Thursday, December 11, 2008

when will it end??? oh. it has.

sorry about another long silence on this blog. i got distracted by writing all my end of semester assignments in two weeks. i just handed in the last one, thus marking the end of a craptastic semester, to borrow the phrase of a friend.

bring on next year! it has to be better!

achievements of this semester are making two good friends (my hiking friend, who nimmersatt and i have christened pantalaimon, and a jewish interpretative dancer, who i'm calling athena, unless anyone has a better greek myth name to suggest), meeting a bunch of children's librarians (they are fun! they taught me puppet hand!) and holding back from smiting Really Annoying Dude with a big shiny sword even though everyone would be happier for it.

oh, and while we're talking pseudonyms and internet safety - crackbook totally cut me off for having a fake name! the fascist overlords have spoken! the really creepy thing about this situation is that all my information (photos, messages, invitations, hatching eggs, shite gifts for academics, etc. etc.) still exists and the company will keep it *forever* but i am forbidden to access it, cos having a false name is "against the facebook spirit". fascists.

and while we're talking children's librarians: the latest in my "grad student for hire" adventures is crashing parent and infant groups and making new mothers fill in surveys about how often they read to their babies and use the libraries. i'm pushing infant literacy! today i spent two and a half hours in a breast feeding drop-in group, during the slow times chatting with the 70-something year old volunteers about their immigrant experience (one was a kiwi!). being marginally employed definitely has its perks.

it is supposed to snow this weekend! so far it has been cold and wet, but not in a puffy-coat kind of way, more in a "where's my toque?" kind of way. now - snow! top of -2!

okay, and waaaay too many exclamation marks in this post.

what else?

the government in ottawa has been, well, it's very complicated. the government has become very complicated, is the short version. i'll tell the long version soon, cos it's fascinating. i went to a pro-coalition rally and heard people sing "oh canada" for the first time. it was kinda weird.

i went to a bazillion craft fairs and got this cool "i dig gardens" t-shirt, and some elbow length wool gloves, which i will no doubt show you at some point.

we had our end-of-semester non-denominational department party last night, which was actually pretty cool. i giggled a lot and stuck christmas ornaments in my hair. as you do.

cass took me to her work christmas party, which was pretty spesh - held in a big ballroom downtown, with lots of incredibly buff people in suits and formal gowns. there was a band and free grub and late late dancing. So Much Fun.

we also went to a late night movie downtown a different night and had a hilarious but awful but really hilarious adventure getting home. it involves vomit and old ladies beating people with umbrellas. remind me to tell you some time . . .


Nimmersatt said...

Well, I'm laughing already. How many old ladies?

grotpoowee said...

i guess since the cool people have thrown you out you'll have to come back to us non-facebook nerds

ha ha!

gumtreefid farmer said...

glad to please, nimmersatt!

well, there were the two who the dude called "fucking whores" who tried to beat him up across the aisle of the bus, but only the one who was beating him on the head with an umbrella. so three in total. . .

gumtreefid farmer said...

that had crossed my mind, grotpoowee. the blog has been lagging a little since crackbook stole my soul.

i mean, you're *always* cool!

Nimmersatt said...

I got your message on crackbook and I replied too, but I guess you'll never get it. Pleased you enjoyed the card.

nimmersatt said...

The dude? Was he the dude who vomited?

JT said...

Love your garden T-shirt. How come you are wearing it the middle of deepest, darkest winter?
Lovely day here - galahs and cockatoos screeching outside my window and little grass parrots feeding on the lawn. The lake level has crept up after all the weekend rain.
What are your Christmas plans?

gumtreefid farmer said...


no, crackbook has eaten it now. but ta anyway!

yes, the same dude was responsible for all those things. oh, i need to tell the whole story properly, don't i?


gumtreefid farmer said...

dear jt,

well, i took the photo then ran inside and sat on a heating vent for ten minutes. i thought i could only really take a photo of that shirt next to some gardening thingy. thus, outside.

and i took the photo last week before winter really hit. no way i'd go outside in short sleeves now!

glad to hear you have birds and rain. yay!

i'm going to an orphan christmas, which i'm looking forward to a lot. i also have a dog i'm sitting over christmas, which will be nice. we can explore all the local parks in the snow.


Gauri said...

i love that shirt ! a lot !