One more lolcats. I need to preface it with some facts. I have a surgical scar, actually two, at the base of my spine where a polinidal cyst was removed (twice). Also, since I am such a cat lover, my husband has teased me for years that those scars are where my own feline tail was removed. So when I saw this today I immediately sent a screen shot to Smokey, saying, "I want mine back!"
I don't really have anything earth-shattering to say, but I had to share this video from my imaginary friend Jocelyn's blog. (Oh, Jocelyn is real, all right, but I have never met her and know her only through her blog. Hence, imaginary.)
Jocelyn lives in Duluth and teaches English (composition?) in a community college there. She regularly cracks me up. This particular effort had me in stitches.
Inara Serra (actress Morena Baccarin from Firefly) and the cover model from the latest Knitty (Olivia Foppiano).
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Cathy-Cate asked how Andrew did in his first semester at medical school. I am happy to report that he passed all three subjects:
epidemiology (with a high score; he studied for the final by tutoring others. He liked epi a lot);
Happily for him, the first two years of med school are recorded in the transcript as pass-fail, so his struggles with biochem and anatomy are recorded nowhere but in his brain. He says his problem with anatomy was was it was 100% memorization and that the course was essentially self-study. Pure memorization with no logical associations -- like there would have been if anatomy were combined with physiology, the study of the functions of the anatomical parts; some med schools do that but not Mt. Sinai -- he found to be boring. But after having his confidence shaken severely by failing the anatomy midterm*, he worked very, very hard to be sure he passed the final.
* I haven't checked this factoid with him, but I think this is the first time in his life he has ever failed anything academic. He phoned home in the depths of despair after he found out his below-passing grade, sometime in October, I think. I told him that failure was inevitable at some point -- no one wins forever -- and I don't think he wanted to hear that. But dealing with failure is a lesson we all must learn. Better he first learns it now in a school course than with a patient in the field (although that is inevitable, too).
En Esch is in training to for his next career: a guardian lion. Photo at left courtesy of Chris at Stumbling Over Chaos. See her photo in its leonine entirety here. Thanks, Chris!
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While we are on the subject of Chris and her neighborhood walk photos, here is something related: fu dogs/lions (I think; these are certainly more fanciful than the ones she saw).
These, however, are not carved of stone nor guarding a mansion on Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis. These are topiary somewhere in Beijing, created for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
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This is my marriage license. We had to dig it out, along with my birth certificate, in order to get one of Smokey's retirement plans to start paying him now that he is 60. (They needed my documents because we chose the payout option where I will continue to receive the benefits if he should die.)
Can you tell what is missing from that document?
Don't feel bad if you cannot. What is missing is the official seal, the thing that is stamped/punched into the paper. The retirement authorities asked for certified copies of my birth certificate and our marriage license; my b.c. has the seal but this doesn't. The first thing we wondered was, Just exactly how married are we? Neither Minnesota nor Wisconsin has common law marriage, so the fact that we have lived as husband and wife for nearly 34 years (yikes!) does not necessarily cut the mustard, so to speak.
Won't #1 and #2 sons be surprised to learn they may be, um, er, illegitimate?
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Your Power Level is: 77%
You're a very powerful person, and you know that all of your power comes from within.
Keep on doing what you're doing, and you'll reach your goals.
The knitting continues on my Summer Chevron. I'm thinking it is a good thing I bought that dress form -- no way I could have fitted this sucker without it. While I was waiting for the form to arrive I made four bibs for a friend who is due in August.