March 2nd, 2005

little review

Poem for Wednesday

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Kids had a two-hour delay this morning but I did not get to sleep late, in the chaos of finding out and getting ready anyway; I played with my younger son some in the morning and tested him on his spelling words, rushed through some stuff I had to do and had lunch with a friend in the mall. Question that occurred to both of us: if you were in a public eatery, and there was a person scrounging through the trash taking out food and containers to bring it home, and you had a 3/4 full container of leftover Japanese food, would you walk over and offer it to her? Would you worry that she'd be kind of spiteful if you did (I have had this happen to me before -- offered food to people who were begging for money and been soundly insulted)? Would the whole thing leave you sort of shaken up, that in this mall in this affluent area, someone would come to scrounge the stuff people throw out, and start thinking about the ungodly amounts of food that go to waste here and all over the place? I went home quite depressed, despite having spent a lovely hour or so with gblvr discussing ephemera.

Okay, good for the Supreme Court for finally putting an end to the execution of children who would have been too young to vote or serve in the army at the time they committed their crimes, and good for the ACLU for suing Rumsfeld finally. But there is so much shit going on in the world that I couldn't even get past the front page of the newspaper today...and that's the mainstream news, not even the doom and gloom in the alternative press.

I have stuff going on with my older son again where I don't know what to do...there's a math group that meets after school on Thursdays that his math teacher really thinks he would do well to participate in (he's in a very accelerated program), and Thursdays he has Hebrew school, and we could switch him to Tuesdays with no change in his Hebrew teacher but it would mean he'd have a different Judaic Studies teacher, and he really loves the one he has now and really does not like the one he'd be getting, and he's very reluctant to change and he has gotten a perfect score on his Hebrew school final exam each year for the past two and I SO do not want to rock the boat in this one area where he is doing so well...but I also hate to tell his math teacher no, and I don't know whether I should try pressuring him to switch, because otherwise I need to pressure him to work one-on-one with his math teacher and either way there is going to be struggle.

Collapse ) Not even watching Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World improved my mood much, and that's saying a lot. I finished typing up my notes on Blue at the Mizzen and feel like I am at the end of that journey all over again, which makes me sad. Arrgh. In the good news department, melinafandom has finally posted her wonderful LOTR vids now that Escapade is over. And tomorrow I get to spank beeej for her birthday and watch Highlander. Ah well, I shall post some cat amusement. Please come tell me something cheerful, because I don't like being unaccountably grumpy over things. It puts me in one of those "oh my god I have to get out of fandom and devote those hours to getting more of a life" mood, which is stupid really because no matter what kind of life I end up with I'm going to want entertainment in my down time.


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little review

Notes on 'The Commodore'

Sequel to this post about my favorite moments from The Wine-Dark Sea, with the rest to be found filed under "O'Brian":

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I would be hard-pressed to choose a favorite book from among the 21 volumes of Aubrey/Maturin adventures, let alone favorite passage, but the bit on pages 72-73, in which Stephen wakes in "his usual room" at Jack's house and listens to Jack "dreaming away on his violin," is one of my most beloved moments from anything I have ever read.