1. Finally finished and submitted the abstract.
2. Graded quizzes.
3. Took Klara to play at the bookstore. She loved it!
4. Had a pedicure done at the salon, choosing what I call “an embarrassed carrot color.”
5. Reading: Between Parent and Child and the book on African history.
6. Success: surprised N with his most favorite dish in the whole world, the Olivier salad.
Klara learned to say “robot.” And yes, it sounds a bit random after “mamma, papa, books, apple” as her fifth word. But I took her to a store today and let her roam free and pick out anything she likes. And she fell in love with a little pink plastic robot for $4.99. So now she knows how to say “robot.”
So hey, remember how I keep saying that Governor Rauner of Illinois doesn’t allow the health insurance premiums we keep paying to go towards paying our health care bills?
That’s ’cause he has a better use for this money:
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration had arranged to pay a new deputy governor out of an employee health care account that is more than $4 billion behind on its bills due to the state’s budget crisis, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. . .
Half of Leslie Munger’s $138,000 salary was scheduled to come from a pool of insurance premiums.
The rabid piece of useless garbage hired yet another overpaid bureaucrat and. . . stole our healthcare premiums to pay for the joy of having this useless moocher around.
If you go to the link, you’ll see that Rauner does this kind of shit all the time. And if you follow my blog, you might remember that this is the very first thing he did when he got elected: he placed a bunch of friends and relatives in invented governmental jobs with crazy high salaries paid with by public funds. Then, the public finds started running short and he couldn’t keep hiring all of his cronies and their useless mistresses and children. So he froze the budget.
People, I give you the party of small government.
I read an article today blasting female academics for not doing reviews of academic books. The article gave a dozen (truly ridiculous) reasons why the author thinks this is the case.
I’m one of those female academics who don’t review books. The reason is simple: I don’t know how to get anybody to ask me to review. Nobody seems to accept unsolicited reviews, so I guess people need to get asked. I’d love to be a reviewer. It’s worth nothing on a CV but I think it would be an enjoyable thing to do. Does anyone know how to become a reviewer?
I’m sometimes asked to review articles for publication but never books.
It’s so enjoyable to observe Klara, folks. We were on the verandah and she wanted to pull herself up to grab the edge of the table. But the table is too high and she couldn’t grab it. So she looked around, saw a chair on the other side of the table, crawled to it, pulled herself up and then could reach the table.
It’s amazing how she can make a plan and follow through.
It’s also a wonder to observe her when she shows me how to do things. For instance, if she wants me to make a toy squeak, she puts it in my hand and squeezes to show what I need to do.
“Maybe she’ll become a teacher,” N says.
“No!” I scream. “Anything but!”
She also loves to rummage around in my mouth, so I’m hoping she’ll become interested in dentistry.