Friday, March 16, 2007

This post is exactly what I tell my students NOT to do (a forced non-focus with obvious transitions)

I watched the first three installments of Frontline's News Wars, in part because I love Lowell Bergman (he's a constant at my fav-folks dinner party). There's a segment which analyzes print vs. online media- and the claim is that all the blogs out there aren't really doing any investigation; they're mostly serving as mini-databases; dissemintating information that is originally in print (so, no, the newspapers aren't dead--- yet). Well, here's my effort to reinforce that notion.

Spring break starts for me, um, now. Ed has three spring breaks in a row- and though that might sound incredible; it isn't. This last week was BU's spring break, so he was still busy with Lasell, Wheaton, and Harvard. Next week is Lasell's spring break, so he'll have Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to catch up on BU and Harvard stuff; the following week is Harvard's spring break, which means he'll have Tuesday and Thursday mornings to catch up on BU and Lasell stuff and be home Wednesday night. But, my spring break, which will consist of grading papers and figuring out mid-term grades, starts today. And, well, it's hardly spring. We're getting our second batch of snow. And, though mild in comparison to years before we moved, we're still pretty much house bound.

But, what's great about being house bound (besides driving in the slippery snow to get to the local grocery store in order to buy Jack his MUST HAVE chicken noodle soup - of which he ate all of four bites), is that we can soak in our favorite weatherman, Pete Bouchard. We LOVE Pete. Ed & I dig him- maybe a bit too much. He's better than Steve Pool or Jeff Renner. I'd love to take a meterology class from him- he'd be the cool, smart teacher. We also suspect he's the cousin of cool media guy, Joel McHale, from The Soup. Like Pete, cute, funny, and well, cool.

What's NOT so cool is how the snow is currently turning into sleet, and that after midnight tonight, it's supposed to be full on rain- which means no snowmen and lots of flooding. And, this is only two days after I wore my first tight-free skirt outfit because of the 70 degree weather. That never happens in Seattle. Nor, does the weather start significantly warmer in the morning and drop nearly 20 degrees by the end of the day (like today).

We have neighbors headed over to watch (wait, I hope I get this right) Round 1 of NCAA's Basketball playoffs. Apparently Duke and Notre Dame have already lost (as did Gonzaga) - and I only know that because I just asked Ed, but to keep some cohesiveness to this blog, I'll put a link to some of the info here. When I got up early to grade papers at a local coffee shop (okay, Starbucks), there was some guy there filling out his bracket sheet- looked like Ed's. There are many folks out there getting through these last few weeks of winter having a good time. I'm happy for them, even as I don't understand it.

I do understand that spring break should be about being somewhat lazy and watching movies. We're waiting for our latest netflix movie, The Prestige (which was supposed to be here yesterday). About a month ago we rented what we thought was The Prestige, but wasn't - mostly in part because Ed Norton, while an amazing actor, is NO Christian Bale (who happens to be on my other list- in fact he's at the top). I was going to have Jack in day care only a few hours this week, but with my work load, and the fact that he has missed about four days this month already with those damn persistant cough terrorist germs, he'll be going normal hours so Ed & I can actually have a lunch date AND get work done (can you imagine).

Jack & Ed are watching television- Scrubs syndication- and Jack's singing the theme song. Is that wrong? I don't care. It's spring break. (Please note the recent reference to Tacoma on the show- oh, and the recent activity at my home town's port- just trying to maintain some focus here...)

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