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This Sunday marks the end of an intense first year of my PhD program. I'm done with my last class of the year, and almost done with grading for the class I was assisting with. I've missed my friends badly, but I've met some incredible people here, and I've just returned from spending a couple of days in DC with my best friend in the program and her kids. They've become family to me too. I'm ready to start writing the paper that will hopefully be a) the foundation of the lit review for my dissertation, and b) something publishable.

I also saw Mad Max: Fury Road last weekend with my sister, and I have to say that I was not expecting one of the most visually appealing, well-written, and feminist films I've seen in recent years to be a reboot of 70's action films, but there you go. I'm eager to talk about it (may post more later), if anyone else was blown away like this!
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Ello all; still not ded; have a meme (thanks to the lovely [personal profile] kat_lair):

Rules: List ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard – they don’t have to be “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag ten friends.

1. Among Others by Jo Walton. Utterly fantastic. Anyone who's ever loved sf/f or even just books in general should read this.

2. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. A book about a ship who's no longer a ship. It swept all the major sf awards in 2014, and deservedly so.

3. The Likeness, by Tana French. French uses beautiful prose to write mysteries with compelling characters - this book is about a favourite character, going undercover in unusual situation.

4. Brown Girl in the Ring, by Nalo Hopkinson. Magic, Toronto, and a wonderful narrator - what's not to love?

5. With Child, by Laurie R. King. One of her Kate Martinelli mysteries, less well-known than her Mary Russell novels - in this the lesbian detective takes on a missing child case. Kate is a joy and a cynical delight, always.

6. Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Angels, demons, witches, and an Anti-Christ who's not quite right, oh my!

7. Faking It, by Jennifer Crusie. Ultimate comfort read and funny as hell; would rec this to anybody looking for a fun book, whether or not they usually read romance.

8. Other People's Children, by Lisa Delpit. Central to any understanding I have about teaching students from different cultural backgrounds than my own.

9. Komarr, by Lois McMaster Bujold. Ekaterin and Miles, a mystery, past hurts, and future hopes.

10. Alanna: The Lioness Quartet, by Tamora Pierce. Gender play in fiction! Going undercover as a boy to become a knight! Alanna was, remains, and will ever be badass and fantastic.

Things I noticed: mostly fiction (and sf/f at that), mostly women (yay!), and mostly white (could be a lot more diverse). If you feel up to it, I'll love to see the list of anyone on my flist/dwcircle!
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*pops head up* Er, hello there. I am alive, and also leaving for grad school tomorrow, which is totes exciting. Though I am so, so glad to be done with packing, let me tell you. My aim over the next couple days is to make my sister drive so I can finish this WTNV fic I've been working on. :P
ekaterinn: amanda from highlander peering over sunglasses, 'whatever.' at the bottom (as if!)
A list of happy things:

My mum and my sister visiting
My students, who are creative and loving and adorable
4.0 GPA
The book Pete the Cat Saves Christmas
Being totally done with my M.Ed.
Latest episodes of Welcome to Night Vale
Being almost done with the grant
Seeding the bookclub suggestion list with queer sci-fi books
The therapists and aides who work with my students - they're all amazing
Writing fic again (and writing fic with my best friend)
Lovely comments from people on LJ/DW
Only 4 more days left of school!

What's something happy in your life now?

*waves*

Dec. 1st, 2013 12:44 am
ekaterinn: (the seasons of my discontent (selphish))
Um, hi. So I got into a bad car accident, and then I went back to school, and then I spent several months feeling like I was walking through molasses, and then I figured out that I was probably having a depressive episode. So I'm trying to get back in touch with people and communities, and I thought I'll try to post something here.

I've been listening to Welcome to Night Vale and doing some writing, though nothing publishable. I'm working on a grant for my classroom, and I took the GRE (my Verbal score was awesome, but my Quant score was abyssal). I'm thinking about dating again.

ETA: I just made a tumblr thing: http://ekaterinn.tumblr.com/ If you are reading this and you have a tumblr, I'll love to follow you!
ekaterinn: (I write too much)
is this thing on? *taps mic* Hey, I ain't ded! Also, I got a letter from my adviser that read in part:

"I am happy to inform you that you have passed the comprehensive examination required for the master's degree in special education."

