ From the Should-Have-Seen-it-Coming File: telling a couple of kids Luke's name when they asked and they immediately ask "is his last name Skywalker?"  And then mentioning that's how he got the name Luke.  And no more work was gotten out of those two that day.  (and yes, Katie, it was Eric and Mr. "Awk-werd!")

~ Our chain smoking downstairs neighbors are moving.  We'll be celebrating by opening out front windows for the first time ever pretty much the second the leave.  I am so excited.  Hopefully it'll be a little cooler this summer.

~ Birthday month starting Tuesday!!!  And I have an awesome husband who rolls his eyes and rolls with it.  Not that I, like, try to insist on a Mediterranean cruise or a trip to India or anything.  But we are soooooooooooooo going to Arctic Circle sometime this month.

I dream big. :-)

P. ost  S. cript
I might have posted this before.  But it's pretty much the musical equivalent of tilt shift, so that's okay.

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