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So. The Past Few Days.

The (Cyber) Bag of Weasels

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

So. The Past Few Days.

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hrymfaxe and her boyfriend left this morning after visiting since Monday afternoon. What a great time we had! I miss them already! Monday, we basically chilled and went to Arooga's for dinner. Tuesday was our big day: We spent the day in Gettysburg, which is about 45 minutes northwest of us, and had a firepit at night. We went through the museum, hoofed all over the battlefield and town, had dinner and beer at a local microbrewery, and climbed the tower on Culp's Hill. Last night, we had a massive cookout and crab feast with my parents. In between, we managed to solve all of the world's problems and catch up from the past three years since we saw each other last in Ireland.

I just sent off my first unit of lesson plans to my principal, so that's water under the bridge, although I'll still probably be working on materials (especially graphics, since my work laptop doesn't have Photoshop) over the next few days. I'm hoping to get ahead and stay ahead. I'd like to be able to show up at work on Monday and print out the materials for the next two weeks. How awesome that would be.

I've been "writing"--mentally, of course--quite a bit lately. Original and fanfic. I'm not quite to the point of putting anything to paper, although I'm considering just diving into the AMC prequel, t'hell with being prepared. After all, I didn't prepare at all to write AMC; might as well keep with the spirit, eh? I have a couple of chapters on the prequel from years ago. I'm trying to discipline myself into making room for my own time again. What a concept! I've backed off a bit from certain commitments I've taken on in the past few years, given up entirely on some and moved others lower on my list of priorities.

Speaking of AMC, Bobby is reading it. I am still not sure that was a good idea; it is very long, and he's still never made it all the way through The Silmarillion. I've been told it stands on its own quite well; I suppose this will be the test of that. Last I checked, he was at the end of Chapter Four and was--like most people who read AMC--liking Carnistir the best. He told me that he liked it, but he would.

I have registered for my fall grad school classes. I'm starting later this year, which I hope will help and give me a chance to get lesson plans and materials created well in advance of when they're needed. I'm taking two classes: Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and the History of Religion. The first class is an eight-weeker; another good thing, as I'll only have one class for half of the semester and will still earn six credits.

Okay, now for some random pictures, mostly butterflies, a coupla sunflowers, and one random Phil.

I take pictures of pretty much the same species of butterflies every year. I always tell myself I won't take any more, then a really gorgeous example of a particular species appears in the garden, and I'm off for the camera. I'm a total girl when it comes to butterflies; I love them and could happily install myself by our butterfly bushes for hours.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

These things are everywhere around here but will probably always be my favorite butterfly. When I was a kid, the ones at my parents' house grew so used to me that I could touch and handle them while they fed.



female, black type


Eastern Black Swallowtail

We get a lot of caterpillars for these in the garden, since we grow carrots, dill, and fennel, all of which are food plants for the caterpillar.



I love these.


American Painted Lady

Part of the reason that I planted lantana (aside from really liking lantana, although we're too far north for it to overwinter) was because, when I first encountered it in Virginia, it was covered in butterflies, including buckeyes. Alas, the painted lady is the only species I ever see on either of my two varieties of lantana. This gorgeous little critter--I can't say lady since, despite the name, it could be a man-butterfly!--has been visiting the garden regularly for the past few days. It's normally really skittish but let me photograph it today.


Most of our sunflowers got eaten this year, but Bobby planted one kind in a container, and those made it.



A weird thing sighted in the yard, aka Phil.


With blue ball, of course.

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  • AMC is well worth the reading time and effort and knowledge of the Silm is not really necessary to enjoy the family picture that you so ably painted in your words.

    I adore butterflies - sometimes I am SUCH a girly-girl (sigh). But I find them beautiful and fascinating and encourage them to flit around me whenever I am lucky enough to encounter them. You're very fortunate to have the swallowtails. Around here we mostly get Monarchs which are lovely but I love the multitude of colors on Swallowtails.

    Your impending classes sound really interesting. I'll be buried in too much work to look at taking another class until 2013, but these would be of immense interest to me.

    I'm so pleased that you got away for a bit of time. Both you and Bobby are young and probably have a ton more energy than my old bones do, but it is all too easy to burn yourself out at your age. I'm delighted that you are shifting your priorities a bit because that is probably much needed.

    Any writing that you plan to do will be so welcomed by those of us who treasure your tale-telling abilities. You always have a unique and clear viewpoint that just sings.

    Love to Bobby and the Goldens...

    - Erulisse (one L)
  • I tried sunflowers one year but the birdies ate them...

    School shopping for the Bec & mom tomorrow - I can't believe she's starting HS in less than 2 weeks!

    Love the butterflies... we had a large amount of Tiger Swallowtail sightings this year which makes me happy! :D
  • I am so jealous that you got to spend time with Hrymfaxe and her boyfriend. I am remembering how much fun I had at the Met with her and others during her last trip.

    Beautiful butterfly pictures and Lancelot.

    I would love to see you work on the prequel to AMC. I am definitely one of the big AMC groupies. He should read it! And it is wonderful. I still can get lost in that world (and do periodically).

    Edited at 2012-08-24 02:34 am (UTC)
  • I think there is probably little in AMC that you can't understand without having read the Silmarillion--although you'd miss a lot of the foreshadowing, of course.
    I guess I don't need to tell you that I'm really waiting for that prequel!

    Very glad to see that you got some quality time for yourselves recently. I hope there's been enough of it for you to regenerate a bit.
  • Poor overheated doggy. How's she doing in all this heat with all that hair?

    I read about six or seven chapters of AMC at some point, and at that point I'd only read the Akallabeth. (What can I say, I'm a Gondor baby.) I only gave up because RL got "interesting" and I never got back to it - it wasn't the story at all, which I understood pretty well once I read a Wikipedia article with Feanor's family tree and started getting the relationships straight. I found it really compelling, personally, and have always wanted to go back and read it properly...
  • Good for Bobby for reading AMC! I always love it when my sister reads my stuff. And she's always complimentary, even if I think it's awful. XD

    Beautiful photos.

    Your fall grad school classes sound awesome. Hard to believe it's almost fall. *wistful sigh*
  • Love the butterflies! I planted 2 butterfly bushes and 2 "butterfly weed" plants last year and they seem to like the growing conditions so I've been blessed with a plethora of butterflies this year. YAY!!! Mostly the same ones you have but then I'm not up on specifics - I just like the pretty colors.

    School plans sound good this time around! Enjoy the getting ahead of the pack feeling. It can be rare at times.
  • I am quite sure that I am not the only Tyelko fan right? :) I think Bobby will enjoy it.

    Oooh, I am still so bummed about not meeting Binks this year, so lucky you talking to hrymfaxe *iz jealous*
  • AMC's one of the few Silm fanfics that can be read independently of the source material without any loss of understanding.

    Fantastic butterfly photos!
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