I PASSED COMPS! I will soon be a MASTER of SPECIAL EDUCATION! *cackles evilly* *writes IEPs*

...shit, this means I need to start applying for PhD programs, right?
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Happy Christmas/Yuletide/Tuesday to all! I've just finished opening presents with my Mom and sister - got jewlery, books, clothes, kitchen stuff, and best of all, from [personal profile] amai, a talking, stuffed Dalek! I asked for something geeky from her, and lo! she delivered. I'll post pictures later.

For Yuletide, I received a lovely, somber (but still hopeful) Points story: In the Line of Duty! The author matched Rathe's and Eslingen's voices perfectly, and there's even a quiet mention of how they got together. I had given up on ever getting a Points fic, and to receive this quiet, perfectly wrought one was beyond my wildest dreams!

I hope all of my flist has a lovely day as well, whether or not you celebrate!
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Happy Turkey Day to all Stateside on my flist! This has been a rather a tumultuous fall for me, and I have not been keeping up with either DW or LJ very well. In the last few months, I have: had a very rough start to the year, behavior and evaluation wise, broken up with my girlfriend of two years (a mutual decision, but still sad), been very sick with the Bavarian Death Flu, embarked on something new and exciting, but still a bit scary, with an old friend, submitted my first grant (a whole half-hour before the deadline!), taught (and wrote a curriculum for) RE, been taking two grad classes while working full time, and been missing my sister living with me.

Things have settled down some now, but I am gearing up for my winter holidays unit (Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa), preparing for my second observation, hopefully buying presents and sending out cards, and, oh yeah, writing another grant, a final, and two IEPs.

I am very grateful to all of my friends, both online and off, this year!
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I forgot to mention earlier that this weekend what I thought was a textbook I ordered from Amazon was actually a very late birthday present from [personal profile] amai! That would have been a lovely surprise in and of itself, but I opened the package to find that she had given me a KINDLE! The neighbors must have heard me scream in delight. I can't wait to start playing with it. Best little sister in the world, seriously.

So, anyone got a book recs for the Kindle? On August 30th, I leave the country for a five-day trip to Canada to be in [profile] tragic_mathematics's wedding. I'll love to just bring my kindle and not any heavy books this time for plane and downtime reading! Anyone have any newer recs? I like sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, lesbian/gay fiction, certain YA, and non-fiction on science (especially biology, but not evo psych) and other topics. Cheap is also good!
ekaterinn: amanda from highlander peering over sunglasses, 'whatever.' at the bottom (as if!)
One week into a new school year, and I'm already sick! This has to be some kind of fucking record. Luckily, when I went to the clinic this afternoon, they gave me a steroid shot and antibiotics, so I'm already feeling better. Which is a good thing, because two of my three grad classes start tomorrow, and I'm doing Extended Day for at least two afternoons this week. I can't afford to be sick!

New group of kids is interesting. I have more special ed kids this year, so the class as a whole is lower on average than last year. But I think they'll shake out to a good group, eventually. Quote of the week: One of the kids, on her return by the kindergarten teacher from sneaking off to the big kids' playground: "I want to go to the PARK!" *g*

I am going to try to post every week this fall; we'll see how it goes! For now, an old meme: Ask me a question, any question, and I'll answer it. ^_^
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Yes, I'm alive. I survived the end of the school year, and my grad classes for the summer. Pride activities are happening these few weeks in my city, and I'm glad to have something to celebrate with New York State achieving marriage equality! My girlfriend made me beautiful earrings, which I'm wearing daily.

I'm hoping to be able to write a bit in the next month, and be more active online. I've been mostly keeping up with things by lurking, but I've missed being able to participate in fandom.
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Happy Easter to those celebrate it and Happy Spring to all! I'm at my girlfriend's house in Maryland, having just seen her play handbells in the Easter service at her church. ^_^ I'm glad to be on spring break and hoping to get some writing done this week while [personal profile] marathoner452 is at work (besides the grant that's due May 2nd, grr).

I'm also happy because I got my hair cut shorter than usual last week by my hairdresser, who is an older Southern lady who took my coming out to her with nary a blink. It's a bit of a dyke haircut and I am very pleased:

My new haircut! )

O Canada!

