February 2008: In Brief


1) The following math problem describes my 1st three weeks in February:

School holiday + Snow day or delay + sub job = 2 writing days = frustrated writer


I’m glad my kids enjoyed the time off though. Thankfully, my sub job for the last week of February was cancelled and I had 5 straight days of writing. Whoo hoo! (Also thankfully, my sub job was rescheduled for March.  Subbing for the music teacher is fun. We’re going to learn to play, “There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” on xylophones.)


2) Four nasal irrigations a day keeps the sinus infection away!

Fiction Books Finished:

**** Heat, by Mike Lupica- I don’t even really like baseball and still couldn’t put down this kid’s book about a twelve-year-old Cuban immigrant living in the Bronx and striving to make it to the little league finals. Excellent read for 3-6 graders or for a classroom read aloud.

Non-Fiction Books Finished:

*** Literacy in America, by Edward E. Gordon & Elaine H. Gordon -Finally finished! Long but interesting history of teaching in America, from the colonial times until now—heavy on the colonial & frontier times, light on the now.

Still Reading:

Dreams Underfoot, by Charles de Lint


**1/2 Wuthering Heights (1992)– Maybe the book is better, but in the movie, Cathy and Heathcliff were pretty unlikable.

Sub Jobs:

1 day- Kindergarten

½ day- Music

1 day- 2nd grade

1 day- Music

TV Enjoyed:

**** Supernatural– I loved the “Groundhog Day” episode.


*** Friday Night Lights– Finally finished watching all the current episodes.  Not bad, though Smash’s storyline seemed to come from nowhere and lacked credible build up, for me.


*** Ugly Betty (finished season 1 in Spanish)- Cute, cute, cute, then sad.


** Smallville, season 1 in French- Mediocre show with enough pretty people and cute wholesomeness that it’s worth using to practice French.


** Sopranos, 1st episode- I don’t get what is ground breaking about a show that could be called, “It’s Hard to be a Rich Patriarch.” As a guy friend said, “When almost every character in the show annoys you, it’s hard to keep watching.” Exactly.  I did like the shrink but it sure feels like something bad will happen to her. Maybe I’d have liked it better if I watched when it first came out, before the hype. Bye Sopranos. I wished I liked you better.

2 thoughts on “February 2008: In Brief

  1. Wuthering Heights (1992)- Maybe the book is better, but in the movie, Cathy and Heathcliff were pretty unlikable.

    Cathy and Heathcliff are supposed to be unlikable. I’m not sure why, but somehow this important fact has become lost; and Cathy and Heathcliff are held up as the epitome of great tragic romance. In fact, Bronte wrote Wuthering Heights as a satire of all the relentlessly schmoopy romances being published at the time.

    There is not one character in Wuthering Heights who’s at all admirable. Even the narrator is annoying. (Of course, I find this book hilarious. It’s Victorian Mystery Science Theater 3000.)

    • Ah! Thanks for the explanation. That makes me feel a bit better. I suppose it would have been less boring if I had known to view it through a “Victorian Mystery Science Theater 3000” frame of mind. Hee! I love THAT idea. Too bad Bronte wasn’t able to use robots who crack jokes.

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