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Odds and Ends

  • I read the Wanderer and the Seafarer (and, for that matter, a poem about a whale) for the first time tonight. I've not read much Anglo-Saxon poetry, and what I have read, both today's readings and Beowulf, have been in modern adaptations. Reading descriptions of hailstorms and thunder, I wanted to go back to my medieval meteorology project, the subject of my first MA thesis. One of these days, I will.

  • The editing I've been working on for the last several days is complete. Proof that some of the vocabulary used was unnecessarily abstruse: editing involved using not only the OED, but Brewer's, and my favorite grammar, The Deluxe Transitive Vampire.

  • I had my hair trimmed today, a much needed tidying. It looks lovely, in a full-bodied fluffy kind of way.

  • The mail brought me new socks today, courtesy of C.'s parents. I'm so happy! The problem with socks is that I'm picky, now that I've found a reliable source of socks that aren't too pricy and are very comfy indeed. The complication is that I have to buy them from a British department store chain (BHS). At least it's a chain, so I can intercept them anywhere in the UK.


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Aug. 24th, 2004 10:03 am (UTC)
Socks and weather
When I first moved to Ithaca, there was a store there devoted entirely to socks. It was a wonderful thing, but it's gone now.

I'd be interested in hearing about your Medieval meteorology stuff. I've wondered how folks figured out causes and such for the little maximum and such...
Aug. 24th, 2004 10:08 am (UTC)
On the subject of cool British things
I hold you responsible for my current chocolate crisis. The specialty market up the street from my workplace just started carrying Cadbury Flake bars. Oh why oh why did you introduce me to the idea of the Flake?
Aug. 24th, 2004 10:18 am (UTC)
Re: On the subject of cool British things
I am more than happy to take the blame for this.

At least there are sensible reasons to make special occasions for flake bars and not eat them all the time - I find they tend to mess up work and elegant clothing due to their prolific flakiness.
Aug. 24th, 2004 12:55 pm (UTC)
Re: On the subject of cool British things
"I find they tend to mess up work and elegant clothing due to their prolific flakiness."

Bingo. Unfortunately, I don't think that will stop me from eating onewhen I have a bad day. Behold the amazing powers of the Flake!
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