Sunday, July 06, 2008

Bits and pieces

Spent a lovely Fourth of July with family and friends. Much yummy food was eaten, fireworks exploded without scorching people or property, good conversations abounded.

Just finished reading Superpowers by the wonderful David Schwartz. I really enjoyed it and recommend it.

If you're like me and you're still worried about the fires near Big Sur, this site is useful:

I'm at that point of the summer where I feel worthless as a human being because I'm not accomplishing much, but don't want to work because I'm still on summer vacation. I have two trips to look forward to before going back to work, but I have a feeling that my physics and astronomy schedules for Fall 2008 will be completed by the end of the week. Y'all know I like my job, but I think having a month or two when I'm not working sixty hours per week is a good thing.

I have been accomplishing something, though. One of my favorite authors, Laurie Halse Anderson, has started the "Write 15 Minutes a Day Challenge". She's given prompts for those who do not have a work-in-progress, and I've been participating each day. It's been fun, and it's reminded me that I like to write and perhaps can take time from writing exams, class notes, etc... to do some other forms of writing. (There is, of course, the "does blogging count?"-debate, but we won't go there!)

Almost time for NFL training camps to start. Twitch, twitch...

And because I haven't harassed you with space pictures recently, here's Saturn, from Cassini:


Rachel said...

I'm using my time off to try to catch up (and maybe even get ahead!) before I have to go back to work on the 28th. Oh, and try to clean the house because I'm tired of not being able to find things.


Ooooo! Pretty picture!

Sarah Prineas said...

I think having a month or two when I'm not working sixty hours per week is a good thing.

Probably a very good thing!

Yay for trips! Means more pictures!!

Dr. Lisa said...

I have done some housecleaning this summer and with guests on the way in a few weeks, it's that time again!

Yay for trips and pictures indeed! One of the trips will involve taking pictures of New Mexican food to bring its soul back to southern California.

carl said...

My time off starts tomorrow. Mmm.

Dr. Lisa said...

Yay for time off!

Pat. said...

I'm glad you're writing! And yes blogging counts. Unless it's replying to others' blogs. I think it has to be something YOU want to say to everyone. Not just to one person. Also, anything that gives you that "Man, I just freaking WROTE!" feeling counts, too.

Also, writing proposal writing counts. Also writing the rules to a game. Also, writing something just for yourself to make yourself feel a certain way. Also writing just to one person. There, I changed my mind.

Dr. Lisa said...

My 15 minutes of writing yesterday was spent journaling, as I was too tired to think of anything else. But that counts, right?