Jul. 1st, 2010 05:12 pm
ekaterinn: (o canada)
Happy Canada Day to all the follow Canadians on my flist! I'm missing being home for it this year, but I think I'll sneak a Canadian flag into the 4th celebrations. *g*
ekaterinn: amanda from highlander peering over sunglasses, 'whatever.' at the bottom (as if!)
That was a bumper sticker I saw on a car in my church one day. It was the first thing I thought of when I saw this strip from xkcd:



I'm not searching out any news about the oil spill, because I'll just worry endlessly about something I can't do much about, though I do plan to see if I can volunteer with clean-up this summer. But I can't help reading the headlines of the newspapers I pass by, and I just know whenever BP says anything, they're lying out their ass. My mom used to describe Louisiana as more Caribbean then U.S. and I think she's right, both in the cultural sense and in how we're treated by the media and the government in the rest of U.S.

Still, I'll pay good money (to the Dems, natch) to watch James Carville ride an alligator. *g*
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As some of you may know, I'm teaching a preschool class for children with developmental delay/autism in my district this summer. I'm hugely excited about this, particularly because I love this age group and I hope to be able to get my early childhood interventionist add-on to my 1-12 certificate in the next couple of years.

I'm finding myself keyed up about it, in a good way. Raiding friends' closets for materials, spending hours on lesson plans, picking people's brains in the teaching communities, and so forth. It's part of the core of what makes teaching so appealing to me: the ability to complete engage myself, mind body heart soul, into the art of it all, of planning and making materials, of actually working with kids and getting them engaged or at least nurtured, of talking to parents and fellow teachers to figure out what works best, of even doing the paperwork because some of it is important. It satisfies something deep inside me.

Of course, I should also be working on updating my resume for the transfer fair this week too. *sighs* Had my school this year been somewhat less dysfunctional, there might have been enough ESS students for the district to keep me there.

Cross your fingers for me that I find a good position at another school and that the first week of class (we start on Tuesday!) goes well!
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So for my birthday, one of the kindergarteners gave me a cold. AWESOME. I left work after ELA and slept for 7 hours. I think I'm going to eat ice cream and watch Bones. Year 28, you'll better be fucking amazing to make up for this, that's all I'm saying.
ekaterinn: (bring me women! (by monanotlisa))
Back from Maryland, where I spent a lovely (and too short) time with [livejournal.com profile] marathoner452. We took walks, played with her niece, and went up to D.C. in time for cherry blossoms. *smiles* Now I'm about to go back to school, which I'm not looking forward to, but hey, it pays the bills.

I'll love to get a bit of coversation going, so here's an old meme: Ask me a question, and I'll answer it and give you a question (which you don't have to answer).
ekaterinn: (open you eyes (by toasteronfire))
It's like somebody flipped a switch in the sky, and it's now seriously SPRING. It's warm out, and I'm wearing sandals and shorter skirts and no leggings! I'm seeing my students without coats for the first time in MONTHS. It feels hopeful, as if we might survive this long, hectic year.

I went to a crawfish boil today, a sure sign of spring in Louisiana. Good food, good people. I'm also looking forward to spending spring break with [livejournal.com profile] marathoner452 in Maryland in a couple of weeks. I'm planning on walking more, and eating more salads with spring greens.

I'll be also interested in hearing what everybody's favourite things about spring are, if y'all want to share!
ekaterinn: (hee! (by graphicalrum))
because of an ICE DAY! The sectary, the clerk and I high-fived each other, the reading coach hugged me, and my principal danced a jig. My Canadian self is kind of appalled about how little bad weather it takes to close the schools down here in the winter, but I'm too excited about sleeping in to care.

In Yuletide news, I received Breaking Down is Hard to Do by Fox, which was like she reached into my subconscious and pulled out the Sports Night story I never knew I always wanted. Plus, super-awesome kissing at the end. I swooned.

I wrote On a Fine Morning or The Accidental Swap, "being the private correspondence between two prominent families regarding a singular event of late March" for elanne. It was a challenge to write (did it all in one day, frantically emailing back and forth with [livejournal.com profile] the_acrobat), but I think it turned out halfway decent, AND I might have broken my writing block with it!
ekaterinn: (lisa smile (by monanotlisa))
I had a really good birthday today! I went with a whole bunch of my 2nd grade students on a field trip to the swamp. They loved it and they were awesome - well-behaved, willing to touch the snakes and explore during the animal presentation. Also, a lot of them sang me "Happy Birthday", and I got a few cards, presents, and even a balloon from a parent.

After school, I got strawberry CAKE at Girls' Night. Lots of birthday wishes from lots of people, a lovely message from my sister (yes, do call back tomorrow!), and a funny card from my mom.

I'm exhausted, but full of YAY.

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