March 7th, 2011

Ravenclaw

on sympathetic satire

Ari and I were talking about Jane Austen this afternoon (she recently reread Mansfield Park), and I came to the conclusion that I'm not really wired for sympathetic satire (as a creator or a consumer) -- AFAIC, if you're going to bitingly satirize someone, it's because you don't like them; if you do like them, you tell them that they are wrong so they can fix it. (Ari said: "Well Jane Austen was telling people -- she just thought they'd enjoy it more as a novel than as a diatribe." I said, "But if it's a novel, people can say, 'Oh, I'm not like that.' You need to write them a letter directly.")

I, um, sometimes tend toward strongly dichotomous paradigms...
gay patron saint, gay tantric sex

I have the best mommy :)

She just emailed me:
Subject: rainbow flag

do you have any random rainbow flags or other visual items that you don't want?
we just had a meeting with the LGBT people [at work] and I kinda want to put up a flag on my door :)
When we had dinner on Friday, she was talking about the parts of her job she most likes are the ones where she feels like she's actually helping with the students -- and she talked about meeting with the LGBTQ group and wanting to do stuff "other than not stone gay people." I told her that gay people appreciated her not stoning them :)
hard at work

all the productivity

The Red Cross just called. Usually I hit the website before they call, but I hadn't realized I'm eligible to give again so soon (next Monday). (I got a mailing like a week ago and discarded it, thinking, "I just gave blood -- you must have gotten your wires crossed.") There's a blood drive at the fieldhouse one Friday afternoon, so I booked myself for the very first slot there (figuring they won't have had time to get very behind then).

I bought my brother and future sister-in-law a wedding gift. (Yes, the wedding is in 11 days -- the Sears registry website helpfully informs me.) I learned from my mom this weekend that they are also registered at Sears (I hadn't seen anything I really wanted to get them on their JCP registry, and didn't really wanna order from Amazon), so I looked there tonight and woo hoo.

At work today, I printed out the address labels for the addresses I'd dug up this weekend (yeah, I didn't input address info into the spreadsheet from the weekly collection sheets this past fiscal year) and bought postage stamps. Came home and stuffed envelopes. Charitable giving receipts will go out tomorrow.
Also added "taxes due" to my GoogleCalendar task list, because I realized I genuinely will forget otherwise.

I looked on craigslist, eBay, and IKEA for bookcases. Was not thrilled by the "must be secured to the wall with the enclosed anti-topple device." Housemate said hers are from Target (and are free-standing) and hey, she and a friend are doing a Target run this Friday -- which I can join, because the thing I was going to do that night got rescheduled.

My work computer is going to get upgraded to Windows 7. Having briefly used Prof.B's now-Windows7 computer, I am not excited about this. I am, however, excited about the fact that I can have the upgrade on one of the days I'm away (you can't use your computer for potentially the entire workday while they upgrade, which renders my coming in largely useless). I got an email today asking for my availability the week of May 9 and I asked if they could do it on March 18, 21, or 22. I figured if they were emailing me now about early May, that they were scheduling two months out and would be booked up for March, but I got a response saying March 18 was open. \o/