Little Ms. Polymath

aka the know-it-all

loyalty. September 29, 2009

Filed under: celebrate,life — mspolymath @ 6:45 am

I hope you have your Kleenex ready.

 

easy reader. September 28, 2009

Filed under: life,things that make me cry — mspolymath @ 11:28 am
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It’s no secret that I have a temper. However, I don’t know if anything makes me as angry as the idea of banning books. It’s just plain ignorant. Sure, not every book is right for every kid. Hopefully parents are paying attention to what their kids are reading, talking about books with them, and helping them make the appropriate choices.  But I’m not a kid, and NO ONE has the right to tell me what I can read. Ever. 

Celebrate Banned Book Week by reading a book that someone else wants to protect you from. If you’re not sure where to start, try something by a dead white American male icon like Steinbeck, Twain, Miller, Hemingway, or Fitzgerald.  And hug a librarian while you’re at it. The good ones do more to protect our intellectual freedom than we’ll ever know.

This is too funny. Go Ask Alice was written as anti-drug propaganda, a way to scare kids straight. And now it's on the banned book list. I'm certainly not touting the merits of this book - it's terrible. I just think it's ironic the protectors are trying to ban a book that was written to protect kids in the first place.

This is too funny. Go Ask Alice was written as anti-drug propaganda, a way to scare kids straight. And now it's on the banned book list. I'm certainly not touting the merits of this book - it's terrible. I just think it's ironic the protectors are trying to ban a book that was written to protect kids in the first place.

 

finish line. September 27, 2009

Filed under: celebrate,life — mspolymath @ 12:07 pm

Today I reached a personal goal – I participated in and finished a 5k. No, I didn’t run, and yes, it took me a long time, but I did it. Thanks to generous family and friends, I raised over $300 to help fight lung cancer. Jason came along for moral support, and it was a beautiful morning for a walk.

All the kids were posing at the finish line with their medals. I chose a badge of personal satisfaction instead.

All the kids were posing at the finish line with their medals. I chose a badge of personal satisfaction (and a water bottle) instead.

 

serenity now. September 25, 2009

Filed under: celebrate,life,shower thoughts — mspolymath @ 10:38 am

Sometimes I need a calming image to help me get to my happy place. Here are a few photos that remind me to take a deep breath and slow down.

I've mentioned before how much I love clocks - I'm pretty much obsessed with time, measuring minutes and years. There's something about the blue alarm at the forefront that's just so peaceful - I like to think it would be less jarring in the mornings.

I've mentioned before how much I love clocks - I'm pretty much obsessed with time, measuring minutes and years. There's something about the blue alarm at the forefront that's just so peaceful - I like to think it would be less jarring in the mornings.

I'm not really into HST, and I have a feeling my idea of the ride is much different than his. Still, this photo indulges my love of quotes and graffiti, and I think the colors are vibrant.

I'm not really into HST, and I have a feeling my idea of the ride is much different than his. Still, this photo indulges my love of quotes and graffiti, and I think the colors are vibrant.

Again with the life-affirming quotes! Plus, I can't get enough of fortune cookie fortunes. I never eat the cookie, but I always save the fortune.

Again with the life-affirming quotes! Plus, I can't get enough of fortune cookie fortunes. I never eat the cookie, but I always save the fortune.


This guy reminds me of my beloved Joel. Jason is super allergic to cats, and there are days when I could really use a paw kneading and some purrs.

This guy reminds me of my beloved Joel. Jason is super allergic to cats, and there are days when I could really use a paw kneading and some purrs.


I met Leslie 16 years ago during my first day at KU, and I'm so glad we're back in touch. She has an incredible eye and takes the most wonderful pictures - including this sunrise, which she captured yesterday. You can see her work at shuttersmack.com - that's more of a command than a suggestion.

I met Leslie 16 years ago during my first day at KU, and I'm so glad we're back in touch. She has an incredible eye and takes the most wonderful pictures - including this sunrise, which she captured yesterday. Check out her work at shuttersmack.com - that's more of a command than a suggestion.

 

um, you'll shoot your eye out. September 24, 2009

Filed under: life — mspolymath @ 7:33 am
Where is Mom's rifle? By the looks of this group she needs one the most.

Where is Mom's rifle? By the looks of this group she needs one the most.

 

just don't eat. September 23, 2009

Filed under: life — mspolymath @ 9:23 am

I’ve been working really hard (okay, maybe not THAT hard, but pretty hard) at losing weight over the past few weeks. I have seen some success, but the older I get the more difficult it is to drop pounds.

Jason just sent me today’s Mental Floss update, which had this tidbit: Slumber Party Barbie of 1965 came with your very own “How to Lose Weight” book. One of the tips included was “don’t eat.” I suppose that would work, but it makes me cranky. For now I’m just relying on old fashioned portion control and exercise, with a healthy dose of Miracle Noodles. I’ve tried pretty much every plan out there, and nothing works for very long – then again, I’ve never tried the special diet for fat stomachs and thick waistlines.

Perhaps one of these diets might hold the key to my weight loss success?

Why struggle with portion control when I can try the dehydration diet for girls who love sweets?

 

 

nice. September 22, 2009

Filed under: life,shower thoughts — mspolymath @ 9:30 am

Sometimes I find it hard to be nice to myself. I think that’s different from letting myself off the hook – which I’m pretty good at. Sometimes being nice means tough love, too. And sometimes being nice means forgiving myself for past wrongs, some of which are real and grave and some of which are so hyper-inflated in my mind they have eclipsed their original state.

I have conflicts when it comes to being nice to me; I want to spend money and treat myself well. But I need to save money so I can be safe and taken care of later, or in case of an emergency. I want to be nice and laze around on the couch, but of course to be truly nice I should exercise my body and take good care of it and be productive with my time. I should take advantage of my fleeting youth before it’s too late – wouldn’t that be the best gift to myself? And of course it would be SO nice to eat that pain au chocolat right now, but it will probably be nicer later if I’m not obese. Nice has short-term and long-term implications, and I’m not always so good at sussing those out.

There’s such a balance between being decent and firm with one’s self. I’m good at the punishment part – I’ve put myself through mental torture that would make Dick Cheney squirm. But I’m not so good at being gentle and kind in the everyday. Being polite to me. What a stupid, American problem. I could use a dose of perspective along with the nice. But, it’s my problem nonetheless. So Operation: Be Nice to Nicky is in full effect, for the long haul. I’m coupling it with a big dose of humility so I can remember the world is full of people who are truly suffering – maybe while I’m being nice to myself I can do something for them, too. That would be true progress.

Thought for the day: this truism borrowed from Danielle LaPorte.

Thought for the day: this truism borrowed from Danielle LaPorte.