Ok so in my defense I had a salad before this that I did not take a picture of. This is a garden burger with some alexia french fries (will not get again, not all that yummy) and perhaps a little bit too much ketchup...The french fries made me long for Kroger brand curly fries I got a while back--they were really good!
Sunday, January 22, 2012
16/366: Monday, 01/16/2012 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), a photo by cathie on Flickr.
I have to admit that I read the NYTimes book review usually INSTEAD of reading the actual books themselves, because well who has time????
Case in point was the review by Peter Singer (one of my favorite people) of Steven Pinker's new book The Better Angels of Our Nature. Singer did a such good job of describing the book's contents, that I don't really feel the need to go read it on my own.
I do remember when Pinker came to Albion College and gave a racy talk all about swearing and swear words, in which most of them were mentioned on numerous occasions, yet he did not swear once during the whole.talk. It was amusing to see the various AC dignitaries squirming in their seats on the stage. I think the students enjoyed it.
And since I was part of the small faculty coterie who had met to discuss his somewhat annoying book "The Blank Slate" I got to participate in the breakfast he came to have with the coterie participants. That's where I took his picture.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Today I finally got a substantial bit of reading done. I'm reviewing this collection of essays on the German writer Sophie von La Roche. I'm enjoying the essays but I am a slow reader, so I plod along. Plod plod plod...
Finally I made it to the comfy chair for bite to eat. As I recall I was a bit frazzled today and did not get as much reading done as I would have hoped. George is looking up because he probably saw heard someone in the hallway outside.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
While doing a wee bit of research for a class (I was reading up on the Hessian town of "Schlangenbad"="snake-bath/spa") I happened upon this intriguing bit of trivia -the Rod of Asclepiuus is an ancient symbol associated with medicine and healing. It depicts a single serpent wrapped around a rod/staff. But there is also the caduceus, which is the staff that Hermes carried and is usually depicted as entwined by two serpents, sometimes with wings at the top--as you can see in the above picture. For reasons too varied to get into here the cadeuceum is sometimes used as the symbol of medicine --which is what is going on here since I took this shot right next to a dentist's office in the little strip mall on the way to my apartment.
You can read up on the whole controversy here.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
George is getting fairly used to the traveling. He doesn't like it but he resigns himself to being in the carrier pretty quickly. Now and then we'll hear a squeaky meow but other than that he just tries to curl up and sleep. The drive takes about 4 and a half hours, we finished most of "Middlemarch" on this trip down--man what a good book! High drama!
Saturday, January 7, 2012
It was cold today. i took this picutre as we were waiting in the car for the Amtrak train to Chicago. I was taking Louisa back to O'Hare for flight to Germany. The train turned out to be extremely crowded and we had to sit apart. Seated next to me was a Northwestern student (=where I got my PhD). The majority of passengers were college kids. The most uncomfortable part of the trip was walking from Union station to the Monroe St. blue line stop to the EL. The EL wasn't too pleasant either but it did get us to O'Hare for $4.50. Once there we took the free shuttle to our quite nice &posh hotel, the Hyatt Regency.
Hansi still likes the idea of going outside, but he doesn't really like cold or snowy weather. He'll walk on the snowy ground for a few steps and start shaking each of his paws, before scampering back up the stairs to go back inside. On this day he stayed out a little longer because his beloved grass was free of snow for the most part and it wasn't too too chilly. I promised him I would take him on lots of walks in the summer, when I go back to Michigan for my "stay-cation".
The last day of a rather eventful year...quite a bit of unexpected travel...then trips to Germany and Vancouver. the big upheaval then in August, when I moved to my own apartment in Oxford, Ohio to work as a VAP (=visiting assistant professor=not tenure-track prof) at Miami University. I took George with me.
Back home for Xmas and trips to Chicago, Cleveland/Parma and Cinncinnati round out the year. I really could have used a slightly longer Christmas break (Albion always was off for most of January) - but I'm still looking forward to what the New Year will bring.
For the second last day of the year I simply couldn't resist another shot of the funny/slightly creepy monkey that adorns the Kroger wine etc. section. (No strong stuff here, need to go to a state liquor store for that...)
On this particular day we had stopped with my sister in Oxford to show her the town and my apartment. (We were driving back home to Michigan from Cincinnati). When we went to Kroger I took her to see the monkey...this time he was sporting a rather creepy looking leprechaun hat, complete with weird Spockish ears...
Thursday, January 5, 2012
On Thursday we were off again. This time our travels took us down to Cincinnati, since I had been summoned by the Dept. of homeland Security to have my bio-metrics taken for the renewal of my green card. I had given the Dept. my Oxford address, hence the summons to Cincinnati in stead of Grand Rapids. All in all it turned out to be a fun trip. We had a nice meal on Thursday evening at Arnold's and after my appointment was over Louisa and I got a bit of shopping done at the downtown Macy's, which was still having after-Christmas sales. We then headed back home to Albion.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Monday, January 2, 2012
The girl cats Mieze (pictured here) and Sophie, both seem to like the tree. Sophie even looks at the lights going on and off. The star on the top is another old ornament from Hansi's former owner-and it looks good, but it's a bit heavy for the tree. Next year I look for a less heavy tree ornament.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Louisa helped me decorate the living room for Christmas. We had picked up a little rosemary tree from Whole Foods and we decided to put the little angel symphony I got from Hansi's previous owner in the tree. We then found some little lights to complete the look.